100 Most Popular Baby Names in California (Updated for 2022)

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 2022. 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, 2022, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name.

You might be wondering why we don't have data for the current year, 2024. This is because the Social Security Administration who collect the data have to first verify it and safeguard privacy. Data from the previous year is released around May each year.

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 Liam 2,610 Olivia 2,178
2 Noah 2,497 Emma 2,080
3 Mateo 2,371 Camila 2,046
4 Sebastian 2,086 Mia 1,882
5 Julian 1,620 Sophia 1,762
6 Oliver 1,617 Isabella 1,733
7 Santiago 1,547 Luna 1,516
8 Benjamin 1,524 Sofia 1,307
9 Elijah 1,438 Amelia 1,289
10 Ezekiel 1,398 Gianna 1,107
11 Alexander 1,393 Emily 1,104
12 Daniel 1,385 Mila 1,074
13 Ethan 1,345 Charlotte 1,059
14 Lucas 1,289 Ava 1,021
15 Ezra 1,241 Aria 997
16 Luca 1,221 Penelope 997
17 Levi 1,197 Evelyn 982
18 Leo 1,179 Victoria 874
19 Aiden 1,155 Natalia 870
20 Angel 1,150 Scarlett 870
21 Jayden 1,087 Abigail 835
22 James 1,086 Zoe 795
23 Matthew 1,083 Violet 778
24 Dylan 1,067 Eliana 765
25 Elias 1,061 Chloe 764
26 Michael 1,036 Valentina 749
27 Anthony 1,034 Maya 726
28 David 1,028 Aurora 712
29 Jacob 1,026 Elena 708
30 Adrian 1,008 Ellie 695
31 Nathan 993 Elizabeth 693
32 Logan 986 Layla 687
33 Isaac 961 Lily 681
34 Damian 947 Emilia 667
35 Leonardo 935 Ella 663
36 Aaron 903 Avery 660
37 Theodore 903 Leilani 620
38 Isaiah 899 Hazel 611
39 Gabriel 880 Aaliyah 605
40 Henry 871 Madison 601
41 Samuel 857 Genesis 599
42 William 831 Isla 591
43 Luke 826 Delilah 590
44 Gael 814 Zoey 577
45 Mason 796 Ximena 574
46 Josiah 794 Athena 564
47 Joseph 785 Harper 550
48 Emiliano 784 Samantha 522
49 Caleb 773 Ariana 518
50 Jose 770 Grace 514
51 Kai 760 Leah 511
52 Andrew 741 Riley 510
53 Roman 729 Alina 506
54 Christopher 709 Jade 502
55 Jack 704 Natalie 498
56 Ian 696 Bella 486
57 Diego 695 Hailey 484
58 Owen 683 Audrey 480
59 Jonathan 647 Stella 480
60 Jackson 641 Hannah 473
61 Maverick 641 Eleanor 465
62 Xavier 633 Melody 459
63 Asher 628 Valeria 459
64 Adriel 626 Nova 459
65 Luis 607 Naomi 449
66 Joshua 605 Liliana 440
67 Jesus 597 Nora 440
68 Dominic 596 Sophie 430
69 Axel 591 Ivy 427
70 Christian 574 Melanie 423
71 Enzo 567 Everly 422
72 Adam 565 Catalina 410
73 Lorenzo 554 Allison 408
74 Miles 554 Alice 394
75 Ivan 549 Maria 394
76 Eli 548 Ruby 389
77 Wyatt 543 Valerie 387
78 Ryan 534 Lucia 384
79 Thomas 524 Ayla 364
80 Hudson 522 Iris 361
81 Nicholas 521 Madelyn 361
82 Thiago 520 Alaia 348
83 Juan 512 Emery 348
84 Emilio 498 Lucy 345
85 Carlos 495 Eva 342
86 John 490 Arya 341
87 Jordan 490 Adeline 340
88 Evan 488 Kamila 340
89 Luka 488 Nevaeh 339
90 Andres 479 Daisy 335
91 Jeremiah 478 Juliette 331
92 Miguel 467 Madeline 327
93 Giovanni 460 Andrea 322
94 Grayson 452 Aubrey 317
95 Nicolas 442 Amaya 314
96 Jaxon 440 Julia 302
97 Alejandro 431 Isabel 301
98 Matteo 429 Sienna 299
99 Vincent 417 Claire 292
100 Micah 416 Willow 288

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 2022.

However, 112 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 2021

As you can see the most popular baby names in California for births recorded in 2021 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 2,591 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

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

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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