For years, names like Jennifer and Michael were topping the lists as the most popular baby names. While nothing is wrong with those names, parents got more creative, literary, pop-cultural and classical this year. Check out some of the most popular baby names of 2010 and some of the reasons they might have made it to the top!

Top 10 Girls’ Names of 2010

  1. Sophia
  2. Isabella
  3. Olivia
  4. Emma
  5. Chloe
  6. Ava
  7. Lily
  8. Madison
  9. Addison
  10. Abigail

Top 10 Boys’ Names of 2010

  1. Aiden
  2. Jacob
  3. Jackson
  4. Ethan
  5. Jayden
  6. Noah
  7. Logan
  8. Caden
  9. Lucas
  10. Liam

Parents were inspired by modern television but also by older, previously “stuffy” names. Nothing screams class like an Isabella or a Sophia!

According to Yahoo! Shine‘s Babycenter author:

  • Glee’s cheerleader queen Quinn name increased in popularity, jumping up in the ratings a whopping 60 percent. Finn, Jenna, and Lea have also increased.
  • Mad Men has the increased the popularity of 60s-era names like Don, Betty, Roger, and Jane.
  • Seems counterintuitive, but the names of the moms on MTV’s reality show 16 and Pregnant are also popular: Maci, Farrah, and Katelynn.
  • Sarah Palin’s daughters’ names – Bristol, Willow, and Piper – are climbing the ladder, but the name Sarah is actually in decline.
  • The golden age of film (think 1930 to 1959) played a starring role in this year’s list. Audrey, Ava, Scarlett, Evelyn, Vivien, and Greta all become more popular.
  • Parents have always gone to the bible for names, but have been doing this more so in the last ten years: Jacob, Levi, Caleb, Elijah, and Jeremiah are all popular.

More creative names are gaining speed, while names that used to be previously very trendy are barely being used.

  • Newcomers who broke into the top 100 include Annabelle (69), Stella (72), Nora (83), Jeremiah (90), Hudson (96), and Ryder (97).
  • Ellie, who leapfrogged 26 spots to come in at number 61, is a rising star.
  • So is Charlotte, who was bumped up 20 to number 38.
  • And then there’s Grayson, who enjoyed a 25-spot jump to land at number 66.
  • Some names lost a lot of ground. Brooke shot down 23 spots to number 82, while Hayden tumbled 20 spots to number 91.
  • Ashley and Brendan exited the top 100 entirely.

What’s up for next year?
BabyCenter uses a top-secret algorithm to unearth the names that are likely to become even more popular in 2011.

  • Of the top 100 girls’ names from 2010, it looks like Layla, Lila, Evelyn, Charlotte, Lucy, Ellie, Aaliyah, Bella, Claire, and Aubrey will continue to rise in 2011.
  • Of the top 100 boys’ names from 2010, BabyCenter predicts that Eli, Colton, Grayson, Wyatt, Henry, Mason, Landon, Charlie, Max, and Chase will gain momentum in 2011.

And what about names that haven’t even broken into the top 100? Who will be next year’s newcomers?

  • Among the less popular names now moving up the girls’ list are Isla, Adalyn, Giuliana, Olive, Kinsley, Evangeline, Paisley, Vivienne, Maci, and Kinley.
  • And although Bentley, Kellan, Kingston, Aarav, Ryker, Beckett, Colt, Paxton, Jax, and Lincoln are well below the top 100 on the boys’ list, they’re all fast climbers.
  • What are your favorite baby names? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: Yahoo! Shine]

  1. L K M says:

    i like samantha.thats my daughter name madison.dont like liam.dont know why.

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