Top baby names for 2011

Nadine Bells
Shine from Yahoo! Canada
December 2, 2011

In January, Today’s Parent listed the top names and trends predicted to this year.

Now, as the year comes to a close, Baby Center has released its list of the most popular baby names of 2011.

Sophia and Aiden are still tops, and as Today’s Parent predicted, “last names as first names” were hot (Madison and Jackson) as were Biblical names (Jacob and Noah) and L-names (Lily, Lucas, Logan, Liam).

Boy names that end with “N” still reign supreme: Aiden, Jackson, Mason, Jayden, Ethan and Logan all made the top 10.

As for the ever-present pop-culture influences, this year’s celebs worth naming kids after were Anderson Cooper — both Anderson and Cooper jumped up the list — and royals Kate, William, and royal in-law Pippa.

(By mid-2011, Pippa was the most-searched name on Nameberry.)

Some attribute Mason’s presence on the list to the Kardashian clan’s youngest member. And Jersey is quickly climbing the list, no doubt in part to reality television. (Fortunately, the name Snooki is still off the naming radar, but her real name, Nicole, is regaining popularity.)

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And let’s not ignore the Twilight effect, with Isabella and Jacob still showing strong.

Top 10 Girl Names of 2011

1.    Sophia
2.    Emma
3.    Isabella
4.    Olivia
5.    Ava
6.    Lily
7.    Chloe
8.    Madison
9.    Emily
10.    Abigail

Top 10 Boy Names of 2011


1.    Aiden
2.    Jackson
3.    Mason
4.    Liam
5.    Jacob
6.    Jayden
7.    Ethan
8.    Noah
9.    Lucas
10.  Logan

Click here to read the top 100 boys’ and girls’ names in 2011.

Did your child’s moniker make the cut?

Looking forward to next year? Here are Nameberry’s predictions for the top naming trends of 2012.

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