Names are an interesting topic. There are sometimes knock-down, drag-out arguments when a new baby comes into the world over what his or her name should be. A given name or first name is purposefully given, usually by a child’s parents at or near birth. The Social Security Administration tracks baby names in the U.S. Here’s a look at the most popular in 2022:

Male names:

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Oliver
  4. James
  5. Elijah
  6. Williams
  7. Henry
  8. Lucas
  9. Benjamin
  10. Theodore

Female names:

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Charlotte
  4. Amelia
  5. Sophia
  6. Isabella
  7. Ava

More specifically, in a same year article by Baby Center, who collected data from Georgia, Texas and New York City, they found the following names popular for Black baby girls and boys.


  1. Aaliyah
  2. Destiny
  3. Imani
  4. Jada
  5. Laila
  6. Nevaeh
  7. Nova
  8. Serenity


  1. Amir
  2. Anthony
  3. Caleb
  4. Carter
  5. Elijah
  6. Jayden
  7. Malik
  8. Xavier


  1. Jordan
  2. Kyrie
  3. Legend
  4. London
  5. Zion

In most European (and Europe-derived) cultures, the first name usually comes before the family name (though generally not in lists and catalogs), and so is known as a forename or first name; but the family name traditionally comes first in Hungary, Romania, parts of Africa and most of East Asia (e.g. China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam). In East Asia, even part of the given name may be shared among all members of a given generation in a family and the family’s extensions, to differentiate those generations from other generations.

Under the common Western naming convention, people generally have one or more forenames (either given or acquired). If more than one, there is usually a main forename (for everyday use) and one or more supplementary forenames; but sometimes two or more carry equal weight. Beyond preceding the surname there is no particular ordering rule for forenames. Often the main forename is at the beginning, resulting in a first name and one or more middle names, but other arrangements are quite common.

The social security Administration has tabulated a most popular names  list since 1911. Is your name on here?