The Top Baby Names of 2014!

Noah and Emma the new most popular baby names!

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The new Social Security list of Most Popular Baby Names in the US is out and the top boy and girl names of 2014 were Noah and Emma. And new Princess name Charlotte cracked the Top 10!

The biblical Noah retains the title for the second year in a row, but it’s Emma that’s the big surprise. Taking first place for the second time in seven years, this simple classic beat out all her frillier competitors—the romantic Olivia, Sophia and Isabella, who followed her at Numbers 2, 3 and 4.

Emma is a very old yet modern-feeling name with German roots and a rich royal and literary history—as in Emma Bovary and Jane Austen’s protagonist. Its current popularity has been boosted by three of today’s hottest young stars—Emmas Watson, Roberts and Stone (who was born Emily.)

Noah is the righteous Old Testament arc-building patriarch and his name is representative of other trending biblical boys highly ranked on the charts, such as Elijah, Isaac, Levi, Isaiah and Josiah.

In the Top 10–can it be a coincidence? –Charlotte was the one new female entrant, making it the second time that name made news this week. Among the boys, the traditional James displaced the nouveau Jayden, another indication of the increasing popularity of solid classics with deep roots and history

The new Top 10 are:

1. Emma        Noah

2. Olivia         Liam

3. Sophia       Mason

4. Isabella      Jacob

5. Ava             William

6. Mia             Ethan

7. Emily          Michael

8. Abigail        Alexander

9. Madison     James

10.Charlotte   Daniel

Just outside that golden circle is the girl name Harper, rising from Number 16 last year to Number 11 in 2014—a major success story. Entering the girls’ list for the first time in 2004, the name of the author of To Kill a Mockingbird has been propelled by its widespread use by a long list of celebrities and screenwriters.

Again pop culture was a prime influence, with names drawn from such sources as Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey and Frozen, as well as the names celebs gave their kids.

A major trend this year saw parents rummaging through Grandma’s attic once again to choose vintage names from the Downton Abbey and Mad Men eras. This year saw rising numbers of baby girls called Alice, Cora, Hazel, Clara, Josephine, Arabella, Adeline, Elsie, Beatrice, Frances, Ada, Gwendolyn, and Mabel, and little boys newly named Arthur, Warren, Harvey, Winston, Otto, Ezra, and Theodore.

In a year marked by an increase of previously male names used for girls, the Top 1000 saw examples such as Avery, Aubrey, Riley, Emery, Emerson, Hayden, Finley, Sawyer, Logan, Rowan, River, Remington, Monroe, and Elliott all firmly ensconced in the pink column.

The list of names that increased most in popularity from 2013 to 2014 is headed by the fairly obscure Bode—probably related to Olympic skier Bode Miller— and Aranza (featured on a Latin soap opera)–which made an amazing 3,625-spot leap.

Second fastest rising boy was Axl, as in Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses and the baby son of Fergie and Josh Duhamel. For girls, it was another Latin soap name, Montserrat.

Other of the steepest climbing girls’ names include Maisie (up 462 places), Thea (358), Freya (322), Game of Throne’s Khaleesi (265), Frozen’s Elsa (242), Lennon (228), Cordelia (205) and Everly (202 places)—a large proportion of which reflect the huge influence of celebrity culture.

The highest climbing boys included Axl (624 spots!), Royal (327), Killian (250), Langston (216), Hendrix (199), Clyde (192), Bodhi (185), the Gwen Stefani choice Apollo (169), and Kingsley (167 places).

Other girls’ names that made significant strides: Scarlett, Aria and Arya, Luna, Penelope, Piper, Paisley, Annabelle and Nora. For boys it was Atticus, Oliver, Sebastian, Grayson, Luke, Beckett, Bennett, Everett, Finn, Lucas, and Carter.

And those trending down? Gabriella, Aaliyah, Alexis, Neveah and Genesis; Ryan, Nathan, Gavin and Brayden, to name just a few.

You can see the full list at the Social Security website.




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skizzo Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 9:05 am

James? Ew. Was hoping Elijah would crack the top10.

Some of those names you mentioned were climbing for girls, are also climbing for boys: Avery, River, Remington, Sawyer, Elliott, Finley, Emery, etc.

indiefendi2 Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 9:28 am

I’m glad Sophia isn’t the number one name anymore but I’m bored by Emma. I wanted something new to be number 1 for once.

JH Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 9:37 am

One of my son’s name is getting more popular -boo- and my other son’s name is staying higher on the list- yay! I do like some of the top 10 names (James, Michael, William, Abigail, Emily) but I definitely wouldn’t use them as first names because they’re so popular. I cannot stand unisex names & the boys names on girls trend. I definitely prefer classic names or classic with a twist.

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Addie88 Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 10:07 am

I am loving James on the top 15 and Jayden plummeted to 15! Haha. I’m also surprised Charlotte shot up so soon, but I know it is popular. My favorites are falling, so I guess that’s a good thing.

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mermuse Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 10:23 am

How can you say “ew” to James?


Ugh, Cordelia broke into the Top 1000! I just knew it was going to! 🙁 🙁 🙁

lerenard Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 10:28 am

I am surprised to see that Daniel and Michael are still so popular, though I like them more than some of the others. Also, I keep seeing Beatrice on popular lists. I have a Beatrix and pray it doesn’t start trending.

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Waverly123 Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 11:12 am

I looked up the popularity of Charlie. For males it’s 225 and females it’s 229! So close together! Charles is #51, but with Charlotte in the top 10, we’re definitely going to be hearing a lot of the Char- sound around the playground! I bet Charlotte will be a top 3 name within the next few years!

sara92282 Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 11:36 am

I was surprised at how little changed on the boys side. On the girls side, definitely surprised to see Emma at #1, but if you look at the number of births, Emma actually dropped a little, but Sophia dropped more, so Emma became #1 by default. I actually thought Charlotte would have jumped up several spots, not just one. It seems like I was already hearing it everywhere last year, but now with the birth of Princess Charlotte, 2015 could be the year it makes a big jump.

opants Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Oh my goodness, some of the names in this top 1000….Kennedi, Jayceon, Brynlee, Emersyn, Bryleigh…yeesh!!

MissyTee29 Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 1:53 pm

I substitute at a Jewish preschool and 4 years ago, one class had 6 Noahs and 1 girl Noa (there were about 16 kids total in the class!) I feel like biblical names like that are often used by Jewish parents but I’m curious to see if the school will see a resurgence-it’s a real possibility! Right now, we’re drowning in Ezras, Elis, Emmas, and Ellas- they got rid of the alphabet rug because all the children were fighting to sit on the “E”. I would die if a little Khalessi enrolled- that would shake things up.

So happy to see Jayden out of the top 10 (sorry) and while I would probably never use any of them, I do like seeing classic names at the top.

maggiemary Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Oh Asher, there you are, sitting pretty in the Top 100 now. *sobs*

augusta_lee Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Of *course* nearly all my favorite names are rising…sigh. Oh Alice, how I wish you weren’t so popular! Longtime favorite Thea leaping up the charts is a huge, and unwelcome, surprise. I had also hoped that Cordelia would remain a name nerd secret. Bright side: Marigold still hasn’t charted! Dark side: Juniper is all the way up to 490 (right across the row from Uriel — who’d have guessed?) from 643 in 2013. Wren is now at 704, after charting for the first time last year. Marjorie, another newcomer, has also climbed to the high 700s. Eloise jumped from 336 to 300 — fingers crossed that her ascent is slowing. Matilda took a bigger jump: from 647 in 2013 (right across from Bruno, another fave) to 583 in 2014. Willa also made a major leap, from 692 to 549! So did Esme (926 to 816) and Atlas (778 to 646). Potential sleeper hit Lucian went from 624 to 608. Jane is having a resurgence, going from 354 to 322. Vintage charmer Felix went from 296 to 267. Though not a big leap, seeing Lydia move from 96 to 84 made my heart drop — I don’t want her to climb any higher into the Top 100! Ditto Naomi: 87 to 80. Climbs (and drops) within the Top 100 always feel the most precipitous…

Favorites that stayed relatively stable: Iris (253 to 245), Ruby (93 to 90), Julian (stayed at 47), Adrian (60 to 59), and Charles (57 to 51). Simon actually dropped from 229 to 231, which makes me happy. Jack also dropped, quite unexpectedly: he’s now at 41, down from 40 last year. Okay, not a big drop, but remember what I said about the Top 100? Seraphina, Dov, Roscoe, Faye, Dashiell, Mavis, Phaedra, and Marlowe have yet to chart.

Fortunately River remains vastly more popular for boys than girls, despite the bizarrely misleading reportage in this post. But seeing Elliot go girl is killing me.

indiefendi2 Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Breaks my heart to see my gem Cordelia SO high on the list. I’m in panicky mode.

kelchristmas Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Why is everyone so disappointed to see names like Cordelia on the top 1,000? Isn’t that a good thing? I would much rather hear “Cordelia” called out on the playground than about 50-75% of the names currently on the top 1,000! I also love seeing Clementine and Louisa being used. 🙂

southern.maple Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 4:28 pm

I don’t understand the disappointment with good names rising up the charts. I can’t believe Madison is still hanging onto the top 10. And no Aidan names in the official top 10 anymore! Hurray!

SimoneKadele Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Ugh. I love Emma. Oh, well. There’s always Emmeline or Edda. Though I do admit that both Noah and Emma are great names.

domestikated Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

There were 264 Cordelia’s born last year. 5 per US state. Hardly reason to panic!

shellezbellez Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 7:53 pm

I was really surprised to see that Cassia wasn’t on the list at all; I thought it was more popular than that.

babylove14 Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 8:11 pm

I can’t find the top 1000 on the website? Does someone have a link? I can only find the top 10.

HarderToBreathe Says:

May 8th, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Super surprised to see Ariadne leap from under the top 1000 to rank 801! Thought she would remain a Greek secret forever. I’m not surprised by most of the rising stars though. I’m happy to see Cordelia used, since I can’t use it myself. Same with Coraline, which jumped from 712 to 630 (after just entering the top 1000 in 2012 at rank 824). She’s rising fast. I’m a little sad to see Eleanor and Alice enter the top 100, even though I knew it was coming. Hoping Jane won’t follow! Also super happy to see Dimitri enter the top 1000 again at rank 882. Not many of my names fell in popularity, but that’s okay I suppose. Only the expected ones did (like Gregory, Paul, Mary, etc.). Happy to see Jonas falling though! Sad to see Jasper rising. Ah, so many mixed feelings about the list. Super exciting either way!

peacebird10 Says:

May 9th, 2015 at 3:57 am

I was kind of surprised Olivia or Ava weren’t number 1. I feel like they’re the only two girl names I’m hearing! Looking at the atrocity that usually makes up the 900s (sorry) I don’t mind seeing names like Cordelia get some use. Of course, it makes me nervous to see my own favorites inch up the list, but at the same time, I’m happy when I see beautiful names get some wear, too. There’s a huge difference between getting a little attention and making the top 10.

But, hooray no more -aidens in the top 10!!

I’m more looking forward to the “playground” list. If you combined Sophia and Sofia, there’s no way it wouldn’t be number 1, for example.

ElsaAnne Says:

May 9th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Is there a way of looking at all the new entries to the Top 1000, and all the names that have fallen from the Top 1000?

CaitlinBrittin Says:

May 11th, 2015 at 8:34 am

The triumph of James over Jayden plus the fact that most of the top ten is what I would call ‘classic’ names gives me great hope!

As far as my list of favorites goes…

Daphne has gone up- 41 spots!
Rosamund still hasn’t crack the top 1000
Diana’s popularity has gone down
Margaret stayed fairly steady going from 180 to 169
Adelaide also steady, 321 last year and only at 316 this year
My guilty please name of Sunday is still not in the top 1000
Jane , which is my #1 middle name, has gone from 354 to 322
Mary, my other go to middle name stayed exactly the same as last year – 120

Orson and Bram are still not in the top 1000
Malcolm is only up 2 spots
Graham only up 4
Heath went down in popularity from 864 to 930

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frustratedauthor Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 11:32 am

Some of this is a tad misleading. Elliot might have climbed a bit in popularity for girls, but it also rose in popularity for boys. Several places, as a matter of fact. I don’t care if girls use boys’ names (though I dislike the trend). But let’s not fan the “gone to the girls” flame. We’re still talking about a boy’s name that, in all major spellings, is still more popular for boys.

NameNerdia Says:

May 12th, 2015 at 6:19 pm

I’m fascinated that Juliette has now overtaken Juliet in popularity – by a hair. Juliette jumped up 40 spots – from 295 to 255 – while Juliet slid down 20 spots, from 238 to 258. Juliette for the win!

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