We're now more than halfway through 2018, and we now know which baby names are winning the popularity contest with parents. 

Choosing a name for your baby is a big decision, and most parents don't make the decision lightly. Parents will often spend hours researching online, buying books, and asking their friends and family for insight before choosing a name. 

Baby name site, Nameberry, which helps parents in their name research, has started compiling a biannual list of the most popular names for boys and girls. 

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According to the site, the popularity list is compiled by using "the number of views each name page received for the first half of 2018. It gauges interest in these baby names, though it is an indicator of future trends and official name popularity."

What Baby Names Took the Top Spots?

The boy and girl names that took the top spots were a repeat from the end of 2017. Both Olivia and Atticus topped the list for the second time in a row, and the top 10 list didn't hold many surprises, but a couple of names are creeping up the popularity list.

Top 10 Baby Boy Names

  1. Atticus
  2. Milo
  3. Jasper
  4. Jack
  5. Asher
  6. Silas
  7. Theodore
  8. Wyatt
  9. Henry
  10. Declan

Top 10 Baby Girl Names

  1. Olivia 
  2. Amara
  3. Cora
  4. Isla
  5. Charlotte
  6. Aurora
  7. Amelia
  8. Rose
  9. Ava
  10. Genevieve 

As Nameberry noted in their explanation for how they compiled the list, the above list shows what names parents researched, not necessarily what they named their child.

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What's interesting about the list is that it shows what names parents are interested in, but parenting site Babycenter, which compiles a list of the most popular baby names that parents actually chose to name their child, reveals a fairly different list of popular names. The difference in lists just goes to show that parents don't always choose the name that interests them the most.

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