The Hottest Nickname Names of 2018

by Sophie Kihm

We’ve taken a hint from the Brits, as nicknames are being used as given names more and more in the US each year. Liam outranks William, Lily is more common than Lillian, and names like Bella, Jack, Ellie, Eli, and Sadie are all in the Top 100.

These nicknames are all cool, but they’re not hot. A hot nickname is one that is climbing quickly, rising fifty or more places in the Top 1000. Nicknames often become hot thanks to pop culture references or due to similarities to other popular names.

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by Sophie Kihm

The most exciting celebrity baby news of the past few weeks has undoubtedly been that of the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s little prince. Archie Harrison does not have any family names, but his middle name honors Dad—Harrison literally means Harry’s son.

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Best New Names in the Top 1000

By Emma Waterhouse

According to the latest baby name data from the SSA, the pool of names chosen by new parents in the US has never been wider. The percentage of babies receiving a name in the Top 1000 continues to trend downwards, with almost a third of those born in 2018 receiving a name less common than Coleman or Kimora, Markus or Maliah — the #999 and #1000 names, respectively.

50 new girl names and 45 new boy names joined (or rejoined) the Top 1000 in 2018, replacing some surprising dropouts: like Marlowe, Kaya and Renee on the girls’ side, and Foster, Anton and Emmet on the boys’.

We’ve rounded up ten of the most appealing new entries for both sexes, together with the trends they showcase. Starred names appeared in the Top 1000 for the very first time last year.

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Lost Baby Names: Now Back on Track

By Clare Green

Today we dive deep into the charts to look at the comeback baby names of 2018. Not names that have returned to the Top 100, or even the Top 1000; we’re talking about  lost baby names that have just returned to the list.

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by Abby Sandel

When the new US popularity data comes out, we all look for certain things. Are we still naming our babies for Game of Thrones characters? (Most certainly yes.) How about the royal family? (Meghan, I’m looking at you.)

But there’s a quieter trend to watch, something that happens in the 1910s and the 1950s, and one that we still see today: classic baby names cycle in – and out – of fashion.

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