After 11 consecutive years at number one in the world rankings, Sophia was defeated by Olivia as the most popular girl name. Meanwhile, Liam took its place as the most popular boy name for the third year in a row.
The 2021 ranking came from “hundreds of thousands of parents” sharing their children’s names with BabyCenter in real time, “giving them a more up-to-date look at trending trends,” the site says.
For the first time this year, the site did not collect variations of spelling with the same name in the rating. This means that the spelling of names such as Sophia and Sophia occupied two different places in the list (No. 5 and No. 22 respectively).
No new baby girl names made it to the top ten list in 2021, though there are small differences in popularity: Charlotte rose two places from number 8 to number 6, while Amelia rose from number 5 to number 3. Ava, Sophia, Isabella and Mia each fell in one place.
While the big girl names have remained relatively constant, a couple of new boy names entered the top 10 this year – Levi and Asher, knocking Matthew and Logan off the list.
The fastest-rising baby girl names in 2021 were Riya – up 53%, Laura – up 32%, and Arya – up 27%. Meanwhile, the boy names with the biggest jumps were Onyx – up 44%, Koda – up 38%, and Finnegan – up 35%.
Some of the biggest baby name trends of the year have been gender-neutral names, like Finley and Tatum, along with nature-inspired names, like Willow, Ivy, and Sage.
Pop culture references were also popular this year, with names like Daphne (from Bridgerton Show) and Chadwick (as in actor Chadwick Boseman, who died this year). The site added that one in ten parents surveyed by BabyCenter said they had found their child’s name from a TV show, movie or book, which explains why the Ted Lasso series has boosted the names of its characters such as Roy, Keeley and Jamie this year.
“We’ve also seen a rise in baby names that channel strength, optimism and resilience – a testament to their being born in the midst of a pandemic, we believe,” the site said.
Here is a list of the 100 best names for 2021 Here.