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What Are Your Favorite Baby Names?

The Most Popular Baby Names of 2015

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The Most Popular Baby Names of 2015

BabyCenter just came out with their annual list — see the top 100 names here. Sophia and Emma (for girls) and Jackson and Aiden (for boys) have been the top four names for the past FIVE years!

When I was pregnant six years ago, Alex and I had an easy time choosing a name for our baby boy: Toby. It seemed friendly, it was easy to spell, it paired well with his mouthful of a last name (Goddard-Williams).

But when I was pregnant a second time, we were stumped. It’s funny how much harder it was to choose a name. All nine months we pondered and debated and read books and made lists. Finally, we had to decide. Our last night in the hospital with a sleepy newborn in our arms — the nurses continually asking what his name was and our stalling every which way — we decided: Anton, a serious, lovely name for a serious, lovely baby. And it totally fits. (His laundry list of nicknames also fits: Antoni, Antonioni, Tones, Tony Tones, Bunny, Little Man, Funny Man, Blondie… :)

The Most Popular Baby Names of 2015

What are your favorite baby names? Do you care if your child’s name is popular? I’d love to hear…

P.S. The blind date test for choosing a baby name.

(Top of Toby as a baby; bottom photo of Anton as a newborn.)

  1. Alexa says...

    I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but my daughter will be 6 months in 2 more weeks and we are still hemming and hawing over a name change. We took a month to name her as we couldn’t agree and then immediately when we settled on a name, we felt it was just that- settling- we didn’t love it for her. Now we just feel silly that we can’t agree. How ridiculous is that.

    @health.and.home

    • V says...

      What did you end up doing?!

    • You won’t believe this but we haven’t changed it yet. She’s almost 18 months. We are going to do it, like…now. Its a total and utter disaster. Luckily, she doesn’t know her name yet so she won’t be scarred for life. We will though, because we will have to explain it to everyone. Oooh, I will write a blog post about this when we finally sort it out.

  2. oh my gosh we had the hardest time choosing a name for our boy! it was agonizing in the uncertainty! i had a girl name for years, but never a boy’s. so after he was born, we kept getting texts from fam and friends because we just couldn’t settle on our two choices, and we’d reply “name TBA” lol.

  3. Hope says...

    As my partner is Norwegian and I being American naming our daughter was a huge deal. I was surprised how he hated every American name I could come up with. Even the ones he liked he had to pronounce them in a Norwegian way or they were not accepted. Which is unfair because then I wouldnt even be able to pronounce my daughters name. I gave up on my daughter being named something American. I decided on naming her something more original. Easy short and filled with love. I came up with Luna, which can not be pronounced in a Norwegian way. I call her Lulu as her nickname. Also, the only reason my partner agreed to this was because I agreed not to give her a middle name. In Norway they don’t have middle names. If I did it would have been Isabelle.

  4. Suzi says...

    Naming my children took me by surprise – it’s a huge responsibility! Also, it was interesting and frustrating choosing a name because we had such different ideas. In the end we named our son Stanley Jack after my husband’s grandads, a sentimental choice which came last minute when my mother in law had her photos out and we found wartime pics which were sent home with witty but love filled messages on the reverse. My husband felt so connected to these men he never met it just felt right. My girls are Bebe Tallulah and Pixie Blossom. I love their names and do they!

  5. Michelle says...

    My daughter’s name is Uli, and we absolutely love it. We do get many reactions, from delight to confusion, but when her classmates scream her name across the playground, everyone knows who is coming!

  6. Loren says...

    I have always found baby naming interesting, all the way back to when my parents were naming my sister (Tess) and I was jealous that hers was more obscure than mine (Loren). My husband (Torren) has a unique name and we knew we wanted something that was relatively short and probably Italian or Irish in nature to represent our dominate heritages. We didn’t know the sex of our baby until he was born and even then, we changed our minds in the last instant and are very glad to have named our son Roan (yes, like a roan colored horse, or roan rhymes loan). I didn’t realize that so many people would think it was “Rowan” and some callous few said there was still time to change it, but I do not regret it. The single syllable sounds strong to me and he has a plethora of nicknames (Roanie Bologna, Roanie Macaroni, Roanling, etc.). It suits him perfectly and that is all I cared about.

  7. Vivienne says...

    My five kids have relatively unpopular names, except for our youngest; Niccolò (Nico), Romeo (Rome), Emilio (Milo), Evangeline (Evie) and Charles (Charlie).

    When we were naming Romeo, we got some flack from friends and family considered over what he would deal with on the playground but his eight now and hasn’t had to deal with anything (except maybe living up to the name, he’s already so smooth talking for his age, goodness.)

  8. Jenna says...

    Our daughter’s name is Frankie Darling–a name that has never felt odd to us, but after reading so many comments on this post, I can admit it is untraditional. She is the only Frankie we know, male or female.

  9. Anna Cohen says...

    I have two boys – Samuel (Sam) Charles and Robert (Robbie) George – we’re due again with our next child (in May) – am sure it’s a boy – so thinking Jack for now. It’s funny – I feel the names need to match each other so we go for simple, classic, no-nonsense names and have been happy with our choices. But bummed that I picked names I love for their middle names as would love a child called Charlie or George!! As we are Australian, it’s imperative to think of what the shortened version of the names are – but now we live in Denmark you have to think how it’s pronounced. Danes get a list of names they can choose from so most Danish kids have the same names. But I worry – that our Danish friends would say ‘Yack’ instead of ‘Jack’…. so much to think about. What a great conversation topic!!!

    • Jytte Nygaard says...

      We do not get a list of names to choose from :) In Denmark you just cannot name your child whatever you want, eg. Savanna, Prince or North West. But if you have an urge for a unique name you can alway apply for it. For Jack, I don’t think people ever will pronounce it with a soft j as Danes just love to sneake “d” in every word, just like “Jungle”. I would rather worry the called med Jake guessing the name to be close to Jacob.
      A funny rule in Denmark is if you don’t name your child within 6 months of birth, he or she will automatically be named after the last King or Queen. In not too many years that might be an Australian lady :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      wow, how interesting!

    • Sunnuva says...

      It is in the Faroe Islands that we have a kind of a list of names to pick from. Rather, the Viking names are preferred and also need to be spelled a certain way.
      My quarter Faroese, half English daughter is called Boudicca. I do not know of any other Boudicca, and my British parents in law told us that we would regret this name. My Faroese relations just think it is a wonderful name, albeit one that would not have been allowed in the Faroes. Needless to say, we just love the name, and our daughter thinks it’s cool to visit ‘her’ statue by the parliament!

  10. Leah says...

    My name is on the list!! Leah – I can’t believe it. My son’s name, Charlie, is not. And I do admit that I am glad. Other Charlies do crop up in his large basketball rec league, but I think it’s good that he’s been the only one in his school for this long – he’s almost 14.

  11. Amanda says...

    No babies yet, but our top names for awhile have been Stella or Juno for a girl and Avery or Asa for a boy. Girls names are so much harder for us for some reason!

  12. Mirjam says...

    I have three beautiful sons with the classical names Daniël, David and Benjamin. International names, biblic names, names of lots of young boys that did not survive World War 2. I would choose these names again, because they totaly fit them.

  13. Genevieve says...

    I am dismayed to see Oliver creeping up on the top 10. My son who turns 5 next month, is Oliver Charles. And now Oliver M. in his preschool class. My biggest fear when choosing a name was them having to use their last name initial because another kid has the same name! I think I am safe with my 2 year old girl though. Cleo Bonnie has never met another Cleo!

  14. i love names. i have two daughters: rowan and scout. i love that they are easy to say and are spelled the way they sound. and they’re sassy names for my sweet girls.

  15. Since my husband and I are looking to start a family, I often think of what we will call our children. I love the name Hattie for a girl and thought it might be fun to go with Hadley and call her Haddie? I also love Shea/Shay and Rory. For boys Graeme, Declan, George and Shep (short for Shepard) top my list. I read a list one time with old school names that had Dock for a boy on it – thought that would be a very cool name to revive!

  16. KylieO says...

    Interesting that Kylie (my name) is on the list – here in Australia only people over 30 are usually called this (despite it being a really Australian name!). I guess it’s the Kardashian influence??

    My three are Lily Kate, Georgia Grace (who gets Gigi or Georgie), and Harry Joseph. All quite popular here , but I love their classic and simple feel.

  17. Carrie says...

    I like old-fashioned names. When I found out we were having a girl, I looked at name trends to find one that wasn’t very popular. Well, others must have had the same idea because my not-popular name is #24 – Evelyn. My sweet, happy almost 8 month old (eek!) baby girl.

  18. Zoe says...

    My husband has always loved the name Ari for a boy. I hemmed and hawed for awhile, my worry was that it would be too girly, since Aria is quite popular these days. My husband is so patient and calm… honestly, he just waited until I came back around to the name. Ari will be here in January!

  19. Liz says...

    My husband and I were ready to go with Merit for a girl, but then found out we were having a lil boy! Choosing a name for a boy was SO HARD. Toward the end of my pregnancy I wasn’t entirely sure if the names I was adding to the giant brainstorm list were actually good or I was just grasping at straws at that point. We settled on Emory Locke (Locke after my mom’s maiden name) and it definitely fits him well!

  20. kimberly says...

    about a week after finding out i was pregnant, you posted the list of the top baby names of 2014. that night, while stuck in traffic on our way to ikea, my husband and i went through the list and picked our favorite names for a girl or boy. well…our little alice turns four months old today and i see that her name has jumped on the list from 83 to 70. happy to contribute to that :)

  21. Marianne says...

    Our 18 mo daughter is Stella Gold, Gold being my maiden name. We love it as much today as the day she was born!

  22. Julia says...

    I want names that are classic, not too common, and easy to pronounce for my husband’s Spanish-speaking family. For a boy, I love Max, Felix or Elliot with Sebastian as a middle name. For a girl, I love Victoria and Elise. I also adore Olivia and am quite bummed that it has become so popular!

  23. Sarah says...

    You have Tony and Toby! That’s adorable.

  24. I chose names that would not be too far out but different. I missed the boat with Aria because I wasn’t up on the tv trends. Meaning was top priority to me. Aria Jewell (surname of grandmother) and Josette Evangeline are my twin treasures as Josette’s initials spell Jem.

  25. Emily says...

    I have a Catherine Esmé. We wanted something classic with something unique but not too out there. We named her after the character in Salinger’s “For Esmé, With Love and Squalor”. Also Esmé means “beloved”. It was just too sweet a name to pass up. We call her Mé as a nickname in our household.

  26. robyn says...

    We have a Samuel and a Lucille. I don’t mind in the least if they’re popular names. I mean, we picked them because we thought they were good names, and apparently many agree!

  27. Estelle says...

    My baby name is Saad which means happiness/glad tidings in Arabic. He is also Serge-Saad in my french side of the family. We wanted to add a very french name for France because well Islamophobia. Nicknames are plenty Saud, Saudi, Sergio, Junior, Loulou. So very much happy of our choice. Serge and Saad are the names of the grandfathers by the way.

  28. Jennifer says...

    When I was pregnant for the first time and found out we were having a girl, I wanted so badly to name her Asdon. It was my great great grandmother’s name, and I always loved it. My husband thought it was too strange. He found the name Johanna in a German name book, and we both agreed that it was a beautiful name. Her name is Johanna Lou Alice. Her middle names are the middle names of both of her grandmothers. Her nn is Hanna Lou, which is so cute. I prefer her full name to Hanna, however, because it is so unique.
    We had a hard time the second time around with our son. We ended up calling him Collin James. James is so popular, but it is my father’s middle name, and he is so wonderful. He was very touched when we told him our son would share his middle name, so it was worth it!

  29. Heather says...

    I always like chiming in on the name conversation because my parents chose very normal names for my siblings and I (Heather, Matthew, Kelsey), because they have very unique names and it was always difficult for them — especially my mother whose name is Godelieve (pronounced God-Leave). She’s of Belgian heritage and it’s not unusual there, but she’s certainly struggled with it in Canada. My little cousin was named after her with the middle name Lieva (pronounced Lee-Va). And my Dad’s name is Gage, which is unusual for a 60 year old man, but is becoming more common in recent years. It’s always a name that I have planned to pass on to my children, but to my dismay, my partner’s cousin already has a little guy named Gage. It is a great name though, and my father is a great man, so I may use it anyway if and when the time comes!

    • absolutely use it anyway! my husband has many cousins/uncles with the same names and it’s a wonderful tribute to your dad!

  30. Danielle says...

    My daughter’s name is Theory Adler, and people either think it’s the coolest name ever, or give me the “you know she’s stuck with that forever, right?” nonsense. She’s eight months, and every time I say it I still get a thrill at how much I love it.

  31. Jodie says...

    Thankfully my son’s name, Kai, is not on the list. Ha ha. I was hesitant about naming him something a little different but my husband loved it. Well, my son OWNS that name. He is Kai. Most definitely, and I like that it is unusual but not too unusual.

    • One of my favorite artists is named Kai (Samuels-Davis)!

    • Cg says...

      I’ve taught four different Kai’s and know a Kai. Interestingly the name crosses genders. :)

  32. Maureen says...

    Lila, Briony, Finn, Kieran, Declan, Wren, Nadia, Marcus, were on our baby name lists.

    • Arika Schienbein says...

      I love the name Wren and I wanted to name my daughter Wren but my husband wouldn’t agree! We ended up naming her Elin (pronounced E-LYNN) and everyone calls her Ellen when they see the spelling. I also wanted to name my son Calvin very badly, but my husband didn’t like that either. So, Carson it is. :)

  33. Alexandra Marie says...

    Definitely on my list if we ever have a girl, Francine Sofia. A combination of the feminine version of our father’s names: Frank (husband’s dad) and Sophocles (my dad). Also my husband love girls with boy names as nicknames (I go by Alex).
    I really really love the name Arlo for a boy. I also love the name Dylan, and Birch and Ezra are also on my boy list. For girls I also love the names Astrid, Constance, Gretchen, and Enid.

  34. Erin says...

    When we were pregnant with our first we liked Henry for a boy and Elsa if it was a girl (pre-Frozen). We had a boy whom we named Henrik but we call him Henry, for short. Now we have just had a baby girl but felt that Elsa had become a little too popular with Frozen so we named her Ilse. A very similar feel and sound but not automatically associated with a Disney princess (although, a lot of people don’t hear the subtle “I” sound at the beginning and still call her Elsa!!!).

  35. Arielle says...

    I like the names Alice, Joanna, and Angelina, and Alexander.
    Hubby who is hoping for a boy wants to name him Alexander Julio. Julio after his step father.

  36. Laura says...

    It’s so interesting to see how popular Eleanor is becoming! Our daughter, who just turned three, is Eleanor Olivia. Our son, Charles Gillan, is nearly two. Both E and C have family middle names (my sister is Olivia and Gillan –rhymes with Dillon–is a family surname). Louisa Wren is our five month old daughter and it looks like Wren is becoming more of thing now too! Hard to predict these things. But it is so wonderful how unique and lovely all of these names are. When I was in school there were many, many Sarahs, Megans, and Laurens, so it is refreshing so have such variety. At the same time, if parents like a particular name, they should just go with it. Popular or not—a nice name is a nice name.

    • Katie says...

      Our 5-month-old is Eleanor. I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember and hadn’t met any young girls with this name. When I was pregnant I kept hearing of other little girls called Eleanor but I was so in love with it at that point that I couldn’t give it up.

  37. Lauren E. says...

    I’ve loved reading baby name books since I was a kid! Now that I’m getting married my fiance and I talk about it in more real terms. We love Conrad for a boy (a family name, but it seems to be growing in popularity these days) and Lennon for a girl. But every time we go to karaoke, a new name pops up… :) “Levon! We have to name our son Levon.” “Jolene! Our daughter must be Jolene.”

  38. Ana says...

    I named my son Xavier, it felt strong and unique. However, for some weird reason, that year, a lot of other mothers decided to name their sons Xavier too. There are three in his swim class. So much for originality.

  39. Veronica says...

    I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant (eek!) and my husband and I have not officially settled on a name for our baby boy yet. We’re between Tucker, Beckett and Reid. He loves Tucker (I’m worried about the teasing implications of his name rhyming with a swear word…) and I love Beckett, but my husband feels that it’s too stiff. Reid is a wonderful name, but it doesn’t sound as great with our one syllable last name. I’m hoping that it will hit us and we’ll just “know” once we meet him, but we are having a hard time finding a name that feels right.

    • So funny — when my parents were naming my brother, Tucker (a family name) was the favorite, but they, too, worried about the rhyme! They went with David instead, but I can’t help but smile every time I hear the name Tucker. It’s such a great name.

    • I’m 21 weeks pregnant and was told early on to think about what the name rhymes with since it will most likely be used with the name. Tucker is super cute but I would definitely be careful! That said, we still are not sure about a name, but have some time :)

    • rebecca says...

      I love the name Tucker! I have a similar situation…I have three boys, and when expecting the third, we decided on Cooper. We told our older two (5 and 3 at the time) what their new baby brother’s name would be and Miles (3) said, “Mom, that’s potty talk.” Not pooper, Cooper! “oh, well it sounds like potty talk.” We laughed so much about it and we still named him Cooper;) All that to say that kids will find a way to tease each other (about their name, their hair, their laugh), and they will learn to roll with it. Let’s hope for my little pooper ;)

  40. Emma says...

    We spent 9 months trying to find a name that sounds the same in English and French. (And that wasn’t in the family already ) we came up with Aïda Elizabeth. She’s almost 1 and it suits her

  41. Quinn says...

    I’m far away from having kids but I really love the names my siblings and I have. I’m Quinn Martin (a girl), my sister is Bridget Catherine, and my brother is Griffin Patrick. All are family names and sound nice and ri

    • Quinn says...

      Oops! Hit post accidentally! Meant to say they sound nice and Irish but are still unique :)

  42. Wylene says...

    I’ve always liked the name Mason for a boy. Now with the popularity of the mason jar, I dunno – I just feel weird using the name now. Haha. We have an interesting family so far – I’m Wylene, my husband is Raleigh, and my daughter is Riley. We are expecting a boy this April but still have nothing picked out for him.

    • Keely says...

      It seems like Wyatt would fit well :)

  43. The one thing I’ve always liked about my name is that no one else had it, exactly (at least until the Olsen twins came along) so I think I’m going to make sure that whatever I name my kid is not on this list! Although there are some great names up there!

  44. Mairéad says...

    It’s strange how much I didn’t want my children’s names to be on the list! Almost got away with it.. I have a Conor with one n not two. But Finley and Clara aren’t there. In saying that, I think Conor may be in the top 10 in Ireland for the last 10 years or more!

    • Bonnie says...

      My husband is Conor Morgan and I think it’s the most beautiful name! Growing up, he was the only Conor.

  45. Jan says...

    My parents – who like to sail – named me Janique, after a yacht they saw once (rumoured to be named after an island). My dad’s name is also Jan (pronounced ‘yahn’), which makes mine sort of the diminutive of his. I didn’t always like growing up with such a unique name, but maybe the way it made me stand out has made me into a better person. I was surprised to see (yay for the internet!) that there are other Janiques in the world :) I now mostly go by Jan (pronounced ‘djan’), as decided by my friends, but my mom hates this, since the woman my dad dated for years (before my mom) was named Jan. Previously, my nickname (given by the nurse that delivered me) was Nikki, and there was a brief time when a friend (Monique, nn Nicki) and I were both dating Nicks. I’ve always loved both Julia and Juliet/Juliette as names for girls, but since one of my good friends named her daughter Julia, I’ll have to go with Juliet :)

  46. I do not have a kid yet, but I do have a list of names that I love. For a Girl I love the name Adele, Eleanor, Josephine or Esmee. For a Boy I like the names Alexander (All the variations), Sebastian or Benjamin.

  47. Nicole says...

    We had plenty of girls names picked out before we knew what we were having… like Caroline or Elizabeth. Both classic and beautiful. But, of course we were having a boy! We knew we wanted something timeless, not too popular, but not too out there either. We ended up settling on Grant Elliot and it’s perfect. Our last name is Spencer, so it’s a strong name. We call him Grant Bear most often, so much so at 2.5 he thinks it’s actually part of his name. <3

  48. Cambria says...

    We named our daughter Harriet Frances, and so far at 16 months it suits her perfectly. Frances is my mother’s name, but Harriet was just a name my husband and I settled on almost immediately. We liked the old-fashioned yet spunky sound of it — and it’s still uncommon in the US, but not unfamiliar, which is nice.

  49. Old fashioned and meaningful. Michael Andrew, Katherine Victoria, and Amanda Jacquelyn. I actually had middle names (family names) chosen first and then decided on first names. Amanda was named in the hospital because we still hadn’t decided. My husband is a huge Boston fan and had always wanted to name his daughter Amanda after on of their songs. I wouldn’t hear of it… but it worked.

  50. CATHERINE says...

    We have a Victor Karl Giovanni (13 1/2) and a Zélie Jeanne Adèle (10 1/2).. both old-fashioned names although Zélie is becoming trendier by the minute for some reason. My daughter has been the only one at school with that name, but my son has had lots of other Victors around. We call him Vic, Viko, Vitto, Vittorio… Zélie is Zélie.
    My best US friend has a son named Carsten, and I love that name!!!

  51. Alexandra says...

    We were looking for a short and old-fashioned name for our daughter (18 months now) and decided for “Ida” (we are Germans). Two weeks before she was born we recognized that the name becomes very popular at the moment. So we were looking for an alternative. We found one really quickly but were used to “Ida”. So we agreed to decide in hospital when she was born. As the birth was a very short one we decided to go for the short “Ida”. And we love it. Her whole name actually is Ida Wilhelmine but I am not sure if you can pronounce “Wilhelmine” in English. ;-)

  52. We named our son Milo, and it is still my favourite name ever. Not sure how we will match it if we have more kids. Most Irish names would have been too hard to pronounce for my American family, but Milo bridges the gap perfectly. When I was 6 months pregnant I took a tour of our local castle and learned to my surprise that the last Lord of the Castle was named Milo, so seemed like a nice link to the area. For a girl I do like Saoirse (sair-sha, or seer- sha depending on who you talk to) which grew on me after seeing “Song of the Sea,” (magical film, I’d say your boys would love it!) so maybe someday we will have the whole family perplexed!

  53. Chelsea says...

    I love strong, classic names – my top picks for my future babies are Jack and Eleanor (but my husband prefers Magdalena for a girl over Eleanor). My sister’s kids have more non-traditional names. My nieces are Sailor and Dawson. I think most people in the family thought that picking Sailor was kind of out there, but now as an 8 year old it suits her perfectly!

  54. Emma says...

    Hi Jo,

    I’ve never commented before but wanted to share the name that my husband and I chose for our firstborn daughter – Xanthe Rose. She is three months old now and gorgeous. Xanthe is a Greek name and means golden. We pronounce it Zan-thee. She is our golden rose.

    One of the reasons we chose Xanthe is because it wasn’t too common. Typically we learnt that my ob delivered another baby Xanthe the same weekend ours was born! The two baby Xanthes met at the Dr’s office at their 6 weekly check up – so sweet.

    If we have more babies, I like Theodore for a boy, and Willa, Iris or Audrey for a girl.

    I love the topic of baby names!

  55. Jing says...

    When my husband and I were choosing names, we decided it was important that they reflect their Irish/Chinese/Filipino heritage. So, we named our daughter Isabelle Kathleen and our son Keats Mateo. We also considered Kevan (female version of a favorite brother’s name), Dylan, and Ariana for girls names. And just Jack (great-grandfather) for boys names. The deciding factor was looking at their faces to see which names “fit.” That was 24 and 19 years ago! P.S. The daughter of one of our best family friends is named Posie—a favorite name for a favorite girl!

  56. kate says...

    Our 3.5 year old son is Oliver James but he recently announced we have to call him Ollie (which was my first choice but my husband insisted that he has a professional name). Our 2 week old little girl is Blair Alessia. Oliver is number one is Australia at the moment and occasionally the popularity gets annoying so that influenced our decision to pick an unpopular name for Blair.

  57. Amanda says...

    Yipee! Our names didn’t make the list again. I love traditional names but also love that they aren’t super popular. Adeline and Peter are fantastic names and stupendous little people. Though Miss A does wish her name was on more of souvenirs with names. She was thrilled when I brought home a bike license plate with her name from France where her name is more popular.

  58. Lauren B says...

    It does matter to me! As a Lauren born in the 80s, I was forever tired of being Lauren H, Lauren #2, etc. But I also don’t want my kiddo to forever have to spell her name because we chose some weird spelling, nor an extremely unusual name. We went with Margaret. Beautiful, old-school, not currently trending but recognizable. We like the possibility of nicknames (though we do call her Margaret), but if she becomes a Supreme Court judge, it’s totally classy. ;)

    • Lauren says...

      Funny, I am Lauren Margaret and my maiden name begins with H so I was Lauren H too!

  59. jo says...

    We’ve got
    Charleston Buckley
    Whitman Marshall
    Roselin Mae
    and soon to join us –
    Afton Leigh
    They are all names with special meaning + family name for the middle name. My kids are all under 4 and can’t pronounce Afton so they can her “fin”, which I love as a nickname. Also because “Fin” means “the end” in French. :) We wanted unique but still kinda classic and at least two syllables since we have a one syllable last name.
    I love talking about names. These comments are great!

  60. Prudence Marule says...

    I am a huge fan of girls with boy traditionally boy names; I still so amused with the names of the sisters you featured recently – Hollister and Porter I think they’re just too beautiful.. other favorites include, for girls: Blake, Alex and Logan and for boys: Wyatt, Killian and Alexander (always said in full)

  61. Missnicoleo says...

    I searched high and low for a unique but not weird name, we went with Vaughn Harrison. I really dig it.

  62. Meghan says...

    We have a Cecilia but she goes by Cece. Not sure if it’s purely a southern tradition but it’s common here to go by a nickname or middle name!

  63. cg says...

    When I was pregnant (miscarried) we couldn’t come up with a girl’s name but had a boy’s name. I wanted Niall, my husband preferred Neal. When we adopted, we knew it would be a girl, so we concentrated on that. We had a complex system to find a suitable name. He: If the name could be turned into a primary school taunt, or was at the end of the alphabet it was nixed (last name is towards the end). Me: It had to be Celtic or Gaelic based as I wanted to honor that side of his family (the child is represented by Ireland, Wales, and China in ancestry), it also had to look good in print and cursive, and ought to have at least an ascender or descender -when I was learning to write my name in cursive in second grade I was dismayed that the C and G were so boring! It also had to be a name that, if we shortened, she could grow into the long version, like I did. In the end we chose Meghan. It fit all my parameters, and it wasn’t at the end of the alphabet, nor could the Huz turn it into a grade school taunt. :)

  64. Jill says...

    My daughters are Teagan Sheridan and Fallon Olivia. I absolutely love both of their names. We didn’t want to use any family names and just went with what we liked. It was important that they were not very common names but not too crazy either.

  65. Alison says...

    No kids yet, but I plan to give all my children my last name “Jordan” as their middle name rather than hyphenating. For a girl I like Donna, which is not at all popular and is the name of my favorite grandmother, plus I just think it’s pretty. I’ve also always loved Rhiannon, but for my husband it conjures up Rhianna rather than Stevie Nicks :( For boys I have always loved Liam, though I’m disappointed it’s been so close to the top of the list for years!

  66. Amanda Gilchrist says...

    I named my sweet little baby girl Fenella, after reading it in a book. It’s a very old-fashioned name that doesn’t even register in the top 1,000 girl names! She’s the only Fenella I’ve ever heard of. We call her Fen for short.

    • julie says...

      oh, my friend has a baby fenella! she was the only one I’d ever heard of…but now there are two :) such a sweet name!

  67. Lucy says...

    I have an Elle, Harriet (nn Hattie) and a Georgia–all family names. If we have another girl it will probably be June. But I also really love Frances. If we ever have a boy I like Wayne and Louis. I love talking names!

  68. Melissa says...

    My husband and and I are expecting our first baby in April! We had a girl’s name all set, Eleanor, only to find out we’re having a boy! Hah! So far, we really love George! It seems like such a sweet and endearing name for a little man!

    • Anna Cohen says...

      So funny, I have a boy’s name all ready (Jack) – assuming I’m having a boy early May – I will find out the sex next week but I wonder if like you I’ll have to change name/gender direction!! Best wishes with your pregnancy !

  69. We have a Lucy and a Jack already and having a little girl in March. We are pretty set on calling her Nora Wren, after my son started calling her Norwah! We didn’t intentionally choose popular names, and Lucy has gone up the list since she was born, but it suits her so well. I have a huge list of girls names…Rowan, Esme, Arden, Winnie, Posey. I originally loved Maeve, but my husband vetoed it. We already have her nickname, Nora Bird.

  70. Jane says...

    Our two year old is Townes Malcolm. My husband lived in Austin for much of his life, and we are both big fans of Townes Van Zandt. Malcolm is his best friend’s last name. I love his name… Sounds so strong! My dad has taken to calling him “Cutter” because of the movie Breaking Away… The “townies” are called cutters in the film. It takes some work to explain, but I love it.

    Our baby girl is Neve Julian. Neve was the first (and only!) girls name we could agree upon, and Julian is my father’s middle name. We call her Jules, so we have Cutter and Jules. And Bub, Bobos Khan, Townie, NuNu… It goes on and on!

    Both of our kids were born on July 6th… Two years apart! I knew it was going to be close, given our due date, but he was a week late and she was 3 days early. The whole thing is made that much sweeter by the fact I went into labor with both of them on July 5th, the anniversary of my husband moving to Seattle in 2010. We met just a week later. I hope they grow to love their interesting names and their shared birthdays!

  71. Susan M. says...

    Johanna, did you ever have any girls’ names in mind if you had had a girl?
    Love Toby and Anton — simplicity, classic, recognizable but not common. Easy for them to write!

  72. Rachel says...

    Many years ago, we were (living and) trekking in the Himalayas and I asked my husband Matt, “What about the name Pavitra?” He said, “It sounds too Russian for us.” “It’s Nepali,” I laughed. “Well, we don’t have a Nepali baby,” he replied. I used to LOVE talking about potential baby names, but unfortunately, he deplored it as an activity!

    Fast forward 3 months and we had our very own adopted a Nepali baby girl. Pavitra Anundi (Pure Joy). Her nickname was Peetz until we found out my husband’s grandfather who died flying supplies over the Himalayas during WW2 was nicknamed Petey. She’s been Petey ever since.

    We also have two sons, Christian Matthews (family name) Scout Carmichael. Scout is named after two strong female characters – Scout from the obvious TKAMockingbird and Carmichael from Amy Carmichael – a missionary to India a good while ago who saved little girls from temple prostitution.

    I’m sad we have no one left to name but pets :)

  73. RBC says...

    We like super classic names that are, however, not super popular right now. We have a Thomas, Amy, and James. James is the most currently popular of the 3. 2 other fb friends also had babies they named James this year! I don’t actually care much about popularity of a name – both mine and my husband’s names were SUPER popular in the year we were born (there were 4 of us with the same name in my kindergarten class!). Kind of like the blind date test, I use the resume test. Will my child be discriminated against based on their name? Also, I don’t want my child to have to constantly spell out their name for people.

    • Elizabeth R says...

      My best friend, Amy, married a James! Those names go together very well in my mind.

    • Amy says...

      I’m Amy and my boyfriend is James! My mum wanted me to be Jamie but luckily my dad vetoed it.

  74. I can’t wait to have kids…My husband wants an “A” name for our first born in honor of his father who has passed away. So, I’m in love with Audrey for a girl. Still not sure on the boys name if we ever have a boy first! =P

    • Lola says...

      Help needed!!! Sitting next to my 4 day old son, Spencer Freeman or Jarvis Freeman?!?!?

  75. If my husband and I have a boy, we are naming him Harrison William. If a girl, Eleanor Patricia. We like classic names and many of these are family names.

  76. Stephanie says...

    I love Eleanor – so simple, timeless, and elegant!

  77. I really like unusual names, but if my favorite was on the list, it wouldn’t deter me. It is a reason I’d only use Jackson as a middle name though…Stonewall Jackson is one of my heroes, so I’d love to use it but for awhile I heard it so often. I’m surprised I don’t know any right now with how popular it is! My kids’ names are very meaningful to us, but we are totally lost on a name for #3, due in February. Like a lot of people, I have a huge list that my husband vetoes :)

  78. We both agreed that our kids’ should have names that weren’t trendy, easy to spell and pronounce (both for native English speaker and for our relatives back in the Philippines), and had a minimized risk for future teasing. Our daughter’s name is Sofia Isabelle, which follows my husband’s family’s tradition of first-born girls after their great-great grandmother. Our little boy, due in the spring, will be named Caleb, a name I’ve wanted to name a baby since I was a teenager. So far, the only trouble we’ve run into is people spelling our daughter’s name “Sophia” rather than an “Sofia”.

  79. Mimi says...

    Our daughter is 11 weeks old and I’m glad to see her name (Mae) is not on the list! We wanted an old-fashioned name to go along with her family middle name, Louise.

  80. Jodie says...

    I love the old fashioned classic names that aren’t complicated .
    I have a Charlie Axel 9yrs
    Peter James 9yrs
    Alice Martha 3yrs

  81. Noah is definitely my favorite!

  82. May says...

    I still love Harvard for a girl, and for a boy as well.
    Hudson, Etienne and Eldwyn for boys
    Maewyn, Wynn, and Atlantica for girls

  83. We didn’t use any lists, it was all about association for us. There was a name I loved for a boy but my husband vetoed it on the basis that he went to school with someone who he’d rather not think of any more!

    We went with Poppy Eliza and it’s a perfect fit for her. She’s almost 20 and we’ve only met one or two Poppys over the years, and they’ve been either a lot older or a lot younger.

    • My parents had a story like that…I might have been Claire, but my dad had a teacher, a nun named Sister Claire, who had a wart on her tongue! That’s all he could think of ;)

  84. Fran says...

    Our experience naming our second boy was EXACTLY the same!! The nurses asking all the time! We decided on Miles, a gentle and handsome name for a gentle, earnest little man.

    • Johanna says...

      GREAT name!

  85. Theresa says...

    We named our daughter Zara Grace and it couldn’t be more perfect for her!! It’s an old Jewish name and also Arabic (but spelled with a H)…once we found the name, we knew it would be perfect and made the final “yes!” once we met her face to face. I’ll never forget that wonderful moment.

  86. We wanted to use family names, and didn’t necessarily want them to be popular. Brantley Parrish is our oldest girl (paternal great-grandmother’s maiden name and maternal great grandmother’s middle name). Our second girl is Grayson Caroline, and neither of her names are family names at all! We just liked how it sounded toegther (and my husband is a proud South Carolinian :)). And our son, our third and final child is Bennett Rutland, both family names (great-great uncle’s middle name, grandmother’s maiden name). I love that their names are different but not unusual and have a lot of meaning to us!

    • Suzanne M says...

      Fancy meeting you here!!!! Lol.

  87. Karen says...

    My niece’s name is Riley and it’s a great fit for her. It’s interesting that the name made the Girl’s list, but not the Boy’s list. It works so well both ways. Our son’s name is Ezekiel, but we call him Zeeke. He was named after a dear friend who passed away. His middle name is actually Danger. We asked a lot of our friends if this was too crazy. Everyone agreed that it’s pretty cool to be able to say, “Danger is my middle name”.

    • I wonder if Riley surged up in the girls list because of the popularity of “Inside Out.” I notice Edward and Jacob have finally moved out of the top spots on the boys list. Whew, “Twilight.”

  88. Johanna says...

    Joanna, do you know the song Tire Swing by Kimya Dawson? It just came up on my itunes on shuffle, and one of the lines of the choras is “I never met a Toby that I didn’t like”. I thought of you guys right away! It’s a very sweet song- listen here if you don’t know it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q8dufu4qtU

    • Johanna says...

      *chorus* whoops.

    • Jennifer says...

      How do you pronounce your name? My three year old daughter is Johanna (pronounced jo hannah). People have a hard time pronincing it. I think it’s such a beautiful name, and very unique!

    • Leah says...

      My son, Charlie, and I love that song, from the Juno soundtrack!

  89. Laurie says...

    I’m rewatching Gilmore Girls on Netflix and have a fondness for Lorelai now! Only grandbabies for me so I don’t think I’ll have much say but it is pretty.

    • CATHERINE says...

      YES! I love that name!!

  90. There are no babies in our near future. Enjoying the newlywed life- but that being said my husband and I have fallen in love with the name Mabel. A name I used to think was for old ladies and I’ve known several people to name their dogs it. Never in a million years would I have thought I’d dream of the one day in the future having a little girl with such a traditional yet very uncommon name. No boys names yet but we’re content with dreaming of future days with a Mabel.

    • Dannielle says...

      We have a Mabel Eloise. We love our little old lady name.

    • Antonia says...

      I have a 3 year old Mable Philine Lillibeth Marlene and it fits perfectly! We chose this spelling, because Mabel would sound like the German word “Nabel” (which means bellybutton). My son is called Lloyd Marc Franz Donald.

  91. Marilee says...

    My girl’s names are Gillian and Charlotte. Our oldest (Gillian) was an easy pick but we had a lot more trouble with Charlotte because it is so popular. In the end, it suited her and she’s her own little person and she wouldn’t be anyone other than Charlotte.
    We probably over thought things but we considered the spelling, the initials, any potential knick names, what the full names looked like written out (for a future resume, degree etc.), popularity…..it occupied a lot of our discussions leading up to Charlotte’s birth last year!

    • AnneL says...

      My dream name when I was 11 was Gillian – do you pronounce it with a G or J sound?

  92. Maureen says...

    Ah, timely for me! We’re expecting our first baby in a few weeks and are stuck between two one syllable names that go great with our (long) last name – Tess or Rose. If anyone has a vote, I’d love any feedback! :)

    • rach says...

      Tess!! Tessa is one of the most classic beautiful names in my book!

    • Gina says...

      I like Rose! To me Tess sounds like it should be short for something and I feel like people would be asking you that too often. I also like Rose because roses will always be special to her. Either one is great though!

    • Emily says...

      Tess! I love that name!

    • Emilie says...

      I love both of those names. There is something so earthy yet pretty and feminine about Tess – and I have only known lovely women by that name.

    • Elizabeth says...

      Congrats! For what it’s worth, I know a Tess who is spunky and out-going and just a lovely person. I always think girls named Tess are like this for some reason…

    • Olivia says...

      Both are beautiful! For me, Tess conjures images of a fun, hard-working cool girl. Rose strikes me as being strong, classic and beautiful.
      So you can’t lose either way! (Sorry, that’s not very helpful at all!)

    • Johanna says...

      Tessa! So beautiful! Also a very old friend of mine just got engaged to a Tessa and she is everything I’d want my daughter to be: intelligent but very down to earth, elegant, and so, so nice.

    • Bailey says...

      I think Rose is lovely.

    • Both sound lovely- I’m partial to Tess for some reason :)

    • Caitlin says...

      rose!!!! Love as an unpredictable first name. Also crazy about the nn Rosie :-) congrats!!

    • cg says...

      Tessa Rose makes a beautiful name.
      You can call her Tess, or you can call her Rose.

    • Stephanie says...

      We have a Tess! :) She just turned 13 and has only met one other Tess. It’s a beautiful name!

  93. Sarah says...

    We have two girls, and had a similar experience in that we knew right away what to name our oldest (Davey June), but were stumped until the end with our second (Ada James).
    Can you tell we like boy names for girls ;)

    • rach says...

      Love both of those!

    • Jennifer says...

      I was going to name my second Ada, but we got a boy. Love that name!

  94. Jenny says...

    Our son’s name is Otto and if we have a girl in the future she will probably end up being Beatrice.

  95. Lucy S says...

    Our little Silvia was born in March and I’m glad her name isn’t on the list. But some lovely ones are!

  96. Amy says...

    Tony Tones! That’s sooo cute.
    Our daughters are Wren and Ellie. I really thought Wren’s name would take off in popularity (6 yrs ago) but it’s been Ellie’s name that we hear all over the place. Surprised me!

  97. Annie says...

    Ever since I read Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in 9th grade I’ve wanted a girl named Viola. I fell in love with the name Alma for a girl after I read The History of Love. The only problem is I’m Mormon, and in my culture, Alma is the name of a male prophet in the Book of Mormon, so it’s typically thought of as a boy name.

    For boys I love the name Jack, which is the name of my only baby, and Hugo.

  98. Angela says...

    My son is Barrett, occasionally nicknamed Bear. It took us about a week after we found out he was a boy to choose, but around 6 to fully commit. We are still waiting to find out the gender of the child I am carrying now. We have no boy name ideas and only two for a girl. We don’t love SUPER popular names, so we will just have to see!

    • MK says...

      I just found out I’m having a boy- for some reason it is a zillion times harder to come up with boy names! I can think of so many girl names I absolutely love, but boy names. Ugh. So hard.