Baby Name Popularity and Trends

Baby names move in and out of style. These lists collect baby names that have been popular over time, highlight current baby name trends, and predict which baby names will rise in the future.

  • 1900s Baby Names

    The Turn of the Century. Sourced from the Top 50 of the decade from 1900 to 1910, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.

  • 1910s Baby Names

    Classic baby names from a century ago are featured on this list, sourced from the era of The Great War, from the 1910 to 1920. These classic names were in the Top 50 then but are relatively rare today.

  • 1920s Baby Names

    Baby names popular in the 1920s include the following, many not often heard today. The names here are all from the Top 50 of that decade. If the Hundred Year Rule holds true, we'll be hearing more of these 1920s baby names in the near future.

  • 1930s Baby Names

    The Threadbare Thirties. Sourced from the Top 50 of the decade from 1930 to 1940, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.

  • 1940s Baby Names

    Names from the 1940s' Top 50 may be those of your mom and dad, one generation shy of sounding cool today. Many of these names are classics that were revived for the first generation of post-World War II babies, the oldest Baby Boomers. Expect to start hearing them on babies again in 20 years.

  • 1950s Baby Names

    The Golden Age. Sourced from the 1950s' Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.

  • 1960s Baby Names

    The Swinging Sixties. Sourced from the 1960s' Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.

  • 1970s Baby Names

    The Lost Decade. Sourced from the 1970s'Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.

  • 1980s Baby Names

    Decade of Decadence. Sourced from the 1980s' Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.

  • 1990s Baby Names

    These 1990s baby names were relatively more popular in the 90s than they are today.

  • A+ Baby Names

    A is the hottest first initial around these days, with many baby names that start with A rising most quickly up the ranks. Why? It's partly an overall fashion for vowel baby names and partly that we associate the letter A with excellence. And studies prove that children whose names start with A actually do better in school than those whose names begin with D or F.

    The hottest A baby names today:

  • Baby Names That End In -Ley

    Ashley started it, and today there is a whole raft of stylish baby names that end with -ley -- if not literally those letters, then at least the sound. Most -ley baby names are for girls but some work for boys too. The downside: The -ley ending is so trendy that baby names that carry it can feel more popular than they are.

  • Baby Names With Repeating Sounds

    We're in a nickname-friendly era, and these adorable double baby names like Coco and Lulu are in keeping with that trend.

  • Belles of the Ball

    With Isabella in the Top Ten Girls' names, many other names that end with bel, belle, and bella (including Belle and Bella themselves) are under consideration by modern parents. Here, a roundup of the Belles among girls' names.

  • Bible Baby Names: Most Popular

    Bible baby names have been getting increasingly popular over the past several decades. Old Testament Names for boys, particularly, have been high on the popular baby names list, but some Biblical girls' names are also longtime favorites. Here's a selection of the most popular Bible baby names. For more unusual choices, you might also want to check the Cool Bible Baby Names list.

  • Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast

    Boys' baby names moving quickly up the popularity ladder include:

  • Boy Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000

    There are just over 200 baby boy names that have been on the Top 1000 since 1880, when the U.S. Social Security office began tracking baby names. The classic boy names here are included among that elite that has been perennially popular. For the full group plus analysis, see our blog on perennially popular boy baby names.

  • Boy Names Trendier Than You Think

    The trendiest baby boy names may be a very different group than you'd guess, especially for the first-time parent new to recent baby-naming fads and trends. Here, some surprisingly trendy baby names for boys.

  • Celebrity-Inspired Baby Names

    Many of the hottest baby names today are inspired by celebrities. Here are the star-inspired names that are rising through the ranks.

  • Cool Baby Names That Start With L

    Baby names that start with L are intrinsically lovely, luscious, lilting -- and among the most stylish of our era. Here, a list of some of the most intriguing L-starting baby names.

  • Cool Classic Girls’ Names — 100+ below the Top 1000

    Classic baby names are not always popular names. These classic girls' names are also unusual, hiding below the Top 1000.

  • Country Music Baby Names

    The new crop of Country Music Baby Names aren't quite as down-home as they used to be. They've shaken off the hayseed image and would be equally at home in New Jersey as Nashville. The names of country music stars inspiring parents as baby names today include:

  • Designer Baby Names

    Designer kids' clothes these days often have adorable brand names--names that would be equally stylish baby names on your own little boy or girl. Here's a selection of some of the best designer baby names from Agatha to Zella.

  • Girl Baby Names Moving Up Fast

    Baby girl names moving quickly up the popularity ladder include:

  • Girl Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000

    These girl names have all appeared on the Top 1000 list for every year since the U.S. government started keeping records in 1880. For more on classic and perennially popular girl names, check out our blog.

  • Girl Names Trendier Than You Think

    The trendiest baby girl names may be a very different group than you'd guess, especially for the first-time parent new to recent baby-naming fads and trends. Here, some surprisingly trendy names for baby girls.

  • Gladiator Baby Names

    Gladiator baby names -- boys' names from Ancient Rome -- are suddenly hot again after a couple of millennia, thanks to Hunger Games, HBO's Rome, Atticus Finch, and Russell Crowe. If you're looking for a baby name for your own little gladiator -- or emperor or god, for that matter -- consider the following.

  • Harry Potter Names

    Since the release of the mega-hit Harry Potter series, muggles everywhere have been interested in the magical and mystifying names within J.K. Rowling's wizard world. Here's a list of the most notable and enchanted names of Harry Potter. Which one casts a spell on you?

  • Hipster Baby Names

    The hipster baby names most often heard around Brooklyn and Santa Monica, Austin and Madison these days (though we can't resist pointing out that the names Brooklyn, Monica, Austin and Madison are nowhere among them).

  • Hot Celebrity Baby Names

    Many celebrity baby names have crossed over to widespread use among the rest of us. Here, names chosen for celebrity babies that have become most popular and influenced baby name trends.

  • Irish Baby Names

    Irish baby names on Ireland's recent Top 100 popularity list include the following native choices. Click here for the full list of Irish baby names on Nameberry.

  • Kool K Baby Names

    Spelling baby names with a K, whether they started out being spelled that way or not, may be one of the hottest trends of our time, inspired by the K-named Kardashians. Some of the koolest new K baby names:

  • Latin Baby Names

    Latin culture is having an important influence on the United States, and that includes Latin baby names. Baby names that a generation ago might have been used exclusively by Hispanic parents are now filtering into the mainstream. Here, some Latin baby names increasing in popularity.

  • Mermaid Baby Names

    Mermaid baby names of myth and popular culture are a lovely group and may prove inspiration for your little water baby. See our blog for more on mermaid baby names.

  • Modern Hero Baby Names

    Modern hero baby names might be inspired by stars of screen or sports or literature or by heroes and heroines of the past or of fiction who still inspire us today. Cool modern hero names are usually surnames used as firsts. Here are some of the hottest modern hero baby names.

  • Names Girls Love Having

    What little girl wouldn't want to be named Princess? Or, next best thing, Belle or Jasmine. You can count on your young child to thank you for giving her one of these names, though a teenage or grownup daughter may wish for something a bit less fanciful.

  • New Baby Names on the Rise

    These are baby names that have only started to be heard in recent years, but are rising through baby names popularity lists and we predict will be used more frequently in the future.

  • Number One Baby Names

    Baby names that have achieved the top standing in the U.S. are an elite group. Since the beginning of American baby-naming time, 1880, there have been only 16 baby names that have reached Number One, with Emma and David only touching the top for one year each and Ashley for just two. The all-time Number One baby names in the U.S. are:

  • Old-Fashioned Baby Names

    Old-fashioned baby names sound new again: We mean the gently old-fashioned vintage names last popular a century ago. Some of the old-fashioned baby names recommended for your consideration today include:

  • Popular Baby Names for Boys

    The list of popular baby names for boys in the U.S. is more straightforward than the girls' list, which is skewed by spelling variations. Except for the Aiden/Caden/Jaden names, which are more popular than they look on the national list because of their many variations, most of the popular baby names for boys exist in one form only. Here, the current 25 most popular baby names for boys.

  • Popular Baby Names for Girls

    The most popular baby names for girls in the U.S. are tallied every year by the Social Security Administration, but the government list counts each spelling separately, masking the true popularity of baby names with many variations such as Lily or Isabella. Here, the 25 baby names that in all their different forms are the most popular names for girls.

  • Romantic Baby Names for Girls

    There has been an upturn in the use of romantic baby names for girls in recent years, think Isabelle and Sophia. Some of these romantic baby names seem to coincide with classic names, and others are heard less often. Here's a list of romantic girl names chosen for their originality, use in literature and film, as well as romance novels:

  • Stylish L Baby Names

    L is the letter that lends style to almost any name that contains it these days, whether at the beginning, in the middle, or -- most fashionably of all -- in a couple of different places. Also stylish are baby names that not only contain the letter L but its sound, as in Ella and Elliot. Here, fashionable baby names made all the lovelier by the letter L.

  • Unusual Baby Names

    Unusual baby names come from a range of categories, from ethnic names to place names to word names to surnames used as first names. The best unusual names are distinctive without being strange, seem unique yet are also easy to understand. Of the thousands of unusual baby names on nameberry, here are some of our favorites.

  • Vintage Baby Names

    Vintage baby names are among the most fashionable today, for girls as well as boys. Choosing a vintage name can give you the best of all worlds, drawing on classic inspiration with modern style. Vintage baby names are drawn from the popularity lists of a hundred years ago, from classic literature along with biblical and royal sources. Here, a list of the vintage baby names stylish today.

  • Vintage Baby Names for Boys

    Vintage baby names for boys are in style now, along with vintage clothes and furniture. The most popular vintage baby names for boys include the following.

  • Vintage Baby Names for Girls

    Vintage baby names for girls are as chic as vintage clothes and furniture. The vintage baby names for girls that are most stylish today include the following.

  • Vowel Baby Names for Boys

    Baby names that start with vowels are growing the most in popularity. Here, some of the best baby names for boys starting with A, E, I, O, and U.

  • Vowel Baby Names for Girls

    Many of the coolest baby names seem to start with vowels these days. Here are some cool baby girl names starting with A, E, I, O, and even U.

  • Yupster Baby Names for Boys

    Yupsters -- a blend of yuppies and hipsters -- prefer baby names that are to the left of the most popular list but far to the right of most choices on this site. The Yupster Baby Names are classic as well as cool, embodying style along with history. The only problem is that you may hear them far more than you want to in the years to come.

  • Yupster Baby Names for Girls

    Yupsters -- a blend of yuppies and hipsters -- prefer baby names that are to the left of the most popular list but far to the right of most choices on this site. The Yupster Baby Names are classic as well as cool, embodying style along with history. The only problem is that you may hear them far more than you want to in the years to come.