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By Abby Sandel
One of the most exciting parts of the new US Top 1000 has to be the debuts and returns list.
In 2014, a name had to be given to 205 newborn boys to make the Top 1000. On the girls’ side, it took 262 newborns to earn a place.
44 names for girls and 34 names for boys appear in 2014’s Top 1000 list that did not rank in 2013. Plenty of classic names made a comeback, but here are a dozen of the most interesting modern choices.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
We kind of take it for granted that our Berries are ahead of the curve when it comes to name trends and choices. And now, looking for some hard evidence via the latest Social Security list versus Nameberry’s own popularity list, we can see just what a great disparity there is. As in Number One Noah and Emma (on the official US list) vs Atticus and Charlotte (Nameberry’s top names).
So what are some of the other sharpest, most extreme, differences? Scanning the 20 most popular names on Nameberry, some of which were barely on the general public radar a few years ago, here’s what we see:
My husband and I are expecting our first baby girl in June after having four boys, and we CANNOT agree on a girl’s name.
We’re looking for a name that is feminine, but not frilly. My husband likes names that are a little bit more modern and I like older names. We don’t want to repeat an initial, so D, J, A, and L names are out. We do agree on a middle name: Moriah.
Two-syllable baby names ending with the letter n have dominated the boys’ popularity list for several years now. The Top 20 for boys includes sex such choices: Mason, Ethan, and Jayden, Aiden, Jackson, and Logan. And when you add in all the spelling variations of these trendy boys’ names, the count leaps much higher.
It’s easy to understand why these names are so popular for boys. They’re strong yet unconventional, at least compared with traditional boys’ names such as William or James. They sound good with many last names. And the two-syllable n-ending genre includes many different types of names, from the Biblical (Ethan) to the surname (Mason and Logan) to modern inventions such as Zayden.
By Abby Sandel
The new US Top 1000 list is out, and there’s good news for those who love classic baby names! While plenty of newer names caught on, 2014 was all about the return of longtime favorites.
The farther you look down the list, the more vintage gems you’ll find. Some of the names have returned to the rankings after decades of hibernation. Others have never really gone away, but the numbers suggest that these classics might feel stylish and fresh once more.
Here are eighteen great names – nine for girls and nine for boys – that climbed 50 spots or more between 2013 and 2014.