The Social Security Administration has released the 2013 data on most popular baby names, just in time for Mother’s Day!
Lots to think about here, but some quick and completely random notes:
- Thatcher cracked the US Top 1000 for the first time, ever! I’ve been big on ‘r’ ending names for a while, and with choices like Archer and Asher on the rise for boys, my only question is why haven’t we discovered Thatcher sooner?
- Speaking of ‘r’ endings, Piper grabbed me when I spotted her at #97. A new debut in the Top 100? Nope. I just had forgotten that she snuck in at #98 last year. Still, could Piper be the new Harper, and if so, do we thank Orange is the New Black?
- London seems to have definitively gone girl. Both the original spelling and Londyn are climbing for girls, but London is falling for boys
- For the first time in three years, Aiden has left the Top Ten. Or has it? ForReal’s quickie math tells us that Aidan and company are still mighty popular when you add up all of the possible spellings.
- Speaking of spellings, oh boy, golly – I’d been watching Jaxon, but who woulda guessed that Jaxson would be the up-and-comer? And Jayceon is stunning, with his #206 debut. Is that the influence of rapper The Game, born Jayceon Terrell Taylor? Or did I miss a memo?
- On another note, The Downton Abbey effect is legit, at least as far as the Duchess of Grantham is concerned. Cora is up to #127. Or maybe it is the Floradora girls, because Nora is up from #107 to #83.
- Apollo was up from #993 to #969. That’s before the Gwen Stefani effect could take hold. Any guesses as to where Apollo will land for 2014?
- Magnolia is back in the Top 1000 – huzzah!
Have your favorites climbed? My girls’ names remain pretty obscure, as do most of my favorites for boys. But there are some really fabulous names on this list that are definitely on the rise!