The most popular baby names for 2021


by Mother & Baby |

It's such an exciting part of your pregnancy and new parent journey — deciding what to call your baby! There's tons of inspiration out there, whether you're on the lookout for something completely unique, a gender-neutral name, something to celebrate your heritage, or a classic name that will never go out of style.

According to Nameberry, this year the predicted most popular baby names centre around our hope for a better 2021, with names rooted in protection and strength, heros and antiheroes, and names celebrating the great outdoors that we all came to truly appreciate last year.

Vintage and ethereal names rule for girls, while woodsy names are hot for boys. Bonus points all around if there’s a connection to nature in there somewhere.

On the flip side, popular names for 2020 such as Cora and Cove have taken a dive thanks to the words “coronavirus” and “COVID”, which we've all heard quite enough of — so naturally, names with similar sounds have been stricken from parents’ lists.

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Check out the most popular baby names so far for 2021:

  1. Ada

  2. Adelaide

  3. Adonis

  4. Aiko — since we were unable to travel far last year, 2021 is the year our baby names travel for us! Expect lots of Japanese names as the name origin most likely to rise this year.

  5. Akari — The latest craze in unisex names is those that end in -ari. They are largely gender-neutral. Some are rooted in Japanese or Swahili culture, others the creation of inventive parents wanting a trendy but still unusual name.

  6. Akuma

  7. Amari

  8. Amaya

  9. Artemis

  10. Ayla

  11. Azami

  12. Azari

  13. Baird

  14. Bear

  15. Billie — A lot of names on this list centre around the pop culture influence of singer Billie Eilish, full name Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell. Nameberry predict that Billie will reenter the top 1000 this year for the first time since the last century.

  16. Birdie

  17. Brave

  18. Camari

  19. Chihiro

  20. Clover

  21. Connell

  22. Cyrus

  23. Delilah

  24. Dove — Avian names, particuarly for middle names, are also on the rise thanks to a flock of 2020 celebrity babies with bird-related names.

  25. Eilish

  26. Emari

  27. Esme

  28. Evander

  29. Ever — In 2021, Ever- names are going to be, well, everywhere.

  30. Everard

  31. Everest

  32. Everett

  33. Everlee

  34. Everleigh

  35. Everly

  36. Everlyn

  37. Everlynn

  38. Evers

  39. Everson

  40. Everton

  41. Falcon

  42. Faye

  43. Finneas

  44. Fletcher

  45. Flora

  46. Frankie

  47. Goku

  48. Guinevere

  49. Haven

  50. Hawk

  51. Hazel

  52. Imari

  53. Jahari

  54. Jane

  55. Jessie

  56. Josie

  57. Jupiter

  58. Kali

  59. Kamari

  60. Kaori

  61. Khari

  62. Kiari

  63. Kylo

  64. Kyomi

  65. Lark

  66. Layla

  67. Legend

  68. Lilith

  69. Loki

  70. Lucifer

  71. Mabel

  72. Maeve

  73. Maisie

  74. Mazikeen

  75. Messiah

  76. Midori

  77. Mika

  78. Nightingale

  79. Noble

  80. Opal

  81. Ophelia

  82. Oz

  83. Pandora

  84. Peregrine

  85. Persephone

  86. Phaedra

  87. Phoenix

  88. Pirate

  89. Powerful — a name to watch this year. Nick Cannon used it for his December-born daughter, whose full name is Powerful Queen — quite a prophecy indeed.

  90. Reina

  91. Ren

  92. River

  93. Robin

  94. Rowan

  95. Sakari

  96. Savita

  97. Silas

  98. Sparrow

  99. Stevie

  100. Sunny

  101. Swan

  102. Teddy

  103. Titan

  104. Vega

  105. Wilder

  106. Wren

  107. Yuki

  108. Zamari

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