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Every year, the Social Security Administration releases its list of the most popular baby names in the United States. You can see the top 50 for girls and boys below, but, at the moment, the reigning champs for girls are Olivia, Emma, Ava, Sophia and Isabella for girls, and Liam, Noah, Oliver, William and Elijah for boys.
But that was for last year, based on data for 2020. If you want to know what's going to be most popular next year, you have to look at the list of the fastest climbers. Luckily, the SSA keeps track of the names with the biggest jumps in popularity, too. For girls, the hottest risers are Amoura, Theodora, Navy, Emani and Yaritza; for boys, they're Sekani (which went up 6,159 places in rank!), Ermias, Amias, Kyro and Ambrose. This means that girls' names ending with an -a sound continue to be popular, like the current faves of Olivia and Emma, while boys names ending with -ias, like perennial fave Silas, are getting even hotter. Names that end in -iel, too, are doing well for boys: The next two chart-climbers for boys are Aziel and Eliel.
The baby-naming website Nameberry tracks interest in names among its users, which may give a more up-to-the minute look compared with the SSA, which takes a year to release its data. So what has it noticed as a huge trend among baby names? Place names are getting big again. "The hottest among them fall into three distinct categories," the site reports. "Egyptian place names, such as Cairo and Egypt; Italian city names, including Rome and Milan and biblical place names, such as Salem and Zion." Cities in the United States are becoming popular, too, like Aspen, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Memphis. What's most interesting about these trends is that these are largely gender-neutral names.
In addition, BabyCenter does a similar tracking of user interest among its users. When it released its Top Names of 2020, there were a few names in their top 25 that didn't make the SSA's top 50, so look for these names to become more popular next year. They are: Aaliyah, Eliana, Adalyn and Gianna for girls, and Caden, Muhammad and Luca for boys.
And when BabyCenter listed the hottest naming trends of 2020, the site noted that names from the news tended to dominate. This includes political names like Kamala (up 104%), Reagan (up 26%) and Jill (up 66%); departed celebrities like Kobe (up 175%) and Gianna (up 216%); and names associated with the racial justice movement, like Breonna (up 108%).
According to the Social Security Administration, these are the 50 most popular names for girls and boys in the United States.
The SSA says that these are the current most popular names for girls.
Also for 2019, these are the most popular names for boys.