30 Best Baby Names for 2018

These names will serve your child for the rest of his or her life.

30 Best Baby Names for 2018

These names will serve your child for the rest of his or her life.

Long before your baby makes his or her grand entrance, there’s a laundry list of things to get done. From setting up a nursery to finding a pediatrician, preparing for your bundle of joy can be an arduous journey. However, one of the most important, albeit most difficult, parts of pre-parenting is choosing the perfect baby name.

While it’s never easy to name someone you haven’t met yet, these perfect 2018 baby names—some of which are trending, some of which are timeless, all of which are unique—are certain to stand the test of time and serve your baby for the rest of his or her life. And once you’ve got the baby name picked, brush up on how to be a great dad—you’ve got your work cut out for you.

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1
Maeve


Recently popularized by Thandie Newton’s character in Westworld, this Irish name means “intoxicating.” And if you’re thinking of naming your child after a celebrity, be sure to know the 30 celeb names you’re mispronouncing. 

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2
Beau


This French one-syllable name is easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and hard to make up a bad nickname for. Win-win-win.

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3
Tessa


While sometimes a diminutive of Theresa, Tessa stands on its own two legs, as well. This pretty name has charming pastoral connotations, too, meaning “to reap or gather.”

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4
Judah


This name, meaning “praised,” was given to the son of Jacob and Leah in the Bible. Judah’s descendants went on to found a kingdom in his name in Israel.

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5
Harriet


Whether you’re naming her for abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman or Harriet the Spy, this English name, meaning “ruler of the home,” is both strong and elegant.

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Ezra


A little off the beaten path, this Biblical name, meaning “helper,” also has literary connotations, thanks to famed poet Ezra Pound.

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Tallulah


Made famous by actress Tallulah Bankhead, this Creek name lends itself to cute nicknames, like Lulu. Once your baby has a name, the hard work starts—like figuring out how not to spoil them.

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Finn


This cute one-syllable name has both UK and Scandinavian origins, meaning “light-colored” or “of Finnish descent,” respectively. It’s also a cool nod to Stranger Things (actor Finn Wolfhard plays Mike).

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9
Sadie


Often a diminutive for the Biblical name Sarah, meaning “princess,” Sadie has become popular as a stand-alone name in recent years. This name has particular hipster cred, thanks to Joanna Newsom’s song of the same name.

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10
Jasper


This pretty rock makes for a pretty cool name with an artsy vibe, a la Jasper Johns.

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Della


This popular Victorian name, meaning “noble,” can also be a cute nickname for Adele. And before you talk babies, make sure you’ve had these 10 pre-marriage conversations every couple should have.

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12
Logan


If it’s Wolverine’s name, how can it be bad? Logan, once used mainly as a last name, has risen in the ranks, and is likely to be one of 2018’s biggest names.

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13
Violet


This pretty floral name has plenty of cute nicknames, like Letty.

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14
Rowan


This strong Gaelic name has an outdoorsy feel and works well for both boys and girls.

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15
Clementine


Sweet and unique, this fruit-focused name is sure to be big in 2018.

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Edgar


Whether you’re naming your little one for Edgar Allan Poe or Scott Pilgrim co-writer Edgar Wright, there’s a long history of impressive men bearing this name.

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17
Emmeline


Every other kid on the playground is named Emma, but Emmeline is a more unique alternative. Better yet, it’s the name of famed British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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18
Leo


This zodiac-inspired name is the perfect fit for your little lion.

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19
Maple


While vintage-inspired names, like Mabel, are still big, this outdoorsy alternative is just as cute.

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20
Sonny


Whether you’re a Godfather fan or just like the idea of having a junior without actually giving a kid your name, Sonny is an adorable choice for your bundle of joy.

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21
Beatrix


This Latin baby name, which means “one who brings joy,” will be a major hit when your kid is old enough to read—and fall in love with—Peter Rabbit books.

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22
Declan


This Anglicized version of an Irish saint’s name means “full of goodness,” and who’s more full of goodness than your adorable kid?

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23
Luna


Meaning “moon,” this name, with origins in Spanish and Italian, is a frontrunner for 2018.

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24
Theo


Short and to the point, but pretty at the same time, this nickname for Theodore holds up solo, too. It’s also a lot easier to wear as an adult than “Teddy.”

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25
Clara


Whether you’re a Doctor Who fan or love silent film star Clara Bow, this classic name is as adorable on a newborn as it will be on a surgeon or future president.

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26
Oliver


This name, used throughout the UK, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, means “olive tree.” If you want something a little cuter for when he’s little, “Ollie” is pretty adorable.

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27
Eveline


While Evelyn has steadily risen in popularity in recent years, this delicate permutation of that name is even lovelier. Fans of James Joyce can also show their fandom with this name, instead of resorting to Molly or Milly.

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28
Hunter


This woodsy name, meaning both “green” and “one who hunts,” will definitely get its due in 2018.

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29
Pearl


Old-fashioned names are more in vogue than ever, and Pearl certainly fits the bill. This pretty name has all the charm of gemstone-inspired names, like Ruby, but is not nearly as overused.

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Walter


Walter White fever has long since subsided. This name, meaning “military leader,” is a classic that wears well with age.

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