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The most popular baby names in the United States (and their meaning)

Choosing a baby’s name is one of the first important decisions we make as parents, and it’s not something we take lightly. Favorite names in other countries can influence them when it comes to doing it, and we have known the ones that Americans choose the most for their offspring.

The United States Social Security (SSA) has published the list of the most popular girl and boy names for babies in the United States in 2021 . As we have seen in previous years, they sneak into the top 10 names that are also popular in other parts of the world, including Spain.

Olivia and Liam are the most popular again

Like last year Olivia for a girl and Liam for a boy, they repeat in the first place of the names that parents chose for their newborns.

It’s the fifth year in a row that Liam has been the first choice, and the third year in a row for Olivia.

In terms of new additions, it’s the first time Theodore has made the top 10 list.

The 10 most popular girl names in the United States

  • Olivia : of Latin origin, it means “the one who brings peace”.
  • Emma : of Germanic origin, it means “Great”, “Strong”, “Immense”, “Powerful”.
  • Charlotte : French version, feminine diminutive of ‘Charles’. It means “free woman”
  • Amelia : name of Greek origin whose meaning is “work”. Could be interpreted as “working woman”
  • Ava : of Hebrew origin, English variant of Eva and means “to give life”.
  • Sophia : of Greek origin and means “wisdom”, “the one who possesses wisdom”.
  • Isabella : Italian form of Isabella, meaning “God’s promise”. It is also one of the most popular girl names in Mexico.
  • Mia: it is a name that continues to set trends in recent years. It is of Hebrew origin, diminutive of Maria. Also among the most popular names in Argentina.
  • Evelyn : name of Celtic origin, variant of Eva, meaning “pleasant or pleasant”.
  • Harper: unisex name of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning “he/she who plays the harp”

If we look at the most popular names in Spain, we also find Emma and Sofia in the top 10, while names like Olivia and Mia are among the names that are rising like foam in the latest trends.

It is also striking the great influence of Latin names, both for boys and girls, which have crept into the top positions of the most popular names in the United States, as well as in those of other countries.

If we look at the United Kingdom, Olivia is also in the first place of the favorite names by the English for their daughters. And among the boys, his male version, Oliver, who we also see here in third place.

The 10 most popular boy names in the United States

  • Liam : It is one of the most popular short names in recent years around the world. Favorite in Argentina, Portugal and Spain, among others. It comes from the Irish, short version of William and means “firm protection”.
  • Noah: also one of the trending boy names for 2022 and very popular in other countries. Of Hebrew origin, its meaning is “Rest, peace, comfort, or the one who is comforted”.
  • Oliver: of Scandinavian origin. It means “blessed by the olive tree”.
  • Elijah: English variant of Elijah.
  • James: very popular name in the Anglo-Saxon world. Its origin is Hebrew, and derives from Jacob, which means “the one who is sustained by God”.
  • William: It is also one of the most popular names in the United Kingdom, linked to European royalty. It is of Germanic origin and means “willful protector”.
  • Benjamin: means ‘sons of’ in Arabic. Also among the most popular baby names in Portugal and Argentina, among others.
  • Lucas: Latin name that means “the one who stands out for his brightness”, “the one who was born at dawn”.
  • Henry: Variant of German Haimirich, from Germanic heim, “house” and ric, “power” or “ruler.”
  • Theodore: English version of Theodore, of Greek origin, means “gift of God”.

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