These are the baby names set to be the most popular in 2018

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Looking ahead to choosing a baby name in 2018?

Settling on a baby name can be tricky, and it's one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make, with many parents turning to popular baby name lists for inspiration.

No doubt, you'll want to pick the perfect name for your gorgeous new bundle of joy, but there are so many different things to think about before you decide.

Do you like the shortened version? Does it go with the surname? What if the child doesn't look like its name? Do the top baby names of 2017 feel outdated already?

Well, the list of the most popular baby names for 2018 might help you narrow it down a bit.

Released by website Babygaga, the list features the names that researchers predict will be the most popular next year, taking into account baby name data from the past few years.

Top baby names for baby girls in 2018

1. Emma
2. Charlotte
3. Sadie
4. Violet
5. Kennedy
6. Savannah
7. Penelope
8. Victoria
9. Ellie
10. Hazel
11. Natalie
12. Luna
13. Rylie
14. Aurora
15. Scarlett
16. Nora
17. Zoe
18. Amelia
19. Harper
20. Stella

Top baby names for baby boys in 2018

1. Finn
2. Jack
3. Atticus
4. Oliver
5. Theodore
6. Reuban
7. Dylan
8. Corin
9. Adam
10. Alexander
11. Daniel
12. Christopher
13. Brandon
14. Logan
15. Joseph
16. Hunter
17. Lucas
18. Kai
19. Jasper
20. Isaac

Surnames predicted to be a big baby name trend in 2018

Author of 'The Baby Name Wizard', Laura Wattenberg told the Chicago Tribune that it is become increasingly popular: 'Whether or not the parents change their names at marriage, there's a feeling that you want both families to be represented equally in the kids' names,' she explained.

Obviously, this could only work once, so you will have to be more inventive with the siblings.

While it's more popular in the US, this adorable baby naming idea is gaining traction here in the UK too, meaning that naming your little one after your own surname is now more popular than ever. More and more millennial mums are overlooking the traditional names and opting, instead to name their little one after their own family name.

Although it may not be a totally new concept, it is a very sentimental nod to your past.

However, using your surname as a first name means if you choose to use your married name as your children's surname - you can retain your moniker even if you change your name after marriage, and it will always be part of their - and your - lives.

Love the idea, but not feeling your own surname as a first name? Here's a little extra inspiration...

Surnames that work well as baby names

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Do you prefer a more traditional name for your little one or something a little more trendy? Let us know in the comments!

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