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Presenting: The Most Popular Baby Names of 2018

When it comes to baby names, the options for expecting parents can honestly be a bit overwhelming. There are countless lists boasting classic, quirky, vintage, elaborately long and downright wild options, including everything from Jack to Chardonnay (yes, it seems one too many glasses were at play when choosing that one). But, before making a huge decision (this is your kid’s name, after all), it’s good to get a feel for the most popular titles on the market.

And you’re in luck: Based on previous years’ data from the Social Security Administration, just released its list of predictions for 2018’s hottest baby names — and we’ve got to admit we were surprised by just how normal they are. Sorry, Chicago and Stormi. Maybe you’ll have better luck influencing people next year?

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Let’s kick it off with the list of boy names you’ll see more of this year.

Top 10 boys names:

1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Benjamin
4. Oliver
5. William
6. James
7. Elijah
8. Lucas
9. Mason
10. Michael

These are some solid selections. According to, Benjamin and Oliver are on the rise, while William and James are just a tad less popular than they were in the past. You might also be on the lookout for names like Matthew, Jackson, Grayson and Aiden, which are rapidly rising in the ranks.

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Top 10 girls names:

1. Olivia
2. Emma
3. Ava
4. Charlotte
5. Mia
6. Sophia
7. Isabella
8. Harper
9. Amelia
10. Evelyn

Just like the boy’s list, there’s not a bad name in the batch for girls. Emma, which has held steady in the top five for years, slipped just a bit according to, while names like Harper and Evelyn inched their way up the ladder.

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It’ll be interesting to see if the mix becomes more eclectic in the future, as celebrities keep coming up with unexpected names for their kids. Earlier this year, Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo welcomed baby Gio Grace, and Chrissy Teigen recently joked about naming her yet-to-be-born baby boy Urban Legend. (Get it?)

For now, we’ll continue monitoring the list while keeping our fingers crossed that Bear doesn’t make its way into the top 1,000 quite yet.

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