Most Popular Baby Names of 2021: SSA Releases Top List
Special delivery! The top baby names of 2021 have officially been released.
Every year in May, the Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of the most popular baby names in the United States from the year prior. The list is pulled based on birth records across the U.S.
This year’s list features many of the same monikers we’ve seen at the top of the charts for the past few years now (Liam, Noah, Olivia and Emma continue to reign supreme). In fact, Liam tops the list for the fifth year in a row, while Olivia holds the number one spot for the third consecutive year. There are also some newer additions (Luna, for example, has seen a dramatic rise from spot 950 a century ago to position 11 today).
Top baby boy names of 2021:
See the full list of most popular baby boy names.
Top baby girl names of 2021:
See the full list of most popular baby girl names.
As for other on-the-rise names? For baby girls, Raya, Wrenley and Angelique are gaining popularity — each jumped more than 300 spots from 2020 to 2021. Meanwhile, Amiri, Eliam, Ozzy, Khai and Evander all entered the top 1,000 for the first time, while Theodore made its debut in the top 10 (it has been slowly on the rise since 2004).
Bilingual baby names that sound beautiful in both English and Spanish also hold many of the top spots, such as Isabella, Mia, Luna, Lucas, Mateo and Sebastian.
Boy names that end with “n” remain very popular this year (Benjamin, Jackson, Mason, Sebastian and Ethan are all in the top 20) while short, two-syllable names (think Emma, Ava, Mia, Luna and Ella) and “E” names (Evelyn, Elizabeth and Eleanor in addition to Emma and Ella) dominate the list for girls.
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