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The most popular baby names of 2021 revealed

The most popular baby names of 2021 revealed
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The list of this year’s most popular baby names was revealed and after 11 consecutive years as number one in the rankings, Sophia was unseated by Olivia as the most popular girl name.

Of course, for that to happen, they had to change the rules... 

For the very first time, the site did not combine spelling variations of the same name in the rankings. That means spellings of names likes Sophia and Sofia took different spots on the list (number 5 and number 22, respectively).

Liam, however, did hold its spot as the most popular boy name for the third year in a row.

Also, worth noting; there were no new baby girl names that entered the top ten list in 2021, though there were small changes in popularity. Meanwhile, a pair of new boy names entered the top ten this year — Levi and Asher, knocking Mateo and Logan off the list.

The fastest-rising baby girl names in 2021 were Raya — up 53%, Alora — up 32%, and Ariya — up 27%. Meanwhile, boy names with the biggest jumps were Onyx — up 44%, Koda — up 38%, and Finnegan — up 35%.

The 2021 rankings come from “hundreds of thousands of parents” who share the names given to their babies with BabyCenter in real-time, “making them a more up-to-the-minute look at what’s trending,” the website says.

It should also be noted that this is the list of most popular names in North America. Here is the list of the most popular baby names in Quebec

Read BabyCenter’s full, top 10 below and check out their list of 100 most popular names here.



1 - Olivia

2 - Emma

3 - Amelia

4 - Ava

5 - Sophia

6 - Charlotte

7 - Isabella

8 - Mia

9 - Luna

10 - Harper



1 - Liam

2 - Noah

3 - Oliver

4 - Elijah

5 - Lucas

6 - Levi

7 - Mason

8 - Asher

9 - James

10 - Ethan

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