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Here are the results of the
2013 pop culture baby name game!
But I’m writing them up a bit differently this year — I’m only focusing on
20 big winners.
How did I choose these 20? First, I eliminated all the names that didn’t see increased usage in 2013. Then I eliminated the names that saw relatively
small increases in usage. Then I eliminated the names that saw more or less expected increases in usage, given their trajectories.
That left me with about 20 names that became more popular in 2013 due mainly (in some cases
entirely) to pop culture influence.
The links will take you to popularity graphs.
Increase: +1,649 baby boys (4,692 to 6,341) and +8 baby girls (36 to 44).
Inspiration: “Duck Dynasty” character Jason “Jase” Robertson.
Even more impressive, the name
Jase increased +3,410 and +13.
Increase: +1,112 baby boys (2,898 to 4,010) and +28 baby girls (33 to 61).
Inspiration: The film
Increase: +816 baby girls (3,568 to 4,384).
Inspiration: Singer/actress Ariana Grande.
4,384 baby girls is a new all-time high for Ariana. The previous high was 4,322 baby girls in 2007.
Increase: +517 baby girls (287 to 804).
Inspiration: Celebrity baby Everly, daughter of Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.
Increase: +472 baby boys (570 to 1,042).
Inspiration: Hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar.
1,042 baby boys is a new all-time high for Kendrick. The previous high was 763 baby boys in 1991.
Increase: +333 baby boys (151 to 484) and +89 baby girls (382 to 471).
Inspiration: Celebrity baby Milan, son of Shakira and Gerard Pique.
Increase: +194 baby boys (2,328 to 2,522).
Inspiration: Royal baby George, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Increase: +101 baby boys (429 to 530) and +13 baby girls (44 to 57).
Inspiration: The election of Pope Francis.
Even more impressive, the name
Francisco increased +125.
Increase: +91 baby boys (284 to 375).
Inspiration: Singer Bruno Mars.
375 baby boys is a new all-time high for Bruno. The previous high was 353 in 1916.
Increase: +78 baby boys (1,939 to 2,017).
Inspiration: The death of actor Paul Walker.
Walker saw an even bigger increase (+128) but I thought Paul’s rise was more compelling as it went against a decades-long decline in usage.
Increase: +48 baby boys (104 to 152).
Inspiration: Singer Robin Thicke.
Increase: +41 baby girls (345 to 386).
Inspiration: Rihanna song “Diamonds” (2012).
Increase: +37 baby girls (357 to 394).
Inspiration: Texas politician Wendy Davis.
I’m dying to see how much of Wendy’s increase can be attributed to Texas specifically. The SSA’s state lists haven’t been updated yet, though.
Increase: +18 baby girls (11 to 29).
Inspiration: Celebrity baby “Nori” (North), daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
29 baby girls is a new high for Nori. The previous high was 20 in 2009.
Increase: +17 baby girls (17 to 34).
Hunger Games (2012) character Primrose Everdeen. Prim, a nickname for Primrose, debuted with 7 baby girls.
Increase: +14 baby girls (13 to 27).
Inspiration: “Girls” character Marnie Michaels.
Increase: +9 baby girls (7 to 16).
Inspiration: Celebrity baby Rainbow, daughter of Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella.
Debuted with 16 baby boys.
After Earth (2013) character Kitai Raige. Cypher, the name of another
After Earth character, increased +4.
Debuted with 11 baby girls.
Inspiration: “Game of Thrones” character Sansa Stark.
Debuted with 9 baby girls.
Inspiration: Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
Did any of the above surprise you?
Past PCBNG results:
2012, 2011, 2010.
Every year on Britney Spears’s birthday (December 2) we start another round of the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
What is the Pop Culture Baby Name Game, you ask? Good question! It’s not a “game” really, but more of a group brainstorm. We try to guess which baby names became more popular during the year thanks to pop culture — music, movies, television, sports, politics, current events, products, etc.
I’ve searched for all the 2013 predictions we’ve made so far (in posts & comments) and listed them below. I also threw in a few more possibilities — mostly celebrity baby names. So here’s what we’re starting with:
Ace – Jessica Simpson’s baby boy, born in June
Armand or Armie – Lone Ranger actor Armand “Armie” Hammer Axl – Fergie’s baby boy, born in August
Bailey (per skizzo) – Grey’s Anatomy baby
Benedict (per Rita) – Benedict Cumberbatch
Bilbo (per elbowin) – The Hobbit character
Cressida or Cressie – Prince Harry’s girlfriend Cressida “Cressie” Bonas Cricket – Busy Philipps’s baby girl, born in July
Cypher – After Earth character
D’Ussé – Jay Z-endorsed cognac
Elon – Tesla founder Elon Musk
Evanora (per skizzo) – Oz the Great and Powerful character Everly – Channing Tatum’s baby girl, born in May
Evo (per elbowin) – Bolivian president Evo Morales
Fantine – Les Mis character (especially since the Oscars)
Finley (per skizzo) – Oz the Great and Powerful character
Francesco, Francis, Francisco – Pope Francis, elected in March
Gatsby (per skizzo) – movie The Great Gatsby
George – Kate and William’s royal baby boy, born in July
Harley (per skizzo) – Iron Man character
Kitai – After Earth character
Ladar (per elbowin) – Lavabit owner Ladar Levison
Lincoln – movie Lincoln
Lula – Bryan Adams’s baby girl, born in February Luna – Penelope Cruz’s baby girl, born in July
Macklemore – rapper Macklemore
Malala – young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai Marnie – Lily Allen’s baby girl, born in January
Milan – Shakira’s baby boy, born in January
Minaj – singer Nicki Minaj
Neymar (per Rita) – Brazillian football player Neymar
North or Nori – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby girl, born in June Philomena – movie
Quvenzhané (per Rita) – child actress Quvenzhané Wallis Rainbow – Holly Madison’s baby girl, born in March
Robin (per Rita) – singer Robin Thicke
Snowden – NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
Tesla – Tesla cars
Tessanne – The Voice contestant winner Tessanne Chin
Thatcher (per Rita) – Margaret Thatcher, died in April
Theodora (per skizzo) – Oz the Great and Powerful character
Turbo – movie Turbo
Wendy – Texas politician Wendy Davis Winnie – Jimmy Fallon’s baby girl, born in July
Yeezus or Yeezy – Kanye West album Yeezus
Zoella – beauty blogger Zoella
Wanna play? Tell me in the comments which baby names you think got a boost from pop culture in 2013. Don’t forget to mention the reason.
I’ll post the results of the game after the SSA updates the national baby name data in May. If you don’t want to miss the results post,
subscribe to the blog!
Previous rounds of the Pop Culture Baby Name Game:
2012, 2011 #1, 2011 #2, 2010
UPDATE: Check out the Popular Baby Names page to the current top 2,000 names!]
Kelly recently clued me in to something extremely cool: the SSA has released lists of all the baby names that were given to 5+ babies in the U.S. every year since 1880. You can download the lists directly from the SSA.
I was going to publish all of the 2009 names here in a single post, but WordPress couldn’t handle it. So instead I’ll start where the top 1,000 left off and give you all the names that were given to 100+ babies last year.
Let’s start with boy names. The 1,000th most popular boy name last year was Mustafa, given to 194 babies. After Mustafa comes…
193: Eddy, Edison, Jovany, Rayden, Ulysses
192: Cordell, Leroy
191: Brecken, Clarence, Dimitri, Immanuel, Nathanial
190: Benson, Coby, Jedidiah, Joziah, Legend, Yehuda
189: Kohen, Milton
188: Brennon, Jayvon, Pierre, Sheldon, Simeon
187: Bernard, Donavan, Taj, Thaddeus
185: Kamren, Kelton
184: Jacobi, Rocky, Theo
none 182: Braylin, Turner
181: Jaylan, Yousef
180: Cristobal, Marcello, Maximillian, Santana
179: Anish, Dariel, Gaven, Gordon, Lamont
178: Darion, Daylen, Ephraim, Joan
177: Domenic, Harvey, Javen, Major, Miller
none 175: Gibson, Iker, Johann
174: Bishop, Glenn
173: Cayson, Leif,
Leighton, Lionel, Rishi 172: Braedyn, Gonzalo, Jericho, Langston, Treyton
171: Armaan, Jesiah, Lathan, Marquez, Menachem, Oswaldo, Truman
170: Andreas, Estevan, Kooper, Reilly, Ryley
168: Coen, Eliot, Hank, Kyan, Markell, Miguelangel, Mikah, Otto
167: Dion, Landry, Marques
166: Anson, Geovanny, Jaedyn, Jai, Jullian, Maxton
165: Aleksander, Bernardo, Channing, Darrius, Destin, Emory, Hendrix, Tayden
164: Ameer, Dereck, Dwight, Enoch, Forrest, Nazir, Stephan
163: Cornelius, Lucca, Mikel, Shimon, Tyce, Yisroel
162: Carmine, Dontae, Jaleel, Keanu, Lennox, Shiloh
161: Augustine, Dhruv, Perry
160: Colter, Eamon, Thiago
159: Boden, Presley, Rowen, Tegan, Treyvon
158: Jan, Kenji, Zakary, Zyon
Baron, Maksim, Nestor, Norman, Sammy 156: Corban, Drayden, Ely, Mariano, Shamar, Tavion
155: Arlo, Garret, Jamil, Keven, Shea, Vladimir, Zaden
154: Elvin, Gannon, Guadalupe, Kavion, Kayleb, Kylen
153: Camdyn, Devonte, Jael, Karim, Koby, Mayson, Nixon, Trenten
152: Deshaun, Kenton, Milan, Siddharth
151: Alexavier, Arman, Kannon, Lachlan, Zeke
150: Abner, Arian, Efren, Jariel, Javian, Jordin
149: Alexandro, Dandre, Francesco, Izaac, Kalvin, Stephon
148: Amarion, Bayron, Caeden, Dewayne, Kennedy, Mordechai
147: Alton, Bilal, Geoffrey, Jermiah, Kye, Lucien, Neel, Om, Tavin
146: Barry, Beck, Blayne, Campbell,
Ever, Gino, Haven, Ishan 145: Benny, Brad, Emil
144: Austen, Austyn, Briggs, Canaan, Crew, Dev, Emmitt, Guy, Jakub, Jarvis, Shannon, Trevion
143: Clifford, Keller, Travon
142: Kyree, Markel,
Merrick 141: Aarush, Ajay, Denis
140: Aubrey, Daveon, Harlan, Sami, Sebastien
139: Bryton, Clyde, Kelly, Khalid, Landan, Shlomo
Bodhi, Briar, Fredy, Irving, Kalen, Rylen, Sabastian, Taven 137: Baylor, Brantley, Chayse, Courtney, Cristiano, Dallin, Earl, Fidel, Jeshua, Judson, Korey, Lonnie, Marek, Oakley, Trae
136: Anders, Coy
135: Chevy, Cian, Don, Ewan, Jordy, Nery, Oskar,
Ridge, Tatum, Vince 134: Avi, Dezmond, Masen, Princeton, Syed, Tahj, Tristyn, Tylan
133: Daryl, Johnpaul, Karsen, Kurt, Wilmer, Xavion
132: Britton, Grayden, Rowdy, Tevin, Yahya
131: Brandt, Clifton, Evin, Finnian, Gian, Kaidyn
130: Coleton, Denver, Freddie, Gianluca, Jaren, Korbyn,
Phineas, Yash 129: Alexandre, Grey, Haden, Jakari, Leeland, Lloyd, Titan
128: Alek, Aven, Ayan, Terence
127: Bowen, Desean, Jeff, Jonatan, Kevon, Kollin, Lucius, Malakhi
126: Demetri, Gerard, Hagen, Jaedon, Jaheim, Jeremias, Raymundo
125: Avraham, Heriberto, Ira, Lester, Stetson, Tye
124: Abdul, Arnold, Bodie, Broden, Canyon, Edmund, Gus, Keandre, Latrell, Rico, Shmuel
123: Amar, Azariah, Braulio, Ervin, Otis
122: Ayush, Brighton, Dyllan, Kent, Magnus, Myron, Nate, Nevin, Ramses, Torin
121: Brysen, Daquan, Donnie, Jakai, Josef, Keyshawn, Mauro, Morris, Raheem, Rian, Rickey, Royal, Thatcher, Yaakov
120: Benicio, Bryden, Colson, Emir, Fred, Izaak, Kurtis, Osmar, Sutton
119: Harris, Jet, Juancarlos, Omarion, Rashawn, Treyson, Zahir
118: Abhinav, Benito, Brooklyn, Leyton, Mikhail, Viktor
Anakin, Darey, Duane, Johnnie, Kegan, Mikael, Osman, Pierson, Talen 116: Azael, Dashiell, Devlin, Diesel, Dylon, Giovany, Jameer, Javien, Jaylyn, Kiran, Marion, Massimo, Obed
115: Amauri, Deion, Gerson, Ishmael, Jarell, Nikita, Xavi
114: Dan, Foster, Glen, Kaysen, Kyran, Rayyan, Tariq, Tiago, Tzvi
113: Arya, Isidro, Kaison, Musa, Syncere, Uziel, Vihaan, Yariel
112: Amani, Andrei, Carlton, Dameon, Demari, Deonte, Joseluis, Justyn, Karon, Manny, Neal, Patricio, Sahil, Shaan, Shayne, Stuart, Tobin, Vernon
111: Damarcus, Darrin, Daylon, Hussein, Isac, Lazaro, Tyron, Zev
110: Aayan, Angus, Benton, Brayson, Darrion, Jacorey, Kirk, Lyndon, Yurem
109: Dashaun, Dayne, Jaysen, Jayven, Josias, Kaedyn, Linus, Maddix, Zephaniah
108: Ahmir, Antwon, Deondre, Hans, Jahir, Khristian, Nolen, Rogan, Shia, Teegan
107: Braydin, Clint, Daron, Gabe, Graysen, Jacari,
Kain, Kayne, Khamari, Louie, Tavian, Trever, Westley, Zakaria 106: Daylin, Eliel, Filip, Jahmir, Javonte, Kamdyn, Koda, Mykel, Rick, Zayd
105: Canon, Darin, Gregorio, Kaine
104: Adyn, Cadence, Chayce, Demarco, Eliyahu, Javin, Jimmie, Karsten, Ken, Travion, Xavior
Atreyu, Ismail, Jackie, Kahlil, Marko, Paolo 102: Athan, Christofer, Eleazar, Floyd, Henrik, Hyrum, Idris, Isael, Jamaal, Jelani, Kentrell, Maison
101: Ashtyn, Emmet, Izak, Jaelyn, Jakobi, Jayshawn, Keshaun
100: Achilles, Avrohom, Brant, Corbyn, Cormac, Imran, Javan, Kris, Osiel, Yaseen
Girl names coming soon!
Update – Here are the
A reader named Heath is expecting his third child, a boy, and would like some name suggestions. Here’s what he says:
I’m Heath, wife is Aspen, daughter is Channing and son is Deacon so we’re looking for a name that most kids won’t have but also want something that isn’t feminine, will get him picked on or doesn’t sound like we are trying too hard.
Here are some of the names they’ve been considering:
My favorite is Justice but that has no chance with my wife. She likes Ridge but I quickly vetoed that. Her favorite is Easton but I was looking for something more. Some others that we have thought about is Beckett, Kingston or Tate but again I’m not overly thrilled.
Many of the names above come from surnames, so that’s what I focused on as I brainstormed:
Which of the above do you like best with Channing and Deacon? What other names would you suggest to Heath?