Favorite Boy Names 2013: March Madness Round Two

by appellationmountain on March 9, 2013

MM basketballsThe first round of competition for boys held few surprises.  Top seeds Gray, Huxley, and Archer all advanced, as did perpetual favorite Finn.

But there were a few upsets:

  • Atlas bested Indigo by a healthy margin.  Maybe I should have put Indigo on the unisex list instead?
  • Camden lost to Atticus.  That probably signals that we were all curious about Camden when two celebs used the name within weeks of each other – but that AppMtn readers are more attracted to the literary Atticus.
  • Archer and Declan were very closed – they swapped places at one point – but Archer ultimately pulled ahead.  In real life, Declan is much more popular, but Archer is also on the way up.
  • The Otto versus Benton debate seemed to be the toughest one for voters, but Otto’s triumph isn’t a surprise.  Ottilie is competing in the girls’ version of March Madness, too.  It seems to be the moment for Ot- and Od- names.
  • #9 Soren obliterated #10 Cohen – and the voting re-ignited the conversation about the controversial surname once again.

This year’s competition seems a little bit different.  Controversial or headline-making names tend to get knocked out in the first round, leaving the more mainstream choices to advance.  The past two years’ winners were Nathaniel and Arthur – both pretty conservative picks.  None of the names left in the competition are quite as conventional – and we’re only at the quarter finals.

It almost always gets tougher to vote as the rounds progress, but I hope you’ll play in the Round of Eight!

A match of two moderns: The dashing Gray takes on the Scandinavian Soren

Literary surname Huxley is matched against jaunty Irish heritage choice Finn

One carries the whole world on his back, the other has the fate of an innocent man in his hands.  Pick your hero: Atlas against Atticus

It’s all about the endings: the ends-with-r Archer versus the ends-with-o Otto

How did your favorite boy names fare?

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