Future Top Ten Names: Avery, Jaxon, and Hadley
We’re just days away from the new year! As 2014 draws to a close, plenty of websites and hospital systems have released their top baby names for the past twelve months.
The official 2014 US data doesn’t come out until May 2015. But this early information lets us read the tea leaves and guess – or hope! – which names might come out on top when we see the official numbers in a few months.
Of course, just because a name is huge in Cedar Rapids doesn’t mean it will be a smash hit elsewhere in the US. And international statistics are even less reliable indicators of what American parents might embrace.
But while we’re waiting for the official reports, it’s interesting to see what’s topping the lists across the country. Just like hearing which names are big in your neighborhood, it can point towards the next Top Ten sensation – or maybe just a name that’s quietly catching on.
Here are some of the names topping various Top Ten lists around the US – and a few from farther afield:
Jaxon – In Wisconsin, WEAU reports that Jaxon – this spelling – was the #1 name at Sacred Heart Hospital. Meanwhile, Jaxson is in the Top Ten elsewhere in Wisconsin. The more conventional Jackson made it into a handful of state Top Tens in 2013, and ranked #16 nationally – meaning the surname name is more popular than the classic John. Just like Kaitlyn eclipsed Caitlin and Zavier sailed past Xavier, will Jaxon replace Jackson as the preferred spelling?
Madelyn – Speaking of spellings, the Portland, Maine rankings put Madelyn in their Top Ten. Madelyn is more popular than Madeline nationally, too – yet another case of an alternate spelling proving more popular. The French Madeleine lags behind both.
Harper – In West Michigan, Harper makes the Top Ten list for one hospital system. Could this be a sign of things to come? With everyone from Shonda Rhimes to the Beckhams choosing this name, Harper has gone from literary obscurity to everyone’s favorite name in just a few years. If Taylor and Madison can make the US Top Ten, why not Harper?
Hadley – It’s a surname name with a literary tie, thanks to Ernest Hemingway’s first wife. Ever since the fictional story of the couple’s early days, The Paris Wife, hit bestseller lists in 2011, Hadley went from a fast-rising possibility to a true sensation. In Cedar Rapids, Hadley just made it onto the St. Luke’s Hospital Top Ten list. Chances are this name will see another big jump when the 2014 stats are released.
Lincoln – Back to Cedar Rapids, where Lincoln is a Top Ten choice for boys. The presidential surname continues to gain. With cool nickname Link and ties to an admirable historical figure, honest Lincoln could replace fading surname names like Cameron, Jordan, and Landon. So far, though, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s decision to give the name to a daughter remains a pretty unusual choice.
Isaiah – Some hospitals keep a running Top Ten list. Isaiah currently makes the cut at Cincinatti’s Good Samaritan TriHealth, besting other vowel-intensive choices like Elijah and Aiden. And their #1 as of this weekened? Benjamin.
Avery – At Baylor Health, Avery is in the girls’ Top Five, system-wide, following go-to popular picks Emma, Ava, Mia, and Olivia. But break it down by individual hospital and the results are different. Elsewhere in Texas, Zoey and Autumn are favorites. Harper cracks the Top Five in Dallas, while Ariana, Bella, and Cassidy are big in Fort Worth.
Liam – Let’s take a quick detour to Canada, where the #1 name in French-speaking Quebec is the Irish Liam. This is one name that seems to be popular everywhere – #2 in the US, plus #7 in Sweden, #20 in the Netherlands, and, of course, #13 in Ireland in 2013, too. Could Liam take the top spot in the US, too? It’s too soon to say, but in 2013, there were 18,090 newborn Noahs, and 18,002 baby Liams.
Isla – Now for a name that’s still obscure ‘round here, but would fit in beautifully with Isabella and Mia – #4 in Scotland, the lovely Isla. Isla was a big climber in the US in 2013, breaking into the Top 200. Will this name continue to rise, or is Isla destined to be a favorite in Europe and relatively underused in the US?
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on December 29th, 2014 at 1:01 am
Great post. The only one that came to mind that’s missing is Charlotte. I’ll be shocked if it’s not in the national top 10 when the stats come out in May.
I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Avery and Harper in there. Hadley still seems a few years away (if ever).
I think Elizabeth and Madison are the two most likely to leave the top 10. Maybe Emily too, or Abigail.
On the boy’s side… yes, I could see Jaxon catching up with Jackson but I’m not ready to predict it for the top 10. I could see Elijah making it in this year though.
on December 29th, 2014 at 1:20 am
I’d love to see Hadley get super popular! It’s a lovely aristocratic-sounding name. 🙂
If tacky Jaxon breaks the top 10 nationwide I’ll be damned.
on December 29th, 2014 at 2:06 am
I actually loved Avery when I was about thirteen. It was my favourite name. I have mixed feelings about it becoming so popular – one hand, it’s a great name and meeting a little Avery would make my day! On the other hand, I don’t want it to become so overused that it’s like Elizabeth or Emily and it just becomes boring.
on December 29th, 2014 at 6:06 am
I know a couple of older Avery’s – early 20’s and late teens. It seems very similar to several other most popular names here- with the v of Olivia and the Av of Ava. I am not surprised it is being considered as an alternative to those two.
In our local area, Madelyn/Madison are high on the popularity list. Based on local information, I think Nora is also likely to have moved up the popularity list.
Liam does seem to have hit the scene locally as well.
on December 29th, 2014 at 10:07 am
Very interesting. I do like to see local hospital lists.
I know a couple soon to have their first baby. They already announced her name as Hadley, which surprised me. I’m not familiar with any of the references surrounding the name.
I do hear Jackson a lot – usually not knowing the spelling.
on December 29th, 2014 at 10:13 am
I detest the Jaxon spelling of Jackson. I pray that it doesn’t become more popular. What the heck is wrong with “Jackson,” people?!
I know a Liam and an Avery born this year, so it makes sense that they’re both pretty high on the popularity charts.
on December 29th, 2014 at 10:40 am
I like Jaxson best, get the nn Jax.
Dont think Zavier has surpassed Xavier at all. Maybe you mean Zander?
on December 29th, 2014 at 10:42 am
As for Avery and Hadley, think they make great names on boys, but on girls not so much.
on December 29th, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Skizzo. Ernest Hemingway had a son named John Hadley! I love it for boys too.
on December 29th, 2014 at 1:53 pm
Jaxon and Madelyn are awful.
on December 29th, 2014 at 3:33 pm
I like Avery and Hadley! I do see Avery too feminine for a boy though.
on December 29th, 2014 at 6:07 pm
I really like Madelyn, but prefer spelling it Madeline, and I think Isla is cute. Cannot stand Jaxon…it makes me cringe. The others don’t bother me but are names I’d never use.
on December 29th, 2014 at 9:01 pm
I know of a Lincoln Richard who was born recently. Richard is refreshing.
I don’t like lyn endings: Katelyn, Madelyn, Addisyn, Madisyn, etc. One friend of mine who is not name-savvy said she prefers Katie Lynn to Katelyn. But it’s not Kate plus Lynn, of course. It’s Caitlin, an Irish form of Catherine, and is supposed to be pronounced something similar to Cathleen. Anyway, I prefer Madeleine as the spelling of choice.
Jaxon? I far prefer the presidential Jackson, but before that, John with the familiar Jack.
Avery sounds like an aviary to me. I think it’s a name parents will soon tire of. Sounds very trendy.
Hadley. I wasn’t aware of the literary association but that beside, there are enough Hayleys and Haydens out there, and Hadley sounds like a spinoff.
Noah. I’m already tired of it, but I’m glad it was revived along with Isaiah. I think Isaiah will catch on, as well as Micah. I’m tired of Asher, too.
Liam is great, but I like it for boys with Irish roots.
on December 29th, 2014 at 9:14 pm
I like Avery for boys, I’m kind of disappointed it’s gaining so much popularity for girls.
My newborn cousin is Benjamin, sibling to Aiden, so I wouldn’t be surprised to find this near the top of the list.
I know an elderly man named Hadley, and that’s who I’ll always think of when I hear this name.
I love Liam, but then, doesn’t everybody? 🙂
I prefer both Madeleine and Madeline to Madelyn.
Hate Jackson with any spelling. I’m not totally sure why, because generally speaking I like -son names, but I’ve always hated Jackson.
on December 29th, 2014 at 10:02 pm
I prefer Madeleine and cannot stand Jaxon. I’m seeing Lincoln a lot and don’t really like it. Tied too much to the historical figure.
on December 29th, 2014 at 10:26 pm
@skizzo – YES! Zander has surpassed Xander. Xavier is still safely more popular than Zavier. Thank you for catching that!
on December 30th, 2014 at 12:08 am
Never understood why so many people choose the Madelyn spelling, or Carolyn for that matter, it just doesn’t look great.
I’ve always loved Hadley because it was the name of a character in this movie called The Upside of Anger. One of her character’s sisters was named Lavender and nicknamed Popeye. Total name nerd heaven.
Jaxon or Jaxson pains me, I could write an essay about how much I dislike Jaxon . Jackson isn’t my favourite name to begin with, and the Jax spelling doesn’t make it any better. Jax or Jaxon on a business card wouldn’t look good. Also, Justin Bieber’s dad has two other kids named Jaxon and Jazmyn and that says it all, along with the fact that my computer has put red underline under all the jax/jaxsons. Run-on sentence alert.
By the way, I was born in 1993 and was in the same grade with a Liam and an Aidan. Those parents definitely deserve some credit for picking those names before 2005.
on December 30th, 2014 at 4:40 pm
@Binz – You had some ahead of the curve classmates! And Hadley, Popeye, and Lavender? Whoa!
on January 1st, 2015 at 7:13 am
Wow, Abby, you nailed it!
I know a Hadley, a Hadleigh and a Haydley all younger than age 1. Is it the new Haley?
I also know two couples who just named their son Jaxon!
I’m not a fan of either name, unfortunately.
I am in Iowa — I loved your Cedar Rapids reference. Ha!
Thankfully, there are also many Iowans naming their children Charlotte, Thomas, Norah, Robert, Audrey, Caleb, Eloise, Jeremiah, Cora, Samuel, etc.
on January 1st, 2015 at 10:05 am
Waving hello & happy New Year to you in Iowa!
I’m outside of Washington DC and Charlotte is HUGE. Ditto Eloise, Samuel, Audrey, Nora/h. I know one Thomas and one Robert – not sure if those names are truly big here. And I don’t know any Jeremiahs, but Elijah and Isaiah are big here.
But I do think Hadley could be the new Haley – interesting to see the spelling Haydley!
And I wouldn’t be surprised if Jaxon surpassed Jackson as the most common spelling. There was a Jackson at our son’s daycare ten years ago. It seemed like such a cool, artistic name. I’m not so keen on it now … though I can still see the appeal.
on January 1st, 2015 at 7:40 pm
Haydley might be able to stand on its own as a name — I’m not sure I have the authority to make the call on that one. Ha! It is pronounced HAY-dlee as opposed to Hahd-LEE.
I agree with you 100 percent on Jackson. It sounded fresh and artsy a decade ago. Now … not so much.
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