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The top 25 baby boy names of 2018

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What are the best boys’ names this year? Whether you're pregnant and looking for baby name inspo or want to check how popular your little one's name is, we've got the top 25 baby boy names in 2018. If none of these names tickles your fancy, take a look at the most popular predicted boy and girl names for 2019. Or check out if there are any stereotypes associated with your possible baby names before you make your choice!

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...

The most popular boys names for 2018: 

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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.
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2) Harry

This name has two meanings: 'the house ruler' and 'the war leader'.
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3) George

Its origin is Georgios, a Greek name meaning 'farmer'.
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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'. 
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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".
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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.
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7) Charlie

This one comes from the Old English 'ceorl' which means 'man'.
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8) Muhammed

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

The Biblical meaning of this name is 'twin'.
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10) Oscar

Possibly originates from Old Norse name Ásgeirr which stands for 'divine spear'.
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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'.
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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.
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13) Leo

Very simply, this name means 'lion'. Up two places from 2015. 
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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.
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15) Henry

From the Germanic languages, this name means 'home ruler'.
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16) Joshua

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

Freddie comes from the Old German name Frithuric, meaning 'peaceful ruler'.
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18) Archie

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

This name means 'strong' or 'enduring' in Hebrew.
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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.
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21) Alexander

This name means 'defending men' from Greek
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22) Joseph

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

It means 'rich guard', deriving from Old English.
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24) Samuel

This one also comes from Hebrew and means 'asked of God' or 'heard by God'.
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25) Max

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

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