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The Top 100 names of England and Wales are resplendent with choices that feel a lot more chic and surprising in the US than they must in the UK.

Freya, for instance, the Norse goddess name that’s become a Top 20 staple on the other side of the pond, just cracked the US Top 1000.  Florence, which has been stylish in the UK for decades now and still stands at Number 29, fell off the US Top 1000 in 1982 and has yet to reappear.  Harriet is Number 61 in the UK while it hasn’t been on the US Top 1000 since the 1970s, while Martha stands at Number 73 in the UK and rising yet is at 803 and sinking in the US.

The boys’ Top 100 in the UK includes names such as Arthur, Freddie and Frederick, Louis, and Stanley that rank much lower in the US.

Below the UK Top 100, it’s impossible to quantify baby name trends as statistics don’t exist.  Instead, we must rely on anecdotal evidence: What fashionable young parents in Shoreditch and Swansea are naming their babies, compared with names considered stylish in Soho (the New York one) and Silver Lake.  While there are some similarities — fashionable parents on both sides of the pond love Iris and Oscar, Ada and Arthur — there are many fascinating differences in taste.

Our prime examples of names that are more stylish on the UK side of the pond than the US:

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Future Top 10 names

By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

We’re just days away from the new year!  As 2014 draws to a close, plenty of websites and hospital systems have released their top baby names for the past twelve months.

At Nameberry, Asher, Declan, and Atticus topped the boys’ list, while Imogen, Khaleesi, and Charlotte were favorites for girls.

The official 2014 US data doesn’t come out until May 2015.  But this early information lets us read the tea leaves and guess – or hope! – which names might come out on top when we see the official numbers in a few months.

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British Name Trends 2014

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By Eleanor Nickerson, British Baby Names

Now that 2014 is coming to an end, here is a look at the main trends and influences that have proven popular in Britain in this eventful year.

ALL ABOUT THE AR

The hottest sound this year is the undoubtedly ‘Ar’. Archie, Arthur, Martha and Arran in Scotland have already obtained top 100 status, but 2014 has also seen a rise in the likes of Arlo and Archer for boys and Arabella, Aria/Arya and Ariana  for girls.

Clara and Margot are two vintage ‘ar’ sound choices that have been gaining more attention this year, while the similar ‘Or’ sound has also bolstered Aurora, Aurelia and Scottish choices Orla and Rory.

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starbabies 2014

By Linda Rosenkrantz

2014 was another amazing year for starbaby names, with some of the most varied, at times contradictory trends, ranging from classics like Rosemary, Frances, Evelyn and Eric to gender-benders,  oddball spellings, and words refigured as names.

Among the strongest trends of the year: more boys’ names borrowed by girls than ever– celebrity daughters included Wyatt, Asa, Bowie, River and Mars; a torrent of lofty aspirational names out to rule the world, generic nature names like Vale and Delta, sweet, soft vintage choices such as Hazel and Jane and Rose, and lots and lots of nickname names, including Drew Barrymore’s cute Frankie.

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Top 100 Boy Names of 2014

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Asher and Declan retained their Number 1 and 2 spots at the top of Nameberry’s most popular list of boys’ names for 2014.

The big news with boys’ names focuses on the new names moving up the ladder.  Four names are new to the Top 10 this year: Silas, Jasper, Milo, and Ezra.

The boys’ names that made the biggest leaps up the list are Knox, up 60 places, flowed by Archer up 45 and Ryker up 44.  Bodhi, Soren, and Beau also made big gains.

Nameberry’s popularity lists are based on which names attracted the most views of the nearly 50 million views of our name pages in the past year.

Names that made the biggest slides down the list compared with last year are all emblematic of pop culture shifts.  Flynn, popularized by last year’s television sensation Breaking Bad, lost 67 places, while Christian from Fifty Shades of Grey and Arlo of Justified were the second and third biggest losers.  George, as in 2013’s little prince, dropped 36 spots.

The top 100 boys’ names of 2014 are:

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