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A Tale of 2 Popularity Lists

Baby name popularity lists

By Linda Rosenkrantz

We kind of take it for granted that our Berries are ahead of the curve when it comes to name trends and choices.  And now, looking for some hard evidence via the latest Social Security list versus Nameberry’s own popularity list, we can see just what a great disparity there is. As in Number One Noah and Emma (on the official US list) vs Atticus and Charlotte (Nameberry’s top names).

So what are some of the other sharpest, most extreme, differences? Scanning the 20 most popular names on Nameberry, some of which were barely on the general public radar a few years ago, here’s what we see:

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The ABCs of Boys’ Names

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Everything you need to know about boys’ baby names, from A to Z.

 A

While A is the second most-popular first initial for boys’ names (and the most popular for girls’), the real news is the rise in both the letter a and the a sound at the end of boys’ names. Think Joshua, Elijah, and Number 1 Noah.

B

Swedish parents were fined for naming their son Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, which they pronounced Abin. The name runs counter to Swedish naming laws, which rules that names cannot cause offense or discomfort.

C

Charlie, short for the traditional male name Charles, was given last year to 1551 boys’ in the US…and 1315 girls, making it one of the most equal opportunity unisex names.

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Top 100 Boy Names of 2014

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Asher and Declan retained their Number 1 and 2 spots at the top of Nameberry’s most popular list of boys’ names for 2014.

The big news with boys’ names focuses on the new names moving up the ladder.  Four names are new to the Top 10 this year: Silas, Jasper, Milo, and Ezra.

The boys’ names that made the biggest leaps up the list are Knox, up 60 places, flowed by Archer up 45 and Ryker up 44.  Bodhi, Soren, and Beau also made big gains.

Nameberry’s popularity lists are based on which names attracted the most views of the nearly 50 million views of our name pages in the past year.

Names that made the biggest slides down the list compared with last year are all emblematic of pop culture shifts.  Flynn, popularized by last year’s television sensation Breaking Bad, lost 67 places, while Christian from Fifty Shades of Grey and Arlo of Justified were the second and third biggest losers.  George, as in 2013’s little prince, dropped 36 spots.

The top 100 boys’ names of 2014 are:

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popular baby names 2014

By Pamela Redmond Satran

The midyear tally of the most popular baby names of 2014 is in, with Imogen and Asher holding onto the Number 1 spots they claimed for 2013.

Silas, Jasper, and Milo have all risen into the Top 10 for boys, while the sedate Claire is the only new entrant into the girls’ Top 10.

The most steeply-rising names are Cordelia for girls and Archer for boys.

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Which boy names have been most popular on Nameberry so far this year?

The big news in baby boy names: Asher is back on top, a spot he held in our 2011 popularity list but lost to Finn in 2012.  Finn is still enormously popular with Nameberry’s parents, holding onto the Number 2 spot, though longtime favorite Henry is slipping in our rankings for 2013.

New hottie among boy names on Nameberry: Declan, in the Number 3 spot, all the way up from Number 21 for 2012.  And August, at Number 35, was not even on the 2012 Top 100.

Django holds the Number 4 spot thanks the hit movie; it’s a cool name, but we don’t expect to see many baby Djangos.

The names we see leaping the furthest up the list include: Flynn, Dashiell, August, Nico, Bodhi, Gray,  and Frederick.  We can credit the new Pope for Francis squeaking onto the list at Number 100.

Our boy names popularity rankings are based on more than 8 million views of our names pages in the first half of 2013.  The Top 100 boy names on Nameberry so far this year are:

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