You've done everything from stocking her closet to building the crib for your new little girl, but you haven't chosen a name yet. Choosing a name for your baby can seem like one of the most daunting tasks during pregnancy. Every name reminds you of someone, or has some positive or negative association that you don't want to incorporate into your baby's identity. That's why browsing top baby name lists like this one can help inspire you and even make you aware of names you may not have considered before.
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The Social Security Administration's Top Baby Name Lists
The Social Security Administration releases its baby name data annually based on the total births for the year and applications for Social Security cards. All names are reported based on the First Name field on the Social Security card application. To be considered, the name must be at least two characters long. Names with fewer than five occurrences in any geographic area are not included. The 2018 data is based on just over 3.7 million births in the US, the lowest number of births in over three decades.
Top Baby Name Trends of 2018
"We’ve noticed that crossover names are now going BOTH ways," says Jennifer Moss, founder of Babynames.com. "There were more girls named Charlie than boys, and Eden, Jude, Sage, and Gael showed up on the boys’ charts. Could possibly be from the awareness, now, that gender is not binary."
Girl Names on the Rise
2018 welcomed one new name to the coveted top 10 ranking: Harper. Harper dropped out of the top ten in 2017, but it's back!
The award for the largest jump on the list, making it the fastest-growing girl name in popularity, goes to Meghan. Meghan moved from position 1,404, to 701 in just one year.
Other girl names with the largest positive change in 2018 include: Dior, Adalee, Palmer, Oaklynn, Haisley, Keily, Novah, and Yara.
Girl Names on the Decline
Over the past year, one of the most popular names fell out of the top 10: Abigail.
However, Audrina had the most significant decline over the last year, dropping 322 ranks from 856 to 1,178. Courtney was just behind dropping 242 spots, and Angelique just behind that dropping 227 spots.
Other notable drops on the list include: Marjorie, Anabelle, Marissa, Elsa, and Jessa.
Looking for boy names? Check out the This Year's Top Baby Boy Names.