Most Popular Baby Names for 2011

Choosing a name for the baby is among the most exciting and truly exasperating jobs a fresh parent-to-be has to face. Because there are quite often two different people choosing the name, agreeing on one or two choices is difficult. What is worse, both parties usually change their minds many times during this process.
In addition to the two primary name givers, there are usually several ‘pressure wielders’ for every of the primary name givers. (Pressure wielders could be anyone with a solid enough relationship with among the primary name givers to carry sway over them – think parents and close friends.) As you might imagine this further complicates the process.
Do you give your son or daughter a family or traditional name, a biblical or ethnic name, a far more modern or popular name, or can you throw caution to the wind and name your child following the place you honeymooned or your favorite celebrity? Will your son or daughter live up (or down) to their name? Or are you trying to shape and mold your child’s life with the name you chose? (A boy named Sue.)
The ten hottest boy names during the last 100 years have been Charles, James, John, Joseph, Mark, Michael, Richard, Robert, Thomas, and William. Unfortunately locating the ten most popular girl name over that same time period was much more problematic. Girl’s names are much trendier and you can find fewer clear winners. The top girl’s name for the past 100 years was Mary, with the name Elizabeth in a somewhat distant second.
Because of tradition, boys tend to be named after their fathers or grandfathers, which is why there will probably continually be more name patterns among boys than girls, but even that’s changing. Baby names usually ride a wave of popularity and dissipate never to be used again.
Baby Names for Girls
So with out a crystal ball, nobody can truly predict the most famous baby name for any year, but statistics do help us out. Though many of these names can be utilized for both boys or girls, the most popular name for this year will undoubtedly be: Asher, Benjamin, Braden, Elijah, Emmett, Gavin, Grayson, Hank, Isaac, Jackson, Jake, Jonah, Judah, Jude, Logan, Mason, Max, Owen, Ryder, and Rob for the boys, and Addison, Elizabeth, Ella, Faith, Hannah, Hayden, Helena, Isabelle, Isla, Kendall, Kendra, Khloe, Kourtney, Peyton, Rebekah, Riley, Rose, Ruby, Scarlett, and Taylor for the girls.