We've dedicated an entire section of our website to baby names, so it's safe to say we consider baby name shopping somewhat of a hobby. Fortunately for us, from apps that do the work for you to endless lists of trending monikers, our world is not short of tools to help you find the perfect name for your bundle of joy. And when we learned that the first iterations of the most popular baby names of 2018 were released, we were all ears.
While the list is far from conclusive considering it's only April, Names.org "combined data on the actual births in recent years with user interest on our site" to predict the top 20 names this year. A few popular mainstays, like Noah, Olivia, and Emma, continue to be popular while a few newcomers, like Harper, Mia, and William, are unique to 2018's list. See the 20 most popular baby names for this year below.
Claiming a number one spot in 2018, Noah originates from Biblical Hebrew and means "rest" or "peace." Most notably, the moniker is known for Noah's Ark—the Hebrew patriarch who rescued animal species from the great flood. The name started gaining popularity in the 1990s and is particularly common in Nevada, Hawaii, and Vermont.
Liam is an Irish name meaning "strong-willed warrior," and this year, it claims a top spot on the list of popular baby names. It was originally used as a short for Uilliam, the Irish spelling of William. If you're a fan of Liam Hemsworth, Liam Neeson, or Liam Gallagher, this might be the right name for your baby.
You wouldn't say no to a Benjamin in your wallet, so why would you say no to the name? It seems that not many people have, which is why it currently ranks high in the U.S. The moniker of English descent means "of my right hand."
Oliver comes from Latin and means "olive tree." Its English origin also means "elf army." These days, it is used as a last name as much as a first name—but it has seen a popularity spike since 2000, especially in the states of Vermont, Utah, and Mississippi. If you like John or Jamie Oliver, this might be the moniker you're looking for.
William is undeniably one of the most timeless and popular names in the English language, and the Duke of Cambridge might have a little something to do with its modern-day resurgence. Its English heritage means "strong-willed warrior." The name has actually been declining since a spike in the 1940s but is still ranked among the most common, especially in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Alabama.
Another classic name that stands the test of time is James. Originating from Hebrew (meaning "supplanter"), it's stuck in our minds since a 1940s spike, perhaps because of James Bond or James Dean. More recently, the name has resurfaced with personalities from James Marsden to James Corden.
Meaning "the lord is my God" in Hebrew, the name Elijah has been growing steadily in popularity in the 1990s, securing it a coveted spot in the most common names in 2018, especially in Nevada, Hawaii, and North Carolina.
Originating from the Greek word "Lucania," Lucas, meaning "light-giving" or "illumination," has been climbing the baby names charts since the 1980s, especially in Vermont, New Hampshire, and North Dakota. The name is also widespread among European countries like France, Denmark, and Spain.
Think Mason Dash Disick had a little something to do with this name's spike in popularity? Chances are, it's true, as the name saw a big spike in 2011, two years after the birth of Kourtney Kardashian's son. The moniker's French origin means "stone worker."
The name Michael saw a big spike in popularity in the 1940s and 1950s but has been declining ever since. Nevertheless, it's still in the top 10 most common names in 2018. The name can serve as a homage to many notables such as Michael Jackson, Fassbender, Jordan, or Phelps. Rhode Island, DC, and Massachusetts are big fans.
Coming in strong as a top name in 2018, Olivia, like its partner Oliver, takes its roots from Latin and English. Commemorate a few of your favorite celebs, from Olivia Munn to Wilde, Newton-John, or Culpo with this pretty moniker.
Emma has been a top-ranking name in the U.S. for a few years now, and 2018 is no exception. The moniker, which originates from Latin (meaning "universal") is a crowd-pleaser that will stand the test of time.
The Latin word meaning "like a bird" saw a huge spike in popularity between 2000 and 2007 and has been among the most popular baby names ever since. Clocking in among the top three, it's especially popular in Nevada, Delaware, and New Hampshire.
This classic, royal-worthy name has seen a sharp spike in popularity in recent years, in part because of the Princess of Cambridge. The moniker of English descent means "free" and reminds us of a few of our favorite style icons, from Charlotte Gainsbourg to Charlotte York.
Mia is one of the few names of Scandinavian descent to make its way to the top 20 baby names in the U.S. Meaning "of the sea" or "bitter," the moniker, which has seen a rise in popularity since 2006, is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Considering it means "wisdom" in Greek, there are no reasons for parents not to name their child in such a sweet, eloquent name. The moniker saw a big spike in popularity in 2016, especially in Nevada, Arizona, and Florida.
Another elegant name that will stand the test of time, Isabella is of Italian descent and means "God is my oath." The name has been steadily growing since 2000, reaching a peak in 2010. The moniker is especially popular in Florida, Arizona, and Nevada.
Harper, as in Harper Lee or, more recently, Harper Beckham, is a notable top-10 name for its versatility. It has seen a sharp incline in popularity of late in states like Montana, South Dakota, and North Dakota.
Originally stemming from Latin, Amelia is a fierce moniker that means "to strive or excel or rival." The name has been steadily rising since 2000 in states like Utah, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.
It's hard not to think of a literary name when hearing the moniker Evelyn, and perhaps that has a little something to do with Evelyn Waugh. The baby name has seen a resurgence since 2000, particularly in North Dakota, South Dakota, and West Virginia.
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This post was originally published on April 6, 2018, and has since been updated.