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.


Actor 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.

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