Popular Baby Names: What’s your favorite?

popular baby names

Popular baby names get a bad rap, especially — okay, we admit it — here on Nameberry.

But popular baby names are popular for a reason: A lot of people like them for a lot of good reasons. Popular names often have a sound and feel that’s right in step with the times, they’re fresh but also have meaningful roots, they appeal to a wide range of different kinds of parents.

Right now, in fact, the popular baby names hold more intrinsic appeal than ever. Time-honored, noble names for girls; strong, classic names for boys — there’s more to like than to not like.

How are we defining popular? If you can pick from the Top 10, great, but any baby name in the Top 100 is fair game.

So what’s your favorite Β popular name? And why?

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sparrowfinch Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:21 am

Well, Lucy and Jack are my big favorites, but from the top 10, I think Sophia and William are stunners.

NellieDellie Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:23 am

From the American (which Im asumming is the list you’re asking about) top I love (not just like) Elizabeth (11) Leah (23) Lauren (62) and Lydia (96) for the girls and William (3) James (17)Gabriel(24) Sebastian (68) and Nathaniel (84) for boys. With the exception of Lauren (which I admit is slightly dated already) these names are classics and are unlikely to date, which is my main concern with popularity. I’d use any name outside the top ten (though since William honours family it’s still a top middle name contender) so most of these are still in… for now.

JasmineRoses Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:45 am


rgp19 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:50 am

My favorite popular girl names are Olivia (love the shakespeare connection), Sophia(love the meaning wisdom and my niece’s name), and Amelia (long history, love the nn mia, and Princess Diaries).
Boys William (handsome name), Liam (same reason as William), James (love it), Anthony (good history, love the meaning).

augusta_lee Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:55 am

Benjamin. Oh, how I love Benjamin, nn Benjy (never Ben). And Jack! Spunky, spirited Jack, which would honor men in my family going back generations. Alas, the popularity kills it for me. If I had a Jack, his sisters names would be Molly and Scarlett. But the Top 100 is forbidden territory for me. Ah well.

mclola Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:55 am

Elizabeth and William. If I have more kids these will be their names because I love how they sound and because they are family names.
there are actually 7 girl and 16 boy top 100 on my list right now. I just like the feel of them.

MaScha2 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:56 am

Love love love Alexander since I was little. I also love Sebastian. For girls, Avery and have always loved Isabella.

MissusAytch Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 1:00 am

Sophia is beautiful. In fact, so is Isabella. And I love Elizabeth. For boys, Jack, William and James are wonderful.

A lot of popular baby names are wonderful and the only reason I don’t consider using them is I don’t want my kids to have very common names.

Sarabi Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 1:10 am

What a great time to be born!. I love top ten boys names and especially love all top ten girls names. I did not use any of them for my own daughter, nor will I ever for any future babes, but for those who choose to pull from the top ten, I think they have great taste.

sarahmezz Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 1:19 am

There are a ton of great names in the Top 100. The Top 10 is probably off limits (those names are just too popular), but I’d use others further down the list. Some of my favourites: Alice, Audrey, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Henry, Jack, James, Sophie, William. I’d say there’s a fair chance I’ll end up using Alice and Henry one day!

Jamesina66 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 1:24 am

James and Ella. Sophie is great too.

shantiknight Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 1:37 am

Ava, Aidan and Henry

Poppy528 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 1:42 am

Choosing a top 10 boys name that I like best was so hard! They just seem either like names you give a son b/c it’s a family name whether or not they still have appeal, or it’s super trendy. However I find most of the girls list to be lovely and mostly follows the audibly pleasant starts/ends with vowel (minus the stray Chloe, yikes). I’d pick Mason & Emily for top 10. Jack & Lily/Ella for top 50, and Lucy/Molly/Mogan/Scarlet and … Jack, again, for top 100.

JH Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 1:42 am

I like Emma and Emily from the top 10. I used to love Ava and Noah but not so much anymore. I’m pregnant with our first baby right now, Leo, who we are naming after my grandpa. I know it’s gotten more common recently, but thank goodness it’s not in the top 10. I don’t have anything against names in the top 100, but I don’t think I’d choose a name in the top 10 unless it had a really special meaning to me or my husband.

mamablossom Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 1:43 am

I love popular names for boys. Jack, William (Will), Henry, Noah.
I love Ella for a girl.

Tristan Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 2:04 am

Lucy, Molly and Emma. I also love William and Henry.

frustratedauthor Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 2:23 am

Jacob, William, Christian, Christopher, Alexander, and Henry for boys

Sophia, Sofia, and Sophie for girls

Let_it_grow Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 2:28 am

I’ve always loved Sophia. I had an amazing great aunt named Zofia and always planned to name a daughter after her. But we’ll probably stop after our two boys.

namesnerd Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 2:32 am

Chloe for girls, even though all the Chloes we know are animals. And I still think Emily is a beautiful name.

For boys, I have a soft spot for Jack.

eleminty Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 2:54 am

For boys, Hunter, Jacob, and Caleb are my favorites. For girls, Natalie, Hannah, and Morgan. Hunter and Morgan are names that I love ALOMST enough to use, but I seem to hear them everywhere and that’s too boring for me.

garnet Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 2:57 am

From the top 20 boys, I like James, Andrew, Joshua, Matthew, Alexander, and William. For girls, I like Lily (though I prefer Lillian), Natalie, Ava, and Emma.

livia Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 4:58 am

Elizabeth (would still use)
Lillian (would still use)
Madeline (although I prefer Madeleine)
Lydia (would still use)

William (would still use)
Lucas (would still use)
Caleb (would still use)
Eli (would still use although I prefer it short for Elias)
Dominic (would still use)
Nathaniel (would still use)

All of them would be middle name contenders though. The only reason I wouldn’t put them in first (minus a few exceptions that I just love too much) is because they are very popular. But, like you said, they’re definitely popular for a reason πŸ™‚

ebenezer.scrouge Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 5:26 am

Jack and Sophie.

rachel27 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 5:37 am

Olivia and James. Olivia from Twelfth Night, a favorite of mine, and just for its sounds. I also love Oliver and Lucy. Enough that I want to use them!

TheFutureMrsB Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 6:14 am

Top 10 I would chose Ethan and Mia. Although Mia would be a way to connect a daughter to DH as that’s what he would have been had he been a girl.
Top 100 I love Avery (18) Isaac (35) Isaiah (43) Riley (47) and Claire (50).

kyemsma Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 6:34 am

Emily (my daughter’s name)and Ava,
Jack and James.

Chas Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 6:39 am

My favourites out of the top ten social security website linked to here are William and Ava, very classic and classy. My grandfather’s name was William and I’ve always loved the name Ava-my cousin named her daughter that.

Given a list of the top 100 names of girls and boys, for girls I also like Elizabeth, Charlotte, Lucy, Stella, Caroline, and Lydia.

For boys, I like James, Isaac, Jack, Henry, Charles, Levi, Oliver, and Max.

I see a royal/British theme emerge!

Aurra Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 7:52 am

Top ten:


William (My brother’s middle name)

Top 25:

Ella (I’ve loved this since 2004)


Top 50:



Top 75:

Lucy (Still on my short list)


Top 100:



I like a lot of top 100 names, sadly.

JadeRain Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 7:54 am

I love Daniel. Always have. I’n due with a little boy in April, and that will be his name… Even though it was number 10 last year!

Pam Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 8:03 am

Aurra, thanks, that was above and beyond — and not sadly! There really are a lot to love and it’s hard to believe that many of these are so popular — Julia, Levi, Lydia, Dominic….

I still think Sophia is the most gorgeous name and there are so many more reasons to choose it than not to….

And my son’s name Joseph is perennially among the most popular yet he’s rarely met another Joe. And my other son Owen’s name has jumped into the top 100, which he loves!

charlieandperry1 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 8:09 am

From the UK top 10: William, Harry, Jack, Thomas & Charlie for boys, Amelia, Lily & Isabella for girls. Honourable mention to Benjamin, Alexander, Oscar, Henry, Charlotte, Eva & Eliza in the top 100.

I love beautiful, classic names and it’s unlikely many of them will ever be out of the top 100. I don’t really care about popularity, I’d rather I had a child who shared their name with a couple of others than an unusual name that no one can spell or pronounce πŸ™‚

HerMajesty Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 8:20 am

I LOOOVE the name Isabel. Its beautiful and classy, and I just love it, along with Audrey, Lydia, Gabriel, Samuel, Julian, Nicholas. I Love all of these, and I intend to use them. They are timeless and classic, and who wouldn’t love them? I mean, they are in the top 100:)

vanessaaball Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 8:29 am

Henry is my second son’s name. The popularity almost kept me from choosing it. But it had all of qualities my husband and I were looking for and I couldn’t imagine him as any other name.

There are a lot of great names in the Top 100. A few of my favorites are :



darabelle87 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 8:36 am

I love Isabella, Charlotte, Zoey, and Scarlett for the girls; Levi, Blake, and Tristan for the boys. πŸ™‚

klcalder2 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 9:28 am

I think of the two top 100 lists, I really love these (* for those still on my own lists):

Alexander (used as a mn)


leonielee Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 9:48 am

I steer very clear of top 100 names, BUT of the current list I’d still consider using Victoria, Jocelyn and Naomi for girls, and Jack, Charles, Lucas and Gavin for boys. Six of these seven names are classic enough to not sound dated. At least I hope so anyway.

LexieM Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:00 am

I like Charlotte, Kennedy, Naomi, Sophie, Zoe, Benjamin, David, Elijah, Henry, Ian, Jason, Julian, Liam, Lucas, Nicholas, Owen, Sebastian, Tristan, William, Zachary. Wow, I just realized that I like a lot more boys names in the top 100 than girls names.

Luvinbeingmomma Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:01 am



R_J Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:06 am

Sticking with Top 10:
Ethan- I never hear this name, and have always found it handsome and distinguished without sounding stuck-up
Ava- I love the simplicity, which makes it more resistant to being dated.

Top 100:
Caroline- clear-as-a-bell sound, has the L and long I sound I like.
Owen- has a nice balance of being soft, but not too soft.

A lot of the top 100 names I could see using.

melissa2 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:14 am

When looking at the Top 10 objectively, I really like Emma, Ava and Noah. Popularity aside, I just plain don’t see the appeal of Madison and Jayden. I don’t like that Jayden is essentially a made-up name, and Madison is just an updated version of the 80s upwardly-mobile name of choice, Tiffany.

From the Top 100, I like Natalie and Evelyn. I was surprised to see some of the boys’ names, particularly Nolan. (Top 100? The only one I know is 30 years old!)

A friend just yesterday named her baby boy Eli. I think she’s gonna be surprised when he’s not the only Eli in his kindergarten.

MrsTaylor Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:22 am

My current favs from the top 10-100 are:


Currently hoping to use for future children
Mia Scarlett or Eli Xavier

ella17 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:27 am

Sophie and ruby both were fave girls names but one and two in nz.

nykinau Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:40 am

I have adored the name Lily since I was a child, back before Lily was even on the radar. I knew if I ever had a daughter, she’d be a Lily. Fast forward 15 years later and I have my Lily– but it saddened me to the core that it was so high up on the list (13 I think). I really didn’t want a name that she shared with 4 other kids in her class, but I just couldn’t get past my favorite baby name. I definitely will be a little more creative for the next one, tho.

name-obsession Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:41 am

I love Emma, Amelia, Anna, Elijah and Landon. I would probably use any of them, to be honest.
The girls names are very simple but beautiful. They have sweet nicknames (Emmy, Mia, Annie) and Anna has strong familial connection.
Elijah is biblical and comes with built in Eli, and is quite handsome.
Landon… I’ve always wanted a little Landon and Amelia. Are they too popular? Will they meet a family that shares their names?

name-obsession Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:45 am

Oh, also Julia. I LOVE Julia (if it were a middle, it’d be Juliet). My mom is Julie, and I plan on using a form of her name to honor her.
I a also love Nolan for a boy.

iheartnames Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:48 am

From the top 10, I like: Emma & Ethan.

From the top 100, I Iike:

Natalie (Christmas +Natalie Cole, what’s not to like here!)
Samantha (family name, great-great grandma & 1st cousin)
Avery (a long time favorite)
Charlotte (despite the fact that I detest spiders)
Ashley (yep & I’m a fan of The Young & The Restless)
Audrey (classic Hollywood)
Claire (pretty girl from my high school days)
Sophie (former darling Kindergarten student, 1st Sophie I ever met)
Lauren (good friend from high school, very nice girl)
Maya (love Maya Angelou & cartoon character Maya the Bee)
Sydney (family name, but my aunt spells hers with a “C”)
Autumn (favorite from when I was a kid)
Jocelyn (love Joss Stone! I would spell this Josselin, though)
Jasmine (the name I always swore I’d name a daughter when I was a teen)
Madelyn (I do really like this spelling and this is the first & last time I’ll admit it)
Brooke (liked when I was a kid)
Melanie (I fell in love with this one after Vanessa L. Williams chose it for her first daughter)
Ellie (LOVE, as this is Mom’s nickname, she’s an Eleanor)
Mariah (Love the singer!)

Ryan (but I’d never use it)
Dylan (grew up with one)
Nicholas (Young & Restless fave)
Owen (homage to my birth town)
Wyatt (Weird Science movie made me love this one)
Cameron (high school friend, nice guy)
Adrian (family name, middle for my cousin, first for his daughter)
Sebastian (loved the cartoon Belle & Sebastian as a kid)
Ian (named my second son this, chosen off of my list by my oldest who was 2 years old at the time. He read this name and like it.)
Blake (loved when I was a teen, wanted to name a son this)
Dominic (love)
Xavier (would have liked to have named son #2 this, but because I prefer the traditional pronunciation and most people wouldn’t say it that way, I had to let it go…)
Parker (a family surname, used as first son’s middle)
Nathaniel (Biblical fave)
Tristan (had to learn to appreciate as a boy’s name, as a teen I had this on my girl’s list)

cajeller Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:58 am

Mason. It’s my mother’s maiden name. She gave it to my brother in 1979, long before it was popular & I’ve always love it. So saddened by its popularity & current trendy status.

NiamhEthna Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 11:01 am

For girls:
For Boys:

mermuse Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 11:08 am

From the top 10, I wish Ethan was not that popular! I really liked Ethan and rarely heard it and couldn’t believe it was in the top 10! I also really love Ella and have since I was a girl and wish that she weren’t so popular, either.

annymouse Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 11:16 am

I wouldn’t use any of these for various reasons (including popularity) but here are ones that I like from the top 10:



Actually, I’d TOTALLY consider Alexander.

tori101 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I adore popular names which is such an ‘un-berry’ statement but popular names are popular for a reason mainly because there gorgeous minus the likes of trendy names like Madison and Jayden which are fine but not my thing!

Anyway I love the feminine classic names on the popularity charts for girls which include in the UK Isabella, Amelia, Sophia, Charlotte, Olivia and Imogen. But on the UK popularity naming charts there are names you wouldn’t associate with popularity like Elsie, Rose, Niamh and Eliza which are gorgeous.

For boys I love strong masculine classic names which feature heavily on the UK popularity charts like for instance Oliver, Jack, Harry, William (my 9 year old brother’s name), Jacob and Noah. I also love the choices that feature on the popularity charts but you wouldn’t associate with popularity like Joel, Reuben, Arthur & Jenson which are great.

Popularity charts feature awesome choices which I personally wouldn’t dismiss straightaway just because their popular names.

blush Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I don’t mind Mason right now, but I’m sure in five years I will be done with it.

From the top 50 I like:

Benjamin a lot, Christopher, Ryan, John, Christian and Gavin.

Olivia, Ava, Mia, Lily, Grace, Amelia, Zoe, Anna and Claire.

littlemissmariss Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I used to dislike the idea of using popular names, I really let all the psych get to my head about not using the same name as everyone else.. but now I’m dating a Michael “Mike” who’s name has always really been popular, and he described how he likes having such a mainstream name! Plus his entire list is mainstream, so I’ll have to compromise somewhere. But honestly I just tend to veer towards quite a few of them, William, Sophia, Lily, Victoria, Caleb, Charlotte, etc etc. All so lovely!!

XxaShLeIgHxX Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Lily & Sophia

Christian & Samuel

Alessandra16 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Lily is my absolute favorite, but I dont think id ever use it just because its everywhere. Oh, and Isabelle is just lovely.

Maybe ill space my next LO out 15 years or so and by then theyll be a little more fresh πŸ™‚

mollyexx Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Emily & Chloe
Michael & Alexander
from the top 10

Lily & Mackenzie & Alyssa & Amelia & Charlotte
Jackson & Isaiah & Nicholas & Wyatt & Eli & Blake
from the top 100

Trillium Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I love Isobel. I don’t think that spelling is currently top 100 but I couldn’t do it because of the sound alike names. I just think it looks and sounds so elegant. Henry from the boys. It was our boy choice for eight years and now that we might actually use it it’s getting so much attention! I like Charlotte, Olivia and Jocelyn quite a bit. Oliver is a family name so it has a special place in my heart πŸ™‚

margrocks Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

abigail and levi.

sabrinas Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Sophia, Isabella, and Ava. So glamorous. Would have loved to use these names if there weren’t just so popular. The top 10 for girls is actually great, in my opinion. The only name out of the 10 that I don’t like is Madison.

William, Alexander- Handsome classics. I also love Ethan, although I don’t think it’s necessarily a “classic,” I love the way it sounds and think it has a soft masculinity about it.

Beautiful_Haiku Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I like many of the names in the top 100- Sophia, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Charlotte, Scarlett and Lily… Frilly, feminine, gorgeous. But, in 10 years there’s a high probability that they will sound dated, like Jennifer and Jessica. However, I LOVE and wouldn’t hesistate to use Elizabeth, Anna, Julia, Caroline, Katherine/Catherine, Victoria, James, Andrew, Benjamin, Thomas, Alexander, and Lucas. With the exception of Lucas, none of these strike me as ever seeming dated. Elizabeth especially has a special draw to me… It always catches my eye… I just adore it and don’t know why exactly.

I think the trick with uber-popular names is to use a very unusual middle name. It adds a little spice and your child can go by his or her middle if he or she absolutely hates the first.

Also Elizabeth is one of those really great classics with tons of nickname options. Girly Lizzie, Crazy Zibby, Creative Eliza, Wholesome Libby or Beth, and professional Elizabeth… She fits all women and stages of life.

Also, Amelia is growing on me by leaps and bounds. I also like Ethan, but would probably never use it. Ethan and Amelia sound like a great sibset

Esswei Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Lily (9)
Charlotte (14)
Grace (20)
Zoey (23)
Elizabeth (26)

Noah (3)
Benjamin (11)
Owen (21)
Gabriel (27)
Isaac (38)

katybug Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Sophia, hands down. I love that name!

Beautiful_Haiku Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I’d like to add that I would be more likely to use a popular name for a boy than a girl. I think boys and men enjoy fitting in and being apart of a “pack.” Girls and women would rather stand out from the crowd. I don’t think guys care if there’s one or two other Mikes in their class or group of friends. As long as it’s not considered “girly” or “nerdy” or rhymes with something bad, guys seem to be fine with their names.

GrecianErn Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I love the name Sarah. And Charlotte and Jake… the problem with too popular names is that we have a hugely popular last name. And I wouldn’t want our child to feel like another version of someone else.

the most popular name on our baby list is Sebastian – at #68, we should be ok if we choose that.

Zoey_Walker53 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Cassie (Cassidy),


OhioM Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Andrew and Daniel make a great sibling pair!

alexa400 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

From the top ten I like Alexander and William, both are handsome strong names, that will age well from the top 100 I like……..

Stella and


maggiemary Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

My favorites:

Top 10 – Alexander / Emily
Top 25 – Gabriel / Elizabeth
Top 50 – Samuel / Sarah
Top 100 – Josiah / Sarah (again)

ruolan Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Girls: Samantha, Amelia, Lucy, and Evelyn

Boys: Benjamin and Ian. (un)fortunately, these are my cousin’s kids

encore Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

oh how I love Isabella!

jamee29 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Out of all the Popular names I think Chloe and Michael are the most perfect.

IndianRuby Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

There are a lot I like, but off the top of my head my favorites are Lucy, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Sophia, Isla, Isabel, Rose, Flynn, Harrison, Jack, James, Samuel, Owen and Felix. I’m basing this list off of the NSW Australia popularity list as opposed to the US one. It’s more relevant to me.

Whimsy21 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Charlotte, Sophia, Benjamin, and William.

evergreen Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 9:03 pm


Jasmine (but dislike Jaz nn)

PrincessNoriBori Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Sophia, Lily, Lauren and Elizabeth are some of my favourite names, but they’re all very popular! As for boys – I like James, Oliver and Patrick.

maddiejadore Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

For girls:
Sophia- I love the sound, it’s beautiful and sophisticated. Sophie and Phia are adorable nicknames.
Olivia- Again, so pretty. Sounds very smart, elegant. Olive as a nickname is a big plus.
Ava- My favorite short name. It’s whimsical to me, and it reminds me of birds, for a good reason. Also nickname proof, which is sometimes necessary.
Harper- Its a tad trendy for me to use, but I would really like it on someone else’s child and not mine.
Katherine- it’s sleek, nice sounding and sweet. It has a variety of nicknames, and Kit would be my favorite.
Stella- My favorite name. I love the meaning, and I don’t really hear it often, though its popular. I sincerely hope it doesn’t rise in the ranks even more. 73 is even the slightest bit cringe worthy.
Elizabeth- mostly because I love Betsy as a nickname.

For boys:
Andrew- It works for any age, and is very versatile, not to mention handsome. I love a good classic.
Alexander- it’s so charming, I might die. But on a man, not as cute. I hate Alex as a nickname though.
Colton- it’s a more tough boys name, but I really like it, and I can’t pinpoint exactly why.
William- I really like the sound of it, it sounds regal and trustworthy to me.
Oliver- I really like the British classic feel of this name. It doesn’t feel super popular to me.
Nolan- it’s cute, short and Irish, what more could I ask for?
Thomas- But really, I prefer the nickname Tom.

joel613 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

From the most current list I’d have to say Chloe and Noah are the ones that appeal the most because they don’t seem like top 10 names. Ava and William are also great names but feeling more over used.

KateMP91 Says:

February 27th, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I really dislike all of the top 10 names, and I feel that I would even if it weren’t for their popularity…just not my style. Top 100? Lucy and Jason, hands down! I’d use them in a heartbeat πŸ™‚

KickinKay Says:

February 28th, 2013 at 12:03 am

My top 10 within the top 100 πŸ™‚

1. Logan
2. Blake
3. Jack
4. Landon
5. Robert
6. Noah
7. Samuel
8. Chase
9. Ethan
10. Gavin

1. Madeline
2. Charlotte
3. Lillian
4. Amelia
5. Emily
6. Peyton
7. Katherine
8. Alexandra
9. Chloe
10. Stella

Darci Says:

February 28th, 2013 at 3:14 am

I refuse to use any names in the top hundred, but if I ever did break my own rule it’d be for Claire, I absolutely adore that name.

Other top hundred names I love (and wouldn’t mind using in the middle spot):



niteowl13 Says:

February 28th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

If popularity wasn’t an issue, I would want to use Natalie and Jacob (Jake). Growing up, Jake always seemed like a cool guy name. I love it!
Natalie is just a name I really like. When did it get so popular? I prefer names that are waaay out of the top 100. I can’t believe that Evelyn and Lydia skyrocketed into popularity too. I love them, but now I don’t think I could use them. πŸ™

arunciblespoon Says:

February 28th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Emily, Amelia, Katherine, Molly, Lucy, Alice, Thomas, Alexander, Gabriel, Xavier and Samuel. I’m actually a bit surprised Xavier is on the list, it doesn’t feel like a popular top 100 name. A lot of these are classics not fads, so I wouldn’t rule them out completely.

misskuri Says:

February 28th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I love Sophia, Victoria, Lucy and Naomi (waaaay down at the bottom of the top 100). I didn’t seem to like many of the girls names, but I more than make up for it on the boy’s list… I like Jacob, Mason, William, Noah, Elijah, James, Owen, Henry and Dominic.

EmmaF Says:

February 28th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I love Eleanor, which seems to be working its way into popularity, as well as Lucy and Alice. Sophia and Isabel are definitely faves, though they’re on the top. My name’s Emma, and even though I really like it, the popularity is a bit much- five in one room can be overwhelming.

labelo Says:

March 1st, 2013 at 10:46 am

Emma and Noah were my top two baby names for a long time and both are top 10. I’ve moved away from Noah now, but I still like the less-popular Emmeline as a way to get my Emma fix πŸ™‚

StrixOniro Says:

March 6th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Girls: Audrey, Avery, Emma, Lucy, Alice, Charlotte, Chloe, Eva, Olivia, Sarah
Boys: Noah, Xavier, Owen, Caleb

littlewren Says:

November 10th, 2013 at 12:49 am

For girls: Mia, Autumn, Mackenzie, Lilly. Lucy, Piper, Skylar, Eva, Reagan and Riley.
I liked Mia when I was little (thought up a quadruplet sibset of Mia, Mira, Miriam, and Miranda; I now think Mia is a bit too popular since it’s in the top 10 and I hear it everywhere both in real life and books/magazines, I still have Mira on my list, I let go of Miriam because it felt a bit too biblical, and I still like Miranda but not as much; and overall the four together are way too matchy for me now, I think I thought them too matchy then as well but was just daydreaming and didn’t care) and I still think it’s cute but have so many other M- and especially Mi- loves I’m okay letting it go.
I acquired a love for Autumn after talking to an Autum on another site and reading a book about an Autumn (I also started to like Finnegan/Finn after that book, which had a Finny/Phineas in it) and since it’s not in the top 100 in my state and I’ve never met one irl I think it’ll be alright. It’s the only top-100 name actually on my list.
I’m not sure why I like Mackenzie (that spelling only.) It’s popular, trendy, and probably NMS. But I like it. I like a ton of Ma- and Mi- names, which I guess makes it fit one aspect of my style.
Lilly is a very recent name-crush of mine I acquired just a day or two ago. I only really like that spelling. I like the idea of a hyphenated name like Lilly-Clare or Lilly-Rue for it, which is weird because that’s really NMS too. I don’t get it, but I like it. (I also like Liliosa, which is a bit better.)
Lucy, Piper, Skylar, Eva, Reagan and Riley are top-100 names I like but not love, which means it doesn’t make me too sad about their popularity. I like Piper, Reagan (though I prefer Regan) and Riley more than the others. But I don’t think I’ll use any of them.

For boys I like Jace and Austin and I also sort of like Tristan, Nolan, Grayson, and Blake.

ekibbe Says:

April 2nd, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Liam, James, Alexander, Owen and Andrew are my favorite boy names that are popular. They were all names I contemplated as potential future baby names. Amelia, Avery/Ava, Aubrey, and Claire for girls. I still might use one of these in the next few years.

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