top 5 baby names 2021

The Top 5 baby names of 2021

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Looking back

When we look back on 2021, we look back on yet another stressful and turbulent year for many. For many of us the restrictions of 2020 were slightly lessened for a while, only to have them forced upon us once again shortly after. We’ve all been living in a form of constant limbo, not knowing what direction events will turn in the long run. To try and make up for the negative feelings the past two years bring up for many of us, we wanted to focus instead on something a bit more positive. The wonderful arrival of the little ones who entered this world in 2021. In this article we reveal the top 5 most popular baby names of 2021.

Welcome to the World

Our book, ‘Welcome to the World’ has been a favourite with parents and friends of new parents alike since it was first published. We’re over the moon to know that it’s such a hit and that it frequently elicits heartfelt messages of gratitude from our customers, saying how they were ‘moved to tears’ or that they were ‘so extremely touched by the beautiful story inside’.


As ‘Welcome to the World’ is so loved by our customers we wanted to dig a little deeper into the statistics and see what the most popular choice of names has been this year for both little boys and little girls. In this article we’ll give you an exclusive look into our top secret database of baby names from 2021. 

Top 5 baby male us names
Top 5 Male baby names 2021

The most popular US name for boys: Jack 

In first place the favourite choice of name for newborn boys in the US was Jack. The name Jack is a derivative of John, which originated in medieval England. The name went from John to Johnkin to Jankin to Jackin to, you guessed it, Jack. There is also a theory that Jack is Celtic in origin, meaning “healthy, strong, and full of vital energy.  Also in the top 5 were Noah, Luca, Oliver and Leo. 

The most popular UK name for boys: Leo 

In first place, the favourite choice of name for newborn boys in the UK was Leo. Leo comes from the Latin word for lion. In German, it is often used as a nickname for someone called Leon or Leopold. Its most popular meaning is “The brave” or “lion-hearted.”  Also in the top 5 were Noah, Jack, Theo and George. 

Top 5 female US baby name 2021
Top 5 UK baby names Female 2021

The most popular name for girls in the UK: Amelia

In first place for the girls in the UK is Amelia. Amelia is a combination of the medieval names Emilia and Amalia. In Latin, it means “industrious” and “striving.” Its Teutonic meaning is “defender”. Also in the top 5 were Ava, Florence, Lily and Orla. 

The most popular name for girls in the US: Olivia

In first place for the girls, the favourite choice of name for newborns in the US was Olivia. The name is of Latin origin and means ‘Olive Tree’. It has been a huge hit in many countries with some records in England dating back to the 13th Century. Its initial popularity might be attributed to the beautiful, sought-after heiress in William Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night. Other names which made our top 5 were Amelia, Charlotte, Sophie and Isla.

Welcome to the world, children of 2021

The newborns who entered this world in 2021, entered a world which – in all honesty – couldn’t really be much crazier and different to what we all knew before. The most important thing though, is that they’re surrounded by people who love them and who’ll guide them through this beautiful planet of ours. Welcome to the World little ones, we have a feeling you’ll love it here.