American First Names * The most popular names in the United States
The variety of first names in Germany is limited by the applicable naming law. In the USA, on the other hand, almost anything is allowed – there are hardly any limits to finding a name. In fact, typical maiden names for boys or boy names for girls can be used (the latter is used much more frequently.)
In the 1984 film “Splash”, the initially nameless female main character is called Madison – after a street sign on Madison Avenue in New York. Now, almost 30 years later, Madison is one of the most popular girl names in America! Many other examples show that media influences influence the first names of young Americans.
While on the one hand parents are increasingly looking for rare first names for their children, on the other hand traditional first names play an increasingly important role. Biblical first names in particular are very popular. The variety of names in the USA is increasing overall.
Most popular baby names in the US
(Year of birth 2020)
In the US, the Applications for the Social Security Card evaluated and determined the most popular baby names.
As in previous years, Olivia and Liam are again the most popular baby names in the USA in 2020. The three most popular names for girls and boys – Olivia, Emma, and Ava, and Liam, Noah, and Oliver – remained unchanged for the second year in a row. In fact, only two names have changed in the top 10 lists. The traditional names Henry and Alexander have replaced the names Mason and Ethan. The name Henry was last in the top 10 over a hundred years ago, in 1910.
On the Social Security website there are the top 100 most popular baby names and a list broken down by state. The American organization collects since 1997 Information about the most popular first names. The published name statistics contain lists of names for every year since 1880 – ten years more than Popular-Vornamen.de!
American short forms
Some first names have very common short forms in the United States:
Typical American first names: athlete names
First names of the USA national soccer team
World Championship 2010
Benny, Brad, Carlos, Clarence, Clint, DaMarcus, Edson, Herculez, Jay, Jonathan (2), José, Jozy, Landon, Marcus, Maurice, Michael, Oguchi, Ricardo, Robbie, Steven, Stuart, Tim
World Championship 2006
Ben, Bobby, Brian (2x), Carlos, Chris, Claudio, Clint, Cory, DaMarcus, Eddie (3x), Jimmy, John, Josh, Kasey, Landon, Marcus, Oguchi, Pablo, Steven, Tim
Most frequent names of American participants in the 2008 Olympic Games (in alphabetical order if the number is the same)
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