The 10 Most Popular Baby Names in Contra Costa County

July 18, 2014 12:34 pm · 57 comments


The Contra Costa County Health Department has released the list of the most popular baby names in Contra Costa County.

We know you’ve been waiting, so here’s the list….


  1. Olivia
  2. Sophia
  3. Emma
  4. Sofia
  5. Emily
  6. Isabella
  7. Mia
  8. Ava
  9. Charlotte
  10. Elizabeth


  1. Ethan
  2. Benjamin
  3. Matthew
  4. Jacob
  5. Ryan
  6. Liam
  7. Noah
  8. Mason
  9. William
  10. Anthony

Is your name on the list?

anon July 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM

phew!! my kids names are not on the list!!

Subterfuge July 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM

No Miguel’s, Jorge’s or Paco’s? I call BS!

Marie July 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

People need to get original
Sounds like wer’e raising the new gertrude’s and hildas with thiose bad names

stephen July 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM

thank goodness aiden, jace, jayden didnt crack the top 10

sophia petrillo July 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Those names are very outdated.
need fresh new pretty names.

jen July 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Yay my kids name were not on the list. Peyton and devin

Erin July 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I like most of those names. Classics.

Dorothy July 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

So glad there is no Dorothy on the list – get so tired of being asked about Toto.

My kids are not on the list either.

Jamie July 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Some people are RUDE talking crap about other peoples choices of what they name their babies. These names are all nice and not in anyway tacky. My child’s name is on that list and I am proud to name him that. But the #1 names, a Walnut Creek Kaiser Dr. informed me, so far this year have been the unique: Jayden, Kyson, Trenton

Lupe July 18, 2014 at 1:11 PM

No and they will never be, they are unique my kids names are Yoel and Yordy

Connie July 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

It is really hard on kids to have totally unique names. All through their lives they will have to correct the spelling and pronunciation and be explaining their names. Stick with something that’s not totally ‘different’ from everyone else’s.

mason July 18, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Yes my name is on this list! C’mon Claycordians let’s make Mason #1 next year!

Marianne July 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I know a lot of kids in contra costa county and thank God none are named those names.

Cat lover July 18, 2014 at 1:34 PM

At least you can pronounce them! Nothing worse then working in a doctor/dentist office and not being able to pronounce names. Makes you look like an idiot when you have to call them.

Mom of 3 July 18, 2014 at 1:37 PM

None of my kids names are on there!!! Of I would of has a girl the last time her name is on there!! Thank goodness for little boys!!! Lol

RealityCheck July 18, 2014 at 1:37 PM

That is a fine list of names.
Primarily European or Biblical in origin. Just no way to go wrong, for the most part. Solid and classic.
God help us all when some of these whack-a-doodle names I hear all the time start making the list.

Mom of BEN July 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

You can never go wrong with Ben.

brianinmtz July 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Top ten ????

should have read, Carlos, Miguel, Paco, Sancho, Roberto, Pedro ect ect

WC July 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Obviously a list generated by Republicans. Barack should be on the top of the list!

Heather July 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

My son’s didn’t make the cut either! Maybe Ender will make it next year.

concord girl July 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Yoel and Yordy, wow, those kids are going to get teased when they get to school.

Manuel July 18, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Whats the big deal about not having those names. Whats so bad about many people liking the same name? I dont get it

Marianne July 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Brianmtz, you have the right of it. 🙂

funny man July 18, 2014 at 2:12 PM

what? no michael? half my relatives have that for a middle name. maybe its not popular for first names right meow
sofia is a nice girl name, it was my great grandmothers almost 100 years ago. classic. trends be trending

ChrisK July 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM

In countries like Iceland and others, only certain first names are allowed new born’s. I was very surprised about Iceland. Thinking it was so progressive. NOT. They must have had their own version of the 60’s. I was born in 65 and half my classes in Chico CA were hippy or drug induced names, like wild flower or moon child. : ( Poor kids.

Malice In Wonderland July 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

@#2, #18, and #23…hope you don’t have any children. Ignorance can be a hereditary curse.

gonzo July 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Where’s all the Juan’s and Jose’s

Dogmom July 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Wow, did people really need to get that racist in the comments? Contra Costa is pretty multi-racial. Hopefully that was sarcasm…? Being Latina myself, I don’t have any family members named Paco or Sancho or any of the names you listed.

anonanonagain July 18, 2014 at 2:45 PM

My son’s name is Liam. I love that name. He’s named after his great grandmother who was British born and had Irish parents. Cor blimey, it’s alright to like a name on the list…….

Tom July 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Name your child whatever you want. It’s a parent’s personal choice. We went with masculine and feminine. Imagine that.

Heavens to Betsy July 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

What’s wrong with you whippersnappers? Have you no cotton-pickin’ clue?
Gertrude, Fannie and Hilga are the best!
You bet I still have a thing for Merlin, Clarence and Wilfred.
Don’t like it? Take a hike!

Dennis July 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

What? Le-a didn’t make the top 10? (pronounced Le dash ah)

Joan VanSnark July 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I hope Yoel and Yordy is a typo. Poor kids. Hopefully its Joel and Jordy.
I agree with the comment that those kids will be teased for those names. Its possible to have nice names that aren’t common without being ridiculous.

Aiden, Liam and Isabelle(a) are all so over used these days. I don’t like trendy names either, you end up with kindergarten classes filled with kids that all have the same first name.

My adult kids names aren’t on the list. They have nice, normal names but they aren’t super common.

Chalkboy8 July 18, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Whatever happened to Biblical names like Abimalek and Japeth?

Anyone ever notice July 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM

the rude comments made about hispanics would never have flied with blacks? And of course the blame game of everything wrong with this nation is their fault. This is how Germany started if you follow history.

Anyone ever notice July 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

oh, and you know it’s going to far when people can say this stuff right in front of someone with a name like Gonzales, or Pedro and not even realize who they are talking to.

The Grant July 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM

My kids,

girl: Giada
boy: Dane

Malik July 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM

My baby’s names are Orenthal James & Oscar Grant. If I have a daughter it will be Antoinette Bryant. I wanted their names to invoke an emotional and passionate response. My babies gonna make me and their namesakes proud.

Reagan July 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I named my baby Jahai. I knew it wouldn’t make the list.

TJ Jones July 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM

What about:
Zeus (pronouced “Zay-us”)

lights and sirens July 18, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Did you really just say “blacks”??? totally not politically correct there brownie.
I believe you mean african ..key word here, ready?..AMERICANS.

And of course someone has to turn baby names into a race thing. wow.

My 2 cents July 18, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Who care if your kids name is on the list or not. Name your child whatever you like. Most important is to raise them right. My girl liked Aiden but there’s a whole lot of them in our circle so I passed. I was surprised it didn’t make the list

Stephanie Horner July 18, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Yes! My children’s names are not on there.Not fun growing up with the same name as others.

Dr. Worm July 18, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I named my kids D’onte, Sharae and L’qisha. Minority scholarships FTW!

Connie Dobbs July 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

True story. My younger brother was offered a minority scholarship to Cal. He’d declined to state his race on the application forms but apparently our enlightened betters decided no white family in their right mind would name a boy child Marvin Claude. Hilarity ensued at the interview. Marv told them if in future they ran across a applicant named Samuel Thelonious that was his nephew and he was white, too.

Isabelle July 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

My name is unique!

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM

@Dr. Worm,#44: sho’nuff my man!
knowwhatimsayin’ ?

FuAll July 18, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I named my son Optimus Prime

Ven Xeter July 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

For those of you thinking giving your child a unique name will benefit them in some way, you are seriously wrong. Not only may they be teased in school, they may find it difficult to get a job interview. As someone mentioned above, hippies in the 60’s gave their children names like Moon or Wild Flower. Employers reviewing hundreds of resumes at a time don’t have time for non-sense and seeing a ridiculous name immediately makes them think “stupid parents -> bad candidate”. Resume goes in the trash pile. My personal favorite name seen on a resume was “Latrina”. While that one was good for a laugh, I sincerely hope she doesn’t have a twin brother. If you don’t believe there’s a parent out there that would actually give their daughter this name, Google it and you’ll see a handful of results on Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

@34 Chalkboy8 July 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

No biblical names? What do you call Jesus?

EliteGuy July 18, 2014 at 10:20 PM

great now drill down.

tell me richmond vs concord top ten names

La-A July 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Dennis, the A is capitalized.

The Dash don’t be silent.

The Mamba July 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Love that my sons name isn’t on there! All those names are solid though, so glad to see that the Peyton, Aiden, Caiden fad is over.

I'm The Urban Spaceman July 19, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Interesting note: Most of the girls names end in a vowel, The boys, consonants.

Silva July 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Connie Dobbs, I cracked up. Pretty funny imagining the expressions and how that may have gone. I’m guessing they withdrew the offer. Thanks!

Anon July 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Sorry but Josea, Joseb, Josec, and Joseway aren’t on the list.

edson July 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Jaiden is my son’s name not on that list I like to keep that way

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