The Most Popular Boy Baby Names In New Jersey
Today we present a list of the top baby boy names in New Jersey. These numbers represent babies that were born in 2021, the most current data available from the Social Security Administration.
However, as with any countdown, we need to take a look back. First, the top 10 baby boy names 25 years ago (1996) according to the Social Security Administration.
The number to the right of the name, represents the number of babies that were given that name.
- Michael 1,738 6. Daniel 989
- Mathew 1,448 7. Ryan 945
- Christopher 1,221 8. John 912
- Nicholas 1,168 9. Anthony 902
- Joseph 1,066 10. Andrew 803
The current top 10 baby boy names in New Jersey according to the Social Security Administration:
- Liam 730 6. Benjamin 372
- Noah 634 7. James 371
- Lucas 466 8. Jacob 363
- Joseph 409 9. Anthony 340
- Michael 379 10. Ethan 325
It's interesting how many names on both lists are religious based. I expected to see more exotic names, or names that were more contemporary.
What's in a name?
Joseph appears on both lists and is derived from the Hebrew name, Yoseph. The name is mentioned in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Michael is another name that appears on both lists. Like Joseph, it's another name based in the Hebrew culture and is derived from the name, Mikha'el, or "who is like God?"
Liam, the most popular name for a baby boy in New Jersey is an Irish name. The name Liam means, "strong-willed warrior."
I did some research to see how many Stevens were born in 2021, and to my dismay, the name didn't crack the top 100. Steven was beaten out by names like Thiago, Declan, and gasp, Stephen.
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