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Most Popular Baby Names of 2014….so far

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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 Archerother 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:

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girls

  1. IMOGEN
  2. CHARLOTTE
  3. ISLA
  4. CORA
  5. PENELOPE
  6. VIOLET
  7. AMELIA
  8. ELEANOR
  9. HARPER
  10. CLAIRE
  11. ALICE
  12. ADELAIDE
  13. HAZEL
  14. KATNISS
  15. OLIVIA
  16. EVANGELINE
  17. IVY
  18. KHALEESI*
  19. MAEVE
  20. EVELYN
  21. MAISIE
  22. ADELINE**
  23. GENEVIEVE
  24. SERAPHINA
  25. BEATRICE
  26. LUCY
  27. AURORA
  28. ROSE
  29. SCARLETT**
  30. ELIZABETH
  31. AVA
  32. ELODIE
  33. LILA**
  34. NORA
  35. GRACE
  36. EMMA
  37. WILLA
  38. CLEMENTINE
  39. MATILDA
  40. ELOISE
  41. CAROLINE
  42. CLARA
  43. FINN*
  44. AURELIA
  45. ARABELLA
  46. ELIZA
  47. POPPY
  48. ELLA
  49. SOPHIA
  50. IRIS
  51. RUBY**
  52. MILA
  53. JOSEPHINE
  54. HARLOW
  55. ARIA
  56. AUDREY
  57. ISABELLA
  58. WREN
  59. QUINN*
  60. CORDELIA**
  61. CHLOE
  62. MAE
  63. EMILY
  64. LUNA
  65. ROWAN*
  66. MIA
  67. STELLA
  68. EMMELINE
  69. ELLIE**
  70. JULIET
  71. MERIDA
  72. ANNA
  73. LILY
  74. OLIVE
  75. MARGARET
  76. PIPER
  77. AVERY*
  78. JANE
  79. SADIE
  80. LYDIA
  81. ESME
  82. EVERLY
  83. GEMMA
  84. WILLOW
  85. MAYA
  86. FRANCES
  87. LOUISA
  88. ELSA*
  89. ADA
  90. LOLA
  91. PHOEBE
  92. KINSLEY
  93. ZARA
  94. MADELINE
  95. HANNAH
  96. JAMES*
  97. DELILAH
  98. MABEL
  99. EMMETT*
  100. HADLEY

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boys

  1. ASHER
  2. DECLAN
  3. ATTICUS
  4. FINN
  5. OLIVER
  6. HENRY
  7. SILAS
  8. JASPER
  9. MILO
  10. JUDE
  11. EZRA
  12. EMMETT
  13. HARPER*
  14. LEO
  15. OWEN
  16. LEVI
  17. JAMES
  18. ROWAN*
  19. FELIX
  20. MILES
  21. SEBASTIAN
  22. LIAM
  23. SAWYER*
  24. JACK
  25. THEODORE
  26. BECKETT**
  27. WYATT**
  28. HUDSON
  29. EVELYN*
  30. KAI*
  31. ETHAN
  32. WILLIAM
  33. BENJAMIN
  34. SOREN**
  35. ELI
  36. CALEB
  37. FLYNN
  38. NOAH
  39. QUINN*
  40. JULIAN
  41. BODHI**
  42. ARCHER**
  43. OSCAR
  44. EVERETT
  45. ALEXANDER
  46. DJANGO
  47. AUGUST
  48. ANDREW
  49. JOSIAH
  50. DASHIELL
  51. ZACHARY
  52. CHRISTIAN
  53. KIERAN
  54. LUCA
  55. LUKE
  56. ELLIOT*
  57. CHARLIE*
  58. ELIJAH
  59. HUGO
  60. THOMAS
  61. RYDER
  62. ISAAC
  63. THEO
  64. JACOB
  65. RHYS
  66. LUCAS
  67. CALLUM
  68. ARTHUR
  69. GABRIEL
  70. SAMUEL
  71. ZANE
  72. NICO
  73. MICAH
  74. AVERY*
  75. DYLAN
  76. RYKER
  77. ROMAN
  78. NATHANIEL
  79. JACKSON
  80. GRAYSON
  81. GEORGE
  82. KNOX**
  83. RORY*
  84. RONAN*
  85. XAVIER
  86. DANIEL
  87. JOHN
  88. FINLEY*
  89. EMERSON*
  90. AIDEN
  91. HARRISON
  92. SIMON
  93. NOLAN
  94. CHARLES
  95. AXEL*
  96. TRISTAN
  97. ARLO
  98. BEAU
  99. JONAH
  100. MAX

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*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:

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About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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