New Top Names List: Share Your Predictions!

It’s just a little over a week  till the new Most Popular Names list is announced, for 2009.  How do you think things are going to change?  Will Emma and/or Jacob be toppled from their top spots? What names will rise and which will fall?

Here, as refresher, is the Top Ten for 2008:

girls

1. Emma (unseating Emily for the first time)
2. Isabella
3. Emily
4. Madison
5. Ava
6. Olivia
7. Sophia
8. Abigail
9. Elizabeth
10. Chloe (first appearance in Top 10)

boys

1. Jacob
2. Michael
3. Ethan
4. Joshua
5. Daniel
6. Alexander
7. Anthony
8. William
9. Christopher
10. Matthew

So what do you think? Is it Jacob‘s turn to fall from the top? Any predictions on fastest risers inspired by celebrities or pop culture? What’s YOUR vision of the Top 10?

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MutantAnemone Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 7:35 am

I predict that Milo is in for another massive jump, since it keeps rising in these large intervals every year. I want to say Isabella will trump Emma (esp. considering Izabella, Isobella, etc.), but something tells me Ava or Olivia might just be in the lead. I don’t think that Ethan will surpass Jacob, but any number of other Biblical names or -ayden names might. Edward and Mary continue their slow decline (Ed in spite of the Twilight phenomena). Umm…names from popular TV (especially “reality”…lol) will rise, as will Henry and Oliver. Matilda will have also gone up.

Andrea Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 9:00 am

I doubt there’s going to be a major change in the top 20. There should be some rearranging and they’ll be in a different order. I am somewhat curious to see if the names that are popular in Canada and England and Australia will slide over to the U.S. list. Liam is at the top of the charts in several neighboring Canadian provinces and was only at No. 75 on the 2008 U.S. chart. Likewise Ruby, at the top of the charts in the U.K. and Australia and at 113 on the 2008 U.S. chart. I think both will move up several spots but probably not to the top 20. As for the U.S top 20, I’d predict that names like Addison and Logan will move up and names like Hannah and Alexis will continue to move down.

Bella Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 9:13 am

I wonder if Ella will make it’s entrance this time around; if not this year, soon.

It is so similar to the beloved Emma that this soft and lovely choice has the power to dethrown the victor in the coming decade!

Sellons Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 11:28 am

I think Brody has become more popular this year. It was 70, which is fairly popular. I anticipate it jumping but at least 10, maybe even 20+. It just feels like the name has garnered more attention. Isla which was in the 600’s for 2008 I believe will also be making a jump. It probably won’t jump over 200 spots but it is kinda like Brody in the sense that I think more people have heard about the name and more people have been using it.

Aidan will be in the top 100 for sure, still so many people naming their sons Aidan. Isabella, Ava, Elizabeth, Emily, Emma, Sophia, and Chloe I assume will continue to dominate the top spots for girls. Although the babynames.com list had a surprising #1 which was Amelia. A nice name that I see as a great alternative to Emma/Emily. I don’t think that name will be at #1 on the government website. But it should be interesting.

I am going to root for Jacob being dethroned as #1, if they were to put the Spellings of Aidan together it would be #1 for sure.

danielle8933 Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I think Snooki will enter the top twenty – just kidding!

-sarah- Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Here are some names that will experience the biggest jumps:

Lila
Lily
Lucy
Stella
Seraphina

Bella Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I was thinking some more-

Levi
Aiden/Aidan
all things Lily
Seraphina, due to Miss Affleck (I loved it first Jen!)
Maybe Carter/Carson?
Bella/Edward/Esmee/Esme
All things Rose
Phoebe
Laura/Lauren
Maybe a month name or two-August/January/May/June ect
Ava, Eloise, Elsie, Eve, Eden, Eva
Violet/Viola/Violetta
more french baby names for girls
Liam
Noah
irish baby boys
less occupation names- Tyler, Tanner, Bricker ect.
I’m sure Barack has gone up
Place names making there enterance.

We’ll have to see!

lyndsayjenness Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Levi
Milo
Ezra
Lincoln
Maddox
Rowan
Wyatt
Kai could go up a little
I think Nathan might make the top 20

I see the Aiden meganame group going up this year, but maybe for the last time. I think for 2010 we’ll see it start to lose some numbers.

I think that possible Lux, Beatrix, Clementine, Harlow, Marlo, Adaline and Vivienne could enter the top 1000.

Lucy should make the top 100 and Lucille will make a jump… any Lucy name will rise, I think.
Lily could make the top 20, and Lillian and Liliana will both rise.
Lola will get closer to 200, but not break it
Lourdes might reenter the top 1000
ALL L names will rise! Haha.

Alice
Amelia
Violet
Adelaide will rise at least 100 points.
Eve and Eva should rise

Ok, that’s all for now! Can’t WAIT to see!

olivegreen Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 5:22 pm

For the boys, I think William, Daniel, Alexander and Ethan have the potential to move up a notch. I think either Jacob or Michael (or both?) could move down. I’m also wondering if Jayden could make it into the top ten this year. Beyond the top ten, I think Henry, Liam, Oliver, Milo and Elliot could make sizable jumps.

For the ladies, I think Emily and Madison could keep falling. I think Sophia, Ava, and Elizabeth might continue to rise. Beyond the top ten, I think Amelia, Ruby, Annabelle, Stella, Violet, Lila, Paloma, and Isla will move up quite a bit. My wild card prediction is that Amelia will make it into the top 20 this year. I know sooo many! There’s probably a good chance that Sasha, Malia, Piper and Willow will move up too.

Oh! And Harper! I think Harper could move up for both boys and girls.

lyndsayjenness Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Ooh Olive, I agree with everything you said.

Dearest Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 6:17 pm

I’m personally keeping an eye on these:
Esme
Harper/Piper
Isla
Violet
Charlotte
Vivienne (or all Viv-names)
Lucia
Harlow, Seraphina and Clementine are also there, but I think they will grow more long term rather than all of a sudden…
I think girls names are more influenced by starbabies than boys for some reason. I think more international choices will rise here, Lucia being fair warning, frills will continue to dominate along with the tomboyish surnames. I also think the ‘new routes to old nicknames’ will catch on, again with Lucia as an example.

I have no clue with boys but I’m hoping for Silas to be less used this time around…
I’m also interested in Louis/Lewis considering the Brits love it so, but I suspect we will see more of that in 2010 in light of Louis Bardo.
Also, I might predict a rise in -s ending names for boys? That would not surprise me. Lucas takes the lead already, and with Jonas in the wind we’ll soon see Magnus, Andreas, Tobias, Elias, Matthias, Marcus, Cassius, Ellis, Atticus (already rising), Augustus (Gus related names are also growing), Marius, Phineas, Linus even will make a comeback. Perhaps not very visibly this year, but I suspect they will come over the next few years!
And -son, -en/-an/-in/-on, -er and other surname endings will rise which is also no surprise…
Also more international names like Dmitri, Stellan, Frederick and Ptolemy, Scandinavian names perhaps in particular?, ‘new old’ biblical choices (Solomon, Reuben, Abraham and such) and the tryndeigh will not leave us alone I fear.
^^

Elsiek Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I think Brylee is is going to make another big leap. It’s been climbing fast and I don’t think it’s peaked yet. I doubt it’ll be top 100 yet though. I can’t wait to see the list.

Chloe Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I think that a few names will be making some major jumps such as…

Girls
Violet
Alice
Ruby
Lucy
Olivia (though it already is high)
Charlotte

I don’t know if Emma will loose it’s spot, but if it does I’d say it goes to either Isabella, Ava or Olivia. I think Emily will go down, but maybe not loose it’s spot just yet (just the number of births will go down). I think Isla will definitely move up, too. And maybe some more international names will enter the list!

Here let me just take a wild guess at what the list might look like…

Isabella
Emma
Emily
Olivia
Madison
Ava
Sophia
Chloe
Elizabeth
Abigail

But who knows?

Bounce

PS when is it released?

JNE Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I think Emma is likely to hold on to the top spot. Even though Isabella is extremely popular, the variety of spellings makes it less likely to move up… as it gets more popular, people look for ways to make it “unique” and that leads to it becoming more fractious in terms of spellings. Olivia will move up a spot or so, I think.

On the boys side, I think Luke, Lucas and Max will continue to climb… and sadly, I think Oliver is due for a fair sized bump up the charts too (although I hope I am wrong about that!). Near the top shifts will be minimal, but the softer names might move up in favor of others, for example, Alexander might overtake Daniel. Christopher and Matthew might fall off the top 10 for names like Noah or Logan.

British American Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 10:00 pm

JNE – I think you are right about Oliver climbing. 🙁 I keep seeing it mentioned a lot and I think people who are interested in names do check international top 100 lists (for example the UK) to see what names are popular there but sound fresher in the US, because they’re not as popular. Ruby and Lucy fall into that category too.

I’m thinking Madison should fall a place or two.

stacy Says:

May 3rd, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I definitely think Stella is in for another jump. I hear people talk about it so much. Also Harper, Violet, Ruby, and Lila (although the variations may make it a little harder.) For boys, it’s a bit harder, but I know two little boys a month apart named Cooper, AND it was almost my nephew’s name 5 years ago.

My rough guess:

For girls:
Emma
Isabella
Emily
Ava
Olivia
Madison
Sophia
Chloe
Abigail
Addison

And for boys:
Jacob
Ethan
Michael
Daniel
Alexander
Joshua
William
Christopher
Anthony
Jayden

I’m anxiously stalking the list since we are so seriously considering Vivian for our little girl, and it’s been our #1 name for over three years… but we want to see how much of a jump it makes before we commit.

anonymous Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 4:50 am

Just a prediction for fun – let’s see how close I get:

1. Emma
2. Isabella
3. Olivia
4. Madison
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Chloe
8. Sophia
9. Abigail
10. Elizabeth
11. Samantha
12. Natalie
13. Addison
14. Alexis
15. Mia
16. Ella
17. Lily
18. Taylor
19. Grace
20. Sarah
21. Alyssa
22. Brianna
23. Ashley
24. Hailey
25. Lillian
26. Allison
27. Victoria
28. Leah
29. Aubrey
30. Kaylee
31. Anna
32. Makayla
33. Riley
34. Avery
35. Gabriella

1. Jacob
2. Ethan
3. Alexander
4. Michael
5. Jayden
6. Aiden
7. William
8. Joshua
9. Daniel
10. Anthony
11. Matthew
12. Christopher
13. Joseph
14. Andrew
15. Noah
16. David
17. James
18. Elijah
19. Ryan
20. Gabriel
21. Nathan
22. Benjamin
23. Jonathan
24. Logan
25. John
26. Samuel
27. Christian
28. Gavin
29. Jackson
30. Tyler
31. Brandon
32. Nicholas
33. Dylan
34. Mason
35. Caleb

jessesgirl Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 8:48 am

I’m anxious to see if Esme makes it into the top 1000! I think it will but I’m kind of hoping it won’t because I love that name and hope to use it someday!

I think Isabella will make #1 this year or at least hold it’s spot.

I’m hoping the boys list will have some fresh new names to the list.

www.legitbabenames.wordpress.com Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 8:49 am

Seraphina
Lily (I think Lily will hit the top 10)
Lilah
Miley

Andrea Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 8:55 am

Miley actually fell a few places last year. I think it will probably never make the top 20. It’s a fad name of the moment. Lily was in the top 10 in a couple of states, so it quite likely will move up a few places.

Stephanie Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 8:58 am

Isla, Lucy, Violet, Ruby, Stella, and Mia will all rise.
I think Poppy, Mae, Clementine, and Thea will make the list.
For boys I think Beckett will continue to be a quick climber.

Sassafrass Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 10:40 am

I know at least 5 Hudson’s born in the past year so I will be interested to see if that name jumps overall, or if that is just a localized trend.

I also know a lot of Henry’s, Amelia’s and Alex/Lex/Alexander and Evans.

I don’t think a lot of the names mentioned above will be that high on the list, because I think they are only prevalent among a certain group. I do agree on Stella, Harper, Lila, Violet, Henry, Oliver and Beckett.

I have an Oliver and even though I “know” it had potential to be more popular, I secretly hope it doesn’t jump that high.

linzybindi Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 10:42 am

Oh man I am so excited about this list! I am in name rooms on cafemom so here are some names I think will move up based on the names moms were talking about…

Wyatt
Liam
Evan
Jacoby
Kane
Beckett
Zayden

Keira
Kaylee
Kinley
Kinsley
Kenley
Adelyn
Evelyn

Bekluv Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 11:23 am

I don’t know if anyone has already said this but I think that Owen is also in for a leap.

olivegreen Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I thought the same about your predictions Lyndsay 😉

LyndsayJenness Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I predict Asher, Aston, Cassius, Cash and Nash will all go up. I think it’s possible Dashiell or Dash could make it to the top 1000 but I hope not. Oh and Lincoln will also go up.

JNE Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

@Sassafrass – I have an Oliver too and named him with the knowledge that the name was likely to climb, but I’m with you, I hope it stalls out (however unlikely)… I signed my daughter in at playschool today… the child signed in just before her? Oliver. Sigh. Let’s hope it stops well short of where it’s at in the UK (#3)!

http://namesofwhimsy.blogspot.com/ Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I think Isabella will take number one and I think more of the feminine lovelies will be higher on the list – the boys names on girls thing seems to be slowing down a tad – thankfully.

I hope Madison goes down in popularity – it’s really the only disappointing one thats in the top 10.

I don’t see Jacob taking too much of a dive. I DO see Edward getting more popular, though.

Annie Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

1. Isabella
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Ava
5. Madison
6. Emily
7. Sophia
8. Elizabeth
9. Abigail
10. Natalie

boys

1. Jacob
2. Ethan
3. Michael
4. Alexander
5. Joshua
6. William
7. Daniel
8. Matthew
9. Christopher
10. Anthony

Just for fun

Tara Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I’m expecting Amelia and Charlotte to take huge leaps, though perhaps not yet in the top ten.

LyndsayJenness Says:

May 4th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I didn’t see the bit about the gold star, here’s my shot:

Girls
1. Emma
2. Isabella
3. Emily
4. Ava
5. Olivia
6. Sophia
7. Abigail
8. Elizabeth
9. Chloe
10. Madison

Boys
1. Jacob
2. Michael
3. Ethan
4. William
5. Alexander
6. Daniel
7. Joshua
8. Matthew
9. Christopher
10. Jayden

Plato Says:

May 5th, 2010 at 1:36 am

Girls
1. Isabella
2. Olivia
3. Emma
4. Ava
5. Madison
6. Emily
7. Sophia
8. Chloe
9. Addison
10. Lily

1. Aiden
2. Jacob
3. Ethan
4. Joshua
5. Micheal
6. Alexander
7. Anthony
8. Jayden
9. Kayden
10. Caleb

olivegreen Says:

May 5th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

1. Emma
2. Isabella
3. Ava
4. Emily
5. Olivia
6. Sophia
7. Abigail
8. Elizabeth
9. Madison
10. Chloe

1. Jacob
2. Ethan
3. Michael
4. Daniel
5. Joshua
6. Alexander
7. William
8. Anthony
9. Christopher
10. Jayden

peach Says:

May 7th, 2010 at 3:54 am

It is fun to try and predict the trends. Here goes,
1. Isabella
2. Emma
3. Emily
4. Ava
5. Olivia
6. Madison
7. Sophia
8. Elizabeth
9. Natalie
10. Abigail

1. Jacob
2. Michael
3. Ethan
4. Alexander
5. Daniel
6. Joshua
7. William
8. Anthony
9. Aiden
10. Jayden

kate Says:

July 22nd, 2010 at 10:10 am

1.Harper
2.Ailla
3.Lilla
4.Ameilia
5.Saorla

1.Brody
2.Milo
3.Josh
4.Quin
5.Cuin

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