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The most popular baby names in America have changed quite a bit from the names of the 1950s and 1960s. Every year there seem to be new names that top the list.

The Top 10 girl’s names of 2019 and the Top 10 girl’s names from the 1950s have no names in common! Isn’t that just crazy?!

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The Top 10 boy’s names from 2019 contain only two names from the top 10 list of the 1950s– Michael and William. (and those are actually still two really popular names nowadays as well.)

In the last two decades, several baby name trends from the 1970s and 1980s have continued. We’ll go over a few of them below.

One continuing trend was the quick rise of names to the height of fashion. (the fashion world takes everything by storm, right?) Before the 1970s, name trends were pretty constant for generations at a time; today, trends can change significantly over a five year period. There are literally thousands of new names that seem to emerge every single year. Another continuing trend is the prevalence of Biblical names and other old-fashioned sounding names.

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Wondering what names were popular back in the day? Here are the most popular American baby names in the 1990s, the 2000s, and in 2019!

Baby Names of the 1990s and 2000s

Most popular girls names of the 1990s

  • Amanda
  • Jessica
  • Ashley
  • Emily
  • Sarah
  • Samantha
  • Megan
  • Brittany
  • Elizabeth
  • Taylor

Popular girl’s names from 2000-2006

  • Abigail
  • Emily
  • Madison
  • Samantha
  • Emma
  • Hannah
  • Olivia
  • Ashley
  • Alexis
  • Sarah

Top girl’s names during the year 2006

  • Hannah
  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Samantha
  • Madison
  • Isabella
  • Ava
  • Abigail
  • Olivia
  • Sophia

Now that you know some of the popular girl names, lets look at the boy names as well.

Popular boy’s names from the 1990s

  • Daniel
  • Michael
  • Matthew
  • Joshua
  • Jacob
  • Nicholas
  • Andrew
  • Tyler
  • Joseph
  • Christopher

Top trending boy’s names from 2000-2006

  • Christopher
  • Jacob
  • Michael
  • Joshua
  • Nicholas
  • Matthew
  • Andrew
  • Daniel
  • Joseph
  • Ethan

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Top boy’s names from the year 2019

  • Jacob
  • Joshua
  • Christopher
  • Michael
  • Ethan
  • Matthew
  • Andrew
  • Anthony
  • William
  • Daniel

Baby Name Trends for Girls

Over the last two decades, it’s become common for girl’s names to quickly rise out of nowhere and become trendy. After all, there are so many name ideas to consider!

In the 1990s, trendy names included Kayla, Brianna, Hannah, Alexis, and Taylor. And many of those are no longer even topping the list of popular names any longer.

In the 2000s, the trendy names of choice have been Emma, Madison, Hailey, Isabella, Ava, Abigail, Olivia, and Sophia. Sophia is still going strong as a popular name but the others tend to vary. In particular, Madison has risen from obscurity to ubiquity in less than a decade. Many people love the name and are finding ways to use it more and more.

Here’s a list and a discussion of some of the most trendy American baby girls names. Do you have any of these names on your radar for your baby girl?

Emma and Emily have become incredibly popular. “E” names are so fun! Could this be because Rachel named her baby Emma on Friends? (it WAS a totally popular show!) Maybe, but variants of Emma has become very common names throughout the world. (think Amelia, etc.)

Names that are Biblical or old-fashioned have become increasingly popular throughout the 2000s. This is especially true in girl names. Favorite choices include Ava, Emma, Abigail, Emily, Hannah, Olivia, Isabella, Sophia, Ella, Chloe, Grace, and Anna. All are super pretty name choices as well.

Another common trend has been the “AILEY” and “AYLA” trend. People like the spelling and like the way it sounds as well. Variations of this include multiple spellings of Jayla, Hailey, Kayla, Kaylee, Bailey, and Jaylee. (see, don’t they sound really awesome!) Kaitlin, a similar sounding name with many spellings, is very popular as well. You’ll see it often spelled with a “y” too.

Androgynous names have also become the rage for girls, including Taylor, Riley, Morgan, Jordan, Cameron, Ryan, Hunter, Tanner, and Addison. There are also variations of the spellings which you might see the name Ryan with two “n’s” like this, Ryann.

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Popular Baby Name Trends for Boys

In the 1950s and 1960s, there was not much variety in boy’s names. Most people stuck to the more simple names and they were used often. Although there still is more variety for girls, parents have boys have expanded their name choices greatly since the postwar decades. There are actually some really unique boy names out there that are becoming more and more popular.

After many decades, James, John, David, and Robert have finally fallen off of the top 10. (but believe that they hung on for a very long time!)

Some of the “newly” popular names these days are from the Old Testament. Biblical names are making a comeback and are climbing the charts. Michael, David, and Daniel are still around, but the most popular Biblical names these days are Jacob, Joshua, Joseph, and (a big newcomer) Ethan. (and if you know your Bible, there are even more male names in it that you could easily use)

But the big news is that Jacob has finally dethroned Michael as the #1 name. Who knows how long it held this title, but it was quite some time. Other popular choices include Nathan, Elijah, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Noah, Caleb, Isaiah, Jonah, and Isaac. But again, this really does tend to change each and every year.

Now that you know a bit of history about the popular boy and girl names of the past decades, take a look at your family history and see how many of these names are in your family tree. It’s a fun way to see just how popular the names really were if you have a bunch of people in your family with the popular names on the list!

And when it comes to picking out a name for your baby, do you have a favorite? Will you be using a name that was popular in the past, or are you hoping to choose something that is a bit more unique? With all the great name options out there, you really do have a wide pool of names to choose from.