100 Most Popular Baby Names of 2011

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baby smilingA lot of weight rides on the name you choose for your kid. And every year when the Social Security office releases the data on the most popular baby names, parents get upset. As a Michele who faced the extreme popularity of my name way back when, I'm here to tell you that if your child's name is on this list, it's going to be just fine. In fact, take pride in knowing your baby name choice won't be ridiculed. Unless of course it's Nevaeh, the name far too many seem to hate. (Not me!) Guess what, though? It made the list!

There's also a strong Kardashian influence seen on both the boy name and girl name list (Mason and Khloe), and while most of the boy names seem traditional or names of kids I know, Gavin, Wyatt, and Julian were just a few names that refreshed the line-up. Perhaps most shocking to me is that Brooklyn came in at 21.

Either way, keep up the good work, America. We're naming our kids well. At least I think so. Check out the top 100 most popular baby names.

Girl Names

  1. Sophia
  2. Isabella
  3. Emma
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Madison
  9. Mia
  10. Chloe
  11. Elizabeth
  12. Ella
  13. Addison
  14. Natalie
  15. Lily
  16. Grace
  17. Samantha
  18. Avery
  19. Sofia
  20. Aubrey
  21. Brooklyn
  22. Lillian
  23. Victoria
  24. Evelyn
  25. Hannah
  26. Alexis
  27. Charlotte
  28. Zoey
  29. Leah
  30. Amelia
  31. Zoe
  32. Hailey
  33. Layla
  34. Gabriella
  35. Nevaeh
  36. Kaylee
  37. Alyssa
  38. Anna
  39. Sarah
  40. Allison
  41. Savannah
  42. Ashley
  43. Audrey
  44. Taylor
  45. Brianna
  46. Aaliyah
  47. Riley
  48. Camila
  49. Khloe
  50. Claire

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Boy Names

  1. Jacob
  2. Mason
  3. William
  4. Jayden
  5. Noah
  6. Michael
  7. Ethan
  8. Alexander
  9. Aiden
  10. Daniel
  11. Anthony
  12. Matthew
  13. Elijah
  14. Joshua
  15. Liam
  16. Andrew
  17. James
  18. David
  19. Benjamin
  20. Logan
  21. Christopher
  22. Joseph
  23. Jackson
  24. Gabriel
  25. Ryan
  26. Samuel
  27. John
  28. Nathan
  29. Lucas
  30. Christian
  31. Jonathan
  32. Caleb
  33. Dylan
  34. Landon
  35. Isaac
  36. Gavin
  37. Brayden
  38. Tyler
  39. Luke
  40. Evan
  41. Carter
  42. Nicholas
  43. Isaiah
  44. Owen
  45. Jack
  46. Jordan
  47. Brandon
  48. Wyatt
  49. Julian
  50. Aaron

Do you like the list? Any names here you would choose? Is your child's name on it?


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nonmember avatar B

My daughter is named Aubrey, born September 2011. Named after my great uncle and I really thought I was being original when I named her that!

nonmember avatar B

Oh and our son's name will be Isaiah (if we ever have a boy!). Oh well!

Azkad... Azkadelia72711

I highly doubt my daughters name will ever make it to a 'popular baby name' list, and that makes me love it even more!!!

ethan... ethans_momma06

*sighs* Ethan is STILL in the top 10.

Simpl... SimplyEnchanted

I don't think any of my kids have ever been a popular baby name LOL

Punky... Punkylu78

None of my kids made the list but I didn't think they would! Lol

nonmember avatar jessica

Glad to see my daughter's name is not on the list. Even better - MY name is no longer on the list :)

mamivon2 mamivon2

yes I like some names.. my kids names arent on the list.. Jessica and Justin

nonmember avatar Amy

My poor Ava is eight now and her name has finally made it to number five. We didn't know any Avas eight years ago and it has been number one, two or three until now! Baby Dylan is 33 but time will tell - maybe this year his name will become the "Ava" for boys.



I do like Luke and Layla on this list. Lots of good names on there...

meaga... meagansmommy07

Neither of my daughters' names(Meagan and Liberty) made the list...not that I thought they would and one of the reasons we picked them. I do like Addison on the list but I would never use it because of how popular it's becoming. I also like Logan but it doesn't flow well with our last name ....

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