Nameberry recently compiled a list of 2011’s most popular baby names. While BabyCenter.com did something similar toward the end of last year, Nameberry’s reflects similar results but distinct changes over a brief period and gives a definitive rundown of the most popular names from the past year.
For girls, “Sophia” was the most popular name and has been one of the most widely used since 2006. “Isabella” is second in popularity.
For boys, -Aiden and –Ayden names seemed to dominate for a number of years, and even “Aiden” was considered the most popular name for boys by BabyCenter.com. By the end of the year, however, that distinction shifted to “Jacob,” a Biblical name and also one of a Twilight character. In fact, with “Jacob” being No. 1 for boys and “Isabella” No. 2 for girls, the Stephanie Meyer series appears to have some influence with parents’ naming choices. However, “Edward” did not make the top 100 boys’ names.
Aside from these, top names for girls had a definite feminine influence, a clear step away from the more androgynous choices like “Madison,” “Addison,” “Aubrey,” and “Brooklyn,” although these continue to be in the top 50.
Aside from “Aiden” and “Jacob,” “Mason” was additionally popular. While other choices for boys were also Biblical in allusion, “Mason” can likely be attributed to the Kardashians, or, more specifically, to oldest sister Kourney’s son, Mason Dash.
For last year, the top 10 baby names for girls are:
For boys, the top 10 are:
- Jacob, Sophia Americans’ Favorite Baby Names In 2011 (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- Top Baby Names Of 2011 Announced (inquisitr.com)
- Sophia Is No. 1 Among Girls’ Names; Mason Soars To Near Top Among Boys (npr.org)