Christine-Marie Liwag Dixon @cmliwagdixon
Keeping up with trending baby boy names can be tricky business. Popular names go in and out of style, but they can often change drastically from one year to the next. While it’s a little too early to know for sure which baby names are going to prove to be the most popular of 2018, we do have a pretty good idea of which names are likely to make the list. Baby name website BabyCenter compiles user data so that parents-to-be can see which names are trending right now.
So far, the top baby boy names of 2018 seem to be a blend of newer, modern names and traditional monikers. Of course, the year is far from over, so it’s totally possible that there will be some new names to disrupt this list, or that others will change in rank. Here are the most popular baby boy names of 2018 so far.
It’s not surprising that it’s so popular when you consider just how many famous people bear the name. The name is particularly prominent in the entertainment industry. Actors Liam Neeson and Liam Hemsworth are household names. In music, there’s Liam Payne, one of the members of the band One Direction. It’s no doubt that Liam is having its moment, but the spotlight can’t last forever. Can Liam hold on to the top spot for the rest of the year? Or will it soon fall from grace? Only time will tell.
Noah may be a figure from ancient times, but that doesn’t mean his story has been forgotten. In 2014, a film named Noah based on the biblical tale was released, and the blockbuster film coincided with the name’s jump to the top. The moniker might be old, but it looks like you can’t sink a good name.
The name’s popularity in the U.S. dipped in the middle of the 20th century, but it has seen a resurgence since the 2000s. Just a year ago, Oliver was just ranked sixth, but in 2018 it has jumped up the list. If Oliver continues its upward climb, it will be at the top of the list sooner than we know.
Logan was originally a Scottish last name which translates to “dweller at a little hollow,” and became a boy’s first name and then a gender neutral first name gradually. One of the best known uses of the name is in Marvel, where it is the alias of Wolverine, one of the X-Men. In 2017, the film Logan, based on the Wolverine character, was released. That same year, the name Logan was ranked third — up a staggering 15 points from 2016, when it was ranked at 18th. The film was a box office success, which could be part of the reason for the name’s increased popularity.
Mason jars are everywhere these days. You might have seen these jars used in the traditional way, for storing food, but they have a lot of other uses. Mason jars are often re-purposed as glasses or as vases and are often used in craft projects. Whether or not the popularity of the mason jar is directly related to the popularity of the name Mason is uncertain. Either way, we’re certain that this name is probably going to be sticking around for a while.
The name has been used as both a first name and as a last name. One of the most famous people to have the name is George Lucas, the creator behind both of the wildly successful film franchises Indiana Jones and Star Wars. It’s likely that George Lucas might have had a role in the name’s growing popularity. Lucas started to rise in popularity as a given name in the late 1970s, around the same time that the first Star Wars film was released.
While the name has been around for a long time, it took centuries for it to truly become popular. The name didn’t really start to catch on until the end of the 20th century, starting to noticeably grow in popularity in the 1990s. Now that it has finally become a mainstream name, though, it looks like Ethan is here to stay.
In the United States, the name saw a resurgence in the 1990s when it began to climb the charts. Since then, it has gradually been working its way up in the ranks. At this rate, it probably won’t be very long before Elijah becomes the top baby name for boys. One of the most notable bearers of the name in modern times is actor Elijah Wood.
Aiden spelled with an “e” may be the preferred spelling, but it’s the “a” variation of the name that helped to make it famous. Irish-American actor Aidan Quinn uses the less commonly used spelling of the name. The alternate spelling of the name was also used as Carrie’s nicest boyfriend on Sex and the City.
Aside from royalty, the name James has been used by many other famous people throughout history. The name has been particularly popular in the White House. Five U.S. presidents have been named James: James Madison, James Monroe, James K. Polk, James Buchanan, and Jimmy Carter (whose full name is James Carter). The name is also frequently seen in the entertainment industry. Some famous people named James in show business include James Franco and James Corden.
While the name is most frequently used for boys, it’s starting to gain popularity with baby girls as well. In 2018, the name is ranked at 524 on the list of names for baby girls.
The name has often been used for royalty. Rulers of Scotland, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Russia have used the name. In the United States, one of the most famous people named Alexander was Alexander Hamilton, one of the country’s founding fathers. Other notable people who bore the name, or variations of it, include Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, and Alexandre Dumas, the author who wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. The name may also be appealing because it offers some awesome nickname possibilities: You can go cool and different with Xander, or stay classic and sophisticated with Alex.
We wouldn’t be surprised if the name’s spike in popularity had something to do with the 1989 film The Little Mermaid. Sebastian the crab may have been a little, well, crabby, but it doesn’t look like that character trait hurt the name’s popularity at all. The name means “venerable” or “revered,” so it makes sense that parents would clamor to associate their kids with those traits. Given how old the name is (Sebastian has been used since at least the middle ages), the fact that it is still so beloved says a lot about its enduring quality.
Jackson was the last name of a U.S. president, Andrew Jackson, and a Confederate general, Stonewall Jackson. One of the most famous people to have the name as a first name is renowned artist Jackson Pollock, an iconic figure in modern art.
While Jackson is the most popular version of the name, there are a couple of spelling variations that are catching up: Jaxon is ranked at number 33, while Jaxson comes in at 63.
Of German origin, William means “strong-willed warrior” and was introduced to England in 1066, the year of the Norman invasion. Like other traditional names, William spikes in popularity at times, but never really falls out of fashion. History books are filled with the name William as it was the name of many prominent figures throughout the years — including several English kings as well as U.S. presidents. The name is still popular with presidents and royals in modern times. Prince William is the current heir to the British throne, and former U.S. president Bill Clinton’s full name is William.
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