Picking a name for your new bundle of joy is never easy.


You have to consider so many factors…


Are there any negative connotations associated with it? Does it sound nice? Will people be able to spell it? Will your kid grow up to hate and resent you for life?


When it comes to trending baby names, it might not always be best to go with what’s in style.


Have a look at the lists below and see for yourself if these boy names or girl names are a good fit for your upcoming superstar.


Top Trending Baby Names of 2018 (So Far)


It looks like Emma and Noah are the new Jennifer and Christopher – these names aren’t leaving the top spots anytime soon. Liam is another popular option for boy names.


The younger generation seems a little more outgoing in the baby-naming department.


Although many of the most common names are fairly standard, unique and unusual names appear here to stay as well.


Another factor to consider: lots of parents are opting for unisex names these days. Names like Dakota, Jordan, and even Kyle are very

popular for both genders.


Baby Name Trends


It seems like parents a few decades ago had a very short list of names to choose from.


Sure, those old-school baby books were huge but no one really wanted to take risks. That’s probably why classrooms ended up full of Jennifer’s, Carol’s, James’, and Justin’s.


Plus, Biblical names are a part of many families’ history – sometimes for generations.


Younger parents aren’t afraid to go out on a limb with something unique.


Maybe because they hated having the same name as four other classmates?


As far as unique names go, your options are pretty much limitless.


Some popular trends from the past few years include:


Movie Inspired


  • Twilight: Bella, Edward
  • Harry Potter: Minerva, Albus, Severus
  • The Notebook: Noah
  • Marylin (Monroe)
  • The Great Gatsby: Daisy


Food Inspired


  • Ginger
  • Saffron
  • Miso
  • Kale
  • Clementine
  • Peaches
  • Kobe
  • Rosemary
  • Maple
  • Basil
  • Jasmine
  • Madeleine


Nature Inspired


  • Aspen
  • Autumn
  • Jade
  • Iris
  • Karma
  • Meadow
  • Misty
  • Coral
  • Kai
  • Lana
  • Rain
  • Willow
  • River
  • Terra
  • Blaze
  • Eco
  • Flint


Wow, that’s a lot of interesting and unique names!


Trending Boy Names


When it comes to boy names, you have plenty of both classic and unique options to choose from. (Although the unique names probably won’t stay unique for very long.)


Of course, the standards like Jonathan and Edward are sticking around.


However, a lot of new and interesting names are thrown into the mix giving boys a fresh identity.


Most of the names on this list are very strong and dignified making them excellent boy names for your little guy.


  • Jonathan
  • Adam
  • Augustus
  • Kane
  • Xander
  • Maverick
  • Rhett
  • Charlie
  • Ian
  • Winston
  • Everette
  • Edward
  • Kian
  • Caspian


Trending Girl Names


While the trending baby names for boys are bold, the girl names below are generally soft and feminine.


Sure, some unisex names made the list, but for the most part, these names exude elegance. (That’s not to say, however, that unisex names can’t be elegant.)


Some classics made the list. They’re old school classics, too, that you probably haven’t heard in a while. This gives a fresh take to standard girl names of the past.


  • Emma
  • Cora
  • Olivia
  • Sofia
  • Rumi
  • Penelope
  • Maia
  • Mia
  • Isla
  • Amelia
  • Isabella
  • Violet
  • Luna
  • Elizabeth
  • Audrey
  • Genevieve
  • Adeline


Trending Unisex Names


Unisex names are always a great choice for breaking conventions and giving your little one an immediate sense of nonconformity.


Although unisex names often work great for girls (even fairly masculine names) they can sometimes go wrong with boys – especially during grade school.


These trending unisex names are excellent choices if you aren’t sure about your baby’s gender or simply want to choose a flexible name.


  • Kyle
  • Dakota
  • Bailey
  • Alex
  • Drew
  • Harper
  • Charlie
  • Kennedy
  • Taylor
  • Nico
  • Pheonix
  • Hayden
  • Riley
  • Skyler
  • Parker


As you can see, there’s a bit of overlap between the trending boy and unisex names.


A Word of Caution About Trending Baby Names


You face a lot of pressure while choosing a name for your baby: it’s something your child will have to live with the rest of their life.


What’s trending now might not be the best decision ten years down the road. Here are some tips for selecting the best name possible.


  1. Keep the spelling short and concise. They’ll need to write it on forms for the rest of their life.
  2. Instead of family names, think of your heritage. Consider checking out traditional Gaelic, Arabic, African, or Latin names.
  3. Say it out loud from start to finish several times. It should roll right off the tongue.
  4. Don’t forget to consider the initials.


That’s it. Now you’re prepared to pick the best name.