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.


The clan name used as a sign of respect and affection for 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.

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