The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) list for the most popular baby names of 2018 is finally here. While there are plenty of baby books you can turn to for baby name inspiration when you're expecting, the Social Security Administration's annual list is the place to find out which names are most commonly used in the United States.
The SSA tracks all births that take place in the U.S. every year and then tallies exactly who many babies were given certain names. This obviously takes a lot of time (a lot of babies are born every year), so, it takes a while for the previous year's list to be released. They've just released the most popular names from 2018. Here's the SSA's findings:
Most Popular Baby Boy Names 2018
Most Popular Baby Girl Names 2018
Another resource for baby name inspiration is Names.org, which is an accessible online database of name meanings and origins. Though we're only six months into 2019, Names.org has revealed their predictions for which monikers will end up on the SSA's most popular names list for 2019.
Predictions for the Top 10 Girls Names in 2019
- Emma (Previously #1)
- Ava (Previously #3)
- Olivia (Previously #2)
- Isabella (Previously #4)
- Amelia (Previously #8)
- Mia (Previously #6)
- Evelyn (Previously #9)
- Charlotte (Previously #7)
- Sophia (Previously #5)
- Harper (Previously #11)
Predictions for the Top 10 Boys Names in 2019
- Liam (Previously #1)
- Noah (Previously #2)
- Logan (Previously #5)
- James (Previously #4)
- Oliver (Previously #9)
- Elijah (Previously #8)
- Benjamin (Previously #6)
- William (Previously #3)
- Lucas (Previously #11)
- Mason (Previously #7)
In addition to their main list, Names.org also puts together a list of "wild card" or "up and coming" names for the year. The wildcard list for girls shows a a potential rise in nature-inspired name, while the boys list also sees some interesting potential options.
Top 15 Wildcard Names for Girls in 2019
Top 15 Wildcard Names for Boys in 2019
Will any of these names end up on your own baby name list?