March Madness 2013 started out with an extensive list of stylish choices.
Based on the most viewed posts at Appellation Mountain in the prior year, March Madness pits name against name. In years past, the trend has clearly been towards the more conservative choices. 2011 saw Nathaniel and Louisa come out on top.
2012’s title went to Arthur and Genevieve. At the time, I wrote that “This year’s winners sound like [last year’s] younger siblings.”
There’s some truth to that in 2013, too. But what’s really fascinating is how the final match-ups are replaying past years’ contests between our favorite baby names:
- In 2011, I wrongly ousted Nathaniel in the semi-finals. To correct this error, our Final Match was a three-way contest between Nathaniel, Archer, and Finn. Nathaniel won out that time around. But 2013’s final was something of a reprise, with Archer and Finn vying for the top spot.
- Elodie made it to the final in 2011, too, falling to Louisa in the final round.
- Adelaide was a contender in 2012, and again in 2013 – but failed to make it to the final either time.
All of this makes me strangely eager to see what happens in 2014!
But first, let’s reveal the winners in this years’ finals:
The top spot goes to our favorite baby names …
Isla and Archer
- Archer beat Finn by a healthy margin – 53% to 47%. Despite Finn’s universal appeal, he’s probably become overexposed for some name fanatics, pushing the up-and-coming Archer to victory.
- But the down-to-the-wire, last second decision, can’t-miss-a-second match was definitely the girls’ finals. When I first tried to close the round, I couldn’t … it was literally tied 50/50. If you check the poll now, it still appears to be 50/50, but there is one – yes, just one – more vote in Isla’s favor, giving her the slimmest of victories over Elodie.
Does this mean that we’ll hear more of these names in coming years?
I think so, but it certainly isn’t an indication that they’re likely to enter the Top 100 anytime soon. Isla is among the favorite baby names elsewhere in the English-speaking world, and she’s on a straight trajectory up in the US. Fast-rising surname Archer is catching on quickly in the US, but is still far from the most popular picks.
Thanks to each and every one of you for the votes, clicks, and shares, and stick around for March Madness 2014 … a mere eleven months away!