Hottest Baby Names 2018

30 names headed for the top

hottest names 2018

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Our hottest baby names are those we see attracting an outsized share of attention from expectant parents, based on number of views of our name pages for the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period last year.

These hot names may not show up on the popularity lists….yet. Most are unusual, even unique, but hit the right style tone for today.

If you’re looking for a rare, cool name for your baby and want to be ahead of the fashion curve, we recommend these 30 hot choices.

Hot Names for Baby Girls

Adelia — So many girls’ names that start with Ad — from Ada to Adelaide to Adele to all the variations of Adeline — have become hugely popular that it seems inevitable that the lovely vintage Adelia would be rediscovered. Adelia can also make a good choice for parents who love Amelia but want something more unusual.

Alma — This unusual A name means soul.

Bee — Beatrice and its short form Bea have been among the vintage hit names of recent years, but Bee pushes the name into nature territory.

Cassia — This Greek name, a relative of Cassius and Cassian, is prime for widespread discovery.

Cora — Cora may not be unusual but it’s the hottest girls’ name of all. Simple and strong, we see this one heading for the top.

Eira — This Welsh name means snow.

Lumi — Another name that means snow, this one is popular in Finland and suddenly feels possible in the US, perhaps thanks to the visibility of Rumi, the name of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby daughter.

Pixie — Some Manic Pixie Dream Girls are growing up and giving their baby daughters this sprightly name.

Posie — Also spelled Posy or Posey, this sweet flower name can be short for Josephine or Penelope or can stand on its own.

Zaina — Zaina is an Arabic and African name meaning “beautiful” and a new entry to the group of fashionable names starting with Z.

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Hot Names for Baby Boys

Bear — An unlikely hit name of the decade, Bear is a cuddly nature name.

BroganBrogan is an unusual member of the trendy Irish surname group of boys’ names, a saint’s name with the same appeal as Logan and Brody.

Elio — Elio is an Italian version of Helios, the name of the Greek sun god, that is popular in France.

Keir — Following the recent trend of boys’ names that find new visibility following the popularity of their feminine counterparts — such as Emmett after Emma and Everett after Eva — the male Keir is hot on the heels of his popular sister Keira, Kiera, and Kyra.

Lazarus — This Biblical name is finally being used by a new generation of parents.

LeanderA leonine name popular in Europe with an inspirational mythological namesake.

LorcanAn unusual Irish name that means little and fierce; Declan for the next generation.

OrionA celestial name that’s come down to earth in recent years.

SethOne of the classic Biblical names that’s being quietly used.

TheloniousA jazzy name that can sometimes lead to Theo.

Hot Gender-Neutral Baby Names

AmariAmari is a unisex name with roots in several cultures and an appealing meaning: eternal.

Azariah — A Biblical name that’s used nearly equally for both genders in the US and is moving up the list.

DarcyJane Austen‘s dreamy Mr. Darcy has passed on his soft name to a new generation of boys and girls.

IndigoIndigo is a fashionable color for clothing as well as trendy name for both girls and boys, made even more appealing by the nickname Indy.

KitActor Kit Harington made this nickname for Christopher stylish for boys; for girls, it’s a new short form for Katherine.

MarloweAlso spelled Marlow and Marlo, this is one of the trendiest gender-neutral baby names.

MonroeSinger Mariah Carey started a trend when she chose star Marilyn‘s surname for her daughter. As a male name, it’s a vintage choice finding new life.

RenThis Japanese name means lotus, a symbol of purity and perfection.

River Nature name River is among the Top 20 gender-neutral baby names in the US today.

ZephyrThis name of the God of the West Wind is attracting well-deserved attention.

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lesliemarion Says:

April 19th, 2018 at 11:34 pm

Such lovely choices.

I especially love Adela (or Delphia or Adira), Alma, Bea, Cassia, and while not Lumi per se, Lumiere is to me gorgeous.

And for the males, Zephyr, Ren or Wren (great nns for Lawrence), Marlowe, Kit, Darcy (for Mr.!), Orion, Leander, Keir, and Brogan.

I have fantasy twins named Cassia and Flavia and think Keir and Brogan would make great male twins.

rosemilk Says:

April 20th, 2018 at 4:05 am

Lumi is really pretty! I like Posie/Posey/Posy too, although I prefer it as a nickname.

Leander was one my top name picks for my son! My husband immediately disliked it though, saying it was too flowery.

onomastodon Says:

April 20th, 2018 at 4:11 am

I’m interested to see Lorcán’s meaning given here as ‘blackbird’, rather than ‘little fierce one’. Maybe an error influenced by the similar Lonán?

jjayx Says:

April 20th, 2018 at 6:07 am

Adore Lorcan, definitely future son material. Alma and Cora are my favourite girls and Zephyr has always been a bit of a secret love.

Pam Says:

April 20th, 2018 at 9:15 am

@onomastodon Argh, yes! That’s what I get for relying on memory. Thanks for pointing that out.

onomastodon Says:

April 20th, 2018 at 9:37 am

@Pam: they are pretty similar (especially when you add Lommán / Loman into the mix). Feel free to delete my comments here now if you want. 🙂

NaomiNY Says:

April 20th, 2018 at 3:51 pm

Wow, great names! I really like: Cassia, Alma, Lumi, Cora, Zaina, Brogan, Lazarus, Leander, Orion, Seth, Thelonious, Azariah, Darcy, Kit, Ren, River, & Zephyr 🙂

ecpt Says:

April 20th, 2018 at 6:28 pm

While not at all my typical style, Bee could become a GP of mine. I had a great-great-aunt Bea (who was not Beatrice, but Bertha) and she was an inspiration right up until she passed away at age 101!

midwinter Says:

April 20th, 2018 at 6:32 pm

I love a ton of these names! Adelia, Zephyr, Posey, Indigo, Eira, Bear, Alma… I’m conflicted between hating the idea that they could become more popular and loving the idea that more people are acknowledging them as fantastic choices!

Bobcat108 Says:

April 20th, 2018 at 9:16 pm

1) How could you resist writing “Lazarus: This Biblical name has finally arisen from the dead”? 🙂

2) Re Kit: In the YA Sue Barton series, written back in the 1930s & ’40s, one of Sue’s two best friends is Katherine nn Kit. And my 20-year-old daughter chose Kit (after the American Girl Kit, whose given first name was Margaret, IIRC; Kit came from her last name of Kittredge) as her nn when she was 7. Her given name is Kiersten, but her soccer coach kept calling her Kristen.

Susette Says:

April 20th, 2018 at 9:36 pm

None of them appeal to me.

Pam Says:

April 22nd, 2018 at 1:03 am

@ecpt My grandmother was Bea, short for Bertha, an alias for Bridget. I love Bee!
@Bobcat108 It was really hard!!

lynzrenee Says:

April 22nd, 2018 at 10:19 pm

My sister has a 3 month old son named River Moses. I guess we’ll be hearing that name a lot more often now. 🙂

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