Half-year top baby names for 2018
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BabyCentre’s annual roundup of the most popular baby names is a must have for parents-to-be seeking inspiration.
But we know the waiting game can be difficult. That’s why we’re treating you to a glimpse of the nation’s favourite baby names so far in 2018. Not only can you see if your choice is a mid-year chart topper, but we’ve dug deeper to unveil some exciting new trends.
At the top of the girls’ chart, Olivia has kept hold of the coveted number one spot, followed by Sophia and Amelia. Maya, Harper and Layla have all soared into the top 20 while Aria was the only new entry in the top ten.
However, it’s outside the top 20 that the biggest influences can be spotted. Here we reveal the hottest new baby naming trends for 2018.
Weird and wonderful spellings
Jackson, Jacson, Jakson, Jaxson, Jaxen or Jaxon? Our registrations boast no less than six different spellings of this favourite. We combine all the different spellings of names that sound the same when compiling our charts. But 2018 sees Jaxon taking the lead over the classic spelling Jackson for the very first time. Are BabyCentre parents beginning to rebel against a steady top ten by choosing different spellings to shake up the charts? Aaron has no less than 13 different spellings registered and Aria has 12. Parents also favoured using x, y and z when choosing an unusual spelling. Jaxon was joined by Kaylub, Liyam, Fyn, Jayson and Zayden in our boys’ registrations while Madyson, Roze, Wynter and Maizie all made an appearance this year for girls.
The #MeToo movement has been one of the biggest news stories of 2018 so far, so it’s no surprise that its influence has reached as far as the names BabyCentre parents are choosing for their newborns. Allegations against Harvey Weinstein and his subsequent arrest in May made headlines in the UK and across the globe. Could this be why we’ve seen the name Harvey plummet in popularity with parents? It’s fallen by over 30% in our boys’ top 100. Will it be out of the baby name charts for good by the year’s close? Watch this space.
As for the women who have come forward: Alyssa (Milano, who started the viral hashtag) has featured in our registrations so far this year along with the first names of other key women in the #MeToo movement, including Ashley (Judd), Rose (McGowan) Gwyneth (Paltrow), Jennifer (Lawrence) and Asia (Argento).
Classic regal names are always in style but the birth of a new prince and a royal wedding in the same year has sent the nation’s parents into a royal baby naming frenzy!
Victoria, Zara and Charlotte were all high climbers. But it was Princess that stole the crown for the biggest royal riser, breaking into the top 100 this year.
Charlie and George gained popularity in the boys’ registrations but it was historic royal boys’ names that parents favoured most, including top 20 new entries Arthur and Henry.
There has been no significant change for Meghan (or Megan) or Louis yet but that could all change in the full-year results.
BabyCentre parents may be raising a generation of superheroes as the casts of Justice League and Avengers: Infinity War went head to head to wield their power on the name charts.
It was Justice League that won the battle with high climbers including Ezra (Miller, who plays The Flash) and Benjamin, possibly thanks to Ben Affleck playing Batman. Amber (Heard, who plays Mera) remained steady in the top 100 girls’ names.
There may have been more than one influence on the rising popularity of Henry too. As well as the name being a royal favourite, Henry Cavill was cast as Superman in the film.
The cast of Avengers: Infinity War had some influence as Zoe (Saldana, who played Gamora in the film) rose this year. Other key stars, including Scarlett Johannson, Elizabeth Olsen and SebastianStan as well as Tom Hiddleston and Tom Holland saw their names remain steady favourites in the top 100.
Last reviewed: July 2018
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