- The trends for expectant parents in 2018 include girls’ names ending in ‘a’
- Gender neutral monikers are also set to be popular following the rise in gender neutral clothing
- Names beginning with ‘r’ or ‘th’ are predicted to be top choices for boys
Choosing your baby’s name is among the biggest decisions you will make, and something that will be with your child for life.
And while past years have included rather unusual choices including Apple (think Gwyneth Paltrow) and even Bear (think Cheryl and Liam Payne), 2018 looks set to be a rather more traditional one in nurseries around the country.
With names ending in ‘a’ such as Amelia and Ella predicted to be popular for little girls, monikers starting with ‘R’ or ‘Th’ such as Reuben or Theo are set to be top choices for boys.
But despite the rather classic nature of the year’s trend, there will still be a twist – in the form of more gender neutral names, as highlighted by Mother & Baby.
While past years have included rather unusual choices including Apple (think Gwyneth Paltrow) and even Bear (think Cheryl and Liam Payne), 2018 is set to be a more traditional one
With gender neutral clothing promoted by the likes of Jaden Smith for Louis Vuitton rising in popularity, unisex names look set to follow.
Andy, Max, Alex and Charlie are all on the list, with female celebrities boasting the name including actress Andie MacDowell and former Eastenders star Charlie Brooks.
And the year’s trend of Royal-inspired names looks set to continue, with Meghan and Harry top contenders after the announcement of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s engagement.
With names ending in ‘a’ such as Amelia and Ella predicted to be popular for little girls, monikers starting in ‘r’ or ‘th’ such as Reuben or Theo are set to be top choices for boys
Girls’ names such as Isabella, Mia and Harry Potter-inspired Luna also feature highly on the lists of mothers-to-be.
Reggie, currently sported by the likes of basketball star Reggie Bush and presenter Reggie Yates, is an unexpected contender in line with the trend for names beginning with ‘r’ for boys.
For further inspiration we’ve rounded up the top ten names for 2018, as picked by the bestselling Baby Names 2018.
Despite the tame nature of the year’s trend, there will still be a twist- in a form of more gender neutral names
Top baby name trends for 2018
Andy – Traditionally short for Andrew or Andrea, this name can be used for both girls and boys
Max- An abbreviated version of Maxine or even Maximilian, this is a short and snappy choice
Alex- Often referring to Alexis or Alexander, the short version is predicted to be a popular moniker in the New Year
Charlie- Already popular and used by the likes of Eastenders Charlie Brooks, the name is often the abbreviated version of Charles and Charlene
TOP TEN BOYS’ NAMES
- Reggie- Names beginning with ‘r’ and ‘th’ are set to be hugely popular in 2018
- Harry – Royal inspired following his rise in popularity after his engagement to Meghan Markle
- George – another Royal name, the moniker of Prince William’s first son
- Muhammed – One of the most popular names in large parts of the world
TOP TEN GIRLS’ NAMES
- Amelia – names ending with ‘a’ look to be a trend for 2018
- Meghan- Inspired by lovers of the monarch following the engagement announcement to Prince Harry
- Luna – Harry Potter inspired, and also previously promoted by the Beckhams