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The Most Popular American Baby Names of 2018

May 10, 2019 laurawattenberg 6 Comments

The Most Popular American Baby Names of 2018

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 6 Comments
Liam, Emma on pedestals

Just announced, the most popular baby names in the USA:


The top names, Liam, Emma, Noah and Olivia, remain unchanged from 2017. Further down the list, though, we see signs of change. Oliver, which has reigned for years as England’s #1 boy’s name, makes a big jump into the top 5. Logan falls to 10, after a one-year surge around the superhero movie Logan.

Much more to come! Check out our full listing of the top 1500 names (with last year’s rankings for comparison), the fastest rising and falling names of the year, and all the surprises a year’s worth of baby names bring. I’ll also be posting discoveries as I find them on Twitter: follow @NamerologyTalk.


Namerology founder and "Baby Name Wizard" author Laura Wattenberg is a globally recognized name expert, known for her scientific approach to understanding name trends and culture.

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  • Amy3 May 10, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Love that you did the top 1500. It’s great to see that additional 500. My favorite pairing was 1155 – Beatrix and Sidney. I could easily have kids with those names. Meanwhile, my daughter’s name, Astrid, is the most popular it’s ever been at 661. 🙂

  • Elea May 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    There are so many names that we in the UK are directly adopting from America — Aubrey, Harper, Paisley, Piper, Everly, Savannah, Grayson, Carter, Levi, Hunter — and yet, Liam and Emma were both in the top 20 here in the early 1990s.
    It’s always interesting to see which names get exported in the “great trans-Atlantic name swap.”

    • LauraWattenberg
      LauraWattenberg May 10, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      Emma has been incredibly resilient in this era of fast-moving name trends. 16 straight years ranked in the top 3 in the U.S. (And @Elea, welcome — I love your site!)

      • Elea May 11, 2019 at 8:05 am

        Thanks, Laura. Loving the sleek new site!

        Emma had huge longevity here, too. It was #4 in both 1974 and 1984 (we don’t have any data in between, but I’m convinced it would have been #1 in at least one year in between) and was still #10 in 1994. It’s currently #52, so still hanging on in there!

  • Dominique May 10, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Hi! Great resource- what is the source for this?

    • LauraWattenberg
      LauraWattenberg May 10, 2019 at 11:00 pm

      Hi @Dominique, this is based on figures from the Social Security Administration.

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