Baby Names List and Baby Names Meanings
Expecting a bundle of joy? Looking for a classic name? We've got the top ten boy and girl baby names that are perfect for your baby!
While unusual baby names may be a dime a dozen, thereï¿½s nothing like a popular baby name for your child. Traditional yet distinct, these names arenï¿½t subject to fads and won't make you or your child cringe down the road.
Our unique Baby Names List has a great selection of such names. Read on for popular baby names and meanings of baby names.
List of Baby Boy Names
If you're looking for traditional baby boysï¿½ names, this is the list for you. These popular baby names are American classics that will never go out of style.
The top ten baby names for boys are, in order:
- Jacob: derived from Hebrew, Jacob means supplanter. Jacob was the son of Isaac and Rebecca and was the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. Popular variations of this name include: Jakub (Czech/Polish), Jacques (French), Jacobo (Spanish), and Yakov (Hebrew/Russian). Nicknames include Jake and Jakey.
- Michael: another Hebrew name, Michael means who resembles God?; Michael was one of the archangels. Famous people with the name include actors Michael Douglas and Michael Keaton. Variations of the name include: Makis (Greek), Meical (Welsh), Mikael (Swedish), and Mikko (Finnish).
- Joshua: a name of Hebrew origin meaning God is salvation. Joshua led the Israelites to the promised land. Josh is a common nickname. Variations of the name include: Joshuah and Jozua (both Dutch) and Giosuè (Italian). Famous people with this name include Sir Joshua Reynolds, one of the most distinguished English painters of the eighteenth century.
- Matthew: Hebrew for gift of God, Matthew was one of the twelve apostles. Variations of the name include: Mathew (French), Mateo (Spanish), Matz (German) and Mateus (Portuguese). Famous people with this name include actor Matthew McConaughey.
- Ethan: a Hebrew name meaning mighty and strong. Variations of the name include Etan and Eitan (Hebrew). Famous people with this name include actor Ethan Hawke.
- Andrew: a Greek name meaning manly and courageous. Sir Andrew Aguecheek is a character in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
- Daniel: Hebrew for God is my judge. Daniel was a prophet esteemed for his righteousness and intelligence. Variations of the name include: Daneel (Dutch), Daniele (Italian) and Dannel (Swiss).
- Anthony: this name is derived from the Roman family name Antonius, and is of Etruscan origin; the name may also have Greek origins, deriving from the Greek word anthos, meaning flower. Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius) was a Roman general who ruled the Empire briefly with Augustus. Variations of the name include: Antonio (Spanish/Italian), Anton (German), and Antoine (French). Famous people with this name include actor Anthony Hopkins.
- Christopher: a name of Greek origin meaning Christ in the heart. The patron saint of travelers, Christopher also appears as the character Christophero Sly in Shakespeareï¿½s Taming of the Shrew. Variations include: Cristobel (Spanish), Kester (Scottish) and Krystof (Czech). Nicknames include: Chris and Kris. Famous people with the name include actor Christopher Walken and English poet and dramatist Christopher Marlowe.
- Joseph: a Hebrew name meaning God shall add. Joseph was the father of Jesus and the husband of Mary. Variations of the name include: Josef (Czech/Scandinavian), Osip (Russian), Yosef (Hebrew) and Yusuf (Arabic). Nicknames include: Joe, Jo and Joey.
List of Baby Girl Names
Our list of baby girl names features popular names thatï¿½ll be perfect for your daughter from infanthood to adulthood.
Here are the top ten girl names for babies, in order:
- Emily: a name of Teutonic or Latin origin meaning ambitious or industrious. Variations of the name include: Emilia (Italian) and Emilie (French). Nicknames include Em, Emme and Emmy.
- Emma: a German name meaning healer of the universe, Emma is the heroine of the classic Jane Austen novel of the same name. Variations of the name include Emmaline, Emmeline and Emmelyn, while nicknames include Em, Emma and Emmy.
- Madison: an Old English name meaning of child of Maud. Variations of the name include Madison, Madyson and Madysen.
- Abigail: a name of Hebrew origin that means fatherï¿½s joy. Variations of the name include: Abygale, Abby and Abigael. Nicknames include Abbe, Gael, Gail and Gayle.
- Olivia: a name of Latin origin that means olive tree or branch; the symbol of peace. Variations of the name include Oliva and Olivette. Nicknames include Livia, Livvie, Livvy and Ollie. Famous people with this name include Olivia Newton-John; Olivia is a character in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
- Isabella: a name of Hebrew and Italian origin meaning my God is a vow; a variation of Elizabeth: consecrated to God. Variations of the name include Isabelle (French) and Isobel (Spanish). Nicknames include Bella, Belle, Sabelle, Sabelle and Izzy. Famous people with this name include Isabel II of Spain and Isabella of Jerusalem.
- Hannah: Hebrew for grace; favored by God. Variations of the name include Hanna and Havia (Polish). Famous people with this name include the late German political theorist Hannah Arendt; Hannah was the mother of the prophet Samuel.
- Samantha: the female form of the male name Samuel, Samantha is Aramaic for she who listens. Also linked to Armenian and English origins, the name means asked of God in Hebrew. Variations of the name include Sam and Sami while nicknames include Sammy and Samrnie.
- Ava: a name of Greek, Latin and English descent meaning eagle; a variant of Eve, meaning lively. Famous people with this name include the late actress Ava Gardner. Avalon is the mythical island where King Arthur is supposedly buried.
- Ashley: an Old English name meaning from the ash tree. Variations of the name include Ashlee and Ashleigh while nicknames include Ash. Famous people with this name include actress Ashley Judd.
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