Boys, Girls

Most popular baby names for 2018 revealed as parents pick strange spellings

Do you pick a classical name like Henry, James or Charlotte?

Or do you go for one more ‘on trend’ such as Archie, Theo or Harper?

It’s what plays on the minds of new parents for weeks and months in the run up to the big day.

And the names chosen are often reflecting culture at the time with events such as successful TV shows and movies, not to mention Royal Weddings, having a big impact on generational names.

This year as ever some names appear to be falling out of favour while other less common names rise in popularity.

BabyCentre have listed the top 20 names for boys and girls, a reported by the Mirror.

Top 20 girls’ names for 2018

1. Olivia

2. Sophia

3. Amelia

4. Lily

5. Emily

6. Ava

7. Isla

8. Aria

9. Mia

10. Isabella

11. Isabelle

12. Ella

13. Charlotte

14. Grace

15. Evie

16. Maya

17. Harper

18. Sophie

19. Layla

20. Freya

Olivia remains at the top spot after more than two years in the space, with Sophia, Amelia and Lily also holding high places.

Aria was the only new entry in the top 10 for 2018 but Maya, Harper and Layla have increased in popularity dramatically this year, soaring up into the top 20.

The top 20 boys’ names for 2018

1. Muhammad

2. Oliver

3. Noah

4. George

5. Harry

6. Leo

7. Charlie

8. Jack

9. Freddie

10. Alfie

11. Oscar

12. Arthur

13. Henry

14. Jacob

15. Archie

16. Joshua

17. Theo

18. Ethan

19. Lucas

20. Logan

For boys, Muhammad remains at the top, with Oliver and Noah runners up. Freddie and Alfie were both new entries into the top 10 over the last few months.

Arthur, Henry, Archie and Theo were new entries into the top 20.

There were lots of regal-sounding names in the top 40 , with a Royal baby being born and a Royal Wedding taking place all in the space of a few months, it should come as no surprise that mums and dads-to-be have been opting for classic, regal-sounding names.

Choices such as Charlotte, George and Harry have all risen in the charts, with others like Zara, Victoria and Henry making waves as well.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tied the knot on May 19

Interestingly Meghan (or Megan) and Louis have seen little increase in popularity at this point, but experts predict they could be higher in the charts by the end of the year.

As well as a Royal influence, BabyCentre have spotted several other trends among names being registered this year.

One thing that particularly stood out was the increase in strange spellings, with parents opting to add an x, y or z to a classic name to make it stand out.

Cute baby girl playing with soft toy on bed in bedroom

Examples of this include Jaxon, Kaylub, Liyam, Fyn, Jayson, Zayden as well as Roze, Wynter, Madyson and Maizie.

Another key trend has been superhero films, as the casts of Justice League and Avengers: Infinity War wielded their power on parents.

Justice League proved most popular with high climbers including Ezra (Miller, who plays The Flash) and Benjamin, possibly thanks to Ben Affleck playing Batman.

The cast of the latest Avengers movie also had some influence as Zoe (Saldana, who played Gamora) rose this year.

Scarlett, Elizabeth and Sebastian also remained steady favourites.

Reflecting on the results, Lorna Marsh, BabyCentre associate editor, said: “We wonder if the surge in weird and wonderful spellings is down to BabyCentre parents rebelling against a relatively unchanging top ten.

“By choosing an unusual spelling of a popular choice, parents can shake up the status quo while still playing it relatively safe with their children’s names.”

Source

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/top-baby-girl-names-2018-1737136

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