The most popular baby names of 2018 might surprise you

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    Naming a baby is a mammoth responsibility – choosing the moniker that your child will be known as for the rest of their life, and potentially shaping the person they become.

    Should you go traditional or opt for a celebrity-style curveball name like Apple or Blue?

    The most important thing to ensure when naming your baby is that the moniker in question is actually legal – yes, there are a lot of banned baby names that you definitely need to avoid – everything from ’Traffic’ to ‘James Bond’.

    But what baby names are in fashion?

    Well, luckily for us, Names.org has done some digging in data from actual births, compiling a list of the most popular baby names of 2018 so far, but as we’re only in April, anything can change.

    Here are the most popular baby names of 2018…

    Most popular boys names in 2018:

    Noah
    Liam
    Benjamin
    Oliver
    William
    James
    Elijah
    Lucas
    Mason
    Michael

    Most popular girls names in 2018:

    Olivia
    Emma
    Ava
    Charlotte
    Mia
    Sophia
    Isabella
    Harper
    Amelia
    Evelyn

    Now that we know these predictions for the year ahead, what names should we avoid? It was revealed earlier this year that certain baby name trends are dying out, with parents now refraining from naming their children after musicians and film stars, and even less popular is the old baby trend of giving your child two first names.

    Happy baby naming, future parents.

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