Noah and Emma can take bragging rights for the most popular boy and girl baby names,
“There aren’t too many guys in China named Rusty,” the late George Carlin once mused. “I guess the name never caught on.”
Here in the United States, Noah and Emma can take bragging rights for the most popular boy and girl baby names, according to data released by the Social Security Administration.
The most popular boys names last year were:
The most popular girl names in 2014 were:
This is basically unchanged from 2013. On the boy’s side, only the name Jayden fell out of the top 10, while for the girls, the name of Elizabeth also lost its top 10 status. Charlotte cracked the top 10 for the first time for the first time, and will no doubt become a fixture thanks to the recent birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana to Prince Harry and Kate. James has not been in the top 10 since 1992.
Emma is the most popular girl’s name in nearly half of the 50 states (22), while Olivia is the most popular in 14. The name Harper did not crack the top 10, but it is the most popular girl’s name in North and South Dakota.
Liam is the boy’s name of choice in 15 states, while Noah is the favorite in nine, according to the Social Security Administration. Jackson, not on the top 10 list, is the most popular name in Wyoming.
The website BabyCenter found a spike last year in baby names associated with popular TV series. Galina and Piper, both from the Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black,” were up 67 percent and 26 percent from the previous year, respectively. Another Netflix series, “House of Cards” is presumably behind a surge in popularity for the names Frank and Claire (19 percent and 14 percent, respectively).
Emma, too, has a rich literary heritage (Emma Bovary, Jane Austin’s heroine), and also happens to be the name of two exceedingly popular actresses, Emma Watson, from the “Harry Potter” franchise, and Emma Stone, most recently nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in “Birdman.”
As for Liam, perhaps parents were just “taken” by the name.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.