While Noah and Emma bask at the top of the Social Security Administration's list of the most popular baby names of 2014, a whole slew of other names from the list are generating attention, too. Take a look at some of the buzziest baby names for boys and girls, and the meanings behind these baby-name movers and shakers.
Aranza Thanks to the Mexican singer and a popular telenovela character, Aranza is the biggest jumper of the year, moving an incredible 3625 spaces to become the 607th most popular girls' name in the U.S. Aranza is a Basque name that means "among the thorns."
Montserrat/Monserrat These two variant spellings on the same name are rising simultaneously and in a huge way -- each moved nearly 600 spots in the past year, and both are now in the top 600 names. (The proper spelling, Montserrat, is in the lead, at #571.) Montserrat is the name of a mountain in Spain and a volcanic island in the Caribbean--but its meteoric rise is actually based on its use for the romantic lead in a telenovela, Lo Que La Vida Me Robo.
Bode You can thank skier Bode Miller for bringing his name to fame -- it rose a whopping 645 places, from #1428 all the way to #783. And when you combine that with the variant spelling Bodie, which jumped into the top 1000 this year and soundalike Bodhi (up nearly 200 spots to #615), you know that there may be at least one Bode in your kiddo's class.
Axl This consonant-heavy boys' name was the stage name of Guns n' Roses frontman Axl Rose (AKA William Bailey). But it seems like Josh Duhamel and Fergie actually led to its newfound popularity after they picked it for their son. In the past year, it rose more than 600 places and entered the top 1000 for the first time. Axl is actually a variation on Axel, a name that means peaceful
Remington We're not quite sure why this name has suddenly taken off for both boys and girls -- it rose 351 spots to debut on the top 1000 list at #685 for girls, and rose 50 spots to appear at #313 for the boys. Is it the connection to gun manufacturer Remington? The cool, Pierce Brosnan 1980s character Remington Steele? Or is it just the adorable (and equally popular) unisex nickname Remy?
Everly When Channing Tatum picks it for his daughter, you know it's going to be a breakout. Everly rose more than 200 spots to end up at #178 this year. Alternate spelling Everleigh was also red hot, moving up 160 spots to #716.
Elsa You can't escape Frozen, even on the baby name list! Elsa was the breakout sister in the cinematic phenomenon of sisterhood and snowmen, and her name was the breakout as well -- it rose 242 spots, and is now in the top 300. With its similarity to so many top-of-the-charts names (like #1 Emma and #17 Ella), Elsa likely isn't going anywhere but up. (Little sis Anna still outranks Elsa popularity-wise, at #34, but is on a slower path toward the top.)
Lennon The "thinking-man's" Beatle still casts a shadow over baby naming -- thanks in part to Nashville star Lennon Stella. But while Lennon's steepest rise is on the girls' side of the aisle, where it rose 228 spots, it's just as popular for boys -- it ranks just inside the top 700 no matter which list you view.
Maisie This Margaret nickname has become a popular pick in its own right, thanks in part to Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams. It shares the same meaning as its origin, pearl, and rose nearly 462 spots to premiere in the top 1000 at spot #658.
Gannon This Irish surname has become red hot for boys, moving up 426 spots to #413. While this name is connected to a legendary Irish leader, it's lately been connected to former NFL QB and current CBS Sports commentator Rich Gannon and Teen Mom 3 offspring Gannon McKee.
Khaleesi and Anakin Yep, pop culture passions can sometimes get the best of us. And that probably explains why Khaleesi, the royal title of Game of Thrones Iron Throne aspirant Daenerys Targaryen, and Anakin, the true name of Star Wars good-guy-gone-bad Darth Vader, both made 200+ spot leaps to appear for the very first time in the top 1000 baby names.
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