Category: top names 2013
The boys’ side of the list claims all the hottest news, in a turnaround from the usual pattern in which girls’ names dominate the trend shifts. Liam leapfrogs up to second place in only his second year on the Top 10, above father name William. And the boys’ roster includes the only new entrant to the Top 10, longtime favorite Daniel, elbowing aside the trendier Aiden.
The girls’ Top 10 is comparatively stable, with Sophia and Emma maintaining their status of Number 1 and Number 2. Olivia and Isabella switched places at 3 and 4, while Mia moved up and the traditional Emily and Abigail slid down.
The full Top 1000 baby names list for 2013, is now up on Nameberry here.
The focus on fashion changes for boys’ names with relative stability for girls is evidence of a larger shift in baby name style for both genders. Boys are less often named for fathers and other family members and more often given names influenced by current styles and culture, while girls’ names are becoming more serious and more deeply rooted in tradition. The result: Greater gender equality in baby names.
The 2013 US Top 10 baby names, announced exclusively on The Today Show this morning, are:
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!
Many of us at Nameberry automatically dislike names that are “too popular.”
But look more closely at the most popular names and you’ll find lots of wonderful names that deserve their widespread use. Names that have stood the test of time, that have intrinsically pleasing sounds, that are associated with heroic characters.
So let’s this once set aside our name snobbery and own up to names we love from the Top 100 most popular names.
I love the name Sophia, for instance, and would proudly give it to a daughter or wear it myself.
For boys, there are even more popular names that I love. In fact, my own two sons’ names, Joseph and Owen, are both in the Top 100. And I also adore Elijah, Caleb, Henry, Nathaniel, Isaiah, Isaac, Thomas….almost too many to mention.