Special Report

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

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20. Mason
> Babies named Mason between 2001 and 2019: 241,547
> Most popular in: 2011 (19,516 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 9 out of 655
> Share of babies named Mason, 2001-2019: 0.77% (0.62% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: The name has Scottish and English origin and was the occupational name for a stonemason.
> Pictured: Musician Mason Williams

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19. John
> Babies named John between 2001 and 2019: 243,376
> Most popular in: 2001 (18,893 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 28 out of 655
> Share of babies named John, 2001-2019: 0.78% (0.62% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Hebrew name Yôḥānān, meaning “Yahweh has been gracious.”
> Pictured: Singer and songwriter John Lennon

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18. Ryan
> Babies named Ryan between 2001 and 2019: 243,795
> Most popular in: 2003 (19,576 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 54 out of 655
> Share of babies named Ryan, 2001-2019: 0.78% (0.62% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: The name is of Irish origin, derived from the “Ó Riain,” meaning “descendant of Rían.”
> Pictured: Actor Ryan Reynolds

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17. Logan
> Babies named Logan between 2001 and 2019: 250,876
> Most popular in: 2006 (15,147 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 16 out of 655
> Share of babies named Logan, 2001-2019: 0.80% (0.64% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Scottish surname Logan, which is in turn derived from Scottish place name, meaning “little hollow” in Scottish Gaelic.
> Pictured: Actor Logan Lerman

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16. Benjamin
> Babies named Benjamin between 2001 and 2019: 256,621
> Most popular in: 2016 (14,658 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 7 out of 655
> Share of babies named Benjamin, 2001-2019: 0.82% (0.65% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Hebrew name Binyamin, meaning “son of the south” or “son of the right hand.”
> Pictured: One of the Founding Fathers of the United States Benjamin Franklin