The best baby names in the universe – according to Name Nerds

Posted in Baby Names.

We see lots of top baby name lists floating about the internet, and they very often feature pretty much all the very same contenders. So you can imagine our delight when we spotted this list – compiled by baby name enthusiasts – which included some names we don’t usually see in the ‘most popular’ lists.

The Name Nerds have spoken

“Finally what you’ve all been waiting for: Name Nerds Top 100(ish) names! We had an amazing turnout and there were a total of 1,772 girl names and 1,757 boy names submitted,” excited Reddit user and hard-working baby name fancier Lyd_Euh posted in the very popular Name Nerds thread.

Lyd_Euh not only compiled the top 100 names from these thousands of Reddit suggestions, but she also spotted some interesting trends.

First were the geographic ones. Understandably different names were favoured in different parts of the world.

  • In North America Henry, Eleanor and Elizabeth were top of the pops.
  • Across Europe, it was Arthur for boys and Alice and Matilda for girls.
  • And in our neck of the woods, Henry and Violet were Reddit’s favourites.

“Most Name Nerds prefer classic or old fashioned names,” Lyd_Euh continued. “There were very few modern names that made the list.”

“Our youngest (12 years old) member’s favourite names are: Dilian (f) and Harley (m). Our oldest (62 years old) member’s favourite names are: Sadie and Stephen.”

Old school for the win!

You can see the full list compiled by Reddit’s Name Nerds here, and scroll on for the top twenty baby names for both boys and girls.

Top 20 girls’ names – according to Reddit’s Name Nerds

  1. Eleanor
  2. Elizabeth
  3. Violet
  4. Charlotte
  5. Matilda
  6. Alice
  7. Josephine
  8. Eloise
  9. Evelyn
  10. Nora
  11. Lydia
  12. Penelope
  13. Margot
  14. Stella
  15. Fiona
  16. Genevieve
  17. Hazel
  18. Juniper
  19. Ophelia
  20. Amelia

So lovely that old fashioned names like Nora and Josephine got a look in, and interesting that the usually popular Olivia didn’t make the top 20 (although Charlotte’s in there!)

Little boy kissing his baby sibling

Top 20 boys’ names – according to Reddit’s Name Nerds

  1. Henry
  2. James
  3. Theodore
  4. Oliver
  5. Arthur
  6. Sebastian
  7. Benjamin
  8. August
  9. Felix
  10. Julian
  11. Ezra
  12. Owen
  13. Elliott
  14. Everett
  15. Jack
  16. Leo
  17. Isaac
  18. Jasper
  19. Theo
  20. Alistair

We love this list because as well as featuring the usual suspects like Oliver and Henry, they’ve popped a royal Arthur in there and also brilliant classics like Julian, Elliott and Benjamin. 

Thanks for this excellent list, Reddit folk!

Lots of inspiration for expectant parents in there.


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