Baby Names 2014: Top 12 Trends

Baby names 2014 will see parents reviving family names and long-dormant choices, finding inspiration in literary characters and world leaders, looking to names to make their children seem stronger or spicier. Our picks for the Top 12 Baby Name Trends of 2014 are:

Celebrity Trend Least Likely to Catch On: Joke Names

Don’t get us wrong: We like the name North. We even predicted it as one of our hottest trends of 2013 a whole year ago, ancient history in Kardashian-and-Kanye time. But North West? Uh, no. We’re also looking at the parents who gave their daughter five first names and those that named their son after their room décor. No wonder all these children took on nicknames —pronto!

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indiefendi Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 12:27 am

Patiently waiting for Francesco to have more than “Italian variation of Francis” in its description…!

oboeplayer1 Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 12:28 am

I think these predictions will turn out to be quite accurate.

Giinkies Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 1:01 am

I enjoyed this post. Best one I’ve seen in awhile.

Namenutt Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 2:56 am

Not liking that C is becoming dominant! I want Cora all to myself! Lol! Have to convince the fiancé first though…

paigemontana Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 4:40 am

Great post. I like Valor and Nobel. Hoping they don’t become very popular.

vanessaaball Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 8:24 am

I’m also sad about the C trend. If another baby were in my future, several C names would be at the top of my short list.

I wish some of these trends would make their way to Kansas. I would be giddy if I met a baby Albert, Agnes, Francine, or Valor.

skizzo Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 8:26 am

I’ve also heard Bravery on a boy, guess it could be a virtue name.

I dont see the -n trending fading for boys, especially not names like Camden, Bryson or Kellan, those are still going upwards. Also Landon is a new classic.

Chiara Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 8:38 am

“the number one baby name in Italy is suddenly Francesco, after you.”

I’m sorry, I know several articles online have reported this, but it’s not accurate. Francesco has been the number one name in Italy for many many years now, at least since 2004 (we have no official data before then). It’s always been a popular name, it’s tradional and it’s commonly used in all parts of Italy, and saint Francis is the patron saint of Italy. I’m sure the new Pope will make the name even more popular, but that won’t mean a change in ranks because it was already the number one name!!
Btw the italian institute of statistics has just realesed the top 30 names for babies born in 2012 and as expected Francesco is once again the most popular name for boys!

Pam Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 9:08 am

Thanks, Chiara. You’re right, it was widely reported that Francesco had pulled ahead to Number 1 thanks to the pope but it has been Number 1 for several years. I’ll fix the story.

bonfireazalea Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 10:55 am

I find it interesting how names from the same trend can be so different in sound, style and/or vibe. Rosemary, Cayenne and Sage on the same list? Cassius, Cora and Cedar? (I hope Cordelia doesn’t rise too much, since I’d love to use it one day, but that’d be like 10+ years from now so who knows… then again, I’d probably use it no matter how high it got).

angelamcrumrine Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 11:04 am

That means my name list of Eliza, Ivy, Violet, Ruby, Bette, Margorie, Henry, Ellis, Erza, and Huxley are all well on trend…. Which I almost find disappointing.

AprilRobin Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 11:54 am

These trends kind of sadden me. Although my sister is happy that her name was on the list of spice names (Juniper).

iwillpraise Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I have so much to say about this article!!

Yesterday, I was just talking to my brother about what he wanted to name his 2nd daughter a few years back: Hazel. It always made me laugh. He thought it went with Ruby, his first (the namesake of our late grandmother)…. it’s always been crazy to me that he – the most modern guy ever – chose Ruby AND THEN wanted Hazel. Apparently Hazel is too much for his wife because he wanted to name his 3rd (born just a week ago) Hazel or June after my mom’s middle…. and she ended up Avery June.

Funny, I HAVE noticed the spice trend recently and I LOVE virtue names for Boys: Valor, Loyal and Brave/ry are my favorite in that order (my husband grew up a Royal Ranger – a Christian Boy Scout)! I know a young mother who is going to give birth to a Zaidon in a few months, and just heard of another Jayden born, so don’t know if that trend is ready to die out yet…. But I can’t wait til it does!

For the past couple years, I cannot get away from C’s either!!! Clarice (of course she also falls under the mid-century baby boomer names too), Claire, Clara, Corinne, Cyril, etc and I really like mid-century Susannah and Lillian. As far as the “royal” names go, I’m all for Charles, Alberta and Maud 🙂

iwillpraise Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

*as far as the “n” boy ending – our nephew Logan was also born 2 wks ago

tararyaz Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Great post! I love C names. And virtue names on boys! I love Merit for a boy or a girl.

maggiemary Says:

December 6th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Margaret a dowdy name?! Guess I’ll dust off my tweed then!

taliesin Says:

December 7th, 2013 at 1:15 am

While the Boomer names still sound a bit bland, I am not willing to embrace their grandparent’s names either. Gertrude and Maud and Ethel and Edna and Albert and Walter and Homer and the like just make me want to cringe. I am willing to bet huge amounts of money that if William/Kate’s next and final heir is a girl she will be named Alexandra Elizabeth with something Royal and non-dowdy as the third name. Victoria or Alice or Anne. Names such as Katherine, Margaret and Elizabeth are considered Boomer names, they just went by Kathy, Beth or Meg rather than Kay, Kate, Betty, Liz, Marge or Maggie. The classics just never go out of style and can always go middle if a trendy name just
has to be the One.

Those boys names as middle names for girls just sound as if they’re family surnames.

One last thing about boomer names. You would not believe how many people I know named Patti. It was the Jennifer of its time. And yet Patricia as a middle name sounds great.

ediect Says:

December 7th, 2013 at 6:58 am

Im Edie but full name is Edith

NameWeary Says:

December 7th, 2013 at 7:06 am

No way the two syllable -n ending names for boys are on their way out. Maybe for Berries, but that’s still going like wildfire for the rest of the world. Jayden is in the SS top ten, and Aiden is number one if you combine like spellings.

I just hope I hope stop meeting (boy AND girl) Jamesons!!

vito208 Says:

December 7th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I love the Greek names – Chloe , Calliope & Elias – they’re all on my list !

JessDeLove Says:

December 7th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Some of the old lady names are beautiful, but I’m wary of getting sucked into giving my daughter a ‘faddy’ name. We met a little girl called Wilma recently, which I thought was really cute. I also like the name Wanda. My Grandma’s names are Eunice and Teresa and my Great Auntie is Delvine, but those don’t seem to be catching on 🙂

freemebean Says:

December 8th, 2013 at 9:07 am

Although I wouldn’t use it, I’ve had the oddest crush on Coriander for a year or two. I suppose that fits into two of the trends.

Netta5187 Says:

December 8th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I already know someone who gave their newborn a “joke” name. Unique Serene Kidd. Couldn’t believe it myself!

tfzolghadr Says:

December 9th, 2013 at 11:14 am

Love the spice trend, but absolutely hate the trend of masculine middles for little girls. James, seriously? @Netta Unique? Oh, heavens! Poor child…

ellaj18 Says:

December 10th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Definitely agree, especially with #11! My name, Ella, is a great-grandma name, or at least it was in the late 90s when I was born. I was the only Ella in my grade (still am, thank goodness), but when I was about 13, there was tons of little Ella’s and Ellie’s and Eleanor’s and Ellen’s in the pre-school & kindergarten classes. I’m kind of sad that my name is becoming the Amanda/Ashley/Jessica/Tiffany/Rachel name. I’m hoping that the names that are more grandma than great grandma in 2013 get popular fast, so I don’t have to have one of those über popular names!

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