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Uh oh! The unfair stereotypes around 2018's most popular baby names

Section: Baby names

Choosing a baby name can lead to a massive amount of pressure. Is it popular enough? Too popular? Does it roll off the tongue and does your partner like it? Does it go with their surname and heaven forbid it's not on the list of monikers mums are now AVOIDING due to their new, accidental meanings in 2018?

To throw another spanner in the works, it turns out that a bunch of well-loved names come with slightly unfair stereotypes. 

According to a study by My Nametags, James is thought to be the most charismatic and confident, and women named Gemma assumed to be bad-tempered and unkind.

Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Scientist, Linda Blair, explains why these stereotypes exist: “One of the ways we deal with information overload, a real problem in today’s world, is to create mental ‘shortcuts’ and relying on name stereotypes is one of them. However, these stereotypes are usually based on only a few high-profile individuals at a particular point in time and, even less realistically, often on fictional characters in books and films. As a result, they rarely hold up in everyday encounters. Add this to the fact that each of us displays different, often contradictory qualities'

Check out the most popular baby names in 2018 and what people secretly think of them:

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1) Ava

  • Sweet
  • Free-spirited
  • Independent

Famous Ava: Ava Gardner and Ava Allen
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2) Oliver

  • Artistic
  • Charismatic,
  • Clever/educated
  • Confident
  • Cheerful
  • Polite, good natured
Famous Olivers: Oliver Cromwell, Oliver Twist, Oliver Wood from the Harry Potter series, Olly Murs, Oliver Reed
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3) Amelia/ Emilia

  • Strong
  • Regal
  • Chic
Famous Amelias/ Emilia: Amelia Earhart, Emilia Clarke and Emilia Fox
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4) Harry

  • Nice
  • Posh
  • Rule breaker
  • Strong/tough
  • Honourable

Famous Harrys: Prince Harry, Harry Potter, Harry Styles, Harry Kane
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5) Isla

  • Annoying/ Irritating
  • Funny
  • Petite
  • Tom boy

Famous Islas: Isla Fisher and Isla Blair
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6) George

  • Safe/dependable
  • Affable
  • Charming
  • Polite
  • Dull
  • Wholesome
Famous Georges: Prince George, George Michael, George Ezra
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7) Olivia

  • Pretty
  • Clever
  • Classy

Famous Olivias: Olivia Wilde, Olivia Munn and Olivia Colman
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8) Jack

  • Cheeky/naughty
  • Badass
  • Fun and cool
  • Handsome
Famous Jacks: Jack Black, Jack Nicholson, Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack Whitehall, Jack Johnson 
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9) Emily

  • Creative
  • Feminine
  • Dainty/ delicate

Famous Emilys: Emily Ratajkowski and Emily Blunt
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10) Noah

  • Artistic
  • Masculine
  • Caring
  • Serious
Famous Noahs: Noah and the ark, Noah Wyle
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11) Isabella 

  • Strong
  • Beautiful
  • Elegant

Famous Isabellas: Isabella Rossellini and Isabella Ferrari
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12) Jacob 

  • Geeky
  • Ignorant
  • Decisive

Famous Jacobs: Jake Gyllenhaal and Jake Bugg
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13) Mia

  • Cool
  • Bohemian
  • Friendly

Famous Mias: Mia Wasikowska and Mia Farrow
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14) Mohamed

  • Polite
  • Determined
Famous Mohameds: Mohamed Al-Fayed and Mohamed Farah
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15) Poppy

  • Immature
  • Girly
  • Intelligent

Famous Poppys: Poppy Delevingne and Poppy Lee Friar
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16)  Charlie

Laid back/relaxed
Famous Charlies: Prince Charles, Charlie Sheen, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Brooker

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17) Ella

  • Funny
  • Sociable
  • Imaginative

Famous Ellas: Ella Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald and Ella Eyre
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18) Leo

  • Strong and masculine
  • Intelligent
  • Handsome

Famous Leos: Leonardo DiCaprio and Leo Sayer
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19) Lily

  • Playful
  • Energetic
  • Mature

Famous Lilys: Lily Collins, Lily Aldridge and Lily Allen
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20) Oscar

  • Intelligent
  • Grumpy
  • Geeky
  • Edgy
Famous Oscars: Oscar Wilde and Oscar de la Renta

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