Top 100 baby names of 2011

Look what made #1 in the US!! I honestly didn't know Aiden was such a popular name... well it isn't here in Japan anyway!

* US list from Baby Center

Top 100 names of the year (US)
Girls' Names
  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Isabella
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Lily
  7. Chloe
  8. Madison
  9. Emily
  10. Abigail
  11. Addison
  12. Mia
  13. Madelyn
  14. Ella
  15. Hailey
  16. Kaylee
  17. Avery
  18. Kaitlyn
  19. Riley
  20. Aubrey
  21. Brooklyn
  22. Peyton
  23. Layla
  24. Hannah
  25. Charlotte
  26. Bella
  27. Natalie
  28. Sarah
  29. Grace
  30. Amelia
  31. Kylie
  32. Arianna
  33. Anna
  34. Elizabeth
  35. Sophie
  36. Claire
  37. Lila
  38. Aaliyah
  39. Gabriella
  40. Elise
  41. Lillian
  42. Samantha
  43. Makayla
  44. Audrey
  45. Alyssa
  46. Ellie
  47. Alexis
  48. Isabelle
  49. Savannah
  50. Evelyn
  51. Leah
  52. Keira
  53. Allison
  54. Maya
  55. Lucy
  56. Sydney
  57. Taylor
  58. Molly
  59. Lauren
  60. Harper
  61. Scarlett
  62. Brianna
  63. Victoria
  64. Liliana
  65. Aria
  66. Kayla
  67. Annabelle
  68. Gianna
  69. Kennedy
  70. Stella
  71. Reagan
  72. Julia
  73. Bailey
  74. Alexandra
  75. Jordyn
  76. Nora
  77. Caroline
  78. Mackenzie
  79. Jasmine
  80. Jocelyn
  81. Kendall
  82. Morgan
  83. Nevaeh
  84. Maria
  85. Eva
  86. Juliana
  87. Abby
  88. Alexa
  89. Summer
  90. Brooke
  91. Penelope
  92. Violet
  93. Kate
  94. Hadley
  95. Ashlyn
  96. Sadie
  97. Paige
  98. Katherine
  99. Sienna
  100. Piper
Boys' Names
  1. Aiden
  2. Jackson
  3. Mason
  4. Liam
  5. Jacob
  6. Jayden
  7. Ethan
  8. Noah
  9. Lucas
  10. Logan
  11. Caleb
  12. Caden
  13. Jack
  14. Ryan
  15. Connor
  16. Michael
  17. Elijah
  18. Brayden
  19. Benjamin
  20. Nicholas
  21. Alexander
  22. William
  23. Matthew
  24. James
  25. Landon
  26. Nathan
  27. Dylan
  28. Evan
  29. Luke
  30. Andrew
  31. Gabriel
  32. Gavin
  33. Joshua
  34. Owen
  35. Daniel
  36. Carter
  37. Tyler
  38. Cameron
  39. Christian
  40. Wyatt
  41. Henry
  42. Eli
  43. Joseph
  44. Max
  45. Isaac
  46. Samuel
  47. Anthony
  48. Grayson
  49. Zachary
  50. David
  51. Christopher
  52. John
  53. Isaiah
  54. Levi
  55. Jonathan
  56. Oliver
  57. Chase
  58. Cooper
  59. Tristan
  60. Colton
  61. Austin
  62. Colin
  63. Charlie
  64. Dominic
  65. Parker
  66. Hunter
  67. Thomas
  68. Alex
  69. Ian
  70. Jordan
  71. Cole
  72. Julian
  73. Aaron
  74. Carson
  75. Miles
  76. Blake
  77. Brody
  78. Adam
  79. Sebastian
  80. Adrian
  81. Nolan
  82. Sean
  83. Riley
  84. Bentley
  85. Xavier
  86. Hayden
  87. Jeremiah
  88. Jason
  89. Jake
  90. Asher
  91. Micah
  92. Jace
  93. Brandon
  94. Josiah
  95. Hudson
  96. Nathaniel
  97. Bryson
  98. Ryder
  99. Justin
  100. Bryce

Top 10 names of the year (Japan)

Can you read them?

The top 10 boys names are Hiroto, Ren, Yuuma, Souta, Sora, Shouta, Yamato, Haruto, Riku and Haruto (different kanji from #8).

The top 10 girls names are Yu, Aoi, Yua, Rin, Hina, Yuina, Sakura, Mana, Saki and Yuuna.

The far right column shows last year`s ranking... as you can see, not much has changed since last year, although Mana has made a big comeback from #43 last year!

What do you think of the names?


  1. Thabks for posting these! I was interested to see Nora in the top 100 list in America, it was my gran's name and I love it. I wanted to use it but not the best connotations here and really wouldn't have worked with our surname! I think Aiden is a lovely name, I had no idea it was so popular either.

  2. aaaahhh, i love baby names!

    i didn't realize Aiden was that popular in the US, but it's one of only a few on the top 100 that can be "easily" done in japanese. is there a top in NZ list?

    as for the japanese list, i'm not a huge fan of most of those girls' names. they just seem so "princess-y" to me. haha! i like りん and まな but names with らりるれろ in them often get butchered between english and japanese. i guess it depends on the name, though. i really like Mana too, but i think it would get mispronounced in the states/by relatives and the poor kid would get called a Man all the time! >< i like れん for a boy, but again, that pesky R...sigh. i like Yuma (yuuma?) which seems pretty "safe" to me!

    as for names not on the list, i like Saya or Aya or Ayano, Mei (though i like it spelled Mae, but not sure how well that would go over in japan, people would no doubt call her まえ), Juno or Juna or even Junko.

    i think boys names are much harder because you're bound by the ability to find kanji that aren't totally unreadable. though it seems with japanese kids names these days anything goes, kanji wise! i'm more in favor of names that are somewhat readable by someone who is seeing your name for the first time. (side note too: there was a kid in my japanese high school class named Ayu, and it was in hiragana, so i guess you could always give your son a non kanji name, but it seems very rare...?)

    anyway, i like じょう but not sure what kanji (丈?) spelled Joe in english, maybe? or then again, my mom's middle name is Jo, so could be a nod to her to just spell it Jo. i like Junnosuke and while not quite japanese, the totally doable name, Simon. (not pronounced Shimon, but さいもん)

    i'm sure there are a ton more, but i have to get ready for work...oops!

    what are your favorites?? aside from Aiden, of course! if Aiden had been a girl, what would you have named him?

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  4. Haha, also didn´t know Aiden is that popular as a name! But I like it very much and it is easily pronounced in japanese.

    My kids have also names which are recently ranked in top 3 of german names ( Lukas + Mia) even though when they were born, those were still rare as names.

    Since some day in future we want to have a little one together, we recently thought about names which we would like.. not easy since some very cute names are already in the family^^

    For boys our absolute favourites are Yuuki and Sousuke , for girls Miyuki or Tamiko maybe, but we were not so sure about those since names for girls are always much harder to choose we think :)

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