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Here Are The Most Popular Baby Names Across The 50 US States

There are two types of baby name seeking parents out there today: those who want a name that is not yet used very much in the mainstream, and those who want something on trend and very popular. For parents who are the latter, we've worked up just the list needed to help guide the baby name search.

For years, many of the same names have been on the Social Security Administration's top 1000 name list. Several of those have also made it into the top 100 and even top 10 for a several consecutive years. The top 50 name across the United States is filled with your Emma's and Liam's with little to no surprises each year, given the exception of some boy names that have knocked out names like David and William.

For parents looking for a top ten name that will never go out of style, and will most likely remain at the top for years to come, this list is just that. For parents who are looking to stay away from super trendy names, here are 50 that you'll want to cross off the list asap. These monikers, adorable as they may be, aren't going anywhere any time soon.

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50 Liam

This adorable moniker was at the top of my list as an alternative to my husband's name, William, but now Liam has even surpasses William in popularity and claimed the #1 spot last year.

Liam entered the entered the list of top 1000 in 1967, but it struggled to find a firm spot until 1995. When it entered the top 100 in 2006 it stayed there. Liam has been a top ten name since 2013 and is also a top 100 name in 10 other countries.

As the Irish form of the name William, Liam means "resolute protector." Liam Neeson helped drive this one to the top. For parents who thought this one was rare, they are so wrong.

49 Noah

If Liam has a competitor, it's Noah. This Old Testament name is rivaling Noah around the world. It is currently the 2nd most popular baby name in the U.S., and it's also a top 100 name in 11 other countries, and in 7 of those it's a top ten name.

Noah is Hebrew for "rest, wandering." In the Old Testament, Noah was the the man who saved the world from the flood when God commanded his to build the ark after he was deemed righteous by him.

Noah entered the popularity list in 1880 and was in the top 500 until 1944, it only dropped slightly for a few years, and was firmly in the top 100 by 1994.

48 Elijah

Another Bible name is at the top in the U.S. Now ranked #3 in the country, Elijah's story is very similar to Noah's. It entered the list in 1880 and only spent a few years out of the top 500 in the 1960s and 70s.

Elijah is Hebrew for "Yahweh is God." In the Old Testament, Elijah was a prophet who entered the kingdom of heaven through a chariot of fire (and not the traditional route).

Elijah's recent popularity might be due to several celebrities like Donnie Wahlberg, James Spader, Tracy Nelson, Wynonna Judd and Bono choosing it for their sons.

47 Logan

Despite several ups and downs on the popularity list, Logan has managed to claim the #4 spot on the charts as of last year. It first entered in 1880 but wasn't securely in the top 500 until a century later.

Logan has been a top 100 name since 1992 and has been in the top 25 since 2006. Logan is also a top 100 name in England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia and is a top 500 name in Germany as well.

Logan is Scottish for "small hollow." As the Wolverine's real name, Hugh Jackman gave Logan a serious push in popularity. As did the Logan characters in Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars. 

46 Mason

As the leader in the occupational name trend, Mason has managed to hold a spot in the top 10 since 2011. It has only dropped from #4 to #5 as of last year. Mason has been a top 100 name since 1997 and is a top 100 name in 6 other countries.

Mason is an English occupational name that means "worker in stone." Several celebrities have chosen Mason for their sons including Kourtney Kardashian, who paved the way for Mason's success.

It was also chosen by Cuba Gooding, Jr., Melissa Joan Hart and Kevin Richardson for their sons and was used for characters in Wizards of Waverly Place and Vampire Diaries. 

45 James

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James' success story on the charts is kind of a boring one. It was in the top ten from 1880 until 1992 and even then only dropped a few spots. It was back in the top ten by 2014 and is ranked #6  today.

James is Hebrew for "supplanter." James is a book in the New Testament as well as the name of two apostles. It has also been the name of several kings and saints. It was chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Liz Phair, Colin Farrell and Isaac Hanson for their songs and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds chose it for their daughter.

James is not only a top 5 name in the U.S. once again, but it is also a top 100 name in 7 other countries around the world. This classic name isn't going anywhere.

44 Aiden

Aiden has become so popular that Nameberry.com named a recent books Beyond Ava and Aiden. This moniker didn't enter the top 1000 until 1995, but it has spent most of that time in the top 100.

Aiden is an alternative spelling to the original Irish Aidan, which has never been as popular. It means "little and fiery." Aiden was the Celtic god of the sun and also a famous 7th century saint.

Aiden has been a top 100 name since 2003 and even further still, it's been in the top 25 since 2006 and top ten from  2010 until just last year. It's still ranked the 7th most popular boy's name in the U.S.

43 Ethan

Ethan has been on and off the charts since 1882 with little previous success. It wasn't until 1970 that Ethan seemed to find a comfy spot in the top 500. In 1989 Ethan entered the top 100, where it's been ever since.

Ethan is Hebrew for "strong and firm." It has had several notable namesakes including actor, Ethan Hawk, war hero, Ethan Allen, a novel featuring Ethan Frome, and, of course, Mission Impossible's character played by Tom Cruise.

This moniker has been a top ten name since 2002 and still sits at #8 today. It's also a top 100 name in 5 other countries around the world.

42 Lucas

Lucas has been on and off the charts since 1880, but has become an internally sensation over the years. Lucas spent over 40 years off the charts last century, but found a spot in the top 500 in 1973.

Lucas is the Latin form of Luke, which means "man from lucania." Lucas has had several famous name bearers and has long been a favorite of television and film writers. Lucas was used on One Tree Hill as well as a character in Ivanhoe. 

Lucas entered the top 100 in 1994 and went on to become a top 50 name in 2008. Today, Lucas is ranked #8 in the States, but is a top 100 name in 11 other countries, 5 of which aren't even English speaking.

41 Jacob

Jacob has long been one of the most popular Bible names in the U.S. It entered the top 100 in 1880 and, though, it did spend a few decades out of the top 100, it has been back since 1974.

Jacob is Hebrew for "supplanter" just like the popular James. In the Bible, Jacob was the patriarch of whom the 12 sons who became the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel sprung from.

Jacob spent 15 years as the #1 baby boy's name and is still ranked #10 today. Seven other countries have also given Jacob a top 100 spot for several years running. This moniker has quite a record and is definitely not headed anywhere else but the top.

40 Michael

It's no surprise that Michael still remains a top baby name. Michael has spent its entire life on the charts inside the top 55 baby names. It spent 44 years as the #1 baby name! Almost half a century as the top baby name in the entire country.

Michael is Hebrew for "who is like God?" In the Bible, Michael is one of two archangels, the other being the popular Gabriel, who led against the fight against Satan.

Last year was Michael's first year outside of the top 10 since 1943, but it didn't go far as the 11th most popular baby boy's name. It's also a top 100 name in 6 other countries.

39 Matthew

Matthew is another Bible name that has never left the top 200 and has spent most of its time on the popularity list in the top 100. Matthew has been a top 100 name since 1956 and spent 1972 through 2008 in the top 10.

Matthew is Hebrew for "gift of God." In the New Testament, Matthew was the apostle who wrote the first Gospel. It has been one of the most popular Bible names of all time.

There have been a slew of famous Matthews including Broderick, McConaughey, Rhys, Damon and Dillon. Matthew is so popular that parents are gravitating toward other variations like Matteo and Mathias.

38 Benjamin

This strong and masculine name has also been a huge success story on the popularity list for the United States. This moniker has only spent a few years out of the top 100 baby names. It has been firmly in the top 100 since 1968.

Benjamin is Hebrew for "son of the right hand." In the Old Testament, Benjamin was the youngest of Jacob's twelve sons and also a leader of one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Benjamin has been in the top 25 since 2003 and broke into the top ten in 2016. Last year, Benjamin was ranked #13 last year. Benjamin is also a top 100 name in 11 other countries.

37 Alexander

Another international mega hit, Alexander has had a very successful resume on the popularity list. It entered in 1880 and has never seen numbers outside of the top 200 baby names. It has been in the top 100 since 1977 and has been in the top 10 since 2008.

Alexander is Greek for "defending men." The first Alexander was Alexander Paris, who was given the name after defending some shepherd's flocks of sheep from robbers.

Alexander has been the name of several name bearers including Alexander the Great, Alexander Graham Bell, Alexander Fleming and Alexander Pope.

36 William

William's story on the popularity list is also somewhat of a snooze because it has been a top ten name basically since 1880, give or take a few years in the low teens. Last year was one of the only years that it wasn't in the top ten, coming in at #15.

William is German for "resolute protector." It was first introduced to England via William the Conqueror and since then has been the name of several kings and namesakes like William Shakespeare.

William's popularity is worldwide and remains a top 100 name in 10 countries not including the U.S. This moniker might have been overthrown by Liam, but it won't go very far.

35 Daniel

Daniel has never left the top 55 baby names since 1880. It was a top ten name from 1981 until 2013 and has been waiting right outside the top 10 since. Today, Daniel is ranked #16 and is a top 100 name in 13 other countries.

Daniel is Hebrew for "God is my judge." The book of Daniel is one of the most popular in the Bible. In it is the story of a prophet who was protected by God in a lion's den and also in a furnace roaring with fire.

Though Daniel has always been one of the friendliest and welcoming of Bible names, there are more than 10,000 baby boys given the name each year. This moniker is anything but rare.

34 Jayden

Jayden is a modern version of an older name that has even had several spinoffs like Kayden and Zayden, though none have been as popular as the original, which is still ranked #17 today.

Jayden stems from the Hebrew Jaden or Jadon, which are Hebrew for "thankful." The Jayden spelling was first chosen by Brittany Spears followed by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith who chose the Jaden spelling.

Jayden didn't enter the top 1000 until 1994, but has been in the top 100 since 2003. Jayden has been a top 25 name since 2007 and is seeing equal success in 7 countries other than the U.S.

33 Oliver

This classic Dickensian name seems to have always been in the favor of parents worldwide. It entered the list for the US in 1880 and has been in the top 500 since. Oliver cracked the top 100 again in 2009 and remains there today.

Oliver is Latin for "olive tree." Oliver has historically been a very prominent name, however it did fall out of favor during the 17th century when Oliver Cromwell was in power.

Oliver has been a favorite of authors including Oliver Cromwell and Oliver Wendell Holmes. It is also a celebrity favorite, chosen by Bridget Fonda, Fred Savage, Stephen Stills, and Taylor Hawkes for their sons. It's a top 100 name in 12 countries!

32 Carter

Carter is another occupational name that has taken the U.S. by storm. Carter had a shakey ride on the charts for most of last century, but it spent all of that time in the top 1000. It wasn't until 2004 that it entered the top 100, but it has held a spot there since.

Carter is believed to originally have been of Gaelic or Celtic origin and was used as an occupational name that means "transporter of goods by cart."

Carter's boost in popularity might have something to do with its use on popular shows like The OC, Gossip Girl, and ER. Either way, this moniker is firmly in the top 25 baby names.

31 Sebastian

This ancient name has been on a roller coaster ride up and down the top 1000 since 1880. It was in and out of the top 500 until it found a home in the top 100 in 2000. It made its way to the 20th most popular baby boy name last year.

Sebastian is Latin from Greek and means "person from the ancient city of Sebastia." Since the 3rd century when Saint Sebastian was brutally martyred, this moniker has been a favorite of literature and art.

Sebastian's popularity is worldwide. It's not only a top name in the States, but it's also a top 100 name in 7 other countries and trending in others like Austria, Denmark, Romania, Australia and Chile.

30 Joseph

We've definitely seen a trend in Bible names at the top, and Joseph is still one of them. This masculine yet sensitive moniker has held a spot in the top 15 since 1880. It spent most of that time in the top ten.

Joseph is Hebrew for "Jehovah increases." Joseph has a few Bible references. In the Old Testament he was the youngest of Jacob's sons and in the New Testament he was Mary's husband.

It was only in 2010 that Joseph dropped to #20 and has slipped to #22 today. Joseph has always been popular around the world and still remains a top 100 name in at least 8 countries.

29 David

David is another Bible name that has always been in style. It has been in the top 30 since 1880 and spent most of that time in the top 10. David is seeing a bit of a regression as it fell to #22 last year, but it's still in the top 100 in 10 countries.

David is Hebrew for "beloved." In the Old Testament David was not only the second king of Israel, but he was the boy who slew Goliath. He is one of the most beloved characters in the Bible.

Since then, David has become an enduring classic used for royalty, literary characters and in film and television regularly. This moniker most likely won't go very far.

28 Gabriel

It seems that most of our list is full of Biblical classics and Gabriel is no different. Gabriel has been on the charts since 1880 and spent most of its time inside the top 500. It's been inside the top 100 since 1978 and is still ranked #23 today.

Gabriel is Hebrew for "God is my strength." In the Bible, Gabriel was the archangel who heralded the news of the birth of Jesus. He is recognized in Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions.

Gabriel is another favorite of celebrities, which is what may keep it so high in the polls. It was chosen by Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Daniel Day-Lewis and Isabelle Adjani, Jason Alexander, Meredith Vieira, and Mia Farrow for their sons.

27 Julian

This moniker has had a very successful career on the list for the US beginning when it entered in 1880. It has never left the top 366 baby names and entered the top 100 in 2000, where it remains today.

Julian is a variation of the Latin Julius and means "youthful, downy." Julian was the name of the famous Roman emperor. It was also the name of the partron saint of travelers and Saint Julian the Hospitaller.

Julian is another star baby name that has been chosen by Robert De Niro, Lisa Kudrow, Jerry Seinfeld, and Paula Patton and Robin Thicke for their sons.

26 Jackson

This moniker may not be a Bible name, but it has definitely become as popular as the one's on our list. There are a lot of little Jackson's running around out there! Jackson has been in the top 1000 since 1880, but didn't enter the top 100 until 1998.

Jackson is English for "Jack's son." There have been several famous name bearers, most of them using it as a surname like Andrew Jackson and Stonewall Jackson.

Jackson was chosen by several high profile stars for their sons including Spike Lee, Poppy Montgomery, Carson Daly, Maria Bello, Natalie Maines, Scott Wolf, Maya Rudolph, and Katey Sagal.

25 Emma

This dainty moniker is anything but rare these days. Not only is it the #1 girl's name in the U.S. it's also #2 in Ireland, Netherlands and Germany and a top 30 name in 9 other countries. To say Emma is popular is an understatement.

Emma entered the popularity list in 1880 and was in the top 100 for 50 years before it dropped, but it still never left the top 500. Emma was back in the top 100 in 1993 and has been in the top 5 since 2002.

Emma has been smothered throughout literature, royalty, the celebisphere, television and movies alike. This moniker's reign as queen is not over yet.

24 Olivia

As the #2 baby girl's name in the country, Olivia isn't knew to the popularity. This moniker has been a favorite of parents in the US since before 1880. It's been a lifer in the top 500 and has been in the top 100 since 1990.

Olivia is Latin for "olive tree." We have Shakespeare to thank for bringing this one into the baby name realm of possibility. It became popular when he used it in his play The Twelfth Night. It has since been used for many other literary and television characters.

Olivia has been in the top 10 since 2002 and holds the #1 spot in England, Scotland and New Zealand. It's also a top 100 name in 7 other countries.

23 Ava

Unlike sisters Olivia and Emma, Ava hasn't had as much luck on the charts in the past. Though it has been in the top 1000 since 1880, it has struggled to stay in the top 500 and even spent almost a decade off the charts.

Ava has found a comfortable home in the top 100 since 2002 and has been a top 5 name since 2006. Ava is still the 3rd most popular name today, and is a top 100 name in 6 other countries.

Ava dates back to the 6th century and with its life giving meaning has been the name of several significant people. It was also chosen by Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Jackman, Will Champion, Dammon Dash and Rachel Roy, Kevin Dillon and Eli Manning as well as a slew of other celebrities.

22 Isabella

Isabella with its multicultural appeal has become one of the most popular girl's names in the world. If you're looking for something rare, this name is not it. Isabella has spent almost equal years off the charts as it has on, but when it entered the top 100 in 1998 it planned to stay.

Isabella is a variation of Elizabeth that means "pledged to God." It has been used for centuries for royalty and is also well loved by authors including Shakespeare. We have the Twilight Saga to thank for its current success.

Isabella has been a top ten name since 2004 and is still the 4th most popular girl's name today. It is also enjoying a ton of success in 8 other countries.

21 Sophia

Sophia is another success story on the list, though this one did dip down below the top 500 for several years in the 1940s and 50s. It has been a top 100 name since 1997 and a top ten name since 2006.

Sophia is Greek for "wisdom." Saint Sophia of the Greek Orthodox church was a 4th century saint and the mother of daughters named Faith, Hope and Love. It wasn't used in England until the 17th century.

Sophia has been used by authors like Jane Austen and Henry Fielding and has also been the name of several queens. You'll also find alternative spelling, Sofia, a further down on this list.

20 Mia

This short and sweet moniker has a big hit since 1964 when it first appeared on the popularity list. It entered the top 100 for the first time in 2004 and remains there still. Mia is currently the 6th most popular baby girl's name.

Mia is Italian for "mine, bitter." Mia didn't come into popularity until 1964, the year that actress Mia Farrow starred in the soap opera, Peyton's Place.

Now, Mia is a multicultural favorite taking the place of older Italian names like Maria and Mary. Mia is not only a top ten U.S. name, but it also holds a spot in the top 75 in 11 other countries.

19 Charlotte

It's no surprise that Charlotte is in the top ten. Not only do we hear it all the time, but it was a top 100 name for over a century and has never been out of the top 308 baby names. Charlotte has been in the top 10 since 2014 and is ranked #7 today.

Charlotte is the feminine form of the French name Charles, which means "free man." It has been a favorite in literature and royalty alike. In fact, this one has been booming since The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose it for their little princess.

Charlotte was also chosen by Chelsea Clinton, Dylan McDermott, Colin Hanks, and Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. for their daughters.

18 Amelia

Amelia is another Victorian sounding name that is undoubtedly beautiful, but we've heard just about enough of. Amelia entered the charts in 1880 and has never left the top 500. In 2004 it cracked the top 100 and is ranked #8 today. It's also a top 50 name in 8 other countries.

Amelia is German for "work" and just like several popular German names, it saw a slight decline in popularity during the second World War.

Amelia has always been a favorite of literature like the books Amelia Bedilia, and of royalty, like the daughters of King George the I and II, and film, like in The Bone Collector.

17 Abigail

Unlike the boy's side, the girl's top names aren't chalk full of Bible names. In fact, we don't see one until we hit the 9th most popular girl's name, Abigail. This moniker was on and off the charts until 1999 when it reached the top 100, where it's been since.

Abigail is Hebrew for "my father is joyful." In the Old Testament, Abigail was the beautiful and wise wife of David, who was known for her prophetic powers.

Abigail was the name of two first ladies. It was also the name of several actresses and models and has been used in shows like Mad Men, Psych and Law and Order. 

16 Emily

This classic name has never been outside of the top 260 baby names in its entire life on the charts, which began when the list started in 1880. Emily has been a top 100 name since 1973 and a top ten name since 1991!

Emily is the feminine variation of the name Emil, which means "rival." Emily has been the name of several authors including Emily Dickenson and Emily Bronte as well as several celebrities including Emily Blunt, Emily Mortimer and Emma Stone, who's real name is Emily.

This moniker, though it has dropped a couple of spots, will never go out of style. Like its meaning, it will always be rivaling for the top ten.

15 Harper

Harper is the first name on our list that isn't exactly a classic, at least not yet. This moniker is more of a modern invention. Harper didn't make an appearance on the popularity list until 2004, but it headed right for the top. Harper is currently ranked #11 today.

Harper is a surname that means "harp player." It got a boost of popularity when Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird released her sequel, Go Set a Watchman in 2015.

Harper has been well loved by celebrities. It was chosen by Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulis, Lisa Marie Presley, David Spade, Dave Grohl, Martie Maguire, Tiffani Thiessen, Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris.

14 Evelyn

Evelyn is another moniker that's been a lifer in the top 1000 since its existence. This moniker was in the top 100 for the entire first half of last century and never left the top 300. It reentered the top 100 in 2003 and is not ranked #12.

Evelyn is English for the French Aveline, which means "wished for child." Its meaning alone makes it a one of a kind name perfect for parents who have finally had their miracle baby.

Evelyn, surprisingly, began as a masculine name, but is definitely considered more feminine today. Bruce Willis and Carrie Mulligan both chose it for their daughters.

13 Madison

Madison was new to the charts in 1985, but headed straight toward the top 100 and made it there no even ten years later by 1993. Madison was in the top ten from 1997 until 2014. It has only dropped a few spaces to #13 today.

Madison is English for "son of Maud." It obviously began as a masculine name, but is solidly a feminine name today. It began being used in the feminine form with the 1980s movie Splash.

Since then, Madison has become super trendy and basically overused. It will most likely begin a downward trend in the coming years.

12 Victoria

This pretty moniker is another that has had a very impressive journey in the top 1000 since 1880. It has never left the top 300 and has been in the top 100 since 1983. Victoria is still climbing and reached #14 last year.

Victoria is Latin for "victory." In Roman mythology Victoria was the goddess of victory. Saint Victoria was a popular saint in the 3rd century.

Victoria has been the name of several queens. The name was given another surge of popularity via Victoria Beckham. Victoria's Secret has kept it sexy and sophisticated as well.

11 Sofia

I warned you that Sofia was catching up to Sophia on the charts. However, Sofia hasn't had as much experience in the top 1000. It struggled to find a secure spot there until 1994, but it entered the top 100 in 2003, where it remains today.

Sofia is Greek for "wisdom." This spelling variation is more popular throughout the world. It is a top 50 name in 10 countries and is #1 in Italy and #3 in Spain and Germany.

Sofia was chosen by Lisa Remini, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy for their daughters. Sophia has also been used for several television characters including ones on shows like Grey's Anatomy and The Young and the Restless.

10 Scarlett

This color name has surpassed all others in the category to become the 17th most popular girl's name in the States. Scarlett spent few years on the charts prior to 2001. It entered the top 100 in 2011 and has been heading straight toward the top 10.

Scarlett is English for "red." This moniker has had several beautiful and worthy name sakes that have shaped the name into the deep and sultry one it is today.

Gone With the Wind's, Scarlett O'hara is one of them and a more contemporary one is Scarlett Johanssonn. Sylvester Stalone, Jack White, Rob Schneider and The Mick Jaggers all chose Scarlett for their daughters.

9 Aria

Aria appeared on the charts once in 1880 and was never seen or heard from again until it reappeared in 2000. It didn't enter the top 500 until 2010 and entered the top 100 in 2012. Today, Aria is a top 100 name in 7 countries.

Aria is Italian for "air, song or melody." Aria is a musical term which literally means "air" and refers to a certain kind of note or melody sung.

Aria on Pretty Little Liars helped this name crack the top 25, but this one dates back to Saint Aria, who was an ancient Roman martyr.

8 Elizabeth

Elizabeth is one of the most classic Bible names out there and this one has always been in style. Elizabeth has rarely ever left the top 25. It spent most of its time in the top ten since 1880 and though Emma and Emily have given it a run for its money, it still remains in the top 25.

Elizabeth is Hebrew for "pledged to God." In the Old Testament, Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist. Elizabeth became the name of several queens, including two of the most famous in history, and saints as well.

Elizabeth has had several spinoffs and nicknames, but none have become more of a classic than the original. This moniker will always be around.

7 Camilla

Camilla, pronounced ka-MEE-la, has been up and down inside the top 500 and 1000 baby names for over a century beginning in 1880. It almost 30 years off the charts in the 1970s through 90s, but reentered in 2001.

Camilla is Latin for "young ceremonial attendant." In ancient Roman mythology, Camilla was a huntress who was raised in the wilderness by her father. She was said to be so fast that she could run through a field without moving a blade of grass.

Camilla has now reached the top 25 baby names and is also a top name in Italy and England as well. We will most likely continue to see it climb.

6 Layla

Layla spent a few years on the charts since the 1970s, but it never really stuck with parents until the 200s when it finally reached the top 500. Layla has been a top 100 name since 2007, and is at its highest ranking ever at #20 today.

Layla is Arabic for "light." Leila is the original spelling, but not quite as popular, probably because of sister Kayla. Laila is also another spelling option.

Layla is just one of the many "L" names becoming a trend like Lily and Lila, however, this one is rising the fastest and nothing seems to be stopping it.

5 Ella

There are so many "E" names in the top 25 and all of them are popular around the world. Ella is no different. This moniker has spent a ton of time in the top 100 and though it dropped slightly in the 80s and 90s, it's back full force.

Ella is German for "fairy maiden." Chosen by celebrities like  John Travoltas, the Warren Beattys, Ben Stiller, Eric Clapton, Jeff Gordon, Ioan Gruffudd, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Wahlberg, it was bound to remain in the spotlight.

Ella has been a top 50 name since 2003 and is now a top 50 name in 10 other countries as well. Those looking for something rare may want to look beyond Ella.

4 Chloe

Chloe spent the beginning of last century in the top 1000, but dropped out of favor in 1942, not to reappear until 40 years later. Chloe entered the top 100 for the first time in 1998. Today at #22, Chloe is dropping slightly.

Chloe is Greek for "young green shoot." In Greek mythology, Chloe was the name of the goddess of agriculture and fertility. Thanks to the Kardashians, we are seeing a rise in the Khloe spelling as well.

Chloe is found in novels like Uncle Tom's Cabin and shows like Smallville and actress, Chloe Grace Moretz, is putting a contemporary face on the name.

3 Zoey

Zoe is another Greek name that's been rising fast, however, this one didn't enter the top 1000 until 1995. It entered the top 100 in 1998 and has hit #23 today. Zoe is also trending in England, Germany and New Zealand.

Zoe is Greek for "life." It's meaning is perfect for parents looking for a name for a miracle baby. It also contains the rare and sought after "z" that today's parents are looking for.

Zoe has been used for characters on The West Wing, Nurse Jackie, How I Met Your Mother and Blackish, helping it soar toward the top ten.

2 Penelope

Penelope is another name that we can thank the Kardashian clan for boosting into popularity. This moniker has never had the success that it's seeing today, despite a few appearances on the charts since 1880.

Penelope entered the top 100 in 2013 and hit #24 last year. It's also a top 100 name in 4 other countries. Penelope is Greek for "weaver." It was used in Homer's The Odyssey as well as in Harry Potter. 

Penelope was not only chosen by Kourtney Kardashian, but also Tina Fey, by Anna Chlumsky, and by Natalie and Taylor Hanson.

1 Skylar

Finally, at #25, Skylar wraps up our list of top 50 baby names. This moniker was new to the charts in 1990, and though it has worked for both genders in the past, it's pulling far ahead for girls.

Skylar entered the top 100 in 2012 and has been working its way into the top 25 since. Skylar is a variation of the Dutch, Schuyler, which means "scholar."

Skyler is another optional spelling, but isn't as visually appealing as Skylar. Skylar was used on Baywatch, Good Will Hunting and Jericho. It was also chosen by Sheena Easton and Joely Fisher for their daughters.

Sources: Nameberry.com, Everdayparenting.com, Popsugar.com, Surnamedb.com, Namecandy.com

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