Most Popular Baby Names of 2014….so far

July 7, 2014 Pamela Redmond
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.

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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