Believe it or not, 2018 is just around the corner and parents-to-be have likely already started running through a list of names for their precious bundle of joy. While it may be too early to tell the baby’s sex, it’s always good to have name choices for both genders. For the sake of this list, however, we will be focusing solely on girls’ names. More specifically, girl names that are highly anticipated winners for 2018.
One of the most fun things about naming a girl is the gorgeous options to choose from. There are so many beauties out there, and while it may be hard to narrow it down to just one, we trust that you’ll make the perfect choice for both you and baby. If you are however in need of some help deciding on a perfect name for your baby girl, we’re here! That’s right! Whether you’re looking for something inspiring, or simply a name to fall in love with, look no further.
Below is our list of the 20 most anticipated girls names for 2018. This list is based on accumulated data from the current year, and we can assure you that these names are truly some of our favourites to date. There really is something for everyone and we can’t wait for you to see what they are.
Latin in origin, Stella is a delightful choice for any little girl. In its Latin roots, the name means “star.” Not only is Stella intriguing in sound, it also maintains the ease of pronunciation. The name has been around for ages but has never been widely successful until now. Today, it stands as the 34th most popular girl name in the U.S., and we anticipate it to get even more prevalent in 2018.
People with the name Stella are said to have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving community. They are excellent observers, patient and are most happy when they are serving humanity. Stella’s are also very levelheaded individuals and strive for peace, harmony and balance in their lives.
Stylish and commanding, Stella is easily one of our favorite names on this list. Still undecided on a name for your little girl? Why not go with Stella?
The name Harper is a unisex name of English origin meaning “harpist; minstrel.” While it was originally seen as a male name, Harper has begun to rank on the top charts as a female given name. In fact, in the United States, Harper was the ninth most popular female given name in 2017. The name – used in its feminine form – doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, as it’s a desirable choice today for many parents expecting a little girl.
People with the name Harper are said to be extremely creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts and love a life filled with fun, freedom and randomness. Harper’s are often the center of attention and excel in careers that put them in the limelight. Because they like to become involved in many different activities, they can often become reckless with both their energy and money. Don’t worry, though. Harper’s are some of the smartest and most sincere individuals out there, and any parent would be lucky to have a Harper in his/her life.
Amelia is a female Teutonic name that means “defender.” Once seen as a popular name in the past, Amelia has made a comeback, making its way onto the top charts today. In 2017, the name Amelia was ranked as the seventh most popular female given name in the U.S., and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, but closer to the top. For 2018, we predict Amelia to break it’s way into the top five most popular baby girl names.
Bearers of the name Amelia hold an expression number of five, which means they are extremely excited by change, adventure, and excitement. Amelia’s are very dynamic, visionary and versatile, and are able to make constructive use of freedom. Because they tend to resent authority and fight being restricted by rules and conventions, they may become changeable, restless and rebellious at times.
Above all, we love the name Amelia and we think that it’s a completely ageless choice for any baby girl. So, if you’re a parent looking for something beautiful, popular and timeless, Amelia is perfect.
Zoe is a lovely female name of Greek origin. In its Greek derivation, the name can be translated to “life; or alive.” Not only is the name one that sounds super cute on a little girl, but it’s also super chic for any young woman. Popularity-wise, Zoe is also a hit among parents today. The name currently ranks as the 50th most popular female given name in the U.S., and we expect it to rise on the charts in 2018.
People with the name Zoe hold an expression number of one. What does this mean exactly? That Zoe’s are bold individuals who know how to take control. They love initiating events, are extremely organized, and can have very powerful, but amazing personalities. Bearers of the name Zoe are also said to be extremely determined and if things don’t go their way, they can become a bit aggressive or impatient. Truth be told, Zoe’s are a ball of fun, and if you’re considering this name for your little girl, get ready for an adventurous life.
Nora is a lovely female Anglo-Norman name from the Latin meaning, “honor.” Originally seen as a short form for Eleanora, a Greek name that means “light,” Nora is a beautiful choice on its own.
It has been said that people with the name Nora have a deep inner need for peace and harmony. They tend to analyze the world in which they live and often look at the bigger picture in order to seek deeper truths. Nora’s also love to be the center of attention, which is why they excel in careers that put them in the limelight.
In 2017, Nora has ranked as the 33rd most popular female given name in the U.S. Additionally, in Norway, Nora is also the ultimate go-to as it ranked the second most popular female given name in 2015. This is certainly good news for parents considering this name. Nora is not only a name with rich historical presence, but it’s also a sophisticated classic that will remain a favorite among parents worldwide.
Scarlett is a female name of English origin that means “red.” Beautiful in sound, Scarlett has become a widely used name for many baby girls around the world. In fact, the name currently sits as the seventeenth most popular female given name in the U.S. We expect this ranking to rise in 2018, not only because we think it’s one of the best names a girl could have, but also because we seem to be hearing it anywhere and everywhere.
Bearers of the name Scarlett have a SoulUrge number of six meaning they yearn to be a part of a stable, loving community. Scarlett’s are also very fiery individuals and are passionate about everything they do. They tend to be very successful in business and commercial affairs, however, this can also become their weakness as their success can overshadow their personal relationships with others. Above all, Scarlett is a beautiful name to consider and one that we absolutely adore.
The name Aurora is of Latin origin meaning “the mythical Roman goddess of the dawn.” The name first sparked interest among parents after Charles Perrault wrote the fairy tale “The Sleeping Beauty,” which depicts the story of Aurora – a gentle and loving princess who is raised by three fairies named Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. Princess Aurora lives in the forest, where she meets the Prince, her one true love.
Bearers of the name Aurora are said to be idealistic, highly imaginative, intuitive, and spiritual. They have a deep inner desire for inspiration and can be very opinionated when sharing their views of the world with others. They also tend to be visionary people who easily know how to inspire others around them. If they fail to develop their potential, they may misuse their imagination.
In terms of popularity today, Aurora is once again a hit amongst parents expecting a baby girl. It currently sits at number 47 on the top female baby name charts and it’s anticipated to rise in 2018. Not only is Aurora a beautifully sounding name, but it’s also tied to that of a Disney Princess – what little girl wouldn’t want that?
Rylie is a unisex name derived from the Old English ryge leah, meaning “wood clearing.” It's also an adaptation of the Irish last name Reilly, which (in it’s Irish form) means “valiant.” Traditionally, the name is used for males, however, in recent years, it has spiked in popularity as a female given name – and we’re not the slightest bit surprised! The gentle and subtle sound of the name gives it a rich feminine feel. Today, Rylie sits as the 22nd most popular name for a baby girl.
Thinking of having a little Rylie in your life? Take note of the name’s special meaning. For example, it has been said that bearers of the name Rylie thrive in settings of change and spontaneity. They are known to have a deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and would rather set own pace in life without being governed by tradition. Rylie’s are also very practical individuals and will respond positively to beautiful things. Does this sound like your future little one?
This beautiful name of Latin origin can be translated to “the moon.” In Latin Mythology, Luna is the name Artemis the moon goddess. While the name may not seem like a common choice for new parents, it has in fact made it on the top charts for baby girl names in 2017. Today, Luna sits as the 32nd most popular female given name. For 2018, we expect the name to break into the top 30 most popular female names.
People with the name Luna have a SoulUrge number of four meaning they have a deep inner yearning for order, creativity and conventionalism. They are very creative individuals and are often drawn to the arts. Luna’s are also known to be the center of attention and will excel in careers that put them in the limelight. Truth be told, Luna is one of our favorite names on this list. It’s symbolic, adorable and absolutely beautiful in sound.
Natalie is a beautiful female name that derives from the Russian name Natalia, meaning “birthday” or “Christmas.” The name also has Latin roots, which also translates to “born at Christmas.” Popularity-wise, Natalie sits as the 37th most popular female given name in the U.S. And, because we’ve encountered so many little Natalie’s this year, we only anticipate the name to become even more widespread in 2018.
When it comes to the name Natalie, there’s really no going wrong. It’s not only a classic name that will always remain in style, but its also a beautifully feminine choice for any sweet little girl.
Additionally, bearers of the name Natalie have a distinct trait about them. They are known to be very analytical thinkers and excel at seeking deeper truths. Natalie’s are spiritual, practical and competent, and can get along with just about anyone. So, if you’re planning on having a Natalie in your life, you will quickly come to realize just how wonderful and fun-to-be-around she is.
Hazel is a beautiful female name of Teutonic origin. When translated, the name means “commander,” or “the hazelnut tree.” In terms of popularity, Hazel is slowly rising and currently ranks at 63 on the top baby girl name charts. Moreover, the name has steadily grown in popularity since 2004 thanks to when Julia Roberts named one of her twins Hazel.
In addition to being a celebrity pick – most recently by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Hazel is an excellent choice because of its beautiful meaning. Because Hazel is a nature name – thanks to its association with the hazelnut tree – it symbolizes protection and authority.
Bearers of the name Hazel are said to be excellent at analyzing, understanding, and learning. They are born teachers and because they live so much in the mind, they tend to be quiet and introspective. Above all, we think Hazel is an excellent choice and any little girl would be lucky to hold this beautiful name.
Ellie is a wonderful female name of Greek origin. Short for Eleanor or Eleanora, Ellie has made its way onto the mainstream stage as an adorable standalone option for any little girl. In its Greek origin, the name can be translated to “shining light.” Today, Ellie is the 24th most popular girl name in the U.S. and it’s only anticipated to become even more predominant in 2018. Ellie is one of those names that people don’t forget. The name is not only fun, but it’s also adorable in sound and easy to pronounce.
It has been said that people with the name Ellie are excellent at expressing themselves. They love to analyze the world in which they live and can easily make constructive use of free time. Ellie’s tend to me mystics, philosophers and teachers, and are known to be some of the most loyal people around. Truth be told, Ellie’s are wonderful people and any parent would be lucky to have an Ellie in his/her life.
No surprise here! Victoria has once again neared the top of the female name charts for 2017, ranking 27th. Timeless and beautiful, Victoria, which can be translated to “victory” from its Latin origin, is a perfect choice for any parent expecting a little girl in 2018. Think about it. Victoria is one of those names that has long stood the test of time with its beauty and grace. It’s not only versatile with the many nicknames it comes with, but it’s also a name that can grow from baby to toddler to adult.
It has been said that people with name Victoria are excellent observers and are very adaptable. They can learn new things very quickly with little to no direction. And, even though their solitary thoughtfulness and analysis of people may make them seem aloof, they are some of the most intelligent individuals you’ll ever meet.
Penelope is a beautiful female name of Greek origin. In its Greek meaning, the name can be translated to “white shoulder.” According to research, the name Penelope was ranked as the 28th most popular female name of 2017 in the United States. Additionally, recent trends are showing that this name will continue to rise on the baby name charts for 2018 – and for good reason! The name is not only adorable, it is also an absolutely beautiful name to say.
According to SheKnows, the name Penelope has a SoulUrge number of three, which means that they have deep inner desire to express themselves through public speaking, acting, writing or singing. Not only do Penelope's yearn to have beauty around them, but they also strive for success in everything they do.
If you ask us, Penelope is one of those names that people never forget. It’s an impactful name that has rich meaning and any little girl would be lucky to hold such a lovely name.
The name Savannah derives from the Taino (Native American) word “zabana,” which means “large grassy plain.” In the 19th-century, the name came into use as a given name in America, and since then, has risen in popularity. Today, Savannah is the 40th most popular girl name in the U.S.
We love the name Savannah for its soft, romantic feel. It’s also a popular name for characters in love stories. For example, Savannah is the name of the main female character in Nicholas Sparks’ romantic tale “Dear John.”
People who hold the name Savannah are said to be natural born performers. They love being the center of attention and excel in careers that put them in the limelight. Considering the name Savannah for your baby girl? Get ready for a little showstopper!
Originally seen as a male name, Kennedy is making its way onto the top charts for female given names. Irish in origin, the name can be translated to “helmeted; helmed head.” It’s also worth mentioning that Kennedy is a common surname, most recognized on the assassinated U.S. president John F. Kennedy, who held office from 1961 to 1963. While the name is quite common as a surname, its first-name status for a baby girl is quickly rising in popularity. Don’t believe us? Check the charts, Kennedy sits as the 57th most popular female name today in the United States.
Additionally, bearers of the name Kennedy are known to be are very versatile, idealistic and intuitive. They are natural born leaders and use this ability to serve humanity, rather than for self-glorification. Kennedy’s are also eventful and enjoy creating excitement in their lives. Truth be told, Kennedy is a name that demands attention and respect, and one that is definitely worth considering for any little girl.
Violet is a beautiful English name that means “flower” or “purple,” and is one that many parents are considering today. The name also has many variants and can be used in a variety of cultures. For example, Violet is commonly used the Italian, Latin and French cultures. In Italian, the name can be pronounced as Violetta. In Latin, it can be pronounced Viola, and in French it can be pronounced Violette.
Popularity-wise, Violet is the fiftieth most used female given name, and it’s expected to become more prevalently used in 2018. The name is truly a lovely option for any little girl. It’s soft and sweet, and its versatility allows the name to grow from baby to adult very easily.
Additionally, people with the name Violet are said to be highly imaginative, intuitive, and spiritual. They seek after spiritual truth and often find it. They are excellent observers and can inspire just about anyone around them. Violets are truly wonderful people, so consider this name if you’re expecting a little girl.
A nickname for Sarah (meaning "princess"), Sadie is a Hebrew name that we absolutely love. Sadie is not only adorable in sound, but its also becoming a hit among parents today. The name currently sits at number 52 on the top baby girl name chart for 2017 and its anticipated to become even more popular in 2018.
People with the name Sadie are said to be quiet, cooperative and sympathetic. They are very adaptable and can get along with just about anyone. They are also very trustworthy and know how to respect the confidence of others, making them excellent encouragers.
Think Sadie is a gorgeous name? That’s probably because of its association to the meaning princess. And while the name is not as common as it’s alternate, Sarah (also meaning princess), it still as equally as beautiful in our eyes.
Charlotte is a beautiful French name that means “tiny and feminine.” It’s also seen as the feminine form of Charles, and is one of our favorite names on this list. In fact, we are not alone when swooning over this name. Charlotte is a hit among parents today and currently sits as the ninth most popular female given name in the United States. For 2018, we expect Charlotte to become even higher on the baby name charts – possibly breaking its way into the top five.
According to SheKnows, people with the name Charlotte have a SoulUrge number of three, meaning, they hold a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in the form of public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They are creative individuals and can easily become the center of attention.
Above all, Charlotte is a pretty special name and parents should consider it when choosing one for their little girl. Why? It’s truly an elegant choice that can appeal to a wide range of parents because it sounds feminine, yet grownup. If you ask us, that's a win-win situation right there!
Darling and adorable, Emma is a Germanic name meaning “complete, whole, or universal.” Beautiful for any little girl, the name has continuously rested in the top baby girl name charts this passed decade. This year, Emma currently sits at number one (as it has for the last three years) and we don’t expect it to go anywhere in 2018.
Emma is a simple name that has streamlined a modern-feeling of distinct femininity. The name took on its modern day boost when it was given to Rachel and Ross’s baby on Friends in 2002. Since then, Emma has become a common worldwide choice for parents expecting a little girl.
It has been said that people with the name Emma are often excited by change and adventure. They are dynamic, versatile and know how to make constructive use of freedom. Above all, Emma’s are optimistic people who are able to make friends easily, so if you’re considering the name Emma, get ready for a loveable little girl!
Sources: Babycenter.com, Babble.com, SheKnows, Behindthename.com, Nameberry.com
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