Pregnancy can be difficult in many ways, including the seemingly simple task of settling on a baby name. If you’re planning on using a family name, or if you’ve always thought about using a particular name, you may have an easy time naming your baby. But for others, choosing a name turns out to be a surprisingly challenging and daunting task—there may be stress in knowing that your baby will carry this chosen name for a lifetime, so you want to choose something you’ll all love.
To help all the soon to be parents out there, we’re rounding up some of the most popular baby names in recent years. Here are some favorites across different categories:
Throwbacks to a Different Era
Maybe it’s all the turmoil going on in the world these days, but this year a lot of people are going for vintage-inspired baby names. Among other names that harken back to another time, you can expect to see:
Female: Alice, Margaret, Hazel, Catherine, Pearl, Opal, Violet, Gladys, Adele, Darlene, Diana, Annabelle, Greta, Glenda, Betsy, Judith, Leona, Olive, Ophelia, Ruth, Harriet, and Eve.
Male: Bernard, Leonard, Alexander, Calvin, Hugh, Theodore, Walter, Joe, Owen, James, Henry, Jeremiah, Everett, Silas, Sebastian, Frank, Alfred, Walter, Clarence, and Louis.
Top Favorites in Recent Years
The Social Security Administration is holding off on releasing its list of the most popular names in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but here are the leading names that were trending in 2018:
Female: Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, Sophia, Charlotte, Mia, Amelia, Harper, and Evelyn.
Male: Liam, Noah, William, James, Oliver, Benjamin, Elijah, Lucas, Mason, and Logan.
Up until the mid 1980’s, less than 10% of babies were given gender neutral names, but these names are growing in popularity as increasing numbers of parents seek out an option that doesn’t tie their baby to one gender or another. Here are some of the most popular:
Willie, Kelly, Terry, Jordan, Taylor, Alexis, Leslie, Logan, Jamie, Shannon, Shawn, Robin, Angel, Francis, Tracy, Cameron, Dale, Lee, Courtney, and Jessie.
Arizona’s Leading Names
With many similarities to the most popular names across the United States, here are the leading baby names in Arizona in 2018, starting with the most popular. Check out the whole list to find out what other names rounded out the top 100.
Female: Emma, Olivia, Mia, Isabella, Sophia, Mila, Camila, Charlotte, Amelia, Evelyn, Emily, Luna, Ava, Victoria, Penelope, Abigail, Harper, Sofia, Aria, Elizabeth.
Male: Liam, Noah, Sebastian, Benjamin, Oliver, Mateo, Alexander, Daniel, Elijah, Julian, Ethan, James, Michael, Mason, Jacob, Logan, Santiago, David, Adrian, Angel.
If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.