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Top Baby Names Of 2023 Revealed

By CM Chaney · November 20, 2023

In brief…

  • Noah overtakes Liam as the most popular boy's name for the first time in 5 years
  • Ezra breaks into the top 10 most popular boys' names for the first time
  • Letter "L" dominates the top 10 boys' names
  • Letter "M" rising in popularity for girls' names
According to new data from BabyCenter, Noah has overtaken Liam as the most popular boy's name of 2023, while the letters "L" and "M" are dominating the top names for boys and girls respectively.  Janko Ferlič / Wikimedia

A major shakeup has occurred among the most popular baby names of 2023, according to newly released data from BabyCenter.

For the first time in five years, the name Liam has been dethroned as the number one boy’s name. Taking over the top spot is Noah, followed closely by Liam and Oliver.

“BabyCenter’s baby name reports are unique because we’re able to analyze self-reported data from hundreds of thousands of our members in real time,” said Christine Mattheis, Group VP of content and brand solutions at BabyCenter, in a statement to Fox News Digital. “This enables our team to spot trends much faster than baby name reports that rely on data from the Social Security Administration, which is only reported once annually for the prior year.”

The name Noah, which comes from the Hebrew word for “rest” and “comfort,” dates back to the Old Testament’s Book of Genesis. Variations of the name exist in over 30 languages, including Noé (French), Noa (Persian), and Naoi (Irish).

For the first time ever, the name Ezra has cracked the top 10 list of most popular boy’s names, leaping from number 12 to number 9 this year. Ezra is a Hebrew name meaning “help” or “helper” and derives from the longer name Azaryahu, meaning “God helps.”

The letter “L” dominates the top 10 boys’ names, with Liam, Lucas, Levi, Leo, and Luca all making the cut. According to BabyCenter, this grouping of “L” names makes up the largest portion of names starting with a similar letter.

On the girls’ side, the top three most popular names remain unchanged: Olivia, Emma, and Amelia. The letter “M” is rising in popularity among girls’ names, with large increases seen for names like Miley, Mckinley, Mavis, Milan, and Mallory.

BabyCenter’s data provides fascinating insight into the latest baby naming trends. As 2023 unfolds, it will be interesting to see if any new names manage to break into the top 10 lists.