Choosing a baby name can be stressful. There are endless options out there, and everyone has their opinion. Whether you’ve chosen a name already or are just starting to scour the internet for the perfect name, browsing popular baby name lists can be a helpful step in the process.
These lists can not only inspire you, but help you determine whether you like trendy or classic names.
The Social Security Administration's Top Baby Name Lists
Every year the Social Security Administration releases its most popular baby names list. Each year they collect their data based on applications for Social Security cards. The 2018 data is based on just over 3.7 million births in the US, the lowest number of births in over three decades. All data is reported from the First Name field on the social security card application. The given name must be at least two characters long in order to be included. Names with fewer than five occurrences in any geographic area are not included.
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The Top Baby Name Trends of 2018
Jennifer Moss, founder of Babynames.com, weighs in: "We’ve noticed many more created names (Jaxton, Brixton, Kylan, Brycen) and creative spellings (Jaxson, Jesiah, Karsyn) on the boys’ side when that usually happened on the girls’ list. So parents are getting bold and more empowered to be creative, even with their boys."
Boy Names on the Rise
Although outside of the top 100 names, Genesis made the biggest leap this year, moving up 608 spaces from position 1,592 in 2017 to 984 in 2018.
Other boy names with the largest positive change in 2018 include: Saint, Baker, Kairo, Watson, Kenzo, Jaxtyn, Kylo, and Dakari. You can expect to see these names continue to rise in popularity.
Boy Names on the Decline
After almost 75 years in the top 10, Michael officially dropped out of the top ten in 2017. In 2018, it dropped even further from 12 to 14.
Aaden had the largest drop in the rankings, dropping 232 spots from position 888 in 2017 to 1,120 in 2018.
Other notable drops on the list include: Dilan, Craig, Mike, Harper, Darrell, Ayan, Maxton, and Trent.
Looking for girl names? Check out the This Year's Top Baby Girl Names.