Liam and Olivia once again dominate the top baby name list

WASHINGTON – Olivia and Liam are once again America’s most common baby names. And Theodore enters the list of top 10 baby names for the first time.

The Social Security Administration annually tracks the names given to girls and boys in each state, with names dating back to the 1880s. Data is based on social security card applications.

Based on cultural and demographic trends, the list shows how names can rise and fall in popularity.

Liam has reigned for five straight years, while Olivia has unseated Emma as the top name in the last three, according to the agency’s list released on Friday.

After Liam, the most common boy names in order: Noah, Oliver, Elijah, James, William, Benjamin, Lucas, Henry and Theodore.

And for girls after Olivia: Emma, ​​Charlotte, Amelia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Evelyn and Harper.

The “fastest rising” baby names – meaning the names are growing in popularity – are Amiri for boys and Raya for girls.


The top male names that have lost popularity are Jaxtyn, Karsyn, and Xzavier. Different spellings of the name Denise lost popularity in 2020-2021.

The latest data from the Social Security Administration shows that 3.64 million babies were born in the US in 2021, up slightly from last year’s 3.6 million babies, but representing an overall decline in America’s birth rate.

The full list of baby names can be found on the Social Security website.

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Joel McCord

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