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How Millennial Is Your Name?

February 19, 2018 Pamela Redmond
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Names can define generations, with John and Mary the Number 1 names for The Greatest Generation, Linda and Gary emblematic names of the Baby Boom, and now Jessica and Michael emerging as the top names for Millennials.

Nameberry tabulated the names of all babies born from 1982 until 2004, widely agreed as the boundaries for Millennials, and found that Jessica and Michael were at the head of the list for all names given for babies born during the Millennial generation.

Michael was by far the leader for both sexes, with over 1.1 million boys named Michael in those 20+ years. The reason: Michael is a name that feels at once traditional and modern, and provided the perfect bridge between the Old School male names like Robert and Richard borne by the fathers of Millennials and the new names from Milo to Maverick used for boys today.

On the girls’ side, Jessica‘s popularity is somewhat watered down by having shared the stage for so long with Jennifer, which was off its peak by the time the Millennial Generation started being named. The top Millennial girls’ names are a mix of the classic — Sarah, Emily, Elizabeth — and trendy, such as Ashley and Amanda.

Here are the Top 20 most Millennial Names for each gender, with the total number of people who received the name during that generation.

Top 20 Millennial Names for Girls

1 Jessica 757,533
2 Ashley 716,529
3 Amanda 522,245
4 Sarah 517,780
5 Jennifer 514,385
6 Emily 475,353
7 Samantha 410,105
8 Elizabeth 403,989
9 Stephanie 360,574
10 Lauren 342,725
11 Nicole 341,634
12 Brittany 341,515
13 Megan 341174
14 Rachel 315,566
15 Hannah 284,662
16 Kayla 267,757
17 Melissa 267,513
18 Amber 267,392
19 Danielle 247,517
20 Taylor 241,847
Top 20 Millennial Names for Boys
1 Michael 1,131,021
2 Christopher 925,809
3 Matthew 856,718
4 Joshua 779,372
5 Daniel 663,363
6 David 649,402
7 Andrew 629,809
8 James 609,005
9 Joseph 607,257
10 John 581,023
11 Nicholas 564,865
12 Ryan 563,706
13 Jacob 559,709
14 Brandon 541,039
15 Justin 530,206
16 Robert 518,841
17 William 516,650
18 Anthony 490,498
19 Jonathan 463631
20 Tyler 437,610

Many of the girls’ names on the Top 20 considered classically Millennial, from Lauren to Nicole to Kayla, are decidedly mom names now, out of fashion for babies.

On the boys’ side, more of the names in the Top 20 are classics that retain their popularity, such as Matthew, James, and William. but others like Ryan and Brandon have become the dad names of today.

Further down the Top 100 for both genders are names that have risen to the top for today’s babies, including Sophia and Isabella, Ethan and Noah. But there are many more that have continued sailing out to sea. Millennial names we don’t expect to see back for at least three generations include Tiffany and Brianna for girls, Cody and Travis for boys.

Near the bottom of the Millennial Top 1000 are many names Millennials are reviving for their own babies. Ryder, Greyson, and Augustus, less popular for Millennial baby boys, are fashionable today, while girls’ names Lila, Felicity, and Bella have risen from the depths of the Millennial list to the height of fashion today.

Here are the Top 100 names given to millennials. Is your name on it? And which of these still work as baby names?

girls

  1. Jessica
  2. Ashley
  3. Amanda
  4. Sarah
  5. Jennifer
  6. Emily
  7. Samantha
  8. Elizabeth
  9. Stephanie
  10. Lauren
  11. Nicole
  12. Brittany
  13. Megan
  14. Rachel
  15. Hannah
  16. Kayla
  17. Melissa
  18. Amber
  19. Danielle
  20. Taylor
  21. Rebecca
  22. Heather
  23. Alexis
  24. Michelle
  25. Katherine
  26. Tiffany
  27. Kimberly
  28. Victoria
  29. Alyssa
  30. Christina
  31. Courtney
  32. Madison
  33. Laura
  34. Jasmine
  35. Sara
  36. Amy
  37. Mary
  38. Anna
  39. Erin
  40. Crystal
  41. Brianna
  42. Andrea
  43. Abigail
  44. Alexandra
  45. Olivia
  46. Allison
  47. Morgan
  48. Emma
  49. Kelly
  50. Maria
  51. Natalie
  52. Angela
  53. Erica
  54. Vanessa
  55. Chelsea
  56. Kristen
  57. Julia
  58. Kelsey
  59. Lindsey
  60. Katie
  61. Jamie
  62. Haley
  63. Kaitlyn
  64. Kathryn
  65. Shannon
  66. Brooke
  67. Alicia
  68. Grace
  69. Jacqueline
  70. Jenna
  71. Sydney
  72. Lisa
  73. Cassandra
  74. Jordan
  75. Shelby
  76. Lindsay
  77. Caitlin
  78. Destiny
  79. Katelyn
  80. Catherine
  81. Christine
  82. Marissa
  83. Monica
  84. Savannah
  85. Paige
  86. Gabrielle
  87. April
  88. Kristin
  89. Leah
  90. Diana
  91. Whitney
  92. Julie
  93. Brittney
  94. Sophia
  95. Caroline
  96. Erika
  97. Sierra
  98. Isabella
  99. Hailey
  100. Molly

boys

  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. Matthew
  4. Joshua
  5. Daniel
  6. David
  7. Andrew
  8. James
  9. Joseph
  10. John
  11. Nicholas
  12. Ryan
  13. Jacob
  14. Brandon
  15. Justin
  16. Robert
  17. William
  18. Anthony
  19. Jonathan
  20. Tyler
  21. Zachary
  22. Kevin
  23. Kyle
  24. Thomas
  25. Alexander
  26. Jason
  27. Brian
  28. Eric
  29. Benjamin
  30. Adam
  31. Steven
  32. Austin
  33. Aaron
  34. Timothy
  35. Samuel
  36. Nathan
  37. Jordan
  38. Jose
  39. Richard
  40. Cody
  41. Charles
  42. Christian
  43. Sean
  44. Jeremy
  45. Dylan
  46. Patrick
  47. Mark
  48. Jeffrey
  49. Stephen
  50. Ethan
  51. Travis
  52. Jesse
  53. Bryan
  54. Cameron
  55. Paul
  56. Juan
  57. Kenneth
  58. Dustin
  59. Scott
  60. Caleb
  61. Alex
  62. Gregory
  63. Jared
  64. Logan
  65. Gabriel
  66. Luis
  67. Noah
  68. Evan
  69. Derek
  70. Carlos
  71. Hunter
  72. Nathaniel
  73. Ian
  74. Bradley
  75. Edward
  76. Luke
  77. Trevor
  78. Marcus
  79. Shawn
  80. Corey
  81. Connor
  82. Antonio
  83. Devin
  84. Jesus
  85. Peter
  86. Isaac
  87. Seth
  88. Blake
  89. Jack
  90. Adrian
  91. Shane
  92. Angel
  93. Elijah
  94. Victor
  95. Taylor
  96. Isaiah
  97. Garrett
  98. Lucas
  99. George
  100. Miguel

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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