John: Still the Number One Name?

John Collage

We all know that John was the #1 name for ages. A venerable classic, John’s history of use traces back to the New Testament. The name has faded over the last few generations, dropping from perpetual #1 to a still-common #26 in 2014. But if you look at the US Top 100, it could be that maybe – […]

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Look Back at 2013: New Names for Girls

New Names for Girls

In May 2015, the US Social Security Administration will release the official data on the most popular baby names given to children born in 2014. Let’s take a look back at the names that made their mark on the current list! First, the numbers: in 2013, 51 girls’ names and 45 boys’ names charted in […]

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Look Back at 2013: New Names for Boys

New Names for Boys

In May 2015, the US Social Security Administration will release the official data on the most popular baby names given to children born in 2014. Let’s take a look back at the names that made their mark on the current list! First, the numbers: in 2013, 45 boys’ names and 51 girls’ names charted in the […]

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Favorite Baby Name Posts of 2014

Favorite Post 2014

It’s the end of the year! As I’ve slowly transitioned from blogging as a hobby to blogging as a job, I’ve found myself looking more and more at data.  In our age of instant, abundant data, it is easy to get lost in the numbers. Page views, searches, blahblahblah. And that’s after I’ve spent hours […]

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Baby Name Predictions 2015

Boy Names 2015

#55948702 / gettyimages.com Every year, I dust off the ol’ crystal ball and try to imagine what the next twelve months have in store, baby name-wise. And then twelve months later, I check in to see if I got it right. Nameberry rolled out their 2015 Trend Report earlier this month.  Here’s my take on what […]

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Best of Celebrity Baby Names 2014

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We’ve been talking Celebrity Baby Names 2014 all week.  Now it’s time to bring it all together, with a look back at the last twelve months. In years past, I’ve done round-ups of my favorites and best-ofs.  (You can read 2013’s post here.) This year, let’s try something a little different. I’ve chosen fourteen – oops, […]

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2014 Baby Name Predictions Reviewed

2014 Predictions Reviewed

With just one month left in 2014, it seems like the perfect moment to look back at my baby name predictions for the year. The only trouble?  It’s challenging to draw any kind of conclusions when data for 2014 when US data won’t be available until May 2015.  Sure, we’ll see lots of unofficial tallies […]

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