These are the UK's most popular baby names of 2018

Did your child's name make the list?

Sarah Young
Thursday 29 November 2018 13:23 GMT
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The impending New Year calls for a review of all the things 2018 has afforded us, including an ever-growing list of popular baby names.

To celebrate the last 12 months, pregnancy and parenting website BabyCenter has revealed its list of the most prevalent monikers given to children this year, based on data from more than 742,000 parents.

Topping the girls’ chart, Sophia celebrates its ninth consecutive year holding the coveted number one spot followed closely by Olivia, Emma, Ava and Isabella.

Other popular names for girls which made it into the top 25 include more unusual options like Riley, Mila, Harper, Adalyn and Nora.

For boys, Jackson, Liam and Noah hold their positions in the top three followed by Aiden, Caden, Grayson, Lucas and Mason.

While the top 25 for boys is largely dominated by traditional names, monikers like Logan, Carter, Jayden and Mateo also make an appearance.

BabyCenter also revealed a number of growing trends for baby names including zen-inspired monikers like Peace (up 66 per cent from last year), Harmony (up 15 per cent), and Hope (up 10 per cent).

The Kardashian-Jenner family have also had an influence with Stormi increasing in popularity by 66 per cent, Dream rising 42 per cent, Saint by 42 per cent, and Reign going up by 27 per cent.

Food-themed names are on the up too with names like Kale, Maple, Celementine and Rosemary all proving more popular than ever before.

The top 25 girls’ names of 2018:

  • Sophia
  • Olivia
  • Emma
  • Ava
  • Isabella
  • Aria
  • Riley
  • Amelia
  • Mia
  • Layla
  • Zoe
  • Mila
  • Charlotte
  • Harper
  • Lily
  • Chloe
  • Aaliyah
  • Adalyn
  • Evelyn
  • Avery
  • Aubrey
  • Ella
  • Camilla
  • Nora
  • Scarlett

The top 25 boys’ names of 2018:

  • Jackson
  • Liam
  • Noah
  • Aiden
  • Caden
  • Grayson
  • Lucas
  • Mason
  • Oliver
  • Elijah
  • Logan
  • Carter
  • Ethan
  • Muhammed
  • Jayden
  • Michael
  • James
  • Sebastian
  • Alexander
  • Mateo
  • Jacob
  • Ryan
  • Benjamin
  • Daniel
  • William

Looking to the year ahead, BabyCenter also made some educated guesses on which names will be big in 2019.

It predicts that trainer-inspired names such as Van, Chuck and Taylor will be trending next year, as will those of power couples like Chrissy which is up by 27 per cent (as in Teigen) and John which is up by nine per cent (as in Legend).

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