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The Playground Analysis of the Real Most Popular Names

The Playground Analysis of the Real Most Popular Names

By Kelli Brady, The Name Freak!

Now that the 2014 SSA list has been released, I can present the “real” Top 50 to you! By combining the different spellings of each name, we can determine which name is truly more popular. Because when you hear “Sophia!” on the playground, you have no idea how her name is spelled, but you know you hear the name a lot. Where does it really rank compared to other names?

Note: These are the combined spellings of the names in the Top 1000 only. When the numbers from the entire list are added, positions could change. The main name listed is the spelling given to the most babies in 2014 (SSA Rank is in parentheses). The others are in alphabetical order. Opinions vary on how different spellings are pronounced. I went with my best judgment.

GIRLS

With the 2014 list, we had a very surprising new #1 in Emma. But as you can see below, Sophia is still on top when you also take the alternate spelling Sofia into consideration. Emma was pushed down to #3 after the variants of Olivia were also included. The rest of the list varies as well, sometimes greatly. The largest jumps are by Adalynn (#128 to #22), Elena (#121 to #43), and Madelyn (#59 to #12)

  1. Sophia (3) – Sofia

  2. Olivia (2) – Alivia, Alyvia

  3. Emma (1)

  4. Isabella (4) – Isabela, Izabella

  5. Ava (5) – Avah, Ayva

  6. Emily (7) – Emely, Emilee, Emilie, Emmalee

  7. Mia (6) – Miah

  8. Zoey (22) – Zoe, Zoie

  9. Aubrey (20) – Aubree, Aubri, Aubrie

  10. Madison (9) – Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson

  11. Abigail (8) – Abbigail

  12. Madelyn (59) – Madalyn, Madalynn, Madeleine, Madeline, Madelynn, Madilyn, Madilynn

  13. Chloe (18) – Khloe

  14. Ariana (37) – Arianna, Aryana, Aryanna

  15. Layla (29) – Laila, Lailah, Laylah, Leila, Leyla

  16. Amelia (15) – Emelia, Emilia

  17. Avery (13) – Averi, Averie

  18. Riley (47) – Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie

  19. Charlotte (10)

  20. Elizabeth (14) – Elisabeth

  21. Lily (27) – Lillie, Lilly

  22. Evelyn (16) – Evalyn, Evelynn

  23. Adalynn (128) – Adalyn, Addilyn, Addilynn, Adeline, Adelyn, Adelynn

  24. Harper (11)

  25. Brooklyn (26) – Brooklynn

  26. Natalie (23) – Natalee, Nataly, Nathalie, Nathaly

  27. Ella (17)

  28. Aria (31) – Ariah, Ariya, Ariyah, Arya

  29. Addison (24) – Addisyn, Addyson

  30. Allison (38) – Alison, Alisson, Allyson, Alyson

  31. Mackenzie (69) – Makenzie, Mckenzie

  32. Victoria (19)

  33. Kaylee (52) – Caylee, Kailee, Kailey, Kayleigh, Kaylie

  34. Hailey (51) – Hailee, Haley, Haylee, Hayley

  35. Grace (21)

  36. Hannah (28) – Hana, Hanna

  37. Lillian (25) – Lilian

  38. Leah (35) – Lea, Leia, Lia

  39. Maya (74) – Maia, Miya, Mya, Myah

  40. Peyton (56) – Paityn, Payton

  41. Anna (34) – Ana

  42. Scarlett (30) – Scarlet, Scarlette

  43. Elena (121) – Alaina, Alayna, Elaina

  44. Kylie (73) – Kiley, Kylee, Kyleigh

  45. Camila (41) – Camilla, Kamila

  46. Nora (49) – Norah

  47. Katherine (83) – Catherine, Kathryn

  48. Sarah (50) – Sara

  49. Gabriella (43) – Gabriela

  50. Annabelle (57) – Anabel, Anabelle, Annabel, Annabell

If we were to compare this year’s Playground Analysis with last year’s, the following names entered the Top 50 in 2014: Annabelle, Nora, and Scarlett; the following names fell out of the Top 50: Aaliyah, Kaitlyn, and Samantha.

Another interesting tidbit: the most popular spelling of Ariana changed from Arianna in 2013 to Ariana in 2014.

BOYS

While the 2014 list had no major changes to the Top 5, except for Jacob and Mason switching places (Mason moving up to #3 and Jacob moving down to #4), a comparison of the Playground Analyses show a change in the #1 name… Jackson has overtaken Aiden for the top spot! Jayden falls from #3 to #7 and Liam jumps from #7 to #4. The biggest movers, again, were Kayden (#90 to #9) and Jace (#68 to #20). Grayson also makes a big move up from #63 to #37.

  1. Jackson (17) – Jaxen, Jaxon, Jaxson

  2. Aiden (14) – Aaden, Adan, Aden, Aidan, Aidyn, Aydan, Ayden, Aydin

  3. Noah (1) – Noe

  4. Liam (2)

  5. Mason (3) – Maison, Mayson

  6. Jacob (4) – Jakob, Jaycob

  7. Jayden (15) – Jaden, Jadon, Jaiden, Jaydon

  8. William (5)

  9. Kayden (90) – Caden, Caiden, Cayden, Kaden, Kaeden, Kaiden

  10. Ethan (6)

  11. Alexander (8) – Alexzander

  12. Michael (7) – Micheal

  13. James (9)

  14. Elijah (11) – Alijah

  15. Daniel (10)

  16. Lucas (19) – Lukas

  17. Benjamin (12)

  18. Logan (13)

  19. Matthew (16) – Mathew

  20. Jace (68) – Jase, Jayce, Jayse

  21. Carter (27) – Karter

  22. David (18)

  23. Joseph (20)

  24. Caleb (35) – Kaleb

  25. Anthony (21)

  26. Dylan (29) – Dilan, Dillon

  27. Andrew (22)

  28. John (26) – Jon

  29. Christopher (30) – Cristopher, Kristopher

  30. Samuel (23)

  31. Gabriel (24)

  32. Joshua (25)

  33. Luke (28)

  34. Isaac (31) – Issac

  35. Christian (42) – Cristian, Kristian

  36. Landon (43) – Landen, Landyn

  37. Grayson (63) – Graysen, Greyson

  38. Connor (52) – Conner, Conor, Konner, Konnor

  39. Jonathan (44) – Johnathan, Johnathon, Jonathon

  40. Nicholas (57) – Nickolas, Nicolas, Nikolas

  41. Oliver (32)

  42. Henry (33)

  43. Cameron (53) – Camren, Camron, Kameron, Kamron, Kamryn

  44. Sebastian (34)

  45. Owen (36)

  46. Ryan (37)

  47. Nathan (38)

  48. Wyatt (39)

  49. Hunter (40)

  50. Jack (41)

If we were to compare this year’s Playground Analysis with last year’s, the following names entered the Top 50 in 2014: Grayson, Oliver and Sebastian; the following names fell out of the Top 50: Brayden, Dominic, and Isaiah.

So what do you think? Does this reflect what you are hearing out there?

About the Author

Kelli Brady

Kelli Brady is a stay at home mom of two who needed an outlet for her name obsession. She found it at NameFreak!, a blog dedicated to a wide variety of name-related whims and fancies. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Her eBook, Name-alytics, is a look at the history of the Top 100 names in the United States. Check it out at https://gumroad.com/l/name-alytics!