Give the baby a name that will stand out! Names that we think are cute now, but may not be so cute when tons of people have used them. This seems to be the way it goes with trendy baby names. Everyone jumps on the bandwagon and chooses the same names for their babies.
Before choosing a name, make sure it's not overused. The top ten baby names for boys have been pretty inconsistent, except for a few traditional ones that have maintained a spot there for a few years. The girls side tends to be a little crazier, but the same Olivias and Amelias have been there for way too long.
Not surprisingly, if a big celebrity chooses a name, it's not long after that it starts a climb up the charts. Like when Kourtney Kardashian chose Mason for her son in 2009, it leaped to the top ten by the next year. There are several celebrity choices already in the top ten as we end 2017 too.
We can all hope that 2018 will bring some new and refreshing baby names that haven't been overused yet. To help, we've put together a list of names that we have definitely heard way too much the last few years!
Isabella was ranked #5 in both 2016 and 2017. It was the number 1 name for two years running, in 2009 and 2010. It's been in the top ten since 2004. Need I say more? There are far too many Isabella's running around out there. Isabella is obviously a beautiful name, but it has definitely lost its wonder and uniqueness.
Isabella appeals to a wide variety of parents both domestically and internationally, thus its ridiculous success. Isabella is the Spanish and Italian variation of the name Elizabeth, which means "pledged to God."
This name wasn't even in the top 1000 in the 1980s. I'm not sure what is to attribute to its huge success, but this name definitely started to catch on fast. If you don't think it's overdone by now, by 2018 this name will be white noise.
Though I do love this name, it's definitely beginning to wear out a bit. Last year Liam was ranked #2, and even though it is forecasting to be around the #37 spot by the end of 2017, Liam is a tab it overdone.
Liam is the Irish short form of the name William meaning "resolute protector." It definitely received some love by parents who are fans of Liam Neeson and One Direction member Liam Payne.
Liam used to be a great option to use for a son whose dad is William, which is what my husband and I were actually considering until we saw how popular it really is! Liam is super strong and masculine, but also has a gentleness that parents love. No matter how great the name is, there will be far too many kids in school with this name!
Olivia seems to be a bit of an epidemic, like its sisters Charlotte, Isabella, and Sophia. Ranked #2 in 2016 and #1 in 2017, Olivia has maintained a pretty secure spot in the top 100 since 1990, top 20 since 1999, and top ten since 2001.
Olivia is Latin for "olive tree." Shakespeare coined the name Olivia in his work, The Twelfth Night, when he used it for his character wealthy and spoiled countess. There are tons of Olivias in Hollywood like Olivia Wilde, Olivia Newton-John and Olivia De Havilland was given credit for making the name popular in the U.S.
Olivia is not only the top name in the U.S., it's' also one of the top names in the entire Western world. This mega hit is definitely not rare and distinct anymore.
Oliver is right up there with sister Olivia when it comes to super trendy and popular names. This moniker will be coming in at #8 this year after jumping four spots from number 12 last year.
Oliver is Latin for "olive tree." The olive tree is used for the wreaths in the Olympic games, making it a universal symbol of peace and fruitfulness. Oliver has been seen in literature, royalty, politics and film. It's definitely a name that has lived up to great expectations.
Oliver has been trending since about 2014 when it reached the top 50. Though it never went completely out of favor, it did have its ups and downs after it left the top 200 in 1937. Oliver is an old-fashioned classic name that never really goes out of style, except when way to many people are using it!
This royal name also has served a long reign in the top ten baby girl names. It was ranked #1 from 2011 through 2013. It has been in the top 100 since 1997, in the top ten since 2005 and is currently #4. This name is has definitely reigned long enough! By 2018, it will be simply redundant.
Sophia is Greek for "wisdom." It first became famous via St. Sophia of the Greek Orthodox Church, but wasn't brought to English speaking countries until the 17th century. The alternative spelling Sofia is also hugely popular as it comes in at #14. There is just no escaping this name!
Sophia has long been one of the most popular names both domestically and internationally. Like the other classic baby girl names on this list, there are just too many of them out there.
Jackson, currently #17, has maintained a solid seat in the top 25 baby boy names since 2010. Who hasn't known someone who named their baby boy Jackson? I definitely know a few parents who have chosen that name, and while it is adorable and masculine all at once, it is becoming way to common.
Jackson is as equally loved by celebrities as it is by us in the real world. It was chosen by Spike Lee, Poppy Montgomery, Carson Daly, Maria Bello, Natalie Maines, Scott Wolf, Maya Rudolph, and Katey Sagal, which may be the reason for its insane boost in popularity.
Jackson is English for "son of Jack." It was historically a surname, like as in Stonewall Jackson and Andrew. It recently became so popular that it passed by John and Jack on baby name charts. For parents looking for something unique, this probably isn't it. Maybe changing the spelling to Jaxon or Jaxson will give the name a fresher appeal.
Ava, number 3 in 2016 and number 6 in 2017. This moniker has been all the rage in baby girl names since about 2002 when it reached the top 100. Ava was barely in the top 1000 baby names in 1980, and somehow began soaring to the top.
Ava Gardner was probably the most famous bearer of this name, but it was definitely given another boost when other huge celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman chose it for their daughters.
Ava is Latin for "life." Nameberry.com even titled a book about overused names Beyond Ava and Aiden, referencing these names as a couple of the most overused names that we need to move beyond. Ava will most likely keep a long reign in the top ten, but maybe someday we truly will be able to move beyond it.
Occupational names are huge right now, and Mason is not different. Mason was ranked #4 in 2016, after it entered the top ten in 2011. Mason reached its highest ranking ever that year, coming in at #2. Since then it has maintained a spot in the top 4 baby names in the U.S.
Mason entered the top 100 in 1997, but it wasn't until Kourtney Kardashian chose it for her baby boy in 2009 that it began its race to the top ten. Mason has also been chosen by Cuba Gooding, Jr., Melissa Joan Hart and Kevin Richardson. Kelsey Grammer gave it a unisex twist when he chose it for his daughter.
In 2016 alone, over 15,000 babies were given the name Mason. For parents looking for a distinct and distinguished name, Mason is not the best choice!
I used to love Amelia as a baby girl name, until I realized how popular it really is. Amelia was ranked #11 last year and is heading for the #2 spot as we end this year. This moniker is anything but rare! Amelia is replacing the equally overused Emma and Emily, but now even this one is white noise.
Amelia is German for "work." It has been seen throughout literature, film and royalty. Amelia has cute nicknames like Mia, Milly and Minnie and adorable spelling variations like Emilia and Emelia.
Despite Amelia's Victorian charm, it's been way to overused. It's never had a ranking outside of the top 500 baby names and has been in the top 100 since 2006. Amelia is definitely a name that will be totally overused by 2018!
Finn is another Irish name that has jumped over one hundred spots to get from #175 in 2016 to #17 on baby name charts. I guess we love Irish names in the U.S., but this one is no different from the others on this list, it is being way overused!
Finn is Irish for "fair or pale." Finn MacCool was the warrior with mythical powers who was known for both his wisdom and generosity. This name entered the American list in 2000 and has slowly risen to the top 20 since.
Finn has several members of the family that are also getting some attention like Finley and Finlay and Finnian and Finnegan. If you're interested in the name Finn, maybe choose one of those options, as they won't be completely worn out by 2018!
Now a top ten name, Aurora has soared from #66 last year to #7 this year. Though Aurora is an old goddess name, it only recently has begun its trek upward to the top ten.
Aurora is Latin for "dawn." It was the name of the Roman goddess whose tears were turned into the morning dew. Aurora is at its highest point ever after over a century of ups and downs on baby name charts. Aurora is finally sitting comfortably in the top ten and looks to remain there for a while.
Sleeping Beauty's leading lady was Aurora and Aurora Lee is a famous poem by Elizabeth Barrett. Aurora is a mythical and and poetic name that is going to begin to loose its luster. By 2018 this name will have been chosen by far too many parents to make it appealing anymore!
Asher is an Old Bible name that made a quick and sudden leap onto just about everyone's baby name list. This moniker, once underappreciated, became extremely overused, extremely quickly.
Asher is an Old Testament name that is Hebrew for "fortunate, blessed, happy one." This name has a great meaning that probably has a lot to do with its overall appeal to parents. It was strong, rare and sweet.
Asher was actually not even in the top 1000 baby names for one hundred years, from 1890 through 1990. It only began its acsent into the top 100 in 2015, where it stayed for the last three years. It was ranked #71 last year and is said to come in at the #1 spot for baby boy names this year. This name, though will probably hang around for a few more years, is way overused to choose it in 2018!
Cora was one of my favorite baby girl names. It encompassed beauty and simplicity in such a short sweet name. These days, Cora is still all of that, but it is also the name of far too many baby girls in the U.S.
Cora sounds like an old-fashioned Victorian era name, but it is actually an old Greek name that means "maiden." Cora was the daughter of Zeus in Greek mythology and in classic mythology her name was also a euphemism for the name of Persephone, goddess of fertility and the underworld.
Cora did a pretty giant leap from #87 in 2016 to #13 this year. It too, started a trend upward in 2004, after it was almost knocked out of the top 1000 in 1987. Cora will definitely have lost its distinguished appeal by 2018!
From #74 in 2016 to #13 this year, Leo has been making a splash as it tries to make its way into the top ten baby names in the U.S. Leo had been in the top 100 from 1890 through 1937, and though it was never kicked out of even the top 500, it has never had a ranking as high as it has today.
Leo is Latin for "lion." I originally assumed it was a diminutive for Leonard or Leonardo, but it is a given name standing all on its own. There have been thirteen popes named Leo and it was also used for several early saints. Leo is seeing huge internationally success as it also tops the charts in France, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Sweden.
Though it checks the box in so many different categories, for parents looking for something rare and distinct, Leo is just not in that category anymore.
Much thanks for the Princess of Cambridge for giving Charlotte an even bigger boost in the polls than it already had. Charlotte has been in the top 100 since 2008 and the top ten since 2014. It was also in the top 100 from 1880 through 1953.
Charlotte was made popular by Queen Charlotte Sophia of England, wife of King George III, who bore 15 children and ruled England beside her husband through both the French and American revolutions.
Charlotte is definitely a beautiful name with a royal pedigree, but if you're looking for a name that will be a rare gem, this one is not the name to go with! Not only is Charlotte huge in the real world, but the celebrity world loves it to. It's been used by Chelsea Clinton, Dylan McDermott, Colin Hanks, and Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. for their daughters.
Atticus is supposed to come in right behind Asher this year as the #2 baby boy name in the U.S. It made a ginormous leap from #360 last year to the number one spot this year. Where did this name come from? Its sudden popularity and giant leap to the top ten is crazy!
Maybe Atticus' recent success can be attributed Atticus Finch it To Kill A Mockingbird since Harper Lee recently released the sequel, Go Set A Watchman in 2015. Atticus was barely skimming the top 1000 in 2004 and rose a almost one hundred spots each year.
Atticus is an old Roman name that is Latin for "Attica." It was the name of a significant Roman literary figure named for the Greek region near Athens. Though Atticus has a pretty cool history and is a definite winner, it just might be favored by far too many parents these days. By 2018 it will be overused.
Isla, pronounced eye-la, is another name that came out of nowhere and then started popping up everywhere! Isla was ranked #126 last year and is ranking #4 this year. This little lady jumped over one hundred spots to make it into the top ten, its highest ranking ever.
This moniker is a Scottish place name. It's the name of a river and an island spelled Islay. It has several famous name bearers like Sasha Baron Cohen's wife and actress, Isla Fisher, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, and Harry Potter's Isla Black Hichens.
Isla's recent success could be attributed to anyone of those name bearers, but whoever or whatever is to blame is irrelevant. This name will be way overused by 2018. If you choose this name for your little, it's pretty much a guarantee that she'll have a few of them in her class.
Also coming in at #4 in 2017, Ezra made a huge jump from last year, just like Isla. This moniker was ranked #85 in 2016, its highest ranking ever. This Bible name has been getting a ton of love from parents!
Ezra is Hebrew for "help." Ezra in the Old Testament led fifteen thousand Israelites to Jerusalem and out of captivity in Babylon. Ezra is heard in shows like Pretty Little Liars. He's the lead singer in the band Vampire Weekend, and don't forget the band called Better Than Ezra.
Ezra has been loved by celebrities like Paul Rieser and Taylor Hanson, who used it for their sons. This moniker used to be a more rare Bible name, but it is anything but rare anymore. This #4 ranked name is definitely getting a ton of use in the U.S.
Arabella is another rising star that has been undeniably overused the last couple of years. Arabella was only ranked #187 last year, but jumped all the way to #11 this year. Arabella has been in the top 1000 since 1886.
Arabella is Latin for "yielding to prayer." This moniker has a mulit-cultural appeal and has finally given some competition to the far to popular Isabella. It's been used in novels like Tom Jones, Jude the Obscure, Harry Potter, The Pickwick Papers, and Clarissa.
Both Dr. Oz and Ivanka Trump chose Arabella for their daughters and its been used in operas and music as well. We won't be surprised if Arabella enters the top ten next year. Even if it doesn't its recent success alone makes it far too stale for 2018. Let's just move on from the "Bella" trend.
This popular Irish name has been trying to take the place of Liam and Aiden for a few years now. Declan soared from #109 to #14 on baby name charts this year. It only entered the American list in 1998, but since then has been climbing up from #710.
Declan is Irish, its meaning is unknown, but it is said that it might mean "man of prayer." Saint Declan was a saint who was a missionary before the time of Saint Patrick. Declan was chosen by Cyndi Lauper for her son, but she chose the spelling Declyn.
Declan has been all the rage in baby boy names for the past few years and 2018 will be no different. This name will be far too overused by then to consider it for your little guy!
Despite almost being completely knocked out of the top 1000 in 2001, Penelope has begun a serious comeback that has landed it in the top ten. This moniker, ranked #27 in 2016, is headed to the #7 spot in 2017.
Penelope is Greek for "weaver." After is was chosen by Kourtney Kardashian for her baby girl it was given a huge boost in popularity. It is now one of the fastest rising baby names. It was also chosen by Tina Fey, by Anna Chlumsky, and by Natalie and Taylor Hanson, of the group Hanson for their daughters.
A typical nickname for Penelope is Penny, but other options are Nell and Poppy. No matter what nickname you might prefer won't change the fact this name will be overused by 2018!
Grayson is a mega hit unisex name that has been way overused in the last few years. Though Grayson for a boy is way more popular than for a girl, both have been trending for quite a few years.
Grayson is #37 on baby name charts and has been on a pretty steady path headed to the top. It entered the U.S. baby name list in 1984 and went from #882 to #37 in those 33 years.
Grayson is English for "the son of Bailiff." The alternative Spelling, Greyson, is also not far behind at #96. This spelling is slightly more masculine and used less often for girls. Grayson is climbing the charts pretty rapidly and will definitely be way to popular by 2018!
This classic Irish name has been maintaining a pretty comfortable spot in the top 50 baby girl names. Nora didn't see numbers lower than the top 200 from 1880 through 1936, even then it stayed in the top 3o0 until 1964. Nora has only ever been as low as #501, but today it is #30 after it was #36 in 2016.
Nora is Irish for "light", it is an Irish diminutive of the name Greek name Honora. Norah is another variation that is not doing too bad either. Norah is ranked #153. This version means "woman of honor." Norah Jones can be given credit to giving this name a boost of popularity in 2003.
Nora is a sweet Victorian sounding name, that would have definitely been an adorable choice if it wasn't for the fact that far too many parents are choosing it for their baby girls!
Jasper used to be one of my top name choices, but after the success of this name in recent years, it probably won't make the list anymore. Unless I wanted my baby boy to be in a classroom full of Jaspers!
Jasper went from #209 in 2016 to #7 this year. This moniker jumped over 200 spots to enter the top ten! Jasper is Persian for "bringer of treasure." According to medieval tradition Jasper is said to be the name of one of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the infant Jesus. It is also said to be one of the stones brought to the child.
Jasper received some popularity from Twilight fans and is a super trendy choice for modern parents. Despite all that this moniker has going for it, it will no longer be a rare choice. By 2018 far too many baby boys with the name Jasper will be around!