Isabella and Jacob Still #1

Isabella and Jacob are still the top names in the U.S., according to the official statistics for 2010 released this morning by the Social Security Administration.

With a Top 10 list that was extraordinarily stable — Aiden was the only name that moved on, with Joshua falling off — most names even retained the rankings they held last year. The biggest change was Sophia, a name some berries thought would take first place this year, jumping up to Number 2.

The Top 10 for girls are:

    1. Isabella
    2. Sophia
    3. Emma
    4. Olivia
    5. Ava
    6. Emily
    7. Abigail
    8. Madison
    9. Chloe
    10. Mia

The boys’ Top 10:

    1. Jacob
    2. Ethan
    3. Michael
    4. Jayden
    5. William
    6. Alexander
    7. Noah
    8. Daniel
    9. Aiden
    10. Anthony

In sheer numbers, about 500 more little girls were named Isabella in 2010 than in 2009 — 22,731, while the number of boys called Jacob fell by about 800.

The fastest-rising names for both girls and boys were inspired by the show Teen Mom: Maci and Bentley. Other hot names for girls include Tiana, Quinn, Adalynn, and Kinley, and for boys, Kellan, Knox, Enzo, and Karter.

Most popular twin names continued the taste for alliteration. Most popular names for girl twins were Ella and Emma, for boys Jacob and Joshua, and for a girl-boy pair, Madison and Mason.

If pop culture, particularly Twilight, propelled names up the popularity ladder, it also was responsible for their fall. Celebrity names Rihanna and Kimora were two that fell the most precipitously for girls, along with dog-inspired Marley and variations. Elvis fell off the Top 1000 for the first time since the King reigned in 1954.

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Macy Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 11:34 am

thanks Glee for making Quinn a girls name…

Big risers I’ve noticed for boys:

Bentley, Easton, Jayce, Zayden, Greyson, Jax, Kellen, Kellan, Karson, Brooks, King, Kolton, Enzo, Karter, Knox, Rhys, Cullen, Kasen, Orion, Ryland, Finley, Kash, Layne, Zaiden, Jordyn, Elisha, Harper, Luka, Rylee, Emery, Korbin, Jean, Jaxton, Kamryn, Keon,

I think we can declare “K” the new “it” letter for boys.

Debuting in the boys chart: Channing, Tatum, Kyron, Xavi, Bentlee, Bodhi, Theo, Leighton, Legend, Kingsley, Crew. Probably a few I missed.

It’s also bye bye for Addison in the boys chart.

Shall do girls soon

Macy Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

oh and Armani is a big climber for boys too

Jordin Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Mayson also debuted

pam Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Thanks, Macy, and Jordin, for the insight. I’m not sure I’m willing to declare K an it letter — though it certainly seems to be an ever-more-popular way to make a name “different.” This is not the nameberry crowd!

Meg Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Macy- thanks for your review of the boy’s list. I am anxiously awaiting your opinion of the girl’s list!

John Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Oh why do people name their boys Jayden!!?? It is such an ugly, undistinguished, and hillbilly sort of name. I like the current trends for girl names. Feminine, graceful, and beautiful seem to be coming back (yay!) and boy names are relatively good with the exceptions of the “ayden phenomena” and the occupation names like “Mason” 🙂

greythatch Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I find it a little shocking that ‘Teen Mom’ has had such an impact on naming trends. Hopefully with Royal Fever upon us, there is a shift towards classic, strong and timeless names. I am sick of hearing these youneek pop culture names!

Chloe Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I can’t believe how fast Bentley and Maci flew up the charts! Well… I mean, I CAN believe it, but it’s crazy! I’m sad to see Bodhi and Channing finally cracking the top 1000… I felt like they were my [somewhat] secret gems lol The only name I really like that was listed is Enzo.

Macy Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Can someone else do the girls list? Ugh. I had a huge list coming and for some reason the post went completely blank!

Angela Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I was surprised at the differences between Queensland, Australia and the USA lists. Only four of your girls names was in our Top 10. Isabella was fourth, Emily (a big family name) was seventh, Chloe (my deceased cats name it was ginger) was third and Mia was second here. Your other names ranked within our top 27 being Sophia.

They say Australians have traditional names but I thought the top 10 boy names in the USA was more tradional as Michael, Daniel and Anthony weren’t even in our top 31 names. Aiden and Jayden weren’t in our top 31 either. Out of the remaining names we had Jacob 12th, Ethan 10th (I like this one), William 2nd (a popular family name and Prince William), Alexander 20th and finally Noah was fourth.

Names we had but you didn’t was Cooper, Jack, Lachlan, Oliver, Riley, Thomas and Samuel. Ruby, Charlotte, Ella, Sophie, Lily and Sienna. What do you think of these names?

Jordin Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Complementing the info posted by Macy

also new for boys: Bently, Iker, Brantley, Daylen, Callen, Joziah, Rowen, Mayson, Masen, Gibson, Camdyn, Rayden, Amare, Johann, Ameer, Landry, Jedidiah, Major, Emmitt, Bensen, Hank, Bode.

big climber also: Deegan, Jaycob, Odin, Jerimiah, Abdiel, Clay, Royce, Beckham, Zavier, Jensen, Malcolm, Terry, Cason, Gideon, Dexter, Waylon, Beckett, Reid.

Jordin Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

oh and Kamron. Why are Kamron and Kamryn climbing so much?

Macy Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Results for Quinn:

Girls 1,267
Boys 1,221

agirlinred Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I just wanted to say that while quite a few of the names on the SSA list had me screaming with horror, there were just as many that made me jump for joy. So many good names are rising up the charts!

Leslie Owen Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

What is with the fact that people can’t spell? And then I get these kids in class — and, surprise! they can’t read — why? Because their names are phonetically insane.

If I see one more Jhane or Jhon I’m going to scream. Let alone the five thousand vowels that end up saying isha.

trich323 Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I like Knox, Enzo, Rhys, and Dexter. A few of the other big risers are ok. But it seems like the kre8tyv names are rising faster than the classics. Sigh.

And I agree with John that the girls’ top ten names are mostly really lovely. Madison’s the only one that’s not a pretty classic name. I would have considered several of those had they not been so popular.

I hope someone makes a list of the girls’ debuts. Sorry your post crashed, Macy!

trich323 Says:

May 5th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Just searching around, I see that two of my favorite girls names have reentered the top 1000:

Adele and Mae

Brandie Says:

May 6th, 2011 at 2:14 am

I am so saddened by the rise of Zoe. I had hopes that it would fall lower but instead it got more popular.

Emily Says:

May 6th, 2011 at 8:19 am

Yes but if you add Sophia and Sofia – the total is around the 26000 mark – meaning it is definitely the most popular.

kgcg31 Says:

May 6th, 2011 at 10:16 am

A few things I noticed . . .

-Stella entered the top 100 at #85.

-Penelope jumped into the top 200 at #200. (We all knew this
was coming)

-Esme entered the top 1000 at #921.

-Adele is in the top 1000 at #908.

-Roman broke into the top 200 at #185.

-Theo arrived in the top 1000 at #915.

-Harry Potter inspired Kingsley is in the top 1000 at #972.

Some big jumpers:

-Evangeline flew from #429 up to #333.

-Mila jumped one hundred spots to #364.

#675. A little happy/sad about that one.

-Finley became more a lot more popular for both boys and
girls. The boys version jumping from #719 to #597 and the
girls from #525 to #408. (Finnegan stayed the same at #544
and (just) Finn jumped forty two spaces to #300.

Some steady climbers:

-Silas continues to gain popularity at #222 from #252.

-Atticus rose forty four spots from #608 to #564.

-Isla jumped up forty eight spots to #297.

A few lovely “Nameberry names that are super popular here, but remain pretty far down the list (or not present at all):

-Beatrice only gaining seventeen spots at #834.

-Pearl gained thirty three places at #963.

-Soren is holding steady and up six places at #728.

-Isadora continues to be inexplicably underused . . . Still
not in the top 1000 . . . I keep thinking some of these
Isabella lovers will get wise and start using this name.
Alas, no.

Some other “Nameberry names” that get a lot of love here, but are not breaking out:

Amos, Susannah, Beatrix, Rufus, Clementine, Linus, Seraphina,
Imogen . . . All still out of the top 1000. I feel a torn sense of both wanting couples to use some of these great names and wanting them to remain hidden gems.

That’s all for now!

annabelle Says:

May 6th, 2011 at 10:26 am

I was looking at the list of twin-names, and I really have a hard time believing some of these combinations… Why o why did 16 sets of parents name their daughters Heaven and Neveah???? Neveah in itself is bad enough, but combining it with Heaven… Just unbelievable… How do you decide which twin gets what version?? Just wondering…
Another one I thought was kind of funny, but still weird… Nine moms and dads thought it was a great idea to name their daughters London and Paris… Funny, especially when you consider that many French people really don’t like the British and vice versa..

Carys Says:

May 6th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Interestingly, Tenley also entered into the top 1000 for the first time at number 458… thats a pretty huge increase!

Carys Says:

May 6th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I also thought it was absolutely awful that there were 13 sets of twins born last year named Mia and Mya. REALLY?! And 26 sets of B/G twins named Tyler and Taylor. Wow.

Lisa Says:

May 6th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Just looking at the biggest number of slots can be misleading, because a name at say 50 has less room to rise than a name ranked at 600. So, looking at proportion of slots risen can also be interesting:

Maci is still the top riser (up 65%), but Khloe is the 2nd fastest riser (up 56% from 95 to 42! holy Kardashian effect), and Sophia is third (up 50% from 4 to 2–even more impressive when you consider Sofia was up 27% and Sophie up 9%).

Fastest risers among boys are still Bently (up 80%),
2nd riser Mason: up 65% from 34 to 12 (knocking on the top 10 door; another Kardashian effect)
3rd riser was Jayden, up 50% from 8 to 4.

Top droppers among girls were: Analia (143% down), Caylee (98% down), and Taylor (down 64% from 22 to 36). For boys, it was Aaden (105% down), Joshua (83% down from 6 to 11!–all the way out of the top 10 from #6; what happened there??), and Alexander (down 50% from 4 to 6, Alex, Xander, and Zander were all down as well…hmmm).

corsue Says:

May 6th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I would consider Quincy, Quin, Quinn, Quintin, and Quinton part of the boys giving boys the Quinn edge:
Boys 2,735
Girls 1267

goodnight gracie Says:

May 7th, 2011 at 12:25 am

Seriously, as girl names continue to improve – boys names seem to be getting more trashy and tacky. Wonder why that is? I’d think the classic, timeless name trend would carry over to the boy’s side too…but so far it doesn’t seem to be the case.

I predict with the royal wedding, which happened relatively early in the year, you’ll see Pippa, Eliza, Catherine, Beatrice, and Grace (all but Beatrice were members of the wedding party) shoot up in popularity, if only temporarily, in 2011. Maybe Harry, Philip, Arthur, and Andrew on the boys side too.

Macy Says:

May 7th, 2011 at 8:19 am

I like that boy names are getting more diverse and less traditional. Boy names have been the same for decades, parents are just bored of seeing the same names over and over again. That was not the case with girls, which was and still is a lot more volatile and diverse – maybe that’s why some parents felt the need to go back to classic names for their daughters.

gem26 Says:

May 7th, 2011 at 9:32 am

NOOOO please do not let Enzo become popular!!

trich323 Says:

May 7th, 2011 at 10:33 am

I agree that boys’ names need some diversity, but I’d rather see some international flair than trendy names and made-up spellings. Alonso or Lachlan instead of Jaydyn.

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