Each year the Social Security Administration collects and records the names of every baby born in the country. The resulting list gives us a glimpse into the American consciousness that year, or at least the minds of parents trying to pick a bully-proof name. The annual list of the most popular baby names often alludes to cultural events, popular shows (ahem, Khaleesi), and our collective taste. While some predictable classics, like Olivia and Benjamin, make the list each year, less familiar ones like Harper and Noah reveal emerging trends.
Though the list is typically released in May, the Social Security Administration has delayed the release of the most popular baby names of 2019 out of respect for those affected by COVID-19. In its place, we can draw clues from lists of names that were popular in years prior, and those that have increased in popularity in recent years. These highlight trends, like a shift in the gender associated with a given name. Though Harper was once a solid choice for a boy’s name, the number of girls named Harper has skyrocketed, while it has decreased in popularity for boys. Here’s what else to watch for.
The Most Popular Baby Girl Names from 2018
Baby Girl Names That Are Becoming More Popular
A number of names on this year’s top 100 list have been steadily increasing in popularity over time.
Luna increased in popularity 14 spots, from 37th most popular in 2017 to 23rd most popular in 2018.
Aurora increased in popularity from 51 to 44 between 2017 and 2018.
Everly went from 82nd to 53rd.
Naomi moved up from 69 to 64.
Cora increased from 83rd to 73rd.
Giana went from 91 to 80.
Valentina was at 94 in 2017 and increased to the 81st most popular name in 2018.
Ellie rose form 44 to 37.
Eliana moved up five spots from 88 to 83.
Harper from 11th place to 9th.
Ella jumped up one spot from 16 to 15.
The Most Popular Baby Boy Names of 2018
Baby Boy Names That Are Becoming More Popular
About a fifth of the 100 most popular baby boy of 2018 names saw an increase in their popularity between 2017 and 2018.
Carson increased from 83rd most popular to 70th.
Miles went from 110 to 98.
Santiago moved up from 93 to 81.
Maverick moved from 85th most popular up to 73rd.
Asher went from 59 to 47.
Elias moved to 67 up from 78.
Leo increased in popularity by 11 spots, from 61 to 50.
Everett, the 95th most popular name in 2018, was at 105 the year prior.
Axel increased in popularity by 10 spots.
Ezra also went up 10 spots.
Hudson increased in popularity by 10 spots from 64 to 54.
Jameson went from spot 100 to 91.
Jack went up from 35 to 28.
Roman went from 91 to 85.
Leonardo crept up 5 spots.
Cooper went from 88 to 83.
Caleb made the switch from 50 to 45.
Jaxon went from 44th most popular to 39th,
Mateo moved up from 42 to 37, and
Sebastian, the 23rd most popular name in 2017, is now the 18th most popular name.
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