Popular Baby Names: The next top names
With the new US popularity list due out in less than a month, we thought it would be fun to look at today’s most popular baby names and guess which similar choices might move in to replace them — if not at the next tally, then at some point in the future. Our picks:
Sophia – Sister names that might theoretically replace the gorgeous classic Sophia include her cuter, more irreverent French cousin Sophie, which has risen from obscurity over the past 30 years to reach Number 51, and Seraphina, which has never been in the Top 1000 but is finding favor thanks to its choice by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.
Isabella — Isabella triumphed over also-ran sisters Isabel, Isabelle, and Bella, so we think the next to rise to the top will be the similar-but-different Arabella, a Brit Lit favorite that has risen from outside the Top 1000 in 2005 to Number 335.
Olivia – The girls’ name most likely to rise on the coattails of the lovely Olivia might be the equally classic yet more plain-spoken Olive, which has been zooming straight up thanks to finding favor as a starbaby and movie character name, and the upstart Alivia, a Top 200 invention that melds Olivia‘s sound with the trendy initial A.
Aiden – There are so many soundalike names that might theoretically be the next Aiden, from Brayden to Kaiden to Zaiden. But we think parents are tired of the whole raft of them, so we’d opt instead for something similar but more traditional, such as Adrian.
What names do you think are most likely to take over for those in the current Top 10?
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on April 25th, 2013 at 12:42 am
Sophie is a lot more popular than Sophia in Australia. Names creeping ever higher: Arabella, Amelia, Harper, Mila and Zoe. Names I don’t think are quite there yet: Seraphina, Ella (been there done that), Emmeline, Adelaide. For the boys: Jack/Jackson (again, been there done that), Henry, Hayden. Not quite there: Maxon (is that even a name?), Walter, Sebastian, Adrian, Landon. A bit hit and miss, I think.
on April 25th, 2013 at 4:57 am
I predict Adele besting Abigail over Adelaide or Adeline.
on April 25th, 2013 at 5:19 am
Popularity has never bothered me, but I must admit if Zoe goes top 10 I’ll be a little sad. Don’t see it happening where I live, but still. 🙁
on April 25th, 2013 at 7:08 am
Nooooo not Walter! That has been our boy pick for so long! I hope it doesn’t become overused.
on April 25th, 2013 at 7:28 am
I feel like names are like a new car. Once you (finally) choose the name for your baby, you start seeing it everywhere. Even if its not on a popularity list. My hubby fell for Emmeline first, then after some research, I have too. Now, I’m spotting it in all the name blogs…
on April 25th, 2013 at 7:59 am
Kellbell23, I really don’t think Walter’s ascendance is imminent. As a classic, I think Henry or James is more likely to get more popular. Walter just sounds/feels a bit like William and has definitely become more stylish in the past few years….but it’s not going to be in the Top 10 anytime soon or maybe ever.
on April 25th, 2013 at 8:15 am
Another alternative to Aidan that I could see parents turning to is Abban (an Irish saint name). Though it could be the new Addison shortly after becoming the new Aidan with the shortening Abby.
on April 25th, 2013 at 8:40 am
Some of these I just don’t see becoming popular, and other currently popular names don’t see leaving any time soon.
Sophia will definitely be in the Top 10 for several years to come, but Sophie might eventually take her place. As much as I love Seraphina, if it ever comes into the Top 1000, its ascent will be slow. I seriously doubt that Aveline will make it to the Top 10. It’s not even in the Top 1000 right now. And I see Adele taking over for Abigail. I think you’re right on for Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Mia, and Madison though all three names will still be in the Top 10.
Jacob will probably go to Jackson, and Mason will become Grayson. I doubt that William and Michael will ever leave the Top 10, but Henry and Milo will definitely become popular. I can only hope the Hayden takes over for Jayden. I don’t know what will take over Noah, but I do think that Noah will follow the pattern of Ethan and Alexander, and be in the Top 10 for decades without being one of the top names. Eli and Sebastian might become popular, but I doubt that Sebastian will overtake Alexander (Ethan seems to be slowly falling, so Eli may overtake that one). I don’t know what will take over Aiden, but I doubt it will be Adrian. I’m not sure if Landon and Daniel are similar enough for Landon to overtake Daniel.
on April 25th, 2013 at 9:16 am
I think Walter might go up sooner than expected, Breaking Bad’s Walter White has brought the name the bad ass appeal it needs for some!
on April 25th, 2013 at 11:03 am
A lot of these names are already very popular in England or in the top 10. I really hope Abigail doesn’t get popular because I was hoping by the time I have children it will be old fashioned. I especially LOVE Abigail nn Iggy.
on April 25th, 2013 at 11:14 am
I notice that most of these names are just rampant in tv shows in the US. I wonder whether the names are getting more use due to their pop-culture references, or whether the shows had their ears to the ground and picked up on budding trends? My husband is so stubborn about Henry, it’s quite possibly his favorite name for a boy, and I just find it so dull these days! It’s a shame when great names become passe just because they’re overused. I am fighting the good fight, because I am determined not to have a Henry if he goes top ten, as nice a name as it is 🙁
on April 25th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
I hope you’re wrong about Adrian! It is my bf’s son’s name and she will be crushed if it goes to the top 10. I’m just so glad that I don’t see my favorite girl’s name there. 🙂 I really do see the Mila’s & Olive’s soaring. I also agree with Abigail, Abby and Adeline, Addie, Milo, Micah and Owen, Ezra and Eli. These are such sweet and lovable names!
on April 25th, 2013 at 2:23 pm
When I see names like Sophia, Olivia, and Isabella in the top five, I reminded of the huge Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Spanish-speaking heritage populations that live in the USA. A family friend whose kids are in their thirties named her daughers Olivia and Sophia, because her husband was Mexican and they wanted Spanish/English names.
Another baby Sophia was named for her Italian great-grandma. I think names that seem multicultural names as well as Mediterranean will continue to rise.
I do see Mila and Amelia rising. I also think Elena is destined eventually to be top ten. Also Lucia, Penelope, and Alice.
Also Arianna and Aria. Maybe Ivy. Maybe Gia.
Zoe I would have thought had already peaked but it’s actually rising in popularity.
Also one more thing if a name you like isn’t in the top already, it will probably take atleast five years if not ten to hit to become part of the top ten. Your favorites are safe for now.
on April 25th, 2013 at 3:38 pm
I see Vivian/Vivienne as an alternative to Olivia – Liv to Viv. Last year I knew so many Olivias and this year Vivienne seems to be the “it” name in my area.
What about Sylvia/Sylvie for Sophia/Sophie? I’ve always had a soft-spot for the name Sylvia but it is still perceived as old-lady among my friends.
on April 25th, 2013 at 3:48 pm
I agree with so many of these! Sophie in the UK is far more popular than Sophia, Sophie has been around for years. Similarly with Jack, Miles, Sebastian, Zoe, and Ella.
on April 25th, 2013 at 6:11 pm
I work with a lot of young kids and I have to say, this list of predictions seems pretty spot on with what I’m seeing….
on April 25th, 2013 at 6:29 pm
I believe that Colton will move up the list, maybe Elizabeth because the queen celebrated her diamond jubilee that year. And One direction names (Harry, Liam, Louis, but probably not Niall or zayn.)
on April 26th, 2013 at 8:06 am
Jack may not reach the top 10, but between Johns called Jack, Jacksons called Jack, and all the “just Jacks”, Jack is the most popular name by far among the under-2 boys I know. And I think that will only continue to rise.
I wonder about Walter–it sounds impossibly outdated to my ears, but Walter White from Breaking Bad is probably introducing it to people in a whole new light. I know a preschool aged Walt and it’s incredibly cute on him.
I agree about Harper being the next Madison. She’s everywhere.
on April 26th, 2013 at 7:20 pm
Having a Top 10 name doesn’t condemn a kid to anonymity as a consequence of overuse the way it used to when the Top 10 took up a significantly greater proportion of all names given. At most, they might have another kid in their class with the same name – it’s a fluke if they have more – and a person isn’t robbed of their sense of identity over something like that. I dunno, I think kids become unique due to how they’re raised instead of their monikers, so I’m always slightly bemused by this emphasis on avoiding popular names like the plague.
I’m actually really fond of all the Top 10 girl names, with the possible exception of Isabella, which is a bit frilly for me (I feel the same about Arabella). I think Emily and Elizabeth are classics for a reason (hopefully the latter ascends into the Top 10 this year), and I still haven’t ruled out Emma as a potential baby name since, as I said, popular baby names aren’t ubiquitous anymore on the level of Mary or even Jennifer.
Abigail and Madison have a nice American accent to them, which probably accounts for their particular popularity here, with Abigail Adams enriching the heritage of the former and presidential pedigree (James Madison) coupled with the contagious Southern tradition of bestowing surnames on both girls and boys bolstering the latter (despite the usage really taking off only after the “Splash” film).
I hope Ada, Eve, Amelia, Adelaide, and Harper continue to rise. I haven’t yet warmed to the trend of replacing E’s and O’s with A’s (Alivia, Alijah, etc.)…or of creative respellings in general, but at least it makes some phonetic sense.
For boys, I’d love a Walter comeback – the Walter White character has made me see it in a new light – and for Hayden to replace Jayden. Henry would suit the Top 10 as well as a classic in the style of William and Elizabeth.
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on June 27th, 2013 at 1:49 am
Wow!! My grandma’s name was Ada Emeline, her sisters were Ida Muriel, and Elodia Sybil; and my niece just named her baby Sophia Arabella, not realizing that her g-g-g-g-g- grandmother was Sophia Annabel! Its strange to see all these ‘old’ names being picked !
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