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The 25 Most Popular Baby Names Of 2008

Time seems to pass everyone right by, as everyone goes about their daily business it is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This is even more true for parents, when they have little kids to care for it can be easy to lose track of time as they grow up right in front of their eyes.

We want to take everyone back to 2008. A simpler time. It was the time millennials were really growing up and getting into the swing of things. Like many years before it, it may even be the best time of someone’s life.

For parents out there, who are about to welcome a baby and who have fond memories of the 2008 decade, they may want a name that was from that year. We went back into the vault and dug up the 25 most popular baby names of that year for both boys and girls. Some of them are not hear of much now, while others continue to go strong.

This list may be the perfect inspiration for those two people out there who are struggling to come up with a name and need some flashbacks to help them pick out that perfect name for their little one.

25 Abigail

Abigail is one of those names that we don’t think will ever go out of style. It has the perfect nickname, Abbie, built right into it. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “my father is joyful.” In 2008, the name was ranked at #13 for little girls.

According to Nameberry.com, the name was ranked in at #10 in 2017. It has improved slightly in the polls since 2008 and it may keep growing until it reaches that number one spot.

24 Ryan

The name Ryan is one that everyone hears. It sees we all know someone who is named Ryan. Ryan was a very popular name in 2008, sitting at the number 12 spot for little boys. Ryan is also now considered a unisex name, so it works for both boys and girls.

The name Ryan means “little king” and it is of Irish origin. The name is not so popular now, sitting in at #43 in 2017. It is more popular now when it comes to little girl names.

23 Chloe

The name Chloe is a sweet name for a baby girl and parents love it because it is short and sweet which is the trend right now. The name Chloe is of Greek origin and it means “young green shoot.” In 2017, the name was ranked at #22 in popularity.

It has seen an increase of 7% this week alone making it much closer to being back where it was in 2008. In 2008, the name was ranked #12 for little girls.

22 Nicholas

Nicholas is one of my favourite names on this list for little boys and it may be because I love Christmas so much. In 2008, the name sat at the #11 place for little boys’ names, but it has slipped much further down the list. As of 2017, the name was ranked at #68.

It has risen 16% this week alone but it has a long way to go back to the top spot. The name is of Greek origin and it means “people of victory.”

21 Kaitlyn

It doesn’t matter if you spell this name with a K or with a C it is charming either way. The name Kaitlyn means “pure” and that may be the sweetest meaning for a sweet little girl. In 2008, the name was at the height of popularity coming in at #11.

The name has dropped considerably and now sits at #345 and it is dropping even more. It is a perfect name for those parents who are looking for a name that is more unique.

20 Matthew

2008 was clearly a time well before everyone wanted unique and un-heard of names. Matthew is a name that brings us back to basics, but it is in no way boring. This name, ranked at #11 in 2008, has lots of cute nicknames for mom and dad.

The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “gift of God.” That is definitely what our little boys are to us. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #16 so it is still well-loved by a lot of people.

19 Lily

Lily is a beautiful name for parents who are searching for a floral name for their little girl. Much more elegant than the popular name Rose. The name has no meaning as it is simply an English flower name.

The name was ranked in at #10 for little girls in 2008 and it now currently sits at #33. It also experienced a 15% drop this week in popularity. It is perfect for parents who want a name that is somewhere in the middle of common and unique.

18 Logan

Many of these names were not considered unisex in 2008, but they are now. The name Logan can be used for either a boy or a girl in 2018 and we love it. The name Logan is of Scottish origin and it means “small hollow.”

In 2008, the name was ranked in at #9 when it comes to popularity for little boys but in 2017 the name was ranked in at #5. This name has definitely jumped when it comes to popularity and it may be on the way to the top spot.

17 Hailey

The name Hailey is an adorable name for baby girls and it was super hot in 2008. In 2008, the name was ranked in at #9 for names for little girls. The name has dropped considerably and as of 2017, it was sitting at #72.

The name is considered an English and Scottish clan name and it means “Hay’s meadow.” It is definitely a sweet name that deserves a comeback. It has risen 13% this week alone so it may be well on its way back to the top.

16 Jack

The name Jack is timeless, and thanks to the hit show This Is Us, it may be entering another period of popularity. The name is of English origin and it means “God is gracious.” The name is considered another version of the name John.

In 2017, the name was ranked ay #35 for popularity though it has risen 8% this week alone. In 2008, the name was ranked in at #8 on the list. There are a lot of 10-year old’s who have the name Jack running around.

15 Madeline

The name Madeline has a very French or European sound to it so it is perfect for parents who want a name that sounds exotic. The name is the English variation of the name Magdalen and it means “high tower.”

This name did very well in 2008, sitting at the #8 spot for little girls. It has dropped considerably to sit at #100 in 2017. The name is dropping even further so it is perfect for parents who want that perfect unique name.

14 Noah

Noah is listed as a unisex name, but it is more commonly seen for little boys. It is also a perfect example of how it can take some time for a name to reach the top spot. In 2008, the name was ranked in at #7 when it comes to popularity and as of 2017 the name was sitting at #2.

The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “rest; wandering.” It may even be in the top spot when we learn the top names of 2018.

13 Addison

It is not a new trend where names like Madison and Addison are popular, they always have been. The name is of English origin and it means “son of Adam.” In 2008, the name was sitting at the #7 spot for popular names for little girls.

It is not doing as well now, as it is only sitting at the #34 spot and it dropped another 23% this week alone. The name may make a comeback someday, but today is not that day.

12 Jackson

A trend that some thought was new, but turns out it isn’t, is using common last names as first names. Jackson was just as popular in 2008 as we believe it to be today. In 2008, the name was sitting comfortably at the #6 spot for little boys.

In 2917, the name had slipped to #20 but it is slowly rising back up. The name is of English origin and it means “son of Jack.” This name is not going away anytime soon.

11 Ava

If you can’t already tell we are working backwards through the top names of 2008 to get to the number one spot. Coming in at #6 for little girls is the name Ava. Names that are short and sweet are very popular today.

The name Ava is of Latin origin and is a variation of the name Eve and it means “life.” The name may have been #6 in 2008 but in 2017, the name is now at #3. This name could very well be even higher when we see the top names for 2018.

10 Caden

Some find boy names are a lot harder to think of than girl names, so this is another adorable option if you are expecting a little bundle of blue joy. The name Caden is considered a modern invented name so it has no place of origin or official meaning.

It has also taken quite the dive in popularity. In 2008 the name was the #5 name for little boys but as of 2017 it sits at #223. Perfect for parents who want their little boy to stand out in a crowd.

9 Olivia

Olivia is a sweet name that always has a classy and elegant sound to it and parents have been loving this name for 10 years now. The name is of Latin origin and it means “olive tree.”

In 2008, this was the #5 name when it comes to little girls and if we look at its popularity in 2017 we are amazed (and not surprised) that this name now sits at the #2 spot. If parents want a unique name, this is not the one to go with.

8 Jacob

We have entered our top 5 names of 2008 for boys and girls, and in 10 years not a lot has changed. Jacob was very popular in 2008, sitting at the #4 spot. Parents were fighting over this name. It now sits at the #10 spot.

Even though the name has dropped just a little bit it is still sweet and simple. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “supplanted.” A perfect name for an adorable little boy who will be loved by everyone.

7 Isabella

Isabella is a sweet name for little girls that will never go out of style. In 2017, the name was ranked at #4 which is the exact same spot it was in 2008.

The name is of Spanish, Italian and Hebrew origin and it means “pledged to God.” It is also considered a variation of the name Elizabeth. Parents also love this name because of the cute nickname Bella that comes alone with it. It seems like the name is stuck in one spot and only time will tell where it will go.

6 Ethan

We star our top three countdowns with the name Ethan, a charming and sweet name for a little boy. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “strong, firm.” A wonderful meaning for a little boy. The name also has biblical roots which is important to a lot of people.

In 2008, the name ranked in at #3 on the charts for little boys. In 2017, the name is sitting at #14. While it is still popular, it is nowhere near where it once was.

5 Madison

Madison is a great and strong name for a little girl, and it was one of the most popular names in 2008 coming in at #3. The nickname Maddie is super sweet and only adds to the charm. The name is of English origin and it means “son of Maud.”

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #17 so it has dropped considerably in 10 years making it perfect for parents who want a name you won’t hear a lot on the playground.

4 Jayden

Jayden is another name that is considered unisex, so it is perfect for either a little boy or a little girl. This name has many variations when it comes to spelling, some choose to spell it Jaden or Jadon as well, so there is a lot of options for mom and dad.

The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “thankful.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #26 when it comes to popularity. Back in 2008 this name was #2 for popularity, it was a hit.

3 Sophia

If you thought Sophia was a new trend, then you were sadly mistaken. It has been loved for 10 years now! Sophia has been well-loved by a lot of people for a long time now. In 2008, this was the #2 name for little girls everywhere, and now it sits at #5 but it is growing every day.

The name is of Greek origin and it means “wisdom.” Its partner name, Sophie is just as popular, and you will be hearing this a lot on the playground.

2 Aiden

We have now come to the most popular names of the year 2008. The name Aiden was a hit for boys in 2008 and it earned the top spot that year. It is also considered a unisex name though you will mostly hear it be used for little boys.

The name is of Irish origin and it means “little and fiery.” A perfect description for little boys. In 2017, the name has dropped some and now sits at #17 in popularity.

1 Emma

The number one name for little girls in 2008 was Emma, and it is a sweet name that seems will never go away. It is short, sweet and extremely feminine which explains why people love it so much The name is actually of German origin and it means “universal.”

In ten years not much has changed as it still sits at the #1 spot for little girls. It doesn’t appear that this name is going away anytime soon, and I don’t think anyone wants it to.

References: Nameberry.com

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