These Will Be the Most Popular Names in a Decade

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5. Lincoln
> Popularity in 2018: No. 182

Lincoln was a last name that came from the city, Lincoln, in northeastern England. There are records of it being written in Latin as early as the 7th century as “Lindum Colonia,” which is likely a combination of the Welsh word “llyn,” which means lake or pool and the Latin word “colonia,” which means colony.

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4. Noah
> Popularity in 2018: No. 73

Noah is derived from the Hebrew name Noach, which stands for rest and comfort. Noah was popularized by the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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3. Maverick
> Popularity in 2018: No. 89

Maverick means independent. It came to mean independently minded in the mid-1800s after Samuel Maverick, who was a politician and land tycoon who refused to brand his cattle.

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2. Mateo
> Popularity in 2018: No. 137

Mateo comes from the Latin name Matthaeus and the Greek names Matthaios and Matthias, which are shortened version of Mattathias. The name’s origin in Hebrew — Matityah — comes from “mattithyah,” which means a gift of God.

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1. Liam
> Popularity in 2018: No. 27

Liam means a strong-willed warrior and protector. The name is a contraction of the Irish name Uilliam, which is derived from the Frankish name Willahelm, which means helmet of will. Liam can also be a shorter form of William.