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This Is What Parents Named Their Babies In 2021 — And For The First Time In Over A Decade, There's A New Top Girl Name

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It's somehow already November, which means two things: 1) 2022 is nearly here (how?), and B) BabyCenter just dropped its annual list of the most popular names of the year!

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So, what cool and interesting goings-on and trends did we see with baby names in 2021? Let’s take a look:

First, Sophia was finally unseated as the most popular girl name after 11 consecutive years atop the list! So what's the new reigning number one name? It's Olivia!

Olivia Rodrigo
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Olivia — which was the second most popular girl name last year — surely got a boost in popularity thanks to the breakout success of pop star Olivia Rodrigo (and her #1 hits "Drivers License" and "Good 4 U") in 2021.

There was no shake-up atop the boys' list, though. Liam — for the third consecutive year — remained the most popular boy name.

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There were some surprises with boy names, though — Levi and Asher broke into the top 10, knocking out Mateo and Logan.

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Levi landed at #6 (making a big jump up from #24), and Asher came in at #8 (making an even bigger leap up from #33). Mateo and Logan, meanwhile, are now #11 and #16, respectively.

Note: The 2021 top 10 lists for both girls and boys are listed at the end of this post!

OK, on to 2021's biggest baby name trends! One massive one was names inspired by the year's biggest streaming hit shows. For example...

The incredible success of WandaVision had an impressive affect on baby names. Wanda was up a whopping 54% year over year, Agatha was up 32%, and Darcy was up 11%. Perhaps most surprising? The name Vision made an appearance on the girls' list, up 22%.

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Everyone's favorite show about a goodhearted football coach turned soccer coach in England, Ted Lasso, inspired baby names in 2021 too, but the one name they didn't like was Ted...it was down. (Sorry, Ted.)

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However, show faves Roy (up 9%), Keeley (up 15%), and Jamie (up 10%) all saw significant boosts in popularity. And whether it was because of the show or not, Rupert — no one's favorite character — saw a very sizable increase of 67%.

Bridgerton appears to have inspired parents to name their babies too. Daphne (up 13%) and Eloise (up 15%) were notably on the rise in popularity in 2021.

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Another interesting trend was how names that end in “ah” absolutely dominated the girls' lists. Eight of the top ten names, for example, fell into this category (Olivia, Emma, Ava, Amelia, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, and Luna).

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What's more, the three girl names that increased the most in popularity in 2021 — Raya (up 53%), Alora (up 32%), and Ariya (up 27%) — fell into this category too.

Another trend: parents favored powerful and unique names, like Onyx (up 44%), Koda (up 38%), and Finnegan (up 35%), as well as on-the-rise names Zyaire, Stetson, Wilder, Ezequiel, and Briggs.

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Interestingly, 2021 also saw parents view names in a more gender neutral way: Tatum, Finley, and Eden were all up for boys, while Stevie, Lennon, Remington, and Logan climbed the girls' list.

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Those were the trends and notable stories! Now here are the top 10 lists for 2021:

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1. Liam (Ranked No. 1 for the third consecutive year)
2. Noah
3. Oliver
4. Elijah
5. Lucas
6. Levi (new to top 10)
7. Mason
8. Asher (new to top 10)
9. James
10. Ethan

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1. Olivia (new No. 1!)
2. Emma
3. Amelia
4. Ava
5. Sophia
6. Charlotte
7. Isabella
8. Mia
9. Luna
10. Harper

To see the full top 100 names of 2021, or to read more about the year's baby-naming trends, visit BabyCenter.