If you follow baby names you know that the most popular names haven’t changed much in the past few years. The front runners have consistently been Olivia, Oliver, Charlotte, Jack, Mia, William with Amela, Isla, Ava, Noah, Leo and Thomas remaining in the top 10. 

Well, all that is about to change if these most search baby names are anything to go by. Baby name website Nameberry has shared some super cool early figures and we are LOVING the names that are taking the top spots.

It’s so refreshing to NOT see Olivia and Charlotte in the top spots. Instead, we’re seeing unique options like Eloise, Aurelia and Maeve, as well as Arlo, Rowan and Atticus. 

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Below is the complete list of the most searched baby names of 2021 (so far):

Girls

  1. Ava
  2. Aurora
  3. Eloise
  4. Luna
  5. Aurelia
  6. Ophelia
  7. Freya
  8. Aria
  9. Isla
  10. Maeve
  11. Mia
  12. Ivy
  13. Olivia
  14. Rose
  15. Iris
  16. Alice
  17. Amelia
  18. Hazel
  19. Astrid
  20. Maya

Boys

  1. Arlo
  2. Rowan
  3. August
  4. Finn
  5. Atticus
  6. Ezra
  7. Silas
  8. Kai
  9. Milo
  10. Leo
  11. Felix
  12. Theodore
  13. Cassius
  14. Asher
  15. Henry
  16. Caleb
  17. Oscar
  18. Jude
  19. Arthur
  20. Soren

Let’s talk baby name trends

A lot of these names reflect the predicted trends of 2021including heroic names (such as Arthur, Cassius, Astrid and Ophelia) and flower names for girls (Rose, Ivy and Iris). 

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Below are a few other findings: 

  • Colour names including Maeve and Hazel. See our full list of colour baby names
  • Calendar baby names like August, Luna and Freya. See our full list of calendar baby names
  • Three letter baby names such as Kai, Leo and Ivy. See our full list of short and sweet baby names
  • Vowel names for girls. Of the top 20 most searched baby names, over half of them begin with a vowel, including Eloise, Iris, Alice and Astrid. 
  • ‘A’ names for boys. Vowels are also popular for boys’ names. Arlo, August, Atticus, Asher and Arthur all made the list. 

Rarest most searched names in the top 100

Nameberry also shared several of the rarest names that are on the rise, including:

For girls:

  1. Imogen
  2. Cordelia
  3. Seraphina
  4. Andromeda
  5. Persephone
  6. Ariadne
  7. Juniper
  8. Daphne
  9. Calliope
  10. Kaia

For boys: 

  1. Elio
  2. Cillian
  3. Aurelius
  4. Cassian
  5. Danger
  6. Magnus
  7. Nico
  8. Kieran
  9. Orion
  10. Phinneas

Definitely some interesting choices! Are you a fan of any of them? Have a look at our baby name section for more cute name choices to consider. 

Author

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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