The ‘happiest’ baby names according to new research ...

Publish Date
Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 9:42AM

Choosing a baby name can seem like an impossible task.

After all, it's a decision that will stick with your little one for their whole lives.

So, what's in a name?

Yesterday, we shared with you the top 10 'saddest' baby names based on research by psychologist, Dr David Holmes.

According to his research, the name you give your baby can have a lasting effect on their happiness - and it's largely thanks to the association that others make with the name.

For example, the name James may make them think of James Corden, someone who is seen as good-natured and happy.

Conversely, people can think Charlie's are miserable because of Charlie Brown from Peanuts.

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Dr Holmes claims that this association rubs off on the person with the name so their personality becomes shaped to fit it.

"The associations we have with certain names, particularly significant namesakes, also shapes how we see ourselves and so may have an effect on our confidence and assumed role in society," he said.

"Names are like product brands in having a powerful effect on attitudes and should, therefore, be chosen with care."

So if you're after a 'happy' child, then check out the lists below for each gender...

'Happy' girl names:

  1. Judy
  2. Stephanie
  3. Linda
  4. Pam
  5. Pat
  6. Fiona
  7. Paula
  8. Susan
  9. Isobel
  10. Vicky

'Happy' boy names:

  1. Joshua
  2. Jason
  3. Matthew
  4. Terry
  5. Barry
  6. Stan
  7. Ian
  8. Craig
  9. Nigel
  10. Christopher