100 Best Baby Names 2021
What are the best baby names for 2021? These are the 100 choices we think have the perfect combination of style, sound and substance right now.
2021 will (we hope) be a year for recovery and renewal, and many of our picks this year reflect that. Names with positive meanings, like Eliseo “salvation” and Evangeline “bearer of good news”, symbolize hope for the year ahead.
Our list of the 100 best baby names 2021 is drawn from a wide range of sources. We’ve studied the hottest names and trends in the US, as well those attracting the most attention on Nameberry. We’ve scoured the latest celebrity birth announcements for cool choices in the spotlight right now. And we’ve checked out the popularity charts for other countries, too.
Our picks for the best names of 2021 range from cool classics like Simon and Willa to rare gems like Cosima and Zaccai. Although they do tend toward the unique end of the baby naming spectrum, in recognition of parents’ increasing desire for individuality.
Best Baby Names 2021
Adair – Scottish surname with tailored flair.
Aella – An ancient name which blends multiple modern trends.
Alma – Sweet and soulful vintage pick hot on Nameberry.
Aquila – Saintly and celestial name with a cool avian meaning.
Basil – Part laid back nature name, part vintage revival.
Bee – Super sweet nature name with a sting in the tail!
Bellamy – Jaunty surname name heating up for both sexes.
Cato – Ancient name with a fresh, modern sound.
Cecily – Stylish across the pond, but well below the radar in the US.
Cosima – A musical and celestial choice beloved by the Berries.
Dorian – Underused traditional name with literary cachet.
Dove – Peaceful nature name given to two celebrity babies last year.
Eliseo – Mellifluous O-ending Spanish choice still sailing under the radar.
Elodie – Leapt back into the Top 1000 last year for the first time in over a century.
Evangeline – Its “good news” meaning feels perfect for 2021.
Ever – Energetic and evocative, with celebrity cred.
Fern – Sweet, spirited nature name popular a century ago.
Floyd – Retro revival given new significance by the events of 2020.
Galilee – Biblical place name with a musical sound.
Gatsby – Iconic literary surname evoking the Roaring Twenties.
Hollis – Smart nature meets surname name on the rise for both sexes.
Irie – Trending on Nameberry thanks to its sweet sound and powerful meaning.
Jabez – Offbeat Biblical boy name with a jazzy sound.
Joaquin – Stylish Spanish choice with star power.
Keats – Literary surname joining the list of smart S-ending names for boys.
Koda – Multicultural choice with a musical sound.
Lazarus – The ultimate symbol of hope and renewal.
Linnea – Stylish in Scandinavia, with excellent crossover potential.
Marianne – Might Normal People boost this chic midcentury classic?
Mira – Surprisingly underused for such a rich cross-cultural choice.
Nell – Sweet, tailored vintage nickname popular in Europe.
Orla – Top 100 in the UK, but outside the Top 1000 here.
Oslo – Cool new place name possibility.
Phoenix – Cool unisex choice set to rise from the ashes of 2020.
Raphael – The handsome name of the angel of healing feels especially fitting for 2021.
Siena – A stable presence in the popularity “sweet spot”, having ranked in the #600s since 2006.
Simon – Smart, sensitive classic newly in the spotlight thanks to Bridgerton.
Solomon – Peaceful Old Testament name with cool nickname potential.
Sunny – Cheery nature-inspired nickname sure to put a smile on your face.
Sylvie – Sweet, sophisticated choice with cottagecore charm.
Tilda – This sassy short form feels strong enough to stand alone.
Uriel – Understated archangel name hot on Nameberry this year.
Valentine – Already trending as a unisex middle, its meaning of “strength, health” lends it even more appeal in 2021.
Vivaan – This vibrant Hindi name is attracting a lot of attention on Nameberry!
And don’t forget to share YOUR suggestions for #100 here!
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