BabyCenter recently released its ranking of the most popular baby names in 2018, with Sophia and Jackson topping the list. No surprise there - the names have reigned as favorites for the last six and nine years, respectively.
But there were some unexpected trends in 2018, like a surge in names inspired by food, or as BabyCenter labeled the upswing, “names you can taste.” For girls, the name Kale was up 35 percent, Kiwi was up 40 percent, Maple was up 32 percent and Clementine was up 15 percent. Herbs and spices were also on the rise for both boys and girls. Saffron up 31 percent for girls, Rosemary up 20 percent for girls, and Sage up 15 percent for boys.
Though rising in popularity, none of the food-themed names broke the top 10, or even the top 100. Only two new names broke into the top 10: Oliver and Layla pushed out Logan and Zoe.
Other hot trends BabyCenter noted in 2018? Zen names like Peace, Harmony, Hope and Rainbow; Fornite-inspired names like Rogue and Rameriez; and Kardashian/Jenner-influenced names such as Saint and Reign.