Inspiration for your baby’s name can come from so many places — family members, TV, movies, books, and even celebrities, just to name a few. If you’re currently expecting, a few of the most popular baby names in 2021 may already on your radar. And if not, perhaps this list of names that are trending right now could spark an idea or two.
Karen is out for girls (because of course it is), names like Olivia and Emma that have been favored by parents for years are still as popular as ever. Names rooted in mythology and made popular by celebrities, like Luna and Maeve, are also seeing a surge for baby girls.
Traditional-sounding names like Theodore and Atticus are popular names for boys right now, so 2021 may be the year that giving your baby an
old man name actually becomes the cool thing to do. Braxton, Noah, Finn, and Silas are all similar in nature, but do lean more modern.
Names that start with the letter A are definitely having a moment — Amelia, Arlo, Aurora, and Aurelia are all
trending baby names in 2021. Not to mention, superstar Mandy Moore and Princess Eugenie both gave birth to babies named August in 2021. (As an Ashley and mom to an Austin, I may be slightly biased toward A-names, but the facts are the facts.)
Read on to see what other names have topped the charts so far this year.
In 2020, the SSA reported that
7,770 babies were named Luna, ranking the name 14th most popular for girls. It looks like the galactic moniker made popular by celebrity couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend may be even more popular this year. Luna topped baby-naming site Nameberry’s April list of popular baby girl names in the United States for 2021 so far, and currently it is the ninth most-searched baby girl name on Baby Center. 2 Silas
Nameberry reported in April that the
baby name Silas was the most-viewed boy name on their site so far in 2021. The Latin name means “wood, forest,” and back in 2015, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake welcomed a son with the moniker. Silas is currently ranked the 92nd most popular boy name, according to Baby Center’s list compiled by users who chose the name for their baby this year, but that doesn’t mean the name won’t skyrocket before next January. 4 Atticus
If you’re toying with baby names that have a literary connection, Atticus may very well be on your list. It’s the second
most-searched baby boy name on Nameberry this year, but has been rising through the ranks in previous years. In 2020, the SSA reported that 1,104 baby boys were named Atticus in the United States, but that number could certainly rise in 2021. 5 Arlo rudi_suardi/E+/Getty Images
The name Arlo currently sits at No. 55 on The Bump’s list of
most-searched baby names of 2021, but don’t count it out just yet. Though the name is a gender-neutral choice, it ranks third on Nameberry’s list of most-popular baby boy names in the United States for 2021 so far. 6 Aurora
Although it seems counterintuitive to believe that the name of a Disney princess from the late 1950s would be more popular today than when
Sleeping Beauty debuted, it is. In 2020, the baby name Aurora was ranked 36th by the SSA, compared to 757th in 1960, the year after the movie came out. The Latin name means “dawn” and Aurora is the third most-searched name on Nameberry this year. 7 Isla
name Isla is of Spanish and Scottish origin meaning “island,” and has been ranked the fourth most popular name for girls so far in 2021. The timeless name’s current popularity may be thanks in part to actress Isla Fisher and Queen Elizabeth’s great-granddaughter Isla Elizabeth Phillips, born in 2012. 8 Theodore
baby name Theodore is of Greek origin and means “gift of God,” according to Nameberry. Not only is the name the fourth most popular name on Nameberry right now, but the possibilities for nicknames are just adorable. Theo, Teddy, and Ted are all cute options for babies with a stately name like Theodore. 9 Finn Finn means “fair” or “white” and is of Irish origin. The name has seen a slow rise in popularity in recent years, possibly at least in part due to the late Cory Monteith’s Glee character, Finn. While the name Finn is currently the 90th most popular baby name this year, according to The Bump, it’s No. 5 on Nameberry’s most-searched name list. 10 Aurelia
The Latin name Aurelia means “the golden one,” according to Nameberry, who ranked the name fifth
most popular for baby girls so far this year. It’s similar enough to the popular baby girl name Arya, made popular by the iconic Game of Thrones character, that Arya could actually be used as a nickname for Aurelia. 11 Amelia Fly View Productions/E+/Getty Images
The third most-searched
baby girl name on Baby Center so far in 2021 is Amelia. In 2020, the name ranked sixth most popular for baby girls, according to the SSA, and it looks like 2021 may not be much different. We’ll have to wait and see just how popular the name becomes this year, but if you love the name Amelia, you may be inspired by similar baby names like Mila and Olivia that are also trendy right now. 12 Mila
Mila is currently the
most-searched baby name on The Bump and the 16th most popular name on Baby Center. Celebrities like Mila Kunis have certainly helped bolster the name’s popularity in recent years, but there are also plenty of names similar to Mila that are popular at the moment, like Mia, Isla, and Eva. 13 August
It’s no secret that the
baby name August is having a huge moment right now thanks to Mandy Moore and Princess Eugenie. If you love the gender-neutral name, but aren’t keen on following celebrity trends, perhaps baby names similar to August, like Allegra or Max, could work well for your little one. 14 Braxton
baby name Braxton is currently the fifth most-searched name on The Bump. I personally know a baby named Braxton born in 2021 and, similarly, one named Brixton born in late 2020. The name Braxton is of English origin, but has seen a rise in popularity in the United States since the mid-1980s. 16 Kai
Hawaiian baby name Kai means “sea” and is a popular gender-neutral name choice. The name is currently the third most-searched baby name on The Bump, who mentions on their site that the name Kai also has roots in Greek and Welsh cultures meaning “keeper of the keys.” 18 Olivia Allison Wyatt / EyeEm/EyeEm/Getty Images
I honestly can’t read the baby name Olivia without imagining a tiny baby in a power suit à la Olivia Pope, kicking butt and taking names in the nation’s capital. Alas, I’m likely not the only person who feels this way considering that Olivia is still wildly popular in the United States right now.
Olivia is No. 1 name on Baby Center and has topped the SSA’s list of the most popular baby girl names for the past two years. 19 Noah
My heart swoons when I think about Noah from
The Notebook, so it’s pretty obvious to me why this baby name has stayed so popular. (It was ranked No. 1 by the SSA from 2013 to 2016 and No. 2 every year since 2017.) Baby Center has Noah at the top of their list of most popular names for boys in 2021, but the name is definitely also a cute choice for girls as well. 20 Liam
The popular nickname for William, Liam, has topped the SSA’s list of
most popular baby names for boys every year since 2017 and may very well do so again in 2021. If you don’t want to be super trendy but still love the name, there are plenty of baby names like Liam to choose from.