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100 Baby Names from A-Z

Updated on May 9, 2011

It's quite a decision, choosing a name for your baby. Many people have a lot of trouble deciding. The meaning of a name is often given a lot of consideration in making a choice, as well.

I've always had an interest in baby names and their meanings. Below is a comprehensive list of 100 favorite names, 50 for boys and 50 for girls. I haven't included meanings. Maybe I will research that for a future hub. There are however many websites out there that will provide names with their meanings especially if you are looking for a unique name. www.babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com is one such website. You can even look up the meaning of your own name if you never knew it. You can rate names that you like or don't like as well. They boast 27,000 names on the site!

Sometimes, meaning does not matter much to the parents, they are just drawn to a name because it sounds beautiful. Some parents also feel a need to see their born baby's face, look at his or her features and look into his or her eyes before making a final decision about the name.

It's quite an interesting thing really. I've had friends who chose names for their babies and I wonder what fueled that final decision. I've also known families where every member including the parents have a name that starts with the same letter. There is a now famous American family with nineteen children and every family member's name begins with the letter J. Well, they are very lucky to have chosen the letter J, because there are plenty of names available beginning with that letter!

Additionally, we've all seen the kind of names that celebrities have chosen for their babies. With the celebrity baby boom of the past couple of years, we have seen new attention given to names like Sunday, Apple, Maddox and Bronx. www.babynames.com has its own take on the best and worst celebrity baby names of 2008.

www.babynamesworld.parentsconnet.com or www.babynames.com, free databases and the baby name books listed by amazon and ebay are good for really in-depth research for finding that right name. For expectant parents, I hope you enjoy the list that I've created below.:

Baby Names

Girls' names:

1.Alison

2.Allison

3.Ana

4.Anna

5.Anne

6.Bethany

7.Caroline

8.Desiree

9.Elizabeth

10.Emily

11.Essence

12.Francine

13.Gabrielle

14.Gretchen

15.Hannah

16.Haley

17.India

18. Isabeau

19.Isabella

20.Isabelle

21.Jaclyn

22.Jacqueline

23.Jennifer

24.Kristin

25.Lauren

26.Leigh

27.Madeline

28.Marie

29.Maria

30.Mary

31.Nia

32.Nicole

33.Natalie

34.Natalya

35.Neve

36.Nivea

37.Olivia

38.Olive

39.Opal

40.Patricia

41.Queenie

42.Rebecca

43.Rachel

44.Samantha

45.Stacey

46.Uma

47.Veronica

48.Victoria

49.Yolanda

50.Zena

Boys' names:

1.Aaron

2.Adam

3.Alan

4.Andrew

5.Bryan

6.Brent

7.Christopher

8.Daniel

9.Edward

10.Eric

11.Franklin

12.Gregory

13.Henry

14.Isaac

15.Isaiah

16.James

17.Jeffrey

18.John

19.Joseph

20.Keith

21.Kevin

22.Lawrence

23.Matthew

24.Michael

25.Nicholas

26.Oliver

27.Patrick

28.Paul

29.Peter

30.Quincy

31.Richard

32.Robert

33.Samson

34.Saul

35.Solomon

36.Steven

37.Taylor

38.Terrence

39.Thomas

40.Timothy

41.Tomas

42.Victor

43.Vincent

44.Walker

45.Wayne

46.Warren

47.William

48.Xavier

49.Zachariah

50.Zachary

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Interesting hub! I like many of your names, and you've included my son, other half, mother and one of my sisters in your lists.

      There are some I'm really not so keen on, though. "Desiree" just screams "call girl" to me, as does "Essence". "Gretchen" is too harsh for my ear, and "Jaclyn", "Neve" and "Isabeau" just look wrongly spelt. And "Nivea" is face cream.

      "Quincy" is a cross between a fruit and an illness, and "Taylor" and "Walker" are surnames.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hey there LondonGirl, thanks for your comment. That's cool- so many of your family members' names being on the list. Nivea does remind me of the face cream but it's becoming a more and more common name for baby girls. And yes, I do know more individuals with the last name Walker than with the first name Walker.

      Olivia, Isabella and Gabrielle are all favorites of mine. What I learned on www.babynames.com is that Olivia and Isabella seem to be favorite names according to MANY opinions.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      One of my sisters is called Olivia, which wasn't quite a popular in 1983 as it is now! She's always called "Lily", though.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Yeah, I used to think my taste was 'original' when I liked that name (Olivia).

      Lily is a really nice nickname for Olivia. I don't think most people think of that. They probably use just Liv.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Lily herself gets the credit for that - it's what she called herself when she was learning to talk.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      That's so funny. I thought maybe the adults in the family gave her that nickname when she was born. But she gave it to herself, awesome.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      All her own idea. Everyone has called her it since she learned to talk, apart from my Granny (who doesn't believe in short names and always used "Elizabeth" for her own daughter, not "Lizzie") and the bank manager!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      That's another really interesting thing you bring up. I know a lot of people who don't want to mess with a given name and are opposed to using nicknames.

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      michelle willow 8 years ago from Croatia / Europe

      Thanks for doing this! It will assist me in developing further images for one of my Zazzle galleries: http://www.zazzle.com/names_by_willow

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Sure Michelle. Thanks for your comment.-Journey*

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      Whikat 8 years ago

      Hi Journey, Although my baby naming days are over, I had fun reading this hub to see what the popular names are this year. Whew! My daughter's name is still unique. :-) I really loved the names Isabella, but my family talked me out of it. Essence is kind of cool sounding. I have always loved unique names. Thanks for sharing.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Good mixture of names. The trouble with some names is they sound fine for kids but ridiculous for adults

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      That is so true, Ethel. When naming the baby, I guess one should give thought to when the baby grows up:-) Thanks for stopping by and commenting. See you soon.

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      Glare 8 years ago from Washington DC area

      My favorite girl name is Autumn, you should put that up there.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi Glare, Autumn is a great name, Thanks for suggesting!

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      errorsomi 6 years ago

      Isaiah is a nice name. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      rdmegan 6 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta Canada

      Great hub. Thanks!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 5 years ago from USA

      benazirfaris, thanks for sharing the blog information. errorsomi and rdmegan, you are very welcome. Thanks for your nice comments and appreciation of this hub.

      Best,

      Journey *

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