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Goodbye Olivia, Hello Harper: Predictions For Popular Baby Names In 2018

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2017 was a great year for fun and unique baby names. For girls, the top 10 most popular were: Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Ava, Isabella, Mia, Aria, Riley, Zoe, and Amelia. For boys, Jackson, Liam, Noah, Aiden, Lucas, Caden, Grayson, Mason, Elijah, and Logan made the top 10. Perennial classics and modern monikers make up this top 10 list of names. What will 2018 hold? Will your Star Wars or Game of Thrones obsession inspire your baby’s name? In 2018, it just might, so don’t be surprised if we start seeing baby Kylo or Arya in the maternity wards.

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It’s a bit early to start a list of popular baby names for 2018, but there are some trends that we can use a guideline for prediction. Certain classics are still around, and some oldies have started a comeback, like Hazel, Penelope, Jack, and George. Olivia has been popular for a number of years, but its time in the top 10 may be limited, as Ophelia has become the new Olivia. It would seem that parents are looking for names that reflect the tone and the trends of the times; names with meanings that convey qualities parents admire. These names range from classic to hipster, gender-specific to gender neutral, even some presidential names are breaking into the list, like Kennedy, Hamilton, and Lincoln.

Here’s a list 10 popular baby names we expect to see in 2018 for girls:

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1. Charlotte. French, English, the feminine of Charles, “manly”

2. Ophelia. French, Greek, English, meaning “serpentine”

3. Sophia. Greek, “wisdom”

4. Ruth. Hebrew, “friend” or “vision of beauty”

5. Evelyn. English, Celtic, French, “light” or “life”

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