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*These* were the top baby names of 2018

Nameberry's list of top baby names 2018 features two established favorites at Number one: Atticus is the top boys' name for the second year in a row and Olivia ranks as most popular girls' name for the third consecutive year.

The bigger news is that three new names have reached Nameberry's Top 10: Finn on the boys' side along with Genevieve and Rose on the girls'. The hottest names for both genders reflect the continued influence of celebrities and popular culture.

For girls, Charlotte's popularity is inspired by the young Princess. The popularity of multicultural Amara was probably spiked by her presence as an immortal character on The Vampire Diaries, while Genevieve is a fresher replacement for the Jen-generation names.

Four of the Top 10 girls' names begin and end in the letter A.

Number one boy name Atticus represents a growing trend towards ancient Latin names and literary heroes, Theodore is a second-tier classic making a strong comeback, while Silas is a name revived by Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake in 2015.

Nameberry's popular name list measures which names attracted the largest share our nearly 250 million page views. It's a measure of parents' interest in baby names and a predictor of which names will become more popular in the future. While the latest national list measures 2017 popularity, Nameberry's list gives a more current sense of what parents are considering NOW.

Here are the complete top 10 baby names for each gender:

Top 10 names for girls in 2018

  1. Olivia
  2. Isla
  3. Amara
  4. Cora
  5. Charlotte
  6. Aurora
  7. Amelia
  8. Ava
  9. Rose
  10. Genevieve

Top 10 names for boys in 2018

  1. Atticus
  2. Milo
  3. Jasper
  4. Asher
  5. Jack
  6. Theodore
  7. Silas
  8. Wyatt
  9. Henry
  10. Finn

Top 100 baby names

On Nameberry's Top 100, new entrants on the girls' side are multi-syllabic:

  • Clementine
  • Anastasia
  • Emmeline
  • Cordelia
  • Florence
  • Lyra
  • Margot
  • Mabel

Wren is also a new entrant in the top 100.

On the boys' side there are 10 new names in the Top 100. They are:

  • Aarav
  • Atlas
  • Ryker
  • Caspian
  • Elio
  • Desmond
  • Jayden
  • Wilder
  • Elias
  • Otto
  • Amos

Big gains were also seen by Charlie, Louis and Emmett.

Parents have become more and more adventurous with their boy choices: in 2018 there were more new boys' names than girls' entering the ranks of both the Top 100 and Top 1000 names. Nameberry boy favorites include fewer traditional male picks, with style becoming a dominant factor.

For both genders we now see a preponderance of charming vintage revivals, with Clementine and Cordelia, Otto and Amos, all entering the Top 100. Unusual names made a strong showing as well, with high rankings for Amara, Aurora, Lyra and Wren, Atlas, Aarav, Ryker and Caspian.

Top 100 names for girls in 2018

  1. Olivia
  2. Isla
  3. Amara
  4. Cora
  5. Charlotte
  6. Aurora
  7. Amelia
  8. Ava
  9. Rose
  10. Genevieve
  11. Ophelia
  12. Maeve
  13. Eleanor
  14. Iris
  15. Ada
  16. Luna
  17. Penelope
  18. Eloise
  19. Violet
  20. Alice
  21. Ivy
  22. Evelyn
  23. Aurelia
  24. Lucy
  25. Isabella
  26. Esme
  27. Thea
  28. Imogen
  29. Arabella
  30. Anna
  31. Adeline
  32. Hazel
  33. Jane
  34. Elodie
  35. Nora
  36. Elizabeth
  37. Emilia
  38. Freya
  39. Evangeline
  40. Eliza
  41. Julia
  42. Adelaide
  43. Astrid
  44. Sadie
  45. Mia
  46. Emma
  47. Phoebe
  48. Claire
  49. Maisie
  50. Lila
  51. Chloe
  52. Elise
  53. Clara
  54. Beatrice
  55. Maia
  56. Aria
  57. Maya
  58. Mae
  59. Florence
  60. Seraphina
  61. Willa
  62. Audrey
  63. Lydia
  64. Josephine
  65. Lyra
  66. Stella
  67. Caroline
  68. Matilda
  69. Willow
  70. Clementine
  71. Margaret
  72. Grace
  73. Mila
  74. Elsie
  75. Sienna
  76. Juliet
  77. Isabel
  78. Gemma
  79. Eliana
  80. Celeste
  81. Emily
  82. Sophia
  83. Zoe
  84. Elena
  85. Zara
  86. Anastasia
  87. Molly
  88. Margot
  89. Emmeline
  90. Ella
  91. Poppy
  92. Wren
  93. Madeline
  94. Naomi
  95. Hannah
  96. Mabel
  97. Cornelia
  98. Evie
  99. Abigail
  100. Daisy

Top 100 names for boys in 2018

  1. Atticus
  2. Milo
  3. Jasper
  4. Asher
  5. Jack
  6. Theodore
  7. Silas
  8. Wyatt
  9. Henry
  10. Finn
  11. Oscar
  12. Oliver
  13. Declan
  14. Leo
  15. Aryan
  16. Felix
  17. Bodhi
  18. Levi
  19. Axel
  20. Ethan
  21. Soren
  22. Arthur
  23. James
  24. Thomas
  25. Charlie
  26. Kai
  27. Liam
  28. Sebastian
  29. Ryker
  30. Charles
  31. Louis
  32. Julian
  33. Ezra
  34. Caleb
  35. Harry
  36. Alexander
  37. William
  38. Jude
  39. Eli
  40. Benjamin
  41. Cassius
  42. Aarav
  43. Callum
  44. Elio
  45. Elijah
  46. John
  47. Andrew
  48. Zachary
  49. Ronan
  50. Desmond
  51. Owen
  52. Xavier
  53. Emmett
  54. Lewis
  55. Luke
  56. Caspian
  57. Theo
  58. Jacob
  59. Samuel
  60. Archer
  61. Isaac
  62. Hugo
  63. Jayden
  64. Roman
  65. Simon
  66. Atlas
  67. Nathaniel
  68. Wilder
  69. Lachlan
  70. Tobias
  71. Matthew
  72. Elias
  73. Noah
  74. Harrison
  75. Daniel
  76. Gideon
  77. Otto
  78. Josiah
  79. Lucas
  80. Magnus
  81. Nolan
  82. Gabriel
  83. George
  84. Lucian
  85. Knox
  86. Graham
  87. Isaiah
  88. Everett
  89. Maverick
  90. Xander
  91. Rhett
  92. David
  93. Amos
  94. Nathan
  95. Miles
  96. Kane
  97. August
  98. Beckett
  99. Joseph
  100. Griffin

Originally posted on Nameberry.

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[Trigger warning: This essay describes a woman's emotional journey with postpartum anxiety.]

I see you, mama.

I know you don't want to feel this way. I know you're terrified of everything in the world right now. I know you want to wrap your baby in a bubble and keep them safely in your arms forever. I know you can't "sleep when the baby sleeps" because you are too nervous to drift off in case they stop breathing. I know you don't want to let anyone near your little one because they could be carrying an illness. I know you've cried in the bathroom and begged for the voice to stop. And I know you love your child more than anything in the world.

I know because I was you.

I was in the 10% of estimated women who are affected by Postpartum Anxiety (PPA) but had no idea what I was experiencing. I worried about EVERY little thing but just brushed the fears aside, thinking this was just normal of first-time motherhood. But it was something more.

I lived in constant fear that my son was either going to get hurt or he was going to die.

It started the first week of being home from the hospital. I was so scared of SIDS that I actually googled "How much sleep do I need in order to survive?" I would only get two to three hours, not because my child was keeping me up, but because I was scared he would stop breathing and I wouldn't be awake to save him.

I would religiously wash all of his clothes with baby detergent and if I thought I mistakenly used regular detergent, I would rewash everything. I was afraid he would get a skin rash if I didn't. If my husband had the slightest hint of a cold, I would banish him to the guest room and handle all of the baby duties on my own until he was fully recovered.

I would wash and rewash bottles because I was afraid they weren't clean enough and convinced myself if I didn't then he would catch a rare illness. When we supplemented with formula, I wasted multiple cans because I was so scared I didn't measure it correctly, so I would dump it and start over.

I didn't want to be this way. I didn't want to let PPA be the thief of my joy, but anxiety doesn't care who you are or what you've been through. I knew my previous miscarriages attributed to my PTSD, which manifested into anxiety.

I knew I needed help.

I cried so many nights as my husband and baby boy slept because I just wanted to feel "normal." I didn't want to overanalyze every bump or rash or cough, I wanted to enjoy being a first time mom, but I felt like I was drowning.

On top of the anxiety was guilt. I had wanted this baby so badly—I wanted to feel joy, happiness, and gratitude, and yet I felt overwhelmed, sad, and miserable. What was happening?

I would tell myself not to worry, I'd try to convince myself a regular cold was just a cold. But then a voice would come into my head and make me second guess myself. What if it was a serious infection and became fatal if I ignored it? So I rushed my baby boy to the doctor every time I thought something was wrong.

I went to the pediatrician over 20 times in my son's first year of life. One time I went because I thought he had a cancerous mole, which turned out to be a piece of lint stuck to his hair. I felt like I was losing control of myself.

Eventually, when my son was 3 months old, I went to a therapist for help. I needed someone to hear me and give me the tools to overcome this. I am not without daily anxiety, I still have many fears and I have to bring myself back to reality, but I work on it every day. I cope and I make an effort to continue with my therapist so I can beat this.

Even though this topic is hard to write about, I have no shame in my story. Carrying a child is hard, giving birth is harder, and jumping onto the roller coaster of motherhood is one hormonal, wild ride.

Mamas, we are allowed to not be okay and we have every right to make that known. I wasn't okay and it took every ounce of strength I had to get myself out of the darkness.

If I could tell you anything about struggling with this, it is this: PPA is real, it is not normal, and getting help is okay. Do not feel ashamed, do not feel embarrassed, and don't for one second think you owe anyone an explanation.

Do not let a single person make you feel like you are less of a mother. You are a magnificent human being, a loving mama bear, and you will get through this.

I see you, and I'm holding space for you.

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Ready to bring a baby on board? Feelings of excitement can often be met with those of financial concern as you prep for this milestone. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as of 2015, the cost of raising a child is $233,610—a number that can make anyone's jaw drop to the floor.

But before you start to worry, here are ways you can become more financially savvy before the baby is born:

1. Budget for healthcare costs

The cost of delivering a baby can vary by state, but suffice it to say it can be thousands of dollars. Castlight Health found that the lowest average cost of delivery was $6,075 in Kansas City, MO and the highest average cost $15,420 in Sacramento, CA. Costs are even higher for a Cesarean delivery.

The first thing you want to do is check your insurance and see what they will cover so what you will be responsible for. Then create a separate savings account so that you can cover any costs that you're on the hook for. You can set up automatic savings after each payday up until the baby is born to help assist with any healthcare costs associated with delivery.

2. Cut your expenses

Before the baby arrives, do a spending audit and see where you can slash some expenses. Free up any leftover money to help cover the increased costs that will come, such as food, clothes, and formula.

If you're struggling with how to do that, take a look at all of your expenses and write next to each either"want" or "need." Look at your "want" list and see which expenses are ones you can either eliminate or cut back on. If it doesn't bring you joy or add value, ditch it! You might even find subscriptions that you didn't know you had.

3. Go for second-hand goods

Of course, there are some things you definitely want to buy new for baby, but things like clothes and toys you can get second hand and save a lot of money. Your baby will grow so fast and buying new clothes every few months can add up. If your family members or friends have old baby clothes or toys they're willing to part with, it will save money and you can pay it forward down the line.

4. Look for sales or coupons

Clothes and toys are items that you can buy second hand, but products, like a car seat and crib are best new. You want to be up-to-date with safety and know what you're getting. Before going shopping, search for sales or coupons before you head out. A little research online can go a long way and save you hundreds.

5. Have a garage sale

If you need to make room for baby, it's time to get rid of items that you no longer use or need. Take all of the stuff you are planning to get rid of and have a garage sale to make extra money. You can also try selling online on Craigslist, Poshmark and OfferUp too.

Take the money you earn from selling your stuff and put it in your savings account earmarked for your baby.

6. Get a 529 plan

It's never too early to save for your baby's college. You can open a state-sponsored 529 plan which is a tax-advantaged savings account for education-related costs. Instead of asking for gifts or toys from family and friends, you can request money to go toward a 529 plan. It will be an impactful gift that will help your child in the future and help lessen the financial burden on you.

7. Prep now instead of later

Your whole world will change when your baby arrives, so in order to save money, time and stress, create a plan now. Is there a family or friend close by who can babysit if you need some rest or have to run an errand? Ask them now if they can help out.

Start preparing meals in bulk that can be in the freezer and easily made so you don't have to think about food. Put your bills on autopay so that you don't miss any payments and get hit with late fees. Know how long you can get maternity or paternity leave and understand how that will affect your income and budget. Getting all of this ready ahead of time can help you in the long run.

8. Purchase life insurance

While thinking about why you need life insurance can be a bit stressful, preparation is essential, especially when you're adding another member to your family. Life insurance will provide financial support if you had a loss of income due to something happening to either you or your partner.

9. Understand any tax benefits

The birth of your baby will affect your taxes, which can actually end up putting more money back into your pocket. Do some research online and see how a dependent will change your taxes in your state, such as new exemptions available. Or, find a trusted accountant or tax specialist in your area who can walk you through your options.

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We've had some struggles, you and me. In my teens, we were just getting to know each other. It was a rocky road at times, like when people referred to you as "big boned." I was learning how to properly fuel you by giving you the right foods. How to be active, to keep you strong and in good shape. I wish I knew then what I do now about you and what a true blessing you are. But that's something that has come with the gift of motherhood.

In my 20's, we became more well-acquainted. I knew how to care for you. After I got engaged, we worked so hard together to get into "wedding shape." And, looking back now, I totally took that six pack—okay, four pack—for granted. (But I have the pictures to prove it.)

Now that I'm in my 30's (how did my 30's happen so fast, btw?) with two kids, I'm coming to terms with my new postpartum body.

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If there are two things a mama is guaranteed to love, it's Target plus adorable and functional baby products. Target's exclusive baby brand Cloud Island has been a favorite destination for cute and affordable baby clothing and décor for nearly two years and because of that success, they're now expanding into baby essentials. 🙌

The new collection features 30 affordable products starting at $0.99 and going up to $21.99 with most items priced under $10—that's about 30-40% less expensive than other products in the market. Mamas can now enjoy adding diapers, wipes, feeding products and toiletries to their cart alongside clothing and accessories from a brand they already know and love.


The best part? The Target team has ensured that the affordability factor doesn't cut down on durability by working with hundreds of parents to create and test the collection. The wipes are ultra-thick and made with 99% water and plant-based ingredients, while the toiletries are dermatologist-approved. With a Tri-Wrap fold, the diapers offer 12-hour leak protection and a snug fit so parents don't have to sacrifice safety or functionality.

So when can you start shopping? Starting on January 20, customers can shop the collection across all stores and online. We can't wait to see how this beloved brand expands in the future.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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