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Can You Guess the Most Popular Baby Names?

posted: 05/07/15
by: Courtney Reimer
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Sure, Charlotte is one of the most popular baby names in conversations right now (thanks, #RoyalBaby!), but how does it rank in popularity among all the babies born in the past year?

The U.S. government -- specifically the Social Security Administration -- revealed the top 10 names for boys and girls last year, and looks like Kate Middleton and Prince William aren't the only ones who like the name Charlotte.

The most popular names for girls born in 2014 were:

1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Sophia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Abigail
9. Madison
10. Charlotte

And for boys born in 2014:

1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Mason
4. Jacob
5. William
6. Ethan
7. Michael
8. Alexander
9. James
10. Daniel

As for what's popular so far in 2015, the latest numbers released by mega-popular parenting site BabyCenter this week show Charlotte ranks at #7 for baby girl names on their site. #1 on BabyCenter's Most Popular Baby Names of 2015 list? Emma for a girl, and Liam for a boy. (Looks like Charlotte isn't the only British-sounding name that's ranking highly these days!) Here's how the rest of their top 10 looks:

The most popular girl names, according to BabyCenter's latest report:

1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Sophia
4. Ava
5. Isabella
6. Mia
7. Charlotte
8. Emily
9. Amelia
10. Madison

The most popular boy names:

1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Mason
4. Ethan
5. Logan
6. Lucas
7. Jackson
8. Jacob
9. Oliver
10. Aiden

In terms of web searches, Google released its most popular names from March 2014 to March 2015. Charlotte isn't yet a top-ranker for girls names -- that honor belongs to the current Queen of England (and Princess Charlotte's middle name): Elizabeth. Olivia and Emma round out the top three. For boys, Michael, James and Avery were the top three most-Googled. (To see the most popular names by state, check out this great infographic by Time.)

While it's safe to say we'll see a lot of Charlottes in the coming years, we're going to make another prediction: if celebrities truly are just like us, preschools will soon see an influx of little girls with traditionally male names. (Jessica Simpson named her baby girl Maxwell, Mila Kunis named hers Wyatt, and Blake Lively named hers James.)