The semi-finals were close matches.
Archer beat out Soren, but not by a huge margin.
Names have to get up a steep hill to become mainstream. Many of us probably respond best to names that are just beginning to gain momentum. It takes a little more steam to win March Madness, though – you have to appeal to the casual visitor, too, the one who isn’t necessarily into obscurities. And it helps if you’ve already been talked about as being stylish, I think.
I was holding my breath on the Finn versus Atticus match. Could the literary Atticus beat out the upbeat Irish Finn? Nope. At least not this year. But it was close!
What does it all mean? Even though we’re bidding Soren and Atticus farewell for 2013, I suspect we’ll see them back in the brackets in future years. Just like basketball teams change and grow, so do our perceptions of given names.
So with no further delay, please vote for your favorite baby names in the March Madness 2013 final match! Will you give the victory to Archer or Finn? Please check back for the girls’ finals later today.