There's a new top of the charts on the boys' side—see what other baby names moved and shaked their way to the top.
Noah no longer rules the roost of the most popular baby names. After four years topping the charts, it slid to second place, replaced by the Irish nickname for William, Liam. (Perhaps a lot of Liam Hemsworth or Liam Payne fans among the new moms and dads?) Emma retained her top position, but there are definitely some fresh new names in the top 20 on both sides of the list. On the girls' side, Emily and Harper moved out of the top 10, and were replaced by Amelia and Evelyn. Logan was the biggest riser, moving from the 18th spot last year to number 5—you may be able to thank the X-Men's Wolverine (and Hugh Jackman) for its rise in popularity. In perhaps the biggest news for every Mike out there, for the first time in literally forever, Michael is out of the top 10 baby names, replaced by Oliver. (Michael fell to #12, if you're keeping count.)
Most Popular Baby Names of 2018
Further down in the top 20, Chloe and Grace were replaced by Aria and Victoria—perhaps a nod to a return to uber-feminine names (and big fans of badass Arya Stark from Game of Thrones). On the boys' side, David was replaced in the top 20 by charming Henry—which is, incidentally, Prince Harry's formal name.
Among the biggest movers and shakers on the list? On the girls' side, variations on Oak—Oaklynn, Oaklyn, and Oaklee all jumped hundreds of spots and moved into the top 1000. And the First Lady's name is popular, with the name Melania moving up more than 700 spaces on the list. (Donald remained stuck in the same spot—#488—however.) On the boys' side, Wells became the big jumper on the boys' side, moving more than 500 places (perhaps due to Bachelor in Paradise fans the character from The Flash).
On the list of names dropping fast in popularity are a number of 1970s and 1980s favorites on the girls' side—including Wendy, Brittany, Patricia and Heather—and on the boys' side, odd spellings started to drop precipitously, including Riaan, Kolby, Kamdyn, and Nickolas.
Here's the top 50 baby names for boys:
The top 50 baby names for girls (in order) includes: