Friday, May 8, 2015

Noah & Emma: The Top Names of 2014

The brand new Social Security Administration list of the most popular baby names in 2014 is here! For the first time since 2008, Emma has reclaimed the throne, surpassing both Sophia and Olivia! On the boy's side, Noah has held onto his popularity another year even though many were speculating that #2 Liam would take it.

Here are the new Top 10 for each gender!


I thought Sophia would have continued her streak at #1 again this year, only possibly being unseated by Olivia. I was right about Olivia surpassing Sophia, but I didn't see Emma coming to claim the throne again after only being #1 once in 2008.  Charlotte made her way into the Top 10 by knocking Elizabeth out of the ring. With the birth of the new princess, Charlotte will probably continue to rise, potentially being #1 within the next 5 years! Any thoughts?


My guess was that Liam would take #1 but Noah holds on to the throne another year! Mason surpasses Jacob, and James takes Jayden's place! The names this year are all rather classic and traditional. These are solid names. I've seen some people complaining that they're all a bit boring. For example, Elijah was #11 again, so close to cracking the Top 10 for the first time and mixing things up. Maybe next year!

Here is the official list for the Top 100 Names in 2014 and their Number of Births:


1Noah19,144Emma20,799
2Liam18,342Olivia19,674
3Mason17,092Sophia18,490
4Jacob16,712Isabella16,950
5William16,687Ava15,586
6Ethan15,619Mia13,442
7Michael15,323Emily12,562
8Alexander15,293Abigail11,985
9James14,301Madison10,247
10Daniel13,829Charlotte10,048
11Elijah13,694Harper9,564
12Benjamin13,687Sofia9,542
13Logan13,579Avery9,517
14Aiden13,296Elizabeth9,492
15Jayden12,878Amelia8,727
16Matthew12,809Evelyn8,692
17Jackson12,121Ella8,489
18David12,078Chloe8,469
19Lucas12,078Victoria7,955
20Joseph11,995Aubrey7,589
21Anthony11,490Grace7,554
22Andrew11,069Zoey7,358
23Samuel10,859Natalie7,061
24Gabriel10,826Addison6,950
25Joshua10,764Lillian6,869
26John10,600Brooklyn6,767
27Carter10,599Lily6,727
28Luke10,431Hannah6,512
29Dylan10,350Layla6,428
30Christopher10,278Scarlett5,965
31Isaac9,868Aria5,893
32Oliver9,365Zoe5,828
33Henry9,350Samantha5,680
34Sebastian9,237Anna5,639
35Caleb9,143Leah5,563
36Owen9,100Audrey5,531
37Ryan9,026Ariana5,461
38Nathan8,902Allison5,440
39Wyatt8,812Savannah5,433
40Hunter8,759Arianna5,240
41Jack8,685Camila5,194
42Christian8,388Penelope5,062
43Landon8,180Gabriella5,051
44Jonathan8,035Claire4,991
45Levi7,958Aaliyah4,850
46Jaxon7,635Sadie4,823
47Julian7,611Riley4,761
48Isaiah7,530Skylar4,732
49Eli7,428Nora4,708
50Aaron7,334Sarah4,647
51Charles7,269Hailey4,595
52Connor7,195Kaylee4,513
53Cameron7,013Paisley4,473
54Thomas6,972Kennedy4,459
55Jordan6,810Ellie4,442
56Jeremiah6,780Peyton4,426
57Nicholas6,713Annabelle4,324
58Evan6,667Caroline4,307
59Adrian6,659Madelyn4,289
60Gavin6,582Serenity4,284
61Robert6,572Aubree4,258
62Brayden6,539Lucy4,257
63Grayson6,532Alexa4,227
64Josiah6,376Alexis4,188
65Colton6,339Nevaeh4,188
66Austin6,263Stella4,165
67Angel6,255Violet4,156
68Jace6,254Genesis4,144
69Dominic6,205Mackenzie4,122
70Kevin5,859Bella4,050
71Brandon5,804Autumn4,034
72Tyler5,785Mila4,033
73Parker5,677Kylie3,928
74Ayden5,586Maya3,904
75Jason5,510Piper3,840
76Jose5,442Alyssa3,798
77Ian5,422Taylor3,782
78Chase5,322Eleanor3,704
79Adam5,293Melanie3,681
80Hudson5,199Naomi3,677
81Nolan5,181Faith3,664
82Zachary5,137Eva3,651
83Easton4,961Katherine3,651
84Blake4,913Lydia3,609
85Jaxson4,900Brianna3,582
86Cooper4,803Julia3,578
87Lincoln4,785Ashley3,539
88Xavier4,726Khloe3,518
89Bentley4,722Madeline3,409
90Kayden4,691Ruby3,383
91Carson4,580Sophie3,364
92Brody4,297Alexandra3,288
93Asher4,279London3,264
94Nathaniel4,257Lauren3,072
95Ryder4,073Gianna3,061
96Justin3,991Isabelle3,044
97Leo3,936Alice3,042
98Juan3,887Vivian3,040
99Luis3,879Hadley2,992
100Camden3,872Jasmine2,988

What are your thoughts on this year's list?  Are you surprised by the popularity of any of these names?  Be sure to check out the Social Security Administration's full list of the Top 1000 names! 

As for the whole of the Top 1000, there's a lot of names there but here are some observations I made:

Noteworthy girl names new to the top 1000 this year: 
Emmeline (#1026 to 907)
Antonia  (#1030 to 975)
Clementine (#1100 to 943)
Magdalena  (#1138 to 976)
Maisie (#1124 to 658!!)
Cordelia (#1194 to 993)
Ariadne (#1224 to 801)

Maisie has really climbed up the charts in a big way!  Emmeline has been close to joining the Top 1000 for a while now and since Emma is #1, it makes sense.  I'm happy to see Antonia and Clementine have more usage! Magdalena, Cordelia and Ariadne are pleasant surprises!

Noteworthy boy names new to the top 1000 this year: 
Leif (#1006 to 998)
Agustin  (#1008 to 879)
Eliseo (#1013 to 952)
Anton  (#1021 to 897)
Dimitri (#1028 to 882)
Leighton (#1045 to 893)
Ford (#1050 to 883)

None of these boy names made huge strides but they did join the Top 1000 after not ranking in it for 2013.  They're all unique options that are gaining more familiarity! Would you use any of these?

Any thoughts on names in the Top 1000?
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