Most Popular Baby Names of 2014….so far

popular baby names 2014

By Pamela Redmond Satran

The midyear tally of the most popular baby names of 2014 is in, with Imogen and Asher holding onto the Number 1 spots they claimed for 2013.

Silas, Jasper, and Milo have all risen into the Top 10 for boys, while the sedate Claire is the only new entrant into the girls’ Top 10.

The most steeply-rising names are Cordelia for girls and Archer for boys.

The 2014 popular baby names list is based on the number of views each name attracted on Nameberry for the first half of the year.  Rather than a measure of what people named their babies in the past, like the official popularity lists from the US and other countries, the Nameberry list gauges which names parents are most interested in for babies due to be born in coming months.

Top girls’ name Imogen, a Shakespearean name popular in England, has never been in the US Top 1000, with only 131 baby girls named Imogen in the US in 2013.  But there were close to 200,000 views of Imogen on Nameberry in the first half of 2014.

Number 1 boys’ name Asher, a Biblical name meaning fortunate or happy, has zoomed up the US popularity list over the past few decades and is poised to break into the official Top 100.  There were nearly 150,000 views of the name Asher on Nameberry from January through June 2014.

Along with Cordelia and Archer, other fast-rising names include Ellie, Adeline, and Ruby for girls, and for boys, Knox, Bodhi, Soren, and Wyatt.  These and other names making significant moves up the list are marked with a double asterisk.

Names that fell the furthest from their 2013 status were the pop culture-driven Hadley, Everly, and Merida for girls, along with Jayden, Gray, and Aiden for boys.

This is our first official tally since we separated unisex names into individual listings for each gender, and so we have a more accurate count of how many parents are looking at the girls’ versus boys’ entries for names such as Harper and Rowan. Several of these unisex names are marked with a single asterisk as new entries to the girls’ and boys’ popularity lists.

Other new entries to the Top 100 include Khaleesi from Game of Thrones, at Number 18, and Elsa from Frozen.   Along with the Hunger GamesKatniss and Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars, names that rank high in 2014 show the continued influence of celebrities and pop culture.

Here’s the Nameberry Top 100 for 2014… so far:

*New to Top 100         **Rising quickly on the list

Thanks to Ren Williams, our head forums moderator and new intern, for help analyzing the data.

Here, our predictions for the 12 Top Baby Name Trends of 2014:

Most Stunning Revival: Eccentric Ancestor Names

Today’s two predominant baby name trends – family names and vintage revivals – combine to bring back antique names long judged so far out they’d always be out. So welcome back, Edna and Ethel; come on down, Gertrude and Percy; walk right in, Wilhelmina and Wolfgang. And if Edna feels too clunky for nursery school, you can always call her Edie.

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SunKissedChild Says:

July 7th, 2014 at 11:32 pm

My top girl names are all in there (minus Florence): Charlotte, Matilda, Adelaide, Elizabeth and Evangeline.

But I wasn’t surprised to see that only Elliot and Theodore were there out of my top boy names.

Nover Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 2:29 am

James at 96 for the GIRLS! This crushes me! Having a unisex name myself I always wanted to shy away from that for my kids. Although my name falls more to the girls; I do know a few boys with the name and it was rough for them in school. I may have to rethink my love of James! I know this is only reflective of Berries, I have heard it elsewhere being discussed as a girl’s name.

thiswastheirworld Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 6:19 am

the boys list is almost completely my style, I love it! Rory, Hugo, Finn, Silas, Jasper, Leo, Ezra, Felix, Sebastian, Jack, Rowan, Theodore/Theo, William, Benjamin, Soren, Elijah/Eli, Noah, Oscar, Alexander, Luca/Luke/Lucas, Charlie, Thomas, Isaac, Samuel, Arthur, Nico, Avery, George, Ronan and Arlo!! Wow, I’m in love.

lerenard Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 7:42 am

James surprised me also, but I do like it on both genders.

namefan Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 7:50 am

Re: James – Maybe people are clicking on the girls’ entry just out of curiosity, and not a real interest in using the name on girls?

augusta_lee Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Yeah, I’m pretty sure that James ranks only because people are confused about why a site with otherwise excellent content would make such a bizarre and sexist entry.

JH Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I strongly dislike unisex names…sorry to anyone who has one or whose kids do. I love feminine names for girls and masculine names for boys. I’m bummed James is on the girl list, I hope it doesn’t become too popular as a girl name.

MrsM1010 Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Great lists! So different from the names that are actually on the SSA list. I guess this site is really just a guess though!

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July 8th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

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chi1127 Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Yeah, so clicked on Khaleesi to see what the heck kind of name it was. (No offense to anyone seriously considering it.). It just looked bizarre, and I didn’t know why it was trending on here.

chi1127 Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Yeah, so clicked on Khaleesi to see what the heck kind of name it was. (No offense to anyone seriously considering it.). It just looked bizarre, and I didn’t know why it was trending on here.

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Pam Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

No, @MrsM1010, we’re really not just guessing. This list is based on the names that received the most views on the site in the first half of the year.

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cdawg2001 Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

This list is helpful because to me, it shows sort of the most “interesting” names of 2014. Really what it reflects is the top 100 names that Nameberries are most curious about. But it’s not necessarily the most popular names that people are actually naming their babies! Anyway, I still think it’s cool to see what’s getting the most hits….

clairels Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

You might as well as call the Top 20 the list of Official Nameberry Names (TM). All the usual suspects are there (except maybe my name, Claire!)

namesage Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Someday I want to see what a list of Nameberry true POPULARITY looks like. I definitely always think these lists of most-searched names are great and so interesting, but I also think it would be fun to see a ranking of Berries’ favorite names. Obviously it would be hard to gather data, because who knows what percentage of users would participate, but taking the information from a blog or forum question asking for your favorite Top 20 names and seeing which names are most occurring among Berries would be so great! Because like I said these are interesting, but personally I know I click on names for all kinds of reasons.

MrsM1010 Says:

July 8th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

@Pam. You are correct… I didn’t properly express my thoughts. I meant more what @cdawg2001 was saying. My apologies.

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