The top baby name trends for 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 Do the top baby names of 2017 feel outdated already?

According to BabyCentre the next big baby name trend for 2018, is giving your baby a Spanish name.

This seems more realistic that naming your baby after IKEA flat-pack furniture

BabyCentre lists Luna, Lucía and Alba as potential Spanish girls’ names and Luciano, Rafael and Eduardo for boys.

If you don’t fancy choosing a Spanish baby name, take a look at the most popular baby names for 2018 for a little more inspiration.

Released by website Babygaga, the list features the names that researchers predict will be the most popular, 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.

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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
Cooper Quinn Cassidy Dawson Sawyer Harrison Lincoln Tyler Kennedy Cole Ellis Finley

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