Thursday, October 3, 2013

Most Popular Baby Names - Then and Now




I’m having a baby girl in 2 short months and we aren’t even close to choosing a name!  I research all the time and can’t seem to find anything I LOVE  - that isn’t #1 or #2 on the most popular list - or completely wonky (and of course my husband hates).  While I love Isabella, do I want her being ‘Isabella B’ her whole life?   Or do I care?  All the Jennifers I know turned out great and don’t have any popular name issues – in fact all the Michaels, Christophers, Johns and Jasons are all fine too.  So does it matter?  Do we go with a solid name that stands the test of time or do we go with something trendy??   



In case you’re in the same boat as I am – have a look at some of the most popular names these days and see how they have changed over the years.  Check out the most popular from today, 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005... 

 

Seems vowel names are super popular for these days.
Girls
Isabella
Emma
Olivia
Ava
Emily
Abigail
Elizabeth
Avery
Addison
Aubrey
Ella/Elle
Evelyn
Eleanor

Boys
Oliver
Ethan
Alexander
Elijah
Anthony
Andrew
Asher
Owen

Oldies that have become popular
Girls
Lily
Charlotte
Sophia
Grace
Violet

Boys
Henry
James
William
Michael
Daniel
Matthew
Benjamin

Hot (or not?!) celebrity names
Harper (girl)
Apple
North (??)
Seraphina
Moses
Maxwell (girl)
Bingham
Shilo
Knox
Blue Ivy
Olive

Most popular names in 2012-13
Girls
1.       Sophia
2.       Emma
3.       Isabella
4.       Olivia
5.       Ava
6.       Emily
7.       Abigail
8.       Mia
9.       Madison
10.   Elizabeth
11.   Chloe
12.   Ella
13.   Avery
14.   Addison
15.   Lily
16.   Natalie
17.   Charlotte
18.   Zoey
19.   Grace
20.   Amelia
Boys
1.       Jacob
2.       Mason
3.       Ethan
4.       Noah
5.       William
6.       Laim
7.       Jayden
8.       Michael
9.       Alexander
10.   Aiden
11.   Daniel
12.   Matthew
13.   Elijah
14.   James
15.   Anthony
16.   Benjamin
17.   Joshua
18.   Andrew
19.   David
20.   Logan

Most popular names from 1975 



Girls
1.       Jennifer
2.       Amy
3.       Heather
4.       Melissa
5.       Angela
6.       Michelle
7.       Kimberly
8.       Lisa
9.       Jessica
10.   Amanda
Boys
1.       Michael
2.       Jason
3.       Christopher
4.       James
5.       David
6.       Robert
7.       John
8.       Brian
9.       Matthew
10.   William

Top names from 1985
Girls 



1.        Jessica
2.       Ashley
3.       Jennifer
4.       Amanda
5.       Sarah
6.       Stephanie
7.       Nicole
8.       Heather
9.       Elizabeth
10.   Megan
Boys
1.        Michael
2.       Christopher
3.       Matthew
4.       Joshua
5.       Daniel
6.       David
7.       James
8.       Robert
9.       John
10.   Joseph

Top names from 1995
Girls 



1.        Jessica
2.       Ashley
3.       Emily
4.       Samantha
5.       Sarah
6.       Sarah
7.       Taylor
8.       Hannah
9.       Brittany
10.   Amanada
Boys
1.        Michael
2.       Matthew
3.       Christopher
4.       Jacob
5.       Joshua
6.       Nicholas
7.       Tyler
8.       Brandon
9.       Daniel
10.   Austin

Top names from 2005
Girls 


1.        Emily
2.       Emma
3.       Madison
4.       Abigail
5.       Olivia
6.       Isabella
7.       Hannah
8.       Samantha
9.       Ava
10.   Ashley
Boys
1.       Jacob
2.       Michael
3.       Joshua
4.       Matthew
5.       Ethan
6.       Andrew
7.       Daniel
8.       Anthony
9.       Christopher
10.   Joseph

Some great sources for names are:

A great baby name app is called Baby Names by Schatizsoft.  You can save favorites, search categories, save middle names, search years and even last names...

 If you have any unique, pretty, classic, beautiful, original, not too popular, not to whacky, awesome suggestions, please share :)  Good luck in your search. 

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