What Were the Top Baby Names in 2011?

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Every year the Social Security Administration compiles the most popular names for newborns in the United States. What were the most popular names in 2011?

The top 5 girls names:

The top 5 boys names:

The big news this year is that Mason made it into the top 5. In the last ten years, Mason has catapulted from 64th place to 2nd. Its popularity might be because Kourtney Kardashian named her son Mason in 2009. Mason is an interesting name because it is also an occupation. Traditionally, a mason is someone who is skilled with stone. Other occupations have also transitions into names, like Archer, Dean, Hunter, and Taylor. However, they have never been the most popular names in America.

Popular names go through very distinct trends. The most popular girls names tend to trend by decade. Emily was number 1 from 1996 to 2006; Jessica and Ashley shared the 1 and 2 spots from 1985 to 1995; Jennifer dominated from 1970 to 1984. Male names do not fluctuate as much as female names. Case in point, Michael was in the one or two spot from 1954 to 1998. Since then, Jacob has been in the number one spot every year.

(Does the popularity of Jacob and Isabella have anything to do with the hit series Twilight? Learn about the connections.)

One interesting statistic that the Social Security Administration gathers is the names that change the most in ranking over the past year. The five girls names that rose most dramatically are: Elise, Mila, Aria, Angelique, and Brielle. The five boys names that rose are: Kamden, Zaiden, Maximilano, Iker, and Brankley. All of these names are still very low in their overall popularity, but they grew by leaps and bounds from 2010 to 2011.

What names fell the most? The girls names that plummeted in popularity are: Kimora, Denise, Desiree, Dana, and Brisa. The falling boys names are: Nickolas, Jaydon, Shaun, Jamarion, and Brett.

Popular names mean less today than they used to. Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard, points out that there are a lot more names now than there once were. Fifty years ago, the top 25 most common names accounted for half of all newborns. Today, to account for half of all boys, you must include more than 100 names and for half of all girls, more than 300 names. There are just more and more baby names out there today.

(The name Mohammed is now in the top five baby names in Britain. Read the whole story here.)

Do you think baby name trends reflect cultural shifts? Are your favorite baby names in the top 5?


  1. Abhimanyu Singh -  August 1, 2016 - 12:15 am

    Nice collection of names, I like the name Crew as the first name, and Paris as the last name. Though I have named my son as Neil which I found from as site named babynology.

  2. bob joe mcfreddy-fred-fred -  June 13, 2013 - 9:33 am

    these are the weirdest baby names of 2010 in my opinion:


  3. casie -  December 11, 2012 - 8:21 am

    hey i think every baby name is awsome but i agree with emma emma is pretty name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  4. SHayes -  November 27, 2012 - 9:40 am

    Stephanie is pretty popular. There’s at least 6 steph’s at my school now. In elementary there was myself and another steph. Now it just irritates me to have another steph in the same room as me.

  5. Kayla -  November 21, 2012 - 7:53 am

    My cousin was born in 2010 and her name is Ava, but other than that, it seems like you don’t come across the top five names very frequently. I also think that the names reflect our culture in that everybody wants to be a somebody and be unique, so they do that by naming their baby something new. Fifty years ago, all anyone wanted was to fit in, so they named their babies more common names.

  6. alexa -  November 15, 2012 - 11:56 am

    roxana bella

  7. Shayes -  November 6, 2012 - 10:00 am

    I want a daughter so I have her name picked out. Mia Jade Hayes if I have a boy I’ll let my husband pick it out. Aaron Cage Hayes. He’s still thinking on how to spell the boys name. :/

  8. Shayes -  November 6, 2012 - 9:57 am

    My name is heard and said a lot. I can’t stand more that one stephanie in the same room. Then nick names are used. I was called Stephanie S. for the longest time in Elementary school. Now ppl just call me whatever. My most popular nick names would have to be Steph or Steffy, but now that I’m married all the teachers call me Mrs. Hayes.

  9. mecutietutie -  September 22, 2012 - 6:54 pm

    i love the name mariyah!

  10. Sarre -  September 13, 2012 - 3:54 am

    This is nice share Thanks..

  11. Lily -  June 22, 2012 - 10:52 am

    I like strange girl names like Celeste, Amalia, Catronia, Andromeda… etc.

  12. sherryyu -  June 9, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    wat place is my name? (sherry)

  13. Noah -  June 7, 2012 - 10:56 am

    My favorite one is Noah. Why? Because my name is Noah.

  14. Pushpa Yadav -  June 7, 2012 - 5:01 am

    Names are very unique espically “isabelle”

  15. Mandla Nkosi -  June 6, 2012 - 8:06 am

    @gabriel I think your name was very popular back then loosen up dude :-D

  16. Gabriel .L -  June 5, 2012 - 3:11 am

    ~ :P :) The names r usually from the holy bible :) :P ~

  17. Gabriel .L -  June 5, 2012 - 3:10 am

    ~:) :( :P I see my name is not that popular :) :( :P~

  18. Gabriel .L -  June 5, 2012 - 3:08 am

    I always think these english baby names are common ’cause they r easy to remember, but if u just call a name like “William” in your niborhood, athousand of kids are gonna answer u :P

  19. steph -  May 30, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    i luv the name bethany but my mom doesnt agree wat name do u guys think could be good for a baby girl ?

  20. stephanie -  May 30, 2012 - 2:49 pm

    i wonder wat place is the name stephanie on the list

  21. Lily -  May 27, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    I like the names Maggie/Margaret, Hannah, and Lucy. I also like Callie, Lily, and Ella.

  22. jabar dingle -  May 25, 2012 - 11:51 am

    want good is you come houme today is mother and daddy is going to the moives in see the cananddog so you can see me at the stopinng tommerow in can want time you come today see me at my droon is you going to the brithday and brox 123st. nyc new york big money in the man in the class room in my sisetr in borther in gmandnam in mother so can you come at 10:50pm so you can come and the school in the nba games in the park in the

  23. anuki1823 -  May 24, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    well my favorite name is elizabeth but sophia is not bad. for boys I lake jayden and daniel

  24. yahoo -  May 22, 2012 - 1:48 pm

    i am 11 so that is like totally awesome 4 meh HA do u know what that was …………………………..lol

  25. yahoo -  May 22, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    hey my name is william and my name is in 3rd place!!!!!!

  26. El Swaggarific (x -  May 21, 2012 - 10:58 am

    I have a kid on the way, and if it’s a boy were naming him Rashad, and if girl Aliyah (:

  27. The Dragon up in his cave -  May 21, 2012 - 10:39 am

    Geeze… I thought I had a common name, Maddie. :p

    My bro is named Max too. xD

  28. MARY TORRES $CHA$HIN OUT4 -  May 21, 2012 - 8:23 am

    names of ma best friend is isaiah

  29. Rnd([number]) -  May 20, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    The higher a number is on this list, the less you should seriously consider using it, after all, who wants the second result when they Google their first and last name to be “there are [very high number] people living in the U.S named [first and last name]” My very high number is 190, and that’s for both first and last

  30. me -  May 20, 2012 - 11:52 am

    my first daughter is gonna be named Pheobe Celeste. Second will be Rosabella.

  31. Miss -  May 17, 2012 - 11:39 am

    Mekenna is a really cool name some day it will be number one!!

  32. Josie -  May 17, 2012 - 6:04 am

    i like those names in all but i would never use them since SO many people have them. my momma always said if your gonna name your kid be original, people can have your name but when the whole world has it then what can we do!! haha thats why i am named josie c: not many people have the name but its still used!!

  33. Angela -  May 17, 2012 - 4:31 am

    wow… I know only 1 sophia, and you know, she’s a meanie.

    and isabella ??? heard it onyl once…. isabelle should be more popular.

    and emma??? only known 1 in my whole life!! which is like 12 years…..

    never heard of mason though, and it sounds random.

  34. Christine -  May 17, 2012 - 3:02 am

    The immigration story is only part of the reason why Mohammed is so popular in the UK. It’s also about tradition: according to Muslim custom, the first son should be named after the prophet, the first daughter after his wife. That’s why there are so many Mohammeds and Fatimas (the muslim version of all kids being named John and Mary). Although the tradition is waning. Still, a lot of guys go by a version of Mo or Med to distinguish themselves from their nephew and their best friend around the corner :-)

  35. Havana Goode-Thyme -  May 16, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    My favorite girls’ names are: Ariadne, Lavender, Petra
    As for boys’ names: Sebastian, Raphael, Adrian

    I noticed lately a trend towards names that my generation used to associate with elderly ladies, such as Audrey, Matilda, Vivienne, and Rosie.
    My generation was dominated by names like Debra, Laurie, Sheryl and Darlene, but you would be hard pressed to find a new baby or young child with these names…..

    I find this interesting.

  36. Melody -  May 16, 2012 - 7:29 pm

    Honestly i love the name Alexandria and Isabella
    Also i love the names Nicholas and Alexander
    they are all nice names (:

  37. Stephanie -  May 16, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    I’m almost 7 weeks pregnant and my husband and I are trying to come up with good names. I don’t like everyday names…here’s what we’ve come up with. If it’s a boy, Ian Christian or Eli Justin (Justin after my husband) and if it’s a girl Alissa Bailey…I’m still not certain on Alissa. Can anyone give me a good name to go with Bailey?

  38. Angie -  May 16, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    All the names sounds great but people don’t have to name their kids name from a movie star just cuz it’s a popular name!! >.< But other wise I'm still sticking with (boy name): Leo & (girl name):Alyssa or Tiffany =')

  39. pirjenny -  May 16, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    those are really good names like Isabella,Sophia,and Emma. :D AND :).

  40. Rustgold -  May 16, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    It’s not new for stupid husbands to let their stupid wives name their children after a trashy book, or a trashy soapie. Days of Our Drearys had been naming the bimbo’s children for decades.

    And before that, stupid husbands and wives had to name their children according to their church.

    And then you have a doped up ones who name their children something satanic, which is a sure indicator that the child is going to be trouble. Run a mile away from any Ethan or Cain.

    There’s plenty of nice normal names just waiting to be used. Would be good to see a few of them being used sometime.

  41. Betsy -  May 16, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    I’m gonna give my kids old-fashioned, no-longer-very-common names, like Elaine (#697, according to the 2010 census), Adelaide (#407), and Coretta (so rare that they didn’t even give it a ranking).

    This is partially because a) I like uniqueness, b) I don’t want my kids to have to put up with having two or three (or more) other kids sharing their names, and c) I despise a lot of the super-popular names nowadays, like Mason and Jayden.

  42. Jeanna -  May 16, 2012 - 4:28 pm

    My name is very different, and is often mispronounced or misspelled. I was named after Geena Davis, but the pronunciation changed to sound like Giana. If I have kids, a girl name I like is Annalynn, a combination of the end of my sister’s and my first names. For a boy, I like the traditional names John and Jacob, but I might want a junior!

  43. kitkat -  May 16, 2012 - 4:14 pm


  44. HuBBaBuBBa -  May 16, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    hey what about Ivy?
    and Emily?
    and Julia?

  45. GreyEyes -  May 16, 2012 - 3:20 pm

    To: Nicholas Chapman
    Personally, I would definitely AVOID naming a child one of the most popular names out there. The obscure ones that are almost impossible to spell— now there’s a possibility. Maybe it’s just me.

  46. Naya -  May 16, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    i like my name…the spelling is kinda familiar but the pronunciation isnt, because you pronounce it with a long a like neigh-a as in like a horse neigh lol

  47. mason -  May 16, 2012 - 2:05 pm

    Its nice to see that mason is finally getting recognition but my favorite girl names would either be miranda, luna, andromeda, or ava though.

  48. me -  May 16, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    omg i know people with every name on that list lol :P

  49. Sophia -  May 16, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    COOL!!! My name is Sophia!! This is very cool!! I am #1

  50. NikiGurl -  May 16, 2012 - 1:10 pm

    Mason is a place… I live in Mason

  51. Mackenzie -  May 16, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    Jazmyn and Celia and any others who would like to name their babies Harry Potter names……YOU GUYS ROCK! Twilight sucks. There’s no point to it. I agree Celia and Jazmyn.

    If any of you saw my comments before, you know how much I love Harry Potter.


    WHOOP WHOOP haha lol

  52. Commonsense -  May 16, 2012 - 11:59 am

    Duh those names are so popular because of others like famous people who named the babies and all the fans are intrested or just because they like the name it is really intresting seeing names on the list change every year, but I like my name its really rare yeahhhhhhhh…….

  53. hannah -  May 16, 2012 - 11:30 am


  54. mot tellin -  May 16, 2012 - 10:38 am

    i love how i have neva eva met a person with my name and probs never will

  55. onyxsparklez -  May 16, 2012 - 10:26 am

    my two fave girl names are up there Olivia & Isabella and I had a friend called Ava

  56. Nicholas Chapman -  May 16, 2012 - 10:17 am

    Eyewitness, Mohammed is popular in the UK because of migration from the Indian subcontinent, not the Middle East.

    The impact of these lists is interesting – would you be more or less likely to name your baby one of these popular names as a result of the popularity?

  57. Bek -  May 16, 2012 - 6:58 am

    The influence of celebrities and popular culture in general seems v significant ie I bet there are way more kids being named Knox, maddox or Vivienne than ever. Personally, I think old school names eg/ traditional and/or biblical names is way more classy. Many beautiful, more unusual names can be sourced from other cultures. I also kinda think the trad. boys names for girls is pretty cool…someone mentioned Brett for a girl which I hadn’t heard of before but I think I like it.

    I agree that it is more appropriate to name your child something that has significance to you personally than just making up some random name. It also sucks if the poor kid has to spell the name out every time as noone has ever heard of it.

    Also like the idea of using names in your family history, at least for a middle name.

  58. Virginia -  May 16, 2012 - 6:47 am

    My granddaughter’s name is Metallica Love. That’s a really pretty name.

  59. Elizabeth -  May 16, 2012 - 5:41 am

    Put Zoe on ur website!! I know 6 of them

  60. hailie -  May 16, 2012 - 5:40 am

    hailie was the smartiest baby when she was born.

  61. Alan Turner -  May 16, 2012 - 3:44 am

    My sister is Isabella, our mother was Isabella, our grandmother was Isabella, our great grandmother was Isabella, our great great grandmother was Isabella and so ad infinitum. Well so what? Just proves what a boring lot we are.
    On the positive side I get to practice how to spell Isobele

  62. Mz Jetson -  May 16, 2012 - 2:57 am

    I knew Jayden was going to be on the list. That’s my son’s name lol.

  63. janey -  May 16, 2012 - 2:21 am

    I just feel sorry for those poor celebrity kids who get lumbered with stupid names like ‘Apple’, ‘Satchell’ and ‘Peaches’. It’s very amusing for their parents to go all kooky and make something up, but these children have to get through school with this daft branding. Other kids can be cruel enough as it is, without giving them ammunition.

  64. TheFigure -  May 16, 2012 - 12:37 am

    I like a name with some versatility. Take “Elizabeth” for example. There’s a lot you can do with a name like that. Liz, Beth, Liza, Lizzy, and of course, Elizabeth. “Amber”, not so much.

    I find I’m not very attracted to child names that share the name of something in the English language (grant, hunter, art), nor am I attracted to the first name that is more commonly known as a last name (connor, madison, taylor, channing). I would never name my kid after a plant (rose, violet, willow, lavender), anything based off the calendar (april, may, summer, autumn), something found in nature (brooke, rocky, rain, misty, river, dawn, shelly, sandy, forest), anything from pop-culture (celebrity baby names or names from books, movies, tv, music), or any over-the-top noun that ends with “y” (chastity, destiny, serenity, trinity, melody, etc).

    Wait – Galaxia? Like the transvestite from Anger Management?

  65. Ashlee -  May 16, 2012 - 12:33 am

    There is a girl named Isabella in my class.LOL

  66. Miranda -  May 16, 2012 - 12:13 am

    I think it should be Miranda!!!!!!:<

  67. Isabella -  May 15, 2012 - 11:52 pm

    Cool! My name is Isabella too! Btw, I love the Isabella character in Phineas and Ferb! :)

  68. Eyewitness -  May 15, 2012 - 10:54 pm

    As a point of order, is the worst girl’s baby name in the history of child birth, Hortense? I think so.

  69. michael -  May 15, 2012 - 10:19 pm

    I don’t know why Michael isn’t as popular as it used to be. I think it sounds classic and Mason just sounds like the weird kid you used to know in elementary school that was really good at science

  70. Kelly -  May 15, 2012 - 10:15 pm

    Wow. why should emma be there. that’s a totally stupid name!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should have my name in emma’s place. which is “Kelly”.

  71. Claire -  May 15, 2012 - 10:12 pm

    Emma and Ava are two of my 4 long time favourite names for girls, with Grace and Paige being the other two.

    Noah again is one of my long time favourite names for a boy, William is a family traditional middle name. Jacob is a name that I like but it like it spelt differently like this: Jakob.

  72. Misnomer -  May 15, 2012 - 8:15 pm

    Man do I hate all these trendy, yuppie names!

  73. @ldrej2 n Twitter -  May 15, 2012 - 7:15 pm

    WOW!!! A lot of people commented. OK. No comment about the top 5 names though… Very interesting as well though. Just never met an Ava or a Mason ever n My Life b4… EVER. :)

  74. Awsome Girl -  May 15, 2012 - 7:04 pm

    I wonder where the name Annika stands on the charts?……………….
    (Thats my name) In my opinion it is the best name ever.

  75. Awsome Girl -  May 15, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    I know two people named Ava. It’s an awsome name. I also know an Isabella and my best friend’s little sister’s name is Sophia.

  76. Ava -  May 15, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    Yay Ava is on there! My name is ava, and wy people don’t lik the name?

  77. Bonnie-Anne -  May 15, 2012 - 5:42 pm

    I enjoy having a name like mine, I never gets mispronounced, but there are so many ways to spell it! Most people think it sounds old fashioned and I’ve never met another Bonnie-Anne!

  78. Jazmyn -  May 15, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    Its true, many people name their kids after celebrities and get away with murdering their kids’ social lives later on. But here’s a beacon of hope: they can change their names later on. Darvin? Really? and Renesmee is never going to top any Harry Potter name. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to name my kid Albus Severus or anything like that. Unfortunately, I have already chosen a name for my daughter and its Isabella, and now with this whole stupid twilight lunacy going on, I’m just glad its a good character in the book, and not Kristin Stewart that my kid is getting judged after. Seriously, she cant act. People STOP casting her PLEASE. Want to choose a good name for your kid, dont go looking at your favorite movie or something famous just for the heck of it, do it because of the names meaning. Oh an Blue Ivy Carter, NOT my favorite name thank you very much. Sounds like a hippy name if you ask me.

  79. Bark -  May 15, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    I LOVE old-fashioned names. It’s so nice to see more traditional names on the list!

    Now if we can just get people to STOP giving their girls LAST names! McKinley, McKenzie, Taylor? What’s wrong with these people? Then there’s all the awful Bree… names: Bree (I sure wouldn’t want to be named after cheese!), Brianna, Brianne. They always end up being blonde and majoring in “sorority” in college.

  80. heaven -  May 15, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    i love my name already like who has the name heaven but i know these two girls that are sisters and their names r sphia and isabella

  81. no name -  May 15, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    I like Nevaeh. It has a special meaning to it because it is heaven spelled backwards. Well as a girl name of course. My favorite guy name is Noah or Nolan.

  82. Truth Lover -  May 15, 2012 - 3:39 pm

    I think it’s cool that names from the Bible are high on the list.

    My favorite girls names are Holly and Christa, and for boys I like Lucas.

  83. taquira -  May 15, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    Sophia & Isabella are the best girl names!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  84. taquira -  May 15, 2012 - 3:27 pm

    Jaden & Mason are the best boy names

  85. mochi -  May 15, 2012 - 3:25 pm

    Funny all those people who thought they were the first posters…

    AND THEY’RE NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Other than that, good information. Although I’ve never heard a baby, heck, even a person by the name of Mason.

    -mochi (*-*)

  86. Elizabess -  May 15, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    My name is very original

  87. Raven -  May 15, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    Seriously? Who would want to name their kids after some movie character or other crap like that? I want my kids’ names to be unique, like Andromeda, Draconia, or Volcarona. Nothing popular for me.

  88. Courtney -  May 15, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    If some of these names have become popular due to the ‘Twilight’ franchise, let’s just hope that no child is unfortunate enough to be branded with a name like Renesmee…honestly, the kid would have a better chance if “Kick Me” were on her birth certificate!

  89. Eyewitness -  May 15, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    I have not read all the comments on this subject, so I may reiterate an aforementioned point. Clearly, name choices, among other things, represent population migration as well as socio-economic migration. The reason Mohammed is a top-tier baby name in Great Britain is surely because of mass migration to the British Isles from the MIddle East.

    This phenomenon is driven in part by the fact that better educated and more affluent middle eastern populations, which can afford to migrate at all, learn english as a second language in their native countries. The British Isles, one of the world’s leading economies and therefore crucible to an elevated standard of living, is the nearest english speaking location–that is, the shortest distance to emmigrate–from the Middle East. It is therefore reasonable to infer that a principle driver of population migration is also socio-economic migration.

    I hypothesize [correctly, I believe] that socio-economic migration extrinsic to geography also affects name popularity. A case in point: the name Jamarion, mentioned above as a depopularlized boy’s baby name, is generally a baby-name choice among families of color. Black social identity is diminishing in importance as racial boundaries ease. I am certain it is simply not as important in the United States as once it was, particularly in light of an African-American President, to have a name be a statement of societal territory.

    By the way, the name Brett is mentioned as a boy’s name in this Hot Word Blog. Brett is also a girl’s name: the somewhat dubious heroine of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is named Brett and my niece is named after her.

    I await, with doubtful anticipation, the creative new parent who names their child Darvon, without realizing the same is the trademark of a pharmaceutical substance. Please, new baby name inventors: STAY AWAY FROM THIS ONE.

    My personal prediction for up-and-coming, 21s century baby names are:
    Krypton, Laiser, and Galaxia.

    I suppose everyone knows about the poor, dear child who was named Lois Carmen Denominator. [Just kidding.]

    Best wishes to all.

  90. Truelexi -  May 15, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    and its not on the list…

  91. Truelexi -  May 15, 2012 - 2:30 pm

    I like my name because it’s rare and nice! :3

  92. no one -  May 15, 2012 - 2:27 pm

    I happen to have an exteremely original name and i’m in 4th grade 2 this was a boring article

  93. sam -  May 15, 2012 - 2:06 pm

    Amanda is the best girl name, don’t know where that is on the charts. Gabriel is probably the best for boys.

  94. Celia -  May 15, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    Ew.. Twilight? No offense…but… ALRIGHT: sorry Twilight fangirls. Please don’t kill me. Seriously. D:

    I get the whole ‘naming after book’ craze, but a huge majority of Twilight’s audience are teenagers. If they are already having kids that’s…not good. The adult population of the Twilight fandom can’t have that much of a great influence without the teenager fandom’s help…anyways…

    I would name my child after Harry Potter characters. End of story. Lysander, Luna, Bellatrix, Tom…

  95. alex -  May 15, 2012 - 1:03 pm


  96. mucho -  May 15, 2012 - 11:25 am

    I really don’t like any of the top 5 boy names. We need more originality; Not the same ol’ boring typical names.

  97. Hannah -  May 15, 2012 - 11:18 am

    I think one is Hannah because I know like 30 Hannah’s just on my phone

  98. no name -  May 15, 2012 - 11:04 am

    wow those names are the most common?
    i want my kids to be named dillian mason paisly logan and idk im only in 4th grade

  99. Dieter -  May 15, 2012 - 10:39 am

    The TV series will be discontinued after a while, the names people have been lumbered with from the characters of the series will stick to them for the rest of their lives — unless they go to all the trouble to change their name later, legally

  100. jouster -  May 15, 2012 - 10:08 am

    i really enjoyed this article as baby names really fascinate me. i was SUPER suprised to see that one of my recent favorite baby names (Ava) has made the top five. I might have to reconsider :’)

  101. chameleons!i! -  May 15, 2012 - 9:57 am

    what about 99?
    and i love jacob! hes my crushes name!!!!!! and the movie of course

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  103. Bob -  May 15, 2012 - 9:32 am


  104. Jin Zyntemnya -  May 15, 2012 - 9:22 am

    I never thought such names could be in the top. For guys you would expect John, and woman should be kitchen appliances. The name Mason was my favorite for a while until I learned about the car-dash-y-enz kid. I originally got the name Mason from Red Faction: Guerrilla.

  105. greg -  May 15, 2012 - 9:09 am

    you would 2

  106. Tara -  May 15, 2012 - 8:23 am

    Wonder where Tara falls in that list?

  107. LukeJavan -  May 15, 2012 - 8:16 am

    Brankley and Aria are children in the HBO series
    “Game of Thrones”.

  108. Bobby -  May 15, 2012 - 7:00 am

    I’ve never met a Jayden or an Ava. Hmm.

  109. isaiah -  May 15, 2012 - 6:08 am

    isaiah is the cutest baby name ever

  110. David -  May 15, 2012 - 5:22 am

    Well, the reason there are so many “new” names, it seems, is that you can “make” a name by assembling any pleasant combination of consonants and vowels and calling your baby that.
    Cawinda – there – my next child will be named Cawinda. Is it a boy or a girl? Doesn’t matter!
    Kind of makes the whole “what does my name mean?” question pointless. I suppose folks can do what they want, really. *sigh* The world used to be simpler – duller, but uncomplicated…

  111. am just a kid -  May 15, 2012 - 3:20 am

    yes i admire isabella

  112. Kevin -  May 14, 2012 - 9:09 pm

    Two of my favorite baby names are on there. They are Noah and William

  113. Tobias Mook -  May 14, 2012 - 8:06 pm

    This was a very interesting article! It seems names from the Bible have stayed pretty consistently high on the list.

  114. Suji -  May 14, 2012 - 8:00 pm

    Sophia and Olivia are my favorite baby names, and yes they are in the top five baby names…

    And yes, cultural shifts reflects baby names in all the time. However, most of the people keep clear, what I mean is they do not allow to reflect new trend.
    Here, look first first five names.

    Of course, Mohammed is world popular name and there is no surprise Mohammed come in first five in Britain!!

  115. First post!! -  May 14, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    wow. that’s kind of cool, and random. but cool anyway. I didn’t even know Brankley was a name!

  116. First post -  May 14, 2012 - 7:24 pm

    whoa, that’s kind of cool….

  117. Shadow Rider -  May 14, 2012 - 6:35 pm

    Thats cool I like the name Isabella and Safia

  118. the fox with crackers -  May 14, 2012 - 6:34 pm

    is anyone here???????????????????

  119. the fox with crackers -  May 14, 2012 - 6:34 pm

    wait……………………………………………..am i the first person?

  120. the fox with crackers -  May 14, 2012 - 6:33 pm

    this is cool
    but i dont get why somebody would name their kid maximilano

  121. the fox with crackers -  May 14, 2012 - 6:31 pm


  122. Blah Cheetah -  May 14, 2012 - 6:15 pm

    I have a Korean friend named Jayden, but he went back to South Korea a year ago.

  123. Emily -  May 14, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    I don`t like other people except 1 person with the same name as I/

  124. isaac -  May 14, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    needs more dragons…

  125. wtf -  May 14, 2012 - 4:55 pm


  126. Ydou Needtono -  May 14, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    I love Gavin and Travis and Darvin

  127. Olivia -  May 14, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    Wow. Olivia is my name. cool. Ava? Really?

  128. anne -  May 14, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    hmm… ava? i’ve never even heard of that name before… sounds wicked cool though, i would definitely name my daughter ava (if i ever have one):)

  129. Cyraus -  May 14, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    It’s ridiculous that such things like what Kim Kardashian named her child or a stupid series as Twilight would affect such a significant representation of someone as a name.
    Choosing a name should be determined by something more than popular culture; it should have a special meaning to you or just a preference.
    I’m glad that Isabella got out of first place; other than that, I don’t care much at all for these lists. However, my favorites would have to be Noah and Ava (as pronouced Ay-vah).

  130. emily -  May 14, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    i think the number 1 girl name should be emily. It was number 1 before but now its sophia thats dumb! :(

  131. sali -  May 14, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    noah and jacob are the best, let s just hope that those kids will have few qualities of these beautiful creatures

  132. bleue -  May 14, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    hey yeah!


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