Most popular baby names for boys in California

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April 3, 2022
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Most popular baby names for boys in California

Stacker compiled a list of the most popular baby names for boys in California using data from the Social Security Administration. Names are ranked by the number of babies in 2020, with ties broken by highest ranking since 2000.

Liam has been the most popular boy name in the United States for the last 4 years, while Noah, Oliver, Elijah, and William round out the top five.

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#50. Gael

Gael is a name of Gaelic origin meaning "blessed and generous".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 757
- Change since 2015: +53.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #49 in 2020

National
- Rank: #112
- Number of babies: 3,235

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#49. Jose

Jose is a name of Spanish origin meaning "God will increase".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 757
- Change since 2015: -34.3%
- Highest rank since 2000: #3 in 2000

National
- Rank: #94
- Number of babies: 3,809

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#48. Joshua

Joshua is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God Is my salvation".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 791
- Change since 2015: -40.9%
- Highest rank since 2000: #5 in 2005

National
- Rank: #54
- Number of babies: 5,924

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#47. Gabriel

Gabriel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my strength".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 802
- Change since 2015: -35.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #23 in 2010

National
- Rank: #38
- Number of babies: 7,066

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#46. Jack

Jack is a name of English origin meaning "God is gracious".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 804
- Change since 2015: -8.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #46 in 2020

National
- Rank: #21
- Number of babies: 8,876

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#45. Josiah

Josiah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Jehovah has healed".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 811
- Change since 2015: -1.9%
- Highest rank since 2000: #44 in 2019

National
- Rank: #50
- Number of babies: 6,077

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#44. Theodore

Theodore is a name of Greek origin meaning "gift of God".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 829
- Change since 2015: +83.0%
- Highest rank since 2000: #44 in 2020

National
- Rank: #23
- Number of babies: 8,558

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#43. Henry

Henry is a name of German origin meaning "estate ruler".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 833
- Change since 2015: -9.0%
- Highest rank since 2000: #42 in 2018

National
- Rank: #9
- Number of babies: 10,705

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#42. Andrew

Andrew is a name of Greek origin meaning "brave".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 867
- Change since 2015: -46.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #3 in 2004

National
- Rank: #52
- Number of babies: 5,991

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#41. Luke

Luke is a name of Greek origin meaning "man from Lucania".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 876
- Change since 2015: -23.9%
- Highest rank since 2000: #35 in 2018

National
- Rank: #31
- Number of babies: 7,734

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#40. Damian

Damian is a name of Greek origin meaning "to tame".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 919
- Change since 2015: -13.0%
- Highest rank since 2000: #36 in 2013

National
- Rank: #110
- Number of babies: 3,305

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#39. Samuel

Samuel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "name of God".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 928
- Change since 2015: -22.3%
- Highest rank since 2000: #31 in 2001

National
- Rank: #25
- Number of babies: 8,488

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#38. Isaiah

Isaiah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Yahweh is salvation".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 952
- Change since 2015: -24.1%
- Highest rank since 2000: #30 in 2013

National
- Rank: #51
- Number of babies: 6,001

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#37. Leonardo

Leonardo is a name of Italian origin meaning "lion brave".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 958
- Change since 2015: +1.5%
- Highest rank since 2000: #32 in 2019

National
- Rank: #86
- Number of babies: 4,077

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#36. Joseph

Joseph is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "he will add".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 989
- Change since 2015: -35.7%
- Highest rank since 2000: #12 in 2003

National
- Rank: #26
- Number of babies: 8,349

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#35. Elias

Elias is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "the Lord is my God".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,001
- Change since 2015: +35.6%
- Highest rank since 2000: #35 in 2020

National
- Rank: #53
- Number of babies: 5,924

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#34. Angel

Angel is a name of Greek origin meaning "messenger of God".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,003
- Change since 2015: -34.1%
- Highest rank since 2000: #3 in 2009

National
- Rank: #76
- Number of babies: 4,482

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#33. Leo

Leo is a name of Greek origin meaning "lion".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,009
- Change since 2015: +46.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #28 in 2019

National
- Rank: #36
- Number of babies: 7,159

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#32. William

William is a name of Germanic origin meaning "vehement protector".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,012
- Change since 2015: -29.5%
- Highest rank since 2000: #24 in 2018

National
- Rank: #5
- Number of babies: 12,541

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#31. Levi

Levi is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "joining".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,020
- Change since 2015: +19.3%
- Highest rank since 2000: #31 in 2020

National
- Rank: #18
- Number of babies: 9,005

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#30. Ezra

Ezra is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "helper".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,025
- Change since 2015: +59.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #30 in 2020

National
- Rank: #44
- Number of babies: 6,745

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#29. Aaron

Aaron is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "high mountain".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,028
- Change since 2015: -32.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #18 in 2017

National
- Rank: #63
- Number of babies: 5,039

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#28. Isaac

Isaac is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "he will laugh".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,043
- Change since 2015: -39.1%
- Highest rank since 2000: #15 in 2013

National
- Rank: #39
- Number of babies: 7,060

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#27. Mason

Mason is a name of English origin meaning "one who works with stone".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,048
- Change since 2015: -38.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #17 in 2012

National
- Rank: #11
- Number of babies: 10,029

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#26. Anthony

Anthony is a name of Latin origin meaning "praiseworthy".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,049
- Change since 2015: -40.9%
- Highest rank since 2000: #2 in 2009

National
- Rank: #41
- Number of babies: 6,966

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#25. Michael

Michael is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "who is like God?".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,066
- Change since 2015: -43.0%
- Highest rank since 2000: #5 in 2000

National
- Rank: #12
- Number of babies: 9,717

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#24. Dylan

Dylan is a name of Welsh origin meaning "son of the sea".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,074
- Change since 2015: -36.1%
- Highest rank since 2000: #19 in 2015

National
- Rank: #43
- Number of babies: 6,788

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#23. Adrian

Adrian is a name of Latin origin meaning "man of Adria".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,082
- Change since 2015: -29.0%
- Highest rank since 2000: #16 in 2009

National
- Rank: #58
- Number of babies: 5,249

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#22. Nathan

Nathan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "given".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,092
- Change since 2015: -41.3%
- Highest rank since 2000: #9 in 2013

National
- Rank: #55
- Number of babies: 5,653

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#21. Ezekiel

Ezekiel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God's strength".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,126
- Change since 2015: +141.1%
- Highest rank since 2000: #21 in 2020

National
- Rank: #65
- Number of babies: 5,013

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#20. James

James is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "supplanter".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,138
- Change since 2015: -26.4%
- Highest rank since 2000: #16 in 2018

National
- Rank: #6
- Number of babies: 12,250

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#19. Logan

Logan is a name of Scottish origin meaning "Little hollow".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,148
- Change since 2015: -22.4%
- Highest rank since 2000: #12 in 2017

National
- Rank: #16
- Number of babies: 9,086

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#18. David

David is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "beloved".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,155
- Change since 2015: -40.7%
- Highest rank since 2000: #4 in 2007

National
- Rank: #28
- Number of babies: 8,153

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#17. Jayden

Jayden is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "thankful".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,190
- Change since 2015: -44.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #2 in 2012

National
- Rank: #37
- Number of babies: 7,102

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#16. Santiago

Santiago is a name of Spanish origin meaning "Saint James".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,205
- Change since 2015: +44.8%
- Highest rank since 2000: #16 in 2020

National
- Rank: #71
- Number of babies: 4,638

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#15. Aiden

Aiden is a name of Gaelic origin meaning "born of fire".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,264
- Change since 2015: -33.7%
- Highest rank since 2000: #12 in 2015

National
- Rank: #24
- Number of babies: 8,534

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#14. Jacob

Jacob is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "to follow".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,287
- Change since 2015: -49.7%
- Highest rank since 2000: #1 in 2013

National
- Rank: #15
- Number of babies: 9,196

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#13. Matthew

Matthew is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Gift of Yahweh".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,334
- Change since 2015: -45.3%
- Highest rank since 2000: #2 in 2016

National
- Rank: #30
- Number of babies: 8,052

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#12. Lucas

Lucas is a name of Greek origin meaning "man from Lucania".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,345
- Change since 2015: -4.3%
- Highest rank since 2000: #10 in 2019

National
- Rank: #8
- Number of babies: 11,281

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#11. Daniel

Daniel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my judge".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,474
- Change since 2015: -40.4%
- Highest rank since 2000: #1 in 2009

National
- Rank: #14
- Number of babies: 9,419

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#10. Oliver

Oliver is a name of Latin origin meaning "olive tree planter".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,523
- Change since 2015: +11.9%
- Highest rank since 2000: #10 in 2020

National
- Rank: #3
- Number of babies: 14,147

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#9. Alexander

Alexander is a name of Greek origin meaning “defender of man".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,570
- Change since 2015: -32.4%
- Highest rank since 2000: #4 in 2010

National
- Rank: #10
- Number of babies: 10,151

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#8. Elijah

Elijah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Yahweh is God".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,574
- Change since 2015: +3.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #8 in 2020

National
- Rank: #4
- Number of babies: 13,034

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#7. Benjamin

Benjamin is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "son of my days".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,634
- Change since 2015: -10.6%
- Highest rank since 2000: #7 in 2020

National
- Rank: #7
- Number of babies: 12,136

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#6. Ethan

Ethan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "strong" or "enduring".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,640
- Change since 2015: -33.8%
- Highest rank since 2000: #2 in 2013

National
- Rank: #13
- Number of babies: 9,464

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#5. Julian

Julian is a name of Latin origin meaning "youthful".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,679
- Change since 2015: -12.0%
- Highest rank since 2000: #5 in 2020

National
- Rank: #34
- Number of babies: 7,488

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#4. Sebastian

Sebastian is a name of Latin origin meaning "venerable".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 1,981
- Change since 2015: -4.7%
- Highest rank since 2000: #2 in 2017

National
- Rank: #19
- Number of babies: 8,927

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#3. Mateo

Mateo is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "gift of God".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 2,057
- Change since 2015: +45.2%
- Highest rank since 2000: #3 in 2019

National
- Rank: #20
- Number of babies: 8,900

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#2. Liam

Liam is a name of German origin meaning "protection".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 2,406
- Change since 2015: +18.5%
- Highest rank since 2000: #2 in 2019

National
- Rank: #1
- Number of babies: 19,659

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#1. Noah

Noah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "rest".

California
- Number of babies in 2020: 2,608
- Change since 2015: -6.0%
- Highest rank since 2000: #1 in 2019

National
- Rank: #2
- Number of babies: 18,252

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