Category: baby name predictions
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.
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.
Americans are more daring when it comes to naming daughters, and the numbers bear this out.
In 2013, just over 67% of girls born in the US received a Top 1000 name. Boys, on the other hand, received a Top 1000 name nearly 79% of the time.
It makes predicting the most popular names of the future slightly more difficult when it comes to girls. With everything from surnames – Madison and Addison – to enduring choices like Emily and Elizabeth in the current Top 20, it’s tough to say which direction parents will go in the future.
Or maybe we’ll just keep going in every possible direction. This list is a little bit literary, slightly musical, occasionally globetrotting, sometimes unisex.
Here’s the thing about baby name data: the Top 20 is actually kind of dull.
Not the names themselves, necessarily. In order to become one of the 20 most popular given names in the US for any particular year, a name has to be pretty great. Versatile. They’ve usually been worn by some high profile types, be they Biblical patriarchs or borrowings from the silver screen.
But we can see them coming.
By the time a name reaches such lofty heights, we’ve watched it gain for ten, twenty, forty years or more, right? Former #1 Isabella climbed every year from 1990 through 2009 before reaching the top spot. Even newcomers like Jayden don’t debut in the Top 100. Others – think William, James, Elizabeth – are frequent members of the club, as likely to be there in the 1880s or 1940s as they are today.
The official list of U.S. Most Popular Names of 2013 will be released by the Social Security Administration any day now, and so in advance of the announcement, which we’re all awaiting with baited breath, we’re asking you to predict which names will come out on top.
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 2012 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.
As a reminder, here were the leading names last year:
And if you like, you might go beyond the Top 10s and make some further predictions, like new names on the Top 1000, names making the biggest leap up the national charts…
As a further inducement, we’re giving away a charming personalized baby bunting, one of the most popular items in the Nameberry Store and a great accessory for your child’s room.
If no one guesses the correct Top 10s, we’ll pick the person who in our opinion comes closest.
THE CONTEST RESULTS ARE IN AND WE HAVE TWO WINNERS!
It’s a tie! We have two winners who came closest to predicting the Top 20 names for 2013, and they are (drum roll!):
Orchid_Lover! and townsend2787
…who will each get a personalized, multi-patterned fabric banner from our store.
They both guessed 19 of the 20 names correctly, and though not in the exact order, they were pretty close (darn that Chloe and Aiden!).
It was a tough year for prognosticating, the main stumbling blocks being Noah and Liam’s surprise jumps into first and second place. (Hats off also to luluemonmee—the only entrant who predicted Noah at the top!) The vast majority of boy votes went to Mason at Number 1.
Among the girls, Ella, Lily, Chloe and Charlotte were the biggest wannabees not to make it, and for the boys, the aforementioned Aiden, plus Elijah and James.
So congrats to the winners, and thank you all so much for participating!
The other night a friend asked me what happens to kids with really strange names. Not made up names, or names with crazy spellings, he clarified. Names like Apple. Or Bartholomew. Names that make you do a double take when you spot them on the birth announcement. Names that make you say “Really?” when you should be saying “Congratulations!”
Nothing. Nothing happens.
Actually, everything happens – the kids grow up and have the same kinds of adventures and heartaches and triumphs and debacles that we all have from cradle to grave. Their name is part of their story, but even if their name is Clove or Cashel or Cordelia, it is only a part.