MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (WBTW) – Do you know a lot of Will and Olivia? You are about to.
South Carolina’s most popular baby names from 2021 was announced by the Social Security Administration on Friday, heralding a wave of monikers that are largely unchanged from last year.
The national list was announced last week.
At the top of the list for boys was William (with 283 babies), followed by James (249), Liam (244), Noah (241) and Elijah (218). For girls, it was most likely that you would see Olivia (with 238 babies), Ava (219), Charlotte (214) and Amelia (195).
William has been one of the most popular names in South Carolina for decades, while Olivia has topped the charts in recent years.
South Carolina’s top 10 for boys are:
- Master mason
Top 10 for girls are:
Also among popular names is the Southern classic Scarlett. Biblical names have historically made strong representations, including John, Michael, Joseph, Luke, James, Gabriel, Isaiah, and Isaac.
Alternative spellings were also a trend. Jackson came in 13th place, with the spelling Jaxon in 36th place. Jack was 31. Ryleigh was number 54, with Riley as number 20 and Rylee as number 71. Everleigh beat Everly in 55th and 63rd place respectively. Carter was number 16 and Karter was number 75.
The spelling Emersyn was 83rd and Emerson 86th – both for girls. The name did not appear on the boys’ list.
In order of popularity, the best names in the nation last year were for boys Liam, Noah, Oliver, Elijah, James, William, Benjamin, Lucas, Henry and Theodore. The most popular names for girls were Olivia, Emma, Charlotte, Amelia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Evelyn and Harper.