The most popular baby names for 2014 were Sophia for girls and Jackson for boys, according to BabyCenter. The rest of the top five names were Emma, Olivia, Ava and Isabella for girls, and Aiden, Liam, Lucas and Noah for boys.Continue Reading
BabyCenter bases its list on parents who shared the names of their children with the company. It combines names that are pronounced the same but are spelled differently, such as Sophia and Sofia.
The three most popular names are the same in 2012, 2013 and 2014 for both girls and boys. 2014 was the fifth year Sophia was the most popular girl's name, and the second straight year Jackson was the most popular boy's name.
Several names most likely increased in popularity during 2014 due to pop culture. Galina, the name of a character in the television series "Orange is the New Black," increased 67 percent in BabyCenter's rankings. The name Joan became more popular after Joan Rivers died. The name Derek jumped several spots in the rankings as Derek Jeter played his final baseball season as shortstop for the New York Yankees. Other trends included giving children Southern-style names and naming children after locations, such as Rome or Denver.Learn more about Education