The new year is nearly here, and although the Social Security Administration won't release the official top baby names of the year until well into 2018, we can already guess which names will be on that list.
Parents who welcomed new babies this year have of course been sharing their name choices online. BabyCenter recently shared the results from more than 742,000 parents who shared their baby's name on the platform in 2018, and Nambeberry is always tracking which names parents are looking at.
So which names are tops this year?
According to BabyCenter, Sophia is the "decade-defining name for girls born in the 2010s," but the second name on BabyCenter's list, Olivia, is the most popular girls' name on Nameberry and held the first and second spots on the UK and USA government lists for 2017.
In 2017, there were 14,831 Sophias born in America, compared to 18,632 Olivias. So while BabyCenter puts Sophia in the top spot for 2018, we're betting the Social Security Administration will list more 2018-born Olivias than Sophias come spring (the list should get released in May).
Here are the rest of BabyCenter's top girls names for 2018:
And here are the top 10 BabyCenter picks for boys:
If the list of boy's names surprises you, remember that this list comes from "the names of hundreds of thousands of babies born in 2018 to parents registered on the BabyCenter website," according to BabyCenter's press release.
While Jackson is the number one boy's name among that site's users, it's highly unlikely that Jackson will turn out to be the "official" top American boy name for 2018.
Last year, Jackson didn't even rank in the top 10 for the the Social Security Administration's baby name list—it was down at number 20, with 10,356 babies taking the name. Compare that to 2017's first place baby boy name, Liam, which saw 18,728 births last year. Liam is in second place on the BabyCenter list, but ranks way higher than Jackson in government records.
Of course, those government records are for 2017, so it is possible (although unlikely, in our opinion) that Jackson could pull ahead 19 spots to overtake Liam as the number one baby name in America. Only time will tell.
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