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.
Last month, HBO aired an original movie called The Girl.
I didn’t see it, but the reviews tell me it was about the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and actress Nathalie Kay “Tippi” Hedren, who starred in two of Hitchcock’s movies, The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964).
And that reminded me–both of these Hitchcock films had an effect on baby names in the 1960s.
The Birds inspired two SSA debuts: Tippi and Pleshette (from the surname of fellow Birds actress Suzanne Pleshette).
One of my readers is looking for some name suggestions. She writes:
I’m in need of a girl name, a stronger name to go with a flowy last name. 3 older brothers are Charlie, Zack, and Andrew. Would like the name to have ‘a’ sound in the first syllable to follow brothers, also have a different initial. So far have thought of Paige, Megan, Sadie, Grace, but not sold on any of them.
The flowy surname has 4-syllables, starts with Van- and ends with -a.
Here are some names that I think could work: