Congrats To Our Name Popularity Contest Winners!

Nobody guessed them all, but these two came close.

A couple weeks back, we asked Nameberry readers to submit their guesses for the 10 most popular baby names for boys and girls in 2017. You responded enthusiastically, with so many users posting their ideas.

When the Social Security Administration released the actual list of the year’s most popular names, it became clear that no one had gotten all 20 names right. There were too many surprises!

Many of you guessed that Olivia would become the new Number 1 girls name — but instead, Emma held onto her title. And while most people thought the boys’ winner from last year, Noah, would hold onto the top slot, it was actually claimed by Liam for the first time.

And almost no one predicted the meteoric rise of Logan — up 25 percent from the previous year — to Number 5.

So we look at all the entrants to see who guessed the most of the Top 10 for boys and girls correctly, giving extra weight to the top few slots. Two of the entrants correctly picked the Top 4 boys’ names and the Top 3 girls’ names.

Of these two, the runner up was user Sarah1800. In addition to the top few, she correctly picked that Evelyn would be the Number 9 girls’ name. She also guessed one slot high or low on Sophia, Mia and Oliver. Excellent work, Sarah1800! You were just barely beaten out by…

Our winner, Miranda T. Gamboa, username CherryBomb50, who guessed four of the girls’ top 10 and five of the boys’ top 10 correctly. Here are Miranda‘s full lists, with correct answers italicized:

Girls
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Ava
4. Amelia
5. Sophia
6. Isabella
7. Mia
8. Charlotte
9. Abigail
10. Emily

Boys
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. William
4. James
5. Jacob
6. Michael
7. Mason
8. Ethan
9. Benjamin
10. Elijah

In addition, Miranda was one away on Mia, Charlotte and Abigail. Overall, 17 of the names Miranda guessed made the real Top 20. Congratulations, Miranda, on your victory! Your prize, a $100 Amazon gift certificate, should be in your mailbox.

Thanks to all who entered this contest! And if you didn’t win, we hope you try again next year.

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CherryBomb50 Says:

May 21st, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Thanks so much Nameberry! Great job to you too, Sarah1800! Oh man, I almost put Olivia in front of Emma, but switched it at the last second! As for the top 10 lists, I saw a few of these coming, but there were a few pleasant surprises as well. It was also a surprise to me that I won, I didn’t expect that at all. Anyway thanks again for the gift card, that’s very generous! And good luck to anyone participating in future contests!

beynotce Says:

May 22nd, 2018 at 7:09 am

Great job, ladies! I appreciate that this post explains how the winner was chosen. While I would have liked to win, it was fun to pore over the data from the last few years before making my predictions. It made this year’s release even more exciting!

sarah1800 Says:

May 22nd, 2018 at 4:37 pm

So close! Nice job CherryBomb50. My baby name addiction is slightly embarrassing, I will have to figure out who I can brag about this to….

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