The 10 Most Popular Baby Names of 2011

Thu, December 1, 2011 11:02am EDT by 26 Comments

The Kardashians are so trendy, they’re even influencing baby names — Mason is in the top 5!

On the Today Show, BabyCenter.com Editor-in-Chief Linda Murray revealed the most popular names of 2011. Twilight, the Kardashians, the royal wedding and other celeb-inspired names were the top baby name trends this year!

And the winners are…

Girls

  • Sophia
  • Emma
  • Isabella
  • Olivia
  • Ava
  • Lily
  • Chloe
  • Madison

Boys

  • Aiden
  • Jackson
  • Mason
  • Liam
  • Jacob
  • Jayden
  • Ethan
  • Noah

Kourtney Kardashian, as always, was a trend setter by naming her son Mason, but other celeb parents had some influence, too. Harper, Victoria Beckham’s daughter’s name, is the fastest rising girl’s name.

Also on the rise? Royals! Besides Will and Kate, Harry is trending and even Pippa’s name is gaining popularity! And, obviously, Twilight had a big effect: Jacob and Bella are in the top five! But where’s Edward?

This year the letters A and N were the most popular — the top five girl names all end with -a and -n was represented in five of the eight top boy names.

BabyCenter collects their data from the names of 300,000 babies registered on the site in 2011, and in their Baby Names Survey they ask how parents chose a name. They discovered that 2 out of 5 moms share their baby’s name on a social networking site within minutes or hours of giving birth!

Did YOUR baby’s name make the list? Tell us your favorite name, HollyMoms!

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Tracy

Posted at 8:22 PM on December 4, 2011  

My daughter’s name is Talar (like Taylor) and her middle name is Rain. A lot of people like her middle name.

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Posted at 8:32 PM on December 4, 2011  

Talar, are you daft? That’s horrible! This kreatif spelling trend needs to die. It just makes you look uneducated and tells everyone that your daughter introduces herself to in the coming years that her parents are low class. Rain is popular a trailer park/stripper name.

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Bethany

Posted at 7:39 PM on December 4, 2011  

Ava has been one of my favorite BabyGirl names.

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Melissa

Posted at 9:38 PM on December 1, 2011  

My daughters are Arianna(4) and Amelia(2). Starting and ending with A, (supposedly a new trend) but thankfully not on the Top 10 list. Funny thing is, they’re both A.C. and I only realized after my 2nd was born that my cousin’s 3 kids were all A.C. as well. We’ll set our own trend ;)

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Nicole

Posted at 9:34 PM on December 1, 2011  

My daughter is 4 months old and I named her Arianna Rae. Not on the list, but I think its pretty.

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Greusa

Posted at 3:00 PM on December 3, 2011  

I like the name Ariana, i like that name but i wanted it to be a little diferent for my daughter, because i tought there may be a lot of Ariany out there, so I named her Ariany, she is 23 months olds

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Nicole

Posted at 9:33 PM on December 1, 2011  

My daugther is 4 months old, and I named her Arianna Rae. Obviously not on the list, but i think its pretty.

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Lola

Posted at 6:19 PM on December 1, 2011  

My son name is Mason and my daughter name is Dasha, and I’m pregnant again now and I’m thinkin in call her Gisele, because is a really popular and cool name from my country, Brazil.

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Posted at 6:07 PM on December 1, 2011  

Emma is ALLWAYS one of the top baby names hahaha

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Posted at 4:15 PM on December 1, 2011  

Names are just a cycle. Emma and Olivia has been popular since the 1860’s-1880’s USA and UK, now those names are back to popularity. Maybe in the next ten years or more we’re going to see a new generations of Dorothys, Dorises, Judiths, Margarets, Janes, Brendas, Belindas, Barbaras, Bonnies, and so forth!

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Posted at 6:52 PM on December 2, 2011  

names i would like retired: heather, tarnya, denise, jennifer. too many of those as it is. and, by the way, why would anyone want a “popular” name? i mean, are people p.o.’ed when they say their child’s name on this list, or happy? i guess it depends on your personality. personally, i’d be so annoyed if my child’s name made the list (though i equally do not like when names are completely crazy and made up).

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K.D.

Posted at 3:54 PM on December 1, 2011  

Um…….that’s actually a picture of Kourtney’s younger sister Kylie holding Mason……….

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Posted at 2:53 PM on December 3, 2011  

no it’s not.

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Jess

Posted at 10:46 PM on December 3, 2011  

actually it is Kylie. one of them put it up on their websites saying it was Kylie with Mason. plus, Kourt is darker

 
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Rebecca

Posted at 2:22 PM on December 1, 2011  

My daughters name is- Riley Marie. Im happy its not one of the most popular names on the list. I like to be different and unique.

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Courtney

Posted at 12:00 PM on December 1, 2011  

some of those names have been perenially popular for decades like Mason Olivia & Sophia. think about it you have actresses like Olivia De Havilland & Olivia Newton John plus Sophia Loren De Havilland is a two time oscar winner and Loren was the first to win best actress for a film in a foreign language for two women in 1962

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Lia

Posted at 5:55 PM on December 1, 2011  

I have cousins that our sisters and the oldest one is named Loren and the youngest one is named Sophia, but it’s funny that it was not planned…..

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