Common teen names now, straight from the source

Mined from my teen nephew’s 300 person FB friend list. I was so surprised at how many of these names showed up multiple times; I had no idea some of them were still going strong and that others were as popular 15 years ago as they are today! Thought I’d post this in case anyone else thought these names were either dying out or recently trendy.

These names were popular mid-90s:

[name]Allison[/name]/[name]Alison[/name] (3) - This name just won’t quit
[name]Brandon[/name]/[name]Brendan[/name] (4) - So 80s to me
[name]Brent[/name]/[name]Brett[/name] (3)
[name]Brooke[/name]/[name]Brooklin[/name] (3)
[name]Cassidy[/name] (4) - whoa!
[name]Cloe[/name]/[name]Chloe[/name] (3)
[name]Cody[/name] (3)
[name]Dylan[/name] (4) - good name that has been hot for decades now
[name]Emily[/name]/[name]Emma[/name] (6) - no surprise here
[name]Hailey[/name]/[name]Haley[/name]/[name]Haileigh[/name]/[name]Haylee[/name]/[name]Hayley[/name] (5) - all with different spellings!!!
[name]Hannah[/name] (4) - all with the same spelling!
[name]Jacob[/name]/[name]Jake[/name] (4) - no surprise
[name]Jennifer[/name] (3) - still?
[name]Jessie[/name]/[name]Jesse[/name]/[name]Jessica[/name] (3) - this one too?
[name]Micaela[/name]/[name]Mikayla[/name]/[name]Mikaela[/name]/Mykayla (5) - I had no idea!
[name]Paige[/name] (3)
[name]Tyler[/name]/[name]Tyson[/name] (4)

Interesting, no?

I’m 16 and I know people with every single one of those names. A few of the five or so Haleys I know have told me that they were named that because of [name]Halley[/name]'s [name]Comet[/name] in '94 when they were born. It’s not even pronounced the same way. . .

I also know a ton of [name]Kaitlyn[/name]/Caitlyns/Katies who are my age, and the same goes for [name]Lily[/name] and [name]Sarah[/name].

Why can people not decide on one simple way to spell [name]Haley[/name]? Five different spellings is just insane.

Geography and demographics influence names. Also, people who have great taste in so many other things in their life will surprise me with baby names they pick. Does he have multiple Brittanys on his list (i think it was most popular in the late 80’s). It is funny to hear a teen mention their friend [name]Stephanie[/name] or [name]Kim[/name]. I had to ask if [name]Kim[/name] was a mom or a schoolmate to my 17 year old niece a couple of years ago. Too funny you look at his name list. Something I would (have) done. I have so many Amys and Jennifers on my fb list.
My niece also has about 300 fb friends:
[name]Anthony[/name]- 4 (We have a lot of Italians in our area)
[name]Cassi[/name]/[name]Cassie[/name]-3 (wow surprised by this too)
[name]Lauren[/name]- 4

I teach in [name]Florida[/name], and the two most common names on my high school students for girls are [name]Jessica[/name] (all ethnicities and races) and [name]Kiera[/name], [name]Keira[/name], Keiairra and I can’t even begin to give you all the spelling variations.

For guys, Caucasian guys – [name]Alexander[/name] wins. For African American guys, it’s [name]Dejon[/name], Dajuan, Dajaun, Deijon, D’jauyn, Dyjaun, etc, with as many spelling variations as there are kids.

I worked in a daycare and as a nanny in the mid to late 90s (in north [name]Louisiana[/name]), and these are some of the names I remember being pretty popular (at least two of each of these) from that time:

[name]Taylor[/name], [name]Tyler[/name], [name]Tanner[/name], [name]Tucker[/name], [name]Brandon[/name], [name]Branson[/name], [name]Bryson[/name], [name]Bryce[/name], [name]Brady[/name], [name]Brody[/name], [name]Bronson[/name], [name]Cole[/name], [name]Cade[/name], [name]Cody[/name], [name]Colton[/name], [name]Caleb[/name], [name]Dylan[/name], [name]Joshua[/name], [name]David[/name], [name]Daniel[/name], [name]Jared[/name], [name]Jarett[/name], [name]Ethan[/name], [name]Alex[/name], [name]Michael[/name], [name]Connor[/name], [name]Landon[/name], [name]Ryan[/name], [name]Spencer[/name], [name]Beau[/name], [name]Kyle[/name], [name]Riley[/name], [name]Jacob[/name], and [name]Cameron[/name]

[name]Taylor[/name], [name]Tyler[/name], [name]Sidney[/name], [name]Bailey[/name], [name]Sierra[/name], [name]Savannah[/name], [name]Kaitlyn[/name]/[name]Katelyn[/name]/[name]Caitlyn[/name], [name]Kayla[/name], [name]Kaylen[/name], [name]Kelsey[/name], [name]Kelly[/name], [name]Kylie[/name], [name]Ainsley[/name], [name]Addison[/name], [name]Madison[/name], [name]Madeline[/name], [name]Ashton[/name], [name]Ashleigh[/name], [name]Courtney[/name], [name]Morgan[/name], [name]Rachel[/name], [name]Rebecca[/name], [name]Brooke[/name], [name]Sarah[/name], [name]Hannah[/name], [name]Anna[/name], [name]Lauren[/name], [name]Shelby[/name], [name]Michaela[/name]/MyKayla /etc., [name]Maci[/name], [name]Mackenzie[/name],and [name]Emily[/name]

I think that about covers it, lol.

All of these names could have come straight from my high school rosters. Hubs and I have a bear of a time in any name discussion because it seems like everything he picks ([name]Zach[/name], [name]Colton[/name] and [name]Hannah[/name] were the most recent) give me immediate shivers of revulsion as I associate them with less-than-delightful students…

I do like the sound [name]Keira[/name], but had know idea it was so popular. [name]Glad[/name] I went with [name]Audrey[/name] for my 18 month old. Sometimes I laugh when I look at my baby list (not sure how some names got on there other than pregnancy brain).

Here’s the top 10 for my high school. We’re in [name]Alabama[/name].


  1. [name]Alex[/name]/[name]Alexander[/name]
  2. [name]Matt[/name]/[name]Matthew[/name]
  3. [name]Michael[/name]
  4. [name]Ben[/name]/[name]Benjamin[/name]
  5. [name]Branden[/name]/[name]Brandon[/name]
  6. [name]Chris[/name]/[name]Christopher[/name]
  7. [name]Josh[/name]/[name]Joshua[/name]
  8. [name]Patrick[/name]
  9. [name]Taylor[/name]
  10. [name]Tre[/name]/[name]Trey[/name]


  1. [name]Jessica[/name]
  2. [name]Lauren[/name]
  3. [name]Ashley[/name]
  4. [name]Brittany[/name]/[name]Brittney[/name]
  5. [name]Meagan[/name]/[name]Megan[/name]
  6. [name]Mary[/name]
  7. [name]Sara[/name]/[name]Sarah[/name]
  8. [name]Elisabeth[/name]/[name]Elizabeth[/name]
  9. [name]Hanna[/name]/[name]Hannah[/name]
  10. [name]Kati[/name]/[name]Katie[/name]/[name]Katy[/name]

I’m a highschool teacher. Here are some very popular names for teenagers today:

[name]MiKayla[/name], [name]McKayla[/name], [name]Kayla[/name], etc…
[name]Tanya[/name], [name]Tonia[/name], [name]Tonya[/name]
[name]Cassie[/name], [name]Cassidy[/name], [name]Cassandra[/name]

[name]Nick[/name], [name]Nicholas[/name]
[name]Zachery[/name], [name]Zachary[/name], etc…

I agree with the poster who said that geographical where-abouts has a lot to do with it. I’m a British teen, and I know TONS of people my age with these names:

[name]Jessica[/name] (!!)
[name]Alice[/name] (and an [name]Alys[/name])
[name]Sophie[/name] (no Sophias, though)


No Brodys, Codys, Tylers, Austins or what I would call ‘American’ names. No [name]Kaylee[/name]/[name]Kayleigh[/name]/Kaili, Ashleys, Brittanys or Courtneys either. In all honesty, they’re all seen as very low class names here in the UK.

I’m going to be a sophomore in high school come [name]September[/name], and I have a variety of names in my class. There are four girls named [name]Sara/name in my class, but that’s by far the most common. I know two girls whose names are [name]Claire[/name] and [name]Clare[/name]. There are also two girls named [name]Erika/name in my class.
In my elementary school, there were only about twenty kids in my entire grade, so we almost never had duplicate names. There were once two girls named [name]Elizabeth[/name], but one went by [name]Liz[/name]. There were also two boys named [name]Luke[/name] for a year. [name]Just[/name] [name]Luke[/name], though.

I’m a bit outside teen range (I’m 22) but this inspired me to look over my own 300 friend fb list, here is the names that showed up at least three times each:

[name]Allison[/name]/[name]Allyson[/name]- 3

[name]Amanda[/name]- 9 (?!)

[name]Amber[/name]- 3

[name]Amy[/name]- 6

[name]Andrea[/name] and [name]Andrew[/name]- 6 (3 each)

[name]Anna[/name]- 3

[name]Ashley[/name]- 3

[name]Rebecca[/name]/[name]Becky[/name]- 4

[name]Brian[/name]/[name]Brianne[/name]- 3

[name]Brittany[/name]- 3

[name]Christine[/name]/[name]Christina[/name]- 5

[name]Corie[/name]/[name]Corey[/name]/[name]Cory[/name]- 5

[name]Courtney[/name]- 5

[name]Krystal[/name]/[name]Crystal[/name]- 3

[name]Daniel[/name]- 3

[name]Elizabeth[/name]- 3

[name]Emily[/name]- 5

[name]Eric[/name]/[name]Erica[/name]/[name]Erika[/name]- 3; with [name]Erin[/name]- 5

[name]Hannah[/name]- 4

[name]Heather[/name]- 5

[name]James[/name]/[name]Jamie[/name]- 4

[name]Jennifer[/name]/[name]Jenny[/name]/[name]Jennie[/name]- 5

[name]Jessica[/name]/[name]Jess[/name]/[name]Jessie[/name]- 11?!

[name]Jon[/name]/[name]John[/name]/[name]Jonathan[/name]- 4

[name]Kathryn[/name]/[name]Katie[/name]/[name]Kathy[/name]- 10?!

[name]Kristin[/name]/[name]Kristen[/name]/[name]Kristyn[/name]/[name]Kristie[/name]- 4

[name]Laura[/name]/[name]Laurel[/name]/[name]Lauren[/name]- 4

[name]Matthew[/name]/[name]Matt[/name]- 3

[name]Megan[/name]- 3

[name]Ryan[/name]- 3

[name]Sam[/name]/[name]Samia[/name]/[name]Samantha[/name]- 5

[name]Stephanie[/name]- 5

[name]Victoria[/name]/[name]Victor[/name]- 3

I’m from the south in the US

I am 16 in Australia, the most popular names around my age group are:

[name]Bri[/name]/[name]Bree[/name]/[name]Brianna[/name]/Briarna/Briahne etc

I’m a British teenager. The most popular girls names at my school are:
[name]Isobel[/name] (spelt like this)

I’m in high school and I live in northeastern US. In my (waspy) town…


[name]John[/name] (plus tons of Jacks)

I swear about 50% of the kids in my town have those names listed above. :lol: And if they don’t, their name is like [name]Mary[/name]-[name]Kate[/name], [name]Grant[/name], [name]Reid[/name], [name]Charlotte[/name], [name]Tess[/name], [name]Millicent[/name], or something…

In my high school (western U.S.), we have many:
G: [name]Ashley[/name], [name]Allison[/name], [name]Taylor[/name], [name]Sara[/name], [name]Emily[/name], [name]Kaitlyn[/name], [name]Nicole[/name], [name]Jennifer[/name]
B: [name]Tyler[/name], [name]Matthew[/name], [name]Jonathan[/name], [name]Anthony[/name], [name]Michael[/name], [name]Nicholas[/name], [name]Samuel[/name], [name]Alexander[/name]

I teach summer SAT prep and out of 45 students this year I have:

3 [name]Kevin[/name]
2 [name]Nicole[/name]
2 [name]Melissa[/name]
3 [name]Angela[/name]

The last three seem more 70’s-'80’s to me than '90’s, but there it is!

This is from my little cousins FB, shes 16. we live in central VA.

[name]Amanda[/name] (3)
[name]Ashley[/name] (3)
[name]Cindy[/name] (3) (weird)
[name]Emily[/name] (3)
[name]Laura[/name] / [name]Lauren[/name] (3)
[name]Michael[/name] (3)
[name]Orlando[/name] (2) (weird seeing more than one)
[name]Peter[/name] (4)
[name]Rachel[/name] (3)
[name]Sarah[/name] (4)
[name]Taylor[/name] (3) (two female, one male)
[name]Timothy[/name] (3)

She has a lot with strange names like [name]Shakela[/name] and [name]Sabra[/name].

I don’t have a million friends on FB (only like 112) So I used my friend [name]Caleb[/name]'s Facebook because he has almost 450. We graduated in the same class though, so I know most of these people: (edit) I forgot to say, this is from a Philadelphia area school.

[name]Aaron[/name] (3)
[name]Alex[/name]/[name]Alexander[/name] (6) (and one [name]Alejandro[/name] and [name]Aleksandra[/name])
[name]Alyssa[/name] (4)
[name]Allison[/name] (3)
[name]Amanda[/name] (4)
[name]Amber[/name] (3)
[name]Amy[/name] (3)
[name]Andrew[/name] (5)
[name]Ashley[/name] (4)
[name]Brittany[/name] (3) and one [name]Brittani[/name]
[name]Chelsea[/name] (6) and one [name]Chelsey[/name]
[name]Chris[/name] (5)
[name]Christina[/name] (3)
[name]Corey[/name]/[name]Cori[/name]/[name]Cory[/name] (4) but [name]Cory[/name] is a girl
[name]Daniel[/name] (3)
[name]Danielle[/name] (5)
[name]David[/name] (4)
[name]Devin[/name] (3) (one is a boy) and a [name]Devyn[/name]
[name]Emily[/name] (6)
[name]Eric[/name] (3)
[name]Jake[/name] (3)
[name]Jessica[/name] (6)
[name]Jesse[/name] (3)
[name]Joe[/name] (5)
[name]John[/name] (5)
[name]Jordan[/name] (3)
[name]Josh[/name] (3)
[name]Jules[/name]/[name]Julian[/name] (3)
[name]Julia[/name]/[name]Julianne[/name]/[name]Julie[/name]/[name]Juliet[/name] (5) (I included all the [name]Jule[/name] names together since they begin so similarly, and have common nicknames)
[name]Carly[/name]/[name]Karly[/name]/[name]Carlie[/name] etc. (5)
[name]Cait[/name]/[name]Kate[/name]/[name]Kati[/name] (7)
[name]Kevin[/name] (5)
[name]Krista[/name] (3)
[name]Kyle[/name] (11)!!!
[name]Matt[/name] (4)
[name]Mike[/name] (8)
[name]Nate[/name] (3)
[name]Nikki[/name] (3)
[name]Rachel[/name] (3)
[name]Rebecca[/name] (3)
[name]Ryan[/name] (5)
[name]Samantha[/name] (3)
[name]Sean[/name] (4)
[name]Stephanie[/name] (4)
[name]Steven[/name]/[name]Stephen[/name] (3) and a girl called [name]Stevie[/name]
[name]Tom[/name] (3)
[name]Tyler[/name] (3)
[name]Will[/name] (3) But one is a Willelm
[name]Zach[/name] (4)

Sorry it’s so long! I had a pretty big graduating class (600!!)