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What are the most popular baby names? Here’s the new list!

Hmm. Nobody seems to be naming their kids John or Sue anymore, or Shellie, or AJ, or Laurie; not even Kaz.  Fresh from the database of the Social Security Administration, here’s the new list of the most popular baby names in the US (based on crunching the numbers from 2014):

Rank Male name Female name
1 Noah Emma
2 Liam Olivia
3 Mason Sophia
4 Jacob Isabella
5 William Ava
6 Ethan Mia
7 Michael Emily
8 Alexander Abigail
9 James Madison
10 Daniel Charlotte

The funny thing about this list is that it shows a clear trend towards classic names that might have been popular back in the days of the pioneers: Liam, Noah, Sophia, Abigail? I bet if you looked at the list of baby names from a couple hundred years ago, you’d find some of the same ones on this list. What would you name your baby if you were having one right now? Join the conversation on our Facebook page.



About John Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.