Top Baby Names
From Maci To Felix

What were the most popular baby names of 2011? Baby name trends showed the influence of pop culture, the royal wedding and even a throwback to the hippies. Grandma and grandpa names, such as Agnes and Milo, are also on the rise. Check out the hottest names for boys and girls in 2011.

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The Social Security Administration has not yet released their top baby names of 2011. However, we have rounded up the most popular names of the year by looking at baby name trends and the coolest names on our radar.

The top baby names of 2010 were Jacob and Isabella, thanks in part to the popularity of The Twilight Saga. What baby girl names and baby boy names were tops in 2011?

Popular girl and boy names of 2011

When the Social Security Administration releases its list of the most popular baby names of 2011 this spring, we expect to see many of the same names at the top of the list. For example, Jacob has been the most popular boy name for two years in a row. Other names we expect to see at the top of the list include Ethan, Michael, Jayden, William and Alexander. As far as girl names, we expect to see Isabella, Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava and Emily remaining at the top of the list.

The Social Security Administration has released the baby names that are climbing the charts the fastest. Trending baby boy names of the year were Bentley, Kellan, Knox, Enzo, Karter and Easton. For girls, the names Maci, Giuliana, Tiana, Quinn, Adalynn and Kinley are shooting up the charts.

Check out the top 50 fastest climbing girl names and top 50 fastest climbing boy names >>

Celebrity baby names in 2011

Celebrity baby names are always trend-setting and unique -- and we can always expect a few head scratchers in the bunch. Celebrities gave their daughters girly and feminine names, such as Gemma (Sex and the City star Kristin Davis), Delilah (Kimberly Stewart), Arabella (Ivanka Trump) and Haven (Jessica Alba). We expect these girly names to continue to be popular. David and Victoria Beckham named their daughter Harper Seven, possibly starting a new trend with numerical names.

Also check out 50 pretty baby names for girls >>

Baby boy names starting with the letter K were popular in 2011, such as Kase (Jewel and Ty Murray), Kannon (Kevin James) and Kroy Jagger (Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kim Zolciak). We are sure the Kardashians would like to think they are responsible for this trend -- and perhaps they are.

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Grandma and grandpa baby names

Old-fashioned baby names (or grandma and grandpa names) were popular in 2011. Celebrities such as Kate Hudson got in on the trend, naming her son Bingham. David Schwimmer chose the name Cleo, while Elizabeth Banks went with Felix and Alyssa Milano chose Milo. For the girls, Tori Spelling named her daughter Hattie, while Jennifer Connelly named her daughter Agnes. These classic baby names rarely go out of style.

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The royal influence

The royal wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William was one of the hottest stories of 2011. You can expect to see the influence of the royal family on the baby name charts, as the names Pippa, Katherine, William and Harry will undoubtedly climb the charts. We wouldn’t be surprised if Diana, as in the late Princess Diana, saw resurgence as well.

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Hippie baby names

Thanks in part to the grassroots Occupy Wall Street movement that reminded many people of the protests of the 1960s and 1970s, hippie baby names were popular in 2011. Baby girl names like Clover, Willow, Violet, Faith and Paisley saw resurgence in 2011. For boys, Skyler, Morocco, River, Sage and Leif were in on the trend.

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