Top baby names tend to stay the same year after year, but not this time.

By Lauren Phillips
Updated: April 11, 2019

When it comes to picking a baby name, parents can choose to stick to lists of the most popular baby names, use family names, or otherwise pick a baby name that speaks to them, their history, and their relationship. Parents may choose a name because it speaks to them or they just like it; they may give a baby a flexible name with plenty of potential nicknames, so the child can have some say in what he or she is called. There are unique baby names, preppy baby names, and elegant baby names. Whatever parents’ preferences and personalities, there’s a name for their baby—or they can make up a new one that’s right for them.

With all these baby name possibilities, there are still tried-and-true favorites. Lists of top baby names tend to feature repeats, year after year—once a name makes it to the top of that list, it often stays there for a few years. But there are often names that don’t make the top lists that are still explosively popular, and predictions for those up-and-coming, popular baby names of 2019 are in.—a database of name meanings, origins, spelling, and more—recently released its predictions for what the most popular baby names of 2019 will be, plus wildcard predictions for baby names that may see a sharp rise in 2019. To come up with these baby names, the team combined data on actual births in recent years as recorded by the Social Security Administration with user interest on the site as people research the names they may plan to select for their new babies. The formula the team uses also compares user interest on and interest relative to other names to figure out which names will be more popular than others.

For the up-and-coming names, baby girl names are going in a natural direction: The list is filled with nature-related names such as Willow, Luna, and Hazel. For boys, the list is a little all over the place, but still full of promising (and not too-popular) names for soon-to-be parents.

The predictions aren’t the definitive list of 2019 naming trends. That typically comes from the Social Security Administration a few months into the following year. (So the 2018 list will be available sometime in 2019, once the SSA is finished crunching the numbers.) But could have it right—scroll on to see.

Predictions for the Top 10 Girls Names in 2019

  1. Emma (Previously #1)
  2. Ava (Previously #3)
  3. Olivia (Previously #2)
  4. Isabella (Previously #4)
  5. Amelia (Previously #8)
  6. Mia (Previously #6)
  7. Evelyn (Previously #9)
  8. Charlotte (Previously #7)
  9. Sophia (Previously #5)
  10. Harper (Previously #11)

Predictions for the Top 10 Boys Names in 2019

  1. Liam (Previously #1)
  2. Noah (Previously #2)
  3. Logan (Previously #5)
  4. James (Previously #4)
  5. Oliver (Previously #9)
  6. Elijah (Previously #8)
  7. Benjamin (Previously #6)
  8. William (Previously #3)
  9. Lucas (Previously #11)
  10. Mason (Previously #7)

Top 15 Wildcard Names for Girls in 2019

  1. Nova
  2. Everly
  3. Kinsley
  4. Willow
  5. Aurora
  6. Luna
  7. Emilia
  8. Valentina
  9. Hazel
  10. Quinn
  11. Amelia
  12. Eliana
  13. Stella
  14. Naomi
  15. Paisley

Top 15 Wildcard Names for Boys in 2019

  1. Ezekiel
  2. Maverick
  3. Jameson
  4. Ezra
  5. Mateo
  6. Elias
  7. Theodore
  8. Asher
  9. Santiago
  10. Sawyer
  11. Grayson
  12. Josiah
  13. Greyson
  14. Easton
  15. Leo