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 inperking 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. Intussen, 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 platformsreleases 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 Jackinspired by Jack Grealish – Jason – inspired by Olympian Jason Kennyand Lukeafter Luke Shawall making it into the top 100.

    Egter, 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, voorraad beeld

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

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

    Intussen, names ending in ‘awere 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 namespopularity is particularly telling.

    Byvoorbeeld, 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. Lelie

    4. Amelia

    5. Ava

    6. My

    7. Isla

    8. Freya

    9. Sy

    10. Rosie

    11. Aria

    12. Ivy

    13. Emily

    14. Genade

    15. Isabella

    16. Papawer

    17. Mila

    18. Evie

    19. Maya

    20. Wilg

    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. Daar is

    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. Die A

    59 Arabella

    60. Eliana

    61. Leah

    62. Viooltjie

    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. Jasmyn

    76. Maeve

    77. Eleanor

    78. Kiara

    79. Gracie

    80. Esme

    81. Abigail

    82. Roos

    83. Bella

    84. Delila

    85. Nancy

    86. Elizabeth

    87. Amelie

    88. Orla

    89. Amber

    90. Georgië

    91. Gianna

    92. Eden

    93. Lola

    94. Lara

    95. Hazel

    96. Clara

    97. Somer

    98. Mirha

    99. Elodie

    100. Olive


    Top 100 baby boys’ names of 2021

    1. Mohammed

    2. Noag

    3. Oliver

    4. George

    5. Leo

    6. Volg

    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. Jakob

    20. Thomas

    21. Isaac

    22. Adam

    23. Alfie

    24. Elijah

    25. Jaxon

    26. Aiden

    27. Louie

    28. Joshua

    29. Luca

    30. Tommie

    31. James

    32. Maks

    33. Daniel

    34. Reuben

    35. Liam

    36. Teddie

    37. Arlo

    38. Alexander

    39. Logan

    40. Jayden

    41. William

    42. Michael

    43. Theodore

    44. Vrymesselaar

    45. Yusuf

    46. Rory

    47. Ezra

    48. Albie

    49. Dylan

    50. Caleb

    51. Nathan

    52. Romeins

    53. Jude

    54. Ollie

    55. Benjamin

    56. Myles

    57. Ayaan

    58. Finn

    59. Zachary

    60. Zayn

    61. Josef

    62. Samuel

    63. Hugo

    64. Ali

    65. Sebastian

    66. Reggie

    67. Jagter

    68. Kai

    69. Harrison

    70. Rowan

    71. David

    72. Edward

    73. Alex

    74. Ronnie

    75. Toby

    76. Riley

    77. Jesse

    78. Lukas

    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. Matteus

    92. Asher

    93. John

    94. Hudson

    95. Carter

    96. Nataniël

    97. Jake

    98. Leon

    99. Bobby

    100. Stanley


    Sarah Redshaw, UK Managing Editor for BabyCentre, gesê: ‘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,’ het sy bygevoeg.

    ‘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


    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 plekke.


    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, wen 65 medaljes.

    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.


    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.


    Intussen, 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.


    Egter, 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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