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How Millennial Is Your Name?

How Millennial Is Your Name?

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. and Baby Name DNA. 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, and its new sequel, Older.