Olivia and Ethan Top Health Department’s Annual Most Popular Baby Names
For 2015

Olivia rises to the top name for girls; Ethan claims the number one spot for boys for the second year in a row

Baby names draw upon inspiration from celebrities and movies

121,673 babies born in New York City in 2015

December 28, 2016 – The Health Department today announced that Ethan and Olivia were the most popular baby names in New York City in 2015. Olivia rose from the number three spot while Sophia – which had been the number one girl’s name since 2012 – fell to number two. Ethan held on to the number one spot for boys. The Health Department’s birth certificate records show 773 Ethans and 595 Olivias were born in New York City in 2015. There were also two ties on this year’s list, one for boys and another for girls, rare in the citywide rankings.

Most Popular Baby Names
New York City, 2015
RANK GIRLS BOYS

1

Olivia Ethan

2

Sophia Liam

3

Emma* Noah

4

Mia Jacob

5

Isabella Jayden

6

Leah Matthew

7

Emily David

8

Ava Daniel*

9

Chloe Dylan*

10

Madison Aiden
NYC Total
Births
59,218 62,455

* Tie

Name Trends

Nine of the top 10 girls’ names from 2014 held their place on the 2015 list. Madison joined the top 10 list at number 9, while Sofia moved out of the list, falling to number 11. In 2015, Emma and Mia tied for number three. Emma moved from number five in 2014 to number three. Isabella, which was number two in 2014, fell to number four. For boys, nine out of the 10 top names from 2014 remained in the top 10 list for 2015. Alexander fell out of the top 10 list for 2015 and was replaced by Dylan (number 8, tied with Daniel) and Aiden (number 9). Matthew, which was number 10 in 2014, moved to number six. Jayden, which had been the number one name between 2008 and 2013, continued to drop to number five.

New York City Births by Borough of Mother’s Residence, 2015

Borough Count
Manhattan 17,766
Bronx 19,887
Brooklyn 40,982
Queens 26,848
Staten Island 5,261

From 2014 to 2015, the number of babies born in New York City decreased slightly, down 0.33 percent from 122,084 to 121,673 (62,455 boys and 59,218 girls). Brooklyn saw the greatest number of babies born last year, with 40,982 births. Queens came in second with 26,848 births, followed by the Bronx with 19,887 births. 17,766 babies were born in Manhattan and 5,261 were born in Staten Island.

Top 10 Names by Race/Ethnicity

Girls
Rank Latino Black White Asian &
Pacific Islander

1

Isabella Madison Emma Olivia

2

Sophia Skylar Olivia Chloe

3

Mia Ava Leah Sophia

4

Emma Olivia Sarah Emily

5

Camila Mia Esther Emma

6

Sofia Aaliyah* Rachel Grace

7

Abigail Chloe* Miriam Isabella

8

Ashley Taylor* Charlotte Mia

9

Emily Savannah Chaya Angela

10

Madison Kylie Ava Charlotte
Boys
Rank Latino Black White Asian &
Pacific Islander

1

Liam Noah David Jayden

2

Dylan Liam Joseph Ethan

3

Ethan Aiden Moshe Ryan

4

Matthew Jeremiah Jacob Muhammad

5

Noah Ethan* Benjamin Aiden

6

Jacob Josiah* Michael Lucas

7

Jayden Elijah Daniel William

8

Sebastian Mason Samuel Evan*

9

Daniel Joshua James Jason*

10

Angel Carter Alexander Liam

* Tie

Most Popular Names by Race/Ethnicity

The top 10 most popular baby names have a strong representation across racial and ethnic groups. Isabella and Sophia remained the most popular baby names for girls among Latino families. Madison retained the top spot among Black families, while Skylar displaced Ava as the second most popular name with Black families. Olivia remained the most popular name with Asian families and remained the most popular name with White families. Among boys, Latino families again chose Liam most frequently, while Black families preferred Noah. In 2015, Asian families again chose Jayden as the most popular name, while White families preferred David.

Star Power

Celebrity names were influential in 2015, with many parents naming their children after television, movie, music and sport celebrities. Last year’s big draw among females included Ariana (#24), Kylie (#43), Aaliyah (#44), and Serena (#114). Movie stars, musicians and athletes’ names like Justin (#39), Leonardo (#89) and Stephen (#147), were also popular.

Movie Characters

Some parents may have sought inspiration from film. Pixar’s Inside Out may have influenced parents’ choice of Riley (#39 for girls, #152 for boys) and Joy (#123 for girls). The blockbuster movie series, Marvel’s The Avengers, may have inspired parents. The Avengers, such as Iron Man (Anthony, #22; Tony, #167), Captain America (Steven, #75), and the Hulk (Bruce, #156), proved to be popular. The return of the Star Wars franchise may have also influenced the choice of names: Luke (#62), Leia (#136), and Finn (#141).

19th Century Names

Names that were most popular in 1898, the first year that baby names were available, are still being chosen by parents for their infants: for girls, the top three names in 1898 were Mary (#124 in 2015), Catherine (#83) and Margaret (#106); the top three names in 1898 for boys were John (#35 in 2015), William (#20), and Charles (#54).

Rare names

Some New Yorkers gave their children rare names with as few as 10 parents naming their daughters Damaris, Eunice, and Shirin and sons Dimitri, and Immanuel, and Ousmane.

Resources for Expectant Parents

Choosing the perfect name is just one of the myriad decisions expecting parents have to consider. The Health Department has a webpage to guide parents with filling out legal paperwork related to their child including birth certificates, acknowledgement of paternity for unmarried fathers, and information for same-sex couples. For additional details, please visit: Expecting Parents

We also provide information on free or low-cost services for new parents, ranging from pre-pregnancy health related issues to offering resources to new mothers for keeping their babies healthy. For more information, please visit our website: Pregnancy and Baby Care

The Health Department’s Bureau of Vital Statistics compiles baby name lists from birth certificates and collects other data, including total births by year and demographic characteristics. To learn more about the information gathered from birth certificates, please visit: Vital Statistics.

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