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Baby NamesWhat's in a baby name?

Time was when children were named after their parents, grandparents or other highly respected ancestors, but today that's changing.

New moms and dads are looking around at dozens of baby name books now available, or are clicking around the Web for suggestions that reportedly contain some 50,000 different names, spellings and name meanings.

How does it sound?

But finding general guidelines or reading lists of baby names is only the beginning. Then there's the middle name...

First, say aloud any combination of first and middle names you've tentatively chosen for your baby. For example, current popular baby names for girls in the U.S. include Chloe, Samantha, and Hannah, but they don't exactly fall trippingly off the tongue when you say them together in any combination. Keep at it until both first and middle names blend together, or view lists of popular baby twin names that may help you come up with just the right combination.

Can you spell that?

Creating an entirely new name using anagrams, a Scrabble board, or just a wild imagination (Taffeta, Jenae, Gillus) can be a fun pursuit while waiting for the baby to be born, but be careful. Saddling a baby with a name that nobody can spell or pronounce may make it unique, but also painful - and very possibly result in your child being teased in school, or in misunderstandings well into your child's adult life.

Watch out for nicknames

Sometimes, new parents who thought they had picked the perfect baby name are caught off-guard when their baby is called a derivation of the original, i.e., "Joey" instead of Joseph, or "Lizzy" instead of Elizabeth. Planning ahead can avoid a constant battle with well-meaning relatives and friends to establish your baby's rightful name. One new set of parents we know recently took the nickname dilemma into account and cleverly named their first-born son .... Jake.

also see -> Baby Names - Trendy or Traditional

In May 2016, the Social Security Administration released its annual list of most popular baby names in the USA of the past year. Noah and Emma were the most popular baby names of 2015 for the second year in a row. The bigger news? Benjamin,at No. 10, made it onto the boys' list for the first time. Harper also debuted as one of the most popular girls' names in the USA.

Here's the full list:

Top 10 Most Popular Baby Names for Boys & Girls IN THE USA
  Boys Girls TWINS - Boys TWINS - Girls

1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Mason
4. Jacob
5. Willian
6. Ethan
7. James
8. Alexander
9. Michael
10. Benjamin
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Sophia
4. Ava
5. Isabella
6. Mia
7. Abigail
8. Emily
9. Charlotte
10. Harper
1. Daniel, David
2. Jacob, Joshua
3. Isaac, Isaiah
4. Jayden, Jordan
5. Ethan, Evan
6. Elijah, Isaiah
7. Matthew, Michael
8. Jayden, Jaylen
9. Ethan, Nathan
10. Jayden, Kayden
1. Olivia, Sophia
2. Gabriella, Isabella
3. Ella, Emma
4. Faith, Hope
5. Makayla, Makenzie
6. Heaven, Nevaeh
7. Isabella, Sophia
8. Madison, Mackenzie
9. Hailey, Hannah
10. Abigail, Olivia

Top 20 Most Popular Baby Names for Boys & Girls IN THE UK
  Boys   Girls  

1. Oliver
2. Jack
3. Harry
4. Alfie
5. Joshua
6. Thomas
7. Charlie
8. William
9. James
10 Daniel
11. Jacob
12. George
13. Ethan
14. Lucas
15. Noah
16. Max
17. Logan
18. Joseph
19. Lewis
20. Dylan
1. Olivia
2. Sophie
3. Lily
4. Emily
5. Ruby
6. Jessica
7. Chloe
8. Ava
9. Grace
10. Amelia
11. Mia
12. Evie
13. Lucy
14. Isabella
15. Maisie
16. Poppy
17. Daisy
18. Ellie
19. Ella
20. Megan

Top 20 Most Popular Baby Names for Boys & Girls IN AUSTRALIA
  Boys   Girls  

1. Jack
2. Cooper
3. Oliver
4. Noah
5. Thomas
6. Lucas
7. Lachlan
8. William
9. Jackson
10. Charlie

11. Ethan
12. Liam
13. Riley
14. Joshua
15. Aiden
16. Max (tied with James)
17. Samuel
18. Jacob
19. Ryan

1. Lily
2. Ruby
3. Charlotte
4. Chloe (tied with Sophie)
5. Olivia
6. Isabella
7. Mia
8. Emily
9. Ava

10. Amelia
11. Zoe
12. Ella
13. Sienna
14. Isabelle
15. Madison
16. Emma
17. Matilda
18. Hannah
19. Georgia

Top 20 Most Popular Baby Names for Boys & Girls IN INDIA
  Boys   Girls  

1. Aarav
2. Aryan
3. Krishna
4. Arnav
5. Sai
6. Aarush
7. Ishaan
8. Neel
9. Om

11. Pranav
12. Aadi
13. Atharv
14. Rudra
15. Ayush
16. Arjun
17. Abhinav
18. Vedhant
19. Vivaan
20. Shaurya

1. Ananya
2. Sara
3. Aditi
4. Riya
5. Jiya
6. Saanvi
7. Khushi
8. Anika
9. Anya
10. Anushka

11. Pari
12. Diya
13. Navya
14. Sree
15. Kavya
16. Avni
17. Prisha
18. Aashi
19. Ahana
20. Sahana

More about baby names around the Web:

Just up ahead, check out the latest lists of popular baby names in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, along with additional resources in our worldwide guide to top sites offering tips and advice, interactive tools, pronunciation guides, and related stories, meanings and legends related to the name of your favorite prize bundle or expectant newborn...


Popular Baby Names - Easy access to the huge U.S. Social Security Administration database searchable by name popularity, year, gender or by U.S. state, or request top names by year of birth dating from 1880 through 1997.

Baby - An extensive A-Z list of baby names, their meanings and origins, plus feature articles, a daily blog on a variety of baby news and topics, and check out a very busy message board...

Colorful Baby Names - Like it says, and searchable by red, (Rose, Scarlet) blue (Indigo, Sapphire) green (Jade, Olive) and lots more including pink, brown, purple and other colors.

Irish Baby Names - Browseable by boy or girl, with origins and meanings, audio pronunciation guide, plus related Irish histories, tales and legends.

Muslim Baby Names
- Featuring a database of names and meanings, searchable by random name or by list, including most popular Muslim names for boys and girls, prophet names, related FAQ, discussion boards.

Indian Baby Names & Meanings - One-stop browsing for boy, girl, Muslim and Hindu names in an A-Z list plus lots of related links, and check out a fine photo gallery of visitor-submitted baby pictures from

Baby Name Origins and Meanings - The world guide to girls and boys names and meanings from China, France, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Poland and many more, plus biblical names, baby naming tips, advice.

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