The Most Popular Baby Names of the Future

by Pamela Redmond Satran

What will be the most popular baby names of 2028? Which names will rise the fastest and which will fall? What unexpected names do we see gaining popularity? And what major baby name trends do we see emerging in the ten years ahead?

We analyzed the Social Security data to create projections for the next ten years of baby names. The exclusive lists that follow are based on our statistical calculations.

Most Popular Baby Names 2028

The most popular names ten years from now will include some familiar choices still ranking in the Top 10, along with unexpected newcomers. We see Charlotte, the British princess name that entered the US Top 10 in 2014, rising to Number 1, with current top boy name Liam holding onto his Number 1 spot.

Three of the names in the girls’ Top 10 but seven in the boys’ will be new, we predicted. Names new to the Top 10 in 2028 are marked with an asterisk.

Top 10 Girls’ Names 2028

Charlotte

Amelia

Harper*

Emma

Olivia

Evelyn

Mia

Aria*

Ava

Sofia*

Top 10 Boys’ Names 2028

Liam

Mateo*

Maverick*

Noah

Lincoln*

Lucas*

Henry*

Theodore*

Jaxon*

Oliver

Top 10 Unisex Names 2028

Gender-neutral names will continue to be popular ten years from now, with some new choices rising through the ranks. Among names given to at least 10 percent of the minority gender, we predict these will be the top unisex names of 2028:

Avery

Quinn

Sawyer

Parker

Nova

Charlie

Finley

Emerson

Logan

Rowan

Beyond the Top 10

Looking further down our list of projected most popular names, we see some trends continuing and others emerging. There are more Spanish names on the Top 100, more word names, more non-traditional names for boys and serious names for girls.

Here are 10 girl names and 10 boy names we predict will double in use over the next 10 years, pushing them all into the 2028 Top 100 Baby Names. They’re ordered by popularity, starting with most popular.

Girl Names

Kinsley

Paisley

Eleanor

Everly

Hadley

Arya

Iris

Londyn

Anastasia

Eloise

Boy Names

Easton

Jameson

Jaxson

Ezra

Declan

Kyrie

Silas

Waylon

Luca

Messiah

Falling Idols

And what about the names that we can expect to slowly fade away? Here are those that have plunged the most, and which we are prepared to bid a fond farewell to.

Formerly popular girls names that fell the most

Kaitlin: Down 91.6%

Dayanara: Down 90.9%

Isis: Down 90.8%

Ashlee: Down 90.8%

Caitlin: Down 89.6%

Breanna: Down 88.6%

Jaslene: Down 88.2%

Rachael: Down 86.1%

Caitlyn: Down 85.9%

Jasmin: Down 86.8%

Formerly popular boys names that fell the most

Braeden: Down 85%

Braden: Down 81.2%

Jaydon: Down 80%

Aidan: Down 79.7%

Brenden: Down 79.7%

Branden: Down 79.3%

Jadon: Down 77.2%

Sean: Down 76.4%

Camron: Down 74.4%

Nickolas: Down 74%

Formerly popular unisex names that fell the most

Jadyn: Down 91.2%

Jordin: Down 86.3%

Alexis: Down 77.3%

Jaden: Down 76.8%

Devon: Down 76.3%

Devin: Down 75.7%

Shannon: Down 72.2%

Jaidyn: Down 71.6%

Guadalupe: Down 68.6%

Jaylin: Down 66.9%

As we come to the end of our 10 celebratory 10th anniversary blogs, we’d love to hear what the site has meant to you on your naming journey!

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whammy Says:

October 27th, 2018 at 9:20 am

Very interesting. I’ve never really considered the longevity of trends, but now we are shifting away from Gen X parents and toward Milennial parents and it’s not as drastic as I thought it would be! It seems as though the boys are getting more varied names, while the girls are staying more or less the same. So interesting!!

Pam Says:

October 27th, 2018 at 2:24 pm

@whammy You’re right! The shift to more fashionable boys’ names is the biggest change of the past ten years and one we see continuing in a major way.

brittanyanitarose Says:

October 28th, 2018 at 11:19 am

I really look forward to a continued shift in diversity of boys names for the us. It’s been really excited to see people move away from decades long staples.

ladyhope Says:

October 29th, 2018 at 10:47 am

I don’t think Theodore will be in the top 10. The highest it’s ever been was 30 and I think that’s more or less where it will peak again in this century. In 1917 it was 63, and in 2017 it was 62. Perfectly accurate for the 100 year rule which I definitely believe in!

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