Nameberry has released their list of the most popular baby names for the first half of the year, and it’s revealed some interesting trends. You can read the top 100 for both boys and girls for yourself here. This list is based on trends and popularity of users on the Nameberry website. It isn’t an official list like the social security administration’s list which gets their records from official birth certificates, but it provides some interesting information nonetheless.
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The most popular names for both boys and girls is holding strong with Atticus and Olivia, respectively. They were both previously crowned Nameberry’s 2017 most popular names, and these two have shown no sign of fading out. For reference, check your child's class list and there's a good chance that you'll see at least one of each.
The list for the first-half of 2018 has shown just how popular classic names have become. As has been a recent trend in girls' names, older, very feminine names have been increasing in popularity in the last ten years. Old-fashioned names like Cora, Genevieve, Eleanor, Rose, Iris, and Charlotte are all sitting in the top 20. Josephine and Cordelia are in the top 100.
However, a surprising name on the girl’s side has been rising in popularity and doesn't seem to follow any particular trend. That name is Amara. This seems to be a 21st-century combination of Amanda and Mary. It's sitting at number two on the list which is huge! It's beautiful and we hope to see it increase throughout the rest of the year. It's nice to see something a little different get some recognition.
Moving over to the boy’s side, the most popular names for the first half of 2018 are short and sweet. Otto, Atlas, and Otis are all new to Nameberry’s top 100. Other handsome sounding names that are quickly making their way through the ranks are Lachlan, Caspian, and Lewis. These names are also reminiscent of the older names that millennial parents love so much. Wyatt, Silas, Arthur, Theodore, and Hugo are all in the top 100 too. These names are no longer reserved for grandpas!
But keep in mind, while these names were the most popular and searched on Nameberry, we're only halfway through the year, and they may not make the 2018 list for most popular names that will be released next January. We'll have to wait and see.
What do think of these names? Did you use any? Or have any favorites? Let us know in the comments!