Emma and Noah are now the top baby names in the country. The Social Security Administration just released their list of the top 100 girl names and top 100 boy names in the US for 2014. So if you’re in need of some baby naming inspiration, read on to see how our country is trending and what names are getting used the most right now.


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Noah is on the top of the list for boys for the second year in a row and Emma returns to the top for the first time since 2008. Both names are short, sweet and easy. Emma also may be in the number one spot due to the revival of Victorian-era names, a popular baby naming trend right now.

The Top Baby Names for Girls in 2014

Behind Emma, in the top ten for girls are the baby names Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Emily, Abigail, Madison and Charlotte. We’re betting that Charlotte will skyrocket to the top (or close to it) over the next year or two since the royal princess baby just received that name.

Harper, Sofia, Avery, Elizabeth, Amelia, Evelyn, Ella, Chloe, Victoria and Aubrey rounded out the top 20 girl names of 2014.

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The Top Baby Names for Boys in 2014

The top ten baby names for boys beyond Noah include Liam, Mason, Jacob, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, James and Daniel. James seems to be making a comeback. It hasn’t taken the number one spot since 1952, and it jumped from 13 to number 9 in the last year.

Elijah, Benjamin, Logan, Aiden, Jayden, Matthew, Jackson, David, Lucas and Joseph filled the spots from 11 to 20 for the top boys names.


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Fastest-Rising Baby Names

The Social Security Administration also tracks trending baby names that made big jumps in popularity from 2013 to 2014. While these names aren’t the most popular names, they are gaining momentum.

For girls, Aranza (the name of a popular Mexican singer) jumped 3,625 spots on the list over the last year. Montserrat, Maisie, Karter, Thea, Jessa, Freya and Henley are also making waves in girls names.

For boys, Bode (possibly giving a node to Olympic skier Bode Miller) moved up 645 spots on the list. Axl is also making a quick jump to the top, possibly thanks to Fergie and Josh Duhamel’s son Axl Jack born in 2013. Gannon, Royal, Ronin, Finnley, Dash, Langston and Rowan and also skyrocketing toward the top.

See the rest of the top baby names for 2014, and other years, on the Social Security Administration’s website

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