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Popular Names in the United States

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Trends in baby names come and go with every year, but what is it exactly that makes a name become popular? Parents tend to be drawn to certain names, but in the hopes that their child won't be one of many with the same name in their school, opt to change it slightly. These minor differences in popular names over time result in similar variations which then come to lead the ranks of the most popular names. For example, while Emily was the popular girl's name of choice for years, it's now evolved into Emma topping the list. So, what are the most popular girl and boy names of 2018? We've got the answers!

Top 10 Names for Girls

#1: Emma

Meaning: whole, universal

Origin: German

Notable people with this name: Emma Watson, Emma Stone, Emma Thompson

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#2: Olivia

Meaning: olive tree

Origin: Greek

Notable people with this name: Olivia Newton-John, Olivia Pope in Scandal

#3: Ava

Meaning: a variation of Eve, can also be Latin for "bird" or short form of the Hebrew name Chava, meaning "life"

Origin: German

Notable people with this name: Ava Gardner

#4: Isabella

Meaning: devoted

Origin: Hebrew

Notable people with this name: Isabella Rossellini, Queen Isabella of Spain, Queen Isabella of England

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#5: Sophia

Meaning: wisdom

Origin: Greek

Notable people with this name: Sophia Loren, Sofia Vergara, Sophia Coppola

#6: Amelia

Meaning: industrious, striving, defender

Origin: Latin

Notable people with this name: Amelia Earhart, Amelia Bedelia book series

#7: Mia

Meaning: mine, wished-for child

Origin: Latin

Notable people with this name: Mia Hamm, Kate Winslet's daughter

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#8: Charlotte

Meaning: petite, feminine

Origin: French

Notable people with this name: Charlotte Bronte, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, character in Sex and the City

#9: Harper

Meaning: harpist

Origin: Middle English

Notable people with this name: Harper Lee, Neil Patrick Harris's daughter

#10: Mila

Meaning: industrious, hardworking, dear one

Origin: Russian

Notable people with this name: Mila Kunis

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Top 10 Names for Boys

#1 Liam

Meaning: strong-willed warrior, protector

Origin: Irish

Notable people with this name: Liam Neeson, Liam Hemsworth

#2 Noah

Meaning: rest, comfort

Origin: Hebrew

Notable people with this name: Noah Wyle

#3 Oliver

Meaning: olive tree

Origin: Latin

Notable people with this name: Jamie Oliver, John Oliver, Oliver Cromwell

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#4 Mason

Meaning: stoneworker

Origin: French

Notable people with this name: Kourtney Kardashian's son, Mason Aguirre

#5 Logan

Meaning: small hollow

Origin: Scottish

Notable People with this name: Logan Bartholomew, Logan Lerman, Logan Kensing,

#6 Lucas

Meaning: illumination, light giving

Origin: Latin

Notable people with this name: Lucas Neill, Lucas Black, Mick Jagger's son, Wanda Syke's son

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#7 Elijah

Meaning: Biblical prophet

Origin: Hebrew

Notable people with this name: Elijah Wood, Elijah Kelley

#8 Ethan

Meaning: strong, safe, firm

Origin: Hebrew

Notable people with this name: Ethan Allen, Ethan Hawke, Ethan Coen

#9 James

Meaning: one who follows

Origin: Hebrew

Notable people with this name: James Dean, James Franco, James Joyce, James Madison

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#10 Aiden

Meaning: fiery

Origin: Irish

Notable people with this name: Aidan Quinn, Aidan Mitchell

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