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Baby Name Popularity Trends
In the United States

‘NOAH’ AND ‘EMMA’ TOP THE LATEST LIST

TOP 10 BABY NAMES OF THE PAST 100 YEARS

Courtesy of the U.S. Social Security Administration

TOP 10 FASTEST-GROWING BABY NAMES OF 2014

Courtesy of the U.S. Social Security Administration

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES IN AMERICA 2014

Courtesy of the U.S. Social Security Administration

Drumroll please! Those of us who fancy names enjoy the time of year when the U.S. Social Security Administration posts its baby name popularity data on first names given by parents in the prior calendar year. It is not a perfect accounting of every birth—just a list of newborn applicants for social security numbers that year. However, the data are considered statistically accurate measures of newborn given names.


Recognizing the value of the data collected, the Social Security Administration has made the data available to the public and massaged it in ways of interest to parents, sociologists, psychologists, name enthusiasts, and, certainly, to a baby name consultant.


The Top 10 Baby Names in the U.S. for 2014 are below. (Data are compiled after a year is completed, so 2015 data won’t be available until the middle of 2016.) Some names, like William, never seem to fall out of favor. Some, like Ava and Charlotte, have undergone a rebirth, now finding themselves among the most popular names of the 2000s after decades in the background. Still others, like Jayden, represent a complete departure from names that, prior to this century, had withstood the test of time.

More Fun with Baby Names Popularity Statistics

At the U.S. Social Security Administration’s site for baby name popularity data click “Popular Names by Birth Year” to find top baby names from the year you were born—or to search for a vintage baby name from 100 years ago.


A particular favorite at My Name for Life is the search to see how the popularity of baby names has changed over time. It’s excellent if you enjoy studying how names make their way into our language. For example, you don’t have to be a fan of onomastics (name studies) to figure out why, in 2009, the year President Obama took office, the names “Malia” and “Sasha” were among the fastest-growing names in the U.S.


Among the newest data tracked by the U.S. Social Security Administration are names given to the most babies born in the past 100 years. Have fun with baby name data!