Here are the most popular baby names of 2018

trending 07/12/2018

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)
2. Liam
3. Noah
4. Aiden
5. Caden
6. Grayson 
7. Lucas
8. Mason
9. Oliver (New to the top 10 this year)
10. Elijah

Top 10 girls names:
1. Sophia (Ranked No. 1 for the ninth consecutive year)
2. Olivia
3. Emma
4. Ava
5. Isabella
6. Aria
7. Riley
8. Amelia
9. Mia
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!