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25 Baby Names That Will Rule In The New Year

There are so many options and it may be difficult to choose just one.

The new year is vastly approaching, and we know parents who are expecting new additions to their families are preparing their list of ideas for baby names. We have found that many parents are choosing not to learn the gender of their newborn, so it's great to have a list of names for both genders.This list will focus on boy, girl and unisex names that are expected to rule 2018.

Choosing a name for your new bundle of joy can be a challenge. There are so many options and it may be difficult to choose just one, but we are certain you will make the perfect choice for you and your baby.  However, if you need some assistance in making the decision, hopefully this list will help! If you are looking for the perfect name for your little one, then look no further. This list will be full of inspiring names to choose from.

Below is our list of 25 baby names that will rule the new year. This list is based on increased popularity according to data collected from the current year, and names that shown to be trending in the upcoming years.

25 Ada

The name Ada was extremely popular in the 19th century and was often chosen as a name for baby girls in the place of the name Ava. It is part of the family of names that begin with vowels such as Ivy and Ella. Ada is of German origin, and is a biblical name being referenced in the book of Genesis.  The name Ada is from one German element "Adel" which means noble.  Ada is most commonly used as part of the names Adeline and Adelaide.

The name Ada has also been traced to a Hebrew origin with a spelling of Adah. This spelling means adornment.  Ada also occurs in Greek mythology and was known to be of use in Ancient Greece.  The name Ada has become one of the top 1000 names for baby girls since 2004, after falling off in 1992.   It is predicted to be back within the top 100 in 2018.

24 Amelia

Ameila is a precious name for a baby girl. The name means "striving" and it has a Latin background.  It was a popular name back in the 1880's, but was rarely used until now.  The name was ranked the seventh most popular female name in the US as of 2017. More than 6500 per million baby girls were named Amelia this year and the number is expected to increase in 2018.  Should the popularity continue, we expect the name to reach top five most popular baby girl names.

Baby girls who are named Amelia have been known to have personalities filled with excitement and adventure.  They are known to be visionaries, extremely versatile, and also rebellious. The most well known Amelia is Amelia Earhart who defeated odds by becoming the 1st female aviator.

We love the name Amelia and we think that it’s a timeless choice for  baby girls in 2018. Parents looking for a meaningful, timeless, and trendy name for your baby girl, Amelia is a perfect choice.

23 Natalie

The name Natalie is elegant and sophisticated. It’s not only a stylish name, but its also a beautiful choice for any baby girl. Natalie is a rare female name that derives from French origin name Natalia, meaning “birthday” or “Christmas.” The name also has Church Latin roots, which also translates to “birth of Christ.” Although the name Natalie was ranked the 37th most popular name in the U.S, there have not been many babies with the name recently so we are expecting the name to spread in 2018.

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. Some of the most popular people with the name Natalie are Natalie Cole (musician); Natalie Portman (actress); Natalie Gulbis (golfer); Natalie Imbruglia (musician); Natalie Merchant (musician); Natalie Wood (actress). Choosing this name for your baby girl would put her among great company.

22 Luna

The mysterious name Luna is of Latin origin can be translated to “the moon.” In Latin Mythology, Luna is the name Artemis the moon goddess. Her Greek counterpart was Selene. 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. Luna has increased in popularity with the rise of mystical characters in television and film. For 2018, we expect the name to break into the top 30 most popular female names.

Bearers of  the name Luna have a have a deep yearning for order,and creativity. They are individuals who are often drawn to theater and arts. Luna’s are also known to be the center of attention and will excel in careers that put them in the limelight.  Luna is one of our favorite names on this list. It’s symbolic, mystical, and absolutely beautiful in sound.  Most popular people with the name Luna: Luna Legend, the beautiful daughter of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

21 Arya

 The use of the name Arya has caused some debate in the past, as this particular spelling is usually used for men in India. However, Arya has been used as a female name in in Europe and the U.S.  Arya, which is also spelled Aria, is stated to be the Indian meaning of “noble goddess”, while Aria means “lioness” in Aramaic and Hebrew.

In the beginning it was frequently used as a male name, but that has been shifting over the decades and it has become a more popular girls name instead. One common variation of the name is Arianna. It was the 59th most popular girls name in Europe, the 31st most popular in the US, and the 35th most popular in Canada. It wasn’t until 2006 that Arya became a more common name for girls than for boys.

Most popular people named Arya or Aria include the daughter of actress Micol Olivieri, Arya Massella; Fictional characters sharing the name include Arya the elf princess in the Eragon book series, Arya from Game of Thrones, and Aria Montgomery from the TV series Pretty Little Liars.

20 Harper

The name Harper  has been known for the longest as a unisex name of the English origin meaning “harpist; minstrel.” Initially, Harper was used as a male name, but it 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.

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 spontaneity.  Bearers of the name Harper are often the center of attention and excel in careers that put them in the limelight. Because they are so free spirited, they can often become reckless with both their energy and money. Some of the most popular people named Harper is Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, and Harper Beckham, the little princess of David and Victoria Beckham.

19 Atticus

Atticus comes from Latin descent.  It is a Roman nickname meaning "Man of Attica."  Attica is the region of Greece that surrounds Athens.  Titus Pomponius Atticus is where the name stems from and he was remembered in history as a wise, learned and humane man.  He was also a close friend of philosopher Cicero.  This name is associated with people of high stature. A man with this name are said to be educated and with stylish taste.  He will also  be a lover of culture, sound intellect, and financial acumen.

The name was made famous by author Harper Lee in her 1960 novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. She modeled her character Atticus Finch after her own attorney father, someone she greatly loved and admired for his articulation and respect for the law. She used the name Atticus due to  his wisdom and humanity.  This will be a popular male name in 2018 commonly used by parents who are in the legal field and are involved in philanthropy.

18 Kai

Kai is a strong, evocative, exotic multi-cultural name. For example, the name Kai means ocean, or water in Hawaiian. It means forgiveness in Japanese, victory in Chinese and loveable in Swahili. The name Kai holds a powerful meaning with just three letters to the name. While the name Kai has been mainly used for boys, it is beginning to take a shift as more girls have been given this name recently.

The name Kai is associated with power and strength.  People with the name Kai are considered to be a quiet storm. They are said to be humble in nature with the ability to be extremely powerful.  The name Kai is famous as the boy enchanted by the fairy tale Snow Queen.  Kai is also the middle name of the sons of actresses Jennifer Connelly and Naomi Watts, as well as the first name of President Donald Trump's daughter Kai Madison. If you are looking for a unique name for your baby with a powerful sybmbolic meaning, Kai is a great choice.

17  Penelope

Penelope is a female name of Greek descent. Penelope was the faithful wife of Odysseus. Penelope is a precious name that's shown increased popularity, thanks to the the famous Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and baby Penelope Disick, daughter of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick.  It's one of the fastest-rising names, leaping to Number 56 in 2013, its first year in the Top 100, and now at Number 27. Penelope was also chosen as first names for the daughters of Tina Fey, Anna Chlumsky, and by Natalie & Taylor Hanson, of the group  Hanson. Before the increased celebrity usage, the name Penelope almost ceased to exist. However, with the notable names in association, we expect the name Penelope to be a favorite in 2018.

Women with the name Penelope are said to have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They yearn to have beauty around them in their home and work environment.

Penelope's can often be misunderstood.  Their solitude and quiet demeanor can often be mistaken for unfriendly. However, they are  just taking everything in and pondering over life and various situations.

16 Cassidy

Cassidy is a male name of Gaelic descent.  The name Cassidy means clever or curly haired.  Cassidy, was most popular as a surname, but increased it's popularity in first name usage.  It was commonly used for males, but it is now considered unisex as more females have been given this name in most recent years.  Cassidy can also be spelled Kassidy, and it became popular in the 1980's and 90's.  Some of the most famous people with the name Cassidy are Cassidy(musician), lead singer of Antigone Rising, Cassidy (rapper), American rapper, and Cassidy O'Reily (wrestler), American Wrestler.

People with the name Cassidy are considered "cool" and full of quick wit and charm.  They are considered to be fast talkers and ambitious.  They are go-getters and will make things happen by any means necessary, which means they will need to be guided in the right direction to avoid chaos.  They are excellent at thinking on their feet and it will be hard to get over on them.  If you are looking for a modern, cool name for 2018, Cassidy should be at the top of your list.

15  Sebastian

The name Sebastian is Latin for "venerable" or "revered." The name gained popularity during the middle ages.  It derived from St. Sebastian, who was a third century Martyr -turned literary. Recently, the name would  most commonly be associated with Sebastian the crab from Disney's The Little Mermaid. Who can forget the famous song "Under The Sea?"   The increase in popularity of the name has spread across Austria, Denmark, Romania, Australia and Chile, and is ranked number 16 in the U.S. as of 2016!

Sebastian is a name of prominence, and someone with this name would be thought of as a leader, and someone who will stand for what they believe. The name Sebastian has been used for many memorable Shakespeare characters in Twelfth Night, The Tempest and even Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead  Revisited.  Several celebs have chosen the sophisticated name for their sons, including James Spader, Kim Fields, Malin Akerman, and Tommy Hilfiger. With parents-to-be searching for a unique name in 2018, Sebastian makes the cut.

14  Leo

Leo is a named derived from Leon and is of Latin descent. As many parents  are looking for a name of significance in 2018, Leo is a great choice for 2018. Leo symbolizes a specific heroic flair as it is the Latin word for "lion." It was the name of many early Christian saints and several popes. Leo is the perfect name for parents looking for a lion-hearted son.  In German, it's a short form of Leon or Leopold, meaning "brave people."

The name Leo has increased in popularity, as it has spiked to #74 in 2016.  The increase in popularity is believed to be connected to more use of the name in fictional characters on television and in film such as Leo Wyatt in the hit TV series Charmed and Leo Fisher in Once and Again. Some of the most famous people named Leo are writer Leo Tolstoy and actor Leonardo "Leo" DiCaprio.

13  Bella

Bella is a female name with multiple meanings. Some of the most popular meanings are graceful, loveable, beautiful, intelligent and devoted to God.  Bella has often been used as a nickname of several names, including, Isabella, Arabella, and Anabella.  People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated. Bella's are also known to be able to adapt to change quickly and embrace adventure.

Their versatility and productivity set them apart.  They hate rules and traditions have no place in their life. They are the modern day rebels and are easily bored with routine.  They are easy to get along with and prefer to see the glass as half full versus half empty.

Although this name has been around for centuries, it's popularity skyrocketed over the last decade with the rise of the famous role"Bella" from Twilight, played by Kristen Stewart.  Famous celebs with the name of Bella are Bella Thorne, child actress from Disney, and supermodel, Bella Hadid.

12 Jasper

Jasper is a very rare boy name, but it has grown in popularity. Although it has an old-school feel to it, is becoming ever popular thanks to it's rebirth through the character in Twilight. It’s from English origin and is very stylish. Because of it's rarity and the traction over the last few years, it reaches the top 200 baby boy names. It is often considered a high class,British name, it is a wonderful choice for a boy named and is often associated with people of character.

Males with the name Jasper is considered a family man with deep roots to love and respect for their elders. They have a desire to create a stable and caring environment which, more often than not, they successfully do. They aim to create a pleasant harmony and balance in their lives, and always look on the bright side. Being a glass half full kind of person will see them doing well in life.  This is definitely a chart topper for 2018.

11  Ellie

Ellie is a beautiful name for your baby girl.  The name Ellie is of Greek origin. It is often used as a nickname for Eleanor or Elnora, however Ellie has become popular enough to stand alone as an adorable female name for a precious daughter.  The Greek name bears the meaning of “shining light.” Ellie is the 24th most popular girl name in the U.S. and it’s only anticipated to become even more popular in 2018. Ellie is one of those names that memorable, fun, magical, and most importantly easy to pronounce.

Ellie's are said to have wisdom beyond their years.  People with the name Ellie are very opinionated.  Choosing this name for your baby girl means that she will always let you know what is on her mind!  Ellie's are very analytical so there will be many questions accompanying that sweet little face. One of the greatest characteristics of an Ellie is the ability to entertain herself.

10 Grayson

The name Grayson is fairly new to American culture.  The name did not reach it's peak on the popularity charts until 1984.  It is very close to reaching the top 100 baby boy names list!  It is an English name that bears the meaning, "son of" which names of that category have increased in popularity tremendously.  It has also been associated with the word "grace."  It has climbed more than 750 positions in the last 25 years, putting it on the "one to watch" list for 2018.

People with the name Grayson are believed to be graceful and a peacemaker. It signifies a person holding the position of a steward, and is considered noble, prominent and "set apart."It is also considered genteel and aristocratic, which makes it a top choice for male names in 2018. One of the most famous Grayson's we know is Grayson Chrisley from the USA hit reality TV series, The Chrisley's.

9 Ezra

Ezra was originally a male name that comes to us from the Bible. The name has a Jewish origin, and inn Hebrew, Ezra means "helper." This name was most popular in the late 19th century, but then dwindled in usage during most of the 20th century. Ezra did reach some popularity in the 60's, but dwindled down again. It is slowly gaining popularity once again.

Recently, the name has gained popularity among females as well. People with the name of Ezra are considered wise and charming.  Naming your child Ezra means they are destined to be Mommy and Daddy's little helper around the house. It's a beautiful, musical sounding name that is associated with "happy, strong, and helpful." This is the perfect choice for parents-to-be who want a name that is not gender specific but based more on personality.

8 Levi

Levi is a chart topper for 2018! It is a cute, simple name for a baby boy and so short, that it doesn't require a nickname.  Levi became a Top 100 most-favored baby boy’s name for the first time ever in 2009, and it originated from the bible as one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

People named Levi are said to be happy and creative, but often wearing their emotions on their sleeve.  A person named Levi will be the life of the party. He will have a way with people and know how to work a crowd.  People named Levi are spontaneous. He will live for now and worry about tomorrow when it gets here. He will be very protective of his family and loved ones and will be a delight to be around.  Don't be surprised if Levi decides he wants to make professional entertainer his career choice.  

7 Amara

Amara is a unique and multicultural name for your baby girl. The name comes from Nigeria and  it means “grace, mercy, kindness” in the native Igbo language. In English, the name means graceful.  Amara is also a name used among Spanish speakers probably with reference to the Latin verb “amare” meaning “to love.” It is often considered a shortened version of Tamara or Samara. Because this name is new on the scene, it is expected to be used more frequently in 2018.

People with the name of Amara will have a mystical personality and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Most of their time will be spent alone to process spiritual and philosophical ideas.  They are wise, and will often exude mystery as if they are on a different frequency than the rest of us. They are associated with being great artists and of high intellect and care deeply about human kind.

6 Finn

The name Finn symbolizes power and much character.  If you are looking for a symbolic name for your young warrior, this is the perfect choice.  The name Finn is of Irish descent and is associated with strength, mysticism and supernatural powers.  The name has been chart topping in Ireland for quite sometime, and it's popularity is increasing in the U.S.  In less than 20 years, the name has reached top 200 of baby boy names, and we are expecting that number to rise in 2018. It's simple spelling yet powerful meaning makes this a great choice for your newborn son.

People with the name Finn are known for their generosity.  Their first priority is to use their natural gifts and talents to make an impact on human kind.  Finn's are considered to be great decision makers, which will make him a great candidate for leadership roles.  Although people with this name are often  introverted, they are very sure of themselves and have the ability to create exactly what they want out of life.

5 Mila

The name Mila is Slavic descent containing the “mil” element, meaning "gracious" or "dear." It has been used in the past as a short for names such as Camila, Milan or Milena.  The name has various meanings such as "an attendant in religious rituals, and also "miracles.  It has just recentliy been embraced by American culture and used as a stand alone name.  Two famous Mila's are actress Mila Kunis  (born Milena Kunis in the Ukraine) and supermodel/actress Milla Jovovich(born Milica Jovovic of Russian-Serbian descent).  It is also on the Top 100 lists in the nations of Canada, France, Belgium and Croatia.

People named Mila are associated with leadership.  They are powerful people and are often CEO's and have everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. They are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done. They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team. Great choice for parents raising a powerful woman to be in 2018.

4 Silas

Silas is a charming name choice for a little boy. It's origin is biblical and means "wood." It is slowly climbing the charts getting close to the list of top 100 baby boy names. The name had completely fallen off the radar, but it has been revived through it's usage on TV. The popular Showtime series “Weeds” has been influencing the name’s usage since 2005. Silas Botwin is the good-looking, laid-back son of the central character, Nancy. The increased popularity is expected to increase in 2018.

People with the name Silas are often selfless.  He will be nurturing and always concerned about the condition of others.  He will love deeply, and his genuine love for people will draw others to him.  Silas will be known to speak up on behalf of others, regardless of the backlash.  He is in tune with the world and its needs and will strive to create balance, peace and love all around.

3 Sloane

Sloane is unisex name of Irish origin that means raider. Originally a surname, this name has since become a stand alone baby name sensation after becoming one of the top 1,000 names for girls in 2008. Sloan without an “e” at the end quickly followed, entering the top 1,000 American girls’ names in 2011.

Sloane was made famous by the character of Ferris Bueller’s girlfriend in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Many uses followed as actress Olivia Munn plays a character named Sloane on the television show The Newsroom and Grey’s Anatomy fans will always associate the name with Mark Sloan or Grey-Sloane Memorial Hospital. Other notable Sloan's are Sloane Rangers, upper class women in London who are ever-fabulous and stylish, buy their wares in London’s Sloane square and not to mention the likes of Princess Di and Kate Middleton, do even more make this name a sophisticated and elegant choice.

Sloane is currently the 257th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States, and has risen 31 spots since 2016. People with the name Sloane are often full of joy and will most likely be caught smiling at any given moment.

2 Quinn

Quinn is a name of Celtic origin that means wise. It is currently a popular unisex name, however, it has been more widely used for girls than for boys. This beautiful name choice began its rise in popularity in the 90s, possibly due to the television show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, a well-loved series at the time. Female characters named Quinn have since appeared on the animated MTV series Daria, ABC's Scandal,  as well as  Zoey 101 and Glee.

Parents who looking for something unique will definitely love the name Quinn. While the name has often been a short of Quintina or the newly popular Harlequinn from Suicide Squad, it  is one that really stands on its own as a simple yet stunning name perfect for any little girl destined to stand out. Quinn currently ranks as the 79th most popular name for girls in the United States. People named Quinn are said to be charming, witty, and genuinely happy people.

1 Lennox

Lennox is fairly new to the American culture, but we expect it to be a trending name in 2018 because it is a unisex name, and the name ends in an x which is also a trend that is expected to increase in the upcoming year. The name Lennox is of Scottish descent and was commonly used in the past as a surname.  It is a mystical name associated with faeries and elves. With notables such as boxer Lennox Lewis, and Lennox on the show Melissa & Joey, it has encouraged parents to use the name as a first name for girls and boys.

Lennox can be given precious nicknames such as Lenny, or Len which would compliment almost any middle name.  Lennox is the 663rd most popular name chosen for girls in the United States, and is up in popularity 177 spots since 2016. People named Lennox  are great entertainers and seem to live with a bright and  unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor. What a great name for a child full of personality!

Sources: ohbabynames.com, sheknows.com, babycenter.com

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