Category: baby name predictions
By Abby Sandel
The US Social Security Administration is expected to release their annual list of the most popular baby names at the end of the week, just in time for Mother’s Day.
There are unofficial lists galore, including the ever-stylish Nameberry 100. But the Social Security data is the most accurate and complete record of all births registered in the US in calendar year 2014. Plus, they share a complete list of every single name given to at least five newborns in 2014.
It’s a lot of names. And yes, around here it’s like Christmas morning and the Super Bowl all rolled into one!
Will you be watching to see if your favorite names have become more popular? Are you hoping that a certain trend is over? Or are you cheering for a handful of names to catch on?
Here are nine questions I can’t wait to answer when we finally see the data on the most popular baby names.
By Tara Ryazansky
Everyone from pop royalty to reality stars to actual royalty seems to be expecting at the moment. I look forward to when the birth announcements start rolling in so I can see if I was right or if I at least came close with any of these name predictions.
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are expecting their first child together. These two have been in the limelight since they were kids, yet they strike me as down-to-earth. I could see them using something a bit unique with laid-back ease. Nothing that’s over-the-top or trying too hard.
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.