Top baby names 2024: Solar eclipse, women athletes inspire parents, BabyCenter data shows

Top baby names 2024: Solar eclipse, women athletes inspire parents, BabyCenter data shows


So far this year, parents seem to be turning to sci-fi films, hit TV shows, and female athletes for baby name inspiration.

According to the latest data from BabyCenter, a website for parenting information, the popularity of certain names has increased.

For instance, Chani, the character played by Zendaya in the box-office smash “Dune: Part Two,” has been trending. Similarly, the name Percy, from the Disney Plus show “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” is a hit for both boys and girls.

Penelope, Charlotte, Anthony, Eloise, Francesca, and Gregory from Netflix’s “Bridgerton” are also becoming hot picks.

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Parents love the names of women athletes; oppose names of tech leaders

Since receiving more media attention, parents have been inspired by women’s basketball stars, including Kamilla Cardoso and Caitlin Clark, BabyCenter reported.

Tech layoffs have resulted in more parents avoiding specific names, such as Jeff and Andy, possibly due to associations with Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, and CEO Andy Jassy.

Solar eclipse-related names like Sol, Sunny, Stella, and Aurora also rank higher on BabyCenter’s list. For the first time since 2021, Eclipse has been on the parents’ radar for girls.

Top baby names for 2024 so far

Below are the top girl and boy names, per real-time data from the BabyCenter:

Top 15 girl names

  • Olivia
  • Emma
  • Amelia
  • Sophia
  • Charlotte
  • Isabella
  • Ava
  • Mia
  • Luna
  • Ellie
  • Aurora
  • Evelyn
  • Harper
  • Lily
  • Nova

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Top 15 boy names

  • Noah
  • Liam
  • Oliver
  • Elijah
  • Mateo
  • Lucas
  • Levi
  • Ezra
  • Asher
  • Leo
  • Luca
  • James
  • Henry
  • Ethan
  • Muhammad

Taylor Ardrey is a news reporter for USA TODAY. You can reach her at

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