Most Popular Baby Names of 2018 Revealed

By Tiffany Meier

BabyCenter just dropped its annual list of the most popular baby names and the winners are Sophia for the girls and Jackson for the boys.

Both names are no stranger to the list, as Sophia has won for the past nine years and Jackson for the past six.

According to the website, Sophia is a Greek name meaning “wisdom” and was used by European royalty in the Middle Ages, while Jackson hails from Hebrew and means the “son of Jack.”

The top 10 most popular girl names are as follows:

  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emma
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Aria
  7. Riley
  8. Amelia
  9. Mia
  10. Layla

And the top 10 most popular boy names are:

  1. Jackson
  2. Liam
  3. Noah
  4. Aiden
  5. Caden
  6. Grayson
  7. Lucas
  8. Mason
  9. Oliver
  10. Elijah

Linda Murray, BabyCenter’s senior vice president of consumer experience and global editor in chief, spoke about the underlying reasons for the top baby names.

Sophia “has worldwide appeal, it’s pronounceable in multiple languages, and it’s feminine and sophisticated all at once,” Murray said in a press release.

“As for Jackson, it’s a modern twist on the old classic Jack,” Murray added.

The findings, which are released annually by BabyCenter, are based on hundreds of thousands of baby names collected from the website’s registered users.

This year, the list was compiled from data submitted by 742,000 parents.