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Names that Peaked in 2011

SophiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "wisdom"
  • Description:

    Sophia was derived from sophia, the Greek word for wisdom. The name was first famous via St. Sophia, venerated in the Greek Orthodox church—St. Sophia was the mother of three daughters named Faith, Hope and Love. It was first used in England in the seventeenth century and was the name of George I's both mother and wife.

MasonHeart

  • Origin:

    English occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "worker in stone"
  • Description:

    Mason has become mega-popular; it hit as high as the Number 2 spot in 2011 and has stayed near the top of the charts since.

GiannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, diminutive of Giovanna
  • Meaning:

    "the Lord is gracious"
  • Description:

    Gianna originated as a diminutive for Giovanna—a Latin feminization of John. The root name among these is the Hebrew name Yochanen, meaning "the Lord is gracious." Common nickname include Gia and Gigi, and the English form of Gianna is Joanna.

EllaHeart

  • Origin:

    German; English
  • Meaning:

    "all, completely; fairy maiden"
  • Description:

    Ella has parallel derivations, first as the Norman variation of the Germanic Alia—itself a nickname for names containing the element ali. It’s also a Hebrew name, referring to a tree in the pistachio family or in modern Hebrew, "goddess." In English speaking countries and Scandinavia, Ella developed as a diminutive for names beginning with El-, such as Eleanor and Elizabeth.

JacobHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "supplanter"
  • Description:

    Jacob comes from the Latin name Iacobus, which was ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov. In the Old Testament, Jacob was one of the most important patriarchs of the tribes of Israel. He was the youngest son of Isaac and Rebecca and the twin brother of Esau, as well as the husband of both Leah and Rachel. The 12 tribes of Israel evolved from his 12 sons.

AidenHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Aidan, Irish
  • Meaning:

    "little and fiery"
  • Description:

    Aiden is a variation of Aidan, the anglicized version of the Irish Aodhán. Aidan/Aodhán was originally a pet form of the Irish name Aodh (pronounced 'ee'), who was the old Celtic god of the sun and fire. St. Aidan was a famous seventh century Irish saint, noted for his kindness and generosity and for spreading Christianity.

LilyHeart

  • Origin:

    English flower name
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Lily came into use as a given name as a direct influence of the flower. The floral name was derived from the Latin lilium, itself derived from the Greek leirion. Lily later became an adjective to describe whiteness and purity.

JaydenHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Jaden or Jadon, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "thankful"
  • Description:

    Although there is a genuine Biblical personage named Jadon — in the Old Testament, he helped rebuild the walls of Jerusalem — this version of the name can also be considered a modern invention. Jayden combines the “jay” sound found in the name Jason with the -den suffix used in names such as Aiden and Hayden. Other spellings include Jaydan, Jaydyn, Jaydon, Jaydin, and Jaden.

BrooklynHeart

  • Origin:

    Place-name
  • Description:

    Extreme makeover: Brooklyn has gone from jokey Borough Boy name in the 1990s to the leading girls' name starting with B. The status of New York's Brooklyn as hipster heaven is ironic as few bona fide Brooklyn hipsters would choose this name.

AdrianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "man of Adria"
  • Description:

    Adrian is derived from Hadrianus, a Roman family name meaning “from Hadria.” There were two Roman towns called Hadria, the first in Northern Italy, modern day Adria, and the second in Central Italy, known today as Atri. The name of the Adriatic Sea comes from the same origins as Adrian.

SophieHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Sophia
  • Meaning:

    "wisdom"
  • Description:

    Sophie is the French form of the Greek Sophia, for which it is also commonly used as a nickname. Sophies are scattered throughout European royal history, including Sophie of Thuringia, Duchess of Brabant, Princess Sophie of Sweden, and in modern times, Sophie, Duchess of Wessex, the wife of Britain's Prince Edward. German-born Catherine the Great was born Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, but changed her name to Catherine upon her conversion to Russian Orthodoxy.

JeremiahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "appointed by God"
  • Description:

    Jeremiah is a solid Old Testament prophet name that has gradually taken the place of the now dated Jeremy, Gerard and Gerald, joining other currently popular biblical 'iah' names like Josiah and Isaiah. In the Bible Jeremiah is a famous prophet whose story is recorded in the book named after him.

RyleeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Riley
  • Description:

    This substitute spelling of Riley has been popular with parents for a decade.

BraydenHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Irish surname Braden
  • Meaning:

    "salmon"
  • Description:

    Brayden is the top spelling of one of the epidemically popular rhyming cousins of Aiden, hitting the Top 100 in 2005.. It has dipped a bit recently, but is still widely used. Other popular spellings include Braden, Braeden, Braydon, Braiden, Braedon and Bradyn. Take your pick.

LylaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Lila, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "night"
  • Description:

    The Lyla spelling variation has now superseded the original Lila — the former remains on the rise while the latter is consistently falling in popularity.

BentleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "meadow with coarse grass"
  • Description:

    Bentley, a somewhat stuffy British surname, previously associated primarily with an incredibly expensive English car, has had a recent surge in popularity, thanks largely to the reality TV shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, with Bentley being the name of the son of breakout star Maci (another new favorite) Bookout.

MaxHeart

  • Origin:

    English and German diminutive of Maximilian or Maxwell
  • Meaning:

    "greatest"
  • Description:

    Max was derived from Maximilian, a Latin name that originated from the Roman family name Maximus. The character name Max in the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are had an impact on baby namers. Max is a widely used name internationally.

JudeHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin diminutive of Judah
  • Meaning:

    "praised"
  • Description:

    Jude is an example of a name whose image was turned on its head primarily by one appealing celebrity. So take a bow, Jude Law: You--in collaboration with the Lennon-McCartney song "Hey Jude"--have erased Jude's old connections to the traitorous Judas Iscariot and Thomas Hardy's tragic Jude the Obscure, and inspired a legion of new babies named Jude.

AliyahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "heavens, highborn, exalted"
  • Description:

    Aliyah is a Hebrew word as well as a name, used to mean the migration of Jews to Israel, a basic tenet of Zionist ideology.

AlainaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Alana, variation of Alana
  • Meaning:

    " or :harmony"
  • Description:

    Alaina, part Alana and part Elena and maybe also a little bit Elaine, is one of the many feminine forms of Alan (or its French form Alain) that have grown in popularity over recent decades, surpassing the male original. Not quite fashionable but also not quite un, Alaina is a choice that may feel more distinctive than it really is.

LillyHeart

  • Origin:

    English flower name
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Lilly may contain one L too many for some people, though this secondary spelling of a name that's become wildly popular is still a popular choice. And the Lilly spelling does feel a bit less wispy, a bit more like a name as opposed to a mere flower, than the slender and delicate Lily. Lilly suggests the long-form Lillian, but it doesn't need to be an abbreviation for anything; Lilly can stand on its own.

KylerHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch
  • Meaning:

    "bowman, archer"
  • Description:

    A favorite among younger parents, this is one of the names that rose to the surface when Tyler and Kyle started to sink.

BrooklynnHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Brooklyn, place name
  • Description:

    This extra-N variation is hot on the tails of mega popular Brooklyn and takes it a bit further from the New York borough.

RylanHeart

  • Origin:

    English and Irish
  • Meaning:

    "island meadow"
  • Description:

    Parents seeking alternatives to the overexposed Ryan have flocked to this soundalike name, which peaked at #146 in 2011.

GiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "God's gracious gift"
  • Description:

    Gia is a cute if slight name that calls to mind stylish sisters Mia, Lea, Pia, Tia, and Nia. One of the most familiar Italian baby names in the US, Gia is a short form of Gianna, which in turn is a diminutive of Giovanna, the feminine form of Giovanni, the Italian equivalent of John—all of them meaning "God's gracious gift."

IzabellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Isabella
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Parents seeking a way to differentiate their Isabella from all the others could consider this zippier spelling. It does have the jazzy nickname Izzy.

MakenzieHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Mackenzie
  • Meaning:

    "son of Kenneth"
  • Description:

    More and more variations of Mackenzie are joining the Top 1000.

DaniellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, Polish, Czech, feminine variation of Daniel
  • Description:

    Daniella, Daniela, and Danielle were among the hottest names for twenty years, but now, though still popular, they can no longer be considered stylish options, lagging behind the newer Ella, Stella, Bella, Gabriella, and Isabella.

ScarletHeart

  • Origin:

    Color name
  • Description:

    The Scarlet spelling makes it less a name, less Gone With The Wind and Scarlett Johansson, and more the bright red color that inspired it in the first place.

MaciHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Macy
  • Description:

    Maci, the name of one of television's Teen Moms, was the fastest rising girls’ names in the U.S. back in 2010. This modern spin on Staci and Traci is most likely favored by teen moms.

LianaHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "to climb like a vine"
  • Description:

    Liana is a pretty and graceful name -- it's a flowering tropical vine -- that runs the risk of sounding as if its front end might have been cut off, as in Juliana or Eliana.

IzaiahHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Isaiah
  • Description:

    After breaking into the Top 400 in 2011, this name has lost ground.

BraylenHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Brayden meets Jalen.

KieranHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "little dark one"
  • Description:

    Long popular in Ireland and England, Kieran, the name of Ireland's first-born saint and twenty-five other saints, has been building its U.S. fan base thanks to its strong and attractive sound, and its fashionable Irish brogue. While Ciaran is the more authentic Irish spelling, Kieran is more popular this side of the Atlantic.

JaliyahHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    While some sources say it's Arabic for lofty and others call it Hebrew, Jaliyah seems to be a variation of the popular Aliyah, which is a Hebrew word and name meaning "ascent." The Ja- beginning often connotes God, so the meaning might be God's ascent.

KyleeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Kylie
  • Description:

    Variation of Kylie with the popular suffix -ee.

MacieHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Macy
  • Meaning:

    "hill"
  • Description:

    Variation of the slightly more popular Macy.

CannonHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Cannon sits amongst other weapon names like Colt, Pistol, Lance, and Remington. Definitely a name that offers bombast.

AleahHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic or Persian, "high, exalted; God's being"
  • Meaning:

    "high, exalted; God's being"
  • Description:

    Simple and melodic, this spelling offers an alternative to the more-popular Aliyah or Aaliyah -- the name of the late R&B singer.

BrycenHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Bryson
  • Description:

    This name may be a variation of the more-popular Bryson, but it has appealed to enough parents to make it a widely used name in its own right.

SamirHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "a friend to talk with in the evening"
  • Description:

    Samir has a pleasing sound and lovely meaning. One of those distinctive names that can also fit right in—and you could always call him Sam.

BraelynHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    One of the most girlish offshoots of Braeden.

KellanHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Kellen
  • Meaning:

    "swamp; slender"
  • Description:

    Kellan Lutz is the attractive young actor who plays Emmett Cullen in the Twilight series.

AlianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Eliana
  • Description:

    The uber-popular nickname-name Ellie has led to the surge of all names that can be shortened as such. This includes Eliana, a current go-to for parents seeking a frilly name that shortens to a cuter option. Aliana is riding a similar wave, though this time the presumed nickname is Ali/Allie.

ColtenHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Colton
  • Description:

    This cousin to Colton, a very widely used name, never matched its popularity and is now losing ground.

RayneHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Rain or Rayna
  • Description:

    Rayne is the unique name used for one of the girl sextuplets on the Sweet Home TV show.

BryleeHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Though it's lost ground in recent years, Brylee is the kind of Smoosh Name -- combining Bryan and Lee -- that's gaining more notice.

RainaHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic and German variation of Regina
  • Meaning:

    "queen"
  • Description:

    Strong and solid, with a touch of foreign intrigue, it's the most popular of the rain-related names, with a variety of pronunciations—RAY-na, rah-EE-na, or RY-na. Alternate spellings Reyna and Rayna currently rank higher in the US.

MaddenHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "little dog"
  • Description:

    Madden is an Irish surname relative of Madigan rising through the charts thanks to its trendy two-syllable, -en ending sound along with its appeal to Madden Football video game-playing dads. John Madden is a former pro football player who went on to coach the Oakland Raiders and become a popular NFL commentator. Madden is also the surname of groovy Nicole Richie baby daddy Joel Madden.

KyleighHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Kyle or spelling variation of Kylie
  • Meaning:

    "narrow spit of land; or, a boomerang"
  • Description:

    Kyle is a Scottish male name while Kylie is an Aboriginal name meaning boomerang. Kyleigh might be seen as a feminine spin on Kyle or a spelling update of Kylie. A trendy choice longer on style than substance.
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