These Are the Most Popular Baby Names of 2018

The Social Security Administration reveals the most common boy and girl names.

What are the #1 boy and girl names? Here’s a hint:

Yes, if you picked Liam or Emma for your wee one, you are far from alone. Every year, the Social Security Administration figures out the most popular baby names based on — you guessed it — requests for Social Security numbers for newborns. And the top 10 names of 2018 are…

Rank Male name Female name
1 Liam Emma
2 Noah Olivia
3 William Ava
4 James Isabella
5 Oliver Sophia
6 Benjamin Charlotte
7 Elijah Mia
8 Lucas Amelia
9 Mason Harper
10 Logan Evelyn

Not surprisingly, pop culture has a huge impact on name trends — which explains why the fastest rising girl’s name in 2018, moving 701 spots from number 1,404 to 703, was Meghan, after Meghan Markle, who famously became a duchess in 2018. Tune in next year to see if the name of her son, Archie Harrison, rises in the charts in 2019.

Likely inspired by the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, the name Yara jumped 314 spots from number 986 in 2018 to 672. Another well-known Yara is Yara Shahidi, star of Black-ish and Grown-ish.

For boys, Genesis was the fastest-climbing name in 2018, climbing 608 spots from number 1,592 to 984. Alicia Keys, award-winning Grammy singer and coach on The Voice, named her son Genesis in 2014.


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