The Top Baby Names of 2015

boy and girl babies smiling

The Social Security Administration just released the top baby names chosen by parents in 2015. It’s always fun to skim the list and see where on the list your chosen names are, and maybe get some inspiration for future use, right?

If you look at it and feel some deja vu, it’s because the top 10 boy and girl names haven’t changed all that much since last year! Noah and Emma both took the top spots again after surging into them in 2014. This is actually Noah’s third year being crowned number one. In 2015, just over 19,500 baby boys were designated Noah on their official baby certificate. And 20,355 baby girls, or 1.052% of all female babies born in the U.S. last year, were named Emma.

Most of the other popular girls names are all already familiar with hanging in the trendy crowd. There’s Mia, Ava, Isabella, Abigail, and Sophia, all of which have dominated the top slots over the last five-plus years. Emily, a number one for many years, managed to stay in the clique but continues to slip, this year to number eight. Charlotte broke in last year and no surprise, she’s here again this year. But there is a newcomer: Harper, who has flown up the charts since she first made an appearance in the top 1,000 back in 2004. She pushes out Madison, who had been in the top 10 since 1997.

The rise of Charlotte and Harper, plus the continued popularity of Abigail, makes me wonder if American parents are ready to make the move away from girl names that end (and often also begin) with vowels. Will those popular girls finally begin to fall out of favor? Time will tell!

As for the popular boys names, well, there’s never as much to say, right? Like men’s fashion, with its standbys of suits and ties, male names don’t seem to evolve and reinvent themselves quite like the ladies. Liam has done well for himself, clocking in at number two for the third year in a row. And Benjamin’s been steadily climbing to breach to top 10 this year (sorry, Daniel, move aside). As for the rest: Mason, William, Jacob, Ethan, James, Michael–you know them and like the rest of America, you love them.

Here are the lists:


  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Abigail
  8. Emily
  9. Charlotte
  10. Harper


  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Mason
  4. Jacob
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. James
  8. Alexander
  9. Michael
  10. Benjamin

What do you think of America’s most popular names? Have you chosen any of them for your kids?