Our Predictions for the Top Baby Names and Trends of 2021

Updated: January 12, 2021
2021 is a year for recovery, for renewing our strength and fighting back, for counting our blessings, and for looking to the future with not hesitation, but preparation. The top baby names in 2021 and trends will reflect this new outlook.
Top Baby Names of 2021

As we enter into 2021, none of us are looking back with any sort of yearning! 2020 was a nightmare that stretched the world around and it is time to march forward - as fast as we can.

Last year was full of strife of varying levels for people all over the world, and moving on does not just mean running away. 2021 is a year for recovery, for renewing our strength and fighting back, for counting our blessings, and for looking to the future with not hesitation, but preparation. Baby name trends will reflect this new outlook.

More: Our Predictions for the Top Baby Names of 2020

Recent Trends in Baby Names

Over the past several years, we have seen lots of biblical and English boy names and plenty of classic Italian and traditional-sounding English girl names ranking high. Emma was the number one name for newborn girls from 2014 until 2019 when Oliva finally bumped Emma out after sitting at number two since 2014, according to the Social Security Administration’s data. Ava has sat steadily at number three since 2016 with Sophia and Isabella close behind.

Liam has been the most popular baby name for boys since 2017 when it finally beat out Noah, which sat steadily at number one since 2014. William, Mason, and Benjamin have all remained top choices in recent years as well.

The Social Security Administration has data available for name popularity every year from 1879-2019. Here’s what American babies have been named the most in according to their most recent info:

Top 10 Names for Girls in 2019

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Ava
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Charlotte
  7. Amelia
  8. Mia
  9. Harper
  10. Evelyn

Top 10 Names for Boys in 2019

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Oliver
  4. William
  5. Elijah
  6. James
  7. Benjamin
  8. Lucas
  9. Mason
  10. Ethan

Looking Forward to 2021: Current Trends in Baby Names

These are the newest and most fashionable baby name influences we will see in 2021, according to the Today Show:

  • Superheroes (See our complete list of superhero names here.)
  • Powerful mythological characters
  • Cottagecore (inspired by romanticized rural lifestyle)
  • Names beginning with “Ever-”
  • Unisex names ending in “-ari”
  • Girl names with the long /a/ sound
  • Names with Japanese origin

Supernatural-type names showcase our desire to equip the next generation with the strength and power needed to overcome major challenges. What is interesting is that we see mythological references to both “good” and “bad” characters, like Jupiter, Roman king of the gods and also Hindu god Kali of destruction.

Baby Name Trends That Are Disappearing Fast!

Up until the start of 2020, names beginning with Cor- and Cove were rising in popularity. Now that coronavirus and COVID are sprinkled heavily throughout our news sources and our conversations, these names have taken on a dark and negative connotation and they are falling rapidly out of fashion. Let’s just call these names “canceled”:

  • Cora
  • Coral
  • Coralie
  • Coraline
  • Cordelia
  • Corey
  • Corinne
  • Cove

While you’re at it, say farewell to Donald and Karen, after Donald Trump lost the election and Karen became a derogatory term for an entitled white woman in 2020.

Now let’s take a look at the baby names we will see more of in the upcoming year. We have broken it down by girl names, boy names, and gender-neutral names.

Predicted Top Girl Names of 2021

  1. Ada - English, German, Polish, Hungarian, Italian, Finnish, Ancient Germanic, means “noble”
  2. Adelaide - English, Italian, Portuguese, means “noble type”
  3. Aiko - Japanese, means “love” or “affection”
  4. Amaya - Basque, Spanish, means “the end”
  5. Artemis - Greek Mythology, goddess of the moon and of the hunt
  6. Ayla - Hebrew, means “terebinth tree”
  7. Azami - Japanese, means “defiance”
  8. Clover - English, means “clover, a wildflower”
  9. Delilah - Biblical, means “delicate”
  10. Eilish - Irish, means “in the oath of God”
  11. Esme - English, means “esteemed” or “loved”
  12. Everlee - English, means “boar in a woodland clearing”
  13. Everleigh - English, means “boar in a woodland clearing”
  14. Everly - English, means “boar in a woodland clearing”
  15. Faye - English, means “fairy”
  16. Flora - Latin origin, means “flower”
  17. Guinevere - Authorian Legend, the wife of King Arthur
  18. Hazel - English, refers to a light brown color or to the hazel tree
  19. Jane - English, means “God is gracious”
  20. Jessie - Scottish, English, means “God beholds”
  21. Kaori-Japanese, means “fragrance”
  22. Layla - Arabic, English, means “night”
  23. Lilith - Semetic Mythology, Adam’s first wife
  24. Mabel - English, means “loveable”
  25. Maeve - Irish, means “intoxicating”
  26. Maisie - Scottish, means “pearl”
  27. Mazikeen - Jewish Mythology, invisible demons that cause annoyances or dangers
  28. Midori - Japanese, means “green”
  29. Mika - Japanese, means “beautiful fragrance” or “increasing beauty”
  30. Opal - English, means “opal, an iridescent gemstone”
  31. Ophelia - English Literature, Hamlet’s lover
  32. Pandora - Greek Mythology, the first mortal woman
  33. Persephone - Greek Mythology, abducted to the underworld by Hades and later allowed to return to Earth for half the year
  34. Phaedra - Greek Mythology, means “bright”
  35. Powerful - African American, means “powerful”
  36. Reina - Spanish, means “queen”
  37. River - English, means “river”
  38. Savita - Hindu Mythology, a solar deity
  39. Vega - Arabic, means “swooping eagle”, a star in the constellation Lyra

Predicted Top Boy Names of 2021

  1. Adonis - Greek Mythology, means “lord”
  2. Baird - Scottish, means “son of the Bard”
  3. Bear - English, means “bear”
  4. Camari - English, meaning unknown
  5. Connell - English, means “strong wolf”
  6. Cyrus - English, Biblical, Ancient Greek, means “farsighted” or “young”
  7. Evander - Greek, means “good of man”
  8. Everard - English, means “brave bear”
  9. Everett - English, means “brave bear”
  10. Evers - English, means “son of Evert”
  11. Everson - English, means “son of Evers”
  12. Everton - Brazilian, means “settlement, wildboar”
  13. Finneas - Irish, means “oracle”
  14. Fletcher - English, means “maker of arrows”
  15. Jupiter - Roman Mythology, king of the gods
  16. Khari - African American, meaning unknown
  17. Kylo - Latin origin, means “sky”
  18. Legend - English, means “legend”
  19. Loki - Norse Mythology, a trickster god associated with magic and fire
  20. Messiah - Theology, means “savior”
  21. Noble - English, means “noble” or “notable”
  22. Oz - Hebrew, means “strength”
  23. Pirate - English, means “pirate”
  24. Rowan - Irish, English, means “descendant of Ruadhan”
  25. Sakari - Finnish, means “Yaweh remembers”
  26. Silas - Greek, means “wood, forest”
  27. Teddy - English, means “gift of God”
  28. Titan - Greek Mythology, refers to the creatures who preceded the gods of Olympus
  29. Wilder - English, means “wild”

Predicted Top Gender-Neutral Names of 2021

  1. Akari - Japanese, means “bright”
  2. Akuma - Japanese, means “devil” or “demon”
  3. Amari - African American, means “to live long”
  4. Brave - English, means “brave”
  5. Billie - English, means “will helmet”
  6. Chihiro - Japanese, means “a thousand searches”
  7. Ever - Irish, English, means “ever in life”
  8. Frankie - English, mean “French” or refers to the Germanic tribe
  9. Haven - English, means “safe place”
  10. Jahari - African American, means “youth” or “strength and power”
  11. Kali - Hinduism, means “the black one”
  12. Kamari - Eastern African, Swahili, African American, means “moon”
  13. Kiari - African American, meaning unknown
  14. Ren - Japanese, means “lotus” or “love”
  15. Stevie - English, means “crown, wreath” or “that which surrounds”
  16. Sunny - English, means “sunny” or “cheerful”
  17. Yuki - Japanese, means “happiness” or “snow”
  18. Zamari - origin unknown

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