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Word Names in the Top 1000

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By Kelli Brady at NameFreak!

Words have always been chosen as names for children. Some are virtues, some are occupations, some are pretty flowers or colors, and some are actions or structures. And no matter what reason parents have for choosing a word name, there should be consideration for the thing the word represents before placing the label on a baby.

So, what are the most popular word names? I have gone through the Top 1000 and found 63 girl and 58 boy word names in the 2012 list, and a few of those are for both genders. Varied spellings from the actual word are not included (i.e. Scarlet is a word, not Scarlett), but I’ve included words that may be various spellings of actual names (i.e. Conner for Conor).  Here is the list with their 2012 ranks:


Amber 260
Angel 227
Autumn 68
Azalea 906
Cadence 290
Charity 934
Cherish 767
Crystal 384
Daisy 172
Destiny 113
Diamond 786
Ember 580
Eve 558
Faith 75
Felicity 653
Grace 21
Harmony 197
Harper 24
Haven 432
Hazel 175
Heather 814
Heaven 321
Holly 424
Hope 220
Iris 282
Ivy 187
Jade 112
Jasmine 85
Jewel 809
Journey 327
Joy 498
Juniper 883
Justice 518
Liberty 600
Lily 16
Lyric 295
Marina 644
Meadow 951
Melody 174
Miracle 416
Olive 368
Paisley 104
Patience 854
Pearl 756
Piper 98
Raven 543
River 686
Rose 261
Rosemary 603
Ruby 106
Sage 494
Sawyer 548
Scarlet 401
Serenity 58
Sienna 241
Sierra 278
Sky 856
Summer 176
Temperance 843
Trinity 93
Violet 89
Willow 171
Winter 772


Ace 524
Angel 57
Archer 404
Axel 160
Beau 311
Cannon 527
Case 502
Cash 270
Chance 240
Chase 77
Christian 33
Clay 723
Colby 341
Colt 328
Conner 201
Cooper 83
Crew 768
Deacon 679
Dean 260
Drew 282
Fisher 831
Gauge 741
Grant 163
Gunner 293
Harper 605
Hunter 45
Jasper 264
Junior 819
Justice 519
Kale 719
King 256
Lance 496
Lane 288
Legend 834
Lyric 830
Major 483
Mark 176
Mason 2
Messiah 387
Miles 111
Noel 418
Parker 80
Porter 430
Prince 457
Ray 722
Reed 372
River 407
Roman 159
Sage 725
Sawyer 147
Sincere 703
Sterling 684
Tanner 178
Titan 961
Tucker 185
Van 850
Wade 553
Will 674

What is your favorite word name?

Kelli Brady is a stay at home mom of two who needed an outlet for her name obsession. She found it at NameFreak!, a blog dedicated to a wide variety of name-related whims and fancies. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Kelli Brady is a stay at home mom of two who needed an outlet for her name obsession. She found it at NameFreak!, a blog dedicated to a wide variety of name-related whims and fancies. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Her eBook, Name-alytics, is a look at the history of the Top 100 names in the United States. Check it out at!
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Mclevine Says:

June 21st, 2013 at 3:41 am

I really love Winter and River.

Whirligig Says:

June 24th, 2013 at 9:53 am

I am so glad that Wren isn’t on that list.

rosierose Says:

June 24th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I am really confused/fascinated by Sincere coming in at the 700s for boys. What is the demographic of people naming their sons Sincere? Is it an African American choice? A southern choice? Maybe an immigrant group? (I know some Nigerian and Ugandan Christians are fond of almost Puritan-esque word and virtue names like Given, Blessed, etc. Sincere seems to fit here). I am puzzled and very curious to know more. Anyone have any ideas?

I am also stunned that Kale is in the 700s. Do people not think of the vegetable? Is there another reference I’m not getting?

None of the girl word names surprise me as much as Kale or Sincere. Temperance’s popularity would except I think I heard somewhere that there is a Temperance character on a popular TV show (one of the vampire ones?) so I guess that makes sense.

eriset Says:

August 20th, 2013 at 10:48 am

@RosieRose Temperance is from the show “Bones.” I can’t answer your other questions though. I do think Sincere is neat sounding, but I’d probably not use it. As for Kale, it’s probably from the “K” obsession when using unique name spellings. There is a name Cael, which I almost used for my son if it weren’t for a co-worker of my husband.

rainierloner Says:

August 28th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I LOVE Harper, Ember, Ruby, Ivy, Piper, Raven, Lily, Scarlet, Sky, and Willow.

From boys, Colby, Drew, Jasper, King, Mason, Parker, and Ray.

My absolute FAVORITES from the list that are very new to me are Marina, Trinity, River, and Winter for girls. Boys– Porter and Kale.

rainierloner Says:

November 1st, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I have an obsession with word names. I love every single one of the names on the list, but especially Story, Destiny, Winter, Trinity, Marina, Ivy, and Ember. For the boys, I loved Parker, Jasper, Colby, Lane, Mason, and King.

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