TOP TEN (Combined spellings)

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* Check out all the names over at Social Security.  Picture courtesy of social security website.

It’s that time again.  Every May, the Top 1000 baby names are released to the delight of all of us name nerds.  Here are the Top Ten boys and girls.


  1. Noah (first time)
  2. Liam
  3. Jacob
  4. Mason
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. Michael
  8. Alexander
  9. Jayden
  10. Daniel


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

The one thing the Social Security office doesn’t do is combine spellings of the same name (ex. Chloe/Khloe), which I think they should do.  Sometimes there are big changes when you add them up.

Here’s the combined spellings Top Ten.  We have a new #1 name.

  1. Aidan
  2. Jackson
  3. Jayden
  4. Jacob
  5. Noah
  6. Mason
  7. Liam
  8. William
  9. Kayden
  10. Ethan

Here’s the Top Ten combined spellings for the Girls.  The top names stayed the same, but Zoey and Aubrey moved up into the top ten.

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

What do you think?  Where do your favorites lie on the list?  Anything you’re surprised by?


***Note:  I added this up pretty quickly so just know that it is more accurate than the social security’s list, but I’m going to double check my math.  🙂

EDIT:  Michael is out, Kayden is in.  Kayden is ranked #93 on the list, but when you add up Caden, Caiden, Cayden, Kaden, Kaiden, & Kayden it jumps up to #9.  Remember, spelling always counts. 🙂

EDIT:  I forgot to count Maison so Mason moves above Liam.

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11 Responses to TOP TEN (Combined spellings)

  1. Elisabeth says:

    I’m curious.. And idea why Sadie moved from 119 to 50??? Are there any celebrity babies or TV characters I don’t know about?? I was hoping it wouldn’t cross over into Top 100 for at few more years, and hopefully never 😦 I have a Sadie born in 2011.

  2. Blue Juniper says:

    Personally I thought this might be the year that Amelia shot into the top 10, but I guess she’s still got a little way to go……

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    While it’s a good idea to have an unofficial combined spellings list, I do think the SSA has the best possible way of counting popularity – this is because one name could fall into two or more groups of spellings. Is Maree a variation of Mary or Marie? That would depend on who’s pronouncing it. Is Emmalynn a variation of Emmaline or its own name? If counted as both that would create the problem of possibly listing one name multiple times, and thus messing up the data. Unfortunately, the SSA’s method of counting names separately by spelling is a lot clearer than just putting them all together. Though, I will say, that if they were put together perhaps names like Kayden wouldn’t be so popular because some people might consider a name like that to be a social problem plaguing a generation.

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