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The Most Popular Baby Names Of 2018 ... So Far

Nameberry compiled its mid-year list.

Halfway through 2018, Olivia and Atticus are holding tight to the popularity crowns they claimed as the top baby names on Nameberry in 2017.

Nameberry’s most popular names list is based on number of views each name page received on the website in a given time period. Unlike the Social Security Administration’s official data, Nameberry’s list gauges interest in these names rather than tracking actual babies who received the names, though it can be an accurate indicator of future trends and popularity standings.

The top baby names for the first half of 2018 get interesting when you look at the second place picks. The multicultural name Amara entered Nameberry’s Top 10 for the first time in 2017 and now is all the way up at No. 2 for girls.

A name that’s come into widespread use only in this century, Amara is also climbing official popularity lists in England and Germany. Think of it as today’s answer to Amanda and Mary and you’ll understand the source of its appeal.

On the list of names for boys, Milo is surprisingly in second place, up from sixth place in the year-end tally. Another multicultural choice, Milo was the name of an ancient Greek Olympic wrestler and is grandfather to also-stylish Miles. It’s even more popular in England, Germany, and Sweden. Both Amara and Milo fall at around No. 200 in the official SSA name rankings.

The top girls’ names for the first half of the year show a trend toward longer, more formal, vintage names. Genevieve, Beatrice, and Freya are among the biggest risers while Zoe, Molly, and Mia were among the fastest-falling girls’ names.

On the boys’ side, Nameberry’s visitors are also loving sophisticated names in 2018, but prefer short and punchy choices. Among the fastest risers are Lewis, Owen, Lachlan, and Caspian, taking over from Zachary, Xavier, and Nathaniel.

Below find the 50 most popular names for boys and girls for 2018, so far. Visit Nameberry for the full list of 100 names.

Girls

  1. Olivia
  2. Amara
  3. Cora
  4. Isla
  5. Charlotte
  6. Aurora
  7. Amelia
  8. Rose
  9. Ava
  10. Genevieve
  11. Maeve
  12. Penelope
  13. Iris
  14. Violet
  15. Ophelia
  16. Eleanor
  17. Esme
  18. Luna
  19. Imogen
  20. Eloise
  21. Aurelia
  22. Alice
  23. Ada
  24. Arabella
  25. Evelyn
  26. Lucy
  27. Ivy
  28. Hazel
  29. Adeline
  30. Isabella
  31. Thea
  32. Jane
  33. Nora
  34. Emilia
  35. Elizabeth
  36. Anna
  37. Elodie
  38. Evangeline
  39. Eliza
  40. Adelaid
  41. Freya
  42. Sadie
  43. Julia
  44. Emma
  45. Claire
  46. Phoebe
  47. Lila
  48. Beatrice
  49. Elsie
  50. Maisie

Boys

  1. Atticus
  2. Milo
  3. Jasper
  4. Jack
  5. Asher
  6. Silas
  7. Theodore
  8. Oscar
  9. Henry
  10. Declan
  11. Finn
  12. Oscar
  13. Oliver
  14. Leo
  15. Felix
  16. Bodhi
  17. Aryan
  18. Arthur
  19. Levi
  20. Axel
  21. Soren
  22. Ryker
  23. Thomas
  24. Ethan
  25. Sebastian
  26. Liam
  27. Elio
  28. James
  29. Kai
  30. Charlie
  31. Alexander
  32. William
  33. Louis
  34. Charles
  35. Callum
  36. Benjamin
  37. Caleb
  38. Jude
  39. Julian
  40. Ezra
  41. Eli
  42. Harry
  43. Elijah
  44. Cassius
  45. Ronan
  46. John
  47. Zachary
  48. Xavier
  49. Emmett
  50. Caspian