What Names are Common in YOUR Neighborhood?
But what about the names that are common in your little corner of the world? The names you seem to hear all the time in the neighborhood playground, at the pediatrician’s office, in the classroom?
What names do you hear most often in your neighborhood — and please let us know where, in general, you live so we have some context!
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on December 16th, 2014 at 12:20 am
Emily, Sophie, Sofia, Olivia and Ruby for girls are quite common where I am. Oliver, Jack, James, Liam and Cooper all come to mind for boys. 🙂
on December 16th, 2014 at 12:21 am
Sorry! I am in Auckland NZ. 🙂
on December 16th, 2014 at 12:44 am
Henry, Max, Oliver, Luca, Oscar are all boy names I’ve heard over and over in my east coast urban neighborhood.
Girls seem to have fewer overlapping names where I live, but maybe more shared sounds. Lola, Lila, Layla, Lily, Lillian, Lilith, Liliana, Leila, Lucy, Lucia… I have come across girls here with each of those names. L sounds are huge. Lily seems the most common of that bunch.
All of these are kids in the 5-12 age range. I wish I knew more babies at the moment! I’m not babysitting anymore, so I’ve lost my regular name pipeline 🙂
on December 16th, 2014 at 12:52 am
I live in the yarra valley, east of Melbourne. Jesse is very common for boys and Jessica for girls. There is also a fair few Rachaels around. Teagen is somewhat common as well. For boys you hear of a fair few Mitchell’s and Jai/Jye’s.
on December 16th, 2014 at 12:57 am
Jaxon is a repeat offended. I recently moved to Western Australia and met 5 in one week!
Others commonly heard include: Lily, Ella, Madison, Charli (for a girl), Jayden, Lachlan, Hudson, Ryan and Thomas.
on December 16th, 2014 at 1:07 am
My nephew is Caiden, so the Aiden names are pretty popular here. I also know a Jayden. Lily, Emma, Madison. For boys I see a lot of Christopher, Jacob, Liam, Matthew, Andrew.
I’m from upstate NY btw
on December 16th, 2014 at 1:08 am
I live in Maryland near DC.
Jaylyn (or however you spell it, very freakin popular!)
India (VERY popular)
(Place names are super popular around here but those specifically are the most common)
Cameron and all the spelling variations
That’s off the top of my head of what is very common ’round here. There’s a big Latino population and a big Asian/Middle Eastern population here so Spanish names and Chinese and the like, are common. And kre8iv names are a thing here too for whatever reason.
on December 16th, 2014 at 1:12 am
Add the Emma, Emily, Erica, Ella, Isabella, Anna, Rachel, Natalie, Aaliyah, Jada, Mia, Serenity, Trinity, Grace, Elizabeth, Faith, Madison…basically the whole top 100 for girls and boys to my list too!
on December 16th, 2014 at 1:27 am
In the Pacific Northwest in the U.S.: girls names Lily, Ruby, Zoe, Audrey, Emma, Ellie, Maddy, Addy/Abby.
For boys: Benjamin/Ben, Ryan, Logan and so, so, so many Calebs (5).
on December 16th, 2014 at 2:46 am
Madelynn (all spellings)
Payton (lots of different spellings)
Landon (most popular boy name I hear lately)
I live in Iowa and these are mostly toddlers and babies
on December 16th, 2014 at 4:13 am
I’m in Minnesota:
Addison (All spellings)
Aubrey/ Aubree (and variations)
Riley (All spellings)
Cayden (all spellings)
on December 16th, 2014 at 4:19 am
I live in Southern California. I know multiples of the following names for babies & toddlers…
Jackson/ Jaxon/ Jaxson
Charlotte nn Charlie (I know 3 with this combo!)
on December 16th, 2014 at 5:20 am
For the Pacific NW, I agree with @withinreason, but would add:
Carson, Connor, Micah, Andrew, Aiden (and all it’s derivatives), Jack/Jackson/Jaxon, and Brandon for boys.
Ava, Kayleigh/Kylie/Kayla, Layla/Leilani, Molly, and Isabella for girls.
I work doing summer kids camps and these are names I see over and over again.
Recent (ranging 8 years to 3 months old) births within my family have included a Kyla, Andrew, Aiden, Lily, Benjamin, and Addyson.
on December 16th, 2014 at 5:29 am
I’m from South Australia. Where live I havent heard of any Kre8tiv spellings of names, which I like. The most popular names from my area are some of the most popular ones in Australia, such as Charlotte, Isabel, Amelia, Mia, Jack, James and Ethan. Others are ones like Abby. I’ve known an Abby, Abbie and an Abi. Also my name Zara is becoming really popular. I’ve known three other Zara’s including me and a girl who spelt it as Zahra.
on December 16th, 2014 at 5:30 am
^^sorry meant to say NOT including me.
on December 16th, 2014 at 6:19 am
I’m from North East England, there’s lots of Abigails, Lilys (various spellings) and Olivias and Jack is super coming for boys.
Recently I keep discovering Sonny’s as well! I’d never heard of any before last eye and now I know 3 who are all age 6/7!
on December 16th, 2014 at 6:51 am
I’m from Iowa’s largest city. I’m also around a lot of young children due to my career.
Names seem to be all over the map here. Some are excellent. Others, not so much. The unfortunate trend I’m seeing more and more of are made-up names, or names with funky “kreatif” spellings. The good news: Many classic names are still being used, and many vintage gems are being rediscovered.
Here are some of the names I hear most often.
Hadley, Hadlee, Hadleigh (sigh)
Norah, Nora (very popular, especially among yuppies)
Caden, Kayden (numerous other spellings)
Jack (extremely popular)
Thomas (very popular)
on December 16th, 2014 at 6:53 am
Besides all the names in the top 10, I feel like Paisley was everywhere when I was home (Midwest, USA) last year. Seriously seemed like every other baby girl I met or heard of was Paisley!
on December 16th, 2014 at 6:58 am
Trade names: Carter, Cooper, Fletcher, Parker
Lots of L sounds: Layla, Leah, Lewis, Elias, Luke, Lucas, Luca
I personally know at least 3: Micah, Levi, Henry, Jude, Nathaniel, Caleb, Zoe, Isaac, Evie, Lily, (Prep age and under)
The goto middle names are Kate and James.
I’m from Australia
on December 16th, 2014 at 7:14 am
Emma. That’s it. Every single child in Germany is called Emma.
For boys there is a little more variety in my neigborhood I think. Paul, Henry and Jonathan.
on December 16th, 2014 at 7:27 am
I live in Scandinavia, and these are the names I see/hear EVERYWHERE:
on December 16th, 2014 at 7:41 am
I’m in southwest Michigan…
Julianna and Guilana
Just to name a few…
on December 16th, 2014 at 8:33 am
Ava, Hadley, Lily, Olivia, Sophia/Sophie plus a smattering of granny chic names like Hazel and Mabel for girls. Isaac, Zachary, and a bunch of O-names for boys, with at least two Owens. A ton of surnames for boys, but no repeats. US, mid-Atlantic.
on December 16th, 2014 at 8:45 am
I am in Western NY and the boys names ending in n are everywhere- Aiden, Aidan, Jayden, Cayden, Mason, Carson- I know at least 3 of each of them. There are lots of Abigail, Lily, Lillian, Lila, Chloe. I see a big trend of parents using mom’s maiden name as the mn for both boys and girls so a sibset might be Chloe Bennett Johnson and Aiden Bennett Johnson.
on December 16th, 2014 at 8:58 am
I’m in North MS and I know several children named Brailey (g), Weston, Millie, Brayden, Josie, Marley, and Miley. Also unique to this area are the names Jimma and Monte for girls. I’ve heard of several ladies with these names.
on December 16th, 2014 at 9:31 am
I live in France and like in most of the country, the names I hear the most in my town are the following :
on December 16th, 2014 at 9:47 am
Jackson! I hear it constantly.
I was also surprised how common Miles/Myles is around here, which we were considering when we thought it was less popular. I wouldn’t say it’s common, but much more common than I would have thought (everyone knows 1 – 3, and there are 10 + at my pediatrician). I am in Memphis, Tennessee.
on December 16th, 2014 at 10:00 am
I teach high school in the South. I don’t know many young kids.
on December 16th, 2014 at 10:01 am
I work in childcare and volunteer at my oldest elementary school. So these are two are more that I’ve heard of/met. We live in the U.S. Midwest.
Megan and Meaghan
Madilyn and Madeline
Hayley and Hailey
My daughters are Ellie and Anna, and we do not know any under the age of ten other than them.
on December 16th, 2014 at 10:28 am
In my US midwest city the most popular names (popular to me meaning multiple children with the same name having to use nicknames to avoid confusion) are for boys: Jack, William, Liam and for girls: Sophia, Ella, Juliette, Vivienne. I hear lots of names that start with L but they vary. Still nothing like the Jennifers or Sarahs I grew up with… both lovely names but I think I had four Jennifers in my class at one time, then you have to resort to last initial Jenny, Jen, Jennifer, Jennifer S.
on December 16th, 2014 at 10:31 am
So fascinating, thanks, everyone! @1st_on_the_way, I wonder if Cruz is so popular in California because of Santa Cruz? I never thought of that before!!
on December 16th, 2014 at 10:49 am
I live in NJ near Princeton.
I hear these most often:
girls– Sophia, Ella, Isabella, Eleanor, Charlotte, Katherine, Lily and lately I keep hearing Lydia everywhere I go!
boys– Ryan, Alex(ander), Henry, Seth, Jackson, Liam, Milo and Landon.
on December 16th, 2014 at 10:50 am
I’m in a major Ohio city. Small children I know (5yrs-newborn):
Sean x 2
Emma x 2
My sample size is pretty limited. I spend more time with high school aged kids than little ones.
This weekend I met a Draven, brothers Nigel and Cullen and a Sergei (all high school aged).
on December 16th, 2014 at 11:03 am
on December 16th, 2014 at 11:21 am
I live in the Wichita, KS area. Every name that is listed in the top ten nationwide is popular here, but there are some trends that seem to take off more than others.
The -son names are hugely popular around here still. We know two Madisons, one Addison, one Hudson, one Grayson, one Bryson, two Emersons, one Jackson, one Mason, two Harrisons, a few Allisons, one Lawson.
Anything rhyming with Aiden still goes. I know a Caden, a Hayden, a Jayden, a Kaydence (I feel like it counts), a Paden, and one Zayden.
We are also finding that -gan and -ton names are rampant. We know one Braxton, one Brogan, one family considering Dalton, one Keagan, two Reagans, one Sagan, and one Teagan, and one Westin.
Of course, Biblical names will never go out of style. I know too many Biblical names to type out here. Most of them repeat in my social circle many times over.
Also, the middle name “Rae” for a girl seems to be “en vogue”. We know three little girls with that middle name. All of their first names end with “a”, if someone’s looking to be inspired!
on December 16th, 2014 at 11:28 am
I live on the East side of Houston (commonly referred to as the “poor side” of Houston). I hear the names Brianna and Isabel/Isabelle/Isabella a lot. Boy names tend to lean towards Jose, Juan or any -aidan name. I’m pretty surprised that there seems to be a wide range of names or names that I don’t understand. Tenicia or however it’s spelled is pretty popular. Jackson/Jaxon seems to be a name I hear all the time too.
on December 16th, 2014 at 11:32 am
I live in the southwest US, in a rural area.
The -den and -son ending names
Destiny and other names like that
Kaley and all other forms of the youneek spellings of it
Other names that are common are: Hispanic names, made up names and then classic names that you hear, James, Mary, etc.
on December 16th, 2014 at 11:54 am
I live in North New Jersey.
The girls names that really stick out is any -Ella/Bella name, I know many Isabella’s, and a few named Arabella, Annabella, Emmanuella, Gabriella, and more. Riley, and all its spellings, (I think Ryleigh/Rylie seems to be most popular) is really popular, but only for girls. I’ve never met a boy Riley. Sophia/Sofia is also very popular, I can name 5 under 10 years old off the top of my head.
For boys, Jackson/Jaxon is very popular, and Michael is still very popular even for young boys. Max is another name I’ve been here in the area a lot.
on December 16th, 2014 at 11:58 am
For the most part, eighties and nineties names are still pretty popular. There are a plethora of Samantha’s, Jessica’s, Natalie’s, Abigail/Abby’s, Jacob’s, Chance’s, Tristan’s, Amanda’s, Amber’s, Joshua’s, Kaleb/Caleb’s, Michael’s, Christopher’s, Gregory’s, Shelby’s, Emily/Emilie’s, Sarah’s, Rachel’s, and Rebecca/Rebekah’s.
For the most part, various spellings of these names are popular. Abby/Abbie is more popular on its own around here than Abigail. Emilie far outranks Emily, as does Sara to Sarah. Jakob and Kaleb are used more than Jacob and Caleb, and Rebekah is favoured to Rebecca.
Another thing I have noticed, is the popularity of Carley. I know several girls with this name, and all were named after their dads. Three of these dads were Charley, Harley, and Arley.
Nickname names with short middles seem to be pretty popular as well. It has always been a custom around here to call girls by their first then middle name i.e. Flora Belle, Sarah Jane, and Mercy Jolene (people I know). This practice is to differentiate between family members who share a first name, as well as people who share a first name in general, but now it is being used on children that have a name uniquely their own.
Also, Alexus/Alexis seems to be picking up speed for the girls, and Paul is becoming popular for the middle spot.
Unique spellings are still big around here, but they have been since it became ‘the thing’. Caitlin and Hayley are still butchered, and many more names are ‘made-up’ i.e. Leanda, Havenleigh, & Lorrena (all girls I know). While some of these made-up names are in fact the names of grandmothers and great-grandmothers, others the parents “just like the sound of”.
For the most part, boys names are traditional and the spellings are left alone (except ‘Aiden’. I have yet to meet a boy with that actual spelling i.e. Aedon, Aydin, Adyn, & Ædan). Boys are also named after family members, so many go by nicknames that normally have nothing to do with their name.
Some, if not most, of the girls have at least one of their names in common with a family member, so there are plenty of baby Brenda’s, Florence’s, & Jeanette’s crawling around.
Family names are also common around here, so there are several ‘family names’ passed down to each generation (some of mine are Eugene, George, Helen, & Jean/Gene along with their many variants.
on December 16th, 2014 at 11:59 am
Btw, I live in the Southern part of the Ozark Mountains.
on December 16th, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Let me add BRANDON, Chase, Destiny, Victoria, Octavia, Chanel!!!!!!, Armani, Peyton, Sean, Shaquil, Messiah (sigh, for babies), Kayden et al, Lucy, Avery, Mackenzie, Stephanie, Elizabeth, Kylie, Janelle, Bria, Hannah, Chloe, JUSTICE (oh my Lord if I hear this one more time), Leo, Abigail, Benjamin, Joshua, Devon, Janae and variations, Angel, Nicole, Erin, Aaron, Aubrey, Brooklyn I hear is popular now (ugh!!!!), Josiah, James of course, many -iah names, most biblical names, Marcel, Amina, Shakira!!, Adrian/Adrienne et al, Taylor!!!!, JORDAN!!!!!!!!!, Trina, Elise, Alice with the French accent, Shannon, Isaac, Jacob, Stephen!, Tony but equally from Antonio and Anthony, William, Patrick, Austin, MCKAYLA AND ALL VARIATIONS, Bryce, Elena, and I’ll come back if I think of more popular names in the DC area. I’ve yet to hear a Sophia, Ava, or Charlotte but I hear those are the most popular names for babies in DC for the past year.
on December 16th, 2014 at 12:47 pm
I live in Scotland. Popular girls’ names here include:
Neibh/Niamh (A more sparsely used favourite)
Popular boys’ names are:
I think some of these may be very area-specific. Notably, I’ve only heard Erin and Finley in my home-town in South West Scotland. But I hear these names all the time.
on December 16th, 2014 at 12:52 pm
I live in Vancouver, which has a very high population of Chinese/Korean immigrants. That means there’s a lot of Chinese and Korean names, but also a lot of people choose English names. The most common are:
on December 16th, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Girls: Sophia/Sophie, Charlotte, Abigail, Avery, Elena, Ruby, Anna, Madison, or any of the “Addy” names: Adyson, Adelaide, Adeline
Boys: Jack, Jackson, John, Johnny, Grayson, Henry
on December 16th, 2014 at 12:55 pm
Forgot to add a place–North Carolina (Southern U.S.)
on December 16th, 2014 at 1:19 pm
I live in New York so I think of David, Anthony, Liam, Daniel, Hannah, Olivia, Sophia, and Isabella.
on December 16th, 2014 at 1:20 pm
Most of the girls in my neighbourhood (I live in Western Germany) are Sophie/Sophia, followed by Katharina, Charlotte and Anna. The generation 2010+ is often named Emilia, Marie or Emma.
Most of the boys are Felix (I know 7 in my age!), Alexander (I know 6), or Christoph(er). A lot of newborn boys here are named Elias, Finn or Paul.
L-Names for boys are very popular, it seems that in every class is a least one Leon, L(o)uis, Linus, Lukas or Lennart…
on December 16th, 2014 at 1:24 pm
SARA/SARAH!! Olivia/Olympia, O names. Muhhamed. Ali. Aaliya. Alyssa. Justin. Plant names.
on December 16th, 2014 at 1:39 pm
I live in the San Francisco Bay area and names I hear a lot here are:
Sophia, Madeline/Maddy, Isabel, Oliva, Ava, Mia, Caleb, Miles, Jacob, Sam, Dylan.
I’m originally from MN and I have a lot of friends in the midwest and the names I hear from them the most are:
Anna, Abby, Lucy, Olivia, Zoe, Maya, Alex, Ben, Sam, Henry (SO MANY), Jackson, James/Jameson, Matthew, Will, Owen, Oliver, Elliot.
on December 16th, 2014 at 1:47 pm
I’m from London, UK, Ava is extremely popular for baby girls at the moment. I hear alot of ‘belle/a’ names, Lily, Lola. Sophia
Boys – Harry, Teddy, Charlie
on December 16th, 2014 at 1:57 pm
I work at a preK-6 school in Western NY; these are the most popular:
pre-k – 2nd:
on December 16th, 2014 at 2:00 pm
I live in Boston and there are three babies named Luca within two blocks! (all boys)
on December 16th, 2014 at 2:23 pm
I’m in Germany too and of my kids acquaintances I only know one Emma! We seem to know 30000 Mias, Ruby, Laura and Ella seem popular too. Also names ending in ja like Finnja, Fenja and Ronja. Then boys Luca, David, Niklas.
on December 16th, 2014 at 3:13 pm
I live in Maine which is a small but you would be surprised at the amount of kids with the same names;
The most common names I hear for girls are Emily, Maddy/Madison, Isabella, Kaylee, and Hailey.
For boys the most common names I hear are Cameron, Jacob/Jake, Evan, Nick, and Zack!
It seems like I rarely hear any unique names anymore because everyone goes with the same ones!!
on December 16th, 2014 at 3:15 pm
I live just outside of Toronto, Ontario and I would say that Abigail and Noah are the two names that I hear most often. I also hear my own son Reid’s name a lot (which baffles me as it is the least popular of my three children’s names.. I don’t hear Logan and Claire that often). I often hear Owen and -aya names are popular; on my street alone there is a Maya, Naya, and Saya!
on December 16th, 2014 at 3:25 pm
I live in Southern Indiana
Girls: Emily, Emma, Ashley, Lucy, Olivia, Allison, Alexandra, Rachel, Kayla, Madeline, Kaitlyn(and other spelling variations)
Boys: Jackson, Joshua, Nicholas, Brandon, Tyler, Samuel
on December 16th, 2014 at 3:34 pm
I live in the UK, England!
on December 16th, 2014 at 3:34 pm
Some popular names where I’m from are:
Brianna (and the many spelling variations)
Hailey (and the many spelling variations)
Aniya (and the many spelling variations)
Zachary (and the many spelling variations)
Sean (and the many spelling variations)
Emily (and the many spelling variations)
Alexander (and the names derived from it)
I live in Florida.
on December 16th, 2014 at 3:53 pm
Down in the South of England it tends to be
Recently with younger children I’ve heard Athena, Mirabelle and Ariana, though. Makes a nice change!
on December 16th, 2014 at 3:55 pm
I’m in Southern California with an elementary school-aged child.
on December 16th, 2014 at 4:08 pm
I don’t know many of the kid’s in my neighborhood’s names, but among my friends kids Liam and Chloe are the most popular names. I know 3 of each!
on December 16th, 2014 at 4:14 pm
I know a lot of Maddies! In the grade below me at school there are 5 Maddies, and they all have different spellings; Madison (Mady), Maddison, (Madi), Madeline (Maddie), Madeleine (Maddi) and Madelyn (Maddy)! I also know a lot of Emilys, Olivias, Charlottes, Graces and Isabella/Isabelle/Isobels.
For boys I’m not really sure but I do know a few James’, Olivers, Samuels and Williams.
on December 16th, 2014 at 4:14 pm
Oh and I’m in Tasmania, Aus
on December 16th, 2014 at 4:21 pm
Lots of Katie/Kates, Margos, and Sarahs in my town. As for boys, there’s a bunch of James, but a whole lot of Jacks.
on December 16th, 2014 at 4:23 pm
Oh! And I’m in Pennsylvania.
on December 16th, 2014 at 4:24 pm
The ones I hear a lot:
Elijah (I’ve come across over 20 of them! I counted! lol), Francisco, and Jacob (boys)
Autumn, Cora, and Francesca/Franchesca (girls)
Ironically, most are fairly uncommon statistically, but I hear them all the time here.
on December 16th, 2014 at 4:24 pm
Oh, and I’m in the Northeastern US. 🙂
on December 16th, 2014 at 4:54 pm
Add Milan to my list. I have a little cousin named Milan, I went to high school with one, and there’s a boy at my church named Milan. I come across that name often. Place names are a big thing in the DC area and it drives me insane sometimes.
on December 16th, 2014 at 5:19 pm
In my little corner of Kansas, I hear many girls named Ava, Sydney, Avery, Abby, Madison, Madelyn, and Olivia. I hear many boys named Jacob, Jackson, Aidan, Hayden, and James.
on December 16th, 2014 at 5:25 pm
Looking at my school directory I see multiples of:
William (five under 8)
John (some nicknamed Jack)
I am in Maryland.
on December 16th, 2014 at 6:01 pm
HOW THE HECK DID I FORGET KAELYNN (variations) and KATIE AND KATELYNN (millions of variations)?!
on December 16th, 2014 at 6:02 pm
And Maya and Nia/Nyah (there’s likes thousands of variations around here) and Kaya and all the aya sounding names.
on December 16th, 2014 at 6:05 pm
For girls you hear often:
Loes (lucia with out the ia at the end)
I live in the Netherlands, this are the names off the kids you hear daily…
on December 16th, 2014 at 6:11 pm
I live in the Houston TX area and double names ending in Kate are very popular here. Molly Kate, Lilly Kate. Charlie for boys are girls I’m hearing over and over again. Jackson is still a big one. We also have a lot of Zoes. Bible names are always big here…so Luke and Caleb are really popular right now.
on December 16th, 2014 at 6:41 pm
Some names I hear often are Caroline, Catherine, Maddie, Emma, Isabel, and Charlotte. We also have a lot of boys named James, Jack, William, Owen, and Chris. I live very near the New York-Connecticut border.
on December 16th, 2014 at 7:41 pm
I live in Northwest Ohio. Names exploding here:
Girls: Emma, Sophie, Isabelle, Charlotte, Olivia, Addison (on boys now too.)
Boys: Mason, Micah (Heard this as a girl’s name in 1995, so that messes with me.) And 1000 Graysons and 1000 Jaxons.
on December 16th, 2014 at 7:48 pm
Eva, Eva, Eva, Eva, Eva, yes, I’m sick to death of the name Eva. I live in the San Francisco bay area. I also hear Ava, Isla, Kai(for boys) and Tai(for boys). And I continue to hear Sophia(also Sofia) and Sofie(also Sophie). I’m slowly starting to hear Harper more, for girls. And lots of Bella, too. It’s now usually not short for anything, either. I am hearing Elinor a bit more and lots of Oliver.
on December 16th, 2014 at 7:58 pm
I live in the LA area and know a few babies recently, all under 1 year of age! I love all of their names:
My friends from other areas have babies named:
Blake and Charlotte and one more Ruby!
on December 16th, 2014 at 8:39 pm
I live in NJ, in a largely Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, so the names i hear a lot are things like
Chaim, Yitzchak, Ari, Eli (usually a nn for Eliezer or Eliyahu), Akiva, Avi, Yehoshua, Zecharia
Meira, Devorah, Tehila, Rivka, Yael, Miriam, Sarah, Talia, Atara
on December 16th, 2014 at 10:00 pm
Names I’ve overheard in my North Side Chicago neighborhood (which is teeming with young children, incidentally):
Fred (likely Frederick)
Wally (likely Walter)
Mick (likely Michael)
on December 16th, 2014 at 10:00 pm
I’m still around high school level, in Pennsylvania, and the most common names in my school are Caitlyn (just this spelling, no others), Erin, Lauren, Haley, Jenna, and Lexi (as a nickname, either Alexandria or Alexis). For guys, its Andrew, Tyler, Danny (nn for Daniel, I’m dating a Danny), Dylan, Ryan, and Tommy/Tom (Thomas, I know 5.)
on December 16th, 2014 at 11:06 pm
In central victoria, australia it seems every little girl is called olivia or charlotte and every little boy is jaxon/jackson/jaxson or oliver
on December 17th, 2014 at 8:35 am
I’m in NE Ohio and names I see repeatedly for babies:
…basically all names ending with -son
All the Aiden names
on December 17th, 2014 at 11:26 am
I live in a bigger city on the Prairies in Canada.
Jaxon (this spelling) is my plight. Commonly called “Jax”. Oliver is another name I’ve heard a lot of since my nephew Oliver was born in the spring. For girls I hear a lot of Ellies often short for Elizabeth or Eleanor. But more often than either of those I hear the name equation of consonant+ay sound+consonant+in sound = name
Zayden, Braylyen etc. Unfortunate.
However lots of cute yupster names in my circle too that compensate.
on December 17th, 2014 at 12:44 pm
I live in England, sort of near London.
Chloe. Chloe seems to be THE most popular girls name for all ages. There are 10 that i can currently remember in my year group at school alone (15-16 year olds). Ellie, Charlie and Hannah are three more that are fairly popular.
For boys it’s Harry, Charlie again, Harrison and Joshua but they’re all called Josh.
on December 17th, 2014 at 1:56 pm
I live in French speaking Belgium and all the girls here are called Emma and the boys Lucas. Ok I’m exagerating. Some boys are called Théo and some girls Camille 😉
on December 17th, 2014 at 9:16 pm
In my simple little town, these were the most common names:
on December 18th, 2014 at 10:46 am
I live in Florida, and I hear these names a lot in my area?:
on December 18th, 2014 at 11:55 am
@Pam – the popularity of Cruz in Southern California likely has to do with the predominant Latino population rather than the Northern California town of Santa Cruz. As a native Californian, it is uncommon for people who live here to name their children after places in the state.
on December 18th, 2014 at 3:22 pm
I don’t know too many people in my area of Northern Virginia, as I’m fairly new, but I know 2 Abigails and 2 Leos under the age of five. Also a Liam.
on December 18th, 2014 at 5:46 pm
on December 18th, 2014 at 8:31 pm
December 16th, 2014 at 10:00 pm
“Names I’ve overheard in my North Side Chicago neighborhood (which is teeming with young children, incidentally):
Fred (likely Frederick)
Wally (likely Walter)
Mick (likely Michael)
I realize I’m not telling you (above) what names are popular – I’m only listing names I’ve seen on pre-school art displayed in the window, or overheard in the neighborhood. Nevertheless, here are others I’ve recently seen/heard:
on December 19th, 2014 at 12:54 am
Here in Montana we have quite a few:
on December 20th, 2014 at 11:04 am
I live in South Georgia near the border of Georgia and Florida. There are a lot of boys named Noah, Tyler, Jacob, Joshua, Kyle. There are a lot of girls named Abby, Mackenzie, Madison, Ariana.
on December 20th, 2014 at 5:58 pm
Olivia, Grace, Alice and Emma for girls. Liam and Sam as well as Jayden for boys.
on December 20th, 2014 at 6:12 pm
And oh yes Violet, as well as Aiden. At least 5 of each.
on December 20th, 2014 at 9:08 pm
In my area, for girls, these are the most popular:
on December 20th, 2014 at 11:40 pm
I lived in the Pacific Northwest until a recent move to the southeast. I definitely think the most commonly used name for girls under the age of six is Lilly/Lillian/Lilliana in the PNW. I urge people not to use it anymore because it is so overused : ) . Olivia, Amelia, Eleanor, Harper, Piper also. I think for boys there is more variety. I do hear Oliver a lot but honestly I can’t think of many boys who share the same name with more than two others. In the southeast I’ve noticed more variety for girls and less for boys. William is by far the most commonly used boy name I hear, followed by Ryan and Jackson. Girls are usually double barreled names like Ella Kate or Ava Claire, so they’re left with more combinations.
on December 21st, 2014 at 12:33 am
Mia, Ava, Sophie, Ruby, Kayla are some I’ve heard lately for girls. Lachlan/Lochlan is super popular for boys – just about every little boy I know who has been born recently has been named this. Dylan, Finn, Mason, Jack, Riley, Jackson, Leo all appear to be quite popular for boys. I live in New Zealand.
on December 21st, 2014 at 2:34 am
I currently am in Toronto, Ontario where names are pretty varied, at least amongst my friends. I’ve heard Tamsin, Emerson, Cleo, Keira, Gemma, Malika, Asia, and Charlie for girls, and Benjamin, Carson, Liam, Jackson, Cade, Aiden (in its various spellings), and Reese for boys.
on December 21st, 2014 at 7:37 pm
Currently working in a school in Yorkshire (northern England) and we have multiples of:
Charlie (one girl, more than one boy)
Kaitlyn/Caitlin/any other variation on that name that may exist
Alex (one girl, a few boys)
on December 21st, 2014 at 9:50 pm
Here in Portugal I’ve heard of babies called Maria and Leonor (which is a portuguese varition of Eleanor).
For boys, it’s just Rodrigo, wich may be a variation of Roderick or Ryan. I know or heard of at least 7 or 8 boys called Rodrigo, and all of them are 6yo or less!
on December 21st, 2014 at 9:51 pm
Oh, and Ana. There’s always one or two girls named Ana.
on September 18th, 2015 at 9:00 am
Well, the name is not popular in Germany, but when I studied in Frankfurt am Main, twelve girls of my age were named Severina. It was also the name of my house’s landlady, who is older than 80 years old now.
I will not mention Lena, Lukas, Johann, Alexander, Niklas, Frieda or Sabine, which are very common here
on December 9th, 2015 at 1:49 am
I live in the boston, MA US area. My career is working with kids, so when I worked at the daycare, I worked with infants to toddlers age.
These were my kids:
Once I start my new job I’ll post some of the names there too.
on December 9th, 2015 at 6:56 pm
I’m from AB Canada and I’ve always found there to be a lot of variation among names. There are however;
Lots of Em’s, Emma, Emily, Emmi
Also a lot of Kate’s, Katie/Katy, Caitlyn
For boys there’s a lot of Ryan’s, Spencer’s, and Austin’s
For girls it’s mainly Sierra’s, Erin’s, Courtney/Kourtney’s, Rachelle/Rochelle’s, Madison’s, and Molly’s
Oh and Sam’s, both male and female
on July 6th, 2016 at 3:53 pm
In the childcare center I work at, we have a variety. Common names like:
Alice, Peter, Levi, Crew, Reese, Emery, Grayson (2 with the name), Ben, Nora, Gavin, Luke, Colin, Preston, Benson, Nixon, Oliver, Ellie, Harper etc..
We also have a variety of uncommon names like:
Scout, Taycee, Dax, Emmaline, Brooks, and Eletise.
So I would say my classroom is pretty diverse!
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