It’s that time of year again! Names.org officially released its list of the most popular baby names in the United States for 2018, showing that keeping things classic is always in style.
How is information collected you might ask? The site sifts through the Social Security information of past years and combines data from the actual births in recent years with their own user interest to create their eerily accurate predictions. Their predictions for the girl’s names are:
The name Olivia (1) currently reigns at the top of the girl’s list, returning once again to claim the top spot. Emma (2) and Ava (3) took second and third place respectively, making the predictions sound more like the character list from a Jane Austen novel than modern times.
The classic vein of names continues with Charlotte (4), which just missed the leaderboard podium by coming in fourth place. Its high placement is still noteworthy though because it shows that people are likely taking inspiration from the royal family for names, fawning over cute pictures of Princess Charlotte for “research”.
Runner-ups included Mia (5), Sophia (6), Isabella (7) and Harper (8), with Amelia (9) and Evelyn (10) rounding off the list.
Their predictions for the most popular boy names are:
Prince William probably inspired the rise of the name William (5), which reached fifth place on the boy’s list and gave serious royal vibes. Noah (1) and Liam (2) came out on top though, never falling too far out of the baby name spotlight throughout the years.
Benjamin (3) and Oliver (4) were next, evoking images of founding fathers and our favorite Charles Dickens’s novel. James (6) and Elijah (7) placed sixth and seventh respectively keeping with the classic tone set by the rest of the list. Lucas (8), Mason (9) came next, and Michael (10) made an appearance once again which was a surprise to no one.