Attention all expecting parents – If you love your baby names like we love our baby names, then you’ll love these new baby name predictions!
Behold the trending tot names that are tipped to top the charts. And there’s a whole swag of unisex baby names sweeping in as the gender neutral trend takes hold.
How do we know which names are going to make it big in 2018? We don’t. But baby name experts do, so we asked them instead.
The baby name predictions below come from accumulated data from website BabyGaga.com as well as the Baby Name Predictions report from parenting site ChannelMum.com. And Mother and Baby UK are tipping a strong swing to gender neutral names in 2018.
So which name will rock your baby’s cot next year?
Unisex baby names
One name fits all
Baby names that don’t automatically have people thinking “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl” is the big trend prediction for 2018, according to Mother and Baby UK, as parents swing towards “more fluid notions of gender and identity”.
- Max: This Latin baby name meaning ‘greatest’ is no longer just for boys.
- Alex: A short but sweet gender neutral baby name that means ‘defending men’.
- Charlie: No longer just a nickname for Charles or Charlotte, Charlie is set to be a popular name for both genders in 2018.
- Andy: Traditionally a shortened version of the name ‘Andrew’, this is another that’s growing in popularity for either sex.
The leading ladies
Popular names set to continue their reign of the classroom
Short and sweet
The earth and the skies
Rise of the 80s
Edgy yet elegant
Boys’ names ready to top the charts
Old school cool
New school cool
Where are these baby names coming from?
Channel Mum baby name predictions expert, SJ Strum claims that parents will be searching high and low for baby name inspiration. Some of the top trends include names associated with books, botanicals and birds.
Here’s a few more trends to keep an eye out for:
- Space-themed names such as Luna, Stella, Nova and Orion
- Villainous names such as Harley, Quinn, Ronnie, Reggie and Kato
- Bird names such as Phoenix, Paloma and Birdie
- Botanical names such as Ferne, Ivy and Basil
- Money-related names such as Ottilie and Elodie (which mean ‘riches), Cash and Rafferty
- Shakespearean-inspired names such as Ophelia, Balthazar, Juno, Oberon, Corin and Hero
Looking for more baby name predictions and inspiration? Check out these next-generation baby names that are sure to turn heads.