Baby Names that Climbed to Popularity in 2013

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 by 1 Comment
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In our quest to give our kids unique and meaningful names, sometimes we don’t even realize that the special name we choose is being chosen by thousands of others who think they, too, are selecting a unique name. For instance, the name I chose for my daughter ended up being one of the top names that year…and yet I had never heard it before.

When looking at the 2013 list of top 100 baby names, it’s fun to see which names have shifted in popularity. For instance, the name Emily has risen to the number 9 spot for BabyCenter’s list.

Other names new to the top 50 include Aria, which rocketed to number 27 from last year’s 63. The name Lila has settled back in to number 30 while the more unique Lyla has fallen off the top 100 list. Adalyn moved to number 32, and the girl’s name Scarlett is in the number 40 spot.

Other popular names new to the top 50 include Nora, and Mila. And when looking at the top 100 I see my 95-year-old mother-in-law’s name, Adeline, is coming back into vogue.

Boy’s names climbing into the top 50 list for 2013 include Caden (number 11),  Jayce (number 27) which weren’t even in the top 100 last year, and Christian which is now number 45. Newcomers to the top 100 include Muhammad, Camden, Josiah, Mateo, and Elliot which took the 100 spot.

With the climb in popularity of these names, other names fall off the most popular list, so which names have fallen out of favor? Girl names that have dropped off the top 100 list include:

  • Alexa
  • Brianna
  • Brooke
  • Clara
  • Eleanor
  • Elise
  • Isla
  • Kate
  • Kendall
  • Lyla
  • Morgan
  • Nevaeh
  • Paige
  • Piper
  • Quinn
  • Reese
  • Sienna

Boys names that dropped from the top 50 included Joseph, Tyler, and Zachary, and those that dropped from the top 100 include:

  • Brandon
  • Easton
  • Harrison
  • Hayden
  • Jace
  • Ryder
  • Sean

Naming our kids is such a big decision. Many people are turning to their family heritage for baby names others are using last names of celebrities to come up with unique names. I perused lists of baby names for my daughter and turned to family names for my son.

How did you choose your baby’s name?

Photo credits: Looking Glass

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Donna Sundblad

Donna Sundblad resides in NW Georgia where she serves as the president of the Writer’s Alliance of Georgia. Her most recent book, The Inheritance, was nominated for the 2012 Epic eBook award.

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    Choosing names is hard… I went with my grandmother’s name for one of my daughters, even though it is a hugely popular name. I didn’t want to not use the name just because it’s so popular.

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