May 8, 2015 12:08 pm
Updated: May 8, 2015 1:02 pm

Emma, Noah top the list of popular baby names in the U.S.

Looking for some baby name inspiration? Here's a look at some of the most popular baby names last year.

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TORONTO — It’s a safe bet to assume the name “Charlotte” will shoot up in popularity over the next year. After all, even a Japanese baby monkey has already been named after the newborn princess. The now-royal moniker is also the only new girls’ entry in the top 10 baby names of 2014, released by the American Social Security Administration (SSA) on Friday.

READ MORE: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana – a name that evokes family, British history

The equally royal “James” is the only new name on the boys’ side, according to Nameberry. But which names reign supreme? Emma and Noah.

While the top 10 lists are dominated by classic and biblical names, there are some more unique names on the rise. Like Harper, for instance, which rose in popularity from number 16 in 2014 to number 11 in 2014.

Nameberry points out other steep climbers include: Axl (as in Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses and the baby son of Fergie and Josh Duhamel), Maisie (up 462 places), Thea (358), Freya (322), Game of Throne’s Khaleesi (265) — plus, of course, Frozen’s Elsa (242).

And what’s old is new again, with an increase in girls named Alice, Hazel, Beatrice, Frances, and Gwendolyn; and little boys newly named Arthur, Warren, Harvey, Winston and Theodore.


Canada’s top 100 baby names of 2014 were released by Today’s Parent in December. Here’s what made the cut (notice that “Charlotte” was already in the top five here):



READ MORE: Liam, Emma still most popular Sask. baby names

In 2013, Canada’s most popular baby names were Sophia and Noah.

Over the last century in U.S., the male name Michael has held the top spot most often (44 times), while the female name Mary has been ranked number one 41 times over those years. You can see the top five names in the U.S. over the last 100 years here.

WATCH: It’s one decision that lasts a lifetime. Minna Rhee looks at what’s in a name.

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