These Are the Most Popular Baby Names of 2018 for Boys and Girls
Welcome Stormi, Kale, and Ramirez!
If you’re still trying to decide on a baby name, BabyCenter could give you some insight as to what’s up-and-coming. Every year, the site studies its users to come up with a list of the most popular names. Here are some of the baby name trends they found for 2018.
Names that end in “a” are still popular for girls.
In fact, almost all of the top 10 names for girls end in the same letter: Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Ava, Isabella, Aria, Riley, Amelia, Mia, and Layla. (Way to go, Riley, for sneaking in there!)
Shorter names are gaining ground for boys.
With a few exceptions, the top 10 boys names tend to be a short, punchy two syllables: Jackson, Liam, Noah, Aiden, Caden, Grayson, Lucas, Mason, Oliver, and Elijah. This is indicative a of the overall trend that baby names in the United States have been getting shorter since the ’90s.
Kardashian/Jenner-related names continue to dominate.
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Since Kylie Jenner announced the name of her baby, BabyCenter has seen a 63% rise in the name Stormi. In addition, Dream — the name Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna gave their daughter — also saw a 42% rise. No doubt, Chicago and True are not far behind.
Fortnite names are a thing now.
If you’ve never played Fortnite, the massively popular online game, you might be missing out on a trove of potential baby names. BabyCenter says it’s seen a rise in Fortnite-related monikers like Ramirez (up 57%), Leviathan (up 46%) and Rogue (up 47%). Those are some cool-sounding babies!
And so are bohemian names.
BabyCenter saw a big jump in Peace for girls and Shanti (which means “peace” in Sanskrit) for boys, which jumped 66% and 34%, respectively. Also, health-food names like Kale (35%) and Kiwi (40%) and Saffron (31%) are hitting the big time. (So is Magnolia, but BabyCenter says that could be because of Chip and Joanna Gaines.) Calling all Earth Mothers out there: Your names are back in style.