The uber popular baby name site Nameberry has released the most popular names for 2014 so far, with several pleasant surprises! Throwback names Imogen and Asher are leading the race, while Isla, Cora, Atticus and Finn aren't far behind. Check it out:
Here’s the Nameberry Top 100 for 2014… so far:
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If you thought the name Elsa was from the ice ages, think again! Elsa has cracked the top 100 baby names for the first time in history, currently sitting at #88. Kristoff, Hans, and Sven are also gaining popularity; though, Olaf, sadly, has only gone up by 4% since the Disney smash hit Frozen landed in theaters.
Of course celebrities will continue to inspire our choices of names. Kourtney Kardashian's Mason, Victoria and David Beckham's Harper and Gwen Stefani's Kingston have influenced many moms and dads. This year it's Simon Cowell’s Eric, and Game of Thrones's Arya. In fact, this month at Admiral Road, we have ARYA blankets coming out of our ears!
So, which names sit atop the world rankings halfway through 2014? Have a peek!
Need help naming your baby? There's an app for that.
For just 99 cents, your child can have the opportunity you never had: Picking his or her own name. Kick to Pick randomly generates thousands of names, or let's you make a list of your favourites, then monitors your baby's movements to detect enthusism for the favourite.
According to the app's creator, Nathan Parks, "The idea for Kick to Pick came from a discussion about baby's choices and the fact they had no influence over the name they go onto keep for the rest of their lives."
So how does it work? Expectant moms need only lie down on their backs with their iPads/phones on their bellies and let junior do all the work (they do recommend switching to airplane mode first). The app moves through the list of names waiting for your baby to offer up an opinion. (If you don't like the suggestion, call it gas and try again.)
What do you think: Would you let your baby choose it's own name? Did you use any non-traditional methods to choose your child's name?
While I can never be sure why anyone has chosen a name for their child, it seems reasonable that a sudden rise in a previously almost non-existent name has probably been inspired by some outside source – like a TV show. Case in point – Addison. Surely this girls’ name gained its massive popularity from the character on Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice. And Cohen, a traditional Jewish last name, shows up almost weekly. I’m convinced this is after the character on the now off-the-air TV show, The O.C.
And then there are the perfectly nice names that you think would catch on, but don’t. Take Meredith from Grey’s Anatomy, or Marissa from The O.C. Who is to say why some things enter the collective sub-conscious while others remain on the sidelines?
Other celeb inspired trends: Lexie and George (Grey’s Anatomy), Ainsley (The West Wing), Sawyer (Lost), Blake (actress from Gossip Girl), Dexter (Dexter), and Danica (Indy driver/pin-up girl Danica Patrick). But my absolute favourites are twins Max and Ruby, and Will and Grace.
How did you choose your kid’s name?