Picking a name for your child is an incredibly tough decision.
With so many choices out there, it can be overwhelming.
But it seems some names are proving more attractive to new parents than others, as BabyCentre have just revealed the most popular picks for this year so far.
They’ve also taken a look at what is inspiring parents with their name choices, as they release the top 20 registered names for girls and boys in 2018.
Without further delay, here’s a look at the top 40 baby names – is your child’s name featured?
Number one to 10:
1. Olivia 2. Sophia 3. Amelia 4. Lily 5. Emily 6. Ava 7. Isla 8. Aria 9. Mia 10. Isabella
Olivia remains at the top spot after more than two years in the space, with Sophia, Amelia and Lily also holding high places. Aria was the only new entry in the top 10 for 2018.
Number 11 to 20:
11. Isabelle 12. Ella 13. Charlotte 14. Grace 15. Evie 16. Maya 17. Harper 18. Sophie 19. Layla 20. Freya
Maya, Harper and Layla have increased in popularity dramatically this year, soaring up into the top 20.
Number one to 10:
1. Muhammad 2. Oliver 3. Noah 4. George 5. Harry 6. Leo 7. Charlie 8. Jack 9. Freddie 10. Alfie
For boys, Muhammad remains at the top, with Oliver and Noah runners up. Freddie and Alfie were both new entries into the top 10 over the last few months.
Number 11 to 20:
11. Oscar 12. Arthur 13. Henry 14. Jacob 15. Archie 16. Joshua 17. Theo 18. Ethan 19. Lucas 20. Logan
Arthur, Henry, Archie and Theo were new entries into the top 20.
With a Royal baby being born and a Royal Wedding taking place all in the space of a few months, it should come as no surprise that mums and dads-to-be have been opting for classic, regal-sounding names.
Choices such as Charlotte, George and Harry have all risen in the charts, with others like Zara, Victoria and Henry making waves as well.
Interestingly Meghan (or Megan) and Louis have seen little increase in popularity at this point, but experts predict they could be higher in the charts by the end of the year.
So what would your baby’s royal name be? Try the generator below to see!
As well as a Royal influence, BabyCentre have spotted several other trends among names being registered this year.
One thing that particularly stood out was the increase in strange spellings, with parents opting to add an x, y or z to a classic name to make it stand out.
Examples of this include Jaxon, Kaylub, Liyam, Fyn, Jayson, Zayden as well as Roze, Wynter, Madyson and Maizie.
Another key trend has been superhero films, as the casts of Justice League and Avengers: Infinity War wielded their power on parents.
Justice League proved most popular with high climbers including Ezra (Miller, who plays The Flash) and Benjamin, possibly thanks to Ben Affleck playing Batman.
The cast of the latest Avengers movie also had some influence as Zoe (Saldana, who played Gamora) rose this year.
Advice for parents
Scarlett, Elizabeth and Sebastian also remained steady favourites.
Reflecting on the results, Lorna Marsh, BabyCentre associate editor, said: "We wonder if the surge in weird and wonderful spellings is down to BabyCentre parents rebelling against a relatively unchanging top ten.
"By choosing an unusual spelling of a popular choice, parents can shake up the status quo while still playing it relatively safe with their children’s names."
Did you child’s name make the top 40? Let us know in the comments below.
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