Baby Name Trends 2018

By Pamela Redmond Satran

We head into 2018 following a year of surprises: The rise of powerful women after the fall of the first female presidential candidate, unexpected heroes (and villains) on the world as well as the theatrical stage, a new emphasis on truth as well as strength.

For Nameberry’s 2018 baby name trends, that means it’s time to get serious. In the year ahead, we predict a stronger taste for heroic names for both daughters and sons, increased flexibility in using names to equalize the genders, and a more adventurous search for names that have deep roots but feel fresh in the modern world.

Name Origin Ripe for Discovery: Welsh

Maybe because we've grown so fond of those Game of Thrones dragons, the next best undiscovered source for names is Wales, whose symbol is the dragon. Although part of the United Kingdom, the Welsh language shares status with English as the nation’s official language, and many Welsh names thrive in that country and are prime for export.

Perhaps the best-known are the –wen ending names: Anwen, Bronwen, Rhonwen, Gwen, and Owen. But other hot Welsh choices are Bryn, Carys, Eilonwy, Eira, Eluned, Rhiannon, Seren, and Wynn for girls; Emrys, Gareth, Gower, Idris, Lloyd, Rhys, and Vaughn for boys.

 

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Kibby Says:

December 15th, 2017 at 12:30 am

The ban on Brand names should also extend to car names. Just saying…

tfzolghadr Says:

December 15th, 2017 at 5:25 am

Totally agree… no guns or (well-known) brands in general. Really that means no materialistic names… Bentley, Tiffany, Diamond, etc.

maggiemary Says:

December 15th, 2017 at 6:28 am

@tfzolghadr – Tiffany was a name long before it was a luxury label, and I’m sure that applies to other brands/labels too, I know Mercedes is one such example (the car was named after the founder’s daughter). Surely such names couldn’t be banned, when they were names first?!

southern.maple Says:

December 17th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

I don’t believe in banning names. As @maggiemary pointed out, names like Remington and Bentley were names long before they were associated with brands. Not every parent using these names is using them because they’re gun/car/jewelry/purse/whatever enthusiasts. Where would you draw the line?

AprilRose Says:

December 20th, 2017 at 7:42 pm

I agree that naming a child after a brand is in poor taste and should be avoided, however many brand names stem from real names, either given names (like Mercedes or Tiffany’s) or surnames (and surnames as given names is increasingly popular). So it’s completely possible that many families could simply like a name that happens to also be a major brand (of course parents should take the association into consideration when making their decision but if it feels right, then it’s the right name)

I mean why shouldn’t parents be able to name their kids Tesla or Nova, two beautiful names with science connections, just because they’re car brands.

And to add one final point, here in Ireland there’s a really popular brand of biscuits (cookies) called Jacob’s. Should we ban Jacob then?

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