- The two most popular American baby names are Emma and Liam.
- Biblical names have been popular for many years.
- Many popular names are Latin, Greek, or Hebrew in origin.
Over the years, baby names can change. Some baby names have been popular for a long time. Some baby names are new and trendy. The US department of Social Security keeps track of what American babies are being named, and releases a list of the most popular boys and girls names each year. Here is the most recent list of popular baby names in the US.
10. Girls: Evelyn Boys: Logan
The name Evelyn is the tenth most popular American girl's name. It is English in origin. It means "wished for a child."
While the name Logan is used for both boys and girls, it is the tenth most popular name for boys in the US. It is derived from the Scottish surname Logan.
9. Girls: Harper Boys: Mason
The ninth most popular name for American girls, Harper became popular after To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee rose to fame.
A traditional masculine name, recently Mason has been used as a name for both sexes. It originally meant "works with stone".
8. Girls: Amelia Boys: Lucas
Amelia, the eighth most popular girl's name in the US, is used in many languages. In German, it means "hard-working". In Hebrew, it means "work of the Lord." In Latin, it means "industrious".
Lucas is a name of Greek and Latin origin. It originally was used to describe a man from Luciana, an ancient territory in southern Italy.
7. Girls: Mia Boys: Elijah
Derived from the name Maria, Mia is the seventh most popular name for American girls. It means “beloved" in Danish.
Elijah is a traditional biblical name, which is probably why it has been so popular among American boys for so many years. In the bible, Elijah was one of the prophets.
6. Girls: Charlotte Boys: Benjamin
Charlotte is the sixth most popular girl's name. It has been popular for a very long time since being introduced to Britain in the 17th century.
Benjamin, the sixth most popular boy's name, comes from the Hebrew name Binyamin, meaning "Son of the right hand."
5. Girls: Sophia Boys:Oliver
The fifth most popular names for American boys and girls are Oliver and Sophia.
Sophia is a Greek word meaning "wisdom" or "skill". In some churches, Sophia is the name for the feminine personification of the divine.
Oliver is a French name, meaning "olive tree".
4. Girls: Isabella Boys: James
Among girls in the US, Isabella is the fourth most popular name. The classic name means "pledged to God" or "devoted to God".
Another all-time favorite, the boy's name James is derived from the Hebrew name Jacob. It means "one who follows".
3. Girls: Ava Boys: William
Ava is a name that is Latin in origin. It is a variation of the name Eve and means "life".
William is one of the most popular names of all time. It means "resolute protector" or "strong-willed". It became especially popular after Prince Charles named his first son William.
2. Girls: Olivia Boys: Noah
The two second most popular baby names in the US are Noah and Olivia.
Olivia is of Latin origin, and also means "olive tree". Is has been consistently popular around the world for many years.
After the biblical Noah, the name Noah is Hebrew in origin and means "rest" or "repose".
1. Girls: Emma Boys: Liam
The two most popular American baby names are Emma and Liam.
Emma is derived from the Germanic word "ermen", which means "whole" or "universal".
Liam is a shorter name of both William and the Irish name Uilliam. Liam means "strong-willed warrior" or "protector".