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2013 Playground Analysis: How combined spellings change the rankings

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By Kelli Brady, The Name Freak!

For a second year, I present the “real” Top 50 by combining the different spellings of each name. Because when you hear “Jacob!” on the playground, you have no idea how his name is spelled, but you know you hear the name a lot. Where does it really rank compared to other names?

Note: These are the combined spellings of the names in the Top 1000 only. The main name listed is the spelling given to the most babies in 2013 (SSA Rank is in parentheses). The others are in alphabetical order. Opinions vary on how different spellings are pronounced. I went with my best judgment.

GIRLS

Unlike in 2012, the Top 5 girl names in 2013 do not change at all after combining the spellings.  The rest of the list varies, sometimes greatly. Zoey again jumps from #24 to #8, but the largest jumps are by Adalynn (#173 to #34), Kaitlyn (#134 to #43) and Elena (#132 to #46).

1. Sophia (1) – Sofia
2. Emma (2)
3. Olivia (3) – Alivia, Alyvia
4. Isabella (4) – Isabela, Izabella
5. Ava (5) – Avah
6. Emily (7) – Emely, Emilee, Emilie, Emmalee
7. Mia (6) – Miah
8. Zoey (24) – Zoe, Zoie
9. Aubrey (18) – Aubree, Aubri, Aubrie
10. Abigail (8) – Abbigail
11. Madison (9) – Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson
12. Chloe (14) – Khloe
13. Madelyn (68) – Madalyn, Madalynn, Madeleine, Madeline, Madelynn, Madilyn, Madilynn
14. Layla (30) – Laila, Lailah, Laylah, Leila, Leyla
15. Riley (45) – Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
16. Avery (12) – Averi, Averie
17. Arianna (44) – Ariana, Aryana, Aryanna
18. Lily (27) – Lillie, Lilly
19. Amelia (17) – Emelia, Emilia
20. Elizabeth (10) – Elisabeth
21. Addison (19) – Addisyn, Addyson
22. Charlotte (11)
23. Natalie (21) – Natalee, Nataly, Nathalie, Nathaly
24. Aaliyah (36) – Aleah, Aleigha, Alia, Aliya, Aliyah
25. Brooklyn (28) – Brooklynn
26. Evelyn (20) – Evalyn, Evelynn
27. Kaylee (41) – Caylee, Kailee, Kailey, Kayleigh, Kaylie
28. Hannah (23) – Hana, Hanna
29. Ella (15)
30. Hailey (43) – Hailee, Haley, Haylee, Hayley
31. Allison (34) – Alison, Alisson, Allyson, Alyson
32. Harper (16)
33. Mackenzie (62) – Makenzie, Mckenzie
34. Adalynn (173) – Adalyn, Addilyn, Adeline, Adelyn, Adelynn
35. Lillian (26) – Lilian
36. Maya (72) – Maia, Miya, Mya, Myah
37. Peyton (51) – Paityn, Payton
38. Kylie (61) – Kiley, Kylee, Kyleigh
39. Leah (33) – Lea, Leia, Lia
40. Grace (22)
41. Aria (40) – Ariah, Ariya, Ariyah, Arya
42. Victoria (25)
43. Kaitlyn (134) – Caitlin, Caitlyn, Kaitlynn, Katelyn, Katelynn
44. Camila (39) – Camilla, Kamila
45. Katherine (77) – Catherine, Kathryn
46. Elena (132) – Alaina, Alayna, Elaina
47. Sarah (48) – Sara
48. Anna (35) – Ana
49. Gabriella (38) – Gabriela
50. Samantha (29)

If we were to compare this year’s Playground Analysis with last year’s, the following names fell out of the Top 50: Alyssa, Brianna and Mikayla; the following names entered the Top 50: Aria, Camila and Maya.

BOYS

While the 2013 SSA list gave us a brand new #1 and #2, the Playground Analysis shows the same top 4 as last year. The biggest mover was Kayden (#93 to #9), followed by Jace (#66 to #16).

1. Aiden (12) – Aaden, Adan, Aden, Aidan, Aidyn, Aydan, Ayden, Aydin
2. Jackson (16) – Jaxen, Jaxon, Jaxson
3. Jayden (9) – Jayden, Jadon, Jaiden, Jaydon
4. Jacob (3) – Jakob, Jaycob
5. Noah (1)
6. Mason (4) – Maison, Mayson
7. Liam (2)
8. William (5)
9. Kayden (93) – Caden, Caiden, Cayden, Kaden, Kaeden, Kaiden
10. Ethan (6)
11. Michael (7) – Micheal
12. Alexander (8) – Alexzander
13. Elijah (11) – Alijah
14. Daniel (10)
15. Matthew (15) – Mathew
16. Jace (66) – Jase, Jayce, Jayse
17. James (13)
18. Benjamin (14)
19. Lucas (23) – Lukas
20. Caleb (33) – Kaleb
21. Logan (17)
22. David (18)
23. Anthony (19)
24. Joseph (20)
25. Joshua (21)
26. Andrew (22)
27. Christopher (26) – Cristopher, Kristopher
28. Christian (35) – Cristian, Kristian
29. Gabriel (24)
30. Dylan (28) – Dilan, Dillon
31. John (27) – Jon
32. Samuel (25)
33. Carter (32) – Karter
34. Landon (39) – Landen, Landyn
35. Isaac (29) – Issac
36. Jonathan (42) – Johnathan, Johnathon, Jonathon
37. Ryan (30) – Rayan
38. Nicholas (54) – Nickolas, Nicolas, Nikolas
39. Connor (56)- Conner, Conor, Konner, Konnor
40. Nathan (31)
41. Brayden (48) – Braden, Braeden, Braiden, Braydon
42. Luke (34)
43. Cameron (59) – Camren, Camron, Camryn, Kameron, Kamron, Kamryn
44. Hunter (36)
45. Isaiah (44) – Isiah, Izaiah, Izayah
46. Henry (37)
47. Owen (38)
48. Jack (40)
49. Wyatt (41)
50. Dominic (68) – Dominick, Dominik, Dominique

If we were to compare this year’s Playground Analysis with last year’s, the following names fell out of the Top 50: Colton, Gavin and Jordan; the following names entered the Top 50: Hunter, Jace and Jack.

So, does all of this sound right to you?

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Kelli Brady is a stay at home mom of two who needed an outlet for her name obsession. She found it at NameFreak!, a blog dedicated to a wide variety of name-related whims and fancies.
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