The Most Notable Names of 2013
In the months leading up to the royal birth, British betting parlors were beehives of activity, as odds changed daily on what the baby’s name would be. Would he have two or three middle names? Could Diana be used for a girl without stepping on some other royal toes? When George (the favorite throughout) Alexander Louis was announced, it didn’t take the baby naming world by storm—but some of the other proposed possibilities—Albert, Arthur, Frederick—did attract new attention.
- Diana be used for a girl without stepping on some other royal toes? When George (the favorite throughout) Alexander Louis was announced, it didn’t take the baby naming world by storm—but some of the other proposed possibilities—Albert, Arthur, Frederick—did attract new attention." >
- Jorge Bergoglio would adapt as his papal appellation. His choice was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, and his work with the poor. As a result, all Fran-related names have been increasing in popularity—Frances, Francesca, Frank, Frankie, Francine. But Francis itself?—not so much." >
- Kim Kardashian-Kanye West combo. As for daughter North West’s name, it was pretty quickly suppressed in favor of nickname Nori. No danger of North taking off for other babies as dramatically as her cousins Mason and Penelope did." >
- Nelson (the English name a teacher gave him) Mandela, the heroic anti-apartheid African leader the world is now mourning. Related names: that of one-time wife Winnie (also the name Jimmy Fallon chose for his daughter) and Idris, the Welsh name introduced to Americans by actor Idris Elba, who portrays Mandela in the current biopic." >
- Abbey’s Countess of Grantham has taken the lead over those of her daughters, though Edith, Sibyl and –surprisingly—Mary are also coming back into style. Another winner in this category is Charlotte, the shy girl most likely to succeed—a huge Nameberry fave. And let’s not forget Alice, in tribute to Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro." >
- Walter White, the complex lead character in the hit show Breaking Bad. Walter is a Comeback Kid among boys’ names; it’s now at Number 376, as it continues to shed its avuncular image. Another somewhat surprising TV character name on the radar is the biblical Ezekiel from Supernatural." >
- Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer are two women who made business news this year— Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, who started a whole movement with her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, and new mom Mayer for insisting workers lean in not from home but from the offices of Yahoo, where she's President and CEO. Sure, both women are brilliant and powerful, but could alliteration have helped to make their names more memorable and famous?" >
- Robertson men and their womenfolk is a smash hit. Family names/nickname include Jep, Korie, Jase and Si for Silas, a name which is a rising star. So is cousin Cyrus, which was chosen by Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy for their son." >
- New Zealand singer-songwriter is one of the big musical success stories of the year. Born Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, she has said she took on her stage name (pronounced ‘lord’) due to her fascination with "royals and aristocracy," but felt the name Lord was too masculine and so added an 'e' to make it more feminine." >
- Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is everywhere. He’s Frankenstein! He’s Sherlock! He’s Stephen Hawking! He’s Smaug the dragon! And his Shakespearean Ben-name is sure to rise in the ranks, joining the biblical Benjamin and the also-climbing Bennett." >
- Young actress Mila, born Milena, Kunis has been a key factor in its ascent—in the past two years Mila has jumped 250 places to Number 115. President George W. Bush’s first grandchild was christened Margaret Laura after her two grandmas, but it was immediately announced that she would be called Mila." >
- Rebel Wilson is one person who lives up to her (real) name. After her breakthrough scene-stealing role in Bridesmaids, this fearless Australian actress got her own TV sitcom, proving that girls can be outrageous rebels too." >
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on December 13th, 2013 at 10:56 am
Some of these names have been around for ages so I don’t necessarily associate them with the people in the photographs (George, Benedict, Silas, Walter, Francis, Margaret, Laura).
Sadly, since we have many Messiahs already running around, it wouldn’t surprise me if we’ll be seeing Lords and Lordes too. Rebel isn’t a word I would even consider for a child. A parent is just asking for trouble with that one.
Mila was well-known in Canada long before Mila Kunis arrived on the scene. It was the name of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s wife. She was born in Sarajevo of Serbian descent and her original name was Milica.
FYI – In regard to St Francis, Assisi is spelled with two s’s and then one not Assissi as stated in the blog.
on December 13th, 2013 at 12:06 pm
I named my son Walter this year, and I have had tons of people ask me if I am a Breaking Bad fan. I have never seen it. Crazy how pop culture can bump such a classic name. I hope it doesn’t rise too much in the rankings for 2013.
on December 13th, 2013 at 12:30 pm
How is Ezekiel “surprising” for a show that’s revolved around Judeo-Christian legend for pretty much all nine seasons…?
on December 13th, 2013 at 12:35 pm
George, Silas, and Cora are three of my absolute favorites. Of course my favorites would be in line for rises in popularity before I get around to having kids. :p
on December 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm
How is Mila pronounced anyway? Is it MEE-la or MY-la?
Cora and Downton Abbey are my favorites from this list!!!
I now also like Coralie bc of my interest in Cora 🙂
on December 13th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
**yes, I said that Downton Abbey was my favorite from the list – not as a name, silly – who said favorites could only be names?? 😉
on December 13th, 2013 at 4:48 pm
on December 13th, 2013 at 4:57 pm
I love Frederick, so I’m glad William and Catherine didn’t choose it because I don’t want it to become too popular. I also really like Mila, which is pronounced mee-la.
on December 13th, 2013 at 6:50 pm
The lord on Downton Abbey is an Earl and his wife is a countess, not a Duchess.
on December 14th, 2013 at 1:01 am
My top three were George, Walter, and Mila
My three least favorites were Cora, Benedict, and Kimye
on December 15th, 2013 at 9:37 am
I actually associate Walter with Walter Bishop over Walter White, probably because they’re always calling Walter White “Walt”. And I still associate Silas more with Paul and Silas or Silas Marner over “Si”.
on December 20th, 2013 at 7:01 pm
Francis is an awesome name. Not a fan of many of the Fran- names, but I love Francis for a boy and Frances for a girl. How cool to tell your kid that they share their name with “the most Christ-like of Saints” and a really popular, revolutionary Pope!
Lots of really great names on here.
2013 will go down as the year North became an unusable name for me. It was on my top ten for one-syllable middle names, then along came North West. That ruined it. If they’d gone with Kim’s last name, I would have said, “Wow, what a nice name.”
Rebel Wilson also has siblings Annachi, Liberty, and Ryot (according to wikipedia). No comment from the peanut gallery.
on June 10th, 2015 at 11:46 am
Mila is a really pretty name! I also like Walter too.
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