Top Baby Names 2018!

The top baby names of 2018 are in, with Emma and Liam continuing their reign as the Number 1 girl and boy names.

The top baby girl names remain exactly the same as last year in the first five places: Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, and Sophia.

Among the most popular baby boy names, the Top 4 — Liam, Noah, William, and James — are unchanged from 2017. The new entry at Number 5 is Oliver, up four spots from 2017.

We have two new names in the Top 10 baby names, Harper and Lucas. They replace Abigail and Jacob, the latter of which had been in the Top 10 for over two decades.

Here are the new 2018 Top 10 baby names with their positions relative to last year:


Emma =

Olivia =

Ava =

Isabella =

Sophia =

Charlotte +1

Mia -1

Amelia =

Harper +2

Evelyn -1


Liam =

Noah =

William =

James =

Oliver +4

Benjamin =

Elijah +1

Lucas +3

Mason -2

Logan -5

Get the new full top 1000 baby names 2018 here.

Meghan is the fastest-rising girl name, undoubtedly influenced by American actress-turned-duchess (and new mom herself), Meghan Markle. Charlotte, the name of Britain‘s little princess, rose one more peg to Number 6.

New royal baby name Archie was already rising through the ranks in the US last year, up 178 points to crack the Top 1000 for the first time in 30 years. TV’s Riverdale may be the 2018 influence, but the newborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is sure to push it even higher.

Dior, the surname of classic French designer Christian Dior, was the second-fastest riser on the girls’ side.

For boys, Genesis and Saint were the fastest rising. These fit in with the recent trend of spiritual baby names. Saint was introduced into the baby name pool by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West when they used it for their son in 2015.

Mila and Luna also experienced major gains, each breaking into the Top 25. Mila Kunis is credited with popularizing her name, and Luna is a celebrity baby name favorite, used by such stars as Uma Thurman, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

Owen entered the Top 25 for boys. It’s been rising steadily since the early 2000s and is a popular character name, featured in movies and television shows such as Jurassic World, Fast & Furious, and Grey’s Anatomy.

Other celebrity and pop culture names on the rise include Yara, from Game of Thrones; Bowie, as in the late singer David Bowie; Kenzo, as in the Japanese designer; and Benicio, as in actor Del Toro.

The fastest-rising names included many surname-names for both girls and boys. For girls, Palmer and Kiely were among the ten fastest-rising names, while Baker and Watson were among the top ten fastest risers for boys.

Names that fell the fastest last year include trendy choices like Audrina and Maxton, as well as more traditional names that have fallen out of favor: Courtney and Marjorie for girls, Craig and Darrell for boys.

Elsa, which enjoyed a moment in the sun thanks to Frozen, also dropped more than 200 places.

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized baby name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.