It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the New Year, but 2018 has actually been here for a while now. We're six months in, and it's the perfect time for expecting parents to take stock of which baby names fellow parents have been considering over the first half of 2018.
The name experts at Nameberry have been keeping an eye on the number of views each baby name on the site has received over the last six months. Unlike the Social Security Administration's annual list of given baby names, this is a measure of interest in names, rather than a reflection of how many babies have been given the name. While the SSA list looks back, Nameberry's search results helps parents predict the future of naming trends.
So what names are parents looking at on Nameberry? According to Nameberry co-creator Pamela Redmond Satran, Olivia and Atticus are still the most viewed baby names for girls and boys, respectively, as they were throughout 2017.
Redmond Satran notes the second most viewed girls name so far in 2018 is Amara, a "multicultural girls' name with roots in three continents" that's seen a quick rise in views on Nameberry. It entered the top 10 for girls names on the site just last year.
There were 1478 Amaras born in America in 2017, according to the SSA, which ranks it as the 208 most popular girl's name (in 2001 it was all the way down at 870). "Amara is also climbing official popularity lists in the US, England, and Germany," Nameberry notes. "Think of it as today's answer to Amanda and Mary and you'll understand the source of its appeal."
On the boys' side, Milo is now the second most viewed baby name on Nameberry. It's risen on the SSA list in a very similar fashion to Amara, going from number 809 in 2002 to being ranked as the 224 most popular baby boy name in 2017, with 1688 baby boys in the U.S. taking the name.
Here are the 40 most viewed baby names on Nameberry so far this year:
For a look at the top 100, check out the full list at Nameberry.
[Originally published July 3, 2018]