The Most Notable Names of 2013

The most notable names of 2013—a few of which were awaited with great anticipation– are borne by prominent personages in the realms of religion, royalty, politics, the tech world, and of course, entertainment. Here are our picks for the twelve names most emblematic of 2013—along with a few others that slipstreamed in their wake.


This 17-year-old 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.

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