Move over, Olivia and Oliver: Social Security releases most popular baby names of 2018
FARGO — The name game is more of the same for American children.
For the second straight year, the top five girls’ names and four of the top five boys’ names have stayed the same, according to the Social Security website.
The most popular names for newborn girls in 2018, were, in order, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella and Sophia.
The boys mostly followed last year, with Liam topping the list, followed by Noah, William and James. Oliver was the fifth most popular name in 2018, replacing Logan.
In North Dakota, Oliver was the top name for boys for the third year in a row, while Olivia regained the top spot from Emma.
On the Minnesota side, Henry and Evelyn returned as the most popular names after Oliver and Olivia unseated them in 2017. Henry has been the top boys’ name in the state for four of the past five years.
Social Security started the baby name tab in 1997, tracking them back to 1880.
Royalty seems to be a big influence for naming girls. Perhaps in a nod to American-born Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Meghan was the girls’ name that gained the most in 2018, moving up 701 spots to become the 703rd most popular name. Queen ranked 959th.
A fictional queen’s name, Khaleesi, ranked 549th, but that may change after what the character did in the final season of “Game of Thrones.” Another strong female from the show, Yara, emerged as a trendy name, moving up more than 300 spots to 986th.
Genesis was the hottest boys’ name, moving up 600 places to 984th most popular, while Jenesis ranked 966th for girls.
Bowie, a reference to the late singer David Bowie, was the 12th fastest rising boys’ name, moving up to 982nd on the list.