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Top Unisex Names 2011

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This year for the first time we’ve calculated a list of top unisex names 2011: names listed on Nameberry for both genders that are winning the highest number of page views.

Unisex name popularity is always tricky: Aren‘t most parents searching for top names Harper and Quinn interested in those names for girls?  We believe they are, and if those two names were counted in the girls’ tally, they’d rank among the Top 20.

But in fact, some parents are interested in Harper and Quinn as boys’ names, and many of the other names on this list — Sawyer, Rory, and Riley, say — may be considered equally for both genders, while choices such as Parker or River may be used more often for boys.

Here are the top unisex names 2011 on Nameberry.

Nameberry’s Top 25 Unisex Names, 2011

moving up quickly

1. Harper
2. Quinn
3. Rowan
4. Avery
5. Sawyer

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Top Girl Names 2011

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Nameberry’s top girl names 2011 is our definitive look at which girls’ names attracted the most views on our site this year.

Think of it as a predictor for which names parents will choose for their baby girls in the future, rather than what they named their daughters last year.

Once again, Charlotte is Nameberry’s #1 girls’ name, but Seraphina, jump-started by the daughter of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, has moved into second place above big sister’s name Violet.

New entries in the girls’ Top 10 are Scarlett and Lila, replacing Elizabeth and Eliza.

The Nameberry Top 10 rankings are very different from the national Social Security list, with not a single crossover on the girls’ list. In fact, for example, the nation’s seventh most popular name, Madison, is not even in Nameberry’s Top 100.

Tomorrow we’ll bring you the boys’ popularity list, which includes bigger news than on the girls’ list.  Plus this year, we’ve compiled a separate list of popular unisex names, which we’ll run on Thursday.  One note here: Unisex names Harper and Quinn were both very popular for girls, and so by some rights should be included high up on the girls’ top 100.

Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the list where we’re announcing a new contest: Can you guess which name was #101 on Nameberry in 2011 for both girls and boys?

Here, then, the Nameberry top girl names 2011.

Nameberry’s Top 100 Girls’ Names, 2011
up significantly over 2010

1. Charlotte
2. Seraphina
3. Amelia
4. Violet
5. Isla
6. Imogen
7. Adelaide
8. Alice
9. Scarlett
10. Lila

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Popular Names: Nicknames Gone Wild

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How do you tell when popular names get too popular?

If a name is in the Top 10, it might be easy, but what if they’re further down the list….and how far is far enough? Judging popular names gets even more difficult when they’re short forms, maybe not so popular at all on their own.

Just how ubiquitous is Lily?, an expectant mom asked recently on our forums. Lily as itself is Number 17 on the official popularity list; up there, for sure, but there are only a third as many Lilys as there are girls who get the number one Isabella. So is Lily really one of those names you’re going to hear coming and going?

Sadly, the answer may be yes, and here’s why.

Lily, along with a handful of other nickname names, is not only popular on its own, but it’s used as a short form for several other popular names: Lillian, Liliana, and so on. The result: Many more Lilys than you might guess.

This phenomenon can be applied to names with many spelling variations: Leila or Michaela or Mackenzie in their rainbow of flavors. But today’s focus is on nicknames gone wild. Sure, these are adorable, but they all come with a warning label: rampant popularity ahead.

AddieAddie is sweet and old-fashioned and even fresh-feeling, a followup to the now-overused Abby. But Addie is coming up fast thanks to a host of newly-popular mother names, from the trendy Addison to cool classics Adeline and Adelaide, often chosen specifically because they come with cute short form Addie.

AlexAlex may be the unisex nickname name of the decade, not only a Top 100 name on its own for boys for a short form for boys’ Number 6 Alexander along with a huge contingent of popular girls’ names: Alexis, Alexa, Alexandra et al.

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Last week we brought you our underground list of most popular girls’ names 2011; now it’s the boys’ turn.

You may be familiar with Nameberry’s most popular boys’ names 2011, with Asher, Henry, and Finn at the top all the way down to Axel, Nathan, and Landon.

You may even know our hottest boys’ names 2011, with Asher (again), Archer, and Everett.

But we’ve got a quieter, less obvious, but potentially more interesting list for you: those boys’ names that don’t make the Top 100 but that are attracting a dramatic rise in interest in 2011 compared with 2010.

While not all of these names are destined for future popularity, the baby namer in search of a name that will feel as fresh in ten years as it does today should take heed. Unlikely as it may seem, the ultracool Booker may be tomorrow’s Cooper or Parker; Alden might be as hot as Aiden by 2015.

Our list of secretly popular boys’ names 2011:

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Question of the Week: What were your responses to the new Social Security list of Popular Names 2010?

Last week we asked for your predictions of the popular names 2010, and some of you came up with very spot-on forecasts—a special shout-out to names4real for anticipating the rise of Bentley (who is shown at right).

  • Now that the dust has settled, wdyt overall?
  • Biggest surprise(s)?
  • Was it disappointing that there was so little movement in the top echelons?

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