The most popular names of 2021 revealed

A newborn baby is photographed on a changing table on June 5, 2001, in the maternity ward of the Franco-British hospital in Levallois-Perret. (DIDIER PALLAGES / AFP via Getty Images)

(KTLA) – This year’s list of most popular baby names was revealed this week by BabyCenter, a popular parenting digital resource.

After 11 consecutive years as the number one in the chart, Sophia has been dethroned by Olivia as the most popular female given name. Meanwhile, Liam retained his place as the most popular male given name for the third year in a row.

The 2021 rankings come from “hundreds of thousands of parents” who share their baby’s names with BabyCenter in real time, “giving them a more up-to-date look at trends,” the website says.

For the first time this year, the site has not combined spellings of the same name in the rankings. This means that the spellings of names like Sophia and Sofia have taken different positions on the list (number 5 and number 22, respectively).

No new baby girl names made it to the top ten list in 2021, although there have been small reshuffles in popularity: Charlotte has gone from two spots from number 8 to number 6, while Amelia is went from number 5 to number 3. Ava, Sophia, Isabella and Mia each fell from one place.

While the best girl names have remained relatively constant, two new boy names have entered the top ten this year – Levi and Asher, knocking Mateo and Logan off the list.

The fastest growing baby girl names in 2021 were Raya – up 53%, Alora – up 32%, and Ariya – up 27%. Meanwhile, the boy names with the biggest jumps were Onyx – up 44%, Koda – up 38%, and Finnegan – up 35%.

Some of the biggest baby name trends this year were gender-neutral, unisex names, such as Finley and Tatum, as well as nature-inspired names, such as Willow, Ivy, and Sage.

Pop culture references were also popular this year, with names like Daphne (from the Bridgerton show) and Chadwick (as in actor Chadwick Boseman, who died this year). One in 10 parents surveyed by BabyCenter said they found their baby’s name in a TV show, movie or book, which is why the hit series Ted Lasso reinforced the names of its characters like Roy, Keeley and Jamie this year, the site added.

“We have also seen an increase in baby names that channel strength, optimism and resilience – a testament to being born in the midst of a pandemic, we believe,” the website said.

A list of the top 100 names of 2021 can be found here.

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