Most Popular Baby Names in the US, Great Britain and Australia


most popular baby names by country

While it is difficult to know the number of babies born all over the world with a certain name, some government agencies have kept track of the most popular baby names in their countries. If you want to see which baby names were trending in the year 2016, just check by country below!

United States

In the United States, the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases a complete list of the most popular baby names each year. They know how many babies are born and what their names are because each United States citizen must be registered with them to receive a Social Security Number. The most popular baby names from 2016 are broken down by gender.

Most Popular Baby Names in the United States in 2016

  Boys Girls
1 Noah Emma
2 Liam Olivia
3 William Ava
4 Mason Sophia
5 James Isabella
6 Benjamin Mia
7 Jacob Charlotte
8 Michael Abigail
9 Elijah Emily
10 Ethan Harper


Most Popular Baby Names in the United States in the 2010s (as of 2016)

  Boys Girls
1 Jacob Emma
2 Noah Sophia
3 Mason Olivia
4 William Isabella
5 Liam Ava
6 Ethan Emily
7 Michael Mia
8 Alexander Abigail
9 Daniel Madison
10 Jayden Elizabeth


Great Britain: England and Wales

If you are looking for the best baby name data in Great Britain, you can turn to the Office for National Statistics. They publish the numbers for the previous years’ baby names every August or September, so the latest baby name list is from 2016. The following is the list for the most popular British baby names for girls and boys in 2016.

Most Popular Baby Names in England and Wales in 2016

Boys Girls
1 Oliver Amelia
2 Jack Olivia
3 Harry Emily
4 George Isla
5 Jacob Ava
6 Charlie Ella
7 Noah Jessica
8 William Isabella
9 Thomas Mia
10 Oscar Poppy


It looks like many boys in England and Wales were named after the men in the Royal Family, including Princes Harry, William, and George.


The Australian government does not provide name information for the whole country, but information from the government websites for each of the six states – New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia – can be compiled. Together, they can give a full picture of the baby name popularity in Australia!

Most Popular Baby Names in Australia in 2016

Boys Girls
1 Oliver Charlotte
2 William Olivia
3 Jack Ava
4 Noah Amelia
5 Thomas Mia
6 James Chloe
7 Ethan Emily
8 Lucas Sophie
9 Liam Grace
10 Lachlan Ella


It seems that the popular names in Australia seem to mirror the popular names in England and Wales more than they mirror American names!

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