Top 100 baby names for 2021 – and those that are most at risk of going extinct

EXCLUSIVE: The experts over at BabyCentre have revealed the top 100 baby names of the last year, with plenty of superhero and wanderlust-inspired monikers making the cut, but it’s bad news for the name Piers

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BabyCentre have shared their Top 100 names for 2021

It’s been a heck of a year and as much has changed in the world, it seems the way parents are naming their children has also changed.

Tens of thousands of mums and dads have been registering their baby name choices on BabyCentre, the UK’s most trusted parenting site and they’ve used the data to take a look at some of the biggest trends influencing parents in 2021.

From this, they’ve also compiled a list of the top 100 most popular names for girls and boys as well as the names at risk of going extinct.

Their research found a surge in superhero names over the last year, with plenty of Marvel names flying up the registrations as well as lots of wanderlust and escapism-inspired new dawn monikers.

Parents have been making some interesting name choices (stock photo)


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As we started 2021 in lockdown, many parents looked to names that symbolised new beginnings for their babies. With schools closed, travel banned, hospitals at capacity and the cold weather extending the January blues way into March, the hope of a new dawn was reflected in name choices.

Both meaning new, Nova for the girls and Neo for the boys were popular choices outside the top lists. Rising from the difficult times at the start of the year Phoenix went up for both boys and girls. Despite falling this year, Aurora and Eden still held strong inside the top 100, inspiring parents with their meanings of dawn and paradise. Eve and Blossom also rose in registrations for the girls, reflecting parents’ desire for new beginnings.

Similarly, superhero names went flying up our registrations in 2021 as the Marvel and DC franchises dominated film and TV. Even Marvel itself made its mark as the number of baby boys named after the franchise quadrupled. Loki doubled in registrations outside the top 100 while Loki TV series character Sylvie climbed in the girls’ rankings.

And it wasn’t just this new series that wielded its superhero power. Tony (Ironman), Steve (Captain America), Scott (Antman) and Thor all triumphed outside the top 100. There was even one registration for supervillain Thanos after it appeared for the first time in the registrations last year.

Superhero names have proved popular with parents



Other trends saw travel-inspired wanderlust names becoming more popular, such as Devon and Skye.

Rio, Jordan, Cairo, Israel, Milan, Orlando, Jericho, Everest and Jett took flight for the boys. Afrika has had its first appearance this year. And for the girls, it was all about Florence, India, Ocean and Destiny, with these holiday names climbing the charts.

Gender-neutral monikers also were a hit with new mums and dads, with Willow going up four places to number 20 in the top 100 girls’ chart and climbing outside the top 100 for boys too.

While Blake soared up 12 positions to number 82 in the boys’ chart and was up for girls outside the top 100. Noah was also a big favourite for boys and girls this year, holding on to the second position in the top 100 for boys and up outside the top 100 for girls too.

The name Piers is at risk of going extinct


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However, some names didn’t prove quite as successful, with several landing on the endangered list.

It was tears for Piers this year as BabyCentre parents ditched the moniker associated with controversial TV host Piers Morgan, with zero registrations for the name in 2021 compared to previous years.

Piers was joined by Elliott, Clive, Maurice, Roger, Clifford, Dwayne, Vernon and Daryl as boys’ names with no BabyCentre registrations in 2021. For girls, the zero registrations list included Maud, Tina, Pauline, Doreen, Doris, Edna, Glynis, Bertha, Kerry and Gertrude.

Sarah Redshaw, UK Managing Editor for BabyCentre, said: “Parents don’t just reflect popular trends with their baby name picks, what they don’t choose can be just as revealing. There are names on our extinct list that we might expect to be falling out of favour but could make great unique names like Maud, Edna and Muriel, Vernon, Elliott and Maurice. Of course, Piers could be on the list for reasons other than fashion!

“We predict there will be a rise in superhero names as Marvel and DC films continue to dominate and inspire many more parents to call their baby Thor, Thanos or Sylvie. And after the latest Marvel movie Eternals hit cinemas in early November we could even see boys named Ikaris and baby girls called Thena and Sersi.

“But despite all this inspiration, it can take a long time for parents to decide on a name. Our poll showed that eight per cent of parents were still undecided about what to call their baby more than a week after they were born. And however long it takes to decide, many parents – nearly 13 per cent – end up regretting their name choice.”

Top 100 baby boys’ names of 2021

1. Muhammad
2. Noah
3. Oliver
4. George
5. Leo
6. Theo
7. Freddie
8. Harry
9. Jack
10. Arthur
11. Charlie
12. Ryan
13. Ethan
14. Henry
15. Archie
16. Finley
17. Lucas
18. Oscar
19. Jacob
20. Thomas
21. Isaac
22. Adam
23. Alfie
24. Elijah
25. Jaxon
26. Aiden
27. Louie
28. Joshua
29. Luca
30. Tommy
31. James
32. Max
33. Daniel
34. Reuben
35. Liam
36. Teddy
37. Arlo
38. Alexander
39. Logan
40. Jayden
41. William
42. Michael
43. Theodore
44. Mason
45. Yusuf
46. Rory
47. Ezra
48. Albie
49. Dylan
50. Caleb
51. Nathan
52. Roman
53. Jude
54. Ollie
55. Benjamin
56. Myles
57. Ayaan
58. Finn
59. Zachary
60. Zayn
61. Joseph
62. Samuel
63. Hugo
64. Ali
65. Sebastian
66. Reggie
67. Hunter
68. Kai
69. Harrison
70. Rowan
71. David
72. Edward
73 Alex
74. Ronnie
75. Toby
76. Riley
77. Jesse
78. Luke
79. Omar
80. Ibrahim
81. Frankie
82. Blake
83. Gabriel
84. Jason
85. Grayson
86. Levi
87. Jasper
88. Eli
89. Milo
90. Abdul
91. Matthew
92. Asher
93. John
94. Hudson
95. Carter
96. Nathaniel
97. Jake
98. Leon
99. Bobby
100. Stanley

Top 100 baby girls’ names of 2021

1. Olivia
2. Sophia
3. Lily
4. Amelia
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Isla
8. Freya
9. Ella
10. Rosie
11. Aria
12. Ivy
13. Emily
14. Grace
15. Isabella
16. Poppy
17. Mila
18. Evie
19. Maya
20. Willow
21. Hannah
22. Sophie
23. Luna
24. Zara
25. Florence
26. Layla
27. Daisy
28. Elsie
29. Evelyn
30. Phoebe
31. Millie
32. Nur
33. Sienna
34. Charlotte
35. Emilia
36. Zoe
37. Ada
38. Alice
39. Fatima
40. Eva
41. Ruby
42. Sarah
43. Hallie
44. Chloe
45. Maisie
46. Isabelle
47. Ayla
48. Emma
49. Maryam
50. Scarlett
51. Matilda
52. Ellie
53. Lyla
54. Harper
55. Molly
56. Jessica
57. Eliza
58. Thea
59. Arabella
60. Eliana
61. Leah
62. Violet
63. Maria
64. Erin
65. Lucy
66. Lottie
67. Holly
68. Aurora
69. Robyn
70. Imogen
71. Penelope
72. Anna
73. Bonnie
74. Iris
75. Jasmine
76. Maeve
77. Eleanor
78. Kiara
79. Gracie
80. Esme
81. Abigail
82. Rose
83. Bella
84. Delilah
85. Nancy
86. Elizabeth
87. Amelie
88. Orla
89. Amber
90. Georgia
91. Gianna
92. Eden
93. Lola
94. Lara
95. Hazel
96. Clara
97. Summer
98. Mirha n
99. Elodie
100. Olive

And as well as the most popular, there’s also the most endangered names, which parents are ditching and could go extinct:

Endangered girls’ names

  • Barbara
  • Bertha
  • Doreen
  • Doris
  • Gertrude
  • Glenda
  • Kerry Marjorie
  • Maud
  • Muriel
  • Pauline
  • Phullis
  • Tina
  • Tonya

Endangered boys’ names

  • Clifford
  • Clive
  • Daryl
  • Dwayne
  • Dwight
  • Elliot
  • Hubert
  • Leslie
  • Maurice
  • Norman
  • Piers
  • Roger
  • Royston
  • Vernon

Need more inspiration? BabyCentre has thousands of baby names to choose from. Why not check out their baby names finder or the top baby girls’ names and boys’ names. You can even log in to create your own baby naming list here.

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