Reigning supreme for girls names in 2019 is the forever popular, Sophia, which has topped the parenting website’s list for the last decade. But Jackson, the six-year front-runner for boys, was replaced in 2019 by Liam.
Almost all of last year’s top 10 remained on the list, but most surprising perhaps are the two arabic names that slid their way into the number 10 spot this year.
Muhammad and Aaliyah both coming in at number 10, have been rising in the ranks over the last several years.
According to the UK news site Independent, Muhammad is considered the most popular name in the world with over 150 million men and boys toting the namesake.
“Muhammad’s been rising on BabyCenter top baby name lists around the world, so we knew it would soon break into the U.S. top 10,” Linda Murray, BabyCenter’s global editor in chief, said in a press statement. “Muslim families often choose Muhammad for firstborn sons to honor the prophet and bring blessings to the child. The name also has multiple spellings, and that helps a name get into the top 10.”
Every year, BabyCenter compiles the names of babies born to some 600,000 registered U.S. to determine popularity. They combine those which sound the same but have different spellings (such as Sophia and Sofia), to create their annual list.
The Social Security Administration also generates a similar list by pulling all of the names of babies born in the U.S. throughout the year. Their list, unlike BabyCenter’s, treats each spelling as its own individual rank of popularity.
Just like scrunchies and Birkenstocks, the 90’s are back in naming trends as well with popular 90’s baby names on the rise in 2019 as well.
Brittany saw a 33-percent increase this year. Nicole, Amber, Amanda, Lauren, Jessica, Stephanie, and Rachel are all up as well. Among boys, more babies are being named Jonathan, Christopher, Nicholas, and Austin.
See the full list of 2019’s most popular baby names here.