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The month of May is abloom with flowers, new life, and great names! May is home to several holidays, including Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, and Victoria Day. A month rich with history, let’s find name inspiration from these great namesakes with ties to the month of May.
On May 20, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, making her a legendary pioneer in aviation. Amelia is a German name with global appeal that is on the rise. Currently at Number 15, Amelia is a Nameberry favorite, ranking at Number 2 here amongst us name enthusiasts. Amelia is a Top 10 name in Australia, Canada, England and Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland and Scotland and is also a frequently used literary name, recognized from the series Amelia Bedelia, Harry Potter, and Amelia’s Notebook.
The official list of U.S. Most Popular Names of 2015 will be released by the Social Security Administration in a matter of days, and so in advance of the announcement, which we’re all awaiting with baited breath, we’re challenging you to predict which names will come out on top.
Will Noah be Number 1 for the third straight year? Will the top four girls’ names continue to play tag or will there be a new most popular girl and boy in town? And if so, who do you think it will be?
What about the rest of the Top 10? How do you see the order shifting? Which names will fall off or leap onto the Top 10 for girls and boys? (For a full list of 2014 Top 1000, see our Popular Names page.) There will be a prize (see below) for the first person to guess correctly the Top 10 girls and Top 10 boys in the correct order. So don’t hesitate–get your predictions in on the comments below asap!
As a reminder, here were the leading names last year:
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Two sets of twins this month, all girls:
Most unusual middle: Wildrose (her sibs’ middles are Nightingale and Mayflower)
Here’s the full list, as reported on the Birth Announcement Forum.
By Abby Sandel
Ready for a little bit of crystal ball-gazing about all things baby names? With the new US popularity data due out around Mother’s Day, it’s time for some predictions.
But the part of the list that intrigues me most is those trending up – the names that break into the US Top 1000 for the first time, or those that return after an absence.
Why does it matter? We’re talking about names that rank Number 893 or 952, after all, names that have been given to a few hundred newborns, max.
Here’s why: the list is widely reported. Dissected, even. If you find yourself looking for a less common name, the opposite of the too popular Jennifer or Ashley or Emily you wore growing up, then maybe you’ll skip right past the Top 100 and even the Top 250. You’ll direct your eyes towards the end of the list.