Hottest Baby Names 2018
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.
Alma — This unusual A name means soul.
Eira — This Welsh name means snow.
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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.
Azariah — A Biblical name that’s used nearly equally for both genders in the US and is moving up the list.
Ren — This Japanese name means lotus, a symbol of purity and perfection.
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on 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.
on 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.
on 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?
on 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.
on April 20th, 2018 at 9:15 am
@onomastodon Argh, yes! That’s what I get for relying on memory. Thanks for pointing that out.
on 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. 🙂
on 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 🙂
on 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!
on 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!
on 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.
on April 20th, 2018 at 9:36 pm
None of them appeal to me.
on 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!!
on 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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