America’s Favorite Baby Names

What American baby names are the country’s very favorites?  Not the top names on the Social Security List, not even Nameberry’s own favorites, but the most well-liked names chosen by popular opinion.

Recently we collaborated with Huffington Post Parents to create a brackets challenge, asking readers to vote for America‘s Favorite Baby Name.  We picked the 16 contenders for each sex from the ranks of Nameberry favorites, pitting Henry against James, Scarlett vs. Charlotte, Hudson against River (how could we resist?).

Through a series of elimination rounds, thousands of parents voted for their favorites.  And today we have the winners!  Read on to find out which the finalists were, and the identity of America‘s favorite baby names.


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Finalist Amelia, a German name that means "work," is rising to take the place of former Number 1 names Emily and Emma. Feminist heroine: Amelia Earhart.

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dillonsfan01 Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Love all of these except for Aidan 🙂

agirlinred Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

James is certainly my favorite boy’s name! 🙂 I don’t mind any of these names, except for Aiden. There are WAY TOO MANY Aiden sound-a-likes! It seems like every other boy I meet here locally is named Jackson or a name that rhymes with Aiden.

This is sort of off topic, but there was a little boy in my town recently named Waylon George. I thought it was refreshing.

kyemsma Says:

January 20th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I love Aidan, but not the Aiden spelling. I loved the name Aidan 13 years ago for my son, but my husband thought it was “too different,” believe it or not!

Charlotte is my favorite girls name on this list.

Scrambledmegs Says:

January 21st, 2012 at 9:42 am

Love the list, my younger brother is a Jackson in his mid-twenties. I can’t believe what a trendsetter my mother was with the name.

I believe Heather Locklear named her (and musician Richie Sambora’s) daughter Ava before Witherspoon. Those celebs, always so stylish!

P.S. I know some people enjoy it, but I don’t appreciate the back-to-back gallery view blog posts. It’s just a pain to load so many pages and I’m often more interested in the information than the pictures. I’ll keep reading them, of course! Just wanted to give some feedback 🙂

littlebrownpony Says:

January 21st, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Love James and Amelia. Along with Lila, they sound the “freshest” to me. I’ve never seen the appeal of Aiden/Aidan, and Charlotte is pretty but in a meh kind of way. I prefer Just Jack to Jackson, but Jack is without a doubt the most popular boys name where I live. Ava is probably the most popular girls name, right behind Isabella.

emilymaryjane Says:

January 22nd, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I love James its my dad and brothers middle name and Jamesie is my nanna’s name

linzybindi Says:

January 22nd, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I’m so happy that our favorite names are Charlotte and James instead of Kaylee and Jaden :o)

ssweeney Says:

January 22nd, 2012 at 11:57 pm

I can’t believe James is the #1 boys name! Our first child was born on November 13th and we named him James Anthony after his two grandfathers. I have always loved how classic and strong the name is, so I *really* hope it doesn’t become trendy!!

trich323 Says:

January 24th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Where did these come from? Is the SSA list out?

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