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Top baby boy names & baby girl names

Jacob and Sophia are the most popular baby names this year in the United States, however that was not always the case! Find out which baby boy names and baby girl names were the most popular in the past, as well as the top celebrity baby names, top baby names from songs and books and the most popular baby names from the Bible. It’s a baby name bonanza!

Popular baby boy names

John is the top boy name overall of the last decade, however things have changed recently! We have rounded up the top boy names from the past and present.

Most popular baby names from books

Thanks to the popularity of the bestselling books (and movies!) The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, names from these books are tops. Classic novels like To Kill a Mockingbird are also popular choices for parents looking for a more unique name — and let's not forget about the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey!

  • Harry: Harry Potter
  • Cedric: Harry Potter
  • Christian: Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Atticus: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Holden: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Gatsby: The Great Gatsby
  • Rhett: Gone with the Wind

Check out more Twilight baby names and The Hunger Games baby names here >>

Most popular baby names from songs

Raising a musical baby? Perhaps you should consider naming your son one of these popular names from songs!

  • Jude: “Hey Jude” by The Beatles
  • Mickey: “Mickey” by Toni Basil
  • Leroy: “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce
  • Bobby: “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin
  • Jagger: “Moves like Jagger” by Maroon Five
  • Jeremy: “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam
  • Al: “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon
  • Jessie: “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
  • Bennie: “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John
  • Tim: “Tim McGraw” by Taylor Swift

Most popular baby names from the Bible

These biblical boy names have spiritual meaning, but they are also great old-fashioned names as well. Boy names from the Bible are always a popular choice for parents.

Most popular celebrity baby names

Celebrity baby names often turn out to be the hottest names of the year! In fact, many baby name trends start with celebrity babies. Here are the most popular baby boy names:

  • Knox, Pax, Maddox: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
  • Bingham: Kate Hudson
  • Moroccan: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
  • Kannon: Kevin James
  • Skyler: Rachel Zoe
  • Flynn: Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr
  • Xander: January Jones
  • Felix: Elizabeth Banks
  • Leo: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
  • Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz: Victoria and David Beckham
  • Kase: Jewel and Ty Murray
  • Kingston and Zuma: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

Check out the best and worst celebrity baby names here >>

Most popular baby names for 2011

Each year, the Social Security Administration releases a list of the most popular baby names of the year, taken from birth certificates in the United States. For the 13th year in a row, Jacob was the most popular baby boy name of 2011. Mason was the only newcomer to the top 10 list, kicking off Anthony. The name Brantley was the biggest mover of the year.

Check out the top 100 baby boy names of 2011 here >>

Most popular baby names for 2010

Jacob was the top baby boy name of 2010, with Aiden creeping into the top 10 for the first time taking the place of Joshua. Anthony was in the top 10, however the rest of the names remained the same as above. The name Bentley was the biggest mover of the year. What other boy names were popular in 2010? Check them out below:

Check out the top 100 baby boy names of 2010 here >>

Most popular baby names for 2009

You know which baby boy name was number one in 2009 — that’s right, Jacob! Christopher was on the list this year, however the rest of the names stayed put.

Check out the top 100 baby boy names 2009 here >>

Most popular baby names for 2008

Jacob was the most popular boy name of the year (are we sounding like a broken record yet?) followed by Michael, Ethan, Joshua and Daniel. Max was a popular name, as both Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez had boys this year with this name. Check out more popular baby boy names for 2008!

Check out the top 100 baby boy names of 2008 here >>

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