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Most Popular Baby Names—Revealed!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The Social Security Administration finally revealed the list of the most popular baby names for 2013, and it’s a new number one—at least on the boys’ side. Finally knocking Jacob out of the top spot after more than a decade is the Biblical Noah! On the girls’ side, Sophia still reigns supreme, with a little switching of spots between the next three: Emma, Olivia and Isabella. Here’s the whole top 10 for boys—and for girls!

Top 10 for Boys & Girls

1. Noah & Sophia

2. Liam & Emma

3. Jacob & Olivia

4. Mason & Isabella

5. William & Ava

6. Ethan & Mia

7. Michael & Emily

8. Alexander & Abigail

9. Jayden & Madison

10. Daniel & Elizabeth

You can see the full list on the Social Security site. Don’t see the perfect name for your baby in the top 10 (or you’re looking for something that’s not quite in the spotlight)? Use our Baby Name Finder to search out a great moniker, or send me your dilemma at to get personalized advice. And keep watching this blog as we slice and dice the numbers and analyze which baby names are trending, which ones are on the way out, and what’s most popular in your neighborhood! (You can like me on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss a post!)

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

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Celebrity Baby Names: Zac Brown’s New Son

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

It’s (finally) a boy for singer Zac Brown, who joked about continuing to try for that elusive son. Joining big sisters Joni Mason, Georgia Sloan, Lucy and Justice is little brother Alexander Frost.

Alexander is a perennially popular name (currently in the top 10 for boys) that means “defending men.” It’s an old school name, dating back to the B.C. era with the conquerer Alexander the Great and a bevy of royals and luminaries. It’s also one of my personal favorites (it was on my short list for a son)—I love that you can get a bevy of nicknames from it—Al or Alex, or the currently in vogue Xander.

Frost is a pretty cool middle name (pun unintended). It’s usually a surname (think the poet Robert Frost and that chilly denizen of winter, Jack)—but I like it in the middle spot here.

What do you think of the name? I think it’s actually a little more conservative than his girls’ choices, but it’s a lovely name nonetheless.

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Celebrity Baby Names: A Few Fab Unisex Names

Monday, April 21st, 2014

This week’s celebrity baby name roundup features some great names that I think could work for either sons or daughters. Do you agree?

Beckett Bachelor alum Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland welcomed son Beckett Thomas. Beckett is a British name that means “bee colony,” and has become red-hot for boys, currently nosing toward the top 300. But I’d say the case could be made for this to be a girl’s name, too—especially since TV cop Kate Beckett from Castle regularly goes by her surname. Becky or Kitty could be girlier nicknames. What do you think?

Asa Hangover star Justin Bartha gave his daughter the name Asa Charlotte—and while Asa is usually in the boys’ column, I think it’s definitely even more wearable for girls than Beckett. Asa means “born in the morning,” and is currently in the top 600 for boys, though hasn’t charted in the top 1000 yet for girls.

Winston Idris Elba, who recently won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, welcomed a son with the very British (and very cool) name Winston. Winston means “wine town,” and is currently in the top 700 baby names in the U.S. It has the legendary Winston Churchill as its claim to fame, and could be an offbeat way to make it to the cool girl nickname Winnie. (That shortened Winnie was picked by Jimmy Fallon for his daughter.)

What do you think about these crossover celebrity baby names? Are they ones you’d consider for your son—or for your daughter? If you’re still looking for a celebrity-worthy name, try our baby fame name generator—or hunt down a little something less offbeat in our baby name finder. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names.


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British Baby Names
British Baby Names

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Is This Game of Thrones Baby Name Really Becoming Popular?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Could Game of Thrones be inspiring a lot of baby namers? I’ve posted about a few of the more wearable names in my Cool Name of the Week series (hello, Arya, Stark and Margaery), and did a whole post about some of the other Game of Thrones names that I thought might not be too out there for standard use—I love Brienne, Sansa and Tyrion, especially.

But apparently, baby namers have their own ideas—as Khaleesi, the royal title of the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, is an up-and-coming name—in fact, 146 girls were named that last year. The royal title was even more popular than regular standard-issue names like Brandy—and even more popular than the character’s actual name. (Only 21 people decided to name their daughters Daenerys last year.)

I guess this falls in with the trend for title baby names—Major was one of the hottest names for boys last year, and names like King, Prince and even Messiah have ranked pretty highly. And I guess Khaleesi could be kind of wearable—you could shorten it to the less exotic Ally or Lee or Callie if you’re feeling like Khaleesi doesn’t make sense for your daughter’s future career as an accountant. But still—Khaleesi was the last name I’d expect to be a big breakout from the show and the book.

What do you think? Is Khaleesi too weird for a baby name? Or is it wearable for a modern baby girl? Did you or someone you know pick a Game of Thrones name for your baby?

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Image: Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen, courtesy of HBO

Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?
Baby Names: Is It Too Unusual?

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Cool Name of the Week: Rory

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

It had to be an Irish name for this week, when everyone’s just a little bit Irish. But Patrick seemed to be a little too cliche—and while it’s a timeless name, it’s not exactly red-hot these days.

But compare that with the equally Irish name Rory, and you’ll see what red hot really means. This Irish name means “red king,” and it’s on a sharp spike here in the U.S. since 2007, sitting at #481. In Scotland and Ireland, it’s a top 50 name!

You can attribute the sharpest part of the spike, from 2010-present, to the recent renaissance in popularity of Doctor Who—and two of his most beloved companions, the Ponds. That’s Amelia Pond (the girl who waited), and her future husband and true love, Rory, who died off and was resurrected a record number of times during his two years of traveling with the Doctor.

To me, Rory’s kind of a perfect name for someone looking to share their Irish heritage with their son—it’s a simple and straightforward, without the difficult spellings and pronunciations, like fellow Irish monikers Aoife and Ciaran. And if you’re daring, Rory works pretty well for a daughter, too.

I’d pair Rory with something else equally cool—Knox, Shea, True or Sage.

What do you think of the baby name Rory? Is it worthy of consideration? Check out our baby name finder to choose the perfect name for your baby, and don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the latest in baby names.


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Irish Baby Names
Irish Baby Names

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