Category: girl names 2013
by Denise K. Potter/Nameberry
See all the girl names on Nameberry here.
Imogen unseated longtime favorite Charlotte as our most-viewed girl name so far this year. In third place we have another new entrant to the girl names list, Harper, which we’ve moved over from unisex given that over 90 percent of the babies named Harper are now female.
This list of Nameberry’s Top 100 girl names is based on over 8 million views of our name pages for the first half of 2013.
This list shows the influence of popular culture, news events, and celebrity on interest in names. Merida was an animated film heroine, while Clementine and Everly were girl names chosen by celebrities and Francine and Frances may be inspired by the new Pope.
And we see names in the lower half of the list moving up on the coattails of their more popular sisters: Elodie and Eloise are rising behind Eleanor, for instance, while Mae and Maisie follow Maeve. Ada is a new entrant at Number 92, and we predict will move up on the strength of the popular Ava, still strong at Number 12.
While many of the girl names popular with Nameberry visitors also rank high on the U.S. baby names popularity list, others are outliers. Our top girl name Imogen, for instance, has never been on the U.S. Top 1000.
Here, Nameberry’s top girl names 2013….so far:
One of the search terms that sends a lot of people to Nameberry every day is “pretty girl names.”
Are they searching for names that are pretty, we wonder, or names that sound as if they belong to pretty girls? Or maybe what people are after is names that mean pretty or beautiful?
Or probably, all of the above.
We do have a list called Pretty Girl Names, which is admittedly subjective, a compendium of names that carry the literal meaning as well as those that convey prettiness in our minds.
A selection of possibilities:
Naming all-girl quintuplets was one of my formative name nerd fantasies, inspired by the Dionne quintuplets of Canada, the first set of surviving quints and the only set of identical quints ever to survive, according to this list of quint facts.
Lots of berries agree, as evidenced by the more than 500 pages of responses in our forums to the all-girl quintuplet name challenge.
Now let’s bring this name game to center stage. What would YOU name a set of girl quintuplets? (Don‘t worry, we’ll tackle boys’ names next week.)
We’re always adding new names to Nameberry, and the ten newest on the site all just happen to be for girls.
Half of these names existed on Nameberry before as variations of other names, but without commentary of their own, and the other half are new entries. All have ancient roots though are unusual — yet usable — in modern times.
Our newest girls’ names for 2013:
Adelina is back in the Top 1000 after an absence of nearly a century, thanks to the meteoric rise of her sister name Adeline — along with Adelaide, Adele, and Ada. Some parents choose Adelina because they want to get to cute vintage nickname Addie, but others favor it as a slightly more unusual form of this sweet vintage girls’ name.