What's up, Joey? Trendy baby names

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Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 1:13 pm

 

As a famous Juliet once asked herself, “What’s in a name?” Well, quite a lot as most parents come to discover. Coming up with the appropriate name for your baby is a pretty important and stressful process, but it’s also a great opportunity to see how the times can change and certain names come and go.

I recently sat down with a labor and delivery nurse to find out what baby name trends she has seen over the past few years.

“About twenty, twenty-three years ago, it was all classic names like Michael, Matthew, James, John, names like that,” says Debbie Dietz, Advanced Practice Nurse for Labor & Delivery unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. “And now I’ve seen it’s more trendy names like forms of Ellen like Emma, Ella, Ethan, Jaden; those are a lot of the trendy names today.”

According to a recent list from Nameberry.com, some of the most popular baby names of 2014 are names like Imogen, Charlotte, Asher and Declan. Nameberry also shows examples of name derivatives as mentioned before, such as Jayden and Aiden.

Something else to notice as you make your way down the list is the surprising amount of fictional character names, with some of them from very odd sources. Girl names like Katniss and Khaleesi come from The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones respectively, and the boy name Archer is speculated to have come from the FX television series of the same name.

And according to Dietz, the unusual names certainly don’t stop there.

What's up, Joey? Trendy baby names

“Well, a long time ago when I first started here, we had a gypsy group come in and name their baby Strawberry Shortcake, and as recently as a couple weeks ago we had a Dynamite.”

With all the stress from picking the right name and all of the options out there, it’s tough for most parents to make up their mind, sometimes even after they’ve already delivered!

“They will go through a series of names because sometimes they come in with a list of names and they just see what works best for the baby,” admits Dietz.

Having a baby is an exciting time for any new parent, and it just goes to show that there are interesting trends and fashions in just about any area of life. Just... think about how it’ll sound when you’re shouting their name across a crowded park, though.

According to Namberry.com, here is the full list of the most popular baby names for 2014 so far:

GIRLS:

  1. IMOGEN
  2. CHARLOTTE
  3. ISLA
  4. CORA
  5. PENELOPE
  6. VIOLET
  7. AMELIA
  8. ELEANOR
  9. HARPER
  10. CLAIRE
  11. ALICE
  12. ADELAIDE
  13. HAZEL
  14. KATNISS
  15. OLIVIA
  16. EVANGELINE
  17. IVY
  18. KHALEESI*
  19. MAEVE
  20. EVELYN
  21. MAISIE
  22. ADELINE**
  23. GENEVIEVE
  24. SERAPHINA
  25. BEATRICE
  26. LUCY
  27. AURORA
  28. ROSE
  29. SCARLETT**
  30. ELIZABETH
  31. AVA
  32. ELODIE
  33. LILA**
  34. NORA
  35. GRACE
  36. EMMA
  37. WILLA
  38. CLEMENTINE
  39. MATILDA
  40. ELOISE
  41. CAROLINE
  42. CLARA
  43. FINN*
  44. AURELIA
  45. ARABELLA
  46. ELIZA
  47. POPPY
  48. ELLA
  49. SOPHIA
  50. IRIS
  51. RUBY**
  52. MILA
  53. JOSEPHINE
  54. HARLOW
  55. ARIA
  56. AUDREY
  57. ISABELLA
  58. WREN
  59. QUINN*
  60. CORDELIA**
  61. CHLOE
  62. MAE
  63. EMILY
  64. LUNA
  65. ROWAN*
  66. MIA
  67. STELLA
  68. EMMELINE
  69. ELLIE**
  70. JULIET
  71. MERIDA
  72. ANNA
  73. LILY
  74. OLIVE
  75. MARGARET
  76. PIPER
  77. AVERY*
  78. JANE
  79. SADIE
  80. LYDIA
  81. ESME
  82. EVERLY
  83. GEMMA
  84. WILLOW
  85. MAYA
  86. FRANCES
  87. LOUISA
  88. ELSA*
  89. ADA
  90. LOLA
  91. PHOEBE
  92. KINSLEY
  93. ZARA
  94. MADELINE
  95. HANNAH
  96. JAMES*
  97. DELILAH
  98. MABEL
  99. EMMETT*
  100. HADLEY

BOYS

  1. ASHER
  2. DECLAN
  3. ATTICUS
  4. FINN
  5. OLIVER
  6. HENRY
  7. SILAS
  8. JASPER
  9. MILO
  10. JUDE
  11. EZRA
  12. EMMETT
  13. HARPER*
  14. LEO
  15. OWEN
  16. LEVI
  17. JAMES
  18. ROWAN*
  19. FELIX
  20. MILES
  21. SEBASTIAN
  22. LIAM
  23. SAWYER*
  24. JACK
  25. THEODORE
  26. BECKETT**
  27. WYATT**
  28. HUDSON
  29. EVELYN*
  30. KAI*
  31. ETHAN
  32. WILLIAM
  33. BENJAMIN
  34. SOREN**
  35. ELI
  36. CALEB
  37. FLYNN
  38. NOAH
  39. QUINN*
  40. JULIAN
  41. BODHI**
  42. ARCHER**
  43. OSCAR
  44. EVERETT
  45. ALEXANDER
  46. DJANGO
  47. AUGUST
  48. ANDREW
  49. JOSIAH
  50. DASHIELL
  51. ZACHARY
  52. CHRISTIAN
  53. KIERAN
  54. LUCA
  55. LUKE
  56. ELLIOT*
  57. CHARLIE*
  58. ELIJAH
  59. HUGO
  60. THOMAS
  61. RYDER
  62. ISAAC
  63. THEO
  64. JACOB
  65. RHYS
  66. LUCAS
  67. CALLUM
  68. ARTHUR
  69. GABRIEL
  70. SAMUEL
  71. ZANE
  72. NICO
  73. MICAH
  74. AVERY*
  75. DYLAN
  76. RYKER
  77. ROMAN
  78. NATHANIEL
  79. JACKSON
  80. GRAYSON
  81. GEORGE
  82. KNOX**
  83. RORY*
  84. RONAN*
  85. XAVIER
  86. DANIEL
  87. JOHN
  88. FINLEY*
  89. EMERSON*
  90. AIDEN
  91. HARRISON
  92. SIMON
  93. NOLAN
  94. CHARLES
  95. AXEL*
  96. TRISTAN
  97. ARLO
  98. BEAU
  99. JONAH
  100. MAX

*New to Top 100 **Rising quickly on the list

via: http://nameberry.com/blog/most-popular-baby-names-of-2014-so-far

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