What name do you hear waaaaaay too often?

I love the name Henry.

If our first child had been a boy, she would have been named Henry.

Then, by the time we did have a boy, I decided I really wanted to use a family name — Joseph, if you’re curious — instead.

And when we had our third child and second son, it seemed I knew too many Henrys.

There’s a Henry my youngest son’s age who lives across the street from us.  One a little older down the street.  And one a bit younger, a friend of my son’s, around the corner.

I still love the name, a strong yet stylish classic.  And yet while I feel that it’s a favorite that got away, I wouldn’t use it for a baby now because it seems there are too many Henrys in my neighborhood, my town, my life.

What name do you feel you hear too much of these days?  We don’t mean the Number 1 name on the popularity list, but the name that seems to be everywhere in your personal circle.  A name you like, maybe, but that you hear too often to consider using for a baby.

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Mrs_Darling Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:28 am

Emerson! I love the name, but it seems like every second person is naming their baby Emerson lately.

KatieSpills Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:38 am

Jackson and Jack for boys. They’re EVERYWHERE!

Anotherkate Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:41 am

Luke, definitely, though by now the oldest is 7ish and the youngest about 8 months. Also Jack/Jackson (and Jaxon).
Lily for the girls.

dreamingauthor42 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:46 am

Emma and Arianna for the girls. I know at least 5 girls named Emma and 4 named Arianna, not to mention hearing those names on the street. As for the boys, I hear Noah and Joshua waaaaaaaay to often.

alexa400 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:51 am

Clara, it’s every where! I’ve had 5 friends in the past year ALONE name their daughters Clara. It’s a lovely name and one that was on my list, but unfortunately I could never use it now. Then maybe Avery, for both boys and girls.

coco1010 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:07 am

Ellie and Ella. I swear those are the only girl names used in my area.

rene1987 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:13 am

Girls: Ava. Mia. Olivia.

Boys: Aiden (and Hayden, Braden, Jayden, Caden, Judson, Carson, etc. Which stinks because I love Hudson but don’t want to be too trendy or tried). Also E names seem super popular: Ethan, Eli, Elias.

Flames Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:19 am

Jessica. Every class I’ve been in -I’ve moved schools a lot- had had least two Jessica’s.

ellieberry Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:28 am

I agree about Lily and I’ll throw Lucy in there, too. I know two babies born very recently named Ellie. I also know many Sophia’s and Sofia’s but I guess that’s expected. For boys Theodore is one I’ve heard a lot lately.

ashleyf Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:59 am

John! I know of two baby boys due this year that are both going to be named John. Seems to be a popular name for all ages, not just young or old. I know several Johns/Jonathons my age and older. But it’s a family name so I wouldn’t rule it out completely.

MissTrash Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:04 am

Sofia for girls and Lucas for boys. I actually know a sibset with these names too.

Ani77 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:12 am

Lachlan and Ben for boys.
Alice and Lily for girls.

daisieblue Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:15 am

Any and every variation of Katie. I think Kate without the ‘ie’ is simple and beautiful but it seems like I’ve personally met about 1000 Katies, and could therefore never use it!

young_dreamer Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:29 am

I always hear the name Joshua too often. Ever since I was a kid in school, every class there was always a Joshua. Even as a teacher, both classes I taught in each had a Josh. It’s a nice name but it’s a name everyone knows (in my area, anyway) so it is now boring. But, I think it’s a beautiful name for a boy if you don’t hear it around your town. Also, James is a popular one.
For girls,There was always a Jessica around school. The name Ashleigh for a girl is extremely popular where I am. In high school there was 10 Ashleigh’s in one year group (across approx. 150 students)

kacl Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:42 am

Sophia/Sofia
Isabella

Jackson
Mason

megank4 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:51 am

Emma

banomi Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 3:12 am

Henry

Sofia

ladyhatshepsut Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:23 am

Girls: Olivia, Emma, and Ava

Boys: Liam and Noah

ladyhatshepsut Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:24 am

And also Mason for boys! I’ve met several recently.

SunKissedChild Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:27 am

Boys: Caleb, Oliver and Xavier

Girls: Ava, Lily and Alexia

Seems like people I know only ever name their babies from this list!

KibaTalutah Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:29 am

Aidan, Jackson, Declan, Lachlan, Finn, Jude, Silas, Callum, Sawyer (for a girl too), Ashton/Aston, Asher, Parker, Christian, Logan, Gabriel,
Emily, Ashley, Sophia, Isabella (Bella), Sarah, Ava, Madison/Addison (any -son names), Marilyn/Brooklyn/Addilyn/Gracilyn (any -lyn names), Emmeline, Ava, Imogen, Charlotte, Amelia, Hannah, Kaylee, Eden, Willow, Elodie, Maci, Kinsley, Tatum

These are not all names I’ve heard in person (almost every baby I meet is a Bella though) but a lot are some I hear online too!

bluejuniper Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:42 am

Mason, Ethan, Cooper, Finn, Amelia and Ruby

lizibet2 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:57 am

For me it’s Lily and all the variations that go with it! I know 3 people who’s children are Lily, 1 who have a Lily-May and 2 people who have a Lillie-Mae. It seems to be everywhere where we live!

taylorlou Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 5:34 am

Cooper and Aidan for boys. Mia and Ella for girls.

peacebird10 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 5:49 am

Adalyn and Scarlett are everywhere near me for girls. I hear Ethan and Jaxon (this spelling, when I see it written) for boys.

BettyDoGooder Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 6:00 am

I know two kids who have Jade in their name so it’s become unusable for me so a real shame as I still love the name…

Same for Alice, jack/son and Eli but I’m not that keen to use these names anymore…

Francelise Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 6:09 am

Great post ! It shows how popularity lists are all relative, depending on regions, neighbourhoods even, and yes, social circles…
In my French “bobo” circle of friends (bourgeois-bohème, I confess — academics, professionals, living in Paris etc.), all the lovely old ladies’ names : Louise (everywhere, too many to count), Jeanne, Adèle, Madeleine, Blanche, Alice, Suzanne. Quite a lot of Annas and 2 Irises too. And Sophie seems the name of choice for international couples around us (3 little Sophies in French-American or American-Eastern European families we know).
For boys, in the same circles, oldies but goodies or classics : Paul (which I would have dreamed of using, but my own brother used it !!!), Gabriel, Raphaël, Gaspard (the male equivalent of Louise in Parisian circles), Joseph, Victor (which has just been axed from our own list for our baby boy due in two weeks because a close friend just gave it to his son), Adrien, Emile.

EbonyH Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 6:14 am

Girls: Ava, Ella, Bella, Harper, Lilly
Boys: Jack, Jackson, Mason, Camden and carter!

little_billie Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 6:18 am

Emily/Emilie – I planned on using a variation of that name to honor my grandma (her name was Emilie) but I just hear the name way too often and I don’t want my kid to be ‘just another Emily’. The name is/was pretty popular in Austria for a while so there are way too many Emilys out there.

sleigh4 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 6:28 am

Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Ella

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 6:31 am

I live in Germany so the names might be a bit different. With Babies it’s definitely Emma. It used to be my very favorite but now all I think is “uh, another one, very creative”. What bothers me the most about this one and sister Greta that you here a lot too is that people who aren’t as much into naming as me are often still like “you know what they named their daughter? EMMA! That’s so cool and old fashioned.” No it’s not, it’s the second most popular baby name these days and not a creative daring choice as many people still think because it wasn’t anywhere in the charts a decade ago.

For boys it is Leon and Niklas. I don’t even try to find out which one someone is talking about, there are just too many.

And an all time favorite of half Germany is Julia. I’m serious, every new Julia I meet will have to chose a nickname. In my grade there were 4 Julias, when talked about them they were called “Julia the big one” or “Our Julia” or “Julia the alternative”. And you see those names weren’t always nice ones. All together I know about 12 Julias, there’s no way of knowing who someone is talking about because sometimes their sister, girlfriend and roommate is called Julia. I actually hate the name now just because it’s so annoying to never know who one is talking about.

And another thing: Marie and Sophie as middle names. It wasn’t common during the last decades to give middle names and now that it’s becoming fashionable the first generation of filler names is born.

momto2 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 7:24 am

Henry and Adelyn/ Addison are everywhere here in Illinois.

Lilea Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:04 am

I’m always hearing of little boys named Jacob, Oliver, and Reuben. For the girls it is Lily, Isabel, Emily, and Ava.

MichelleKaye Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:14 am

Girls: Emma, Lily, Olivia, Isabella
Boys: Aiden, Jack/son, Jacob

joel613 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:15 am

Madison & Harper-I might just notice them more because I dislike both names but I hear them much too much.
Jayden-It’s everywhere and I wish it would go away, it’s awful and sounds made up.
Ava & Isabelle-Lovely names but far too overused.

MaryKathryn Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:16 am

Emily, Alexis, Hannah, Finn, Isabella, Ashley, Haley, Brian, Ryan, Josh, Jacob, Taylor (both female/male), William, Megan/Meghan, Alyssa. These are just a few of the names I hear too often and now view as unoriginal and common.

MaryKathryn Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:18 am

I’m to type of person that when I hear a name too much I immediately hate it. I can’t stand Emily and Alexis, because EVERY girl at my high school has this name.

matti12 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:20 am

Haley/Hailey/Hayley/Haeley/Hayleigh- I just literally listed off all the Haleys I know. They ALL have different spellings…. Also, Megan is very popular, I know three just in my neighborhood.
As for boys…
John/Jonathan (I know 2) and Caden/Caiden/Kaiden (four)

fairchild Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:28 am

Lily and Henry. I hear them a lot, but I never get tired of hearing beautiful classics.

lesliemarion Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:32 am

I teach mostly juniors and seniors in high school, so the current crop of new overly used names won’t hit me for awhile.

Personally, I have met more than enough Maddie’s (and all its permutations) and Kaitlyn’s (ditto).

I love the names Madeleine and Kate and Catherine, or rather I did love them.

Now they have become stale and annoying to me.

sorciereblanche Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:37 am

Hayley and Kaylee’s variations are everywhere. I hear Ava and Sophia for girls pretty often, and ever boy is basically John and Aidan. I deeply hope my favorite names won’t get a huge boost in popularity

Rach84 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:37 am

For girls- Kaylee/Kayley/Kailey/Caleigh, Lily and Ava
For boys- jack, Jackson, Aidan and Noah

notquitetea Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:39 am

Kayden/Kyden….I only know one Aidan, and no Jaydens or Braydens, but there are four Kaydens and a Kyden in our circle of friends. Everybody jumped on that variant at once it seems. I also know two preschool age Madisons who both got baby brothers within a month of each other, both named Brady.

xoxomjd Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:45 am

Maddie/Madison/Madelyn and so on….

scurbro Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:47 am

Boy: Benjamin (My brother, My BIL, a friends son, and I’m sure there are more). Jack/Jackson (not a fan of this one really)

Girls: Basically anything at the top of the name list. That and Sarah, way too many Sarah’s. My name is Sarah, there are just way too many Sarah’s in this world. I would consider any of these popular names as middle names but will not be putting them in the first name place on any of my children.

NavyJane Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:51 am

Kaitlyn, Ashley and Megan were really big at my high school so those are the three names for girls that I could deal with never seeing again. For boys I remember lots of Jacob’s and Michael’s. I tend to stray away from names where you are talking to a friend and say “Well Emily said…” and your friend has to stop you and go “Which Emily?”

Hilary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:52 am

I, too, find that every family has a Henry. Still a fantastic name, though.

Girls’ names in my personal world are more diverse, but I do bump into a good many little Charlottes. I don’t know any who go by Lottie, though, a nickname I adore.

Pam Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:55 am

Thanks, everyone, for all the responses (so far). Francelise and TaylorBlueSkye, yours were especially entertaining as of course we rarely hear many of those names in the U.S.! Francelise, I met a chic young Parisian mom last summer whose baby was named….Suzanne. Gaspard, Leon….those names are virtually unknown in the U.S.

stephanieamilea Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:01 am

I’m a teacher and there is a Julian or two in almost every grade! Jaden/Jayden is also popular.

chellemma1 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:16 am

For me it’s probably Isla. Even my mum who isn’t interested in names told me that ‘everyone is called Isla now’. It’s a shame because I really love this name.
Also – Emily, Eilidh, Niamh, Molly, Ella and Poppy and for boys Adam, Innes, Calum and Finlay.
I love all those boys’ names but unfortunately it seems that everyone else does too and they are beginning to lose some of their appeal now that I’m hearing them so often.

Names4real Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:36 am

Madeline (Maddie’s) Hannah, & Ethan

jinglebelldaisy Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:37 am

I seem to know of just too many Katelyns, although most of them are closer in age to me. I also have met an overwelming amount of Megans. For boys, I don’t see to many repeats, but I have met two Aidens.

cadeence Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:44 am

Arina. It’s overused here; I met so many girls with this name around 5-8 years old.

peach25 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:45 am

Lily is a family name (a great aunt), but now that everybody is using it, I don’t find it as appealing. I’m also way over Kaylee in all its variations, not that I was ever into it. Ditto Mason and Jayden. I mourn Harper’s popularity because always really liked it. Also Chloe.

ClaraOswinOswald Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:46 am

Sophia, Isabella, Olivia, Ethan and Evan — it seems like every child under 5 around here is named one of those. Not that I don’t understand it, those are nice names — they just are mega popular in my area. I’m glad Clara isn’t catching on as much where I am like it seems to be for some of the other members here, it’s one of my favorites! I’ve not met or heard of any little Henrys out in public either, it’s funny how different areas embrace different trends within the US :).

SadieJosephine Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:46 am

My sister’s name is Emmalee–a unique spelling courtesy of my dad. There are two other Emilys in a gym class we both attend. At the snow camp we went to recently, there were three other Emilys just in our cabin. I cannot stand the name Emily. It has been so overused in our area, it really drives me crazy when I meet another one.
There’s also Noah, and Benjamin. Though they’re overused to a lesser degree, I still hear it often enough to write it off the list.
Ryan is another name that’s over used here, as is Sarah.

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:47 am

Ella, Ava, Emma, Katelyn, are a few. For boys, Mason, Jayden, Noah.

I overheard a little girl called ‘Kristin(en)’ in my neighborhood the other weekend. It was refreshing to hear a name that was popular a few decades back, but is objectively very pretty.

Pam Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:55 am

It’s funny as I’d say Jack is the one I hear way too often these days too, out of proportion to its standing on the U.S. popularity list. I think it’s the compromise boys’ name between creative/modern and traditional. And maybe some of those Jacks are really John or Jackson.

Tina_and_Bert Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:15 am

I can’t even count how many Lucys have been born in my friend circle in the last couple of year! For boys, the two big names that show up ALL. THE. TIME. are Joseph and Jack–not bad names, in and of themselves, but once you hear them so much, their appeal wears a little. For me, at least.

ClaireDarling Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:36 am

Maddie, Mason, and Jackson. While these names are generally popular, I seem to see way more of these than any others on kids.

ashraee Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:39 am

On nameberry, Axel has surprisingly become quite popular. Don’t get me wrong – I love the name!
In my own life, there are AT LEAST 5-6 Kyles in my grade. (preteens)

jpruitt76 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:43 am

I’m in the midwest. For girls: Addison/Addy/Addie would top my list, followed by Ava, Sophia, Olivia and Emma. I also seem to know quite a few Chloes and Maggies and Claires. For boys: Jack, Liam, Noah, Jackson/Jaxon/Jax and Benjamin. That being said, I have a Henry. I wouldn’t have chosen it myself due to popularity but my husband was super keen on it (and it was a family name on my side and I got to use my family middle name). I’ll take a popular classic over something trendy any day though.

southern.maple Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:48 am

Jackson – I think it’s worth noting that when you combine spellings, this is actually the second most popular boy’s name in the US. I hear this everywhere. It’s always been popular in the South, and I have three cousins named Jackson after our great-grandfather. (His name was Homer Jackson, but no one was brave enough to use Homer.)

Ella/Ellie/Mary/Anna/Lily – These are popular by themselves, but I usually hear them with double names. The most popular second parts are Grace, Rose, and Beth. Less frequently, they’re paired with Anne, Elizabeth, Louise, or a maiden name.

Aidan/Braden/Caden/Jayden – Can we please make these stop? If I see one of these names monogrammed on a baby bag or plaid overalls one more time…

Wyndre Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:49 am

A lot of the names in the comments aren’t anything I hear too often except for maybe the Irish names. MY name seems to be popular these days. I hear Claire in the grocery store and turn around and it’s someone calling to a kid between 3-10 years old.

My baby’s father is Michael. While it’s a nice strong name, I work with about a dozen and have 6 in my family. I refused to have another Michael lol.

jessamine13 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:53 am

Anna for girls and Elliot for boys.

SparkleNinja18 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:55 am

For girls: Ava, Olivia, Ella, Emma, Emily, Mia.
For boys: Jacob, Mason, Aidan, Henry

I hate it when people decide to look for their children’s names in the top 5. They say “We don’t care about popularity,” and I’m just like, but your kids will when they share a name with 5 other kid’s in their class! There are much prettier names out there!

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:57 am

Avery, Madelyn. I don’t like ‘yn’ endings at all, so my bias is affecting my response: Evelyn, Addisyn, Masyn, Katelyn, Kathryn, Madisyn, etc.

Avery seems to fly-by-night, and reminds me of an aviary, besides.

Now, though a name like Jack is ubiquitous, I give it a pass because it’s vintage, all-American boy, classic. But, I like John as the formal, and not the trendy Jackson.

tabitha Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:59 am

Australia – Annabelle & Isabelle!!!
For the boys: Noah.

STLmama225 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:00 am

Ellie, Lily, Sophie, Finley for girls

Jack, Noah, Ethan, and surprisingly Oscar for boys (St. Louis area)

KatieNana Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:12 am

Emma & Isabell(e/a)
Jackson/Jaxon & Wyatt

Keyla Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:13 am

Madison for girls and Elijah for boys seems to be everywhere I turn. I have a friend who doesn’t want to have children for a few more years and wants to use Elijah but EVERYONE we know keeps using it and she gets mad after each and every announcement. I strongly dislike Madison/Maddie/Maddy for girls. I also know two Autumns born the same year and haven’t heard of any before or after them, but I love hearing it.

DracoDrake Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:17 am

I’m in Indianapolis, Indiana. I hear a lot of Lily, Madison, Addison/Addie, Ava, Kaylee, Mc-or-mac-anything (like Makayla & Mackenzie), Jack/son, Luke, Liam, Isabelle, Bella, Jacob, Chloe, Jayden, Sophia, Emma, Oliver, Olivia, Avery, Claire, Mason, Noah.

jacquigirl Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:23 am

For boys I hear Jack waaay too much. On my swim team of about 30 kids, there are 5 Jacks!!! I also hear Ryan too much because there are 7 Ryan’s in my grade that has 85 kids in it! For girls I hear Abby too much, there are three in my grade. I also hear Emily too much, as there are also 3 in my grade, I have a cousin named Emily, and there are also about 2 Emma’s I know.

katybug Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:24 am

Jack! Between Jacksons called Jack, just Jacks, and the occasional John called Jack, it is everywhere in the toddler age group. 3 Jacks in my moms’ group of 18 kids between 18-30 months old. If that’s any indication, those little Jacks will be one of many when they get to school.

Harper and Hadley are popping up everywhere for girls, as well as anything that can be shortened to Ellie, Evie or Emmie.

Munchkin227 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:36 am

Isabella/Isabelle
Ava/Avery
Emma/Emily
Sophia
Madison

Lately, though, I have been hearing Avery EVERYWHERE. Disappointing because it would be at the top of my list if it weren’t so popular.

Saracita00 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:40 am

Ella, Hannah, Claire, and ending in -son: everywhere I turn there’s a little girl named Ella, Hannah, Claire or something ending in -son.

Every third boy is Ethan. Which is sad for me, because it’s a family name. People used to make faces and ask how to spell it, but now there’s an Ethan on every corner.

Klouie Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:46 am

Girls: Sophia, Ava, Olivia, Madison, Mackenzie
Boys: Mason, Jackson, Jayden, Aidan
with all their variations and nicknames

kellihope Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:53 am

In Vermont I hear Lily and Henry non stop. I was at story time at the library and out of the 12-15 kids there, 4 of them were Lily’s – 2 Lilly, 1 Lillian and a Lillias.
I really loved Henry and it’s been on our boy name list but there are SO many under age 3 Henrys in this area.
Unfortunately, my daughter’s name Isla (which I’d like to point out wasn’t in the top 1,000 when we named her!) There are at least 4 Isla’s or variations of that name in our county, which, this is Vermont…not a huge population here so that’s a LOT of Isla’s!

Jing Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:58 am

I live in Europe, in my life circle I know 4 Stefan, 2 Sebastian, and girl name with – anna – combination, Annamarie, Annemarie, Susanna, Roxanna, Annastacia, also some Sarah and Michaela. Luca, Ben and Noah, Leonie and Mia are rising in the young generation. In my home town Taiwan, people tend to choose their English name from movie or book they like, or from the language they are learning, so it’s hard to say, but generally they are quite common, like Jessica, Cathy, Michelle, Fiona, Sophia, Claire. For boy would be Vincent, Alan, Robert, Terry, David, James.

frenchsc Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Ugh…

Boys:
Jackson/Jacksen/Jaxson/Jaxxon/Jaxon
Aiden/Braiden/Caiden/Graiden/Haiden/Jaiden

Girls:
Isla (a name we thought about for our daughter, but I’m glad we passed on – there are three at her daycare, and we live in a small down)
Ellie
Addie
and any name with 2 “L”s in it (Lily, Lyla, Lola, Loralei, Layla, etc).

lawsonhaley Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Nathan – there was at LEAST 1 in every class at the elementary school I was last in, plus, I know 4 in high school.
Ainsley
Makayla/Mikayla
Brooklyn/Brookelynn/Brooklin
Kaitlyn/Katelyn
David
Ava
Charlotte
Alex
Max
William
Becky
Emma
Ashley
Ryan
Taylor (on both sexes)
Ella
Lauren

AnaJo Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Molly strangely enough. I know ladies with this name from middle aged to infant. One in her 40’s, another in her 30’s, another mid to late 20’s, one teenager and finally a little baby. Quite an age rage for one name, though the teenager’s name is actually Melinda but she goes by Molly. Personally I think Melinda is a gorgeous name! Perhaps it is ready for a revival?

Finuneby Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Oliver.

Oliver is EVERYWHERE! I used to really love the name too when I lived in the US. It seems like everyone is naming their son Oliver in the US not realizing that it is soooo popular. I spend most of my time in the UK, so most of the Oliver’s I know here are older, but the sheer abundance of the name has made it lose it’s charm for me. 🙁

Luke

Luke seems to be what all my friends named their child in the past 4 years. A classic, but still everywhere.

tarynkay Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Among adults, I know far too many Katelyns/Caitlyns/Katies/Katys. I also know at least six grown women named Leslie, which is strange to me. I didn’t know it was that popular of a name.

Among children, Jack is probably the most overused for boys. This includes all of the Jacksons and Jaxons and Jaxxons and even one Jaxxxon.

Addie is the most overused for girls. Lots of names have Addie as a nickname, and I think that if you combined all of variations of Adele/Addelyn, this would be much further up on the official popularity list.

Jesslyn Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Michaela/Mikayla/Micayla/alllllll the other spelling variations.

I hear this name everywhere–television, the grocery store, facebook, etc. I think it’s got to be a little misrepresented on popularity charts, especially due to all the different spellings. And worst of all, it’s literally the only girl’s name DH has expressed approval of. It’s pretty, but I don’t like it just for the fact that it’s so popular (or seemingly so to me).

opheliarhiana Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Evangeline/Eva is the big one I’m seeing

inkonherfingers Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I know a lot of kids/teenagers with Biblical names that are not high on the charts, due to my conservative community. Some names that I hear extremely frequently: Hannah, Anna, Noah (I know 12 Noahs at last count), Joshua, Asher, Peter, Samuel, Jacob, Elizabeth, and Leah.

teen_berry Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I am from Uruguay, and I know 6 girls named Camila. They are all 17 or 18 years old, so I guess it was a pretty popular name almost two decades ago. Agustina is extremly overused too, as well as Sofía. Is amazing how many Julietas have been born in the past years. Mía, Martina, and Valentina are also very popular here. Emma is also fashionable.

On the boy side, I hear Mateo, Matías, Thiago, Santino, Joaquín and Santiago very often. On newborns, Lautaro is also trendy.

It’s a curious thing how Sofía/Sophia/Sophie and Emma seem to be trendy names everywhere.

acadiasun Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Girls: Ella, Ellie, Sadie

Boys: Jack/Jackson, Jacob, Oliver

linzybindi Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Lily, Lillian, Lilliana is a big one for girls that I hear. Also Grace and Gracie.

Luke, Lukas, and Lucas for boys.

jdouglas Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Definitely Jackson for boys, and any name ending with -aden or -aylen for boys and girls!

stacielynne Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Jackson I hear for kids four and under, even met a girl named Jackson.
Ella and Isabella for girls five and under.
Emma, Emily and Gabrielle for ages 5 to 9
Caden ages 10 and under
Lexi ages 5 to 15
Kaylee and Katelyn ages 6 to 16

Fantastique Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Emma, Lauren, and Hannah for girls, and Michael and Liam for boys. In my grade there are 3 Emma’s (two of which are Emma B.), 3 Lauren’s, 4 Hannah’s, 4 Michael’s, and 4 Liam’s (three of which are just Liam, not William).

stacielynne Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Wanted to add that I love all the names I mentioned above, and these names are all in Northern Ca

VictoriaL Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Matthew for sure. I always loved that named, but it’s the name of a member of my favourite band, it’s my partner’s middle name, it’s HIS cousin’s first name, and there are two at work.
Another one is Catherine/Katherine. My partner and I both think it’s a lovely name, but we fear naming our child that name because, for one, the Duchess of Cambridge and all the babies that will be named for her, but I also knew many throughout my school years. Perhaps just naming our daughter Kate/Cate would be a better option?

I also find a problem with unique names that SOUND LIKE so many others. For example, I love Hallie. (Ha-lee). But I have probably met at least ten Haileys in my life, and it kind of ruined the name Hallie for me, even though they are pronounced and spelled differently.

Alyssa is another one. USED WAY TOO OFTEN. That and Kayla. I knew so many growing up, at least three at one time.

I can’t really talk, though. My parents named me Victoria. *sigh*

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

One of the most annoying to me is Alexis or Alexa/Alexia. I liked it – back in the 1980s. Why does it take Americans decades to catch up?

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Well, now that you got me started. It’s the following genre(s) of name(s) that there has been too much of since the 1990s:

Katelyn
Kayleigh
McKayla
Kateleigh
McKately
McKay
Kayla
McKenna, Makenna
McKenzie
Kinsey
Kinsley
Keeley
Kyleigh
Kyla
Kyler
Skyla
Skyler
Skyleigh
Hayley
Hyley

Aidyn, Braedon, Jayden, Kaden, Zayden, Hayden, Grayden, Grayson

Aidan is great authentic ancient Celtic name. Pity it gets lightly treated here in America.

namesage Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Charlotte, Declan, Jude, Violet! And they always think they are picking something “rarely heard”! In this area all forms of “Ken” names for girls…Kenzie, Kinley, Kinsley, etc. Also Grayson/Greyson is everywhere I feel like! Oh and Zane, which I used to really like, but I feel like every time I turn around there’s another one! A few others I hear all the time…

Bennett/Beckett
Brenley (and a million spelling variations!!)
Ella
Audrey/Aubrey
Girls named Riley
Elijah
Adelyn (Not Adeline, unfortunately)
Liam!! This one for sure. I feel like the next time someone announces they’re having a boy, I’m just gonna blurt out “And you’re naming him Liam, right?”
Girls named Emery and Avery

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

And Kayla was about in the 1970s. How is it that it and its relatives have appeal now?

namesage Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Oh and I definitely agree with Harper! That one is crazy!! Everywhere! (I live in the American Midwest by the way.)

aishasweets Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

In Ireland at the Moment it’s Finn And Fionn for Boys i know at least 6 Finns. For girls Sophia, Ella, Ava, Eva, Emilia, Amelia.

indiefendi Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

In the DC metro area, for girls:

India
Kayla
Kaylin (or however you spell it)
Asia
China
London
Paris
Brianna
Jada
Cameron
Diamond
Jordan
Nia/Naya
Mara

indiefendi Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Oh and Jasmine, Victoria, and Dominique

tiberiuskirkwood Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Jalen, Elliot, and Jack (though I love that name), Peyton, Kai, Braedon, Avery.

indiefendi Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Oh and how could I forget the ubiquitous Ciara/Sierra around here.

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

LuMary Says:
February 5th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Katelyn
Kayleigh
McKayla
Kateleigh
McKately
McKay
Kayla

Oh, and I forgot Kaylyn.

lindseymae Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Grayson for boys lately and still lots of “K” names for girls Kaden, Kaylee, Kailen, Kylie etc. from California.

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

And Jayla, Jayley.

LaraJames Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Archie, Alfie and Harry (and Harrie – what’s all that about?!) are EVERYWHERE!

For girls there’s definitely a little more variety but Mia and Ava Grace are very common now.

Lara UK

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

LuMary Says:
February 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

“And Jayla, Jayley.”

And Jaylyn, Jada.

and Kai/Kaia

indiefendi Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Thanks @LuMary for reminding me of Alexis/Alexia/Alexa, I knew I was forgetting something! hahaha

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Maya and Alyssa.

ClaireElise Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Maddie – whether short for Madison or Madeleine etc
Ava, Olivia and Emily

Jackson/Jaxin/Jaxon
Aidan/Aiden/Ayden/Ae’dyn (that last one is just depressing)
James – a handsome classic that I am completely sick of!
Liam

shelly68 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Southwest Mich- Being a nanny, lately It’s been Noah, Olivia, Emily, Ava, lily. I loved Zoe and Chloe 25 years ago, but I’ve heard so many of these that I would never use them now. I named my son Quin 25 yrs ago and almost didn’t use it because it was almost too unheard of. Now I would never use it because I hear it too much.

Larkspur Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Grace/Gracie everywhere. Grace Elizabeth, Grayce Elizabeth (pronounced Gracie), Gracie Lynn, Gracie Beth,
And then don’t even get me started on the Emma Graces or Sarah Graces.

Jackson/Jack and Benjamin/Ben for boys

axps123 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Ruby; I know of four born within the last three years, and it makes me so, so sad. None of them are children of close friends, all friends-of-friends or acquaintances, but sheer amount puts Ruby on the Can’t Use List. If it had been one, no big deal, but four? No way.

dixie2010 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Tina_and_Bert, I’m wondering what area you are in with all the Lucy’s? I’m in central Illinois, and haven’t heard it at all. I was seriously starting to consider it…

Around here: Emma, Ellie, Leah, Hailey, Addie, Maddie, Hannah, Macy, Sophie, Olivia for girls.

Jackson/Jaxon/Jack, Greyson, Carson, Eli, Jace, Evan, Logan, Caleb, William, Hudson for boys.

Kerrienicole Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Mason, Aiden, Jackson

Olivia, Sophia, Emma

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I agree dixie2010 about Macy and Olivia. Macy’s took over the great Marshall Field’s in Chicago, so no thanks!

Olivia is 1980s.

jmsouthern Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I work in the office at a gymnastics/dance studio with 2000 enrolled students, about half of whom are under the age of 6. I see far too many of the following:

Ava
Emily/Emma/Emmie/Ella/Ellie
Claire/Clara
Madison
Grace
Sophia
Isabella/Isabelle
Katherine/Kate/Katie
Jack./Jackson
Jaden
Aidan
Liam

At one time recently we had a class with 8 kids, FIVE of whom were named Emily.

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Even though Addie is ubiquitous, it gets a pass from me because of its vintage charm. But, instead of using the long form Adeline, Americans find a way to cheapen it with Addalyn.

FairyBlood Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

For me, Joshua/Josh and Jacob/Jake are top on this list. I already know two sibsets of these, one college-age and one set of twins in junior high. I keep meeting new ones all the time! Samuel and Samantha are also very well-used in my area; at one point my brother was dating a Sam, which was confusing since another brother of mine also goes by Sam and his best friend in school is another Sam. Aubrey/Audrey is popular, and there seem to be slews of Rebecca/Rebekahs and Abigails. And if a girl is named Rebecca, chances are that she has a sister named Rachel. That’s another oft-used sibset. This is in AZ.

FairyBlood Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Oh, and I nearly forgot the plethora of Catherine/Katherine/Katie/Caties in my college courses.

megkrichardss Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Girls: tons of Ellies, Allies, and Abbies, Emmas, of the 7-12 year old set, and it seems Olivia and Chloe are common as dirt a bit older, in the teens, as is Julia.
A bit younger than the tween set, are a bunch of Addelin/Addlyns, by parents trying not to use the then-generic Madeline and Madison, and a bunch of girls named Avery, such that boy parents almost can’t dare use the name anymore.

Boys: so and names ending in “-en” that I can’t keep them straight: Braydon, Braeden, Caden, Kaden, Kegan, Grayson, etc
not to mention Jackson, Jaxon, Carson, Mason, Bryson, basically, anything with 2 syllables and an “n” ending seems to be the thing EVERYONE named their boys in the last decade, continuing through now.

Chloe14 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

The girls names I hear the most are: Olivia, Kate, Shannon, Jessica, Rebecca, Chloe, Phoebe, Paige.
The boys names I hear the most are: Jack, Ryan, Robert, Matthew.

loislane1222 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

I live in the Midwest. All of my former classmates are naming their sons Jack — I am only slightly exaggerating. I know four babies named Jack. And that is off the top of my head.

The othe name I am seeing all the time (which parents seem to think is incredibly unique) is Harper.

And there are more Ellie’s than I can count.

chloe_belle Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

In my 1st grade class there were 5 Josh’s. Five, out of a class of about 20. And 2 more in the grade.

ella17 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Ava, Leo, Jack, Cooper, Emily, Oliver, Lilly, Jessica (Jessie)…I love Oliver but way too many of them about to consider it! Not sure where these names are on the list but they are everywhere….

chloe_belle Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

I honestly think that some of the names that get used a lot aren’t all that bad, while others just seem trendy. Whenever I was growing up I never ever ever met another Chloe as a child, a lot of people didn’t know how to spell it or pronounce it, and I got complimented on it a lot. I liked that feeling, I liked being a Chloe in a sea of Megans, Kaitlyns, Ashley’s and Jessica’s. So I understand the wanting to give your child a name that is unique

But ugh, some of the commonly used ones are some of my favorites. Sophie is my favorite girls name. I probably won’t use it just because it’s so used now, but I also don’t think it’s going to be one of those “dated” names the way I think Ella will be. I also really like Ava, and Lily.

It just seems to me that some of the most popular names become the most popular because they sound best, and then you have to settle looking for a less common name that might not be as pleasing to the ear.

MichelleKaye Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

I wanted to add Ryan for girls. I know 3 or 4!

LuMary Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Fifer is a great musical alternative to over-used Harper.

treesandlove Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

The new trend of parents naming their daughters with boy names is wearing on me. Does your daughter really need to be named Troy, Ryan, Logan, Emerson, James, or any other popular feminization of a once masculine name? The pool of boy names is really diminishing because of this age of “let’s make everything unisex!”.

Corelni Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Great minds think alike, I just posted almost this exact question in the baby name forums a few days ago. My world seems to be way over populated with the names Scarlett, Mira, Ivy, Owen and Max.

Alyssalorraine Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Aubrey/Aubree/Aubrie is such a big one around here! Everyone with a new daughter is naming her Aubrey.
Isabella, Sophia, Emma, Brooklyn, Chloe, Ava, Avery, Skylar.
Aiden/Kaden/Jayden/Braden, Cooper, Carter, Mason, Jax/Jackson/Jaxon.

boyandgirl Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Isabella
Ava

Luke
Jacob

hermione_vader Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

At my summer job for the last two years, I heard Hunter, Tanner, Brayden, Madison, Olivia, and Ava incredibly often. Jackson and Grace were also pretty popular, but not nearly as oversaturated as those first six.

Sis Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Jayden/Jaiden/Jadon, etc. are everywhere, for both boys and girls.
The Kiley, Kaylee, Hayley, Hadley trend is going strong for girls
Wyatt seems to be the boy’s name I hear most often.

Charshi Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

My own name, Charlotte! I work in a toy shop, and I’m constantly hearing my name be called and turning around to realise it’s a mum talking to her little daughter! I’m always having to tell them we share a name (which usually elicits a very cute reaction).

mommaoftrolls Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Middle of Michigan:
Sophia/Sofia, Addisyn, Maddie(hard to say what the given names are, they aaallll go by Maddie) for the girls
Jacob, John, Jack or Jackson for the boys.

I’m very thankful my kids are not grouped in with this. 🙂

lorencs3 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Boys – Ethan, Jackson, Eli

Girls – Sophia, Ellie, Clara

possiblypascale Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Cait/Kait/Cate/Kate/Caty/Katy/Catie?Katie/Cati/Kati. I think I covered them all.

Erin91 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

boys: Liam, Joshua, Ryan
girls: Chloe, Lucy, Lily, Ashley,

dramagrl19 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I don’t hate a name for it’s popularity. But I am getting tired of hearing Isabella and Madison for girls, Evan and Jonathan for boys.

brindle Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Every other child born into my circle in the last 8 to 10 years has had Alexander or Alexandra as a first or middle name. I say this only with slight exaggeration.

YvonneMarie Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Around by me for boys Its all about the name Aiden and its variation spelling as for girls the name Gianna is all over along with many names that start with M, MAdison Makayla and Makenzie oh and I cant forget Mia

lostkt Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

I am a 7th grade teacher. I would say the common boy name for this year is Hunter. For the girls Alexis and Alexandria have been the most common for me the last couple of years, and they all want to be called Alex!

itsaluckystar Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

This is SO interesting. Some of these names people are listing I hardly ever hear in my area! Must be a regional thing. I taught preschool in Los Angeles – here are the ones that we had lots of in my classes. I don’t think there was a single Henry or Ella in the entire school!

Boys: Luke, Mason, Aiden/Aidan, Matthew, Gavin, Liam, Jackson, Cooper
Girls: Audrey, Chloe, Ava/Eva, Kate/Cate, Madison/Madeleine (so many Maddies!), Alexis, Zoe/Zoey, Sophia

MelodyKatherine Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:03 pm

I really don’t mind names that one hears a lot; but there are just some that I don’t care for at all.
Girls: Paige, Zoe, Chloe, Tatum, Harper, Imogen, Charlotte, Audrey, Aubrey, most last names as first names.
Boys: Jaiden, Braiden, Cayden, Hayden, you get the idea. Most nicknames as official first names.

indiefendi Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I knew I was forgetting some more. Add Maya, Jaylen (however it’s spelled), Lauren, Ashley, and Erica. But mainly place names are popular around me. I know an exorbitant amount of girls named Asia, China, India, Paris, and London.

gwednesday Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

i know so many Hannahs, Rachels, and Claire/Clare/Clairs. In my class of 12 girls there were 3 Madelyn/Madeline/Madelienes! That’s 25% of the people! funnily enough they were all spelt differently..

thia Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Love this post!!
Where I live, the names Ashley, Lynn, Kayla, Tiana, and Carole (of every spelling imaginable) are incredible popular for girls and for boys, the names Jason, John/athan, Josh/ua, Sean/Shawn, David and Chris/topher are everywhere!! And I live on an island, which means at some point groups of the same named people interact!

ty13 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:01 pm

In Colorado
Girls: Emma, Sadie, Maddie, Ava, Lucy, Cora, Ariana/Alana/Alina
Boys: Aiden, Kade/n, Jonah, Liam, Owen

Tina_and_Bert Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

dixie2010–All of the Lucy babies I’ve heard of recently were born to college friends, spread out over the US! I’m in California now, but most of my college friends are in Michigan, Ohio, and DC. Maybe it’s an overly-educated, Catholic thing, haha? But, off-hand, I can think of five babies from one friend-pool under the age of two!

Oh, and the comments reminded me that William and Liam are huge among my friends, too! I understand, because it’s a classic, manly name, but I find Liam a hard name to pair with *most* last names–it’s hard to end a name with an ‘m’ and have it flow well.

laceyms124 Says:

February 5th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Aidan, and all his variations, which makes me sad because it’s my sons name, chosen for my Irish heritage and it’s meaning….my son is never alone in his name.

starliski Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 12:56 am

It’s not really a popular kids name now but I know so many Jennifers. Even more Jens.

Erinm Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 1:50 am

Younger generation (under 20) : jack, Sophie, Stella, Mia, Chloe, Lucy, Georgia, Josh, Max

Older: Kim/Kimberley, Michael (so many michaels!), David, Stephen, Jessica, Lisa, Melissa, Rachel, Kate/Catherine and variations of

marypoppins Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 2:11 am

I know at least 6 people each called Alison, Anna, Christine, Fiona, Helen, Jane, Katie/Katey, Laura, Nicole, and Sarah (and Ulrike, on the German side of the family). Also several each called Caroline, Catherine, Emily, Rachel and Susan.

For the boys, I don’t seem to know that many of the same name, but still several people called Andrew, Brian, Daniel, John and Peter.

Those are not all babies though, some are older children and grown-ups. New born names I’ve been hearing waaay to often are Olivia, Ruby for the girls, and Max, Noah (both names in our short list but then dropped for this reason) for the boys.

The one name I hear waaay too often both in newborns, older kids and adults is Calum/Callum. Okay folks, I think we have enough Calums in Scotland now!

cherlynnie Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 3:31 am

In Singapore, its gotta be Tristan or Kayden/Cayden for boys. It happened to be the first 2 names i really had in my mind and I was surprised that every friend of mine would say like “I have someone who’s baby is named Tristan / Kayden”. Last month an online shop was holding a contest saying “If you have a kid named Kayden, we have a gift for you!” The gift was a name-printed tee or romper. There were about 200 replies from parents claiming their son is of that name =\

Sandersc Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 5:30 am

Australia: Oliver and Ava!

Closely followed by Jack and Isabelle.

helennapp Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 5:32 am

I’m in New Zealand and names that are everywhere on young kids/babies here seem to be ..
Isabella (and variations), Charlotte, Harper, Aaliyah (which was surprising), Nevaeh (bleargh)
Jackson/Jaxson/Jaxon, Mason, Oscar, Levi, Noah

I like Isabella, Charlotte, Oscar, Levi and Noah so it’s quite nice hearing them all the time, but not so much for the others.

Of people my age (early 20s) we had a lot of Ashleigh, Megan/Meagan, Jessica, Grace, Catherine/Katherine/Kathryn, Michael, Samuel, Christopher, David

juicyorange Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 5:41 am

Where I live, Amelia is everywhere!!

Mudda Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 6:23 am

Australia: Mia, Hannah, Ava, Liam, Oliver, Sophie, Olivia, Grace

indiefendi Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 9:32 am

Really, all the en and lyn/len names. Aiden is quite popular in Virginia but Jaden and Caden are more popular in Maryland.

libermama Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 10:51 am

I live in the southwest US, and know several Ashleys, Ashlyns, and all their derivatives. Also a lot of Katelyns/ Caitlins.

Connor, Aiden, Jaden, etc.

We have several Marens, Charlottes, Olivias, Abbys/Abigails, Emmas and Emilys.

Back in 1996, I named my son Lliam, and everyone thought I was weird. Now little Liams are EVERYWHERE! 🙁

I love all the old-fashioned names from the turn of the 20th century, but so does everyone else! Hmphf!

iwritetoomuch Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I know 3 different girls under 5 with some spelling of Kaylee (Kaeli and Kailee) Also I feel like I have heard a lot of expecting parents consider Sydney and Elizabeth.
As for Boys I probably know 20 Dylans ranging from 19 to 7 months. Leonard also seems to slowly be coming up more.

emilybk Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I’m a nearly 30-year-old Emily, and I hate that my name is so overused now! I really love my name, and I was the only Emily I knew growing up. But girls who are 15 years younger than me all seem to be named Emily. Sigh.

Other than that, the names I hear the most now are Aidan and its variants, Jackson, and anything starting with Ev- or Av- for girls. I actually know a family where two young cousins are Eva and Ava. Beautiful names, but certainly easy to mix up!

jenjenbarnes Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Sophia and Jack. Or Jackson.

jayden101 Says:

February 6th, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Brianna and Brandon are overused in my area. There are so many Brandons in my grade that they get called by their surnames. I know about five Briannas and nearly each one uses a different spelling. I know too many Jordans too. My name(Jayden) is overused for boys and girls in my area. I also know too many girls named Amaya(which is my middle name). Chloe and Camille are pretty overdone too.

rdxbgirl Says:

February 7th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Harper! It seems like everyone has to name their daughter Harper now!

KjStormy Says:

February 7th, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I live in the Yarra Valley (Victoria, Austalia, about an hour south of melbourne) and go to highschool.

Jesse/Jessica-There were three Jesse’s in my year, another one the year below, three more the year below that, my maths teachers sone was named Jesse and my friends older brother is named Jesse. Plus my middle name is Jessie!
To add to that there were two Jessica’s in my year in primary school, another one at my highschool, a friend of mines older sister, i know of 8 more!

Jesse=9
Jessica=12

Jai/Jye- I have a friend with that name, i have a friend who’s little brother is Jye, an ex-friend who’s nephew is Jye, a boy in my year has older brother Jye, my cousin has a friend, there’s a boy who often catches the same bus as me named Jai plus i hear it out in public a fair bit.

Jai/Jye= 6

Lauren- I have a second cousin named Lauren, there are two women at my youth services named Lauren, I have a really good friend named Lauren, and it’s the name of my soccer teams goalie.

Lauren= 6

Smantha- I have two friends named Samantha, i used to be friends with one who lived behind my best friend, there’s a girl in the year below me, it’s one of the school counsellors names, my sisters “arch-enemy” and one of my old friends from primary school little sister.

Samantha=8

Jack- there’s three Jacks in my year, a boy who lives around the corner, and a boy from my first school.

Jack=5

Dylan-my friend has a nephew named Dylan, my cousin has a friend named Dylan, there’s a Dylan in my group of friends, I went to primary school with two Dylans, my sister has been out with two Dylans, i used to do drama class with a boy named Dylan, I have a cousin named Dylan and. there’s a boy named Dylan in the year above me

Dylan=10

name-obsession Says:

February 7th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

I am overwhelmed by the number of Caitlin’s (several different spellings) in my daycare! There are three in one room: only one actually goes by her name. The other two have nicknames or go by their last names.
Alex is MEGA popular also! We have so many I lose count! Samantha, Jackson and even Sloan are popular also.

Blaine Says:

February 8th, 2014 at 10:01 am

I hear Austin a lot, I love the name, but two of my friends both have an older brother named Austin, I have a cousin Austin, my cousin has a lot of friends with the name Austin(they just call each other by their last names), and then I know a few more Austins.

TdDzwife Says:

February 8th, 2014 at 10:18 am

maddy/addy- so many different names but the same nickname
zoe/chole, lily, hailey and grace- so over used !

Jackson/Jaxson/Jaxon- WE GET IT ALREADY !
Anything ending in -ayden

Princessnamenerd_xoxo Says:

February 8th, 2014 at 11:27 am

Emily. Its a family name but I know waaaay to many girls with the first name Emily my age, younger and older!

Louisamae13 Says:

February 8th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

There are now 3 Landon’s in my son’s infant daycare class. Crazy when the class only has 10 babies.

KMBryon Says:

February 8th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Emma, Sarah, Mikayla and all of her variant spellings, Emily and Taylor

AnnaO Says:

February 9th, 2014 at 10:46 am

In New York, every third parent seems to name their son Max. And I can tell that they all think it’s an original, quirky name—old mannish, but cute. It’s really, really worn out it’s novelty factor.

I also hear Henry a lot, and I think parents think it sounds very upmarket and a little British, but really, it’s becoming the Emily of boys’ names.

tori101 Says:

February 9th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Jack, Harry, and Charlie for boys

Amelia, Lily, and Jessica for girls

Way too popular!!

Jwhit16 Says:

February 10th, 2014 at 5:23 am

There are several that I hear all the time and it drives me nuts! I guess it’s just the -den, -son, and bray- names that I hear so much:

Cason
Jaden
Brayden (or anything with ‘bray’ in it for that matter)
Caden

DearestIse Says:

February 10th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Anna, Eva and Sophie. Lots

Meyers2408 Says:

February 10th, 2014 at 8:49 pm

I am loving the comments! It is so interesting to hear some names that I never hear. Julian and Jude were the most supervising. I am sad to read that people hear so many Henry’s. We named our son Henry after my husbands dad. I tried to talk him out if it due to a fear that it may become too popular… I was right. Although I never hear of any Henry’s in my town. In fact my pediatrician asked me where we got his name because he thought it was so great to hear. He hadn’t known of any young Henry’s. Anyways..
These are the names I hear over and over
Avery- this is becoming way too popular I hear it on every other baby
Ava
McKenzie – I though thus was a 90’s name but I know 4 2013/2014 baby girls with this name, all spelt different of course.
Addie/Addison/Adeline even a Addalie I’m not kidding
Owen
Oliver – it’s a shame because I love the name
Jack – give it a rest people

Maika Says:

February 10th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

I love Jacob. Really want to name my future son after my grandfather Jacob. So unfortunate it is so popular….

LizzyMae Says:

February 10th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Yesterday I asked a mom with a six-week-old what his name was. Jackson. Tried hard to seem outwardly impressed by her choice when inwardly I was thinking “you’re kidding me! This is still a thing?!” I didn’t even bother to ask how she spells it, though no doubt he will have be asked for the rest of his life. My husband’s niece has a 3 year old Jacksen (yes with an “E”). One mommy friend of mine has a 3 year old named Jaxon and a 5 year old named Kaylee. She recently introduced me to a friend of her’s who also has a 3 year old Jaxon and 5 year old Kaylee. They met AFTER the fact. Boggles the mind, really.

We live in Southeast Texas.

wickedjr89 Says:

February 24th, 2014 at 8:44 pm

James. There are a gazillion James around here! I live in South Jersey. Some of them are friends, some are friends of those friends, some are just other people going by. So many James! I love the name mind you I really do there are just so many of them here! It’s the only name I hear all the time and it’s everywhere.

shamrokk Says:

March 28th, 2014 at 9:27 am

I’m a little late to this party, but it seems Jack and Nora are all the rage in WV. Another one that’s picking up steam among friends of mine, but not the population at large at the moment, is Vincent. I was pretty bummed about this because it’s a name in our family and I adore Vincent Price, but one old friend already has one, and at least 3 other friends are planning to name their child that as well. I guess I pick friends with similar tastes!

shamrokk Says:

March 28th, 2014 at 9:47 am

Oh, can’t forget Mason and Ella!

mulme944 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

For boys: Jackson and Jaxon, William(I know of 4, all under the age of 2) , Joseph (I have three friends who have a son named this, all born this year), Grant, and Lincoln (I have two friends who named their sons this)… and now my younger brother announced he and his fiancee want a William!
For girls: Jo (there are three in my neighbourhood), Layla, Leila, Lilah, etc

mulme944 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Oh, and I forgot Isla and Avery for the girls! And these parents think they are being so unique! ha!

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