What were the top baby names of 2011? There was a time when it seemed like so many boys were named John or Michael or Robert, when many others were named after books in the Bible like Mark, James and Joseph. And, depending on where you went to school, Rebecca was also popular.
Those days are long gone. Popular culture dictates the shift in polarity of baby names. For example, for the boys, one of the most popular names of 2011 was Jayden. One would guess that would have a lot to do with Will Smith and Jaden Pinkett Smith’s son, Jaden, who has already starred in two movies that made $100 million before he entered puberty. The New York Times theorizes that the popularity of the name came from Britney Spears, who named her son “Jayden” in 2006. But I digress.
Conversely, the name “Chloe” is one of the top baby names of 2011 for the girls. That may be attributed to the ultra-popular “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reality series and Khloe Kardashian, although the names are spelled slightly differently.
Let’s take a look at 10 of the top baby names of 2011 for the boys and girls.