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The 50 Most (and Least) Common Baby Names for Boys and Girls

Choosing a name for your baby can be tough! Some people have had names in mind for years before their baby is even conceived. Some know their baby’s name as soon as they know the gender. Then there are others, like me, who struggle with choosing a name. We didn’t choose the names of our children until after they were born.

Many factors can go into choosing the perfect name for your little one. From using a family name, to choosing a fashion trend to inspire the name, to creating something brand new or uncommon, a lot goes into picking a name.

According to data from the Social Security Administration, here are the 50 most popular names for babies, based on data from the last 100 years (1914-2013):

50 MOST COMMON GIRLS’ NAMES 50 MOST COMMON BOYS’ NAMES
1.        Mary

2.        Patricia

3.        Jennifer

4.        Elizabeth

5.        Linda

6.        Barbara

7.        Susan

8.        Margaret

9.        Jessica

10.    Dorothy

11.    Sarah

12.    Karen

13.    Nancy

14.    Betty

15.    Lisa

16.    Sandra

17.    Helen

18.    Ashley

19.    Donna

20.    Kimberly

21.    Carol

22.    Michelle

23.    Emily

24.    Amanda

25.    Melissa

26. Deborah

27. Laura

28. Stephanie

29. Rebecca

30. Sharon

31. Cynthia

32. Kathleen

33. Ruth

34. Anna

35. Shirley

36. Amy

37. Angela

38. Virginia

39. Brenda

40. Pamela

41. Catherine

42. Katherine

43. Nicole

44. Christine

45. Janet

46. Samantha

47. Carolyn

48. Rachel

49. Maria

50. Diane

1.     James

2.     John

3.     Robert

4.     Michael

5.     William

6.     David

7.     Richard

8.     Joseph

9.     Charles

10.  Thomas

11.  Christopher

12.  Daniel

13.  Matthew

14.  Donald

15.  Anthony

16.  Paul

17.  Mark

18.  George

19.  Steven

20.  Kenneth

21.  Andrew

22.  Edward

23.  Joshua

24.  Brian

25.  Kevin

26. Ronald

27. Timothy

28. Jason

29. Jeffrey

30. Gary

31. Ryan

32. Nicholas

33. Eric

34. Jacob

35. Stephen

36. Jonathan

37. Larry

38. Frank

39. Scott

40. Justin

41. Brandon

42. Raymond

43. Gregory

44. Samuel

45. Benjamin

46. Patrick

47. Jack

48. Dennis

49. Jerry

50. Alexander

The Social Security Administration creates these lists based on data compiled from 165,941,971 female births and 169,233,019 male births. (You can view the full lists, which rank names from 1 to 100, here.)

Some parents look for uncommon names—unique, or name that are less often used.

Following are 50 uncommon girls’ and boys’ names. These are names you likely won’t hear too often and are good to consider if you’re looking for a unique name.

50 UNCOMMON GIRLS’ NAMES 50 UNCOMMON BOYS’ NAMES
1.    Ambria

2.    Aileen

3.    Aria

4.    Birdie

5.    Brinley

6.    Celestia

7.    Clementine

8.    Delilah

9.    Delphine

10. Eleonora

11. Eliana

12. Farah

13. Frieda

14. Georgia

15. Greer

16. Halle

17. Harlow

18. Iris

19. June

20. Juniper

21. Kindly

22. Lark

23. Liana

24. Marley

25. Mila

26. Mercedes

27. Nadia

28. Naya

29. Oakley

30. Ophelia

31. Paisley

32. Portia

33. Rebekah

34. Reeve

35. Roxanne

36. Saffron

37. Sonnet

38. Stacia

39. Tatum

40. Thea

41. Trudy

42. Uma

43. Vera

44. Vienna

45. Vivienne

46. Waverly

47. Winnie

48. Yvette

49. Zara

50. Zuri

1. Archie

2. Atlas

3. Benedict

4. Broderick

5. Carlson

6. Conan

7. Crew

8. Declan

9. Drexel

10. Elian

11. Ephraim

12. Finch

13. Finnian

14. Flynn

15. Gage

16. Gibson

17. Gray

18. Hanan

19. Holden

20. Humphrey

21. Jett

22. Johann

23. Keene

24. Kohen

25. Lancelot

26. Leif

27. Linus

28. Miller

29. Monroe

30. Norman

31. Olly

32. Otto

33. Perry

34. Phoenix

35. Quinten

36. Ross

37. Rory

38. Rueben

39. Solomon

40. Spence

41. Thor

42. Turner

43. Ulysses

44. Vaughn

45. Witt

46. Woodrow

47. Xander

48. Yale

49. Zane

50. Zeke

Find more boys’ name ideas on Baby Names here.

Still looking for some inspiration in finding that perfect name? Here are some places to start:

•    Fairy tales and their characters
•    Cities around the world, like London, Paris, Austin, etc.
•    Biblical names
•    Literary characters, such as characters from Shakespeare’s works
•    Family names, including names from many generations back and your family history

For even more ideas and name inspiration, visit BabyNames.net.

 

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10 thoughts on “The 50 Most (and Least) Common Baby Names for Boys and Girls

tmantha

In the most unusual names I did not hala hahaha

Anonymous

My name is uncommon because my name is Kinley.

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Where’s my name

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Ninfa

I’m a female and my name is ninfa, what’s the meaning of Ninfa?

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hannnah

i love this i have 23 and pregnant with twins and i just want to say tha yall have the most best uncommon names ever thank yall

I like the name: Asriella.

Anonymous

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Rhema

My name is Rhema (Ray-mah) I am a girl and I never see my name anywhere except a famous Christian girl singer. Please put my name on the list of you can. I really like the name but I don’t share it with any one so appearently I’m what my parents call “special”. Thanks,
The girl with a “special” name

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brittany

Finnley for a girl