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Which are the Most Popular State Names?

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By Emily Cardoza

With city names like BrooklynMadison, and Charlotte getting popular, let’s expand to larger locations. So today, I’ll be looking at which United States’ names have made it into the 2014 Top 1000 baby names. Most of them go to the girls – only Dakota made it onto the boys’ list. Why is it that girls seem to be named after locations more often? You can let us know your theories in the comments below.

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Most Popular Boys’ Names 2015

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The Biblical Ezra has zoomed to the top of the list to become Nameberry’s new Number 1 boys’ name of 2015.

Last year Ezra made it onto Nameberry’s Top 10 for the first time. On the US list, Ezra is nearing the Top 100 and we expect it to be among the new generation of Biblical names – which includes Asher, Silas, Jude, and Levi – destined to take over from current favorites such as Noah, Jacob, and Ethan.

Asher, Number 1 for the past two years, slipped to second place. The only new name in our boys’ Top 10 is Jude, which replaces Finn, a name that had been Number 1 for boys on Nameberry for several years but has slid to Number 22.

Boys’ names new to Nameberry’s Top 100 are: Jayden, Eli, Logan, Luca, Charlie, Connor, David, Joseph, Hunter, Rhett, Evan, Aryan, Maddox, Harry, Cohen, and Cole.

Kai, which stands just outside the Top 10, is our furthest rising boys’ name, up 55 places. The hottest names for boys, with the number of places they’ve risen, are:

Kai, +55

Austin, +53

Lachlan, +50

Graham, +47

Everett, +34

Theo, +33

Elliot, +29

Matthew, +23

Lincoln, +22

Axel, +21

The Nameberry popularity list gauges interest levels of visitors in names, measuring which of our name pages received the most views of the total 300 million to the site this year.. The majority of people searching Nameberry are looking for names for their babies, so our popularity list predicts which names parents are likely to be naming their children in 2015 and 2016, versus the official US popularity list, which looks at which names parents chose in 2014. Nameberry’s searches also register ups and downs in interest due to news or pop culture events, such as the fall from grace of fictional lawyer Atticus Finch.

In 2015, two royal names, George and Charles, fell off the boys’ Top 100.  And eight of the 13 boys’ names that have vanished either start or end – or both – with the trendy n sound: Nathan, Nolan, Nicholas, Nash, Holden, Simon, Tristan….and Knox.

Here’s the full Nameberry Top 100 for boys:

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Most Popular Girls’ Names 2015

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Charlotte, the name of Britain’s baby princess and the newest entrant to the US Top 10, reigns as the new Number 1 girls’ name on Nameberry’s 2015 popularity list.

Charlotte takes over from Imogen as the most-viewed girls’ name on Nameberry, reclaiming the crown she held on our site from 2009 through 2011.

Amelia, the official Number 1 girls’ name in England and Wales, stands at Number 2, and Ava moves all the way up from Number 26 to claim the third-place spot.

Olivia, Lucy, and Evelyn are new to Nameberry’s Top 10 for girls, taking over for Khaleesi, Violet, and Hazel.

Girls’ names new to Nameberry’s Top 100 are: Astrid, Avery, Eden, Eliana, Elise, Elsie, Emery, Emilia, Eva, Evie, Hadley, Julia, Leah, Nova, Quinn, Riley, Rowan, Sienna, and Thea.

The Top 10 furthest rising baby names for girls, with the number of places they’ve jumped in 2015 over 2014, are:

  1. Esme, +55
  2. Evelyn, +51
  3. Mia, +35
  4. Abigail, +32
  5. Luna, +30
  6. Chloe, +27
  7. Emily, +26
  8. Arabella, +24
  9. Ava, +23
  10. Anna, +22

The Nameberry popularity list gauges interest levels of visitors in names, measuring which of our name pages received the most of our over 300 million pageviews. The majority of people searching on the site are looking for names for their babies, so our popularity list measures which names parents are likely to be naming their children in 2015 and 2016, versus the official US popularity list, which looks at which names parents chose in 2014. Nameberry’s searches also register ups and downs in interest due to news – such as Princess Charlotte’s birth – or pop culture events.

In 2015, three names popularized by movies and television shows — Daenerys, Elsa, and Katniss — fell off the Top 100, while Khaleesi was one of furthest-falling.  Also vanishing from our popularity list are several girls’ names with the trendy double-l sound: Delilah, Lily, and Lola, though Lila remains strong at Number 24.

Our full Top 100 baby names for girls in 2015 is:

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Influential starbabies

The most popular baby names in the US today prove that celebrities influence baby name trends. Nicole Richie’s Harlow, Gwen Stefani’s Kingston, and half of the names chosen by the Jolie-Pitts have gained in use thank to the famous families. High profile birth announcements can take an already rising name and put it on every parent’s shortlist, like Channing Tatum’s Everly. Or it can transform an obscure choice, like Marlowe, into everyone’s new favorite.

As this year draws to a close, let’s take a look at the celebrity baby name choices likely to influence baby naming in 2016 and beyond.

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Happy Hanukkah Baby Names

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By Hannah Katsman

We recently posted a blog about modern Hebrew names used in Israel; now, on the eve of Hanukkah, we turn to our Israeli correspondent Hannah Katsman, for a little history of the holiday and eight traditional names—one for each day of the holiday– that are still popular, with their standing on the latest lists.

This year, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah falls on Sunday evening, December 6th, and continues until nightfall on Monday, December 13.

Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Jewish people, led by the Maccabee family, over the Greeks who had defiled the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. According to tradition, only one bottle of pure oil was found to light the menorah (candelabra), yet it miraculously lasted for eight nights. Hanukkah also commemorates the spiritual victory over the materialistic, Hellenistic culture.  Traditional foods include potato pancakes and jelly doughnuts, both fried in oil.

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