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The Data Is Out — This Is What Parents Named Their Babies In 2019

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It's December, which means it's not only time for the holidays, but also BabyCenter's annual report on the year's most popular baby names!


Here are some of 2019's biggest baby name trends and shakeups:

Keanu Reeves was so big in 2019 that he had an impact on the baby name charts.


Not only did the name Keanu (meaning "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian) increase in popularity by a whopping 24%, but Duke (his character's name in Toy Story 4) and Ted (his iconic character's name in the Bill and Ted franchise that will return next year with a third installment) saw sizable increases as well!

There was also an uptick in the amount of babies given nicknames as first names.

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Earlier this year, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry named their son Archie (not Archibald or Arthur, but Archie), and they were not alone in naming their baby after a nickname. For baby girls, these nicknames as names were big: Cassie (+43%), Nell (+24%), and Tori (+19%). Among baby boys, these nicknames as names were popular: Izzy (+36%), Ricky (+25%), and Leo and Randy (both +21%).

Babies born in the '90s are now having babies of their own — and a lot of them are choosing to give their babies popular baby names from the '90s.


Brittany — which regularly ranked in the top ten for girl names throughout the '90s — saw an impressive 33% increase this year. Other classic '90s girl names that rose in popularity were: Nicole, Amber, Amanda, Lauren, Jessica, Stephanie, and Rachel. Among boys, it was like 1995 all over again as Jonathan, Christopher, Nicholas, and Austin shot up the baby name charts.

At least seven couples affiliated with The Bachelor franchise had babies in 2019, and their name choices were seriously trending.

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It's hard to say if these Bachelor babies were influencing 2019's baby name trends or following them, but Brooks — the name Bachelor in Paradise alums Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert gave their daughter — was up 18%. Ruth — the name Bekah Martinez and boyfriend Grayston Leonard gave their baby girl — was up 10%, and Hayes — the name Whitney Bischoff and husband Ricky Angel gave their son — had an uptick too.

Arabic names were on the rise in 2019.

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Muhammad has long been one of the world's most popular names, but in 2019 — after years of rising on the charts — it finally broke through into the domestic top ten (#10) for the first time. On the girl names list, Aaliyah, another name of Arabic origin, also landed at number 10.

Meanwhile, some baby names were shooting up the charts faster than others.

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Isla made the biggest jump on the top 100 girl names list, rising from 74 in 2018 all the way up to 36 this year. Eleanor and Miles were tied for the second fastest climbing name.

Now for the big shakeup — Jackson was finally knocked out of the top spot for boy's names after six years of dominance.


Jackson was the most popular boy name on the list from 2013-2018, but was usurped this year by Liam, the new reigning champion!

And, lastly, as the '10s come to a close we can easily crown Sophia as the girls name of the decade — it held the top spot for all ten years!!!


So get used to hearing this: "Sophia?" "Yes?" "Sorry, I meant the other Sophia!"

Those were the trends and notable stories! Now here are the Top 10 lists for 2019:


1. Liam (the new #1)
2. Jackson
3. Noah
4. Aiden
5. Grayson
6. Caden
7. Lucas
8. Elijah
9. Oliver
10. Muhammad (New to the top 10 this year)


1. Sophia (Ranked No. 1 for the tenth consecutive year)
2. Olivia
3. Emma
4. Ava
5. Aria
6. Isabella
7. Amelia
8. Mia
9. Riley
10. Aaliyah (New to the top 10 this year)

To see the full top 100 names of 2019 plus more of the year's baby-naming trends, visit BabyCenter.

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