If adults think that deciding on what to eat for dinner is hard enough, they may never survive having to name a baby. Naming a baby is one of the hardest things anyone will ever have to do, and how could it not be. The new parents are giving a name to a baby that will grow up into their own adult who will have to live with this name. It is a huge responsibility, and not one to be taken lightly.
A lot of parents name their baby before they are even born, which is almost impossible. They haven’t even met the baby yet and it sounds really absurd to think that we name someone we haven’t met yet. However, this is the way it is done. There are a lot of options out there. Parents can go with the more traditional names, or they can try and be a bit unique. Some parents want a name that they don’t mind hearing everywhere, and some want a name that no one has ever heard before. Either way, this is the perfect list of baby names.
2019 is coming fast, and we won’t know which names the big hits were until 2020 when the year is done, but there are some general ideas out there about which names are expected to be popular and that every parent will want. If mom is looking for a hot name, then this is the right place for her. If mom doesn’t want a name that is heard everywhere, it is a good idea to stay away from the names on this list.
Oliver is already a name that is a hit right now, and it is expected to stay there for a little while longer. The name is of Latin origin and it means “olive tree.” A lot of parents adore names that are rooted in nature, so this may be the perfect name.
According to Nameberry.com, this name was ranked at #9 in 2017 when it comes to popularity. It is curious to see where the name will sit when we get the results for 2018.
Owen is another sweet name for a little boy, and interestingly enough this is considered a unisex name. Meaning that it can be used for little pink bundles of joy as well. The name is of Welsh origin and it means “young warrior; well-born.”
When used for a little boy, the name was ranked in at #28 in 2017 when it comes to popularity. When it comes to being used for little ladies, the name is not ranked which means it is not in the top 1000.
Octavia is a perfect name for parents who want a name that you don’t hear very much, but it still has a familiar ring to it. The name is of Latin origin and it means “eighth.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #593 when it comes to popularity, so it is sitting in the middle of the pack.
If the trends continue, it is said this name is about to increase in popularity drastically as more and more parents are choosing names that start with ‘o’ for their little ones.
Ophelia is a classic name that is most recognized for its place in important literary works from Shakespeare. The name is of Greek origin and it means “help.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #416 when it comes to popularity, but it is said to start rising soon.
Shakespeare is actually credited for inventing this name when he placed it as the name of a tragic heroine in the play Hamlet. Ophelia entered the top 1000 in 2015, so she is late to the game, but she is catching up quickly.
What is interesting about the name Elliot is that it is said to start growing rapidly in popularity, but not for little boys. More and more parents are deciding to name their little ladies this. This name is considered Anglicization of Elijah or Elias and it means “Jehovah is God.”
In 2017, when used for little boys the name was ranked in at #161 in popularity. When used for a little lady, the name is ranked at #609 but it did rise 18% this week alone, showing that it is on its way to the top.
Another trend that we are noticing is that parents are loving names that end in ‘-ley’ making Oakley very popular. It is a perfect unisex name, but it is heard more for little ladies than little gents. The name is of English origin and it means “oak clearing.”
When used for little ladies, the name was ranked in at #474 in popularity in 2017. Having seen a rise of 4% this week it is bound to be a top 100 name soon. It fairs similar when used for little boys, sitting at #479 in 2017 for popularity.
If the trend continues, we will soon see a lot of names that were once considered ‘nicknames’ stepping up and taking the top spot. Dax is one of them. The name Dax does not have a place of origin or formal meaning, it is only listed as a French place-name.
In 2017, the name ranked in at #456 when it comes to popularity. It has risen 15% this week alone, so we can understand why this name may be at the top of the list soon.
Axel is another name that is said to be very popular in the years to come, and everyone is going to want this name for their little boy. The name is the Scandinavian variation of the name Absalom and it means “father of peace.”
The name has already been doing very well. In 2017, the name was ranked at #105 on the popularity charts. It may be on a very slight decline right now, but it is said to be jumping back up soon. Maybe it will break through the top 100.
Lianna is a name that has a southern belle sound to it and it may be perfect for the little lasses in your life. There are many spelling variations of this name, so it is really parent’s choice on how they want this name spelled. Liana and Leanna are both viable options.
The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “grace.” It is also said to be a variation of the name Hannah. In 2017, the name was ranked in a #742, but it jumped 33% this week alone.
Emilia has a sing-song sound to it and it is sure to melt the hearts of anyone who hears it. The name is of Latin origin and it is the feminine version of the name Emil. It means “rival.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #74 so it is already quite popular being in the top 100.
Emilia is the second name on our list that has roots in work done by Shakespeare. It is considered a very feminine name and has an air of royalty to it.
Clyde is a great southern name and is said to become quite popular in the next few years. The name is considered a nature name and it is the name of a Scottish river. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #707 so right now it is a perfect choice for parents who want a one-of-a-kind name.
The last time the name was in the top 100 was back in the 1930s. After that, it dropped off the charts altogether and only came back in 2013.
Jolene is another song that reminds a lot of people about the south, probably because of the well-known country song about it. The name doesn’t have a place of origin or meaning because it is considered a modern invented name.
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #456 when it comes to popularity. The name did rise 15% this week alone so it is slowly creeping up the charts. Parents may also love this name because they can use ‘Jo’ as an adorable nickname.
A popular thing to do with baby names right now is to take names that were traditionally used for boys and turn them into gender-neutral names. Charlie is a classic and adorable name no matter what little baby you have.
The name is of English origin and it means “free man.” In 2017, when the name was used for little boys it ranked at #214 in popularity. It is even more popular when used for little ones in pink, coming in at #154.
Frankie is another name that is being used for either gender, and it is also a name that started off as just a nickname, but it has since gotten full name status. The name is of course a variation of the name Frank, which means “Frenchman.”
In 2017, the name ranked in at #898 in popularity for little boys but let’s see how it ranks when used the other way. For any princesses in your life, the name ranked at #844 when it comes to popularity. However, it rose in popularity for both genders.
Names that are short and sweet are a big hit with parents, and they are even better when they end with a ‘lie’ sound. The name is of English origin and it means “bright shining one.” Sometimes the meaning of names is important to parents, and this is a great meaning.
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #44 so it is already one of the more important names on our list. It jumped even higher this week, by 15%. It is definitely a name to watch.
We have another name that has a ‘lie’ ending, and it is a big hit with parents, or it is about to be. The name may be considered a ‘grandma name’ which means that it is commonly heard among the older generations, but these names are coming back.
The name is of German origin and it means “strong in work.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #355 when it comes to popularity. It is a lot more popular than people may believe and it is only said to be getting even more popular.
If mom and dad are looking for a baby name that you will not hear very often right now, then they may want to choose Boone before it becomes heard everywhere. The name Boone is of English and French origin and it means “a blessing.”
In 2017, the name was ranked at #717 in popularity, so while it may not be a hit right now it is said to climb even further soon. It already jumped 17% this week alone. It is a strapping, southern name with a lot of charm.
A lot of the older names are starting to jump back into the scene and this is probably because parents are realizing that these names are actually become the more unique choices. Eleanor is a beautiful name that is full of charm and grace.
It is of English and French origin, but it has no known meaning. Your little one can define the name themselves when they grow up. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #35 but it jumped another 4% this week. It seems to be about ready to enter the top ten.
Alice is a sweet name that will steal the heart of anyone who hears it. Fans of the classic tale, Alice in Wonderland, will love this name for obvious reasons. The name is of German origin and it means “noble.”
In 2017, the name was ranked in at #70 when it comes to popularity and it has jumped another 5% this week. There is no direction this name is going other than straight to the top. It is always bound to make anyone smile when they hear this name.
Arthur is a boy’s name that had seemed to slip off the radar a little bit, but it is back now, and people are loving it. The name has an air of royalty to it because it is quite commonly used by kings. The name is of Celtic origin and it means “bear.”
In 2017, the name was sitting at #244 when it comes to popularity, though it has risen 3% this week. It may take its time, but this name is bound to be one that all of the moms will love in 2019.
Arya, or commonly spelled Aria, is a name that has been doing well for a while now, but it doesn’t look like it will be stopping any time soon. This is partly due to the fact that it is shared with a popular character from the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones.
This name is of Sanskrit origin and it means “noble; air/song.” In 2017, the name was sitting at #135 in popularity, but it has jumped 2% this week. Anyone with this name is bound to share it with a few other classmates.
A popular thing for a lot of parents to do is to take a common name and alter the spelling of the name just a little bit. This gives them a creative edge, and a brand-new name. Parents are starting to take the name Jackson and changing the spelling to Jaxson. This makes it a lot easier to use the nickname Jax.
The name is of English origin and it means “son of Jack.” In 2017, the name was sitting at the #20 spot on the popularity list, but it is said to be getting more popular by the day.
A lot of people turn to nature when they have to find that perfect name for their child, and Magnolia is said to become one of the more popular nature names in the coming year. The name is of Latin origin and it has no real meaning other than it is the name of a flower.
In 2017, the name was sitting at #384 when it comes to popularity. However, the name jumped 26% this week alone so it may be one of the faster-rising names.
Hazel is another super sweet name that is growing in popularity, and it is bound to be a favorite by all the moms in 2019. It is another name that is deeply rooted in nature as well. The name is of English origin and it means “the hazelnut tree.”
In 2017, the name was ranked at #43 in popularity, so it is already a top contender. The name actually did slightly rise this week by another 4%. It will be interesting to see where this name placed when we get the top names for 2018.
Aurora is a name that has a magical sound to it, and it may be because of its link to the classic Disney tale, Sleeping Beauty. It is perfect for any little princess in your life. The name is of Latin origin and it means “dawn.”
In 2017, the name was sitting at #51 on the popularity charts. It actually declined slightly this week, by 7%, but the trends do show that this name is going to start rising again very soon.