Aiden and Sophia top US baby name charts

Survey reveals what parents are naming their children – with a little bit of help from Glee and Twilight!

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While UK parents prefer to name their baby girls Olivia and their sons Oliver, American parents are naming their little boys and girls Aiden and Sophia, according to a recent baby names survey.

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Knocking Isabella off the top spot, the name Sophia has soared in popularity for girls, whereas Aiden remains the popular choice for boys’ name for the sixth year in a row. New to the favourites are Abigail and Liam, who both shot into the top 10 alongside traditional names like Emma, Chloe and Lily.

However, you’ll also notice that film plays a part in what parents name their children. Aiden was a popular character in Sex and the City, Isabella (Bella) is the name of the leading lady in the Twilight Saga and Jacob (which came in as number 2) is also the name of a character from the vampire film. Names such as Quinn and Finn have risen in popularity, which happen to be the characters from Glee, and old fashioned moniker Betty has also risen in popularity since the US programme Mad Men hit our screens.

Despite it being our predicted top baby name of 2011, Kate dropped 56 places and left the top 100 USA baby names list!

If you’re struggling to find inspiration for your baby’s name, check out our baby names finder for ideas or some handy tips on how to choose the perfect name for your baby.

It wasn’t just baby names that hit the headlines today. Research from findmypast.co.uk found that there are at least 50 women in the UK called Mary who’ve married a man with the surname Christmas! They also found a Hazel Nut, Mona Lott and Kerry Oakey too.

Top 100 girls names in the US

1 Sophia
2 Isabella
3 Olivia
4 Emma
5 Chloe
6 Ava
7 Lily
8 Madison
9 Addison
10 Abigail
11 Madelyn
12 Emily
13 Zoe
14 Hailey
15 Riley
16 Ella
17 Mia
18 Kaitlyn
19 Kaylee
20 Peyton
21 Layla
22 Avery
23 Hannah
24 Mackenzie
25 Elizabeth
26 Kylie
 27 Sarah
28 Anna
29 Grace
30 Brooklyn
31 Natalie
 32 Alyssa
33 Alexis
34 Aubrey
 35 Samantha
36 Isabelle
37 Arianna
38 Charlotte
39 Makayla
40 Claire
41 Lillian
42 Gabriella
43 Lyla
44 Amelia
45 Sophie
46 Aaliyah
47 Taylor
48 Audrey
49 Bella
50 Leah
51 Allison
52 Sydney
53 Alana
54 Maya
55 Keira
56 Lucy
57 Kayla
58 Lauren
59 Savannah
60 Brianna
61 Ellie
62 Reagan
63 Evelyn
64 Carly
65 Julia
66 Bailey
67 Jordyn
68 Victoria
69 Annabelle
70 Cadence
71 Katherine
72 Stella
73 Molly
74 Kennedy
75 Jasmine
76 Gianna
77 Abby
78 Makenna
79 Morgan
80 Caroline
81 Maria
82 Brooke
83 Nora
84 Alexa
85 Camryn
86 Paige
87 Eva
88 Scarlett
89 Adriana
90 Juliana
91 Ashlyn
92 Megan
93 Kendall
94 Harper
95 Jada
96 Violet
97 Alexandra
98 Gracie
99 Nevaeh
100 Sadie.

Top 100 boys names in US

1 Aiden
2 Jacob
3 Jackson

4 Ethan

5 Jayden
6 Noah
7 Logan
8 Caden
9 Lucas
10 Liam
11 Mason
12 Caleb
13 Jack,
14 Brayden
15 Connor
16 Ryan
17 Matthew
18 Michael
19 Alexander
20 Landon
21 Nicholas
22 Nathan
23 Dylan
24 Evan
25 Benjamin
26 Andrew
27 Joshua
28 Luke
29 Gabriel
30 William
31 James
32 Elijah
33 Owen
34 Tyler
35 Gavin
36 Carter
37 Cameron
38 Daniel
39 Zachary
40 Christian
41 Joseph
42 Wyatt
43 Anthony
44 Samuel
45 Chase
46 Max
47 Isaac
48 Christopher
49 John
50 Eli
51 Austin
52 Colton
53 Hunter

54 Tristan
55 Jonathan
56 David

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57 Alex
58 Colin,
59 Dominic,
60 Cooper,
61 Henry,
62 Carson
63 Isaiah
64 Charlie
65 Julian
66 Grayson 
67 Cole,
68 Oliver
, 69 Jordan
70 Thomas
71 Sean
72 Brody
73 Adam
74 Levi
75 Aaron
76 Parker
77 Sebastian
78 Xavier
79 Ian
80 Miles
 81 Blake,
82 Jake
83 Riley
84 Jason
85 Nathaniel
86 Adrian
87 Brandon
88 Justin
89 Nolan
90 Jeremiah
91 Hayden
92 Devin
93 Brady
94 Robert,
95 Josiah
96 Hudson
97 Ryder
98 Bryce
99 Micah
100 Sam

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