In a new study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, researchers conclude that today’s Millennial parents — those who were born between 1980-2000 — are choosing less traditional names for their offspring. Mandy Oaklander says boys are more likely to be given typical names than girls, although the gap is narrowing:

Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University and author of the book Generation Me, and research assistant Lauren Dawson analyzed the first names of 358 million babies in a U.S. Social Security Administration database. By doing so, they saw that parents were increasingly shying away from typical names.

Between 2004 and 2006, 66% of boys and 76% of girls had a name that wasn’t one of the 50 most common names of that time period. By contrast, in 2011-2015, 72% of boys and 79% of girls had names that were not in the top 50 most popular.


Here are the Social Security Administration’s top 10 baby names for boys and girls for 2015:


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



  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Mason
  4. Jacob
  5. William
  6. Ethan
  7. James
  8. Alexander
  9. Michael
  10. Benjamin


If you want to see when your name peaked in popularity, or how popular your kids’ names will be in 25 years, use this Baby Name Predictor tool.


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