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Top Baby Names of the Decade

November 18, 2019 Pamela Redmond
top baby names of the 2010s

The top baby names of the 2010s — the decade that is drawing to a close — are dominated by classic names still used by a wide range of parents.

The top four girl names — Emma, Sophia, Olivia, and Isabella — along with the top three boy names — Noah, Liam, and Jacob — were each given to more than 150,000 babies in the US in the nine years from 2010 to 2018. (We won’t see the official 2019 count until after the decade ends, in May of 2020.)

What does that mean? Perhaps that these classic names that topped the popularity list for most of the 2010s will give way in the 2020s to a new crop of favorites.

At the top of the most popular names of the last decade, the 2000s, are several choices that are starting to feel almost quaint: Emily and Madison in the top two spots for girls, Michael and Joshua at Numbers 2 and 3 for boys. The Top 10 for boys in the 2000s included Andrew and Joseph and for girls, Samantha and Hannah, all solid tradtional names but no longer fashionable.

Some of the names at the top of the 2010s list have a lot of life left in them: Olivia and Charlotte for girls, notably, along with James and Elijah for boys. We’ve marked them and others still on the way up with an asterisk.

Top Girl Names of the 2010s

  1. Emma
  2. Sophia
  3. Olivia*
  4. Isabella
  5. Ava
  6. Mia
  7. Abigail
  8. Emily
  9. Madison
  10. Charlotte*
  11. Elizabeth
  12. Amelia*
  13. Chloe
  14. Ella
  15. Evelyn*
  16. Avery
  17. Sofia
  18. Harper*
  19. Grace
  20. Addison
  21. Victoria
  22. Natalie
  23. Lily
  24. Aubrey
  25. Lillian
  26. Zoey
  27. Hannah
  28. Layla
  29. Brooklyn
  30. Samantha
  31. Zoe
  32. Leah
  33. Scarlett
  34. Riley
  35. Camila
  36. Savannah
  37. Anna
  38. Audrey
  39. Allison
  40. Aria*
  41. Gabriella
  42. Hailey
  43. Claire
  44. Sarah
  45. Aaliyah
  46. Kaylee
  47. Nevaeh
  48. Penelope*
  49. Alexa
  50. Arianna
  51. Stella
  52. Alexis
  53. Bella
  54. Nora
  55. Ellie
  56. Ariana
  57. Lucy
  58. Mila*
  59. Peyton
  60. Genesis
  61. Alyssa
  62. Taylor
  63. Violet*
  64. Maya
  65. Caroline
  66. Madelyn
  67. Skylar
  68. Serenity
  69. Ashley
  70. Brianna
  71. Kennedy
  72. Autumn
  73. Eleanor*
  74. Kylie
  75. Sadie*
  76. Paisley
  77. Julia
  78. Mackenzie
  79. Sophie
  80. Naomi
  81. Eva
  82. Khloe
  83. Katherine
  84. Gianna
  85. Melanie
  86. Aubree
  87. Piper
  88. Ruby
  89. Lydia
  90. Faith
  91. Madeline
  92. Alexandra
  93. Kayla
  94. Hazel*
  95. Lauren
  96. Annabelle
  97. Jasmine
  98. Aurora*
  99. Alice*
  100. Makayla

Top Boy Names of the 2010s

  1. Noah
  2. Liam*
  3. Jacob
  4. Mason
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. Michael
  8. Alexander
  9. James*
  10. Elijah*
  11. Daniel
  12. Benjamin
  13. Aiden
  14. Jayden
  15. Logan*
  16. Matthew
  17. David
  18. Joseph
  19. Lucas
  20. Jackson
  21. Anthony
  22. Joshua
  23. Samuel
  24. Andrew
  25. Gabriel
  26. Christopher
  27. John
  28. Dylan
  29. Carter
  30. Isaac
  31. Ryan
  32. Luke
  33. Oliver*
  34. Nathan
  35. Henry
  36. Owen*
  37. Caleb
  38. Wyatt*
  39. Christian
  40. Sebastian
  41. Jack*
  42. Jonathan
  43. Landon
  44. Julian
  45. Isaiah
  46. Hunter
  47. Levi*
  48. Aaron
  49. Eli
  50. Charles
  51. Thomas
  52. Connor
  53. Brayden
  54. Nicholas
  55. Jaxon
  56. Jeremiah
  57. Cameron
  58. Evan
  59. Adrian
  60. Jordan
  61. Gavin
  62. Grayson
  63. Angel
  64. Robert
  65. Tyler
  66. Josiah*
  67. Austin*
  68. Colton
  69. Brandon
  70. Jose
  71. Dominic
  72. Kevin
  73. Zachary
  74. Ian
  75. Chase
  76. Jason
  77. Adam
  78. Ayden
  79. Parker
  80. Hudson*
  81. Cooper
  82. Nolan
  83. Lincoln*
  84. Xavier
  85. Carson
  86. Jace
  87. Justin
  88. Easton*
  89. Mateo*
  90. Asher*
  91. Bentley
  92. Blake
  93. Nathaniel
  94. Jaxson
  95. Leo*
  96. Kayden
  97. Tristan
  98. Luis
  99. Elias*
  100. Brody

Which names will still be popular in the 2020s? We’d love to hear your ideas.

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