Universal with an Irish hint, the most popular baby names of 2018


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Earlier this week the United Kingdom’s newest royalty, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born and earlier today Kim Kardashian West tweeted out that her fourth baby rapper Kanye West just arrived.

While we have to wait to hear what North, Chicago, and Saint’s brothers name will be one popular pick would be Liam.

The Social Security Administration just released its list of most popular baby names for babies born in the United States last year and Liam tops the list for the second time. The most popular baby name for girls around the country was Emma which topped the list for the fifth year in a row.

Although Archie did not make the Top 10 boys’ names in the United States, it could prove popular in next year’s list. Meghan was the fastest rising girl’s name for 2018, moving from number 1,404 in 2017 to 703. Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, married Britain’s Prince Harry last year.

While royalty seems to have influenced parents in 2018, each year the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming trends.

The name Yara voyaged 314 spots from number 986 in 2017 to number 672 in 2018 on the girls’ side. Followers of the hit HBO show know this probably is due to Yara Greyjoy, a character on the popular series. Other Game of Thrones references include Khaleesi which is up from 631 in 2017 to 549 in this year’s rankings.

On the Star Wars side of things, Kylo moved up from 1,152 in 2017 to 865 in 2018.

Social Security began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, thus making Social Security America’s source for the most popular baby names.

This year’s top ten boys names include Liam followed by Noah, William, James, Oliver, Benjamin, Elijah, Lucas, Mason, and Logan. Jacob toppled out of the top 10 for the first time since 1992 while Lucas made it to this year’s top 10 for the first time ever.

According to babynames.net, Liam is an Irish diminutive of William and means “strong mind and protection,” while Emma originates in Germanic languages and means “universal woman.”

Following Emma on the top ten list for girls is Olivia, Ava, Isabella, Sophia, Charlotte, Mia, Amelia, Harper, and Evelyn. Abigail is out of the top 10 for the first time since 2000 while Harper made her way back on the list.

If you are an expecting parent and wondering what to name your child, consider Ronnie. The name is derived from Ronald and means “wise ruler” according to babynames.net. According to that same website, Ronnie could also come from Veronica which originates in Latin to mean “victory bearer.” Overall a great name for a boy or girl.

For all of the top baby names of 2018, and to see where your name ranks, go to Social Security’s website, www.socialsecurity.gov.

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