From the Billy bookcase to the Malm bedroom range, many of IKEA's product names have become iconic and instantly recognisable – but would you name your child after them? The Swedish furniture store could well become a place for prospective parents to get some Scandinavian baby name inspiration according to BabyCentre, who have even picked out some of the best names from popular product lines.
"IKEA is known for the charming Scandinavian names it gives its products and many work surprisingly well as baby names," a post on BabyCentre's blog read. While some of the names are relatively traditional, such as Stefan and Tobias, others are much more unusual, with Tarva, Stig and Norna among the more distinctive monikers on the list.
Parents could take baby name inspiration from IKEA's popular products
Name suggestions include Sommar, the Swedish word for summer, which applies to IKEA's seasonal range of picnic blankets, cool bags and beach towels, along with Norna, a name used by the retailer for a cushioned chair pad. Alternatively, parents could take inspiration from the Mydal bunk bed frame, Malinda cushion or Franklin bar stool when it comes to narrowing down their baby names.
The suggestions are remarkably different to those which are predicted to top the baby girl and boy names for 2018; Meghan is expected to make the top ten as parents take inspiration from Meghan Markle, while Harry is also tipped to see a surge in popularity, according to parenting magazine Mother & Baby.
Meghan is predicted to see a rise in popularity in 2018, inspired by Meghan Markle
Meanwhile, parents are also returning to more classic names when it comes to choosing the perfect forename for their bundle of joy; looking back 100 years to 1918, the most popular boys' name was John, while Mary was at the top of the list for little girls. Dorothy, Margaret and Ruth were also very popular choices, as were James, Robert and Charles.