100 Most Popular Baby Names in North Carolina (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 644 Olivia 500
2 Noah 577 Amelia 456
3 William 516 Charlotte 427
4 Oliver 515 Ava 409
5 James 470 Emma 406
6 Elijah 447 Sophia 382
7 Henry 387 Isabella 326
8 Levi 374 Mia 300
9 Jackson 357 Harper 299
10 Lucas 334 Evelyn 289
11 Benjamin 317 Eleanor 280
12 Asher 314 Luna 267
13 Mason 314 Scarlett 266
14 Samuel 312 Elizabeth 265
15 Grayson 311 Nova 259
16 Wyatt 303 Nora 230
17 Hudson 302 Willow 218
18 John 298 Caroline 216
19 Luke 295 Layla 216
20 Owen 293 Naomi 211
21 Jack 291 Lily 210
22 Maverick 274 Sofia 206
23 Theodore 271 Ella 205
24 Sebastian 270 Ellie 205
25 Alexander 267 Chloe 204
26 Mateo 266 Avery 203
27 Gabriel 264 Isla 203
28 Michael 264 Addison 201
29 Daniel 258 Abigail 200
30 Waylon 255 Emily 198
31 Carter 250 Ivy 198
32 David 247 Madison 197
33 Elias 245 Riley 197
34 Ezra 245 Aria 191
35 Aiden 240 Aurora 190
36 Jacob 237 Camila 185
37 Isaac 235 Lillian 178
38 Thomas 234 Zoe 177
39 Charles 225 Gianna 176
40 Nolan 224 Violet 176
41 Ethan 223 Kinsley 169
42 Josiah 221 Hazel 166
43 Leo 221 Eliana 165
44 Joseph 220 Paisley 163
45 Logan 219 Grace 162
46 Jaxon 212 Mila 161
47 Luca 207 Natalie 156
48 Julian 194 Aubrey 152
49 Colton 193 Autumn 150
50 Easton 193 Sadie 150
51 Caleb 192 Skylar 150
52 Walker 189 Penelope 149
53 Joshua 186 Zoey 148
54 Angel 184 Stella 148
55 Lincoln 183 Leilani 144
56 Silas 182 Madelyn 143
57 Jayden 180 Savannah 142
58 Cooper 179 Lucy 138
59 Matthew 178 Hannah 134
60 Dylan 177 Emilia 131
61 Cameron 176 Raelynn 131
62 Christopher 176 Genesis 129
63 Anthony 172 Everly 127
64 Christian 172 Victoria 125
65 Brooks 171 Nevaeh 123
66 Jameson 165 Delilah 119
67 Legend 165 Brooklyn 118
68 Miles 165 Kennedy 117
69 Nathan 163 Magnolia 117
70 Andrew 161 Ruby 117
71 Kai 159 Sophie 117
72 Micah 159 Aaliyah 116
73 Weston 158 Claire 116
74 Eli 156 Emery 115
75 Landon 156 Everleigh 115
76 River 155 Alice 112
77 Isaiah 154 Eden 111
78 Adrian 152 Piper 110
79 Ezekiel 150 Elena 110
80 Kayden 149 Leah 109
81 Roman 149 Serenity 108
82 Sawyer 147 Cora 107
83 Everett 146 Emersyn 107
84 Bennett 145 Eloise 106
85 Jace 144 Hadley 106
86 Axel 143 Lydia 106
87 Carson 143 Josephine 103
88 Robert 143 Clara 102
89 Ian 142 Jade 101
90 Parker 139 Anna 99
91 Jeremiah 138 Peyton 96
92 Wesley 136 Margaret 96
93 Amir 133 Kehlani 95
94 Greyson 132 Maya 95
95 Jonathan 129 Bella 94
96 Bryson 129 Rylee 94
97 Ashton 127 Parker 93
98 Atlas 127 Charlie 93
99 Aaron 125 Adeline 92
100 Ryder 125 Emerson 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 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 North Carolina for 2021

As you can see the most popular baby names in North Carolina for births recorded in 2021 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 699 Olivia 531
2 Noah 608 Ava 465
3 William 561 Emma 457
4 James 476 Charlotte 416
5 Oliver 467 Amelia 399

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

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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