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The Most Notable Names of 2013

The most notable names of 2013—a few of which were awaited with great anticipation– are borne by prominent personages in the realms of religion, royalty, politics, the tech world, and of course, entertainment. Here are our picks for the twelve names most emblematic of 2013—along with a few others that slipstreamed in their wake.

Francis

Also a subject of great discussion and anticipation was what name Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio would adapt as his papal appellation. His choice was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, and his work with the poor. As a result, all Fran-related names have been increasing in popularity—Frances, Francesca, Frank, Frankie, Francine. But Francis itself?—not so much.

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