@uselesskitty - yes, I noticed many boyish names in the girls top 1,000 too.
Madison, Avery, Addison and Aubrey - all in the top 15 (of course, all sorts of spellings are further down the list)
Harper = No# 24
Riley = No# 47
Peyton = No# 53
Mackenzie = No# 71 (with different spellings further down)
Bailey = No# 79 (multiple spellings)
Morgan = No# 82
Reagan = No# 97
Piper = No# 98 (I'm not surprised at the leap with this name)
Jordyn = No# 121 (this spelling is more popular for girls. Yuck!)
Reese = No# 128
Quinn = No# 153
Hayden = No# 196
Emery = No# 211 (the Emory spelling is much further down the list)
Emerson = No# 244
Kelsey = No# 267
Charlie = No# 305 (other spellings are further down)
Parker = No# 315 (all I hear is "park her")
Finley = No# 349
Jayden = No# 380
Jamie = No# 438
Rowan = No# 455
Logan = No# 456
McKinley = No# 457
Sloane = No# 480 (the spelling with no "e" is further down)
Dylan = No# 512
Justice = No# 580
Sawyer = No# 548
Cameron = No# 553 (other spellings too)
Leighton = No# 563
Ryan = No# 607
Blake = No# 694
Bryn = No# 771
Sidney = No# 831 (the usual girls spelling Sydney is ranked a lot higher)
Elliot = No# 862
Campbell = No# 868
Micah = No# 873
Kai = No# 919
Collins = No# 960
Azariah = No# 963
The biggest surprise to me was Matilda jumping from 769 to 658. I was expecting her to climb around 50 spots, but 111 is a rather huge leap.
She really is! By one single birth!
Originally Posted by shieldsc
#10 Elizabeth: 9,596
#11 Chloe: 9,595
A few surprises for me are:
Tess = No# 997
Geraldine = No# 992
Milena = No# 965
Estelle = No# 950
Dorothy = No# 922
Ingrid = No# 908
Barbara = No# 900
Judith = No# 896
Juniper = No# 883
Estella = No# 882
Patience = No# 884
Hadassah = No# 832
Eileen = No# 824
Coraline = No# 823
Lilith = No# 820
Looking at my favorites:
Eliza - ranked #225 (up 30 places). I think with Elizabeth still proving so popular, this is also going to become more popular, as parents who want to avoid Elizabeth may plump for this.
Jean - not been in Top 1000 since 1994. Ranking for 2012 was #2931.
Josephine - ranked #160 (up 22 places). No surprises here.
Pearl - ranked #756 (up 50 places). This surprises me somewhat, as I thought it was going to implode, as some celebs used it. I was wrong.
Rose - ranked #261 (up 30 places). No surprises here either.
Sarah - ranked #43 (down 4 places). Sarah seems to be dropping out the Top 50 gradually, which when you consider some of the names above it (Nevaeh, Brooklyn and Addison), is somewhat disappointing.
Alfred - ranked #949 (down 34 places). I'm not surprised, in fact the only think I am surprised about, is it's still in the Top 1000!
Gabriel - ranked #24 (non mover). A few years ago, I expect this to launch into the Top 20, but it seems to have steadied in the 20s instead.
John - ranked #28 (down 1 place). Mary continues to fall but John has remained steady in the mid-late 20s in the last four years. I wonder why one former stalwart has fallen out of favor but the other hasn't?
Reuben - ranked #973 (down 45 places). Reuben's failure to "catch on" puzzles me, as it shares something with many other male names that U.S. parents use in their droves, in that it's a strong Biblical name. A Jewish friend said it's because it's still seen as being "very Jewish", but surely that applied to Noah and Isaac (among others) at one point too?!
Samuel - ranked #25 (up 1 place). The comments I made with Gabriel apply here, thought it would break Top 20 a few years back, but seems to have steadied in the 20s instead.
Timothy - ranked #120 (up 3 places). I know this dropped out the Top 100 a few years back, so not surprised to find it lingering outside the Top 100.
Will study the lists at more depth at some point, once my AP exams are over!
A few surprises on the boys lists are:
Augustine = No# 999
Gilbert = No# 996
Apollo = No# 993
Howard = No# 988
Anton = No# 981
Simeon = No# 980
Franco = No# 977
Reuben = No# 973
Alfred = No# 949
Stefan = No# 936
Hugh = No# 932 (I'm surprised it's rated so much lower than Hugo which is rated at No# 436)
Cassius = No# 928
Ernest = No# 915
Thaddeus = No# 903
Originally Posted by mischa
I was also surprised to see Juniper on there! Another surprise was Colette coming in at #659. It wasn't in the top 1000 for the last ten years and suddenly BAM, jumps about 350 spots. Big bummer too as this was a top contender for my girl due soon. Wish I could know if it was a random fluke or if she's going to climb more.
Emmaline also just made the top 1000, coming in at 890. Kind of sad to see the variant make the top 1000 before the original.
What's up with my sweet Christine? It's been falling steadily since 1984, and now surprise! It's up 79 spaces. There must be a pop culture Christine I don't know about.
I wonder if it's a blip or if Christine will make a comeback. I kinda hope it's a blip...I've been enjoying having it on my "nobody loves it but me" list. :D
Jensen Ackles is quite the rage, I'm not aware of any other Jensens.
Originally Posted by southern.maple