Popular Names: Your 2011 predictions, please!

May 8, 2012 Pamela Redmond
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The official list of U.S. Most Popular Names 2011 will be revealed this Friday, and so in advance of that announcement, we’re asking YOU to predict:

What do you think will be the 2011 Most Popular Names?

Will Jacob and Isabella hold their top spots?  If not, which names do you think will make it to Number 1?

What about the Top 10?  There’s a prize (see below) for the first person to guess correctly!

In 2010, these were the Top 10 names for girls and boys:


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


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

How do you see the order shifting, if at all?  Do you predict any names will fall off, or leap onto the Top 10 for girls or boys?  (For the full list of 2010 Top 1000, see our Popular Names page.)

To make things more interesting, we’re giving away a fabulous personalized silhouette print from sarah + abraham to the berry who’s the first to correctly guess the 2011 Top 10 of each gender!

Above is a sample of one of the styles of sarah + abraham’s prints; see more of their art prints here.  Sorry, but these can be mailed to the U.S. only.

Beyond the girls’ and boys’ Top 10s, care to make any bigger predictions?  New names on the Top 1000?  Names making the biggest leaps up the national ladder?



We have a winner! Congrats to BlankPages, who gets the fabulous Sarah & Abraham personalized print, for correctly predicting all 10 top girls’ name, with the first 5 in perfect order, and was one of the few to foresee the rapid rise of Mason.

Runners-up are Esrever88, Breannajai, notsoclevername and Preg-meg. Well done, Berries…and thanks to all who participated!

About the author

Pamela Redmond

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

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