Since way back in 2011, while the rest of the world is brackets-deep in college basketball, we turn our attention to the most popular baby names on the site.
Appellation Mountain isn’t like a big name database. The most popular posts tend to be quirkier. They’re the names that aren’t covered in-depth elsewhere. That means the names competing in March Madness aren’t your usual Top Ten.
But the ones that win the month-long contest? They tend to be up-and-coming names. Or sometimes names we already love. Take a look at all the March Madness baby names champs since the very beginning:
- Nathaniel and Louisa in 2011
- Arthur and Genevieve in 2012
- Archer and Isla in 2013
- Everett and Cora in 2014
- Finn and Cora in 2015*
- Theodore and Sylvie in 2016
- Leo and Wren in 2017
- Rowan and Eliza in 2018
- Arlo and Margot in 2019
Once a name has won, it’s knocked out of future years’ competitions. (Call it the Cora Rule, as we put it in place after the name’s 2014/2015 back-to-back victories.)
Readers vote every Saturday, as we narrow from 16 to 8 to 4 to just two … and finally to a tournament winner.
Okay, that part feels a little bit like the basketball kind of March Madness.
Ready? Let’s do this!
COVE V. ZEV
Two short, v-ending boy names vie for your attention.
TORIN V. REID
Irish Torin or Scottish Reid?
ARROW V. RIDGE
A word name showdown: sharp Arrow or rugged Ridge?
WILDER V. CASPIAN
A face-off between two fast-rising favorites: Wilder and Caspian.
DECKARD V. FOX
Two pop culture picks: The Fast and the Furious gives us Deckard, and the even longer-running The X-Files boosts Fox.
GRAY V. ARCHIE
Colorful Gray or English Archie?
SMITH V. KOA
Smith is common as a surname, but seldom heard as a first. Koa songs like long-time favorite Noah, but has a story all its own.
CREDENCE V. HAYES
A virtue name out of the Wizarding World, or a preppy surname pick?
Voting will remain open through Thursday, March 12th. Check back on Saturday, March 14th to see which names advance. And, of course, to vote in the next round!