We blinked, and 2018 is suddenly coming to a close. While the Social Security Administration won't be officially releasing their top name lists until May of 2019, many baby websites are already releasing their lists of the most popular names over the past 12 months, including Baby Center, an online hub for all things pregnancy and parenting related. Their compilation of the 20 most popular baby boy names of 2018 comes from entries submitted by over 742,000 parents. A nice mix of old and new, trendy and modern, these are the monikers that the new parents of today are going nuts for.
Perusing baby name lists has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Though I'm currently pregnant with a little girl, I've got a handful of baby boy names in my back pocket that I just adore. Of course, as many expectant parents know, picking a name is often about striking a delicate balance between there are four other kids with that name in my child's class and what the heck kind of name is that, and how do you even spell it? When I see a name I love, the first thing I do is check these sorts of lists to see what other parents are saying. Whether you use popularity lists for baby name inspiration or to figure out which names to avoid, here are some of the favorites from this past year.