The Social Security Administration has released the top 10 baby names of 2015 for each gender. You can’t get more official than that! So, if you want to buck the trend, stay away from these names for your baby. But then again, you might fall in love with one of them like countless other parents have. And just for fun, you should take a peek to see if your name made the list.
This is a great name that has been in the top 30 since 2000. It has several cute nicknames--Ben, Benji or Bennie to name a few. It is Hebrew in origin and means “son of the south". Famous Benjamins include Ben Stiller, Ben Affleck and, of course, Benjamin Franklin. In fact, we can thank this Ben for giving the $100 bill the nickname “Benjamin”.
Harper broke the top 100 in 2011 and has been climbing in popularity since. It is English in origin and was originally given to those who made or played harps. Despite its humble beginnings, it’s very popular now. Well known Harpers include Harper Lee (the American novelist) and Harper Beckham--youngest child to David and Victoria.
Michael needs no introduction. It’s been in the top 10 since 2000. Everyone knows multiple Michaels so if you choose this name, he’ll be in good company. It has Hebrew origins and means "who is like God?" which is meant to be a rhetorical question. We don’t have enough space to do the list of famous Michaels justice.
One might assume that princess Charlotte is the reason this name makes the top 10, but this is not so. This name broke the top 100 in 2007 and has been climbing steadily since. It is the girl version of Charles and is cute, sophisticated, and classy. Adorable nicknames include Charlie and Lottie.
Short forms for this popular boy’s name include Alex, Xander, Sandy, and Sasha. It’s been a staple of the top 10 list since 2008. This name is Greek in origin and means “defending men"--think Alexander the Great.
Emily is an adorable name and means “hard working”. From 2000 through 2007, it held the #1 spot but has slipped marginally since. Famous people named Emily include Emily Blunt, Emily Watson and, from the literary world, Emily Dickinson, and Emily Bronte.
James is a truly classic name that has stood the test of time. It has held firm in the top 20 for the past 15 years. What’s particularly interesting is that its unconventional nicknames Jim or Jimmy really transform the name. Famous folks called James include James Blunt, James Cameron, James Patterson, and James Belushi.
Abigail has remained in the top 10 since 2000. It has Hebrew origins and means “my father is joy”. Adorable nicknames include Abby and Gail. This name transitions nicely from childhood to adulthood. Famous Abigails? There aren’t many but Abigail Breslin can’t be denied.
Ethan has been #6 since 2013. It means “solid and enduring” and has Hebrew roots. If you choose Ethan for your baby, there will undoubtedly be others in his class that share the name but it’s such a nice one. Can you really go wrong? Famous Ethans include Ethan Hawke and Ethan Allen. We’re surprised there aren’t more of them.
So simple and pretty, we’re happy Mia is on the list. It was #93 in 2000 and has been climbing since. It was likely popularized by the famous actress Mia Farrow. It has Latin origins and means “mine or wished for”. Historically Mia was short for Maria but is a name in its own right now.
This name, which transitions well from baby to adulthood, has been in the top 5 since 2009. It is derived from the German name Wilhelm and means “strong-willed warrior”. Nicknames include Will, Willy, Bill, Billy, and Liam. Famous Williams include Prince William of course, Bill Clinton, Will Smith, Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Murray, Shakespeare…the list goes on and on.
This beautiful girl’s name ranked #45 in 2000, was #1 in 2009 and 2010, and now sits at #5. It has many options for nicknames including Isa, Bella, Libby, Izzy and Bella. It has an Italian heritage and means “God is my oath”. Model/actress Isabella Rossellini is among the most famous of those bearing this name.
Jacob reigned supreme for 13 years as the #1 boy's name between 2000 and 2012. This Hebrew name means “supplanter”. The name has strong biblical roots but has also captured the hearts of those less religious. Maybe because Jake is its super-cute nickname. Famous Jacobs include the handsome actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
Ava cracked the top 100 in 2000 and by 2005 was #9. It has Latin roots and means “like a bird”. For parents who care about name meanings, this is a nice one. Ava Gardner, the stunning movie actress, remains one of the most famous Avas of all time.
This cute name has become trendy of late, cracking the top 50 in 2005 and now holding the #3 spot for the past two years. It is of English heritage and is derived from the surname meaning “stone maker”. Some parents also choose this name for girls.
Sophia was #1 from 2011 to 2013 and has now settled into the #3 spot for the past 2 years. It is of Greek heritage and means “wisdom”. There isn’t a natural short form but a popular spelling variation is "Sofia". The list of famous Sophias includes Sofia Vergara, Sophia Loren, and Sophia Bush.
Originally a short form for William, Liam is now its own popular stand-alone name. As a result, it bears the same meaning as William--strong-willed warrior. It ranked #140 in 2016 and broke the top 10 in 2012. Famous Liams include Liam Gallagher, Liam Hemsworth, and Liam Neeson.
Olivia is a very popular and feminine little girl’s name. It has been in the top 10 since 2000. The male version of the name is Oliver and short forms include Liv, Livvy, and Oli. Famous Olivias include Olivia Wilde, Olivia Newton-John, and Olivia de Havilland.
No shake-up here! Noah has been #1 since 2013. It has Hebrew origins and a strong biblical connection. The name Noah means “rest or comfort”. Famous Noahs include Noah Wyle (of ER fame). Megan Fox and husband Brian Austin Green also named their baby boy Noah.
Emma has held the #1 girl spot for two years now and has been in the top 5 since 2002. Emma is Latin and means “universal”. Even though it’s only four letters, it can be shortened to Em or altered to the nickname Emmy. Either way, it’s adorable. It was very popular in the late 1800s and is now peaking again. Famous Emmas include Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, and Emma Stone.