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.
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.
Bear — An unlikely hit name of the decade, Bear is a cuddly nature name.
Brogan — Brogan 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.
Leander — A leonine name popular in Europe with an inspirational mythological namesake.
Lorcan — An unusual Irish name that means little and fierce; Declan for the next generation.
Orion — A celestial name that’s come down to earth in recent years.
Seth — One of the classic Biblical names that’s being quietly used.