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Most Popular Baby Names, A to Z

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

We were so entranced with the blog Eleanor Nickerson–aka Elea– did for us on most popular British baby names by letter that we decided to recreate it using the American popularity list.

Our research intern Megan Garon pored over the US statistics to compile the following list of the top girls’ and top boys’ name for every letter from A to Z.   Well, not every letter as it turns out there is no girls’ name starting with U in the Top 1000!

Other interesting facts that emerge when looking at the US popularity list through the alphabetical lens:

— Some letters (E, for instance) include names that are a lot closer to the top of the list than others (F, to cite a nearby example).  This is hardly earth-shattering news and yet, the differences are notable.

— While there are plenty of traditional names heading their letter’s popularity rank, a remarkable number of the top names are new ones.  Take H, for example, where Harper and Hunter trump classics Helen and Henry, or P, where Peyton and Parker dominate rather than Patricia and Paul.

— In a few cases, the top names for a letter for girls and boys are remarkable similar — Riley and Ryan, for instance, and Willow and William, and especially Quinn and Quinn!  This is evidence of the trend toward boys’ and girls’ names taking their sound and style cues from each other.

— When you look at most popular names this way, a few really unusual choices come to the fore by leading their little pack.  We’re looking at you, Ximena, Yaretzi, and Yahir.

Here, the most popular names for every letter in 2013 in the US, with overall standings for the names in parentheses.

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Top 100 Girl Names of 2014

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Imogen may still not have cracked the US Top 1000, but she continues her reign as the Number 1 girls’ name on Nameberry for 2014.

The real news with girls’ names, though, is Khaleesi, which vaulted to Number 2 on our list thanks to Game of Thrones.  Given that Nameberry’s popularity list is based on which names parents are searching versus actually bestowing upon their babies, it makes sense that Khaleesi would attract this level of curiosity.  The girls’ name Daenerys is another Game of Thrones choice that jumped onto the Top 100.

The other new entrant to the girls’ Top 10 compared with 2013 is Hazel, up from 20th place thanks to its starring role in Fault in our Stars.

The three names moving furthest up the Top 100 are Ellie, up 42 places, Cordelia up 37 and Maya up 28.  Other names moving up furthest include Adeline plus four choices that being with the stylish letter L: Lucy, Lila, Louisa, and Luna.

Making the steepest slides down are Evelyn, Harper, Katniss, Seraphina, and Everly.

The Nameberry popularity list is based on which names attracted the most views of the nearly 50 million views of our name pages in 2014.

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What Names are Common in YOUR Neighborhood?

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There are the names that are well-liked on Nameberry: Imogen and Finn, Charlotte and Declan.

Then there are the baby names most popular in the US —  Sophia and Jacob, Isabella and Ethan — along with those that top the lists in other parts of the world, from Olivia and Oliver to Niamh and Noa.

But what about the names that are common in your little corner of the world?  The names you seem to hear all the time in the neighborhood playground, at the pediatrician’s office, in the classroom?

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Your Top 5 Girl Names!

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Let’s have some fun.

List your Top 5 girls’ names.  In order if possible.  With explanations for why you love them so much, if you like.

Your Top 5 might include names you’ve chosen for your own daughter or names you plan to use.  Or it might just be a fantasy list.

And if you can’t limit your list to just five, feel free to add some runners up.

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One thing we’re finding really mesmerizing about our gorgeous new Top 1000 U.S. names page is how easy it is to read across each line and compare the names of each gender that have the same rank.  Some of the pairs seems perfectly matched — Sarah and Henry at Number 43, for instance, or Cadence and Skyler at Number 290 — whereas other equally-ranked pairs feel discordant.

We can’t help thinking, as we survey the list, which pair we’d pick if we had a baby girl and a baby boy and had to choose their names from the same line.

Annabella and Lorenzo sound pretty great together, we think.   Or maybe Lilah and Beau, or Camilla and Zachariah.

But we’re really more interested in finding out which pair you’d pick, if you had to choose names for your only daughter and only son from the same popularity rank?  And why?  Do you really like both names equally, or do you simply think they make the most balanced set?

Here’s the link again to the new Top 1000 page: http://nameberry.com/search/popular_names

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