The 100 most popular names for millennials—is yours on the list?

Jessica and Michael are the new John and Mary.

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Names can define generations, with John and Mary the number one names for The Greatest Generation, Linda and Gary emblematic names of the Baby Boom, and now Jessica and Michael emerging as the top names for millennials.

Nameberry tabulated the names of all babies born from 1982 until 2004, widely agreed as the boundaries for Millennials, and found that Jessica and Michael were at the head of the list for all names given for babies born during the millennial generation.

Michael was by far the leader for both sexes, with over 1.1 million boys named Michael in those 20+ years. The reason: Michael is a boys' name that feels at once traditional and modern, and provided the perfect bridge between the Old School male names like Robert and Richard borne by the fathers of Millennials and the new names from Milo to Maverick used for boys today.

On the girls' side, Jessica's popularity is somewhat watered down by having shared the stage for so long with Jennifer, which was off its peak by the time the millennial generation started being named. The top millennial girls' names are a mix of the classic —Sarah, Emily, Elizabeth—and trendy, such as Ashley and Amanda.

Here are the Top 20 most millennial names for each gender, with the total number of people who received the name during that generation.

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Top 20 millennial names for girls

1. Jessica 757,533

2. Ashley 716,529

3. Amanda 522,245

4. Sarah 517,780

5. Jennifer 514,385

6. Emily 475,353

7. Samantha 410,105

8. Elizabeth 403,989

9. Stephanie 360,574

10. Lauren 342,725

11. Nicole 341,634

12. Brittany 341,515

13. Megan 341174

14. Rachel 315,566

15. Hannah 284,662

16. Kayla 267,757

17. Melissa 267,513

18. Amber 267,392

19. Danielle 247,517

20. Taylor 241,847

Top 20 millennial names for boys

1. Michael 1,131,021

2. Christopher925,809

3. Matthew 856,718

4. Joshua 779,372

5. Daniel 663,363

6. David 649,402

7. Andrew 629,809

8. James 609,005

9. Joseph 607,257

10. John 581,023

11. Nicholas 564,865

12. Ryan 563,706

13. Jacob 559,709

14. Brandon 541,039

15. Justin 530,206

16. Robert 518,841

17. William 516,650

18. Anthony 490,498

19. Jonathan 463,631

20. Tyler 437,610

Many of the girls' names on the Top 20 considered classically millennial, from Lauren to Nicole to Kayla, are decidedly mom names now, out of fashion for babies. However, we do see some similar names taking their place: Emma instead of Emily, Margo replacing Megan.

On the boys' side, more of the names in the Top 20 are classic boys' names that retain their popularity, such as Matthew, James and William. But others, like Ryan and Brandon have become the dad names of today.

Further down the Top 100 for both genders are names that have risen to the top for today's babies, including Sophia and Isabella, Ethan and Noah. But there are many more that have continued sailing out to sea. Millennial names we don't expect to see back for at least three generations include Tiffany and Brianna for girls, Cody and Travis for boys.

Near the bottom of the millennial Top 100 are many names millennials are reviving for their own babies. Ryder, Greyson, and Augustus, less popular for millennial baby boys, are fashionable today, while girls' names Lila, Felicity, and Bella have risen from the depths of the Millennial list to the height of fashion.

Here are the top 100 names given to millennials. Is your name on it? And which of these still work as baby names?

Millennial girl names

  • Jessica
  • Ashley
  • Amanda
  • Sarah
  • Jennifer
  • Emily
  • Samantha
  • Elizabeth
  • Stephanie
  • Lauren
  • Nicole
  • Brittany
  • Megan
  • Rachel
  • Hannah
  • Kayla
  • Melissa
  • Amber
  • Danielle
  • Taylor
  • Rebecca
  • Heather
  • Alexis
  • Michelle
  • Katherine
  • Tiffany
  • Kimberly
  • Victoria
  • Alyssa
  • Christina
  • Courtney
  • Madison
  • Laura
  • Jasmine
  • Sara
  • Amy
  • Mary
  • Anna
  • Erin
  • Crystal
  • Brianna
  • Andrea
  • Abigail
  • Alexandra
  • Olivia
  • Allison
  • Morgan
  • Emma
  • Kelly
  • Maria
  • Natalie
  • Angela
  • Erica
  • Vanessa
  • Chelsea
  • Kristen
  • Julia
  • Kelsey
  • Lindsey
  • Katie
  • Jamie
  • Haley
  • Kaitlyn
  • Kathryn
  • Shannon
  • Brooke
  • Alicia
  • Grace
  • Jacqueline
  • Jenna
  • Sydney
  • Lisa
  • Cassandra
  • Jordan
  • Shelby
  • Lindsay
  • Caitlin
  • Destiny
  • Katelyn
  • Catherine
  • Christine
  • Marissa
  • Monica
  • Savannah
  • Paige
  • Gabrielle
  • April
  • Kristin
  • Leah
  • Diana
  • Whitney
  • Julie
  • Brittney
  • Sophia
  • Caroline
  • Erika
  • Sierra
  • Isabella
  • Hailey
  • Molly

Millennial boy names

  • Michael
  • Christopher
  • Matthew
  • Joshua
  • Daniel
  • David
  • Andrew
  • James
  • Joseph
  • John
  • Nicholas
  • Ryan
  • Jacob
  • Brandon
  • Justin
  • Robert
  • William
  • Anthony
  • Jonathan
  • Tyler
  • Zachary
  • Kevin
  • Kyle
  • Thomas
  • Alexander
  • Jason
  • Brian
  • Eric
  • Benjamin
  • Adam
  • Steven
  • Austin
  • Aaron
  • Timothy
  • Samuel
  • Nathan
  • Jordan
  • Jose
  • Richard
  • Cody
  • Charles
  • Christian
  • Sean
  • Jeremy
  • Dylan
  • Patrick
  • Mark
  • Jeffrey
  • Stephen
  • Ethan
  • Travis
  • Jesse
  • Bryan
  • Cameron
  • Paul
  • Juan
  • Kenneth
  • Dustin
  • Scott
  • Caleb
  • Alex
  • Gregory
  • Jared
  • Logan
  • Gabriel
  • Luis
  • Noah
  • Evan
  • Derek
  • Carlos
  • Hunter
  • Nathaniel
  • Ian
  • Bradley
  • Edward
  • Luke
  • Trevor
  • Marcus
  • Shawn
  • Corey
  • Connor
  • Antonio
  • Devin
  • Jesus
  • Peter
  • Isaac
  • Seth
  • Blake
  • Jack
  • Adrian
  • Shane
  • Angel
  • Elijah
  • Victor
  • Taylor
  • Isaiah
  • Garrett
  • Lucas
  • George
  • Miguel

Originally posted on Nameberry.


These are the best bath time products you can get for under $20

These budget-friendly products really make a splash.

With babies and toddlers, bath time is about so much more than washing off: It's an opportunity for fun, sensory play and sweet bonding moments—with the added benefit of a cuddly, clean baby afterward.

Because bathing your baby is part business, part playtime, you're going to want products that can help with both of those activities. After countless bath times, here are the products that our editors think really make a splash. (Better yet, each item is less than $20!)

Comforts Bath Wash & Shampoo

Comforts Baby Wash & Shampoo

Made with oat extract, this bath wash and shampoo combo is designed to leave delicate skin cleansed and nourished. You and your baby will both appreciate the tear-free formula—so you can really focus on the bath time fun.

Munckin Soft Spot Bath Mat

Munchkin slip mat

When your little one is splish-splashing in the bath, help keep them from also sliding around with a soft, anti-slip bath mat. With strong suction cups to keep it in place and extra cushion to make bath time even more comfortable for your little one, this is an essential in our books.

Comforts Baby Lotion

Comforts baby lotion

For most of us, the bath time ritual continues when your baby is out of the tub when you want to moisturize their freshly cleaned skin. We look for lotions that are hypoallergenic, nourishing and designed to protect their skin.

The First Years Stack Up Cups

First year stack cups

When it comes to bath toys, nothing beats the classic set of stackable cups: Sort them by size, practice pouring water, pile them high—your little one will have fun with these every single bath time.

Comforts Baby Oil

Comforts baby oil

For dry skin that needs a little extra TLC, our team loves Comforts' fast-absorbing baby oil aloe vera and vitamin E. Pro tip: When applied right after drying off your baby, the absorption is even more effective.

KidCo Bath Toy Organizer

KidCo Bath Organizer

Between bathing supplies, wash rags, toys and more, the tub sure can get crowded in a hurry. We like that this organizer gives your little one space to play and bathe while still keeping everything you need within reach.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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When Chrissy Teigen announced her third pregnancy earlier this year we were so happy for her and now our hearts are with her as she is going through a pain that is unimaginable for many, but one that so many other mothers know.

Halfway through a high-risk pregnancy complicated by placenta issues, Teigen announced late Wednesday that she has suffered a pregnancy loss.

Our deepest condolences go out to Chrissy and her husband, John Legend (who has been by her side in the hospital for several days now).

In a social media post, Teigen explained she named this baby Jack.


"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough," she wrote.

She continued: "We never decide on our babies' names until the last possible moment after they're born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever."

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