What’s in a Name?

The ultimate list of the most popular baby names of 2011 was released yesterday, proving how much influence TV and religion have over our ideas. At AOA, we deliver babies from every background and ethnicity, seeing hundreds upon hundreds of unique baby names, but we have to admit that these ones do seem to come up quite often.

Most Popular Baby Names

The most popular baby names of 2011 look like this:


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


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


Choosing a Baby Name

For a parent, choosing the name that your child will be known by for the rest of their lives can be daunting. Of course, every parent has their secret list of baby names that they’ve always held close to their hearts, waiting for the day when they’d choose a name. But it can still be an overwhelming decision.

Many times we’ll ask you at OBYGN visits, or even on the day of delivery, if you’ve picked a name for your little on yet. But don’t worry; it’s not uncommon for parents to be ‘undecided’ on the name until the very day your child is born.

Here are some helpful tips to choosing your baby’s name:

  1. Be Aware of How Much of an Impact Society Has on Your Decision – You might have a baby name ready and waiting, something you’ve been holding on to since childhood. You’ve always pictured having a little “Jacob” or “Sophia,” but now that the list of names is out you are afraid the name will be too common. Or maybe you recently heard a name on a TV show that sounded interesting. Naming your new baby is not an instant decision, it’s a joint one and one that should take time and a great deal of thought. If you’ve held on to the same baby name since you were a kid, perhaps it was meant to be.
  2. Don’t Worry About What Others Say – This is your baby and your decision. As with everything in pregnancy, everyone will have an opinion but yours and your partners are the only ones that count.
  3. Tradition vs Uniqueness – Some parents have families steeped in tradition, and so their sons are named after great-grandfathers and their daughters carry their grandmother’s names. Other parents want to split from tradition and forge a new path for their son or daughter with a unique name. The choice is completely yours.
  4. The Story – Many parents want their child’s name to have a story behind it. For example, if you met and married in Santa Monica, California, why not Monica for your baby girl’s name?
  5. Work Together – Above all, work together to choose a name. It should not be a stressful process, it should be fun and exciting. This is one of those things that absolutely needs to be decided and agreed upon as a team.

Here at the AOA Family, we hear all kinds of baby names, so if you’re struggling don’t hesitate to toss some names our way in your next OBGYN appointment!

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