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Popular baby names in New York City, 2021

New York City

New York City, located in southeastern New York state, is the most populous city in the United States.

In 2021, New York City welcomed 99,262 babies — 48,648 girls and 50,614 boys.

What were the most popular names among these babies? Emma and Liam.

Here are New York City’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:

Girl Names

  1. Emma, 434 baby girls
  2. Olivia
  3. Mia
  4. Sophia
  5. Leah
  6. Ava
  7. Isabella
  8. Amelia
  9. Luna
  10. Sofia

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 703 baby boys
  2. Noah
  3. Ethan
  4. Lucas
  5. Jacob
  6. Joseph
  7. David
  8. Daniel
  9. Aiden
  10. Benjamin

In the girls’ top 10, Luna and Sofia replaced Sarah and Chloe.

In the boys’ top 10, Benjamin replaced Alexander.

Names in the top 100 included: Grace, Lily, Violet, Aurora, Angel, Ruby, Rose, Harper, Axel, Melody, Summer, Serenity, Iris, Autumn, Jade, Chase, August, Angelina, Ivy, Eden, Goldy, Daisy, Journey, and Faith. (Genders weren’t specified, but most of these look like girl names to me.)

If you’d like to compare 2021 to earlier years, here are NYC’s 2020 rankings, and here’s a round-up of all the NYC rankings from 2019 all the way back to 1990 (plus a few from even earlier).

Source: Health Department Announces Top Baby Names in New York City
Image by mscamilaalmeida from Pixabay

Popular and unique baby names in Iowa, 2021

Iowa

The Midwestern state of Iowa welcomes roughly 40,000 babies per year.

Last year, the most popular baby names in the state were Charlotte and Oliver, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Here are Iowa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte, 174 baby girls
  2. Olivia, 148
  3. Amelia, 141
  4. Ava, 125
  5. Emma, 121
  6. Evelyn, 111
  7. Nora, 110
  8. Sophia, 108
  9. Willow, 101
  10. Eleanor & Harper, 99 (tie)

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 207 baby boys
  2. Liam, 176
  3. Henry, 169
  4. Noah, 136
  5. Asher, 131
  6. Theodore, 129
  7. Hudson, 125
  8. Owen, 123
  9. Brooks, 122
  10. Jack, 120

The SSA’s rankings for Iowa are very similar, though, so…why bother posting Iowa’s own rankings?

Because the state also releases the rest of its baby name data (yay!), so we have a chance to see the names at the other end of the spectrum.

Over 3,600 girl names and over 2,800 boy names were bestowed just once in Iowa last year. Here’s a selection of Iowa’s unique baby names of 2021:

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Amazingrace, Biftu, Celine D’Arc, DaRell, Endellion, Fiolla, Geranium, Hagia-Sophia, Heulwen, Isniin, Johovana, KipperMay, Libba, Mauslynn, Nardos, Onnova, Phyu, Qualoni, Rexha, Six, Tempo, Ulani, Villandry, Wintwar, Xhivani, Yolna, ZelleAdventurous, Biden Rafael, Conker, Divoc, Eastwood, Felty, Grimnir, Healer, Heritier, Isidoro, Judicael, Kenaniah, Lil Junior, McClane, Nightly, Oswalt, Pilot, Qua, Rensselaer, Senanu, Tchite, Utah, Veon, Winiga, XanLee, Yuepheng, Zelldean

Some thoughts on a few of the above…

  • Divoc is “Covid” spelled backwards.
  • Endellion is a Cornish place name. (Former UK PM David Cameron used this name a few years back.)
  • Hagia Sophia, which means “holy wisdom” in ancient Greek, refers to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
  • Heritier (héritier) means “heir” in French.
  • Isniin means “Monday” in Somali.
  • McClane is the surname of the main character (John McClane) in the Die Hard movies.
  • Villandry is a commune in central France.
  • Wintwar (Wint War) is a Burmese name. (A number of refugees from Myanmar live in Iowa.)
  • Zelle is a digital payments network (launched in 2017).

In 2020, the top two names in Iowa were Olivia and Oliver.

Sources: Top Baby Names – Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal, Iowa – Wikipedia, List of U.S. states and territories by population – Wikipedia, Wiktionary

Popular baby names in Australia, 2021

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Australia might be the sixth-largest country in terms of area, but it isn’t very large in terms of population. In fact, it’s one of the least densely populated places in the world.

Last year, Australia welcomed just 309,996 babies — 151,079 baby girls and 158,917 baby boys. (By comparison, the U.S. states of California and Texas recorded 420,031 births and 373,340 births, respectively.)

What were the most popular names among the Australian babies of 2021?

Well…we don’t know for sure. Because Australia doesn’t release baby name rankings that cover the entire country.

map of Australia

So here’s the next-best thing: Eight sets of regional Australian rankings — representing Australia’s six states and two most populous territories — all gathered into a single post, followed by a guess about the country’s top five names per gender.

Here are the regional rankings, ordered by total number of births (highest to lowest):

New South Wales

Last year, New South Wales welcomed 99,300 babies. Here are NSW’s top baby names of 2021:

Girl Names, NSWBoy Names, NSW
1. Olivia, 493 baby girls
2. Amelia, 489
3. Charlotte, 486
4. Isla, 439
5. Ava, 414
6. Mia, 375
7. Grace, 367
8. Chloe, 335
9. Matilda, 326
10. Ella, 322
1. Oliver, 695 baby boys
2. Noah, 633
3. Jack, 459
4. William, 458
5. Henry, 444
6. Leo, 424
7. Lucas, 410
8. Theodore, 378
9. Levi, 339
10. Liam, 336

In 2020, the top names in NSW were Amelia and Oliver.

Victoria

Last year, Victoria welcomed 76,414 babies. Here are Victoria’s top baby names of 2021:

Girl Names, Vic.Boy Names, Vic.
1. Charlotte, 410 baby girls
2. Olivia, 407
3. Isla, 388
4. Amelia, 363
5. Mia, 353
6. Ava, 331
7. Grace, 312
8. Matilda, 284
9. Zoe, 274
10. Willow, 270
1. Oliver, 551 baby boys
2. Noah, 522
3. Jack, 417
4. Charlie, 360 (tie)
5. Leo, 360 (tie)
6. Henry, 356 (tie)
7. William, 356 (tie)
8. Levi, 312
9. Thomas, 310
10. Archie, 302

In 2020, the top names in Victoria were also Charlotte and Oliver.

Queensland

Last year, Queensland welcomed 64,261 babies. Here are Queensland’s top baby names of 2021:

Girl Names, Qld.Boy Names, Qld.
1. Isla, 347 baby girls
2. Olivia, 320
3. Charlotte, 307
4. Willow, 288
5. Mia, 286
6. Ava, 285
7. Grace, 279
8. Amelia, 276
9. Matilda, 224
10. Lily, 215
1. Oliver, 506 baby boys
2. Noah, 419
3. Henry, 363
4. William, 347
5. Theodore, 331
6. Hudson, 302
7. Jack, 296
8. Charlie, 293
9. Elijah, 277
10. Leo, 274

In 2020, the top names in Queensland were Charlotte and Oliver.

Western Australia

Last year, Western Australia welcomed 34,065 babies. Here are WA’s top baby names of 2021:

Girl Names, WABoy Names, WA
1. Isla, 191 baby girls
2. Ava, 150
3. Amelia, 149
4. Charlotte, 143
5. Olivia, 141
6. Harper, 137
7. Grace, 135
8. Mia, 122 (tie)
9. Willow, 122 (tie)
10. Ella, 117
1. Oliver, 248 baby boys
2. Noah, 214
3. Jack, 188
4. William, 167
5. Leo, 165
6. Elijah, 149
7. Thomas, 144
8. Hudson, 143
9. Charlie, 141
10. Lucas, 140

In 2020, the top names in WA were also Isla and Oliver.

South Australia

Last year, South Australia welcomed 19,783 babies. Here are SA’s top baby names of 2021:

Girl Names, SABoy Names, SA
1. Isla, 120 baby girls
2. Charlotte, 110
3. Olivia, 101
4. Harper, 95
5. Ava, 91
6. Amelia, 88 (tie)
7. Ivy, 88 (tie)
8. Grace, 87
9. Lily, 80
10. Willow, 78
1. Oliver, 195 baby boys
2. Noah, 132
3. Henry, 126
4. Charlie, 119
5. Leo, 98
6. Jack, 90
7. William, 85
8. Thomas, 81
9. Hudson, 78
10. Harry/James/Levi/Lucas, 74 each (4-way tie)

In 2020, the top names in SA were Charlotte and Oliver.

Australian Capital Territory

Last year, ACT (Canberra) welcomed 6,410 babies. Here are ACT’s top baby names of 2021:

Girl Names, ACTBoy Names, ACT
1. Charlotte
2. Matilda
3. Grace
4. Ivy (tie)
5. Olivia (tie)
6. Amelia
7. Hazel (2-way tie)
8. Sophia (2-way tie)
9. Ella (2-way tie)
10. Mia (2-way tie)
1. Henry (tie)
2. Oliver (tie)
3. William
4. Theodore
5. Thomas
6. Leo
7. Noah
8. Jack
9. Archer
10. Charlie

In 2020, the top names in ACT were Charlotte and William.

Tasmania

Last year, Tasmania welcomed 6,027 babies. Here are Tasmania’s top baby names of 2021:

Girl Names, Tas.Boy Names, Tas.
1. Charlotte
2. Isla
3. Willow
4. Ruby
5. Ava
6. Matilda
7. Grace
8. Hazel
9. Lucy
10. Lily
1. Oliver
2. Noah
3. Archie
4. Jack
5. Henry
6. William
7. Leo
8. Charlie
9. Hudson
10. Thomas

In 2020, the top names in Tasmania were Willow and Charlie.

Northern Territory

Last year, Northern Territory welcomed 3,736 babies. Here are NT’s top baby names of 2021:

Girl Names, NTBoy Names, NT
1. Isla, 15 baby girls
2. Ivy, 14
3. Amelia, 12 (3-way tie)
4. Ava, 12 (3-way tie)
5. Charlotte, 12 (3-way tie)
6. Hazel, 11 (3-way tie)
7. Matilda, 11 (3-way tie)
8. Mia, 11 (3-way tie)
9. Florence/Harper/Lily/Luna/Olivia, 9 each (5-way tie)
1. Charlie, 16 baby boys
2. Jack, 15
3. James, 14 (tie)
4. Noah, 14 (tie)
5. Elijah, 13 (tie)
6. Luca, 13 (tie)
7. Lucas, 12 (3-way tie)
8. Oliver, 12 (3-way tie)
9. Thomas, 12 (3-way tie)
10. Michael, 11

In 2020, the top names in NT were Charlotte and William.


Australia

Finally, using the data from the five most populous regions — which, together, welcomed nearly 95% of the country’s 2021 babies — we can make a guess about Australia’s top baby names overall:

Possible Top Girl NamesPossible Top Boy Names
1. Isla
2. Olivia
3. Charlotte
4. Amelia
5. Ava
1. Oliver
2. Noah
3. Jack
4. William
5. Leo

I’m confident that Oliver was the #1 boy name in Australia last year, but less confident about Isla being the #1 girl name (because Olivia and Charlotte were so close behind).

What are your thoughts on Australia’s top baby names of 2021?

Sources:

Photo by Ashish Upadhyay on Unsplash. Map adapted from Australia location map by NordNordWest under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Popular baby names in Austin (Texas), 2017

Austin, Texas

A few days ago, I stumbled upon a set of baby name data for Austin, Texas, for the year 2017. While it isn’t current, it does seem to be complete — so it includes hundreds of rare and single-use names (which are always fascinating!).

The data accounts for nearly 19,900 births (9,733 girls and 10,163 boys), and features nearly 6,100 names (3,431 given to girls, 2,656 given to boys).

According to this data, which comes from the City of Austin’s Open Data Portal, the top baby names in the capital of Texas five years ago were Emma and James.

Here are Austin’s top 50 girl names and top 50 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names

  1. Emma, 98 baby girls
  2. Isabella, 88
  3. Olivia, 84
  4. Mia, 81
  5. Evelyn, 77
  6. Sophia, 75
  7. Ava, 73
  8. Abigail, 59 (tie)
  9. Charlotte, 59 (tie)
  10. Emily, 58
  11. Camila, 56 (tie)
  12. Elizabeth, 56 (tie)
  13. Harper, 53
  14. Amelia, 52
  15. Penelope, 51 (tie)
  16. Sofia, 51 (tie)
  17. Scarlett, 46
  18. Ella, 45
  19. Avery, 43 (tie)
  20. Zoe, 43 (tie)
  21. Lillian, 41
  22. Layla, 40 (tie)
  23. Madison, 40 (tie)
  24. Eleanor, 39
  25. Victoria, 38
  26. Allison, 37
  27. Claire, 36 (3-way tie)
  28. Elena, 36 (3-way tie)
  29. Luna, 36 (3-way tie)
  30. Aria, 35 (tie)
  31. Chloe, 35 (tie)
  32. Ellie, 34 (tie)
  33. Katherine, 34 (tie)
  34. Samantha, 33
  35. Hannah, 30 (4-way tie)
  36. Hazel, 30 (4-way tie)
  37. Mila, 30 (4-way tie)
  38. Stella, 30 (4-way tie)
  39. Leah, 29
  40. Cora, 28 (5-way tie)
  41. Genesis, 28 (5-way tie)
  42. Grace, 28 (5-way tie)
  43. Natalie, 28 (5-way tie)
  44. Ximena, 28 (5-way tie)
  45. Clara, 27 (3-way tie)
  46. Eliana, 27 (3-way tie)
  47. Ruby, 27 (3-way tie)
  48. Audrey, 26 (tie)
  49. Sarah, 26 (tie)
  50. Alexa, 25 (3-way tie)
  51. Everly, 25 (3-way tie)
  52. Lily, 25 (3-way tie)

Boy Names

  1. James, 104 baby boys
  2. Noah, 85
  3. Daniel, 83
  4. Benjamin, 82
  5. William, 80
  6. Oliver, 75
  7. Liam, 74
  8. Alexander, 73
  9. Sebastian, 70
  10. Henry, 67
  11. Elijah, 66 (tie)
  12. Mateo, 66 (tie)
  13. Ethan, 65
  14. Jackson, 63
  15. Anthony, 61
  16. Jacob, 60
  17. Aiden, 59 (tie)
  18. Luke, 59 (tie)
  19. David, 58 (tie)
  20. Samuel, 58 (tie)
  21. John, 56
  22. Isaac, 55 (tie)
  23. Julian, 55 (tie)
  24. Michael, 54
  25. Charles, 53 (3-way tie)
  26. Jack, 53 (3-way tie)
  27. Matthew, 53 (3-way tie)
  28. Jose, 52 (tie)
  29. Joshua, 52 (tie)
  30. Wyatt, 50
  31. Aaron, 49 (4-way tie)
  32. Grayson, 49 (4-way tie)
  33. Joseph, 49 (4-way tie)
  34. Levi, 49 (4-way tie)
  35. Dylan, 48
  36. Hudson, 47
  37. Josiah, 46 (3-way tie)
  38. Logan, 46 (3-way tie)
  39. Santiago, 46 (3-way tie)
  40. Jayden, 45
  41. Nathan, 44
  42. Christopher, 43 (tie)
  43. Thomas, 43 (tie)
  44. Andrew, 42 (4-way tie)
  45. Gabriel, 42 (4-way tie)
  46. Luis, 42 (4-way tie)
  47. Owen, 42 (4-way tie)
  48. Lucas, 41
  49. Adrian, 40 (3-way tie)
  50. Axel, 40 (3-way tie)
  51. Christian, 40 (3-way tie)

On the girls’ list, Allison caught my eye. It ranked 26th in Austin in 2017, but 61st nationally the same year. Interesting.

Further down on the boys’ list was Austin itself, in 95th place — vs. 75th nationally — with 21 baby boys. Much further down was Texas, with 2 baby boys.

And now it’s time for the unique names!

One-of-a-kind names were given to 24% of the baby girls and 17% of the baby boys born in Austin in 2017. Here’s a sampling of the names that were bestowed just once:

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Aubrion, Autry, Blue Jay, Cadeau, Ceiba, Dulceluna, Eeriemoon, Fiza, Gilana, Holleen, Itzigueri, Jill, Kasleen, Lillabee, L’Oreal, Mauzie, Millioni, Nincye, Nobelina, Orchid, Princess Plethora, Qiwei, Roshnee, Scepter, Shanze, Thais, Tsumugi, Umutoni, Vyga, Wengiel, Xyzla, Ynafets, ZieglindAshton Alchimist, Bruges, Cayenne, Dalbus, Eames, Fenghua, Ganesh, Getsai, Hackett, Itzae, Jizael, Kavelli Kaine, Linnaeus, Linux, Mazoree, Mistral, Naranna, Nimbus, Olince, Penn, Qhing, Rigveda, Shooter, Syphax, Tavoric, Templar, Urfan, Vetri, Wajahat, Xavi, Yoonbin, Zaxton

Some possible explanations/associations for a few of the above:

  • Cadeau is the French word for “present, gift.”
  • Ceiba is a type of tree.
  • Tsumugi Shirogane is a character from the 2017 video game Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
  • Ynafets is “Stefany” spelled backwards.
  • Bruges is the capital of West Flanders (a province of Belgium).
  • Mistral is a strong late-winter wind in southern France.
  • The Rigveda is a sacred Hindu text.

I’ve never posted rankings for Austin before, but I have posted rankings recently for two nearby Texas cities: Houston (which is more than twice the size of Austin, population-wise) and College Station (which is about an eighth of the size of Austin).

Sources: From Aadhav to Zyva: 6,087 Names of Babies Born in Austin in 2017 | Open Data | City of Austin Texas, Wiktionary
Image by MJ Tangonan on Unsplash