The Most Popular Baby Names of 2019

Emily Kelleher
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Each year the Social Security Administration collects and records the names of every baby born in the country. The resulting list gives us a glimpse into the American consciousness that year, or at least the minds of parents trying to pick a bully-proof name. The annual list of the most popular baby names often alludes to cultural events, popular shows (ahem, Khaleesi), and our collective taste. While some predictable classics, like Olivia and Benjamin, make the list each year, less familiar ones like Harper and Noah reveal emerging trends.

Though the list is typically released in May, the Social Security Administration has delayed the release of the most popular baby names of 2019 out of respect for those affected by COVID-19. In its place, we can draw clues from lists of names that were popular in years prior, and those that have increased in popularity in recent years. These highlight trends, like a shift in the gender associated with a given name. Though Harper was once a solid choice for a boy’s name, the number of girls named Harper has skyrocketed, while it has decreased in popularity for boys. Here’s what else to watch for.

The Most Popular Baby Girl Names from 2018

  1. Emma

  2. Olivia

  3. Ava

  4. Isabella

  5. Sophia

  6. Charlotte

  7. Mia

  8. Amelia

  9. Harper

  10. Evelyn

  11. Abigail

  12. Emily

  13. Elizabeth

  14. Mila

  15. Ella

  16. Avery

  17. Sofia

  18. Camila

  19. Aria

  20. Scarlett

  21. Victoria

  22. Madison

  23. Luna

  24. Grace

  25. Chloe

  26. Penelope

  27. Layla

  28. Riley

  29. Zoe

  30. Nora

  31. Lily

  32. Eleanor

  33. Hannah

  34. Lillian

  35. Addison

  36. Aubrey

  37. Ellie

  38. Stella

  39. Natalie

  40. Zoe

  41. Leah

  42. Hazel

  43. Violet

  44. Aurora

  45. Savannah

  46. Audrey

  47. Brooklyn

  48. Bella

  49. Claire

  50. Skyler

  51. Lucy

  52. Paisley

  53. Everly

  54. Anna

  55. Caroline

  56. Nova

  57. Genesis

  58. Emilia

  59. Kennedy

  60. Samantha

  61. Maya

  62. Willow

  63. Kinsley

  64. Naomi

  65. Aaliyah

  66. Elena

  67. Sarah

  68. Ariana

  69. Allison

  70. Gabriella

  71. Alice

  72. Madelyn

  73. Cora

  74. Ruby

  75. Eva

  76. Serenity

  77. Autumn

  78. Adeline

  79. Hailey

  80. Gianna

  81. Valentina

  82. Isla

  83. Elianna

  84. Quinn

  85. Nevaeh

  86. Ivy

  87. Sadie

  88. Piper

  89. Lydia

  90. Alexa

  91. Josephine

  92. Emery

  93. Julia

  94. Delilah

  95. Arianna

  96. Vivian

  97. Kaylee

  98. Sophie

  99. Brielle

  100. Madeline

Baby Girl Names That Are Becoming More Popular

A number of names on this year’s top 100 list have been steadily increasing in popularity over time.

  1. Luna increased in popularity 14 spots, from 37th most popular in 2017 to 23rd most popular in 2018.

  2. Aurora increased in popularity from 51 to 44 between 2017 and 2018.

  3. Everly went from 82nd to 53rd.

  4. Naomi moved up from 69 to 64.

  5. Cora increased from 83rd to 73rd.

  6. Giana went from 91 to 80.

  7. Valentina was at 94 in 2017 and increased to the 81st most popular name in 2018.

  8. Ellie rose form 44 to 37.

  9. Eliana moved up five spots from 88 to 83.

  10. Harper from 11th place to 9th.

  11. Ella jumped up one spot from 16 to 15.

The Most Popular Baby Boy Names of 2018

  1. Liam

  2. Noah

  3. William

  4. James

  5. Oliver

  6. Benjamin

  7. Elijah

  8. Lucas

  9. Mason

  10. Logan

  11. Alexander

  12. Ethan

  13. Jacob

  14. Michael

  15. Daniel

  16. Henry

  17. Jackson

  18. Sebastian

  19. Aiden

  20. Matthew

  21. Samuel

  22. David

  23. Joseph

  24. Carter

  25. Owen

  26. Wyatt

  27. John

  28. Jack

  29. Luke

  30. Jayden

  31. Dylan

  32. Grayson

  33. Levi

  34. Isaac

  35. Gabriel

  36. Julian

  37. Mateo

  38. Anthony

  39. Jaxon

  40. Lincoln

  41. Joshua

  42. Christopher

  43. Andrew

  44. Theodore

  45. Caleb

  46. Ryan

  47. Asher

  48. Nathan

  49. Thomas

  50. Leo

  51. Isaiah

  52. Charles

  53. Josiah

  54. Hudson

  55. Christian

  56. Hunter

  57. Connor

  58. Eli

  59. Ezra

  60. Aaron

  61. Landon

  62. Adrian

  63. Jonathan

  64. Nolan

  65. Jeremiah

  66. Easton

  67. Elias

  68. Colton

  69. Cameron

  70. Carson

  71. Robert

  72. Angel

  73. Maverick

  74. Nicholas

  75. Dominic

  76. Jaxon

  77. Greyson

  78. Adam

  79. Ian

  80. Austin

  81. Santiago

  82. Jordan

  83. Cooper

  84. Brayden

  85. Roman

  86. Evan

  87. Ezekiel

  88. Xavier

  89. Jose

  90. Jace

  91. Jameson

  92. Leonardo

  93. Bryson

  94. Axel

  95. Everett

  96. Parker

  97. Kayden

  98. Miles

  99. Sawyer

  100. Jason

Baby Boy Names That Are Becoming More Popular

About a fifth of the 100 most popular baby boy of 2018 names saw an increase in their popularity between 2017 and 2018.

  1. Carson increased from 83rd most popular to 70th.

  2. Miles went from 110 to 98.

  3. Santiago moved up from 93 to 81.

  4. Maverick moved from 85th most popular up to 73rd.

  5. Asher went from 59 to 47.

  6. Elias moved to 67 up from 78.

  7. Leo increased in popularity by 11 spots, from 61 to 50.

  8. Everett, the 95th most popular name in 2018, was at 105 the year prior.

  9. Axel increased in popularity by 10 spots.

  10. Ezra also went up 10 spots.

  11. Hudson increased in popularity by 10 spots from 64 to 54.

  12. Jameson went from spot 100 to 91.

  13. Jack went up from 35 to 28.

  14. Roman went from 91 to 85.

  15. Leonardo crept up 5 spots.

  16. Cooper went from 88 to 83.

  17. Caleb made the switch from 50 to 45.

  18. Jaxon went from 44th most popular to 39th,

  19. Mateo moved up from 42 to 37, and

  20. Sebastian, the 23rd most popular name in 2017, is now the 18th most popular name.

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