sexta-feira, 9 de maio de 2014

2013 Most Popular Baby Names

So the new list is out, and Jacob is finally off the top spot after a 15 year reign. Thank god for that. However, that is pretty much the only great news I have, at least from my perspective. Most of my favorite names aren't taking off, and the "same old same old" names are still hogging pretty much most of the boys rank.

The top 10:


1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Jacob
4. Mason
5. William
6. Ethan
7. Michael
8. Alexander
9. Jayden
10. Daniel


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

So unlike what I predicted, Liam didn't take the top spot, instead Noah narrowly beat it to become the new #1. It might provide a fight for next years #1 too with the movie Noah making an impact recently.The only newcomer to the top 10 for either gender is Daniel, after a one year absence. Seriously? It needs to go.
2013 was definitely the year the -ayden trend began to decline - fast. The only ones still putting up a fight are Kayden and Zayden, which happen to be my favorites out of the lot.
Like I predicted, Jayceon made a huge debut in the top 1000, but even I am shocked to see just how well it performed. VH1 seems like a good source for trendy names.
Leaving the top 100 are Carlos, Bryson, Alex and Ryder. I'm surprised at Ryder, it only lasted for a year. Replacing them are Lincoln, a popular celeb baby name with a movie to boot, Camden, super common amongst celeb babies, Jase, which is the name of one of the dudes from Duck Dynasty, and Jaxson, a popular alternative spelling of a trendy overused name.
It's a sad day when the name King is about to eclipse Kingston. Poor Kingsley near the bottom of the top 1000 should be the one in the top 200, not that pretentious title name. I swear some parents need to be questioned on some of their choices.

For the girls, things are a lot more interesting, as usual - those are the perks of not having to name your daughter after mom. Boys named after dads is still sadly a very common practice, and pretty much the only reason names like Michael, Christopher, Robert, Charles or John are still so popular, because their shine and personality was lost a long time ago.
Sophia is still number one but her numbers are already decreasing, could Emma return to the top?
Sadie and Penelope are making big waves, probably because of Duck Dynasty and a certain Kardashian, respectively. Twin sisters Nora and Cora are also zooming up the charts, I suspect Cora will join Nora in the top 100 soon.
Charlotte is just outside the top 10, I think it will get its time to shine next year, and Amelia breaks the top 20. Both are very popular over in the UK, maybe we're following their trends this time?

A bucketload of unisex names seem to be climbing for girls and stalling or falling for boys. I'm sad because it proves once again that parents drop a boys name when it starts getting popular for girls. On the other hand, a very popular boy name can keep climbing on the girls side, take a look at Parker, Carter, Hunter, Dakota or Blake for example.

Overall, things are not going my way. I even checked my favorites outside the top 1000, and all of them are falling and getting away from the threshold to enter the ranking.

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