Most Popular Names 2018
By Linda Rosenkrantz
On Nameberry’s baby name popularity list for 2018, Atticus is the top boys’ name for the second year in a row and Olivia ranks as Number 1 for the third consecutive year. But the big news from the Most Popular Baby Names of 2018 is that three new names have attained a spot in the golden Top 10: Finn, Genevieve–which jumped up from #28 to #10–and Rose! Yes, that perennial middle name has now become a first name fave!
Parents have become more and more adventurous with their boy choices: in 2018 there were more boys’ names than girls’ entering the ranks of both the Top 100 and Top 1000 names. Nameberry boy favorites include fewer classics and traditional male picks, with style becoming a dominant factor.
For both genders we now see a preponderance of charming vintage revivals, with Clementine and Cordelia, Otto and Amos, all entering the Top 100. Unusual names made a strong showing as well, with high rankings for Amara, Aurora, Lyra and Wren, Atlas, Aarav, Ryker and Caspian.
Note: Four of the Top 10 girls’ names begin and end in the letter A.
Nameberry’s popular names list measures which names attracted the largest share of our nearly 250 million page views. It’s a measure of parents’ interest in baby names and a predictor of which names will become more popular in the future. While the latest national list measures 2017 popularity, Nameberry’s list gives a more current sense of what parents are considering NOW.
Here are the Top Ten baby names for each gender:
On Nameberry’s Top 100, new entrants on the girls’ side are:
On the boys’ side there are 11 new names in the Top 100. They are:
Number 1 boy name Atticus represents a growing trend towards ancient Latin names and literary heroes, Theodore is a second-tier classic making a strong comeback, while Silas is a name revived by Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake in 2015.
For girls, Charlotte reflects the influence of the British royal family; the popularity of multicultural Amara was probably spiked by her presence as an immortal character on The Vampire Diaries, while Genevieve is a fresher replacement for the Jen-generation of names.
See the full list of Nameberry’s Most Popular Baby Names 2018.
Thanks to Owen Satran for his statistical research.
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on December 14th, 2018 at 12:09 am
You have Hazel on the top 100 chart twice and I feel like Silas was already on the rise before Silas Timberlake but that may have just been in my area. Such a fun and interesting list. I do use the search function a lot but most of the time it’s not for names I like. I’m usually just curious about name popularity and rank.
on December 14th, 2018 at 1:12 am
Almost wish the real-life list was like this! I really like so many of these names.
Think there was a mistake though, you call Amara, Aurora and Lyra “unusual” but you probably meant Amara, Aurelia and Lyra since Aurora is a top 60 name.
on December 14th, 2018 at 2:14 am
@epowell Thanks–there’s only one Hazel now.
on December 14th, 2018 at 2:04 pm
Lovely list! My favorites are Anna and Simon, and I’m surprised to see Amara – it seems pretty unusual to me.
on December 14th, 2018 at 6:53 pm
I’m not sure if two of my DDs names being on that list is a good thing or not.
on December 15th, 2018 at 12:04 am
Haha both my son’s names are on this list! But both were below 600 for usage in the US for 2017. So I guess we hit the sweet spot between lovable names and overused ones, at least for the time being!
on December 15th, 2018 at 12:32 am
Vowel names- especially E are reigning supreme for girls!
on December 15th, 2018 at 8:47 am
interesting, I used to LOVE the name Amara and I kind of forgot about it for a while… I’ve never met one, but when I was younger I knew a pair of twins named India and Amaya, I always thought Amaya was a pretty alternative to Maya.
on December 16th, 2018 at 1:53 am
You have Cornelia listed on the top 100 girls list but I think you meant Cordelia!
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