Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Expentant parents have SO many decisions to make. From strollers to cribs, formulas to childcare. One of the toughest decisions, and the one that attracts opinions, is the baby’s name. You like a name, but your family members think another option would be better. Everyone wants to chime in. If you need a little help deciding, consider consulting this list. And the most popular baby names in Massachusetts 2023 are…here!

Names.org just released it’s list of the top baby names for 2023. They listed each state and the popular girls and boys names. Some of the names unique to Massahusetts, and not as popular in other states, are Jack (has to be the Kennedy reference), Ella and Chloe.

The popularity of the name Benjamin fell this year, but it’s still in the top 10. Meanwhile, the #1 girl’s name has been at the top spot for the last 5 years! According to names.org, parents in Massachusetts tend to use historical references from our state, when picking a child’s name. They base the list on Social Security Administration data on births, along with user interest on their website. Take a look at the most popular baby names in Massachusetts 2023!

 

  • 1. Olivia and Noah

    Olivia is queen when it comes to girls names in Massachusetts. It’s been the most popular name the last 5 years, and is predicted to be #1 again by this year’s end. The most famous Olivia right now is actress (and former love interest of Harry Styles0, Olivia Wilde.

    Singer Noah Thompson was plucked out of obscurity to win American Idol last year.

    Olivia Wilde

    (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)

  • 2. Charlotte and Liam

    Famous Charlotte’s include Princess Charlotte, daughter of William and Kate, and the popular Sex and the City character, Charlotte York (played by Kristin Davis).

    Notable Liams are…Liam Hemsworth, Liam Neesen and Liam Payne of One Direction

    Liam Neeson

    (Photo by Kate Green/Getty Images)

  • 3. Emma and Henry

    Who’s your favorite Emma? Stone, Watson, Roberts? These actresses are the most popular Emmas on a google search.

    The name Henry evokes historical references, from Henry VIII to Henry Ford, and Henry David Thoreaux. The  most famous modern day Henry may be actor Henry Cavill, of Superman fame.

    Emma Stone

    (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Henry Cavill

    (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

     

     

  • 4. Sophia and Jack

    Sophia Vergara, Sophia Loren and Sophia Bush, all very popular Sophias, and all beautiful women. No wonder it’s a highly chosen name.

    As for Jacks, here in Massachusetts, of course we think of Jack Kennedy, or writer Jack Kerouak (from Lowell).

    Sophia Vergara

    (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

    Kennedy Addressing

    (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

  • 5. Amelia and Oliver

    By far, the most famous Amelia is aviation pioneer and writer, Amelia Earhart, who lived in Medford for a number of years, and flew out of Squantam in Quincy.

    Meanwhile, famous Olivers include the historical figure, English military and political leader. Oliver Cromwell and actor Oliver Hudson.

    Ameila Earhart With Airplane

    (Photo by Getty Images)

    Oliver Hudson

    (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

     

  • 6. Mia and Theodore

    The name Mia is often associated with the Italian and Spanish word for “mine,” as in mia amore. Famous Mias are actress Mia Farrow and soccer icon, Mia Hamm.

    Theodore is a old school name that has made a big comeback in recent years. There’s a presidential ring to it, because of Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Popular actor Theo James, is a Theodore. He’s an English actor, director, producer and model, known for portraying the role of Tobias “Four” Eaton in The Divergent Series film trilogy

    Mia Farrow

    (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

    Theo James

    Actors Shailene Woodley (L) and Theo James arrive at the premiere of Summit Entertainment’s “Divergent”
    (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 7. Isabella and James

    The name Isabella gives you a few nickname options; Bella, Izzy, Isa or Belle. Actress and model Bella Hadid is an Isabella. Isabella Rosellini is a very popular Italian-American actress, author, philanthropist, and model, best known for being the Lancôme model and spokesperson.

    There are many famous  people named James. It’s also a great name for nicknames. Jim, Jimmy, Jay to  name a few. The name seems to work well for late night talk show hosts. There’s Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and James Cordin.

    Bella Hadid

    (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Presented by Amazon Prime Video )

    Jimmy Fallon

    (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

     

  • 8. Ava and Benjamin

    Ava Gardner is the most famous Ava on record. The popular actress of the 1950s was also married to Frank Sinatra.

    Benjamin has been at the top of the boy name list for years. Famous Benjamins include Benjamin Franklin, Ben Affleck and Ben Stiller.

    ava gardner

    (Photo by Walter Bellamy/Express/Getty Images)

    ben affleck

    (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

     

     

  • 9. Chloe and Lucas

    The name Chloe in Greek translates to “blooming.” And a couple of famous Chloes have booming careers, Chloe Sevigney and Chloe Grace Moretz.

    The name Lucas means “bringer of light.” Some famous Lucas’ are actors Lucas Grabeel and Lucas Till, who you may remember from Hannah Montana.

    Chloe Sevigny

    (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

    Lucas Till

    (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

     

  • 10. Ella and William

    Really only one name comes to mind when you hear the name Ella. And that is the legendary queen of jazz. Ella Fitzgerald. “Lady Ella” was also known as the first lady of song. She is still inspiring young artists today, long after she’s been gone.  It was her pure tonality, incredible time and phrasing and her improvisations that earned her the title of queen.

    As for Williams, we turn to the Royals. Prince William is the next in line to the throne. Of course there is William Shakespeare one of the world’s greatest writers. Bill Gates, Billy Joel, Bill Murray. If there’s a Will, there’s a way!

    Ella Fitzgerald

    (Photo by R Dumont/Getty Images)

    Prince William

    (Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

     

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