It’s that time of year.

The official Social Security Administration list won’t be out until May, but unofficial lists have been circulating since mid-December.

Here at AppMtn, I can’t possibly claim that the most popular posts will be reflected in the Top Ten – or even Top 100 – baby names in use.

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Whether you're naming a baby, or just all about names, you've come to the right place! Appellation Mountain is a haven for lovers of obscure gems and enduring classics alike.

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  1. I love the idea of St. John, but I don’t think I could ever use it — definitely not in the first place. So I agree, I think people are curious about the name, but unlikely to use it. To me, Holden sounds like a place name since it’s a small town in our home province and that we at one point considered moving too. However, it does fit the trend of male names.

    Our friends who named their daughter Tamar were going to go with Asher had it been a boy.

    It will be interesting to see how popular these names actually become. Right now, I don’t know anyone so far who has actually used them, I wonder if that will change?

  2. Remy? Godness, I hope for a boy! I’m surprised to see him here, especially since he didn’t get the warmest or most enthusiastic responses when he was featured. I know, Remy still sits in my malepossibles list because I really like him but there are other names I love more.

    Angus is the only other name up there I like enough to think about for myself but I have a soft spot for Roarke, firmly like Alexander despite popularity and can easily see Asher’s appeal, even if it’s not one I’d feel comfortable using.

    Photoquilty, I’m with you on the Cohen thing, though. It’s a friend’s surname and he’s rather horrified at it’s use as a non Jewish kids first name.

    But Remy still floors me. I ‘m really hoping it doesn’t shoot skyward for girls!

    Happy New Year to All! 😀

  3. Could the popularity of Elliot for girls be related to Elliot on ‘Scrubs’?

    Ugh to Cohen and Asher. Can’t we Jews hold on to anything? 😉

    1. That’s a nice point, Photoquilty – you’re absolutely right that she’s prompting many parents to look at Elliot as an option for a daughter.

      Sorry ’bout Cohen and Asher, but they’re gone! 😉

    2. Actually, Asher is also a Christian name. Asher is in Genesis. Cohen I can understand why you feel the way you do, but Asher is in the Bible & therefore also a Christian name like Luke, James, Mark etc Parents are stealing a ‘Jewish’ name at all

  4. Happy New Year, Juliet! I think Roarke fits somewhere in between the nouveau Cade or Cash and the more classic Jude or Finn. But I don’t think he’s likely to take off – while BabyCenter’s stats probably do reflect what parents are seriously considering, many of the names profiled here are read as much for curiosity as actual baby names.

  5. I am astounded and fascinated that Roarke made the list. I have loved this name for ages, yet, whenever mentioned on YA, it gets a negative response. Very few people in my experience actually like it.I don’t think it will be in the top 100 in the US; if it does, not for many years, though.I have Roarke Logan on my list.Asher I can completely agree with. It’s becoming known a lot more and I think parents are using it as an alternative to Ashton. Asher seems to fill a lot of requirements for the new trend of going back to vintage,classic and even Biblical names- which could be a stretch. I have Asher West & Asher Nathaniel on my list.I have seen Remy around a lot as well.Elliot & Finn make sense.I can even understand Cohen &Declan,but, not really Gavin. It’s most definitely an interesting list.

    It’s bizarre, as the list is actually filled with 2 or 3 favs and a couple of names that are my least,least favorites.Is it just me, or does it seem like Celtic names are becoming more popular?

    Nice post, as always .
    Happy New Year