This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Here Are L.A.'s Most Popular Baby Names
Our friends at the L.A. County Department of Public Health have tabulated their preliminary findings for 2015, and L.A.'s top 10 baby names of the year are in. Here's what we know.
If you named your new baby Sophia or Matthew last year, they'll likely be using a last initial in the classroom, because those were the most popular girl's and boy's names of the year. The L.A. kindergarten classrooms of 2020 (and the high school graduations of 2033) will also include a lot of shouts for "Mia," "Emma," "Jacob," and "Noah" (slots number two and three on the list, respectively).
Overall, fancy-ish old time vibes dominated the girl's names, whereas the boy's list had a strong biblical influence. Anyone who has spent any time on an L.A. playground as of late (what up, Zelda-Scarlett and little Bowie?) will be surprised at how normal-sounding the list is. Without further ado, the L.A.'s top 10 baby names of 2015:
8. Sebastian (tied with the same number of mentions as Alexander)
Interestingly, while the most popular girl's names for the state of California were exactly the same as L.A.'s—up until the final slot, where Ava knocked Camila out of the top 10—the top boy's names for the state diverged a bit from the L.A. list.
Here are the stats for California overall:
(Graphic via the Social Security Administration)
There's nothing the internet enjoys more than judging other people's parenting, so we look forward to reading your thoughts on all these names in the comments!!