Most Popular Baby Names for 2015

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Have a baby on the way and looking for the perfect name – or just want the scoop on the most popular baby names for 2015? We have the 411! And you won’t believe what names topped both the #1 boy’s and girl’s choices from last year …

The most popular girl’s name for 2015 is Olivia, edging out Sophia. For boys, it’s Aiden, kicking Jackson down a notch (or several, in this case).

Sophia, the reigning queen of baby girl names for some time now, suffered a major upset and was booted down to #5 on the list. Emma, Abigail and Ava were #2, 3 and 4, in that order.

Jackson experienced an even grander fall from grace, plummeting all the way to #18. Liam, Michael, Mason and William rounded out the top 5 boys’ names.

Here are all the most popular baby names for 2015, click on them to learn more about their meaning and origin:

Girls names:

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Abigail
  4. Ava
  5. Sophia
  6. Aubrey
  7. Madison
  8. Isabella
  9. Brooklyn
  10. Chloe
  11. Ellie
  12. Sofia
  13. Harper
  14. Amelia
  15. Evelyn
  16. Victoria
  17. Leah
  18. Natalie
  19. Mia
  20. Aaliyah
  21. Avery
  22. Charlotte
  23. Lily
  24. Madelyn
  25. Lillian
  26. Maya
  27. Autumn
  28. Anna
  29. Molly
  30. Nora
  31. Zoey
  32. Ella
  33. Emily
  34. Hannah
  35. Gracie
  36. Sophie
  37. Savannah
  38. Layla
  39. Kaylee
  40. Kelsey


Boys names:

  1. Aiden
  2. Liam
  3. Michael
  4. Mason
  5. William
  6. Jacob
  7. Caleb
  8. Carter
  9. Elijah
  10. David
  11. Eli
  12. Carson
  13. Alexander
  14. Matthew
  15. Noah
  16. Gabriel
  17. Jack
  18. Jackson
  19. Ethan
  20. Daniel
  21. James
  22. Jonathan
  23. Cameron
  24. Christopher
  25. Logan
  26. Jordan
  27. Julian
  28. Jaxon
  29. Jaxson
  30. Isaac
  31. Hunter
  32. Dylan
  33. Dominic
  34. Benjamin
  35. Nolan
  36. Nicholas
  37. Henry
  38. Isaiah
  39. Levi
  40. Lucas


As for baby name trends to watch out for this year, defining names that make a statement – from Titan and Saint to River and Sage – will be big, Nameberry predicts. So will those with cool endings like “ella” for girls (Mirabella, Arabella and Rosabella along with already popular Isabella) and “ette” for boys (Beckett, Everett and Bennett will join super cool Emmett).

The baby-naming site also says an influx of boys will be given those gender-neutral names that have been more favorable with girls in recent years – including Alexis, Casey, Jody, and Kelly. Warm, Southern state names and those conjuring up summer – Georgia, Tennessee, Ocean and August) will be hot too. Pardon the pun.

Vibrant girl names like Lavender, Lilac, and Scarlett, along with those ending in an “O” or “O” sound, also promise to be a thing this year, according to Nameberry, which recently released its top baby name trend predictions for 2015.

Perhaps the most shocking baby-naming fad that might prove all the rage this year? Calling your child Kale. That could mean Quinoa and Chia are just around the corner!