What Are Your Favorite Baby Names?

What Are Your Favorite Baby Names?

When I was pregnant with Anton, we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl, so we brainstormed names for both. Our top girls’ names were…

Penelope (Penny)
Louisa (Lulu)

I also really love the name Anna, but it’s a tongue twister to say “Joanna and Anna.”

It’s funny how you rarely hear the names that were popular when we were growing up — Matt, Josh, Kristen, Jennifer. If my friend were like, “Here’s my new baby, Kevin,” I would do a double take. These days, though, the more offbeat names don’t surprise me at all. We know sweet boys named Ocean, River and Lion. And girls named Persephone, Summer and Charlie.

What baby names do you love? Does it matter to you if they’re popular? So far, according to USA Today and Nameberry, the most popular baby names in 2019 are:



What about you? What names do you love? If you’re expecting, have you made a name decision or are you waiting to meet the baby?

P.S. What to register for your baby, and how did you know you were ready for a baby? Also, a funny parenting story.

(Photo by Hana Asbrink.)

  1. Jen says...

    Love this post! Re-reading it in 2021 as I near my due date for baby girl #2. We are really struggling to land on a name –
    at the moment our short list is Eliza and Chloe.

    We have a 2.5 year old named Ava. We settled on her name years before we had her and nearly got cold feet when we found out how popular it had become in recent years. We are feeling a little reluctant about the name Chloe for the same reason, and really aren’t loving the idea of having two girls with top 10 baby names (we’re in Australia). Then again, Eliza will probably be pretty popular soon too with Hamilton!

    Would be interested in others’ thoughts on these two names, or other names that go well with Ava.

  2. E says...

    Rereading this in December 2020! We find out the sex of our baby tomorrow at our 20 week scan and I am convinced it’s a boy and am struggling!

  3. Emily says...

    Mine are Graham Thomas (8), Lila Elise (6), Marian Klara (4), and Fay Violet (1) ❤️

  4. Ashley says...

    Oh, the name game.

    My favorite.. I have a long list of names I love, but my husband is not always on the same page. I have a mix of names I like that range from totally unique to old fashioned. I am currently pregnant and we have yet to find out sex. We definitely have one front runner name for each sex at this point. When we were pregnant with our son we had front runner names but didn’t decide 100% until he was born and we saw him. He is a true Everett!

    Girls: Lennon, Lincoln (both my husband nixed), Levi, Vada (My Girl!), Meyer, Margot, Miller, Marisol, Primrose, Posey, Alba, Emory, Ethyl, Sutton…

    Boys: Caddis (Caddy for short), Morris, Levi, Hendrick, Hatch, Oswald, Cullen, Edmund, Ellis, Hugh, Vince…

  5. Catherine says...

    My children are Ronan (12), Isla (10), Stellan (8) and Wolf (6). I’ve not met another Stellan in person. Naming my children was so much fun and as soon as we landed on their names it clicked immediately. And happily they all love their names.

  6. Caitlin says...

    We just ditched the contraception (!) but have always had a list of names we’ve liked.

    Sylvie and Margot for a girl
    Clive for a boy

    Middle names are undecided but we love the idea, as frequent travelers, of giving the baby a middle name from places around the world we’ve loved.

  7. TC says...

    2 Chronicles 14-16 :)

  8. Emilie says...

    My partner’s friends that have kids refused to talk about baby names with anyone, not even close friends. They didn’t want to hear anything negative or critical from anyone concerning what they wanted to name the child, after the baby comes people tend to back off more. I guess culturally in France, where my partner is from, people tend to be over critical of anything to do with baby stuff, including names, and they wanted nothing to do with it, which is smart. So far there are only 2 babies in his group or friends, 2 girls, Anastassia and Clessie. Neither of them are common at all in France, hahaha. My side is all in the States, and it’s the typical names you see all over the place, lol. I don’t know if we’ll have any kids, but if we do, I tend to gravitate towards Gaelic, which is understandable, coming from the States, they’re popular there for the most part, but not average Gaelic/Celtic names, more stuff like Duncan and Rhys and Siobhan, I guess stuff more popular in the UK and Ireland. But my partner is French, and he really only likes French names. So I told him some I liked, and he was like, “no way, only people over 70 have those names!” hahahahhahaha, though they’re popular French names in the States. So I don’t know what we’d do. We lived in Korea for quite a few years, and thought about Korean names, though I don’t know how well they’d work in France, especially with how they spell things, lol

  9. I really like “Asa.” I think it is biblical but I don’t know where you find it. Every Asa I have known has been glorious!

  10. Joanna says...

    I’m a Joanna and named my daughter Anna! It is 100% a tongue twister, you’re absolutely right. But having “Ann” in all of the female names is a family tradition, and we wanted her to get to be part of the club. I also have always questioned why it is normalized to name boys after their fathers, but not the same with girls and their mothers. When people ask why we chose her name, I love channeling my inner Lorelai Gilmore and telling them that she is named after her mama. :)

    • Jessica says...

      My mother is named after her mother, and her eldest brother was named after their father. Growing up, it seemed, to me, totally normal to have a few children and name a boy and girl after their parents. Later, my grandmother told me that she named my mother after a nick-name that her best friend had taken to calling her: my grandmother was Mary Katherine, and her best friend called her Mary Kay; or just Kay. That is what she passed on to my mother, naming her Mary Kay.

  11. Kathy says...

    I am due in June with a baby boy and we like the name Theodore, and plan to call him Theo. But, this Nameberry ranking has made me so so nervous that he will be one of multiple Theos in his class! Does anyone have any evidence, anecdotal or otherwise, that Theodore will not be as popular as Nameberry is predicting??

    • Sonja says...

      I only know one and there are LOTS of babies and little kids in our lives between school, friends, lots of sisters with baby boys, etc. Also, my husband is a Sam and he said it has never bothered him to be one of other Sams. He once lived with two others and they still get together. Now I just say “My Sam” and their girlfriends/wives do the same. Ha!

    • Kristian says...

      This is anecdotal, but as a teacher, I can say I’ve only had students with the same name ONCE out of 15 classes of students. Even though names are popular, there is just flat out more variety. So, what is most popular might only be 1% or less of the names, where it used to be 5% or so. You don’t seem to get two or three Tiffanys, Jennifers, Joshs the way you did when we were kids. So, a Theo might grow up and meet and know other Theos, but…. I doubt there will be multiples in the same class or even the same grade.

    • Tanya says...

      We know at least 3 littles named Theo and I hear the name all over the place. But, if you like it you like it! And as someone who was NOT named Tiffany or Ashley or Megan in the 1980s there were times in my childhood when I wished I had a more common name that people could pronounce. Best wishes to you!

    • Catherine says...

      My Daughter’s name is Isla (she’s ten though, so I’m not sure how many toddler Isla’s are out there) and while it is a popular name, she ‘s the only Isla in her school and was the only Isla in a school of over 800 kids last year. So… I never really trust those that much.

  12. Elisha Etheredge says...

    We just had a little girl (8weeks), Lucy Isabella. I always loved the name Lucy as she was a dear childhood friend. And Isabella was my Nan’s middle name. She suits it already I think!