In what, you ask?
Every March, we take the sixteen most-viewed boys’ names and sixteen most-viewed girls’ names from the prior calendar year. In a bracket-style competition, we vote our way through until we have our set of champions.
Let’s look back at the two final rounds.
MARCH MADNESS BABY NAMES 2023: BOYS FINAL
We started out with sixteen names:
By the time we reached the final, it was down to the #1 seed, James and the #7 seed, Wesley.
With a healthy 56% of the vote, James takes his place in the list of victors. While James fits in well with past champs, like classic Theodore, it’s probably the most conservative name to ever win. Still, it feels deserved. James was the most-read post for boys last year … and James (for a girl) was the most-read post on the girls’ side.
MARCH MADNESS BABY NAMES 2023: GIRLS FINAL
As with the boys’ contest, we started out with sixteen names:
And no, that’s not a typo. This year, the #1 seed in both categories was James.
But AM readers knocked James (for a girl) out in the very first round and instead, the final match was Gemma versus Maisie.
With not-quite 55% of the total, Gemma carries the day! Maisie was a 2021 finalist, too, made it to the quarterfinals in 2022. But this was a true underdog match-up. Gemma was seeded #16; Maisie, #15. But it was Gemma that proved unstoppable. defeating the #1 seed James (for a girl); #9 Faye; and #12 Poppy before arriving at the final.
MARCH MADNESS BABY NAMES: ALL-TIME CHAMPIONS LIST
And so, going back to the 2011 beginning of the tournament, the list now looks like this:
- 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
- Caspian and Tess in 2020
- Raphael and Magnolia in 2021
- August and Marigold in 2022
- James and Gemma in 2023