Most Popular U.S. Baby Names of 2006

The 2006 list of popular names is finally here! The positive and negative numbers indicate how a name has risen or fallen in rank since 2005:

Girls:
1. Emily
2. Emma
3. Madison
4. Isabella (+2)
5. Ava (+4)
6. Abigail (-2)
7. Olivia (-2)
8. Hannah (-1)
9. Sophia (+2)
10. Samantha (-2)
11. Elizabeth (+1)
12. Ashley (-2)
13. Mia (+4)
14. Alexis (-1)
15. Sarah
16. Natalie (+2)
17. Grace (-3)
18. Chloe (+1)
19. Alyssa (-3)
20. Brianna
Boys:
1. Jacob
2. Michael
3. Joshua
4. Ethan (+1)
5. Matthew (-1)
6. Daniel (+1)
7. Christopher (+2)
8. Andrew (-2)
9. Anthony (-1)
10. William (+1)
11. Joseph (-1)
12. Alexander
13. David
14. Ryan
15. Noah (new)
16. James (+1)
17. Nicholas (-2)
18. Tyler (-2)
19. Logan (new)
20. John (-2)

The top 20 girl names stayed exactly the same — they’re just in a different order now.

The top 20 boy names are nearly the same, except Jonathan and Nathan were bumped off in favor of Noah and Logan.

More analysis coming soon…


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