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Our Picks for Baby Names in 2018 (Not too Common or too Unique)

There are a million names you could choose for your child.  It can be a daunting task to find a name that both parents like and that ‘fits’ your newborn baby.  There can also be added pressure to use family names from either side, but unless you absolutely love one of these ancestral names, you need to put them aside (or use as a middle name is sometimes a good compromise).  Alternatively, finding a more modern variation of an old name can sometimes keep everybody happy.

Although most infants ‘grow into’ their names, there are certainly parents out there (surveys show as many as 20%) that deeply regret the name they have given to their child.  There are of course remedies for this, including adopting a nickname, using a middle name or changing their name by deed poll.  If you do find yourself in this situation, whatever you do you need to do it when they are as young as possible (preferably before the age of 2) as any older can affect the child’s sense of identity.

Sometimes the regret over a child’s name can be completely unexpected, like when you realise the name is too common, or even too unique.  With the Internet being full of lists of baby names, it’s easy to find yourself at any given gathering where several infants have the same ‘trendy’ name.

On that note, we’ve tried to keep our list of names not too common and not too unique.  Here it is, in no particular order…

Baby Names for 2018



Girl Names we Think Should be Avoided (due to current prevalence)

  • Ariah (Aria)
  • Arabella
  • Mila
  • Mia
  • Harper
  • Ava
  • Charlotte
  • Isla
  • Olivia
  • Isabella / Isabelle
  • Willow
  • Indie
  • Eva
  • Sophie / Sophia
  • Emily


Boy Names we Think Should be Avoided (due to current prevalence)

  • Elijah
  • Oliver
  • Noah
  • Hunter
  • Lucas / Luca
  • Mason
  • Tatum
  • James
  • Lachlan
  • Cooper
  • Arlo
  • Carter
  • Jackson
  • Liam / William
  • Benjamin


We hope perhaps somebody can be inspired by the list of names we’ve put together – if you are, it would be great to hear from you!  You can get in touch using our contact form or log in and leave a comment below.