Mother and Baby

Top boy names of 2018

Section: Boys baby names
2018 boy names

Published by the Office for National Statistics, this list looked at all babies registered in England and Wales and found that THESE names were the most popular baby boys names this year...

Read more: The top 1,000 baby boy names 

The most popular boys names of 2018:

Expand Image

1) Oliver

This name is used across Europe and America, with meaning varying from country to country. In French and English, it relates to the olive tree. The biblical olive tree symbolizes fruitfulness, beauty and dignity. Other meanings include 'affectionate' and 'peaceful'. This name has been top of the most popular list for the past few years.
Expand Image

2) Harry

This name has two meanings: 'the house ruler' and 'the war leader'.
Expand Image

3) George

Its origin is Georgios, a Greek name meaning 'farmer'.
Expand Image

4) Jack

In English and Polish Jack means 'God is gracious'. It is also deemed to be a diminutive form of John. In the medieval times, Jack was so common that it was used as a general term for 'man' or 'boy'. 
Expand Image

5) Jacob

In the Old Testament, Jacob (later called Israel) was born holding his twin brother Esau's heel, and his name is explained as "holder of the heel" or "supplanter".
Expand Image

6) Noah

In Hebrew this name means 'rest, comfort'. In the Bible, Noah built an ark that rescued his family and a pair of each species from the Flood.
Expand Image

7) Charlie

This one comes from the Old English 'ceorl' which means 'man'.
Expand Image

8) Muhammed

This is the name of the founder of Islamic religion Prophet Muhammad. The name means 'praised, praiseworthy'. Up four places from 2015.
Expand Image

9) Thomas

The Biblical meaning of this name is 'twin'.
Expand Image

10) Oscar

Possibly originates from Old Norse name Ásgeirr which stands for 'divine spear'.
Expand Image

11) William

This one is derived from the Germanic name Willahelm, which was composed of the elements will "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection", it is often explained as 'resolute protector'.
Expand Image

12) James

This was the name of two apostles in the New Testament. The first was Saint James the Greater, second - James the Lesser. Another James mentioned in the Bible is the brother of Jesus.
Expand Image

13) Leo

Very simply, this name means 'lion'. Up two places from 2015. 
Expand Image

14) Alfie

The diminutive form of Alfred, meaning ‘elf’ or ‘magical counsel’. Anglo-Saxons believed in elves as wise and powerful beings that have influence over people.
Expand Image

15) Henry

From the Germanic languages, this name means 'home ruler'.
Expand Image

16) Joshua

In Hebrew, Joshua means 'generous'. In the Old Testament Joshua was chosen to succeed Moses as a city leader. 
Expand Image

17) Freddie

Freddie comes from the Old German name Frithuric, meaning 'peaceful ruler'.
Expand Image

18) Archie

A diminutive form of Archibald. This one is popular in Scotland but also comes from Germanic, meaning 'genuine, bold'. 
Expand Image

19) Ethan

This name means 'strong' or 'enduring' in Hebrew.
Expand Image

20) Isaac

This name means 'laughter'. In the Old Testament God was testing Isaac ordering him to sacrifice his own son, though angels eventually prevented it.
Expand Image

21) Alexander

This name means 'defending men' from Greek
Expand Image

22) Joseph

The Biblical meaning of this name is 'increase, adding'. In the Old Testament Joseph was the favourite son of Jacob.
Expand Image

23) Edward

It means 'rich guard', deriving from Old English.
Expand Image

24) Samuel

This one also comes from Hebrew and means 'asked of God' or 'heard by God'.
Expand Image

25) Max

This name comes from the Latin word for 'greatest'. 

  • Author: Lorna White Lorna White
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Lorna is the digital executive and regular contributor for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website which specialises in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, she has now brought her expertise to the UK's #1 leading pregnancy and parenting magazine. Lorna specialises on a range of topics from potty training and nutrition, to everything and anything that will keep your tot occupied!

Related Content

You May Also Like