The Hottest 2018 Baby Name Trends According to BabyCenter

What was popular and just plain weird in 2018? Discover the latest baby name trends – and get some inspiration or food (literally, this year) for thought.

Baby name trends in 2018

In the past, when parents wanted to pick a name for their unborn child, they searched through baby name books. Although those still exist, they’re hardly what sparks the top baby name trends these days.

Instead, many soon-to-be parents choose names for their babies based on what their favorite celebrities are naming their kids, their favorite TV and video game characters and even foods they enjoy.

To that end, BabyCenter has released its Top 100 Names of 2018. In the traditional realm, Sophia still reigns as the top girl name and Jackson is still the top boy name.

“Sophia is the dominant girls’ name of the decade, with no signs of slowing down,” says Linda Murray, BabyCenter’s senior vice president of consumer experience and global editor in chief, in a press release. “It has worldwide appeal, it’s pronounceable in multiple languages and it’s feminine and sophisticated all at once.

“As for Jackson, it’s a modern twist on the old classic Jack.”

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Those two names also have different spellings, such as Sofia and Jaxon, which are used as well.

As far as the more unique baby name trends for 2018? Let’s have a look at what BabyCenter had to say.

Serene names

Many parents are naming their girls something more “spiritual” – like Peace, Hope, Harmony and Rainbow. A couple names for boys in this camp include Sky and Ocean.

Maybe these parents may think naming their child something serene will bring peace and tranquility after the child is born. Here’s hoping, right?

Celebrity kids’ names

One of the things the Kardashian-Jenner family is known for is its unique baby names – ever since the infamous year where Kim and Kayne named their first child North West and everyone thought it was a joke.

Many parents this year are using some of the Kardashian-Jenner fam’s kids’ names. The four most popular right now are Stromi, Dream, Saint and Reign. 

TV and video game names

Fortnite is the most popular video game this year, so it makes sense that many parents are using monikers from the game when for their newborns. These names include Ramirez, Rouge, Leviathan and even Bunny.

If you are a fan of HGTV, then you probably know who Chip and Joanna Gaines are. Their family is made up of unique names also used by many new parents this past year: Magnolia (after their business empire) – and Emmie, Drake and Crew (after their kids).

Food names

Parents have really taken the naming thing to the next level with some culinary inspiration. The most popular food names for girls this year are Kale, Clementine, Kiwi and Maple. There are also some parents naming their kids after herbs and spices – think Sage, Saffron and Rosemary.

… Maybe I’m just old school, but when I was choosing a name for my son, I wanted something unique but still known. I searched through an actual baby name book to find the perfect name for him. I made his middle name a family name, after my grandfather, and that was that.

Personally, I would never want to name my child after something like a fruit or video game character. But this practice is becoming more and more common in baby name trends.

It is difficult to choose a name that you know they’re going to be stuck with forever. Something I wish I would have had is a baby name generator app. Baby Center’s app makes it easier to find a name and pinpoint one that you are your partner both agree on.

The app combines 20 years of baby name data for you to choose from – and you swipe left for names you don’t like and right for names you do. Your partner does the same and you sync together your results. How easy is that?

What do you think of the latest baby name trends? Are there any you love? Any you’d rather leave? How’d you pick your child or children’s names? Let us know in the comments!

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