BabyCenter.com released the results of its annual Baby Names Survey and the Top 100 Baby Names of 2013, based on the names of 555,000 babies born in 2013 to moms registered on the BabyCenter website.
Since my brother is expecting a baby TOMORROW (induction scheduled for tonight) and the baby’s planned name is Jaxon, I was pretty intrigued that “Jackson” claimed the top boy’s name, ending Aiden’s eight-year reign. Sophia held tight as leader of the girls for the fourth year in a row. There was some movement in the girls’ top 10 list, however, as Emily made a comeback to knock out Madison.
“One of the biggest trends we see this year is a growing desire among new parents to choose a baby name with personal meaning. Family names are all the rage, and grandparents are the number one source of inspiration for new parents,” says Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief. “This year, more than half of moms say they found name inspiration in people they know. Celebrity influence is on the decline.”
BabyCenter’s Top 100 Baby Names list combines names that sound the same but have different spellings. The website also conducts a Baby Names Survey each year, talking directly to new and expecting parents about their baby name decisions and “diving deep into the psychology and trends surrounding baby naming.”
Top 10 Baby Names of 2013
Here are a few trends that BabyCenter claims are influencing name choice:
Duck Dynasty (Korie, Mia, Phil, Sadie, and Silas all rose in popularity)
Prince George (including Georgia, Georgina, and Giorgio, also rose on our baby names lists) Interestingly, George fell out of the top 10 this year on the BabyCentre United Kingdom Baby Names list.
Kanye West-related names: The name Kanye grew nearly 40 percent in popularity this year, vaulting a whopping 2,228 spots, and West is up 22 percent. Babycenter reports they couldn’t find a single “North” in their database, however.
HBO’s “Girls”: Shoshana, Marnie, Zosia, and Lena rose. (But Hannah’s name has fallen 10 percent.)
My brother, the expectant father, is named Jacob, still in the top 10 after all these years, and funny, he is named for our grandfather Jack, also in the top 10.
For more on trends and online tools for finding an ideal baby name, visit BabyCenter’s Top 100 Baby Names of 2013.
What trends influenced your baby naming this year? Be honest.