Special Report

These Are the Most Popular Baby Names of the 21st Century

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20. Victoria
> Babies named Victoria between 2001 and 2019: 144,882
> Most popular in: 2001 (10,179 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 25 out of 655
> Share of babies named Victoria, 2001-2019: 0.57% (0.39% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Victoria is the Latin word for “victory.” The name was popularized by Queen Victoria in the 19th century.
> Pictured: Fashion designer and former singer Victoria Beckham

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19. Ella
> Babies named Ella between 2001 and 2019: 152,018
> Most popular in: 2010 (9,877 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 13 out of 655
> Share of babies named Ella, 2001-2019: 0.59% (0.41% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: The name has a German and English origin meaning “all, completely; fairy maiden.”
> Pictured: Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald

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18. Ashley
> Babies named Ashley between 2001 and 2019: 152,213
> Most popular in: 2001 (16,528 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 136 out of 655
> Share of babies named Ashley, 2001-2019: 0.60% (0.40% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Old English words for “ash trees” and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow, enclosure), hence the meaning “dweller near the ash tree forest.”
> Pictured: Actress and singer Ashley Tisdale

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17. Sarah
> Babies named Sarah between 2001 and 2019: 153,199
> Most popular in: 2001 (15,910 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 81 out of 655
> Share of babies named Sarah, 2001-2019: 0.60% (0.40% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Sarah comes from the Hebrew “sÄrÄh,” which mean princess, lady, or noblewoman. In England, the name became more popular in the 16th century.
> Pictured: Comedian Sarah Silverman

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16. Alexis
> Babies named Alexis between 2001 and 2019: 153,468
> Most popular in: 2001 (16,402 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 236 out of 655
> Share of babies named Alexis, 2001-2019: 0.60% (0.40% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Greek alexein, meaning “to defend, to help.”
> Pictured: Actress Alexis Bledel