The most popular baby boy and girls names of 2021 have been revealed

Would YOU call your baby after your favourite Netflix character? TV-inspired names such as Love and Otis soar in popularity in 2021 – but Olivia is back on top and Mohammed is still the most popular for boys in the UK

  • Muhammad and Olivia were the most popular name of 2021, BabyCentre said 
  • The UK parenting website surveyed the top 100 names registered by their users 
  • Marvel and DC heroes names and baby names inspired by locations topped list
  • But names like Piers, Elliott, Dwayne and Maud have fallen out of favour this year 
  • Whether it’s the endless hours spent watching Netflix when there was nowhere to go, or joy of emerging from lockdown and being able to travel again, the pandemic has certainly had an impact on thei year’s most popular baby names. 

    British parenting website BabyCentre has revealed the top 100 boys and girls names registered by its users in 2021, with Muhammad and Olivia taking the top spots in each category. 

    Olivia was briefly knocked off the top spot last year by Sophia, but is back at number one for girls. Meanwhile, Muhammad usually comes out on top when all the different spelling variations are combined. 

    The website noted that following a period of uncertainty due to the coronavirus, hopeful parents opted for names synonymous with new beginnings, such as Aurora, throughout the year. 

    In a year where people made the most of their streaming platforms’ releases at home, names made popular by Disney+ shows like Luca and Netflix series like Bridgerton’s Penelope and Sex Education’s Maeve also climbed up to the top 100. 

    And following Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics, sports enthusiasts have also named their kin after this year’s athletes of the moment, including Jack – inspired by Jack Grealish – Jason – inspired by Olympian Jason Kenny – and Luke – after Luke Shaw – all making it into the top 100. 

    However, the website noted the name Piers fell out of favour this year, alongside names like Maud, Elliott and Dwayne.  

    British parenting website BabyCentre has revealed the top 100 names for boys and girls that were the most popular with parents in 2021, stock image

    British parenting website BabyCentre has revealed the top 100 names for boys and girls that were the most popular with parents in 2021, stock image

    The top five for boys included Muhammad, a name of Arabic origin, as well as Noah, Oliver, George and Leo. 

    Meanwhile, names ending in ‘a’ were a popular choice for girls, with Olivia and Sophia take the two top spots, followed by Lily, Amelia and Ava. 

    BabyCentre also noted that as the coronavirus pandemic is still progressing, some names’ popularity is particularly telling. 

    For instance, Sarah Gilbert, who developed the Oxford vaccine to fight the pandemic was a popular choice this year, with the name going up five places compared to 2020, to number 42. 

    Optimistic parents also went for names such as ‘Aurora and Eden,’ symbolising new beginnings, for girls. 

    Top 100 baby girls’ names of 2021 

    1. Olivia

    2. Sophia 

    3. Lily

    4. Amelia 

    5. Ava

    6. Mia

    7. Isla 

    8. Freya

    9. Ella

    10. Rosie

    11. Aria

    12. Ivy

    13. Emily

    14. Grace

    15. Isabella

    16. Poppy

    17. Mila

    18. Evie

    19. Maya

    20. Willow

    21. Hannah

    22. Sophie 

    23. Luna

    24. Zara

    25. Florence

    26. Layla 

    27. Daisy

    28. Elsie

    29. Evelyn

    30. Phoebe

    31. Millie

    32. Nur 

    33. Sienna 

    34. Charlotte 

    35. Emilia

    36. Zoe

    37. Ada

    38. Alice 

    39. Fatima 

    40. Eva 

    41. Ruby 

    42. Sarah 

    43. Hallie 

    44. Chloe 

    45. Maisie 

    46. Isabelle

    47. Ayla

    48. Emma 

    49. Maryam

    50. Scarlett

    51. Matilda 

    52. Ellie 

    53. Lyla

    54. Harper

    55. Molly

    56. Jessica

    57. Eliza 

    58. Thea 

    59 Arabella

    60. Eliana

    61. Leah 

    62. Violet

    63. Maria 

    64. Erin

    65. Lucy 

    66. Lottie

    67. Holly

    68. Aurora

    69. Robyn 

    70. Imogen

    71. Penelope

    72. Anna 

    73. Bonnie 

    74. Iris

    75. Jasmine

    76. Maeve 

    77. Eleanor

    78. Kiara

    79. Gracie

    80. Esme

    81. Abigail 

    82. Rose

    83. Bella

    84. Delilah

    85. Nancy

    86. Elizabeth

    87. Amelie 

    88. Orla

    89. Amber 

    90. Georgia

    91. Gianna

    92. Eden

    93. Lola

    94. Lara

    95. Hazel

    96. Clara

    97. Summer

    98. Mirha 

    99. Elodie

    100. Olive

     

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    Top 100 baby boys’ names of 2021 

    1. Muhammad 

    2. Noah

    3. Oliver

    4. George 

    5. Leo 

    6. Theo  

    7. Freddie 

    8. Harry 

    9. Jack 

    10. Arthur  

    11. Charlie  

    12. Ryan  

    13. Ethan 

    14. Henry 

    15. Archie 

    16. Finley  

    17. Lucas  

    18. Oscar  

    19. Jacob  

    20. Thomas  

    21. Isaac 

    22. Adam  

    23. Alfie 

    24. Elijah  

    25. Jaxon  

    26. Aiden  

    27. Louie  

    28. Joshua  

    29. Luca  

    30. Tommy  

    31. James 

    32. Max  

    33. Daniel  

    34. Reuben  

    35. Liam 

    36. Teddy 

    37. Arlo  

    38. Alexander  

    39. Logan 

    40. Jayden  

    41. William  

    42. Michael  

    43. Theodore  

    44. Mason  

    45. Yusuf  

    46. Rory  

    47. Ezra  

    48. Albie 

    49. Dylan 

    50. Caleb

    51. Nathan 

    52. Roman 

    53. Jude

    54. Ollie 

    55. Benjamin

    56. Myles 

    57. Ayaan 

    58. Finn 

    59. Zachary 

    60. Zayn 

    61. Joseph 

    62. Samuel 

    63. Hugo

    64. Ali

    65. Sebastian 

    66. Reggie 

    67. Hunter 

    68. Kai 

    69. Harrison 

    70. Rowan 

    71. David 

    72. Edward

    73. Alex 

    74. Ronnie 

    75. Toby 

    76. Riley 

    77. Jesse 

    78. Luke 

    79. Omar 

    80. Ibrahim 

    81. Frankie 

    82. Blake 

    83. Gabriel 

    84. Jason 

    85. Grayson 

    86. Levi 

    87. Jasper

    88. Eli 

    89. Milo 

    90. Abdul 

    91. Matthew 

    92. Asher

    93. John 

    94. Hudson 

    95. Carter 

    96. Nathaniel 

    97. Jake 

    98. Leon 

    99. Bobby 

    100. Stanley

     

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    Sarah Redshaw, UK Managing Editor for BabyCentre, said: ‘Parents don’t just reflect popular trends with their baby name picks, what they don’t choose can be just as revealing. 

    ‘We predict there will be a rise in superhero names as Marvel and DC films continue to dominate and inspire many more parents to call their baby Thor, Thanos or Sylvie,’ she added. 

    ‘But despite all this inspiration it can take a long time for parents to decide on a name. 

    ‘Our poll showed that 8 per cent of parents were still undecided about what to call their baby more than a week after they were born. And however long it takes to decide, many parents – nearly 13 per cent – end up regretting their name choice.’ 

    Top baby naming trends of 2021: New parents take inspiration from Netflix hits and sporting heroes, but old fashioned monikers like Bertha and Roger fall out of favour 

    POPULAR CULTURE 

    Without contest, 2021 was the year where pop culture was one of the biggest trend among baby names, with monikers inspired by Netflix shows breaking into the top 100. 

    Maeve, Otis and Eric, made popular by the character from Netflix’s raunchy series Sex Education, entered the top 100, while YOU-inspired names Love and Henry moved up the charts. 

    Penelope rose to number 71, perhaps influended by Miss Featherington in Bridgerton, names inspired by Made in Chelsea also rose in popularity, with Myles reaching number 56, Harry making it into the top ten, Millie in 31st position and Ollie climbing 13 places. 

    SPORTING HEROES 

    After a summer filled with sporting competitions including the UEFA European Championship which kicked off in June and the Olympics and Paralympics in July and August, sports enthusiasts took inspiration from their heroes as well. 

    Harry Kane and Harry McGuire’s exploits during the Euros saw the name making it into the top ten, while Jack was also a popular option following Jack Grealish’s rise in popularity this year. 

    Team GB had their second best Olympics ever in the Tokyo games this year, winning 65 medals.

    Jason Kenny, first Briton to win seven Olympic gold medals with a spectacular defence of his men’s keirin title, saw the name Jason reach number 84 in the boys’ top 100 names list. 

    TRAVEL

    With international travel being a big topic of conversation this year, with restrictions being updated to reflect the stat of the pandemic, some parents opted for wanderlust names, picking patronyms like Ocean and Destiny making the girls’ top 100. 

    GENDER NEUTRAL

    Meanwhile, gender neutral names were also a popular trend of 2021, with Willow reaching number 20 in the girls’ top 100 list and climbing outside of the top 100 for boys as well. 

    Noah was a big favourite for boys, making it to second place, and it climbed in popularity with girls too, as well as Blake.  

    DEATH OF OLD-FASHIONED NAMES 

    However, some names fell out of favour this year, with no new registrations recorded by BabyCentre. 

    This was the case for Piers, as well as Elliott, Clive, Maurice, Roger, Clifford, Dwayne, Vernon and Daryl. 

    Girls name that were not registered this year included Maud, Tina, Pauline, Doreen, Doris, Edna, Glynis, Bertha, Kerry and Gertrude.     

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