Jacob, Michael, and Joshua topped the three most popular 2004 boys' names, but this doesn’t surprise anyone who’s paid attention. Michael is the most popular name of the 20th century while the two additional names each rank well among the baby boy names given to newborns each year.
Emily, Emma, and Madison are the top three most popular 2004 girls' names, but like the most popular boy’s names, these favorites have been a part of the list for some time already. Emma and Emily are variations of one another, although it wasn't until the 1990s that parents began naming their daughters Emma enough to make the list of most popular 2004 names for babies.
Most Popular Boy Names in 2004
Hannah also made the top 5 most popular names from 2004 list, although it's been a parent-favorite since 1998. Hannah is one of the top Biblical names ever used, giving little girls a soft, beloved name with a meaning of ‘grace’ or ‘favor.’
Most Popular Girl Names in 2004
Mackenzie is a name used for both girls and boys, but there are considerably more girls with this common name. The popularity of the began to decline as a baby name in the 2000s, replaced with more modern choices such as Kaitlyn, Jasmine, and Chloe, although it did make the most popular 2004 baby names list.
Benjamin shares a similar story to the name Mackenize since it’s popularity has declined in recent years. During the Middle Ages, this Biblical baby name was oftentimes given to boys whose mothers died during childbirth.
James is the name of one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ, making the name particularly popular in religious homes, although it was used by many parents, which helped it earn a spot on the 2004 boy names list. The meaning of the name James is ‘he who supplants.’
Grace was one of the top 20 most popular 2004 girls names for new babies. The name means favor or blessing and is oftentimes a variation of Anna or Hannah.
Alexis is a name that’s been used for more than 200 years now. It was originally a name given to boys, but that soon changed well before the name joined the most popular baby names list in the 1990s.
Most Popular Baby Names by Year