If you’re a soon-to-be parent, you are likely looking for names that not only have deep meaning, but also feel fresh in today’s world. From our cultural obsession with celebrity moms and the royal family to the rise of gender equality, there is a lot to take inspiration from this past year.
Babygaga.com analyzed data from 2017 to come up with a list of 2018’s most anticipated names. While we see some reminiscent of pop culture, we’ll likely see a return to classic and gender-neutral names as well.
Below are some of the most popular baby name predictions for the year ahead.
Emma takes the top spot for the most popular name for girls. The name rose in popularity after it was given to Rachel and Ross’s baby on Friends back in 2002.
The number one boys name has an Irish meaning of Fair. It’s a charming name that has been rising in popularity since the early 2000s.
You can’t hear this name and not think of the iconic Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, and giving your child a namesake like the noble image is no small statement.
There’s no doubt that Princess Charlotte of Cambridge has something to do with the popularity of this name. Seen as the feminine version of Charles, according to BabyGaga, it is classic and elegant.
It has been rising as a unisex name of recent and a very popular one at that. The Welsh name referring to the sea has topped charts for many years.
This longstanding favorite comes in a close second, perhaps thanks to the popular TV drama This Is Us or the nostalgic 20-year anniversary of the Titanic.
This one seems like an homage to the closest thing America has to a royal family, and while it may seem like a boy name, research shows it’s the 57th most popular first name for girls.
This name has been used across genders for years, and maybe it’s predicted popularity has something to do with Hugh Jackman in Wolverine.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen may be responsible for this creative name, meaning “the moon,” blowing up in 2017 after their adorable daughter became a social media sensation.
This name as been at number one in England, Australia, and New Zealand, but just entered the top 100 in the US in 2009. It has been climbing strong ever since.
This four-syllable name is a return to the classics, possibly kick-started by Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s decision to give the name to their second child.
This name carries a nostalgia for the days of our grandmothers, and it looks like we’ll now ave a whole new generation of Sadies to love.
Whether we’re talking the late queen or Posh Spice, this popular female name is certainly regal. Translated to “victory,” the timeless name ranks at 27 on the list.