Category: names for girls
See all the girl names on Nameberry here.
Imogen unseated longtime favorite Charlotte as our most-viewed girl name so far this year. In third place we have another new entrant to the girl names list, Harper, which we’ve moved over from unisex given that over 90 percent of the babies named Harper are now female.
This list of Nameberry’s Top 100 girl names is based on over 8 million views of our name pages for the first half of 2013.
This list shows the influence of popular culture, news events, and celebrity on interest in names. Merida was an animated film heroine, while Clementine and Everly were girl names chosen by celebrities and Francine and Frances may be inspired by the new Pope.
And we see names in the lower half of the list moving up on the coattails of their more popular sisters: Elodie and Eloise are rising behind Eleanor, for instance, while Mae and Maisie follow Maeve. Ada is a new entrant at Number 92, and we predict will move up on the strength of the popular Ava, still strong at Number 12.
While many of the girl names popular with Nameberry visitors also rank high on the U.S. baby names popularity list, others are outliers. Our top girl name Imogen, for instance, has never been on the U.S. Top 1000.
Here, Nameberry’s top girl names 2013….so far:
One of the search terms that sends a lot of people to Nameberry every day is “pretty girl names.”
Are they searching for names that are pretty, we wonder, or names that sound as if they belong to pretty girls? Or maybe what people are after is names that mean pretty or beautiful?
Or probably, all of the above.
We do have a list called Pretty Girl Names, which is admittedly subjective, a compendium of names that carry the literal meaning as well as those that convey prettiness in our minds.
A selection of possibilities:
To clear up any misunderstanding, let me say straight off that these are not literally sister and brother names — you would decidedly NOT want to name your children Oliver and Olivia or Seren and Soren.
What we’re talking about are names themselves that are closely related, male and female versions of names with similar sounds and feels, too close to bestow on actual siblings but offering parents boys’ and girls’ choices of what are virtually if not literally the same names.
We’ve written a lot recently about unisex names — the same name used for both genders, like Rory or Emerson — and we’ve also touched on the recent phenomenon of boys’ names that have risen to popularity on the coattails of their trendy sisters: Emmett from Emma, for instance, or Everett from the Eve contingent.
That can work the other way too, with a fashionable boys’ name inspiring the rise of a similar-sounding sister name. In fact, does it really matter which gender’s popularity comes first? We see a lot of trendy names these days with both female and male counterparts, so that if you’re attracted to a certain sound or style, you can use whichever version of the name fits your baby’s gender.
But others don’t share an origin and developed separately, only to be connected at this point in baby name history by their similar feel and the desire on the part of parents for baby name parity, even if they’re not interested in using unisex names.
Around this time every year, we peek behind the Nameberry curtain to see which names are the most popular with our visitors. This Top 100 for each gender, which reflects views of the name pages on our site, indicates which names have captured the most interest since the start of the year.
The girls’ list is evidence of both pop culture events along with future baby name trends. Some analysis:
– The Hunger Games is the obvious inspiration for Katniss at Number 1. We don’t ever expect to see Katniss — or Primrose or Rue — in the U.S. Top 100 for real live baby girls. But the appeal of the heroine inspires a great amount of curiosity about her unusual name.
– Celebrities and their babies attract a lot of page views, which sometimes translate into baby name trends. Names high on the Nameberry list thanks to celebrities and starbabies include Harper, Seraphine, Penelope, Violet, Isla, and Scarlett. And these are all names that will continue to rise in the national name statistics as well, we predict.
There’s a new generation of mom names, not the midcentury Kathys and Sues that are fast becoming grandma names, but the names of young moms today, born for the most part in the 70s and 80s, their names acquiring a more grownup image as they’ve grown up themselves.
This blog was inspired by the discussion of mom names over on the forums. On that board, berries are discussing their own moms’ names plus the names of moms they know who have young children.
Of course, not every name of a twenty-or-thirty-something mother qualifies as a mom name. What does?