Choosing a name for your kid can be a daunting task. The connotations of names change over time. You can never really predict which names are going to age well and which are going to be fleeting trends.
Keep reading to discover the most popular baby names of the year. I bet you know a few babies and toddlers with a lot of the names on this list. Maybe you even chose one of these names for your baby. These names became popular for a reason. They are all gorgeous and oh so 2018.
Emma is a classic name that’s never really gone out of style. It’s the most popular girl’s name in 2018 so far. Honestly, I get the appeal. Emma is cute yet dignified. It carries some literary weight (did anyone else read that Jane Austen novel in high school?) and there are some pretty amazing ladies in pop culture with the name Emma (I’m looking at you, Emma Stone and Emma Watson).
Emma Stone’s name is actually Emily, but she had to change it when she became an actress. Anyway, Emma is a name of German origin that means whole or universal.
Liam is the most popular boy’s baby name of 2018. It’s short, sweet, and very on trend right now. Liam is actually a short form of the Irish name “Uilliam,” and not “William” like we all thought (although “William” is also derived from “Uilliam”).
Liam basically means guardian, which is interesting because Liam Hemsworth, the most famous Liam, is the brother of Chris Hemsworth, who is in Guardians of the Galaxy. I know, it’s a stretch. Do with it what you will.
The name Olivia comes from the Latin word “oliva,” which means olive. It was first popularized in the 17th century by William Shakespeare in his play,Twelfth Night.
Do you think that the name Olivia is rising in popularity because of Kerry Washington’s character in Scandal? I think so. Olivia Pope definitely has that kind of influence. Olivia is a delicate name with a strong historical legacy. This name may be popular, but it definitely isn’t ordinary.
Noah is a strong name that’s been around for a while. It’s consistently been in the top three boy’s names of the year since 2015, and it’s been in the top ten since 2009. I think its popularity has a lot to do with The Notebook.
Noah is a name with biblical origins. He was the guy who gathered two of every animal on an ark when the earth flooded.
Have you been seeing this name everywhere lately? Because I have. It seems like every time someone announces that they’ve had a baby girl, the baby’s name is always Ava. In a few years our elementary schools are going to be overrun with Avas.
It is a very pretty name. I get why it’s popular. Reese Witherspoon named her daughter Ava way back in 1999 (you know, before it was popular).
Oliver, the masculine form of Olivia, is a super popular boy’s name this year. I guess if Olivia is popular, it would make sense for Oliver to be popular too. I think the name Oliver is super cute.
It’s also derived from the Latin word for Olive. It sounds strong and soft at the same time, and it has a melodious quality that’s just so darn cute. The name is giving me some pretty intense Charles Dickens vibes.
Isabella is the Latinized form of Elizabeth. It’s a beautiful name with so much nickname potential— Izzie, Bella, Belle, Isa, Isabelle… the list goes on.
Isabella hit it’s popularity peak in 2009, which makes a lot of sense because that’s when all those Twilight movies were coming out. Isabella isn’t number one on the list anymore, but it is still on the list. Whether you’re into Twilight or not, Isabella is a beautiful name.
Lucas is the Latinized form of the English name, Luke. So far, there are a lot of Latin names on this list. Do we think the rising popularity of the name Lucas has anything to do with the release of the new Star Wars films?
Also, Lucas is the name of one of the main characters in the Netflix series Stranger Things. I think Lucas is a gorgeous, strong name, whether or not it has anything to do with Luke Skywalker.
Sophia is a name of Greek origin that means wisdom. A lot of people think that it’s rising in popularity thanks to famous ladies like Sofia Vergara and Sofia Coppola. When you combine all variations of the name Sophia, (Sofia, Sophie, etc.) it was the most popular girl’s name for eight years in a row.
Sophia is a beautiful name with a beautiful meaning. We all want our little girls to be wise.
The name Mason is one of the most popular boy’s names in 2018, but it can be used for both boys and girls. It comes from the traditional surname “Mason,’ which refers to a person who works with stone (like a stonemason).
There aren’t too many famous Masons in the world. At least, not yet. We’ll have to wait and see what these new babies get up to when they’re older.
The name Amelia has Germanic roots. It’s connected to words that have to do with work and industriousness. If you name your daughter Amelia, she might just become a very hard and dedicated worker.
The name brings to mind some famous industrious ladies like Amelia Earhart. Minnie Driver’s full name is actually Amelia Fiona Driver. Amelia is a gorgeous name that’s popular but not too popular. Right now it’s sitting at number six on the list of the most popular girl’s names of 2018.
Logan is a name of Scottish Gaelic origin that means “little hollow.” It’s been slowly climbing up the popularity chart since 2007. I think this name sounds the best when it’s spoken in a Scottish accent.
The only pop culture references I can think of for this name are Logan Reese from Zooey 101and Logan Delos from Westworld. Both of those guys had some issues. Let’s hope all these baby Logans grow up to be way cooler than those guys.
Mia is the short form of a whole bunch of names, including Amelia, Maria, Miriam, and Emily. Now it’s a name all on its own, and it’s getting more popular every day.
I think this name started getting more popular after the release of Disney’s The Princess Diaries. Also, Mia Wasikowska carries the name pretty well. Now that Mamma Mia 2is out, the popularity of the name is probably going to skyrocket.
Elijah is a biblical name that’s been around for a long while. I credit its newfound popularity to Andrew Rannells’ character in the HBO series Girls.
Elijah the biblical figure was a prophet in Israel in the 9th century BCE. Maybe all of these baby Elijahs will have some prophetic powers. This is a really cute name with some strong spiritual connections. It’s almost a wonder that it took this long to become super popular.
Ok, we all know why this name became popular. We have the royal family to thank for all of the Charlottes who will be walking into nursery school in a few years.
Charlotte is a beautiful name that’s basically the feminine version of Charles. It comes from a French word that means “free man.” I love how regal the name Charlotte sounds, but I also really like the more playful “Charlie” as a nickname for Charlotte.
Ethan is a name derived from a Hebrew word that means steadfast, strong, firm, and safe. Ethan is actually an extremely popular boy’s name in Australia. The name has been growing in popularity in the U.S. too. 97% of all American boys named Ethan were born after 1989.
Ethan is a lovely name for a strong and steady young man. I hope all of the new baby Ethans feel as safe and as secure as their name.
Harper is the ninth most popular girl’s name of 2018 so far. It’s a classic Scottish surname, and it’s also an Anglicization of the German family name Härpfer, which means “one who plays the harp.”
The most famous Harper is probably Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.David and Victoria Beckham named their daughter Harper, so if it’s good enough for the Beckhams it’s good enough for me.
James is the ninth most popular boy’s name of 2018. It’s the Latin form of the Hebrew name Y’akov or Jacob. There have been a whole bunch of kings named James, including King James of the King James bible.
There are also a bunch of cute nicknames for the name James, including Jim, Jimmy, Jimbo, Jimmie Jam, basically anything that starts with a “J.” There are almost too many famous James to list (so I won’t list them).
Mila is such an adorable name for a baby girl. It’s number ten on the list of the top ten most popular girl’s names of 2018. Mila is a Slavic name that means “gracious” or “dear.”
Of course, the most famous Mila is Mila Kunis. She’s been around for a while though, so that doesn’t really explain why the name Mila is becoming popular in 2018. It is a lovely name, though. It’s similar to Mia, but the “L” makes it just a little bit softer.
Aiden is the tenth most popular boy’s name of 2018. Aiden is a Scottish Gaelic name that means “fiery” or “bringer of fire.”
Names that rhyme with Aiden are also rising in popularity. We all know a Brayden, a Hayden, a Jayden, or a Caden. However you feel about this name, a lot of people really love it. It’s a polarizing one for sure. I like the name Aiden as a girl’s name, too.