What are Currently the Most Popular Baby Names in the US?

The U.S. Social Security Office recently released the most popular baby names for the country last year, including popular names for the state of Michigan. 

The top five names in the US in 2021 for boys include: 

  1. Liam  
  2. Noah  
  3. Oliver 
  4. Elijah 
  5. James

While for girls, the top five names in the US in 2021 were: 

  1. Olivia  
  2. Emma  
  3. Charlotte  
  4. Amelia  
  5. Ava

Wondering what the most popular names were in Michigan? Here are the Top 10 names for babies in Michigan in 2021:


  1. Noah  
  2. Oliver 
  3. Liam 
  4. Henry 
  5. Elijah  
  6. Theodore 
  7. Benjamin 
  8. Jack 
  9. Lucas 
  10. Owen


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

Taking the crown, the name Liam has been the most popular name for boys since 2017 and Olivia has been the most popular name for girls since 2019 for the entirety of the U.S.

The name Liam has an Irish origin and means “strong-willed warrior” and “protector”. It’s also the shortened version of the name Uilliam in the Irish language which means “helmet of will”. As a direct descendant from the Germanic name William, Liam can be dated back to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. 

Whereas the name Olivia has roots in Latin meaning “olive tree.”  It’s also the feminine equivalent of the masculine name Oliver, which is also very popular. Surprisingly, the name Olivia began appearing in 13th-century England and could possibly be attributed to a character in William Shakespeare’s play, “Twelfth Night.”

The name Olivia is also very popular in the entertainment industry with characters that include Oliva Benson, a detective on the show “Law & Order” and Olivia Pope, a political powerhouse on the show “Scandal.”  Liam is also very popular with actors such as Liam Hemsworth, an Australian actor, and Liam Payne, a former member of One Direction making strides inside of industry. 

For more information on other popular baby names in other states or to search the popularity of your child’s name, visit the Social Security Administration’s website.