The Most Popular Baby Names

2011: The United States Social Security Administration lists “Jacob” as the most popular name for boys—for years 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000—actually, the SSA’s top 100 list indicates  “Jacob” as the 35th most popular name for boys—(in the last 100 years). See 2018 stats here. Jacob’s name was changed by God.

‘Biblical’ Related Names:

  • The number one name for boys in the last 100 years?—JAMES. (1919-2018) Also included in this list were names (or, significant words) from the Holy Bible including (in order, most popular first) John, Michael, David, Joseph, Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Paul, Joshua, Timothy, Jacob, Stephen, Jonathan, Benjamin, Samuel, Aaron, Adam, Peter, Nathan, Jeremy, Christian, Noah, Jesse, Jordan, Gabriel, and Philip.
  • The number one name for girls in the last 100 years?—MARY. (1919-2018) Included in this list were names (or, significant words) from the Holy Bible including (in order, most popular first) Elizabeth, Sarah, Deborah, Rebecca, Ruth, Christine, Rachel, Christina, Judith, Hannah, Sara, Grace, and Danielle.
  • In 2018, ‘James’, nor ‘Mary’ were included in the top 10 baby names. From 2010-2018, (in the top 200 list) the name ‘James’ fell to 9th place and ‘Mary’, to 125th place.
  • The Names of Jesus
  • Why did God change the name of some individuals?


A 140 year history of names:

  • Most popular names in the 1880s—John and Mary.
  • Most popular names in the 1890s—John and Mary.
  • Most popular names in the 1900s—John and Mary.
  • Most popular names in the 1910s—John and Mary.
  • Most popular names in the 1920s—Robert and Mary.
  • Most popular names in the 1930s—Robert and Mary.
  • Most popular names in the 1940s—James and Mary.
  • Most popular names in the 1950s—James and Mary.
  • Most popular names in the 1960s—Michael and Lisa.
  • Most popular names in the 1970s—Michael and Jennifer.
  • Most popular names in the 1980s—Michael and Jessica.
  • Most popular names in the 1990s—Michael and Jessica.
  • Most popular names in the 2000s—Jacob and Emily.
  • Most popular names in the 2010s—Noah and Emily.

2018: Male-#1 Liam. Female-#1 Emma. “Top 10 Baby Names of 2018” In this list, biblical names such as Noah, James, Benjamin and Elijah were included. For females, none were mentioned.

2019, USA: “Arabic names are on the rise this year, with Muhammad and Aaliyah entering the top 10.”—Babycenter. In this report, ‘Muhammad’ was listed in 10th place and ‘James’ followed in the 18th position. 2017: “Muhammad has replaced William in the top ten most popular boys’ names in England and Wales.”—Independent; Sept. 2017.