Top Baby Names of 2011 on Parents.com

Which baby names were most often searched on Parents.com this year? See our top 20 list based on your top clicks.

Ava

Glam actress Ava Gardner made this girls' name popular in the 1940s. (It also snagged fifth place on the U.S. charts for girls' names in 2010.) The name, which has German and Farsi roots, tops our list as this year's most-searched moniker on Parents.com.

 

Isabella

Kristen Stewart's daring character Bella (Twilight) catapulted the name Isabella to fame. It broke into the top ten in '04, and landed at number one in '09 and '10. Its classic style makes it fit right in with the top names of today.

 
Isabella: Names for Girls
Isabella: Names for Girls

Aidan

The more traditional Aidan is tops on our list -- but, at number 94, is less popular than the ninth-ranking (and trendier) Aiden on the U.S charts.

 

Liam

This variation of William existed almost solely in Ireland until the potato famine of the 1850s, when it traveled to foreign countries along with Irish immigrants. It first showed up at the bottom of U.S. charts in 1967, and remained mildly popular until the mid '90s, when it shot up to its current position of 30.

 
Liam: Names for Boys
Liam: Names for Boys

Madison

Daryl Hannah's whimsical turn as Madison the mermaid in Splash (1984) made us fall in love with this name, but it hit an all-time high at number two on the charts in 2001 and '02.

 

Zoe

We suspect Lenny Kravitz helped put this name on the map in the late '80s when he gave it to his daughter. The name, which means "life" in Greek, currently ranks in the top 40 on the U.S. charts.

 
Zoe Names for Girls
Zoe Names for Girls

Avery

As a unisex name, surname, and popular girls' name, Avery has a lot going for it. It ranks number 23 on the U.S. charts, and continues to move upward. Avery comes from the old English words aelf (elf) and raed (counsel).

 

Caden

Yet another name ending in "aden," Caden first hit the charts in 1992 as number 869. Since then it's peaked at number 91 in '06, and currently hangs out at number 119. Other spellings in the top 1,000 names include Kaden, Kayden, Cayden, Kaiden, and Caiden.

 

Ryan

Ryan O'Neal's heyday in the 1970s propelled this name to fame. It's the English form of the Irish O'Riain; however, the variation Ryan is also popular in Ireland as well as the U.K. Ryan has been in the top 25 U.S. names since '74, and is currently ranked at 23.

 

Connor

Talk about a fierce name! In Irish, Connor means "lover of wolves" or "lover of hounds." Another surname-turned-first name, it's only ranked 49th in the U.S. It first entered the charts in '81, and has been around number 50 since '93. The similar Conor is ranked number 529, and Konnor is ranked 812.

 

Addison

Influenced by Addison Montgomery, the sexy neonatal surgeon on Grey's Anatomy, this name has lots of appeal. It's associated with the distinctly old-fashioned nickname Addie, which fits right in with the latest naming trends.

 

Olivia

The name Olivia caught on after it first appeared in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It probably originated as a feminine form of Oliver or from the Latin oliva (translated to "olive" in English). Olivia's been hanging out in the U.S. top 10 since '01.

 
Olivia: Names for Girls
Olivia: Names for Girls

Jack

Jack peaked in '05 -- one year after Lost debuted with Jack Shephard as the de facto leader of the plane crash survivors. Originally a nickname for John, Jack has become a legitimate name in its own right. It's remained in the top 200 after an all-time high of number 14 in 1929 and '30, and has experienced a comeback in the past 15 years or so. It now ranks number 44.

 
Jackson: Names for Boys
Jackson: Names for Boys

Jayden

Will Smith's decision to name his son Jaden may have helped put this name on the radar. The spelling Jaden was more popular until '03, when Jayden overtook it. In the U.S. the names rank 4th and 91st, respectively.

 

Emma

The name Hermione hasn't caught on -- but Harry Potter star Emma Watson's real-life name is going like gangbusters (it's currently 3rd on the U.S. charts). Emma is of Germanic origin, and comes from the word ermen -- which means "whole" or "universal."

 
Emma: Names for Girls
Emma: Names for Girls

Chloe

Mega-popular in the U.K. and Ireland during the last 1990s and early '00s, Chloe is now climbing in popularity on our side of the pond. It actually falls at the exact ranking in the U.S. as it does on Parents.com, and looks to be still on the rise.

 
Chloe: Names for Girls
Chloe: Names for Girls

Layla

Eric Clapton's soulful "Layla" made this name a favorite in the early 1970s. It's solidly rooted in our top 30 list this year, and it's currently 37 on the U.S. charts. The name has roots in the Muslim world and is popular in Jewish, Nordic, and Indian cultures.

 

Abigail

The great prophet Abigail, who married King David and is mentioned in the Bible, may be the inspiration behind this name. It comes from the Hebrew Avigail, which means "father's joy." It peaked in the U.S. in '05, when it ranked fourth on the charts (it's currently number 7).

 

Makayla

Makayla, a takeoff of the more classic Michaela, didn't hit the charts until 1989. The name made our top 30 list, but it ranks 43rd on the national charts.

 

Ethan

Put a distinctive spin on a wildly popular name -- it's ranked second in the country for the last two years -- by spelling it Eitan or Eytan. The name Ethan is Hebrew, and it means "strong and firm".

 
Ethan: Names for Boys
Ethan: Names for Boys

Jacob

Although the name Jacob has been the most popular moniker in the country since 1999, it's a little less of a catch on our list. The most famous Jacob is the son of Isaac and brother of the biblical Esau.

 
Jacob: Names for Boys
Jacob: Names for Boys

Cadence

This name's a little bit of a head-scratcher. Although it currently ranks number 227 on the U.S. charts, it has risen 731 notches since it entered the top 1,000 names in 2002.

 

Mia

Mia first cracked the top 100 in 2000 -- the same year Kate Winslet gave birth to daughter Mia. (Coincidence? We think not.) Traditionally used as a nickname for Maria, Amelia, and the like, Mia has become more popular than any of its longer forms. It currently ranks number ten in the U.S.

 
Mia: Names for Girls
Mia: Names for Girls

Daniel

Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame might have put the name Daniel on your radar, but it's actually been a hit for the last few decades, peaking at number five in 1985, '90, '07 and '08. It currently ranks eighth on the U.S. charts.

 

Leah

The name Leah sounds beautiful, but it has unfortunate origins: It's a derivation of an extinct Semitic word meaning "cow". It's been in or close to the 100 most popular names in the U.S. since 1978, and over the last few years has risen to 24 on the charts.

 

Grayson

Grayson fits in with both the made-up name and last-name trends of the last few years, and has the same cadence as the mega-popular "aden" names. It's far more popular on Parents.com than it is in the U.S., where it ranked number 122.

 

Caleb

One translation of Caleb is "dog"; another is "servant of the lord." We'll let you decide which one to go with. It's an old-fashioned name that fell off the charts in the early 20th century, but then made a comeback starting in the late '60s. Since then it has reached an all-time peak of number 31 in 1909, and currently sits at number 33.

 

Dylan

Women of a certain age may always associate the name Dylan with heartthrob Luke Perry's Dylan McKay -- Beverly Hills, 90210's original bad boy. Historically a Welsh name, where it means "great" (dy) "sea" (llanw), the name first entered the U.S. charts in '66, and peaked at number 19 in '03 and '04.

 

Logan

The name Logan has a surname style that makes it trendy, but it's actually been on the charts since 1879, the first year that naming records exist. It's currently the 17th most popular name in the U.S., the highest ranking it has ever held. Logan has also made top 100 lists in England, Wales, Canada, Australia, France, and Belgium.

 

Cameron

Ms. Diaz is the first Cameron that comes to our minds, but this name is still more popular for boys. It's currently ranked number 60 in the U.S. for boys, and 415 for girls. (It's been on the female charts just since 2000.) Cameron peaked at number 31 in 2000, but isn't as trendy as it sounds -- it's been used as a first name as far back as 1882. Alternative spellings on the top 1,000 list are Camron (530), Kameron (274), and Kamron (779).

 

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