From the “You’ve Got to be Kidding” Files: The Favorite Baby Names from 2023

2023-Liam and Olivia but there are other considerations. Most parents want something with great nickname potential that’s in the “sweet spot” of being recognizable while still unique, says Coffield — not in the SSA’s top 100 names, but the two hundreds or three hundreds.

Liam and Olivia were the top baby names in 2023, according to the Social Security Administration, which released its annual list of the most popular names for newborns Friday.

Both names have been at the top for years. Liam’s reign among baby boy names is now in its seventh year, with 20,802 of the 1.7 million boys born in 2023 sharing the name. Olivia has been the top name for girls since 2019.

The Social Security Administration’s baby name data gives a window into the names that are of the moment and the names that no longer are.One name on the downslope is Taylor. In 1996, it was the sixth most popular name for girls. But despite a huge 2023 for singer Taylor Swift, and though Taylor serves as a name for girls and boys, its popularity has fallen continually since then. Although “Game of Thrones” ended in 2019, Khaleesi continues to rank in the top 1,000 baby names for girls. Nearly 400 girls were born with the name in 2023

Baby names are growing more diverse: There were nearly 29,000 distinct names given to children in 2023, compared to just over 14,000 in 1973. Izael and Chozen were the fastest-rising names among boys, while Kaeli and Alitzel were the fastest-rising girls’ names. And 71.0% of babies were given names in the 1,000 most popular boys’ and 1,000 most popular girls’ names, down from more than 90% in 1973.
Social Security lists the past century’s most popular names. . . .remember Aunt Agnes?

AXIOS is reporting on a service which, for a fee, assists parents in finding the perfect name for the new baby. It’s a new set of influencers on TikTok and Instagram: the baby-name consultant who helps parents workshop standout names for their kids with an eye toward cultivating their child’s future persona. Think: in-utero branding or vibe curation.

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