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Top baby names in North Carolina & nationwide for 2021

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Last Updated on May 12, 2022 2:06 pm

The top baby names for 2021 have been announced by the Social Security Administration. The annual list is compiled by Social Security card application data.

In North Carolina the top boy names and the number of occurrences were: Liam (699), Noah (608), William (561), James (476), Oliver (467). The top four names remain the same from 2020.

The top girl names and the number of occurrences were: Olivia (531), Ava (465), Emma (457), Charlotte (416), Amelia (399). All top five names remain the same from 2020.

Nationally the top 10 boys names were: Liam, Noah, Oliver, Elijah, James, William, Benjamin, Lucas, Henry and Theodore The top 10 names for girls were Olivia, Emma, Charlotte, Amelia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Evelyn and Harper.

The following table shows the 100 most frequent given names for male and female births in 2021 in North Carolina. Below that is a table showing the five most frequent given names in the United States for male and female babies born in each year 1921-2021.

RankMale nameNumber of
males
Female nameNumber of
females
1Liam699Olivia531
2Noah608Ava465
3William561Emma457
4James476Charlotte416
5Oliver467Amelia399
6Henry435Sophia375
7Elijah433Harper364
8Jackson409Isabella331
9Lucas390Evelyn298
10Levi363Elizabeth282
11Mason357Mia282
12Grayson346Eleanor273
13Benjamin338Abigail241
14Asher319Ella237
15Jack315Avery235
16John314Layla225
17Waylon313Nova225
18Wyatt310Willow224
19Samuel305Luna222
20Carter288Nora221
21Luke287Caroline216
22Michael285Riley214
23Owen279Madison213
24Alexander275Emily209
25Logan272Scarlett199
26Hudson269Zoey193
27Jacob269Lily190
28Theodore260Gianna189
29Josiah256Paisley189
30David251Chloe187
31Daniel245Ellie187
32Gabriel245Naomi187
33Thomas240Hazel186
34Maverick239Penelope185
35Nolan235Camila180
36Aiden233Kinsley179
37Charles225Skylar176
38Ethan225Sofia176
39Joseph225Lillian174
40Isaac222Addison171
41Sebastian221Grace168
42Mateo217Isla167
43Easton216Mila166
44Ezra214Zoe163
45Jayden214Aria158
46Christopher209Sadie155
47Matthew207Savannah155
48Jaxon205Madelyn154
49Caleb200Ivy153
50Miles198Kennedy153
51Colton196Emilia152
52Elias196Aubrey151
53Dylan191Stella150
54Luca189Lucy147
55Everett184Nevaeh143
56Lincoln184Aurora141
57Kayden180Eliana141
58Landon180Hannah136
59Cameron178Aaliyah135
60Legend177Autumn135
61Silas176Serenity134
62Julian175Everly133
63Greyson171Elena130
64Robert171Violet130
65Joshua170Genesis129
66Eli169Raelynn128
67Anthony166Natalie125
68Jameson166Everleigh121
69Parker166Ruby121
70Brooks165Emery120
71Andrew163Leilani120
72Christian159Lydia120
73Carson158Brooklyn118
74Nathan158Claire116
75Roman158Audrey115
76Bryson155Eliza115
77Leo155Allison114
78Isaiah153Anna110
79Adrian150Bella110
80Kingston148Piper109
81Amir147Victoria109
82Jeremiah147Adeline107
83Micah143Peyton107
84Jordan141Parker106
85Jonathan140Madeline104
86Jace139Eden103
87Angel138Jade103
88Austin138Alice101
89Axel137Rylee101
90Hunter137Delilah99
91Ryan137Emersyn99
92Sawyer136Magnolia99
93Walker136Josephine98
94Connor135Leah98
95Jaxson135Ryleigh97
96River134Adalynn96
97Ian132Mary95
98Kaiden131Josie92
99Weston130Ariana91
100Ezekiel129Hadley91
101  Remi91

The following table shows the five most frequent given names for male and female babies born in each year 1922-2021. Over the last 100 years, the male name Michael has held the top spot most often (44 times), while the female name Mary has been ranked number one 34 times over those years.

Top Five Names for Births in the United States in 1921-2020. Scroll right to see the entire table data.

FemalesMales
YearRank 1Rank 2Rank 3Rank 4Rank 5Rank 1Rank 2Rank 3Rank 4Rank 5
2021OliviaEmmaCharlotteAmeliaAvaLiamNoahOliverElijahJames
2020OliviaEmmaAvaCharlotteSophiaLiamNoahOliverElijahWilliam
2019OliviaEmmaAvaSophiaIsabellaLiamNoahOliverWilliamElijah
2018EmmaOliviaAvaIsabellaSophiaLiamNoahWilliamJamesOliver
2017EmmaOliviaAvaIsabellaSophiaLiamNoahWilliamJamesLogan
2016EmmaOliviaAvaSophiaIsabellaNoahLiamWilliamMasonJames
2015EmmaOliviaSophiaAvaIsabellaNoahLiamMasonJacobWilliam
2014EmmaOliviaSophiaIsabellaAvaNoahLiamMasonJacobWilliam
2013SophiaEmmaOliviaIsabellaAvaNoahJacobLiamMasonWilliam
2012SophiaEmmaIsabellaOliviaAvaJacobMasonEthanNoahWilliam
2011SophiaIsabellaEmmaOliviaAvaJacobMasonWilliamJaydenNoah
2010IsabellaSophiaEmmaOliviaAvaJacobEthanMichaelJaydenWilliam
2009IsabellaEmmaOliviaSophiaAvaJacobEthanMichaelAlexanderWilliam
2008EmmaIsabellaEmilyOliviaAvaJacobMichaelEthanJoshuaDaniel
2007EmilyIsabellaEmmaAvaMadisonJacobMichaelEthanJoshuaDaniel
2006EmilyEmmaMadisonIsabellaAvaJacobMichaelJoshuaEthanMatthew
2005EmilyEmmaMadisonAbigailOliviaJacobMichaelJoshuaMatthewEthan
2004EmilyEmmaMadisonOliviaHannahJacobMichaelJoshuaMatthewEthan
2003EmilyEmmaMadisonHannahOliviaJacobMichaelJoshuaMatthewAndrew
2002EmilyMadisonHannahEmmaAlexisJacobMichaelJoshuaMatthewEthan
2001EmilyMadisonHannahAshleyAlexisJacobMichaelMatthewJoshuaChristopher
2000EmilyHannahMadisonAshleySarahJacobMichaelMatthewJoshuaChristopher
1999EmilyHannahAlexisSarahSamanthaJacobMichaelMatthewJoshuaNicholas
1998EmilyHannahSamanthaSarahAshleyMichaelJacobMatthewJoshuaChristopher
1997EmilyJessicaAshleySarahHannahMichaelJacobMatthewChristopherJoshua
1996EmilyJessicaAshleySarahSamanthaMichaelMatthewJacobChristopherJoshua
1995JessicaAshleyEmilySamanthaSarahMichaelMatthewChristopherJacobJoshua
1994JessicaAshleyEmilySamanthaSarahMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaTyler
1993JessicaAshleySarahSamanthaEmilyMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaTyler
1992AshleyJessicaAmandaBrittanySarahMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaAndrew
1991AshleyJessicaBrittanyAmandaSamanthaMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaAndrew
1990JessicaAshleyBrittanyAmandaSamanthaMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaDaniel
1989JessicaAshleyBrittanyAmandaSarahMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaDavid
1988JessicaAshleyAmandaSarahJenniferMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaAndrew
1987JessicaAshleyAmandaJenniferSarahMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaDavid
1986JessicaAshleyAmandaJenniferSarahMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaDavid
1985JessicaAshleyJenniferAmandaSarahMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaDaniel
1984JenniferJessicaAshleyAmandaSarahMichaelChristopherMatthewJoshuaDavid
1983JenniferJessicaAmandaAshleySarahMichaelChristopherMatthewDavidJoshua
1982JenniferJessicaAmandaSarahMelissaMichaelChristopherMatthewJasonDavid
1981JenniferJessicaAmandaSarahMelissaMichaelChristopherMatthewJasonDavid
1980JenniferAmandaJessicaMelissaSarahMichaelChristopherJasonDavidJames
1979JenniferMelissaAmandaJessicaAmyMichaelChristopherJasonDavidJames
1978JenniferMelissaJessicaAmyHeatherMichaelJasonChristopherDavidJames
1977JenniferMelissaAmyJessicaHeatherMichaelJasonChristopherDavidJames
1976JenniferAmyMelissaHeatherAngelaMichaelJasonChristopherDavidJames
1975JenniferAmyHeatherMelissaAngelaMichaelJasonChristopherJamesDavid
1974JenniferAmyMichelleHeatherAngelaMichaelJasonChristopherDavidJames
1973JenniferAmyMichelleKimberlyLisaMichaelChristopherJasonJamesDavid
1972JenniferMichelleLisaKimberlyAmyMichaelChristopherJamesDavidJohn
1971JenniferMichelleLisaKimberlyAmyMichaelJamesDavidJohnRobert
1970JenniferLisaKimberlyMichelleAmyMichaelJamesDavidJohnRobert
1969LisaMichelleJenniferKimberlyMelissaMichaelDavidJamesJohnRobert
1968LisaMichelleKimberlyJenniferMelissaMichaelDavidJohnJamesRobert
1967LisaKimberlyMichelleMarySusanMichaelDavidJamesJohnRobert
1966LisaKimberlyMaryMichelleKarenMichaelDavidJamesJohnRobert
1965LisaMaryKarenKimberlySusanMichaelJohnDavidJamesRobert
1964LisaMarySusanKarenPatriciaMichaelJohnDavidJamesRobert
1963LisaMarySusanKarenLindaMichaelJohnDavidJamesRobert
1962LisaMarySusanKarenLindaMichaelDavidJohnJamesRobert
1961MaryLisaSusanLindaKarenMichaelDavidJohnJamesRobert
1960MarySusanLindaKarenDonnaDavidMichaelJamesJohnRobert
1959MarySusanLindaKarenDonnaMichaelDavidJamesJohnRobert
1958MarySusanLindaKarenPatriciaMichaelDavidJamesRobertJohn
1957MarySusanLindaDebraKarenMichaelJamesDavidRobertJohn
1956MaryDebraLindaDeborahSusanMichaelJamesRobertDavidJohn
1955MaryDeborahLindaDebraSusanMichaelDavidJamesRobertJohn
1954MaryLindaDeborahPatriciaSusanMichaelRobertJamesJohnDavid
1953MaryLindaDeborahPatriciaSusanRobertJamesMichaelJohnDavid
1952LindaMaryPatriciaDeborahSusanJamesRobertJohnMichaelDavid
1951LindaMaryPatriciaDeborahBarbaraJamesRobertJohnMichaelDavid
1950LindaMaryPatriciaBarbaraSusanJamesRobertJohnMichaelDavid
1949LindaMaryPatriciaBarbaraSusanJamesRobertJohnWilliamMichael
1948LindaMaryBarbaraPatriciaSusanJamesRobertJohnWilliamDavid
1947LindaMaryPatriciaBarbaraSandraJamesRobertJohnWilliamRichard
1946MaryLindaPatriciaBarbaraCarolJamesRobertJohnWilliamRichard
1945MaryLindaBarbaraPatriciaCarolJamesRobertJohnWilliamRichard
1944MaryBarbaraLindaPatriciaCarolJamesRobertJohnWilliamRichard
1943MaryBarbaraPatriciaLindaCarolJamesRobertJohnWilliamRichard
1942MaryBarbaraPatriciaLindaCarolJamesRobertJohnWilliamRichard
1941MaryBarbaraPatriciaCarolLindaJamesRobertJohnWilliamRichard
1940MaryBarbaraPatriciaJudithBettyJamesRobertJohnWilliamRichard
1939MaryBarbaraPatriciaBettyShirleyRobertJamesJohnWilliamRichard
1938MaryBarbaraPatriciaBettyShirleyRobertJamesJohnWilliamRichard
1937MaryBarbaraPatriciaShirleyBettyRobertJamesJohnWilliamRichard
1936MaryShirleyBarbaraBettyPatriciaRobertJamesJohnWilliamRichard
1935MaryShirleyBarbaraBettyPatriciaRobertJamesJohnWilliamRichard
1934MaryBettyBarbaraShirleyDorothyRobertJamesJohnWilliamRichard
1933MaryBettyBarbaraDorothyJoanRobertJamesJohnWilliamRichard
1932MaryBettyBarbaraDorothyJoanRobertJamesJohnWilliamRichard
1931MaryBettyDorothyBarbaraJoanRobertJamesJohnWilliamRichard
1930MaryBettyDorothyHelenMargaretRobertJamesJohnWilliamRichard
1929MaryBettyDorothyHelenMargaretRobertJamesJohnWilliamCharles
1928MaryBettyDorothyHelenMargaretRobertJohnJamesWilliamCharles
1927MaryDorothyBettyHelenMargaretRobertJohnJamesWilliamCharles
1926MaryDorothyBettyHelenMargaretRobertJohnJamesWilliamCharles
1925MaryDorothyBettyHelenMargaretRobertJohnWilliamJamesCharles
1924MaryDorothyHelenBettyMargaretRobertJohnWilliamJamesCharles
1923MaryDorothyHelenMargaretBettyJohnRobertWilliamJamesCharles
1922MaryDorothyHelenMargaretRuthJohnRobertWilliamJamesCharles
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