BabyCenter have released their annual report of 2018's most popular names, along with some of the weirder naming trends they noticed.
If you haven't heard about Fortnite non-stop over the last year, you must have literally been living on a different planet. The online game was so popular that it even influenced what people were naming their kids apparently!
Ramirez — the name of the beloved soldier character — jumped 57% over the year. The names of the "skins" used to costume the characters also caught on. Leviathan was up 46% for boys, Bunny rose 30% for girls, and Rogue increased 47% for girls and 21% for boys.
Calming names also saw big rises this year, with parents in 2018 chosing baby girl names like Peace (up 66%), Harmony (up 15%), Rainbow (up 26%), and Hope (up 10%). They also were increasingly interested in serene, earth-friendly names for boys like Ocean (up 31%) and Sky (up 38%). So zen.
Of course, it wouldn't be 2018 without some Kardashian-Jenner influence, as we saw Stormi, Kylie's daughter's name, jump 63%. Dream, Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna's daughter's name, also increased 42%. As for the boys, Kim and Kanye's Saint leapt 42%, while Reign, the name of Kourtney's third child, was up 27%.
Another trend of 2018 that passed into baby names was the health food trend - popular names for girls were Kale (up 35%), Kiwi (up 40%), Maple (up 32%), and Clementine (up 15%). Herbs and spices also had newfound popularity: Saffron was up 31% for girls, Rosemary was up 20% for girls, and Sage was up 15% for boys.
So those are the trends out of the way, now for the top names:
Top 10 boys names:
1. Jackson (Ranked No. 1 for the sixth consecutive year)
9. Oliver (New to the top 10 this year)
Top 10 girls names:
1. Sophia (Ranked No. 1 for the ninth consecutive year)
10. Layla (New to the top 10 this year)
So if you've got a baby on the way and want to be original, you might want to do more digging!