These Are the Most Popular Baby Names of the 21st Century

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10. Joseph
> Babies named Joseph between 2001 and 2019: 287,280
> Most popular in: 2001 (22,014 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 24 out of 655
> Share of babies named Joseph, 2001-2019: 0.92% (0.73% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Latin form of Greek name Ioseph, which is itself a form of the Hebrew name Yosef, meaning “he will add.”
> Pictured: Former professional boxer Joe Frazier (born Joseph William Frazier)

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9. Alexander
> Babies named Alexander between 2001 and 2019: 303,325
> Most popular in: 2008 (18,701 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 11 out of 655
> Share of babies named Alexander, 2001-2019: 0.97% (0.77% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Greek name Alexandros, meaning “defending men.”
> Pictured: American statesman Alexander Hamilton

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8. Joshua
> Babies named Joshua between 2001 and 2019: 310,408
> Most popular in: 2001 (26,021 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 48 out of 655
> Share of babies named Joshua, 2001-2019: 0.99% (0.78% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Hebrew name Yehoshu’a, meaning “YAHWEH is salvation.” The roots of the name refer to the Hebrew God yasha, which means “to save.”
> Pictured: Actor John Duhamel (born Joshua Duhamel)

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7. Noah
> Babies named Noah between 2001 and 2019: 312,057
> Most popular in: 2015 (19,646 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 2 out of 655
> Share of babies named Noah, 2001-2019: 1.00% (0.80% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Hebrew name Noach, meaning “rest, repose.”
> Pictured: Actor Noah Wyle

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6. Daniel
> Babies named Daniel between 2001 and 2019: 315,035
> Most popular in: 2002 (21,319 births)
> Popularity in 2019: No. 15 out of 655
> Share of babies named Daniel, 2001-2019: 1.01% (0.80% on avg a year)
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Hebrew name Daniyyel, which means “God is my judge.”
> Pictured: Actor Daniel Kaluuya