Popular Baby Names for 2021
January 13, 2021Whether you fancy traditional names, have a passion for the creative or go where the trends take you, selecting your baby’s name may be the first big decision you make as a parent. While the pressure to get it right might seem a little overwhelming, it’s also an exciting experience. A name is a gift you give to your unborn child, so take some time (and have some fun) when choosing just the right one. Here are some popular baby names from recent years and a peek at what’s trending for 2021.
Baby Boy Names
First, it was Michael. Then it was Jacob. For more than five decades, those two names topped the popularity charts for baby boy names. And then, a shift took hold. Beginning in 2019, the most-chosen boys’ names were Liam, Noah, Oliver, William, Elijah, James, Benjamin, Lucas, Mason, and Ethan. In 2020, names ending in -ias and -iel, names inspired by cities and countries, and names from the Bible also were popular. Unique baby boy names such as Sekani, Ermias, Amias, Kyro, and Ambrose are trending for 2021, while Chad, Bowie, Jaxen, Payton, and other names that end in -en or -on, are on their way out.
Baby Girl Names
In 2020, baby girl names varied from the traditional, such as Dorothy and Rosie, to the imaginative, including Delilah and Aurelia. While some parents-to-be search out names like Althea that suggest strength, others go for softer identities like Penelope. The top 10 baby girl names for 2019-2020 were Olivia, Emma, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Charlotte, Amelia, Mia, Harper, and Evelyn. Another fun trend for girl names is choosing names typically associated with boys, including Charlie, Max, Ryan, or Stevie. What other unique names are climbing the charts for 2021? Amoura, Theodora, Navy, Emani, and Yaritza. What’s out? The “A’s:” Aislinn, Aiyana, Avalyn, Avah, and Ansley.
Looking for names suitable for both baby boys and girls? Since 1985, interest in gender-neutral names has been on the rise. For parents who want to look past the pink and blue naming norms, the top 10 unisex baby names in 2020 were Bellamy, Charlie, Dakota, Denver, Emerson, Finley, Justice, River, Skyler, and Tatum. Those names seem to be sticking around for 2021, but more uncommon names such as Salem, Presley, and Rowan are gaining traction. Here are some other ideas for baby names that do not reference gender.
- Places like Paris, Rome, Phoenix, Zealand, or Brooklyn.
- Last names like Smith, Parker, Carson, Lincoln, or Monroe.
- Nature-inspired names like River, Summer, Sage, Clover, Wren, Bay, or Sky.
- Incidental names inspired by everyday language like Umber, Justice, Royal, Sterling, Arrow, Ever, Jazz, or Bleu.
Start Your Own Trending Baby Name
Of course, there is no rule that says you have to choose a baby name that’s popular with the masses! Come up with your own unique name. You can draw inspiration from so many different ideas that are singularly significant to you and your family to find one that is the perfect fit for your baby. Maybe name your baby after a location or destination special to you, like the name of the city you were married or born in. Or a favorite country you visited. You might also choose your mother’s maiden name or the last name of a special family member. The possibilities are endless!
Keep in mind that a name’s popularity or uniqueness is only one consideration. You’ll also want to consider how easy it is to spell or pronounce, how it fits together with the last name, how it fits with the names of your other children, and what it rhymes with (keep in mind, other children can be mean when making up nicknames).
No matter how you go about choosing your baby’s name, enjoy the process, and have fun with it!
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