The boys’ QuarterFinals in March Madness baby names have wrapped. And a few of the contests surprised me.
Let’s take a look at the QuarterFinals results:
Reid took out Hayes.
With a little over 57% of the vote, well-established surname favorite bested rising possibility Hayes. Something tells me Hayes could be back in a future year of competition, but for now? It’s out, and Reid advances.
Emrys sailed past Palmer.
With almost 54% of the total, Welsh import Emrys wins out against surname name Palmer. Emrys is a perpetual Appellation Mountain favorite, but this might be the farthest it’s ever advanced in March Madness! Still, this one surprised me a little, if only because the more mainstream names tend to advance farthest.
Raphael trounced Cove.
Most of these contests were relatively close – much closer than in earlier rounds. But Raphael commanded over 78% of the vote against Cove. It’s possible that Cove fared well in 2020 as a curiosity, with people looking up names that defined the year. Still, it’s tough to compete against an underused classic like Raphael.
Otto won over Wilder.
Wilder is a fast-rising pick, but it fell to traditional, quirky-cool Otto. It wasn’t a runaway victory, but with just over 55% of the total, it’s Otto that advances. We do love those -o enders, so maybe Otto will be the next Leo/Milo/Arlo?
In the prior round, we’d already said good-bye to Phoenix, Huxley, Torin, Arrow, Koa, St John, Deckard, and Endeavour. So much of it depends on the match-ups! They’re all seeded based on number of page views on the site, but – just like in that other March Madness – some of the contests feel tougher than others.
And so … on to the SemiFinals!
MARCH MADNESS BABY NAMES 2021: BOYS SEMIFINALS
REID v OTTO
RAPHAEL v EMRYS
Wow! Can it really be the semifinals already? Voting will remain open through Wednesday, March 23rd. Please check back on Thursday, March 24th to see if your favorites won – and, of course, to vote in the final match-up!