100 Most Popular Baby Names in North Carolina

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 Liam 699 Olivia 531
2 Noah 608 Ava 465
3 William 561 Emma 457
4 James 476 Charlotte 416
5 Oliver 467 Amelia 399
6 Henry 435 Sophia 375
7 Elijah 433 Harper 364
8 Jackson 409 Isabella 331
9 Lucas 390 Evelyn 298
10 Levi 363 Elizabeth 282
11 Mason 357 Mia 282
12 Grayson 346 Eleanor 273
13 Benjamin 338 Abigail 241
14 Asher 319 Ella 237
15 Jack 315 Avery 235
16 John 314 Layla 225
17 Waylon 313 Nova 225
18 Wyatt 310 Willow 224
19 Samuel 305 Luna 222
20 Carter 288 Nora 221
21 Luke 287 Caroline 216
22 Michael 285 Riley 214
23 Owen 279 Madison 213
24 Alexander 275 Emily 209
25 Logan 272 Scarlett 199
26 Hudson 269 Zoey 193
27 Jacob 269 Lily 190
28 Theodore 260 Gianna 189
29 Josiah 256 Paisley 189
30 David 251 Chloe 187
31 Daniel 245 Ellie 187
32 Gabriel 245 Naomi 187
33 Thomas 240 Hazel 186
34 Maverick 239 Penelope 185
35 Nolan 235 Camila 180
36 Aiden 233 Kinsley 179
37 Charles 225 Skylar 176
38 Ethan 225 Sofia 176
39 Joseph 225 Lillian 174
40 Isaac 222 Addison 171
41 Sebastian 221 Grace 168
42 Mateo 217 Isla 167
43 Easton 216 Mila 166
44 Ezra 214 Zoe 163
45 Jayden 214 Aria 158
46 Christopher 209 Sadie 155
47 Matthew 207 Savannah 155
48 Jaxon 205 Madelyn 154
49 Caleb 200 Ivy 153
50 Miles 198 Kennedy 153
51 Colton 196 Emilia 152
52 Elias 196 Aubrey 151
53 Dylan 191 Stella 150
54 Luca 189 Lucy 147
55 Everett 184 Nevaeh 143
56 Lincoln 184 Aurora 141
57 Kayden 180 Eliana 141
58 Landon 180 Hannah 136
59 Cameron 178 Aaliyah 135
60 Legend 177 Autumn 135
61 Silas 176 Serenity 134
62 Julian 175 Everly 133
63 Greyson 171 Elena 130
64 Robert 171 Violet 130
65 Joshua 170 Genesis 129
66 Eli 169 Raelynn 128
67 Anthony 166 Natalie 125
68 Jameson 166 Everleigh 121
69 Parker 166 Ruby 121
70 Brooks 165 Emery 120
71 Andrew 163 Leilani 120
72 Christian 159 Lydia 120
73 Carson 158 Brooklyn 118
74 Nathan 158 Claire 116
75 Roman 158 Audrey 115
76 Bryson 155 Eliza 115
77 Leo 155 Allison 114
78 Isaiah 153 Bella 110
79 Adrian 150 Anna 110
80 Kingston 148 Piper 109
81 Amir 147 Victoria 109
82 Jeremiah 147 Adeline 107
83 Micah 143 Peyton 107
84 Jordan 141 Parker 106
85 Jonathan 140 Madeline 104
86 Jace 139 Eden 103
87 Angel 138 Jade 103
88 Austin 138 Alice 101
89 Hunter 137 Rylee 101
90 Ryan 137 Magnolia 99
91 Axel 137 Delilah 99
92 Sawyer 136 Emersyn 99
93 Walker 136 Josephine 98
94 Connor 135 Leah 98
95 Jaxson 135 Ryleigh 97
96 River 134 Adalynn 96
97 Ian 132 Mary 95
98 Kaiden 131 Josie 92
99 Weston 130 Remi 91
100 Ezekiel 129 Ariana 91

Most Popular North Carolina Baby Names by Year

We have data on the most popular baby names in North Carolina 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 North Carolina for 2020

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2020 are Liam and Olivia.

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

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Liam 681 Olivia 525
2 Noah 612 Ava 507
3 William 524 Emma 482
4 James 489 Charlotte 421
5 Elijah 475 Amelia 420

Popular Baby Names in North Carolina for 2019

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2019 are Liam and Ava.

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

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Liam 686 Ava 596
2 Noah 605 Olivia 536
3 William 587 Emma 532
4 James 516 Amelia 435
5 Elijah 464 Charlotte 410

Popular Baby Names in North Carolina for 2018

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2018 are Noah and Ava.

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

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Noah 621 Ava 631
2 William 607 Emma 583
3 Liam 579 Olivia 533
4 James 524 Charlotte 438
5 Elijah 461 Harper 429

Popular Baby Names in North Carolina for 2017

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2017 are William and Ava.

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

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 William 632 Ava 651
2 Noah 622 Emma 588
3 Liam 577 Olivia 585
4 James 541 Isabella 433
5 Mason 522 Charlotte 419

Popular Baby Names in North Carolina for 2016

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2016 are William and Ava.

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

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 William 715 Ava 619
2 Noah 638 Emma 610
3 Mason 547 Olivia 559
4 Liam 529 Charlotte 408
5 Elijah 523 Harper 407

Popular Baby Names in North Carolina for 2015

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2015 are William and Ava.

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

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 William 705 Ava 624
2 Noah 680 Emma 585
3 Mason 601 Olivia 565
4 Liam 588 Isabella 432
5 James 538 Sophia 424

Popular Baby Names in North Carolina for 2014

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2014 are William and Ava.

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

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 William 732 Ava 600
2 Mason 636 Emma 595
3 Noah 623 Olivia 572
4 Liam 551 Isabella 461
5 Elijah 542 Sophia 461

Popular Baby Names in North Carolina for 2013

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2013 are William and Emma.

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

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 William 706 Emma 648
2 Mason 616 Ava 555
3 Elijah 611 Sophia 531
4 Jacob 553 Olivia 488
5 Noah 552 Isabella 483

Popular Baby Names in North Carolina for 2012

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2012 are William and Emma.

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

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 William 711 Emma 656
2 Mason 684 Sophia 593
3 Jacob 579 Ava 510
4 Elijah 574 Olivia 471
5 Noah 523 Isabella 455

Popular Baby Names in North Carolina for 2011

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2011 are William and Emma.

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

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 William 765 Emma 613
2 Mason 728 Ava 557
3 Jacob 598 Olivia 524
4 Elijah 583 Isabella 491
5 Noah 578 Sophia 485

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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