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Top Baby Names List: What Does It Reveal?

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

For baby name nerds, mid-May’s about more than just Mother’s Day brunch mimosas. It brings the big kahuna baby name list from the Social Security Administration, which parses out what’s hot, and what’s definitely not amongst baby names.

The big news: Sophia’s dropped down to #3, letting Emma regain the throne for the top girls’ name. And on the boys’ side, the reign of the “den” names (Braden, Caden, Jayden, etc.) may finally be over. You can get the full scoop on the top 20 baby names right here!

We’re still parsing through so much of it—especially as they list every variant spelling and baby name mistake, as long as at least five people picked it—but here’s what we’re seeing so far.

Questionable Pop Culture Names Yep, we all love Star Wars and Game of Thrones. But should two of the red-hot risers on the list really be Anakin and Khaleesi? On the plus side, it looks like people are not naming their kids after actual celebrities—the biggest droppers on the baby name list included Miley (which was this year’s biggest loser, falling more than 400 spots), Rihanna, Gwyneth, Channing, and Britney.

Names of Mythic Proportions Baby namers are turning to some old-school mythology for help with naming their kids. Some of the biggest risers include Odin and Freya from Norse mythology, Titan and Ariadne from the ancient Greco-Roman myths.

The Downfall of Creative Spellings The list of baby name losers (the names dropping the fastest) is overcrowded with creatively spelled names, like Kamryn, Kourtney, Xzavier and Addisyn. Maybe people are discovering that variant spellings only bring headaches and don’t actually make your child’s name unique?

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll Rocker names like Hendrix, Axl and Lennon were all big—and names with plenty of country flair, like Jolene and Stetson also were among the biggest risers.

Keep watching here and on our Baby Names page for more articles and analysis of the 2014 top baby names, as we mine the list for hidden gems, nearly extinct names, and other baby name inspiration. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.


Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

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2015 Baby Name Trends: What Will Be Hot?

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Happy 2015! As always, we like to ring in the New Year on In Name Only with our predictions of what’s going to be hot in baby names for the coming year. So consider these thoughts when you’re picking names for your little one.

The “-lyns” and “-lines” Move over -ellas and -bellas. The hot new ending for girls’ names is -line or -lyn. Some of the biggest movers and shakers of last year fell into this category, and I can see them rising even further in 2015. Names like Adeline, Coraline, Evelyn, and Evangeline should be on the rise as part of this trend.

The “s” ending Boys’ names like Silas, Jonas, Matthias, Magnus, Atlas, Cassius and Otis may be on your radar—the “s” ending is very hot.

Short and sweet Forget those 13+ letter names—you’ll hear a lot more babies with charming, short names. Considering following this trend? Try Gus, Ezra, Beau, or Grey for boys, or Eve, Wren, Mae, or Pearl for girls.

The new florals Top names like Lily and Violet are old hat—you’ll see more exotic blooms amongst this year’s names—Azalea, Dahlia, Magnolia, and Iris are all on our radar.

Pop culture picks Pop culture brought us red hot names like Gus and Hazel (The Fault in Our Stars), Arya (Game of Thrones), Elsa (Frozen) and Bruno (as in singer Bruno Mars). Expect Elsa to continue its meteoric rise, and expect that many parents will find new names to consider amongst the hottest shows, performers, and books. Our pop-culture picks: Cormoran (from J.K. Rowling’s detective series), Dixon (as in Daryl Dixon of the Walking Dead), Anastasia (50 Shades of Grey), Ophelia (Hamlet), and Brienne (Game of Thrones).

Wild words Word names are becoming ever more popular, and celebrities have taken the trend in an even more extreme direction, replacing stalwarts like Deacon and Faith with picks like Reign and Saint. Look for these to make a splash this year, along with Winter, Major, Serenity, Legend, Haven, and Mercy.

Tell us: What names do you think will be popular this year? Are any of these names on your short list? If you’re still looking for the perfect name, check out our Baby Name Finder or email me at And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook for the very latest in baby names!

Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name
Baby Names: How to Know You've Picked the Right Name

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What Are the Top Names Where You Live?

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Sophia and Jacob may be the most popular U.S. baby names overall, but they aren’t the top names in every state. In fact, Sophia only topped the charts in 17 states, and three names were actually tops in more states than Jacob. (Jacob ranked #1 in four states, while William, Liam and Mason all topped the charts in more states than that.)

But what’s even more interesting are some of the names that made the top 5 in some states, but aren’t even in the top 10 in the U.S. Washington DC had some unique girls’ names, Charlotte and Genesis. Harper was also #4 in Montana, Nebraska, Iowa and North Dakota, and #2 in South Dakota—I’m already predicting that it hits the top 10 next year. Some unique names in the number 5 spot include Aaliyah (New Mexico), Avery (Minnesota), Lily (Utah) and Ella (Vermont).

The boys’ names were even more varied. Henry’s making major inroads—it may be only #43 overall, but it hit the top 5 in Washington DC, Minnesota and Oregon. Logan was in the top five in Hawaii, Idaho, Vermont and Wyoming, while Wyatt continued to be red-hot in the West—it was #3 in Montana and #5 in Wyoming. Some other unique names included Gabriel (#4 in Alaska), Ryan (#3 in Massachusetts), Carter (#3 in Iowa and #5 in Michigan), and Bentley and Hunter, both in the top 5 in West Virginia.

Of course, if you take into account the variety of ways baby names can be spelled—like Sophia/Sofia, Aiden/Aidan/Ayden and other creative spellings, the top names may look pretty different across the board. (Take a look at this top baby girls’ names, compiled by listing all the variant spellings—and you’ll see a different picture of the top baby names.)

What baby names are you hearing a lot where you live? (Check out our Name Game to tell us what other names you love—or love to hate!)

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Will Nelly Be the Most Popular Baby Name for 2013?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

We still haven’t even gotten the official numbers on what names were popular here in the U.S. for 2012, but thanks to the power of the internet, we’re getting a sense of what might be hot for 2013. Our buddies over at Nameberry parsed their baby-name numbers, and came up with some surprising picks for 2013′s hot names—including old-school monikers like Mavis and Bruce, Nordic names like Thor and Linnea, and pop-culture picks like Christian (as in 50 Shades of Grey Christian) and Marnie (from the show Girls).

I’m intrigued that Nelly made their hot name list. I picked Penelope as a hot up-and-comer for this year, but it appears that a few people are skipping right to the nickname on this one (Nelly is also considered a nickname for Helen or Eleanor, along with Penelope). Maybe we’re finally ready to skip the formal name and go right for the nickname?

The other surprise from their list? The dramatic rise in interest in the name Wilder. According to the Nameberry folks, views of Wilder have leaped 200 percent in the first part of this year. It’s a surname name, associated with both Our Town playwright Thornton Wilder and beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Its associations give the name an all-American, wild-hearted vibe.

Of course, looking isn’t the same as choosing—and those parents looking at Linnea and Mavis may end up following the status quo and picking Olivia or Jacob. And there’s more than one baby-naming site out there—our numbers at show different hot names—Irish names like Connor and Liam for boys, and sweet Lucia and Mia for girls.

What do you think of Nameberry’s top 13? Have you heard of anyone giving their kids one of their picks? Or do you have your very own little Marnie or Bruce?

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New Year, New Hot Names?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Happy New Year! We may already be a few days into 2013, but we’ll still have to wait until spring to get the official word on what baby names are up and coming—and which ones are on the decline. But I made a few predictions as to what’s going to be the cool new set of names for 2013.

For boys, I’m seeing Camden, Magnus and Atticus as the new up-and-comer names, thanks to some well-selected celebrity baby names—and people looking for a fresh alternative to the Braden, Caden, Jaden, Aiden crew that’s been dominating the top boys’ names for nearly a decade now.

For girls, names with unique endings sound fresh for this year. While The Em- and El- names may still dominate the top 20 (we’re talking Emma, Emily, Ella,and Elena), people are looking for fresher sounding names. I’d look at names like Angelique, which moved up 250 spots on the list in the last year alone, and Penelope, picked by Tina Fey and Kourtney Kardashian, which seems likely to move up in popularity in 2013.

For middle names, I think offbeat choices are going to become even more popular. We’re talking nature/outdoorsy names like Rue, Snow, Lark and West. The middle name is one place where people feel comfortable letting their creativity go wild.

What names do you think are on the upswing? I’d love to hear your predictions for what’s going to be hot in 2013! And don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook, so you can keep up on the latest in baby names.

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