Hyperlocal Baby Names: What’s hot where you live?

Hyperlocal is a word you hear a lot today. There’s hyperlocal news and hyperlocal food, hyperlocal weather and hyperlocal — yeah, baby names.

What are the name trends where you live? Which popular names ring through every playground and crowd every class list? What kinds of names are considered cool, and what names do you NEVER hear?

In my diverse liberal suburb of New York City, for instance, names that are ethnically distinctive and unconventional when it comes to gender identity are definitely cool. Names you hear a lot include Henry (there are three on my short block), Zoe, Izzy, and my younger son’s name, Owen.

Please tell us where you live to help put your hyperlocal baby names report in context. If you’re not comfortable revealing your exact locale, you can say “a gentrifying neighborhood of London” or “a prosperous town in Silicon Valley.” But something vaguer like “a conservative small town in New England” works too.

Can’t wait to hear the hyperlocal baby names report!

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amylin15 Says:

April 2nd, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I live in Boston, MA. I see a LOT of Johns and Jacks. Other common boy names (in the MA top 10, and not in the US top 10) are Benjamin, Ryan, and Anthony. Madison and Chloe are the only girls names in the MA top 10 that aren’t in the US, but we get a lot of Carolines and Marys. I’ve also met five little girls named Maeve in the past week alone.

alexa400 Says:

April 2nd, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I live in a an ethnically diverse town in the western US, and we get a whole slew of different names the most common that I’ve heard are….
For girls:
#1 Ava/Avery
#2 Abigail
#3 Isabelle/Isabella/Gabrielle/Gabriella
#4 Araceli/Aracely
#5 Brinley

For Boys:
#1 Jesus/Jose
#2 Jorge
#3 Wyatt
#4 Cooper
#5 Cruz/ Crüe/ Crew

liviajoan Says:

April 2nd, 2013 at 11:43 pm

In Nebraska there are so many Dylan’s. Dillon is a rarer spelling, as Dylan is the more cowboy way. In my choir class there are three Dylan’s, all spelt the same way. John or Jonathan is rampant as well as Justin, Cody, Dustan, Joshua, Allison, Michael, Sarah, and Blake.

augusta_lee Says:

April 2nd, 2013 at 11:44 pm

My parents live in a depressed ex-mill town in New England, which my high school classmates have now set about repopulating with children whose names can best be summed up as “mix n’ match”. Take a prefix like Bay-, Bray-, Jay- Mc-, etc, and a suffix like -lin/lyn/lynn, -lee/lie/ly/leigh, -son/sen/syn/sin, -en/in/yn etc, and smoosh them together. Hey presto! A name. Lowlights include Braylee, Braden, Cason, McKaleigh, Masynn (girl), Rylee (girl), and Jaycee. Shudder.

When I lived in Boston, I met a lot of babies with rising classics like Ava, Oliver, Evelyn, and Vivian. I was also introduced to a baby Coco — not short for anything, just Coco. So chic!

Now that I’m in New York for graduate school, I hear a MUCH more diverse array of names: Seven, Max, Angel (boy), Izzy, True, Dino, Claudia…It’s a smorgasbord. Names probably become much more demographically specific in individual neighborhoods, but I live in grad housing with other childless students so my only exposure to baby names is on the train and walking around the city.

imogeneve Says:

April 2nd, 2013 at 11:49 pm

The inner west of Sydney, Australia.
I’ve noticed quite a few –

Girls
Ava
Evie
Olivia / Olive
Isabella
Annabelle
Violet
Rosie
Lily / Lila / Layla

Boys
Jasper
Oscar
Cooper
Toby
Oliver
Lachlan

fiammetta Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:02 am

I live in the North Central area of Victoria, Australia, it’s rather culturally diverse, but you hear English names more than any others. I hear Chloe, Isabella, Ruby, Olivia, Mia, Charlotte, Sophie, Sienna, Ava, Amelia, William, Lucas, Lachlan, Ethan, Oliver, Jack, Noah, Thomas, Joshua, Cooper a lot, along with names similar to what augusta_lee mentioned about the town where her parents live. It’s been evident that British names, and British name styling are becoming more and more popular in the last couple of years. Birth announcements from the last week:
Edward Henry Collier
Zach Ryan
George Olsen
Elijah Benjamin
Leonardo John Scarica
Saskia May Yí Shàn
Matilda Anne
Campbell Timothy Jack
Robert Fletcher
Charlotte India
Hugo James
Callum George Paterson
Oliver Gus
Max Straun
James Bennett
Raphael Christopher
Reginald Arthur Andrew
Matilda Emma
Pearl Eliza
Tess Alexandra
Isabella Jane Mills
Dev Sinha
Zoe Chiara
Luca Mick
Asher Ryan
Hunter Edward
Oliver Lachlan Strickland
Ivy Isobel
Michael
Oliver John

fiammetta Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:02 am

I live in the North Central area of Victoria, Australia, it’s rather culturally diverse, but you hear English names more than any others. I hear Chloe, Isabella, Ruby, Olivia, Mia, Charlotte, Sophie, Sienna, Ava, Amelia, William, Lucas, Lachlan, Ethan, Oliver, Jack, Noah, Thomas, Joshua, Cooper a lot, along with names similar to what augusta_lee mentioned about the town where her parents live. It’s been evident that British names, and British name styling are becoming more and more popular in the last couple of years. Birth announcements from the last week:
Edward Henry Collier
Zach Ryan
George Olsen
Elijah Benjamin
Leonardo John Scarica
Saskia May Yí Shàn
Matilda Anne
Campbell Timothy Jack
Robert Fletcher
Charlotte India
Hugo James
Callum George Paterson
Oliver Gus
Max Straun
James Bennett
Raphael Christopher
Reginald Arthur Andrew
Matilda Emma
Pearl Eliza
Tess Alexandra
Isabella Jane Mills
Dev Sinha
Zoe Chiara
Luca Mick
Asher Ryan
Hunter Edward
Oliver Lachlan Strickland
Ivy Isobel
Michael
Oliver John

fiammetta Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:03 am

I should say Melbourne to be more specific, and sorry for double posting!

kikibaby Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:09 am

I live in a suburb of Southern California and just among friends and their new(ish) babies, there are multiple babies with these names-
Henry, Elijah, Charlotte, Sienna, Ezra, Avery, Wyatt, Sawyer, Lily, Hudson, Daisy. Lots of variations of Bella/Isabella, Jackson/Jax, Addison/Addie.

withinreason Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:10 am

I live in a large west coast city, and hipster names prevail: Clementine, Jasper, Atticus, Lola, Christian, Ruby, Julian, Evie, Sage (girl), Linus, Kepler, Miles, Oliver, Hudson and two gender benders: Mitchell and Ridley for girls.

indus Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:20 am

I’ve just recently moved from Somerville, MA and I heard Ava, Sophia, Liam, Evelyn, Henry, and Noah quite a bit there. Now in lower Alabama, I hear: Grace, Taylor (girl), Jack, Connor, and Caroline.

dizzygirl Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:22 am

I live in southern CA where there are still a lot of sophia,emma,isabellas,but starting to hear a lot of harper,piper,paisley,emmeline, willow,max,leo,finn.

shanbrownie Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:37 am

@augusta_lee You’re definition of “mix’n match” names made me laugh out loud! There are plenty of these types of names where I live in a typical sprawling suburb of Toronto. Especially names that end in -yn/ynn/in.

maddiejadore Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:04 am

La Canada/ la crescenta/ pasadena
The good: Sophia, Alexandra, Madeline/Madeleine, Samantha, Grace, Claire, Mallory, Katherine/Kathryn.
The bad: Madison, Kynzee ( and all other odd spelling variations) Jayden, Kaylee, Jazmine.
The good: Max, Bryce, Scott, William, Michael, Cameron, Nicholas, Troy, Quintin.
The bad: Dayzen, Braden, Caden (brothers….) mason, Bodee (what were they thinking)

shyshutterbug Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:11 am

I just moved to the PNW in February, so I can’t speak for my current neighborhood. In my hometown of Austin, though…that I can speak for. I spent three years as a medical assistant at an ob/gyn office, so baby names are something I got to know well.

The biggest ones were: Sophie/Sophia, Eli (we had two born four hours apart one day), Nora/h, Wyatt, Grayson/Greyson (two boys born eight days apart), and, most interestingly, Willa (two girls born eleven days apart). My own middle name of Grace (which I go by) is overwhelmingly the most popular middle for girls.

ella17 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:14 am

Auckland NZ:
I will go by new babies in my area(as opposed to older children)..
Girls:
Olivia
Sophie
Ruby
Emily
Charlotte
Isabella
Boys:
Jack
Oliver
William
Liam
Mason
Samuel

SoDallas3 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 2:42 am

I live in the state of South Australia:

Girls:
Mia
Chloe
Tayla/h
Ava

Boys:
Blake
Oscar
Lachlan

LuluBoo Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 2:54 am

Manchester UK

There is tons of Mia’s, Harrison’s and Archie’s !!

Imagine if you were called one of them and your teacher said your name with no surname you’d have about 5 people turning around !

LovelyLLs Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 3:48 am

In Toronto the more common names (3+ babies) I’ve heard are
Girls
Grace
Madeline
Katharine (Kate)
Poppy
Violet
Charlotte
Avery ( 2 girls, 2 boys)

Boys
Finn/Finley
Liam/William
Jack
Henry
Wyatt

JodesT Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 4:01 am

I live in a small town in NZ – in my group of friends there are a Lillian, Mabel, Leo , Felicity, Annabelle, Madison, Axel, Elijah, Eli, Ryan, Charlee (girl), Harper, Kale , Carley , Lewis and Fletcher to name a few- a real mix.

tori101 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 4:20 am

I live in Kent a small county just outside London, UK.
For the boys the most common names I find are:
Harry
Alfie
Archie
Henry
Adam

My area is surprisingly culturally diverse with my brother being one of the only English-born children in his class. The majority are Polish. Their are many Kuba’s nickname for Jakub (his best friend being one of them) Dominik’s, Aleksander’s, Dawid’s and Bepe is common too.

For the girls:
Amelia
Millie
Ellie-May, Ellie-Mai, Ellie-Mae etc
Madison
Olivia
Sophie
Lily

Again their are lots of Polish girls in her class many Emilia’s, Agnieszka’s, Zuzana’s, Jolanta’s, Alicja’s etc along with Italian names like Carola, Sofia, Ana being popular in my area too amongst the small Italian population.

Their the usual Asian stereotypical names which are common like Mohammed, Jahira, Ali and Aisha.

xxx

tori101 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 4:28 am

*his class jeez my little brother is not a girl haha sorry guys

ciottolo Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 4:38 am

I live in a small village in the south of England, and Georgina is the most popular name by far here. You cannot go anywhere without seeing one – all the Georgina’s I know are forced to go by different nicknames so we know which one we’re talking about…

laurakatex Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 4:47 am

I live just outside Glasgow in Scotland. Names I’ve heard recently:

Boys:
Jayden
Jack
Jay
Aiden-John
Mason
Bradley
Connar

Girls:
Mia
Mya/Maiya
Honey
Maci
Eva
Olivia
Rose
Kaylee Rose
Ella-Grace

ninkynonk Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 5:32 am

Inner West, Sydney, Australia

Ava
Sophie
Isabella
Audrey
Charlotte

Sebastian
Hugo
Jasper
William
Jerome

Pam Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 5:33 am

I am love love loving these responses — thanks all who’ve written so far! I feel as if I’ve had a mini world tour of baby names.

Mclevine Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 5:42 am

I live in LA now. These are the most popular
For girls:
Isabella
Zoe
Eva
Sienna
All sorts of Kayla/Isla and -lyn names are hot too.
Olivia/Olive
Sophia
Clementine – I know about 4 couples going to use it
For boys:
Noah
Aiden
Everett
Finley
Mason – seems like almost every boy had first/middle name Mason:)
Quinn
And I occasionally visit my relatives in Russia. Some names they use are very similar, look:
For girls:
Anastasia – this one is red-hot here! They use the nn Nastia often.
Eva – Russians pronounced it e-vuh (e like in Everett and a like in car)
Keira – kee-ra
Sophia – I think it’s currently #2 in Russia. It’s amazing how Sophia is popular so wide! They use nn Sonya for it.
For boys:
Aleksander – with nn Sasha/Sanya/Shura it’s heard almost everywhere
David – pronounced duh-veed
Vladimir – nn Vova
Ivan – nn Vanya(like Anja with V), very popular for adults too
Alexei – it’s actually NOT a form of Alexander, it’s a different name in Russia. They call little Alexei Lesha (Russian use nicknames for almost every name and often don’t like if the can’t shorten the name:)
Adam is becoming familiar here too.

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 5:49 am

I;m from WA and lots of Ella’s and Lachlan’s. My mum has two Xaviers which is top 50 here.

cannebella Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 5:55 am

In live in a small village in Scotland so the trendy name haven’t hit us yet. Many boys and named after their father and almost all the people in go to school with have classic names like Thomas, Charles, Rebecca and Jessica. The most adventurous names are normally people who have moved hear from England. Many of the people where I live speak Scottish Gaelic (I do to) which is why we have quite a lot of people with Gaelic names like Seoras (Gaelic for George), Ruaridh (Gaelic for Roderick or Rory), and Eilidh (Gaelic for Helen).

cannebella Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 5:59 am

Opps just noticed some mistakes in my post, damn this silly iPad.

Aurra Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 6:09 am

I do not personally have a lot of contact with younger kids, but my mother works full time at a nursery in a fairly upscale community near Tampa, FL, and part time at a nursery.
Names are all across the board, here. My mom has a Keegan, Tybee, Lilyanna, Michaela (With that spelling! Finally!), Shelby, Nils and Jonas.

Milomum Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 6:22 am

I’m in the southern suburbs of Sydney, Australia…
Amelia, Sienna, Evia, Sophia and Ruby still going strong for girls
Noah, Oscar, Oliver for Boys. My firiend in the inner city says there are 4 Otto’s at her son’s kindy!

Milomum Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 6:23 am

Yes, damn the iPad for typos!

HerMajesty Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:01 am

I live in a small town, located in the Boston mountains by the Mulbery river valley.
GIRL
Amber
Samantha
Brenda
Regina/Regena
Elizabeth
Ann/Anne
Carley
Mary
Kate/Katelyn
Jane/Jayne
Audra
Becky

BOY
Jimmy
Bo
Zen
Jacob
Bo
Gregory
Todd
Colton/Kolton
George

We seem to really like nicknames and compound ones. Even if you dont have one, someone will give you one.
Karah Jean
Kathy Jo
Kimmie Sue
Mary Jane/Jayne
Shelli Dawn
Emmie Lou
Nettie Rose
Toddie
Jim Bob
Bubba
Jimmy Lee
Jimbo
Alex Gene

It goes on. Most everyone is called either by first and middle, compound, or a nn.

lucy101 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:12 am

Here in Southern Ontario, my areas got a whole pack of Katelyn’s, Kaitlyn’s and Caitlin’s, as well as boys that have names that begin with “Ty”. In my class we have a Tyson, a Tyler and a Tyrel (as well as a Jack and Jill, a Tommy and a Timmy and a Thomas, and two Kyle’s). Another name I hear alot is Natalie and Chloe, as well as Jackson or Jaxon!

sophiekihm Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:19 am

I live just north of Chicago, and work at a preschool summer camp and I volunteer in the daycare at my highschool, so I hear a lot of kids names. There are a lot of Sophias/Sophies (like me). You also hear a lot of Audrey, Henry, Max, Bella, Stella, Luke, Nathan, Chloe, etc.

SophiaRose Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:26 am

I live in a small town in the English countryside. For boys, probably Jack or Oliver, and for girls Zoe and Olivia.

Mego0801 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:31 am

Texas Panhandle here! 🙂 Sadly, I hear a lot of made-up names, ‘bell’ names (Annabel, Rosabell, etc), and “-lyn” names (Brooklyn, Braylin, Chelslyn). Boys names are either trendy or traditional (trendy Kamdan, brother to Kaedan, and I know of Tylers and Rylees, 3 Greysons, etc). If not that, then the names are the “look at me! I’m super original and out of the box” names like Lyric, Legend, Charlie for a girl, etc. No happy medium around here, and definitely not any Berries! Atleast none that are currently having babies (i’m certainly not having any yet lol)

logansmom Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:48 am

I live in Southern Ontario and the names I hear the most (for children under the age of 5) are Abigail, Noah, Liam, Logan, and Owen.

jc54 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:49 am

I live in N.C. suburbs. I have noticed several named Lucy, Ava, Sophia, Jack, Aiden, Declan, Wyatt. These are just in and around my neighborhood 🙂

lizaB Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:51 am

I live in Montreal, Quebec, the second biggest city in Canada. It is bilingual (English/French), but as it is a large city many people are multi-lingual (and factor this into their baby-naming!).
In the parks we most frequent, I hear lots of:

Liam
Owen
Zoe
Chloe
Juliette
Raphael
Lucas/Luka
Xavier
Felix
Zachary
Henri/ Henry
Jules
Gabriel and Gabrielle
Thomas
Lea
Arianne/ Arianna
Phillipe
Max/ Maxime/ Maximillian
Clara
Maya
Mia
Lily/ Lily-Rose
Eva
Alexia

lizaB Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 7:54 am

Oh, and loads of Noah’s and Sacha’s! (both for boys). Emma and Ella too, of course..

mge28 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 8:02 am

I live in Chattanooga TN. I think the most popular boys name are Joshua, Luke, and Noah. Anna and Abigail are the most popular girls name, I think. I know 6 Joshuas, 4 Noahs, 3 Lukes, 5 Annas, and 3 Abigails. lol

zippy Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 8:12 am

I live on the Gulf Coast. I’ve mentioned this on the boards before, but I’ve found there’s a name that is very, very specific to this city: Blakeley. At my school alone, we currently have two of them along with two named Blakely and one Blakelee. All are girls. That stands out.

And in this state, I’m convinced that Grace has become the default middle name. I have heard so many variations: Anna Grace, Emily Grace, Harper Grace, Ava Grace, Lily Grace, the list goes on and on. I’m actually completely burned out on Grace at this point.

Meriyah2 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 8:39 am

Here in Cape Cod MA baby names seem to be a blend of traditional family names (my son has 2 Richards and a Robert in his K class), popular names (Grace,Harper, Charlotte), hipster (Taj, Issac, Effie),and hippy names ( I have met a Bodhi, Cash, and a Wolfie).

maggiefromcanada Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 8:40 am

I’m in Toronto, but I don’t have a lot of contact with babies in my area. The names I’m hearing a lot around here and from my friends in Ottawa are:
Finn/Fynn (I know one Finn, one Fynn, and one Finnegan born in the past year);
Ava (two university friends have babies by this name);
Isla
Jack or Jackson

Meriyah2 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 8:42 am

Oh ya I also recently met twin sisters named Harbor and Meadow!

EmilyGriff Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 8:55 am

I reside in a very small town of North Carolina. Everyone knows each other and it is not a rare occasion that we see someone pregnant or them walking around town with the baby on their hips. I believe the most popular girl name among my town would be the abundances of Kylie’s and Kaylee’s. All have different spellings and at least a third of them have a rhyming middle name. For boys there are so many Jayden’s and Brayden’s.

Like another user mentioned, most names nowadays either have the same prefixes and the same suffixes. A bunch of -lynn names along with made up ones as well.

You could see the town cringe when I didn’t name any of my daughters a real trendy name, yet all southern. (Georgia, Eleanor, Beatrix, Agnes)

Naming is just getting ridiculous these days.

Ysaline Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 9:36 am

I live in a neighbourhood of Montreal where there is a high proportion of recent immigrants from France. The names I’ve heard most often are Alice, Eliane, Elliott, Arthur and Noah/Noé, but I’ve also come across:

Arnaud
Mathis or Mathéo
Léo
Baptiste
Lucas
Alexandre
William (this has been the #1 name by a mile in Quebec for some time now, and Liam is also popular)
Ethan
Nolan
Zachary (or Zakary)
Thomas
Tristan

Zoé
Chloé
Juliette
Sophie
Emma
Raphaëlle
Anaïs
Annabelle
Éloïse
Louna or Lou
Léa

littlemissmariss Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 9:43 am

I live in upper New England, and I feel like most the names are pretty typical of the top 100 names. I’ve met A LOT of Jacks, Johns, Sophia’s, Isabella’s, etc just working at the childrens clothing store in my local mall. However, I’ve also noticed a few Asa’s! Not sure if they live in my town as its a mall and close to the state line, but I met boys and even a little girl called Asa! I met a Johna as well and thought she was cute. I don’t feel like we get a lot of different ethnicities in my town itself, but in the little city nearby we do get a lot of Indian people or Asian. I’ve noticed an Arrish (sp?) and a few others I can’t recall in that city. But in mine itself its not very diverse at all.

spicemama Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 9:43 am

I live in eastern Tennessee, and, for girls, the El- trend is enormously popular. In my three-year-old son’s class alone, there is an Elle, an Ella and an Ella Parker. I also know multiple little Eleanors and an Elia. You also see -ella at the end: Della, Stella, Adella. Because this area identifies strongly with the South, double names are common for both sexes, often with a family surname in the second spot: John Watters, Mary Casson, Hannah Claire, Della Claire. There are an abundance of Isabels/Isabelles, Aidens, and, in general, lots of names with vowels at the start: Owen, Asa, Audrey, Oliver, Ezra, Emma. I have noticed quite a few throw-back vintage style names too like Bobby, Annie, Reuben, and, of course, Jack.

maggiemary Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 10:04 am

I live in a village on the south shore of Nassau County, Long Island. It’s very affluent, lots of professional types, and I hate to admit that it’s not at all diverse. I’d say the village, and the neighboring villages (also very affluent and non-diverse) consist mainly of WASP types and the popularity of hipster/yupster names reflect that.

Names that seem hot in this part of NY right now…

Arabella
India
Lila
Sadie
Stella

Felix
Leo
Milo
Owen
Sebastian

Mcdonak1 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 10:05 am

Yupster neighborhood of Philadelphia. There are disproportionate numbers of children named Stella, Sadie, Jasper, and Theo/Theodore running around our local park. But there are also Dylan (girl) and Kirby (girl), Indigo (gender unknown, didn’t get to look in time), Sage, and Juniper, so it seems like boy names on girls and nature/color names are popular as well.

JessicaT11 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 10:05 am

At my church there are two Aubreys (though I think one might be Aubree), and my next door neighbor has an Aubrey, all under one.

Danica Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 10:47 am

Top names given to danish children born January-June 2012 (danish parents are allowed to wait max 6 months to name their baby, so later births have not been publicly counted yet):

Girls:
Emma – Sofia – Freja – Ida – Maja – Sofie – Isabella – Laura – Clara – Josefine.

Boys:
Victor – William – Noah – Frederik – Lucas – Liam – Emil – Oscar – Magnus – Oliver.

tarynkay Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 11:09 am

I live in the Triangle area of NC. Our city is medium sized and is a minority-majority city. Our friend group is reflective of that. Our son is about a year and a half. Some of his little friends are:

Ephram
Brody
Elodie
Sojourner
Eden
Caleb
Amaya
Noble
Journey
Noah
Ava
Addelyn
Ruby
Phoenix
Grey
Brielle
Ari
Toomi
Mya
Eliyah
Elijah
Eze
Nullia
Baran
Sophia
Eli
Etta

So there is quite a range, around here at least. I was once out at a restaurant and noticed a kid wearing a tshirt with the names of his t-ball team listed on the back. There was not a top 100 name on the whole list and there were two different Z’Kiahs, distinguished as Z’Kiah B. and Z’Kiah M. That is when I realized two things. Firstly that it would be insane to give your child a unique name for the sake of being unique- I just cannot imagine that either Z’Kiahs mom anticipated that her child would need to go by first name plus last initial. And secondly that the old Supreme Court Justice test is no longer valid. Probably by the time my son grows up, one of those Z’Kiahs will be president. And that is awesome, and I love that.

csebas Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 11:13 am

I live in northeast pa..
Jaden/ jayden boys and girls
teegan
Keegan
Ava/eva
Raylynn/reighlynn
Mason
Olivia
Addison/madison
Zoey
Sofia
Sofie
Aubriella
Gage
Cru
Brayden
Cayden
Etc…

elrock13 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 11:14 am

I live in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. If you take a look at popularity charts (http://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/namesbystate.cgi), a lot trendy names are ranked much higher than in overall US rankings. For instance: Ellie is at #97 on the US rankings and #36 in MN rankings, ranking higher than Eleanor! Cora, Alice, Tristan, Bentley, Emmett, Griffin, Vivian, & Hazel are in the Top 100. One name I’ve been hearing a lot of is Lillian.

csmom Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 11:50 am

here in israel we go by trends and we are flooded with
Jonathan, Itay, Yarin for boys
Tamar(a) and Yael for girls.

I mean flooded!!

southern.maple Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I’m in southeast Alabama.

Boys: Jackson, Evan, Owen, William, all of the rhymes-with-Aidan names

Girls: Ella, Emma, Olivia, Mary (some name), all of the -ley/-leigh/-lee names

southern.maple Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Oh! And Lily. I hear Lily a lot. All of the popular “J” names for boys too like James, Joshua, Jacob, etc.

charlieandperry1 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:23 pm

South West England.

I am swimming in a sea of Graces. They are EVERYWHERE. There’s a smattering of Thomases, Islas, Kais and Oscars too.

And when the rich emmets come down for holidays on their private yachts in the summer, you start hearing the trendy posh names- Jasper, Orlando, Florence, Beatrice…

JEMama Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Central PA here. Lots of classic names (Matthew, Jacob, Emily etc) and top 10’s for girls especially. (So many Isabella’s, Sophia’s right now!) Nothing too edgy. Lots of kreeatyve spellings though.

modest_monster Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 12:43 pm

In some part of washington, here are the popular names. I have never met an Ava or Sophia, surprisingly.
FEMALE
1. Hannah
2. Haylee/Hailey/etc.
3. Dana
4. Alex/Lexi/Alexis/Alexandria

MALE
1. Ethan
2. Jacob
3. Aiden
4. Will/Liam/William

Beka_92 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I live in Ft. Worth, Texas. These are names I’ve heard recently (all under 5 years old).

Girls:
Bryn
Bradleigh
Ivy
Remington
Lucy
Lauren
Brynleigh
Bailey
Kaitlyn

Boys:
Grayson
Jayden
Gabriel (Gabe)
Alexx (yes with two x’s)
Elijah
Jace
Jaustin
Lincoln
Jackson

e11aboo Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I live in England, West Sussex which is on the south coast. I work in a pre school. Most common names at the moment are:
Amelia
Olivia
Jessica
Leo
Jack/Jak
Alfie

Trillium Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I’ve been living in DFW and there is more a style than an actual set few names that are rampant in the area. Granted there are a lot of Noahs, Liams and Aidens as well as Sophia/Sophie/Sofia but we also have a heck of a lot of creative spelling which makes things complicated. I have heard atleast two of the following:

Annistyn
Annalyn
Emersyn
Graysyn
Graydynne

and atleast two boys with some version of:

Graedon
Cayden
Jaxxon (like Exxon? why two x’s?)
Jacksyn
Camden
Braedyn

It’s not all bad though. We also have a lot of vintage girl names popping up. I know 2 Rubies, 4 Stellas and a handful of Violets. Like people have mentioned Grace is THE middle name. Most girls I know have it. Now that I think about it there are a lot of Harpers, Hadleys and Averys here too. All these names are so tired, I would love to hear something fresh, even Barbara would make a pleasant change!

Trillium Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:20 pm

@Beka_92 It’s funny that the two people form Ft. Worth area posted consecutively! Makes it easier I guess 😉 You also remembered a lot of the ones I forgot. Together we have a master list.

LCMpdx Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I live in the Pacfific Northwest of the US. I know children named:

Girls:
Brooklyn
Adalyn
Macey
Lacie
Calista
Zoe
Athena
Isabella
Saylor

Boys:
Max
Callum
Landon
Asher
Dylan
Drew
Jason
Declan
Zephyr
Evan

LCMpdx Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Oh, and a couple of Jacksons of various spellings.

Jennie Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I live in Utah, and there are too many odd Utah names to list. So here’s a link to a video that has actual Utah names:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfIehCrO4Zs

It’s pretty frightening.

littlebrownpony Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Greyson/Grayson/Gray for boys.
Eliana for girls.
EV-ER-Y-WHERE

littlebrownpony Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Spefically–Westchester County NY.

emmyk12 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Nebraska: I hear Logan, Avery, Harper, Addison, Jaden (and all its alternatives), Emma, Isabel, Olivia, and Ava quite a bit.

Emmy141 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I live in Southern England, near London.
For boys:
Noah
Mason
Jayden
Kaden
Aidan
Logan
Cory

For girls:
Madison
Lily
Evie
Isabella

Coconovo Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I live in the suburbs of Chicago and have been hearing a ton of Mia’s, and Ava’s, along with Jackson, Emmett, Nolan for boys. Lucas, Noah, Declan and Liam are also popular boys names and Olivia, Paige, Sophie/Sophia, Addison/Madison and Abigail have all been gaining traction in recent memory.

Some of the more unique/less popular names I have heard recently: Gwen, Cassidy, Jett (boy), Milania, Anya, Maci, and Lorelai.

Regarding middle names, Josephine and Elyse are two surprising middle monikers that I have been privy to multiple instances of.

On a side note, disheartened to hear the explosion of Grace as the ultimate middle girls name – I love this for a middle name, and it is hard to find a good one syllable girls middle name!

UnaPearl Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I live in a small town in the Midwest.

Girls:
Madison/lynn/line (I know 4)
Addison/lynn/line (2)
Reese (4)
Ella/Emma (3 new babies)
Abigail (2)
Alyssa (3 same age)
Sophia (2 both born in same month)
Mya (too many)
Delaney/Laney (5)
Alexis/Alexia/other spelling (6)
Lily (3)

Boys:
Joseph (6 similar ages)
Hayden/din/dan (3)
Hunter (2)
Carter (a lot of new babies)
Jack/Jaxon/Jackson (5 and they keep coming!)

LuMary Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I’m a third generation North Side Chicagoan, and have resided in the same neighborhood my entire life. It’s historically middle-class and white, but has been gentrifying for the last 15 years or so. Therefore, my sample is not diverse, and largely is taken from the names on the art work displayed in the windows of a more or less expensive pre-school that I regulary pass. As new art is regularly replaced to reflect the season, I always stop to read the names. Most of the art carries monikers that mirror what is currently popular in the States as a whole: Jack (usually more than one), Liam, Olivia, Isabella, Tyler, Sean, Olivia, Oliver, Owen, Henry, Violet, Elizabeth, Lily. I was delighted to see Mary, not Mary Kate or Mary Grace, just plain Mary, standing proudly by itself, a year or so ago. Recently, I’ve seen Beverly and Rita, and to my amusement, Maynard. A little girl is called Cathy, and it’s interesting that she’s using the mid-20th century diminutive for Catherine rather than the current Kate. There is a little boy named Apostoli who goes by Stoli; there’s still a Greek presence in the neighborhood. Nameberry needs to add his name to the database. A little Greek-American girl in the neighborhood is called Ioanna. I’ve also encountered a Wally (I’m not ready for this one unless it’s from Wallace rather than Walter) when out for a stroll, and a Martin, which I lately love.

But back to the preschool window. I was so pleased to see the name Mick displayed on a piece of art. Increasingly during the past decade or so, I’ve been favoring standard boys names common thoughout American households in say the 1950’s: James, Thomas, John, Michael, William, Robert, Joseph, Daniel, Timothy, and their traditional nicknames (Mikey, Mickey, Jimmy, Tommy, Joey, Johnny or Jack, Danny). I notice that when I’m in a south side Irish neighborhood, parents defy trends, and often give their boys these solid mid-century monikers, and use the standard diminutives. The Irish-American middle class home brashly breaks away from the current mold of solely using the long form. I’ve also heard Billy, which I’m warming to, used a few times in this subculture instead of the currently favored Will. I find it very refreshing.

liviajoan Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I forgot to mention that names like Christopher, Caleb, Kelsey, Lily, and Jackson are rampant in Nebraska as well.

Just a few births from this month in Nebraska:

Charity
Stella
Lily
Gretchen
Hayden (boy)
Ellie
Joslyn
Hudson (girl)

Cody Andrew
Liberty Alice
Kristina Kaye
Izabella Serenity
Josie Marie
Lillian Harper
Tessa Jean
Caleb Pearce
Ryder Maxwell
Marley Jayden (boy)
Kelsee Dee
Christopher Gaige
Paityn Isabel
Kale Toben Eugene
Emmett Michael
Kellen Benjamin
Jaxon Joseph

GrecianErn Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I’m in Central Iowa… and while my son is only in preschool, here are the names I am noticing:

GIRLS
Ava/Avery
Sophie/Sophia
Kaitlyn/Kaylee/Kylee
Kennedy/Kendall
Ellie
Eleanore
Isabelle
Lily

BOYS
Jackson
Wyatt
Owen
Ethan
Sam
Tanner
Cooper – thanks to a local Fertility Specialist who excels at his job. 😉

caroline11278 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I’m not around babies a lot, but there are a lot of baby girls named Sarah and Samantha, and a lot of baby boys named Jack and Charles in my sister’s Sunday school.

JennyJenJen0123 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I am deep in the heart of Dixie and hear many of the same “mix n’ match” names a previous commenter described: Br, Ja, etc. + lyn, den, etc. = Name! I also hear quite a lot of surnames as first names, i.e. Smith, Watts, Hewes for boys and Mary + Surname for girls (Mary Clayton, Mary James, Mary Reid).
Since double names have a long history in the South, these doubles aren’t odd but the names used are shifting. Beth and Mary were always the classic double makers but these are slowly being replace by Kate/Cate, Grace, and Bella (I actually heard Bella Kate yesterday).
I work at a children’s museum, so I hear tons of names daily, but I sadly usually only notice ones that I hate (Briley, Neveah, Jaiden). For little boys, lots of Eli, Taylor, Noah for girls lots of Chloe/Khloe, Bella, Olivia.
Unusual spellings of trendy names is also popular. The most unusual? A girl who answered to “Zoe” but spelled it “Xowi.”

ashthedreamer Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I live in a small town a little bit in from the central Atlantic seaboard. bahaha. I’m really paranoid about sharing my location. I hear these names ALL the time:

Francisco/Francesca
Autumn
Cora
Elijah

I hear Jacob and Olivia a lot, too, but those are to be expected, since they’re so popular. The others always surprise me because they’re not quite so popular.

rocketpop Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I live in Raleigh, NC. There are a few trends I see here. First, there are the double names that start with Mary: Mary Addison, Mary Grace, Mary Margaret, Mary Claire, etc. Sometimes the second name is a last name from within the family tree. This has been a Southern trend for a while. I also know a ton of baby girls with names that begin with “E”: Emory, Ellery, Ella, Emmeline, etc. There are also many named Addie, although the real name may be Addison, Adaline or some other variation.

fiammetta Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Out in the country where my mum lives, you here a lot more nature names and names that I like such as:
Ochre/Oaker
Willow
Jasper
Otis
Antigone & Atticus (brother and sister)
Bernard
Holly
Alice
Violet

estelluxx Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I live in the boonies, about an hour out from Columbus Ohio. I know 6 different boys under the age of 6 named Zane. Maybe it’s a country thing. I also know 3 young boys named Braxton.

Shellfish Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I live in a city in the American south.
At my school these are common names.
For boys: Andrew, Garret, Joshua, Daniel, Alex
For girls: Grace, Hannah, Sarah, Emily, names ending with a
There are lots of popular biblical names and also some ethnic choices.
Some babies/toddlers I know are named
Nehemiah
Esther
Max
Fiona
Joseph
Noah
Samuel
Melany
Aaron

Not bad, I guess. I haven’t heard many of those “mix and match” names, but then again, I don’t spend much time with young children.

EmilyVA Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I don’t know too many babies myself…
I live in a small New England town.
I did see a birth announcement in the town paper for a baby girl named Layne. She has an older sister named Quince. Layne is a name I have heard on tv, but not in real life. Both those names struck me as odd.

Nouvelle Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Around the upper-crusty suburbs of New Orleans: Alyssa, Caroline, Abigail/Abby, Faith, Camille, Lucy, Zoe, anything that can phonetically begin with a K, and TONS surnames/boys names on girls (Sutton, Carter, Reese, Lane, Payton, Hayden, Charley, Finley, McKinley, Kennedy, Brooks, Cooper). On boys, seeing a lot of Mason, Matthew, Jackson/Jaxon/Jack, prophet names (Jeremiah, Elijah, Isaiah, Josiah), and the usual legions of juniors and III’s. Within the city itself things are almost too diverse to categorize. Agreed with pp about the strange hyperlocality of Blakeley–I have taught several!

LizzieBethBetsyElise Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I live in a Southeastern U.S. state and the last name-as-a-first-name for girls has been popular for a long time and still is, though in the South, unlike other parts of the U.S., this trend isn’t necessarily linked to the upper-class or those trying to get there; It cuts across socio-economic levels. I know a Campbell, Carson and an Anderson who goes by Andie. All little girls and all named after maternal surnames important to the family.

Maiorana8 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I live in Central Virginia and I have heard of two Gavin’s born in the last few months. And all of the other birth announcements seem to be for little boys named Caden (or Caiden, or Kaiden, or Kaden, etc.). Girls seem to be Ava, Ella, Emma and Sophia…

cece13 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I live in the Baltimore city area of Baltimore in a very diverse community.
Most Common Names I Hear
Girls: Ava, Olivia, Isabel & other variations, Jordan, Halley, & Sophie
Boys: Bennett/Benjamin, Michael, Jacob, Max, Julian, Eli/Elijah/Ellis

I am 14 years old (8th) and these are the names of the most popular kids in my grade. Some of them are super unique (see Althea), but just about no one is teased about their name.
Madeline Julian
Piper Jessica
Paula Samira
Bryson Henry
Althea

DracoDrake Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I live in Indianapolis. Like a previous poster, we hear LOTS of mix & match names, along w/ the Aiden/Jayden/Brayden names. Also popular: Ava, Mc-anything, Madison/Addison, Avery, Emma & all variants thereof ..see mix & match, Isabelle, Olivia, Zoe, Sophia/Sophie, Jack, Jackson, Liam, Luke/Lucas, Oliver.

norbury Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 8:15 pm

My two year old attends a German language Playgroup in an Australian capital city and many families are looking for names that work in two languages/cultures:

Ava – most popular for girls
Mia/Maya – several variations
Luca – very popular for boys
Eli – second most popular for boys

Lavenderkangaroo Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 9:26 pm

In my community

Boys:
Lucas – I’ve known 8 born in the 2 years
Ashton
Caleb
Henry

Girls:
Olivia
Avery
Lily
Zoe(y)

Netta5187 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 10:47 pm

I live in a Metropolitan, Ethnically Diverse city (Chicago). I reside in the northside. I’m a third generation Chicagoan of Hispanic-Euro descent. I love hearing these unique and uncommon names mixed in with some classic yet trendy names. The most popular names are Amelia and Gabrielle. Other baby names I’ve heard from friends, coworkers, and neighbors includes:

GIRLS
Diya (Native American-Indian-Pakistani)
Maggie (Thai-Caucasian)
Lailanie (Hispanic)
Lillienne (Cuban-Polish)
Amalia (Cuban-Polish)
Amelia Margaret (Moroccan-caucasian)
Amelia Renee (Thai-Caucasian)
Madeleine (White Hispanic)
Athena (Greek)
Maria (Greek)
Brooklyn (African American)
Juliet (Caucasian)
Zara (African American)
Aura (Jewish)
Stephanie (Mexican American)
Brianna (Hispanic)
Aaliyah (African American)
Crystal (Mexican American)
Gabrielle(Caucasian)
Gabrielle (Hispanic)

BOYS
Turiq jr. (African American)
Devin (African American)
Gavin (Caucasian)
Isard (Mexican American)
Ivan (Mexican American)
Alexander (Mexican American)
George (Greek)
Taino (Hispanic)
Sebastian (Caucasian)
Rohan (Irish-Indian)
Tyler (African American)
Silas (Caucasian)
Jack (Caucasian)
Keithan (African American)
Aton (Jewish)
Terrance Spencer (Caucasian)
Eric (Hispanic, 1 part german)
Avery (Swedish-Dutch american)

I’m proud to know that when I have children someday, my chosen names (Frances Eleanor and
Roman Arthur)will fit in well on the playground!

helloyellow5 Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 11:05 pm

San Diego
Names that I know multiples of:
Mabel
Mia
Sophia
Ellie
Quinn (boys and girls)

Grayson
Elias
Jack
Nolan

TammyJade Says:

April 3rd, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Western Sydney Australia, there are so many little boys named Jack and girls named Olivia.

livia Says:

April 4th, 2013 at 4:26 am

I’m in a large-ish town in the East Midlands in England and just recently I seem to have seen a lot of little girls around named Isla. Nearly every time I go out there’s a girl, usually under the age of about four, called Isla. When I went to London a couple of weeks ago, there were a lot of American tourists, and a couple of them had little Islas as well. I really think it’s going to be big in a few years. The next Ella, maybe?

For boys, it’s probably Thomas. I know of a few little Thomases under three, and I see quite a few when I’m out too.

LuMary Says:

April 4th, 2013 at 9:17 am

Back to the north side of Chicago (forgot a few names). I recently came across a little girl and her brother while ahopping called Gus and Winnie. Not sure if those are their full names or if Gus is short for August or Augustus, and Winnie for Winifred or Edwina. at any rate, I started liking Winifred after that encounter.

Two baby names recently given at the office are Leo and Charles, the latter going by Charlie, not the full Charles. I think we are not far from bringing traditional nicknames back. It seems after turning from standard names beginning in the late 1960s, we gingerly began returning to them in their full forms. Having done that, I believe we are one page away from Billy, Jimmy, Tommy, etc.

There are a few Lilyanna’s at church (Evangelical), the lily being symbolic of Christ. Asher, Noah, Jude, Isaac, Isaiah, Esther, Eden, Moses, Abraham are the more recent crop of biblically related names observed in evangelicalism, although I see less use of Bible names currently, and more adoption of names or genre of names that are common in the larger culture such as Tennyson (girl), and Mabel, Lucy, and Jane. Last week, someone at church gave birth to an Annie, Annie Grace. Makes me wonder if we are poised to bring back the vintage diminutives common in the late 19th century.

lindseymae Says:

April 4th, 2013 at 9:40 am

I live in central California. Being a preschool teacher I heard lots of:
Madison (a nurse thanked me for not naming my daughter this!)
Mackenzie
Isabella/Bella
Sofia
Jacob
Kaden/aiden/brayden/jaden
Christopher
Jackson/jaxon

New babies Ive heard a lot lately:
Grayson
Kaden (lots of girls too)
Brylee/rayleigh/ Kylie/kaylee

LuMary Says:

April 4th, 2013 at 10:59 am

Oh, and I forgot the names I’ve observed lately on kids at the Irish-American Heritage Center in a nearby neighborhood. I’ve seen the use of authentic Irish Gaelic names, and it’s not uncommon to see Finbar, Fintan, Orla, Ciaran/Kieran, Padraig, Grainne, Mairead, Siobhan, Sinead, and Seamus taking a bow together after a dance troupe number.

Speaking of Padraig/Patrick. It seems some parents are shy about Patrick because of its typical nicknames: the effeminate Pat, and Paddy, or possibly, Patch, Pate, Rick. But I discovered a great alternative recently: Packy. I’ve seen Packy used in Irish literature a few times, but it didn’t resonate. However, once I observed it used on a boy in an Irish-American neighborhood here, I was sold. Unless you want to name him Patrick James and call him P.J., or Patick Michael, and call him, say Mickey, Packy is great. It has a lot of spunk. Supposedly, it is common in County Cork.

LuMary Says:

April 4th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

One more thing: other names popular on art in the window in the Chicago neighborhood preschool: Charlotte, Ava, Ruby, and to my surprise, Terrence. But, I wasn’t expecting Rita or Beverly, either. I’ve also seen Asa in the window, and a bit of late in the evangelical subculture.

kimberley13 Says:

April 4th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I work as a nanny in a Chicago neighborhood near a private university where a lot of professors and intellectuals live. I hear a lot of “hipster” names, but also a lot of classics, names from literature, science-y names, etc. Some that I hear often are:

Alexander
Annabel
Asher
Ava
August
Beatrice
Claire/Clara
Daphne
Delilah
Eleanor
Evelyn
Fiona
Hazel
Helen/Helena
Henry
Jack
Julia
Kai
Leo
Lila
Maeve
Max
Miles/Milo
Nora
Olive
Olivia
Roman
Ruby
Sadie
Sebastian
Sophia
Stella
Thomas
William

LadyCap Says:

April 4th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

In Western Massachusetts I hear a lot of Ava and Kayleigh on girls, and Liam and Jackson on boys in the 3 and under set.

emmie113 Says:

April 4th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I live in southeastern Georgia.

For boys alot of names I hear are:
Mason
Jack (Tons)
Jacob
Ethan
Oliver
William
Benjamin
Alexander

And for girls:
Madison (Blech)
Madeline
Bridget
Quinn
Allison
Lily
Layla
Rose

Abby_Shield Says:

April 5th, 2013 at 11:33 am

I live in Westchester County, NY. I feel like this we have two major groups here: those whose families are Irish and/or Italian who have been here for generations and those who have moved from other parts of the country to work in and around NYC.
In the first group you see a lot of these:
Anthony
Christopher
Nicholas
Gianna
Gina
Giovanni/Giovanna
Siobhan
Patrick
Dominick
Vincent
My church is composed mainly of the second group. Here are some kids from church, most of whom moved to the area recently and were born elsewhere:
Hudson x2
Solomon
Meira
Mackenzie x2
Lincoln
Gavin
Haleigh
Landon
Ryleigh

hermioneameliastyles Says:

April 5th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

The names I hear are:

Kayla x7
Jessica x8
Olivia x2
Ashley x5
Courtney x3
Sarah x3
Michaela x3
Maddie (Madeline, Madelyn, Madison) x3
Hannah x5
Emily x4
Katelin/Katlyn/Caitlin/Katelynn/Catlyn x6
Shelby x2
Britney/Brittany… x3
Miranda x2
Ally (Alyssa/Alyson) x2
Stormie x2
Amber x3
Samantha x4
Kelly x2
Amanda x2
Keilly?? x2
Sheldon x2
Nicholas (Nick) x2
Robert x4
Jacob x3
Clayton (Clay) x2
John x6
AJ x2**
Stephen x2
Caleb/Cayleb/Kaileb… x3
Michael x6
Ryan x5
David x3
Tristan x3
Kyle x2
Daniel x2
Joseph x2
Dylan x3
Justin x3
Jonathan x3
Reid x2
Cody x3
Connor x2

hermioneameliastyles Says:

April 6th, 2013 at 6:22 am

If I didn’t mention I live in North Carolina.

courtneylarking Says:

April 6th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I live in the 40K county seat of a Northern Illinois county. Top baby names over the past year or so, according to the County Clerk and Recorder’s website:

GIRLS
Mia
Evelyn
Natalie
Zoey
Emma
Sophia
Isabella
Lily/Lillian

BOYS (a little more variation here, but some repetition on the list)
Aiden/Brayden/Jayden
Noah
Logan
Michael
Jack/Jackson/Jaxon

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April 8th, 2013 at 9:27 am

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brontefrances Says:

April 8th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Small-town South Island New Zealand,

Girls my age (High school) are Hannah, Sarah, Sophie, Kate/Katie, Georgia, Laura/Lauren, Emma/Emily and Charlotte, everywhere!
Boys are Cameron/Campbell, also Sam, Tom, Ben, Will etc.

Just read the birth announcements (since December) in my District there are now little babies called:
James David
Jack Graeme Charles
Tommy Trevor
Xavier Vincent Graeme
Noah Benjamin
Honor Georgina Anne
Olivia Mackenzie
Isla Annie
Alex John
Molly May Jean
Zara Mary
Olivia Jayne
Oliver Quinn
Georgia Grace
Innis William (m)
Elise Lauren
Benjamin Joseph

Quire cutesy names actually! But pretty good overall (:

davis Says:

April 9th, 2013 at 12:10 am

I live in a neighborhood in Silicon Valley.

For girls I hear lots of:
Ava
Olivia
Grace
Holly
Juliette/Juliet
Julia
Kate

Boys:
Jack (it feels like I hear this daily)
Lucas
Hudson
Tristan
Thomas

kaimorgan Says:

April 9th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

I live in Corning, NY. A small little town with a lot of little babies being born! Here’s the names I’ve noticed in the area:
Girls:
Peyton
Lilly/ Lilah
Mya
Kiera
Zoey

Boys:
Cayden/ Kaidin/ Caiden(verrrrry popular)
John
Wyatt
Aiden
Elijah
Trenton

LEliseStar Says:

April 16th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I live in the rural Midwest. Names I’ve seen multiple times in the recent past would include…
Girls
Ava, Avery, Adalyn/Addison, Maggie, Ella, Lucy, Sophia, Hailey, Grace
Boys
Titus, Jake, Parker, Elijah, Braydon, Cayden, Ethan, Joshua, Aidan

oboeplayer1 Says:

April 21st, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I live in Washington State in a small military town about 45 minutes south of Seattle. Military families probably make up about 75% of our 12,000-citizen town. I definitely see a lot of common names. However, I do see some ethnically diverse choices. Mostly:
Girls- Isabella, Ava/Avery, Nevaeh, Aaliyah, Ella, Kaylee/Hailey and relatives
Boys- Jacob, Kyle, Brayden, Hayden/Kayden and relatives, Kai/Cade

timelessclassics Says:

April 27th, 2013 at 12:53 am

I live in an upscale town in Connecticut and almost everyone is:

Girls:

Ellie

Boys:

Henry
William
Charlie

(Notice for girls I only include Ellie- because they are ALL Ellie. Elizabeth, Eleanor, Ella…. etc etc)

EllaMeg Says:

May 4th, 2013 at 6:16 am

I live in Gloucestershire

‘Jack’ and ‘Ella’ have been hugely popular for several years.

For the last 15 years or so we have been engulfed in a tsunami of names ending in -y or -ie (and not just for girls). Individually, they are each very pretty – although some of the boys names can seem a bit infantile for a grown man – but there are just too many of them!

For example, in our sports club we have 64 out of 120:
Abi, Annie, Amy, Becky(4), Betty, Carly, Cassie, Clarrie, Darcy, Daisy, Ellie(2),Elsie, Esmie, Evie, Ginny, Hattie (2) from Harriet), Heidi, Holly, Izzy(3), Katie(2), Lexie, Libby(2), Livvy (from Olivia), Lucy, Maddie, Maisie, Millie, Molly, Poppy, Rosie, Ruby, Sophie(2), Tilly, Zoë
Alfie, Archie, Bailey, Billy, Charlie, Denny, Eddie, Frankie, Harry(5), Henry, Jamie, Ollie, Riley, Stanley, Toby, Tommy

AnnaO Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I live in Brooklyn, and I’m drowning in Max and Henry.

Girls names are more diverse and harder to track. Popular names include Eleanor, Elizabeth, Isla, and Lucy.

chellemma1 Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I live in Inverness in the North of Scotland. Names that I’ve been hearing a lot of lately are – Riley, Finlay, Innes and Adam for boys and Eilidh, Amy, Lucy, Sophie and Chloe for girls. I’ve also heard Gracie, Lexie and Poppy quite a few times too.

chelsi_robin Says:

June 15th, 2013 at 7:43 am

I live in western Wyoming and there are a lot of little cowboys named Wyatt, Stetson, and Cash. I think the girl equivalent of those names would probably be Paisley. I know a few three year olds that are some form of Trayson/Tayson/Trey. And a lot of Hudsons, Jaydens, and Crews too. Last fall there were three little girl Harpers born within the same 3 months. And there seems to be a lot of girls around the 3-4 age range named either Emery, Avery, or Brinlee. The combining of the parents names to make a new name sure happens a lot too.

Janna Says:

July 26th, 2013 at 11:34 am

One of the bigger suburbs of Toronto. I’ve noticed a disproportionate amount of Rachels and Claires around here. Other big ones for girls are Madison an Rebecca/Rebekah. For boys, there seems to be a lot of Jonathans, Marks, and Camerons.

Lissa16 Says:

April 30th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

I’m in a suburb of Birmingham, AL.

Girls here are following the Eva/Ava, Olivia/Olive and Isabella/Isabelle. The middle name Grace is rampant. I have 3 friends with little girls named Harper.
For boys, Asher, Wyatt and Jasper have been a common trend.

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