Emma and Noah Top Baby Names List….Again

The official US most popular and hottest list for 2015

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

The new Number 1 baby names in the US are….the old Number 1 baby names in the US. For the second year in a row, Emma and Noah top the official US baby names popularity list for 2015.

And the entire Top 10 stayed more the same than it has in a decade, with the Top 3 girls’ names and the Top 6 names for boys remaining in the exact places they occupied last year.

There was only one new name on the Top 10 for each gender: Harper replaced Madison for girls and Benjamin took the place of Daniel on the boys’ side.

The Top 10 baby names for 2015 — the newly released list counts the names of 4 million babies born last year — and their standing compared with 2014 are :


  1. Emma   =
  2. Olivia =
  3. Sophia =
  4. Ava +1
  5. Isabella -1
  6. Mia =
  7. Abigail +1
  8. Emily -1
  9. Charlotte +1
  10. Harper +1

The full Top 1000 baby names can be found here.

Nameberry’s Number 1 boys’ name Ezra is a new entrant to the Top 100, standing at Number 92. Other new baby names on the Top 100 include Hazel, Aurora, Quinn, Cora, and Reagan for girls, and for boys, Theodore, Mateo, Sawyer, and squeaking on at Number 100, Elias.

Emma and Noah are both also popular throughout much of the rest of the Western World. Emma, a German name that means “universal,” is also Number 1 in Germany and Norway and ranks in the Top 100 throughout Great Britain, in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in France, Spain, Sweden, and The Netherlands. Noah, the name of the Biblical patriarch that means both rest and wandering, in in the Top 100 throughout the English-speaking countries as well as in Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

The Biblical Benjamin has been widely used since the 1970s, but this is its first appearance in the Top 10. Harper has risen into the Top 10 after appearing on the Top 1000 for the first time just a decade ago.

There were more surprises on the list of fastest-rising names, all but two – Kaison and Omari – new to the Top 1000 in 2015. These hot names are more international, more diverse in every sense of the word, and more heavily influenced by pop culture.

The fastest-rising names including the number of places they’ve jumped are:


  1. Alaia +2012
  2. Meilani +1836
  3. Aitana +1721
  4. Aislinn +1385
  5. Taya +1107
  6. Adaline +1029
  7. Briar +597
  8. Zelda +512
  9. Adley +495
  10. Lennox +416


  1. Riaan +1360
  2. Huxley +392
  3. Wilder +360
  4. Jaziel +276
  5. Canaan +271
  6. Kaison +251
  7. Brixton +212
  8. Ridge +204
  9. Omari +198
  10. Jabari +194

Not surprisingly, Isis was the fastest falling baby name in 2015, slipping more than 1000 places to fall out of the Top 1000.

Further up the list, the fastest-rising names may signal choices that are bound to leap even higher — into the Top 10 or maybe even to Number 1 — in the years ahead. The fastest-rising names that made the Top 100 (or close to it) are:


1. Hazel — +42 places to Number 63

2. Aurora — +37 places to Number 79

3. Luna — +33 places to Number 110

4. Alexa — +31 places to Number 32

5. Quinn — +29 places to Number 97

6. Willow — +25 places to Number 111

7. Mila — +19 places to Number 53

8. Eleanor — +18 places to Number 60

9. Cora — +15 places to Number 88

10.Stella — +15 places to Number 51

Other notable girls’ names rising quickly toward the top include Everly, Athena, Cecilia, Clara, Alice, Margaret, and Delilah.


1. Everett — +32 places to Number 135

2. Kai — +32 places to Number 145

3. Theodore — +27 places to Number 99

4. Ezra — +26 places to Number 92

5. Lincoln — +21 places to Number 66

6. Mateo — +21 places to Number 85

7. Sawyer — +16 places to Number 94

8. Hudson — +15 places to Number 65

9. Oliver — +13 places to Number 19

10. Declan — +10 places to Number 112

Other notable boys’ names rising quickly include Greyson/Grayson, Luca, Asher, and Matteo/Mateo.

Baby names new to the Top 1000 include, for girls: Heavenly, Zaylee, Royal, Amaris, Dalary, and Kalani. For boys, names making big leaps into the Top 1000 include Kashton, Cairo, Otis, Denver, Achilles, and Shiloh.

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24 Responses to “Emma and Noah Top Baby Names List….Again”

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dindlee Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 7:50 am

Really thought Olivia was going to dethrone Emma.

name_researcher Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 7:59 am

The list, as expected, doesn’t remotely reflect Nameberry’s top baby name list.

caetano Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 8:23 am

Time to make the name Briar “yellow”, since its also new for boys. Actually, if you add all the spellings, its more common on boys.

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 8:26 am

Wow Oberyn jumped on there with 14 of them! GoT influence there…more Oberyn than Oberon

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 8:30 am

Holy celebrity influence with Briar! That is truly impressive!

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 8:36 am

Dash really Dashed up the chart: 39% increase. Titan was a titan 52% increase

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SparkleNinja18 Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 10:19 am

Did anyone else notice that Elsa dropped like 201 places? Probably will increase again in a few years since Disney is planning and Frozen 2 but man, did that wear off fast!

FelicitySmoak Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 11:08 am

I really thought the percents of total birth would go down, meaning more variety of names, but it was the opposite. More people are picking very popular names. Disappointing.

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morgantaylore Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 12:21 pm

I’m just happy my favorites didn’t go up!!

AnotherJessicaAnn Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 1:33 pm

How funny that I have an Everett and I’m currently cooking a Hazel or Sawyer! Apparently I’m wicked into trendy names, which is ok with me as long as they are well-established.

amac25 Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Woohoo! Lachlan rose 150 spots, but still isn’t super trendy, but maybe people will learn how to spell and pronounce more before I have a kid! Always hoping!

Abw0329 Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Congrats on breaking the Top 1000 to these hidden gems: Otis, Wilder, Boone, and Cairo for boys & Ophelia, Frankie, Kensington, and Briar for girls!

mill1020 Says:

May 6th, 2016 at 11:49 pm

It’s great to see Aitana and Zelda getting some love.

Waverly123 Says:

May 7th, 2016 at 7:23 am

Surprised that Flora still isn’t in the top 1000!

hufflepuff Says:

May 7th, 2016 at 7:47 am

Only a few years ago, the Nameberry description of Zelda included the words, “Do not name your daughter this!” and now look at her go!

indiefendi2 Says:

May 7th, 2016 at 11:54 am

Exactly as I predicted, Harper would be #10.

I’m just mad that my favorites Alaia, Meilani, and Aislinn are making their way into the Top 1000! Wahhhhh! I hope they stay as low profile as possible. I don’t want them ruined.

withinreason Says:

May 8th, 2016 at 1:52 am

So no joke, back in 1991 when I was a kiddo, I had selected Emma and Noah as names I liked, and everyone made fun of me! Ha! Didn’t end up using a mainstream name at all, it’s just funny!

Also, side note, I am not into Star Wars, but I am wondering if Ezra and Cannon are rising because of Star Wars influence?

Essa Says:

May 9th, 2016 at 4:09 am

This list is so disappointing, I don’t know what I was expecting but I guess is hoped for at least a little more movement. I am very glad to see Benjamin replacing Daniel and it’s nice to hear of a name like Harper making the top 10.

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