Special Report

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

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15. David
> Babies named David between 2001 and 2019: 276,520
> Most popular in: 2001 (19,351 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 27 out of 655
> Share of babies named David, 2001-2019: 0.88% (0.70% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Also often used as a surname, David is derived from the Hebrew name Dawid, which was derived from Hebrew dod, meaning “beloved” or “uncle.”
> Pictured: Comedian David Chappelle

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14. Christopher
> Babies named Christopher between 2001 and 2019: 280,263
> Most popular in: 2001 (23,127 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 44 out of 655
> Share of babies named Christopher, 2001-2019: 0.90% (0.71% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: The name is of Greek origin, derived from the name Christophoros, meaning “bearing Christ.”
> Pictured: Film director Christopher Nolan

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13. Andrew
> Babies named Andrew between 2001 and 2019: 283,663
> Most popular in: 2001 (22,414 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 46 out of 655
> Share of babies named Andrew, 2001-2019: 0.91% (0.72% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Greek name Andreas, which itself was derived from andreios, meaning “manly, masculine,” which is a derivative of aner meaning “man.”
> Pictured: Former US President Andrew Johnson

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12. Anthony
> Babies named Anthony between 2001 and 2019: 284,106
> Most popular in: 2003 (20,147 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 38 out of 655
> Share of babies named Anthony, 2001-2019: 0.91% (0.72% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: The name is the English form of the Roman family name Antonius, which is of unknown Etruscan origin.
> Pictured: Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain

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11. James
> Babies named James between 2001 and 2019: 284,437
> Most popular in: 2001 (17,072 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 6 out of 655
> Share of babies named James, 2001-2019: 0.91% (0.72% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from a version of the Biblical Latin form Iacobus, from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov (Jacob).
> Pictured: Actor James Earl Jones