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Popular Names of 2000 to 2009

A New Way to Look at Baby Name Popularity

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Updated April 29, 2013

You may have seen the list of popular names by decade put out by the Social Security Administration (SSA). These list group each unique spelling of a name with its own rank. However, when you have several names of a similar pronunciation with multiple spelling (like Christopher, Kristopher, Cristopher, Cristofer, and Kristofer) it doesn't give an entirely accurate picture of popular baby names.

Oh, and in case your wondering the name with the most different ways to spell it is Jayden with a whopping 15 variations. See also: Different Spellings of Names

Grouping Popular Names of 2000 to 2009 By Similar Pronunciation

I wanted an even closer look at the most common baby names of the first decade of the twenty-first century, so I dug a little deeper. The SSA's list of the names by decades only includes a list of the top 200 names. I've taken the top 1000 baby names of 2000 through 2009, grouped those of similar pronunciation together, and developed the following list.

Limitations of Compiled Baby Name Lists

Now a word of caution about the data, some names required a bit of a judgement call on my part. Take the names Louis, Luis, and Lewis as an example. The common American-English pronunciation of these name is lew-is. However, some portion of those parents may be using the French pronunciation of the name, lew-ee. There is a certain margin of error based on that.

In the chart below, you'll find:

  • The compiled rank of popular names
  • Names of similar pronunciation listed in order from most popular spelling to least popular.
  • The total number of baby boys born between 2000 to 2009 with the name.

I've also taken re-ranked all of the top 1000 boy names. You can page through the complete ranking at the following links:

Popular Baby Names of 2000 to 2009

1 Jacob, Jakob, Jaycob 288,406
2 Michael, Micheal, Mikel 258,702
3 Matthew, Mathew 231,862
4 Joshua 231,602
5 Nicholas, Nicolas, Nickolas, Nikolas 222,465
6 Christopher, Kristopher, Cristopher, Cristofer, Kristofer 217,012
7 Aiden, Aidan, Ayden, Aden, Adan, Aydan, Aaden,Aydin, Aedan, Aidyn, Adin 213,888
8 Daniel 203,404
9 Ethan, Ethen 203,221
10 Andrew 202,208
11 Joseph, Josef 195,762
12 William 194,079
13 Anthony 191,592
14 Landon, Landen, Landyn, Landin, Landan 186,717
15 Alexander, Alexzander 181,569
16 Jonathan, Johnathan, Jonathon, Johnathon 181,014
17 David 179,488
18 Christian, Cristian, Kristian 174,940
19 Ryan 173,072
20 Jayden, Jaden, Jaiden, Jadon, Jaydon, Jaeden, Jadyn, Jaden, Jadon, Jaydon, Jaeden, Jadyn, Jaydin, Jaidyn, Jaydan 168,388
21 John, Jon 166,911
22 Tyler, Tylor 166,390
23 James 162,812
24 Dylan, Dillon, Dillan, Dylon, Dilan, Dyllan 161,926
25 Zachary, Zackary, Zachery, Zakery, Zakary 158,926
26 Brandon, Branden, Brandan, Brandyn 149,495
27 Caleb, Kaleb 144,607
28 Noah 143,238
29 Samuel 138,217
30 Benjamin 137,050
31 Nathan, Nathen 136,843
32 Eric, Erik, Erick, Aric 135,890
33 Logan 133,877
34 Brian, Bryan 131,546
35 Justin, Justyn 122,830
36 Connor, Conner, Conor, Konner, Konnor 120,110
37 Gabriel 119,610
38 Jackson, Jaxon, Jaxson, Jaxen 117,858
39 Jose 115,612
40 Austin, Austen, Austyn 115,460
41 Kevin, Kevon, Keven 114,181
42 Elijah, Alijah 113,632
43 Jordan, Jordon, Jorden, Jordyn 108,836
44 Cameron, Kameron 107,983
45 Thomas, Tomas 106,994
46 Isaiah, Isiah, Izaiah, Izayah 105,429
47 Isaac, Issac, Isaak 98,651
48 Robert 98,273
49 Jason, Jayson 97,116
50 Jack 95,447
51 Sean, Shawn, Shaun 95,176
52 Hunter 94,731
53 Angel 94,195
54 Gavin, Gavyn, Gaven 92,996
55 Evan 92,065
56 Brayden, Braden, Braeden, Brayden, Braiden, Bradyn, Braedon 91,014
57 Luke, Luc 90,554
58 Mason 90,398
59 Luis, Louis, Lewis 87,875
60 Caden, Kaden, Cayden, Kayden, Kaiden, Caiden, Kadin, Kaeden, Kadyn 87,484
61 Aaron 86,787
62 Max, Maxx 82,641
63 Lucas, Lukas 82,480
64 Devin, Devon, Deven, Devan, Devyn 82,298
65 Kyle 76,082
66 Juan 75,764
67 Charles 75,232
68 Nathaniel, Nathanael, Nathanial 72,444
69 Adam 70,889
70 Brendan, Brenden, Brendon 68,270
71 Dominic, Dominick, Dominik, Domenic 68,207
72 Adrian, Adrien 68,182
73 Colin, Collin 66,895
74 Julian, Julien 64,029
75 Ian, Ean 63,913
76 Alex 63,688
77 Carlos 63,094
78 Tristan, Tristen, Triston, Tristin, Trystan 63,036
79 Owen 61,821
80 Jesus 61,256
81 Cole, Kole 60,241
82 Chase, Chace 57,987
83 Jeremiah, Jeramiah, Jerimiah 57,421
84 Diego 55,989
85 Xavier 55,408
86 Cody, Kody 54,649
87 Sebastian, Sabastian 54,502
88 Carter, Karter 53,812
89 Steven 53,798
90 Jalen, Jaylen, Jaylin, Jaylon, Jaylan, Jalon 53,079
91 Hayden, Haden, Haiden 52,779
92 Timothy 52,306
93 Wyatt 51,297
94 Blake 50,043
95 Damian, Damien, Damion 49,485
96 Carson, Karson, Carsen 48,942
97 Jesse, Jessie 48,861
98 Richard 48,514
99 Seth 48,098
100 Alan, Allen, Allan 47,311
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