100 Most Popular Baby Names in California

In this section of the site we have data on the most popular baby names since records began in 1910 to the most recent data in 2021. These names are taken directly from the Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

The table below shows the top 100 most popular baby names for the latest year, 2021, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name.

This page contains both boy and girl names, but you can click below to see just the names by sex:

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Noah 2,591 Olivia 2,395
2 Liam 2,469 Emma 2,171
3 Mateo 2,108 Camila 2,065
4 Sebastian 2,042 Mia 2,021
5 Julian 1,720 Sophia 1,808
6 Benjamin 1,607 Isabella 1,648
7 Oliver 1,523 Luna 1,458
8 Elijah 1,498 Amelia 1,363
9 Alexander 1,483 Sofia 1,305
10 Daniel 1,424 Gianna 1,289
11 Ethan 1,411 Ava 1,264
12 Lucas 1,367 Charlotte 1,132
13 Ezekiel 1,270 Emily 1,095
14 Santiago 1,250 Mila 1,061
15 Aiden 1,234 Aria 990
16 Jacob 1,216 Evelyn 962
17 Matthew 1,173 Natalia 949
18 James 1,157 Victoria 938
19 Ezra 1,117 Abigail 913
20 Jayden 1,091 Penelope 902
21 Levi 1,089 Scarlett 827
22 Michael 1,078 Chloe 777
23 Leo 1,076 Layla 777
24 Adrian 1,063 Maya 771
25 David 1,060 Zoe 761
26 Elias 1,056 Ella 749
27 Angel 1,045 Elizabeth 721
28 Dylan 1,045 Emilia 713
29 Anthony 1,039 Avery 711
30 Logan 1,021 Eliana 708
31 Isaac 1,002 Valentina 704
32 Luca 999 Violet 686
33 Nathan 992 Ellie 680
34 Leonardo 943 Elena 676
35 William 925 Delilah 675
36 Aaron 922 Isla 644
37 Samuel 903 Leah 641
38 Isaiah 893 Zoey 636
39 Mason 893 Aurora 632
40 Henry 885 Leilani 628
41 Jack 884 Madison 624
42 Joseph 873 Aaliyah 596
43 Damian 871 Lily 595
44 Luke 846 Harper 588
45 Gael 841 Grace 570
46 Josiah 828 Hazel 568
47 Jose 826 Ariana 560
48 Theodore 819 Riley 545
49 Gabriel 797 Genesis 538
50 Jackson 763 Samantha 515
51 Andrew 758 Ximena 502
52 Owen 746 Natalie 497
53 Christopher 743 Allison 496
54 Emiliano 723 Jade 495
55 Roman 718 Naomi 495
56 Caleb 712 Bella 494
57 Kai 688 Audrey 492
58 Diego 682 Eleanor 490
59 Jonathan 667 Alina 485
60 Joshua 661 Stella 485
61 Miles 661 Hailey 480
62 Axel 657 Everly 472
63 Ian 645 Hannah 464
64 Dominic 624 Athena 452
65 Xavier 623 Melanie 436
66 Maverick 603 Ivy 433
67 Wyatt 597 Nora 432
68 Ryan 595 Sophie 425
69 Jesus 592 Melody 414
70 Asher 583 Valeria 409
71 Luis 579 Nova 405
72 Christian 574 Liliana 401
73 Adriel 573 Eva 395
74 Adam 567 Ayla 383
75 Eli 557 Ruby 383
76 Thomas 547 Maria 378
77 Hudson 546 Valerie 375
78 Evan 536 Alice 373
79 Jeremiah 533 Lucy 373
80 Nicholas 521 Alaia 361
81 John 513 Catalina 358
82 Grayson 512 Arya 349
83 Lorenzo 511 Savannah 341
84 Nolan 511 Iris 338
85 Matteo 510 Adeline 337
86 Jordan 495 Claire 335
87 Carter 493 Aubrey 328
88 Carlos 487 Isabel 328
89 Ivan 484 Daisy 326
90 Juan 477 Nevaeh 318
91 Vincent 474 Brooklyn 318
92 Andres 472 Quinn 318
93 Robert 471 Emery 317
94 Nathaniel 469 Addison 314
95 Jaxon 466 Andrea 314
96 Nicolas 465 Kamila 314
97 Austin 456 Willow 313
98 Giovanni 455 Lucia 312
99 Enzo 453 Madelyn 309
100 Emilio 449 Amaya 309

Most Popular California Baby Names by Year

We have data on the most popular baby names in California for each year since records began in 1910 to the most recent data in 2021.

However, 111 years is a lot of data to display, so in the sections below we'll show you the top 5 most popular baby names for each of the last 10 years.

Popular Baby Names in California for 2020

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2020 are Noah and Olivia.

The table below shows the top 5 male and female names for the year.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Noah 2,608 Olivia 2,329
2 Liam 2,406 Camila 2,175
3 Mateo 2,057 Emma 2,093
4 Sebastian 1,981 Mia 2,029
5 Julian 1,679 Sophia 1,984

Popular Baby Names in California for 2019

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2019 are Noah and Olivia.

The table below shows the top 5 male and female names for the year.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Noah 2,674 Olivia 2,602
2 Liam 2,390 Emma 2,389
3 Mateo 2,219 Mia 2,359
4 Sebastian 2,149 Sophia 2,093
5 Ethan 2,093 Camila 2,063

Popular Baby Names in California for 2018

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2018 are Noah and Emma.

The table below shows the top 5 male and female names for the year.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Noah 2,569 Emma 2,743
2 Liam 2,413 Mia 2,499
3 Sebastian 2,213 Olivia 2,465
4 Mateo 2,101 Isabella 2,200
5 Ethan 2,059 Sophia 2,154

Popular Baby Names in California for 2017

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2017 are Noah and Emma.

The table below shows the top 5 male and female names for the year.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Noah 2,527 Emma 2,740
2 Sebastian 2,276 Mia 2,602
3 Liam 2,189 Olivia 2,489
4 Ethan 2,149 Sophia 2,440
5 Matthew 2,135 Isabella 2,352

Popular Baby Names in California for 2016

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2016 are Noah and Mia.

The table below shows the top 5 male and female names for the year.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Noah 2,697 Mia 2,800
2 Matthew 2,418 Sophia 2,757
3 Ethan 2,338 Emma 2,608
4 Daniel 2,300 Olivia 2,549
5 Jacob 2,273 Isabella 2,363

Popular Baby Names in California for 2015

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2015 are Noah and Sophia.

The table below shows the top 5 male and female names for the year.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Noah 2,773 Sophia 2,956
2 Jacob 2,561 Mia 2,866
3 Ethan 2,478 Emma 2,722
4 Daniel 2,474 Olivia 2,530
5 Matthew 2,440 Isabella 2,408

Popular Baby Names in California for 2014

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2014 are Noah and Sophia.

The table below shows the top 5 male and female names for the year.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Noah 2,781 Sophia 3,182
2 Jacob 2,717 Isabella 2,730
3 Ethan 2,568 Emma 2,687
4 Daniel 2,565 Mia 2,637
5 Alexander 2,500 Olivia 2,426

Popular Baby Names in California for 2013

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2013 are Jacob and Sophia.

The table below shows the top 5 male and female names for the year.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Jacob 2,890 Sophia 3,468
2 Ethan 2,667 Isabella 2,794
3 Daniel 2,603 Mia 2,604
4 Jayden 2,581 Emma 2,489
5 Matthew 2,565 Emily 2,296

Popular Baby Names in California for 2012

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2012 are Jacob and Sophia.

The table below shows the top 5 male and female names for the year.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Jacob 2,981 Sophia 3,644
2 Jayden 2,871 Isabella 3,111
3 Daniel 2,687 Emma 2,452
4 Ethan 2,674 Emily 2,440
5 Matthew 2,654 Mia 2,330

Popular Baby Names in California for 2011

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2011 are Jacob and Sophia.

The table below shows the top 5 male and female names for the year.

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Jacob 3,171 Sophia 3,569
2 Daniel 2,910 Isabella 3,063
3 Jayden 2,753 Emily 2,401
4 Anthony 2,694 Mia 2,309
5 Matthew 2,466 Emma 2,118

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and excludes any names with fewer than 5 occurrences in any geographic area.

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