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Here's What Everyone Is Naming Babies In 2018

A mountain of pressure is placed on expectant parents to pick a flawless name just right for their future child. It really doesn’t help that there so many options these days, along with many resources to choose from. What is a parent to do if they’ve searched all the name books and visited numerous online sites and still have no idea what to call their child?

Have no fear, we’ve totally got your back. We have analyzed the variously available name charts and kept a close eye on baby-naming trends to bring you this list. From titles that have been around for many generations to monikers that sound fresh and new, this list has a little something for everyone. Many of these names popped up on the charts in recent years and are fighting their way to the top.

Whether you want your kid to be ahead of the curve or prefer for your child to fit in with the crowd, these surging names show absolutely no signs of stopping and are all worth at least a modicum of consideration. Each of these names is on-trend and ripe for the picking. Please enjoy this list of this list of what everyone will be naming their baby in 2018.

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20 Olivia

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Olivia is a name that is blowing up on the charts in 2018. It’s one of those old lady cool names that are making a comeback in a big way. This moniker is #2 on Nameberry’s popular name chart and we predict that it will continue to rise and take the #1 spot in 2018. It’s a lovely name that would be perfect for a sweet little girl.

Olivia is a name of English origin, and it means "elf army". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 416,199 babies born with the first name Olivia in the United States.

19 Noah

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Looking for a name for your son that has been around for a long time and is fighting it’s way to the top? The name Noah has risen to the #2 spot on the charts and it’s looking like the surge will continue. If you’ve been to Sunday school then you know that Noah famously built the ark in the Bible. Spiritually-minded parents will fall in love with this one.

Noah is a name of Hebrew origin that means "rest, peace". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 358,475 babies born with the first name Noah in the United States.

18 Emma

Emma has held its reign as #1 on the charts for the last four years and it seems like it will continue to hold the crown for 2018. It’s the spunkier version of the common name Emily and parents are falling in love with this variation. Two famous ladies with this title include Emma Stone and Emma Watson. It was also the name that Rachel named her daughter on the television show, Friends.

Emma is a name of Latin origin, and it means "universal". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 635,686 babies born with the first name Emma in the United States.

17 Liam

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Liam held court as #1 on the baby charts in 2017 and is set to hold a place for 2018 as well. It started as a nickname for William but has emerged on its own as of late. It’s a popular British name that is finding it’s way on the charts across the pond. American parents are catching on and Liam is having his day in the sun.

Liam is a name of Irish origin, and it means "strong-willed warrior". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 174,095 babies born with the first name Liam in the United States.

16 Ava

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Ava would be a lovely name for a charming little girl. The moniker became well known by the film actress, Ava Gardner, who was known for being a free spirit. Her most notable role was in the 1946 film, The Killers. Her striking beauty and sultry voice became her trademarks. A girl named Ava will not only be glamorous but have a good head on her shoulders as well.

The name Ava is of Latin origin, and it means "like a bird". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 218,673 babies born with the first name Ava in the United States.

15 Benjamin

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An adorable name that is making quite a splash in 2018 is Benjamin. It’s another Biblical name that has been around for generations but has a classic sensibility to it that keeps it coming back. The title is currently #6 on the charts and it shows no signs of slowing down. A super cute nickname for this one would be the approachable, Ben.

Benjamin is a name of English origin, and it means "Son of my Right Hand". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 723,465 babies born with the first name Benjamin in the United States.

14 Charlotte

Charlotte is one of those names that just sounds lovely and feminine all at once. It may evoke images of the spider in E.B. White’s children’s book, Charlotte’s Web. It also saw a huge jump in popularity thanks to the character of the same name in the Sex and the City franchise. A sweet and plucky nickname for a girl with this one would be Lottie.

The name Charlotte is of English origin, and it means "free". It's a name commonly given to girls. The highest recorded use of the name "Charlotte" was in 2015 with a total of 11,332 babies.

13 Oliver

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Oliver is proving to be a contender on the charts and found its place as #9 on the top baby name list for 2017. This old-fashioned name has gained some serious vintage-cred and cool parents everywhere are choosing Oliver for their little guy. It’s rising on the charts in many nations and will more than likely continue its pace into 2018.

Oliver is a name of English origin, and it means "elf army", just like its female variant Olivia that we already covered. From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 140,256 babies born with the first name Oliver in the United States. It ranks #498 of all time.

12 Mia

Mia is a sassy name that is finding a place on the charts in 2018. It was ranked #6 on popularity in 2017 and is totally holding its own this year. A famous actress who made this moniker more common is Mia Farrow. It’s a distinctive name that is on-trend. You’d be smart to put dibs on this one.

Mia is a name of Scandinavian origin, and it means "of the sea" or "bitter". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 203,211 babies born with the first name Mia in the United States. It ranks #364 of all time.

11 William

Looking for a classic name that has a modern feel to it for your son? Look no further than the name, William. It ranked #3 on the popularity list for 2017 and is set to hold it’s spot in 2018. It’s a distinctive moniker that somehow manages to feel contemporary. Be sure to snatch this one up before your friends do.

William is a name of English origin, and it means "strong-willed warrior". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,103,456 babies born with the first name William in the United States. It ranks #6 of all time.

10 Sophia

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Sophia held the title of being #1 on the charts in America from 2011 to 2013. It is currently #5 on the charts and is still a popular name in 2018, despite slipping a bit. It’s a sophisticated moniker that will certainly grow with your daughter. It may not be a distinctive name but little girls given this title will be in good company.

The name Sophia is of Greek origin, and it means "wisdom". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 305,237 babies born with the first name Sophia in the United States.

9 James

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James is another moniker that is totally trending and was #4 on the name charts in 2017. By the looks of it, this one is set to continue rising in 2018. It is a Biblical name that has found a solid place in modern times. If you’re looking for a name that has both style and substance then James might just be the right pick for you.

James is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "supplanter". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,159,306 babies born with the first name James in the United States.

8 Isabella

Isabella is a gorgeous name that would make any girl feel fancy and it’s on-trend at the moment. It is both prim and saucy at the same time. It brings to mind the Italian actress, Isabella Rossellini, who is a cinema darling and a modern-day glamour girl. A girl named Isabella would be quite a class act. It ranked #4 on the popularity charts in 2017.

The name Isabella is of Italian origin, and it means "God is my Oath". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 290,933 babies born with the first name Isabella in the United States.

7 Elijah

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Elijah is a fashionable biblical name that many parents have been attracted to in 2018. It ranked #8 on the charts in 2017 and seems to be gaining momentum. It entered the scene in the 1800’s and saw a spike in popularity in 1980. It’s looking like it will be a big contender moving forward. Expectant parents should underline this one, for sure.

Elijah is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "The Lord is My God". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 268,945 babies born with the first name Elijah in the United States.

6 Harper

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Harper is one of those versatile names that would work for a boy or a girl. It seems like parents are catching on and it’s surging in popularity for little girls in 2018. Harper ranked #11 on popularity charts on Nameberry in 2017 and is getting a ton of attention. It would be the perfect name for a little tomboy.

Harper is a name of English origin, and it means "harp player". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 65,060 babies born with the first name Harper in the United States. It ranked #842 of all time.

5 Lucas

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Lucas is another name that has been enjoying success. It was #11 on the popularity charts in 2017. Keep an eye on this one in 2018 because it’s becoming a favorite among parents. It’s a variation of the name Luke and holds it’s own as a masculine pick. Both timeless and trending, a little boy that is given the name Lucas will be distinguished, for sure.

Lucas is a name of Greek origin, and it means "From Lucania". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 227,257 babies born with the first name Lucas in the United States.

4 Amelia

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The name Amelia is perfect for parents who are seeing an adventurous moniker for their daughter. It sounds girly and gallant. Perhaps the most famous person bearing this name is Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. I am almost certain that a kid with the name Amelia will be just as headstrong and determined as their namesake.

The name Amelia is of Latin origin, and it means "to strive or excel". It also means "rival". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 156,937 babies born with the first name Amelia in the United States.

3 Mason

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Mason is a super popular name for boys that ranked #7 on the charts in 2017. It looks like it’s gaining steam and will claim another top spot in 2018. It has gotten a lot of attention thanks to the fact that Kourtney Kardashian picked this one for her son. It’s finding fame on television and in reality. You’d be smart to jump on this one.

Mason is a name of French origin, and it means "stone worker". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 260,021 babies born with the first name Mason in the United States.

2 Evelyn

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Evelyn as another one of those old lady names that have somehow managed to become cool. It ranked #9 on the popularity charts in 2017. It used to be considered a masculine name but the ladies have been taking it over for decades. A little girl named Evelyn will be soft and sweet mixed with just the right amount of grit.

Evelyn is a name of English origin, and it means "beautiful bird". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 554,041 babies born with the first name Evelyn in the United States. It ranks #110 of all time.

1 Michael

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It’s kind of shocking that a normal name like Michael would be popular but this classic title I holding steady in 2018. It was the number 1 boys name for almost half a century and fell out of favor for a bit. Well, it’s coming back in a big way and was #12 on the popularity list in 2017. Hip parents are smitten by this classic name.

Michael is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Who is like God?". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,359,820 babies born with the first name Michael in the United States.

References: Names.org, Nameberry.com

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