What are the most popular baby names in 2019? Between the Social Security Administration's newly-released 2018 data and both Nameberry and BabyCenter's 2019 predictions, we have a pretty good sense of what's on trend this year. It's no surprise that picks like Emma and Liam reign supreme, though other names — such as nicknames from the 20th century and picks inspired by royalty — are on the rise. Even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle picked one of the top 2019 trends for their son, Archie.
Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases a list of from the previous year, and the numbers are out for 2018. These were the top ten names for girls:
Of those, only Harper is new to the top 10, replacing the name Abigail, which fell out of the tenth spot. It's clear that, right now, we're really feeling those names that end in "a" — and we have been for a while, so there's a good chance these names will stay popular into next year.
According to the , these are the current most popular names given to baby boys:
These are the exact same names year over year, although the order has shuffled around a bit. These names have staying power.
Since there isn't always much variation in the top ten from year to year, the SSA also keeps a list of the names with . These names are still pretty low on the list — toward the bottom of the top 1,000 names — but they're ones to watch.
The boys' names that saw the biggest falls were Aaden, Dilan, Craig, and Mike. And while Harper is growing in popularity for girls, it's .
And the ones with the for girls:
So the names that end in "ley" are clearly on the come up. But say goodbye to Audrina, Courtney, and Angelique, since those names had the biggest .
Royal names are often trend-makers, as we can see with the rise of the name Meaghan. But she's not the only one: Harry, too, is also climbing the charts — the name jumped up 30 places on the SSA list between 2017 and 2018. We can only assume that the name the Sussexes picked for their son, , will likely cause a spike in popularity as well.
But even without the royal connection, the name Archie was already on the rise. The baby-naming site has seen a resurgence of nicknames from the early 20th century being used as complete first names. In addition to Archie, these include boys' names like Ace, Billy, Buddy, Buster, Hank, Jimmy, Johnny, Sonny, and Spike, as well as girls' names like Millie.
What other trends are coming up? released a list of the according to its users — and there are some adorable choices in there. Posie, Isla, Olivia, Aurora, and Maeve were the top choices for girls, while Milo, Jasper, Atticus, Theodore, and Asher were the hot names for boys. These are in line with some baby-naming themes the site has observed, including rising popularity for Irish names (Finn is also a climber), ancient names (think Freya, Cora, or Cassius), and literary names (also Silas, Ophelia, and Lyra).
Nameberry examined its users' and found a big jump in monikers borrowed from cultures all over the world. Think Maori names like Aroha to Native American names like Niabi to Greek names like Acacius and Cyrene. Nameberry also observed gains in search for the names Jedda, Kiran, Lautaro, Lior, Sena, and Walken.
A notes that the site has seen a , the name Kylie Jenner bestowed upon her baby, and a 42% jump for Dream, which Rob Kardashian picked for his daughter with Blac Chyna. No doubt, True (Khloe's daughter) and Chicago (Kim's daughter) and Psalm (Kim's son) are not far behind.
BabyCenter also reported a rise in Peace for girls and Shanti (which means "peace" in Sanskrit) for boys, which jumped 66% and 34%, respectively. Also, health-food names like Kale (35%), Kiwi (40%), and Saffron (31%) are hitting the big time. Nameberry also saw a big interest in Eastern-influenced names like Bodhi, Kali, Lakshmi, and Zen.
There's also interest in names that are truly gender-neutral — not names that were once popular with one gender and then migrated over to the other. These include Justice, Briar, Campbell, Finley, Journey, Laken, Revel, Robin, Royal, and Story.
According to Nameberry, parents are looking into soft colors like Gray/Grey, Lavender, Lilac, Moss, Olive and Sage, as well as names of precious stones, like Amethyst, Emerald, Garnet, Jasper, Onyx, Sapphire, and Topaz.
Another huge trend in baby names? Short ones. Quartz reports that the in the US has been falling since the '90s. (Doesn't it seem like every baby has a three- or four-letter name now?) So expect more names like Nova, Kace, and Ike or Ella and Ida.
BabyCenter , but could finally break through in 2019. For girls, they are: Aria (more Game of Thrones fans), Riley, Layla, and Zoe, while the boys are Jackson, Aiden, Caden, and Grayson,.
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