Baby names in 2018 will be heavily influenced by pop culture, celebrities and old school yesteryear charm.
Traditional names from by-gone eras have made a huge come-back in the last five years or so and that won’t change with the recent Royal fuss. 2018 will also see a rise in the more obscure, proving popular the world’s intent on naming your child something that’s absolutely ridiculous.
TV Shows like Game of Thrones, Vikings, Supernatural and Nashville have made a huge impact on baby names. As have many bands and celebrity baby name choices. So; here’s our list of ‘Uber Cool’ and somewhat stupid baby names for both boys and girls for the coming year.
Baby Girl NamesTrending in 2018
Alice is a German Nobility name, and is also the French form of the name ‘Adelaide’.
Famous characters called Alice: Alice Cullen of the Twilight Saga
Also ‘Alice in Wonderland’, a children’s book where the main character does magic mushrooms and talks to a disappearing cat. Perfect name if you think your child might enjoy elicit drugs.
A ‘Game of Thrones’ name which means ‘Wise and of noble character’. It’s a great name for those little girls who would kick your arse and aren’t afraid of dragons, monsters or the dark. Fierce. May stab you in your sleep.
An English given name, derived from the Germanic given name ‘Alberic’, which means “Fair Ruler of the Little People”.
Aubrey kinda sounds like a stuffy Englishman drinking warm beer with a too-tight singlet top.
Derived from the Latin word meaning “Fall” or “Autumn”. It has been ranked among the top 100 names for girls in the United States and we can understand why. However, you have to consider that she’ll often be told to make like a tree and leave. Your call though.
A Celtic baby name, meaning strong, more commonly associated with Game of Thrones’ fierce and brave Lady Brienne of Tarth. It is a strong name inferring independence, strength and commands respect. The Game of Thrones character also looks a bit masculine; so could be a good baby name for your little girl who is often mistaken for a little boy.
An English word meaning “Rhythm and flow.” Ludacris and wife, Eudoxie named their daughter, Cadence. It’s also one of those names that lends itself to ridiculous spelling. You can swap out the C for a K, just so your child enjoys having their name misspelt their entire lives.
A Greek baby name, which means ‘Bay or Lauren Tree’.
Famous characters and persons named Daphne: Daphne du Maurier, a British author; Daphne Blake in Scooby-Doo and Daphne Moon in Frasier.
Cool name if your daughter enjoys anxiety ridden dogs and stoner mates who always have the munchies.
A Hebrew baby name, meaning ‘Avenged, judged and vindicated’.
Famous character: When Tina Belcher becomes Dina in ‘Bob’s Burgers.’
Also Lindsay Lohan’s mothers name and we all know how that turned out. #parentingfail
From the Hebrew Elisheba, meaning either oath of God, or God is satisfaction. Uber tradtional and beautifully feminine.
Royal baby names will be HUGE in 2018 with the arrival of a new Royal Baby and a Royal Wedding!
The Queen is bomb AF, so I’m down for naming your baby Elizabeth.
Derived from French Esmé which means ‘loved’. The name became popular with Esme Cullen, the matriarch of the Olympic coven of the Twilight Saga. And remember Esme from ‘A Country Practice’?
If you do remember ‘A Country Practice’ you’ll recall that Esme was a gossiping old busy body. Could be a good name for nosey daughters I guess.
Originally, a last name meaning someone who plays the harp. Victoria and David Beckham’s daughter is named Harper. Has angelic like associations though, so if you have a devil child this probably ain’t the baby name for you.
An English surname with Anglo-Saxon origins derived from a place name meaning ‘A pile of rocks or stones’.
Famous Harlows are reality TV star Nicole Richie’s daughter, Harlow, and American actress Jean Harlow.
Harlow is also associated with the modern day ‘wanna be’ hippie. The parents of this child eat gluten free, organic, gmo free and pesticide free products, but still get their take-away chai latte in a cup that isn’t biodegradable.
An English baby name, that means ‘A nut-bearing shrub’.. Okay……..
Famous character named Hazel: Hazel Grace Lancaster, played by Shailene Woodley in The Fault in Our Stars.
It’s also the name of every Nanna who forgets to put their teeth in of a morning.
A Greek baby name, meaning ‘Poor, pure, and chaste’.
Famous character named Inez: Little Inez played by Shahadi Wright Joseph in Hairspray and Hairspray Live!
A variation of Isabel and Elizabeth, meaning “Devoted to God” in Hebrew. Isabella is often shortened to Bella which is also a gorgeous variation if you love this name.
Famous character named Isabella: Isabella Garcia-Shapiro from Disney’s Phineas and Ferb
Cute little dark haired baby girl’s name who may develop an obsessive crush on the neighbour’s son.
Derived the Middle English name for Joseph. As a descendant from Joseph, it keeps its original Hebrew language meaning “God will increase”.
Sometimes referred to as Jolie, meaning “beautiful” in French. Popularised by Dolly Parton’s song, Jolene.
Also screams hillbilly who puts out and has sixteen kids before she turns 20.
An English baby name, meaning ‘Royal Valley’. Before the Kardashians I’d never heard this name, however in recent months has become quite a prominent choice for parents.
Famous Kendalls are Kendall Jenner who was recently knocked up. Or was it Kylie? Meh, who cares.
A baby name for parents who insist on naming their children with the same letter and they’ve completely run out of options.
An American name meaning a beautiful Lake.
Either a cute name for a water baby or the ridiculous merging of 2 random words because having obscure baby names is on trend.
It means “Night” in Arabic. We all have that one dark child, so why not. Sounds sweet on the surface but best you sleep with one eye open.
A surname derived either from Irish surname ‘Ó Leannáin’, which means “Lover”.
Famous people named Lennon: Lennon Stella from the amazing singing duo that are also sisters Lennon & Maisy. Both star in Nashville.
Also the surname for one of the most iconic Beatles band members. Great name for the chic hipster kids who’s parents are all ‘Peace, Love and Mungbeans’.
It comes from the Latin ‘Londinium’. It may mean ‘place belonging to a man called Londinios’, or may be derived from a personal name meaning ‘fierce’.
It also could be the place your 2018 baby may of been conceived or an option for parents who are overly obsessed with the UK.
Born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, this famous singer explained the reason behind her stage name, Lorde. She said she found it in a book for aristocratic titles and it has been picked up by parents loving both her music and the names meaning.
Why the E tho? If you name your child Lorde, you can guarantee they won’t ever find their name on personalised sippy cup. Just saying.
Legend says that Lilith was the first wife of ‘Adam’ (before Eve) who was sexually promiscuous and a general bad-ass. When the marriage didn’t work – she became a demon and was allegedly the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
I’m not sure about naming a child after a demon though.
An Italian and Spanish given name of Latin origin meaning moon. Simple, feminine and pretty.
Or on the other hand, people with think you are into star signs, lentils and anti-vaccination. No-one will ever say it to your face though, which is why I’m pointing it out for all soon to be parents now.
A Scottish diminutive of Margaret, meaning pearl.
Famous person named Maisy: Maisy Stella from Lennon & Maisy
A blend of the English given names Mary and Lynn. A celebrity icon full of style and sass, Marilyn Monroe paved the way for women in the show bizz industry. A feminine beauty and the perfect inspiration behind naming your daughter. If you hope she will one day sleep with the US President and die of a drug overdose.
Meg is a Greek baby name meaning ‘Child of light’. Other versions of the name Meg include ‘Margaret’, ‘Megan’ and the Japanese name ‘Megumi’.
This name is perfect for lazy parents too. Easy to spell and minimum effort when teaching your child to write their own name. #winning
Derived from the French word “Auda” meaning “Rich”. Therefore, Odette is of French and Old German origin, and its meaning is “Wealth”.
Famous person named Odette: Jared Padalecki and his wife Genevieve Cortez called their third child and first baby girl, Odette.
This name confuses me. Is it pronounced ‘ODET’ or ‘ODAY’ like in ‘Gourmet’. It’s a conundrum.
A Greek baby name, meaning “Full of wrath.” I adore this name and think it’s fitting for little girls who are the tiny tornadoes in your life, challenging you and pushing boundaries.
In other words a cute name for your devil child.
A variant of Molly, which is a pet form of Mary. It is a Hebrew name that means ‘Wished-for Child’. The perfect name for an IVF Baby or Adopted baby girl.
It’s also a name recognised nationally as a pet parrot. Did Polly ever really want that cracker?
As a masculine name, Raven parallels the Old Norse Hrafn, and the Old English *Hræfn, which both mean “Raven”, although it is now widely accepted as a feminine name.
Could also the name for a child who steals the souls of people that have displeased them. It’s totally your choice though.
A transcription of a Bulgarian female name (Райна) which is equivalent to the Latin Regina meaning “Queen”.
The name has become popular recently with the character ‘Rayna James’ from Nashville.
Cute name for your little ginger who may grow up to be a country singer.
An Americanized female variant of the unisex name Riley, which comes from an old Irish given name, Raghallaigh (pronounced rah + hal + ee) which is derived from the Gaelic word “raghalach” meaning ‘courageous, valiant.’ Wow that was a mouthful!
Proven popular already among parents and we can understand why. We love it.
Taken from the name of the gemstone ruby, which comes from the Latin ‘Ruber’ which means red.
Famous Rubys (or is it Rubies?) include Ruby Rose and the character Ruby, a demon on Supernatural.
Sadie is a nickname for Sarah (meaning “Princess”). Naming inspo for the Papa Bears who are about to have their very own little princesses.
Famous Sadies include Sadie Sink of Strangers Things
Also made famous by John Farnhams ‘Sadie The Cleaning Lady’ song, which cannot escape from my brain every time this name is mentioned.
An English baby name, meaning, “Red.” (d’err OBVIOUSLY!)
Famous Scarletts include Scarlett Johansson and Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.
‘Scarlett the Harlot’. Just going to leave this here because every parent needs rhyming words before choosing their baby’s name.
A Gaelic baby name, meaning, “Warrior.” Superstar Rapper Macklemore named his daughter Sloane who is a super cutie pie!
The name Suri means “The Sun” in Sanskrit, “Rose” in Persian, as well as a Yiddish form of Sarah.
Famous person named Suri: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ gorgeous daughter, Suri.
Or………you could just call your baby ‘Sarah’. Choosing odd names doesn’t always make you sound cool. Sometimes you just sound stupid.
A Latin word for ‘Victory’ or ‘Conquerer’ and is used as the feminine form corresponding to the name Victor.READ MORE Old Fashioned Caramel Tart
With the recent Royal Engagement, all royal names are super-popular again. So be prepared to see loads of Victorias, Elizabeths and Annes.
Of course ‘Posh Spice’ was also a Victoria. Gotta love a talentless artist who knows when the gig is up. Marrying Beckham was a pro move lady. #hustler