The Top Baby Names of 2018

Using data from more than 742,000 site users who had babies in the past year, Baby Center has once again announced the top baby names of the year. The most popular names for 2018 show few changes from previous years. The top names for girls are:

1. Sophia
2. Olivia
3. Emma
4. Ava
5. Isabella
6. Aria
7. Riley
8. Amelia
9. Mia
10. Layla

Sophia (and Sofia) have been at the top of their list for nine years now. Layla is new to the top ten, almost 50 years after the song was first heard. The top names for boys are:

1. Jackson
2. Liam
3. Noah
4. Aiden
5. Caden
6. Grayson
7. Lucas
8. Mason
9. Oliver
10. Elijah

Teachers are already used to student lists that read Aiden, Caden, Jaden, Bradon, Grayson, Mason, etc. See the list of the top 100 baby names for girls and for boys, where you can click on a name and learn how it's been trending. But even more interesting is a look at the names that are rising on the list, meaning the ones that are trendy. People are naming their children after food, characters in Fortnight, and the Kardashian babies. -via Buzzfeed

(Image credit: Flickr user Dave Herholz)

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I don't know how much I trust some of these sites. They disagree with each other frequently. Some of the ones with long history of data going back decades show names like James being consistently in the top 10. I just checked another site that shows James was #4 in 2017, up from #5 in 2018. It would seem odd for 2018 to suddenly buck that trend, unless one of the sites is wrong (missing data, or trying to push interesting names to the top).
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