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First names have been used since ancient times as a way of distinguishing one person from another.

First Names Popularity

Knowing the origin and meaning of the name you wish to name your baby is very important. There are names whose meanings are none to flattering and there are others which may not describe exactly how you wish your child to be remembered.

Another (and as important) consideration when finding that perfect name for baby is the popularity of the name. Some names are fads that come and go with the whims of a generation, while others are names that are considered frumpy and old.


Finding that perfect balance between youthful yet lasting is one that is not to be taken without careful consideration.

Below is a listing of names and their popularities, both male and female and from different countries. As more data becomes available, we will be sure to update the web site with the latest information on the popularity of names.*

Top Ten American BOY Baby Names (2021)
1 Liam
2 Noah
3 Oliver
4 Elijah
5 William
6 James
7 Benjamin
8 Lucas
9 Henry
10 Alexander
Top Ten American GIRL Baby Names (2021)
1 Olivia
2 Emma
3 Ava
4 Charlotte
5 Sophia
6 Amelia
7 Isabella
8 Mia
9 Harper
10 Evelyn

* Data compiled from the following sources:

  • Social Security Administration (SSA): The SSA is the government agency responsible for maintaining records of baby names in the United States. They release annual lists of the most popular names based on Social Security card applications. You can find the latest data on their website:
  • National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS): The NCHS is a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that collects and publishes data on vital events, including births. They release annual reports on births in the United States, which include information on the most popular baby names. You can find their latest data on their website: