Top 10 Baby Names: There’s a New No. 1 for Boys but the Top Girls’ Name Continues Its Streak; Meanwhile, Celebrity Influence Is Declining

Dec 3, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A new baby name tops the list of the most popular names for boys, while the name at the top of the girls list remains the same — for four years running now.

ABC News reports that the just-released list shows Sophia on top of the girls list for the fourth year in a row, while Jackson has taken over as the top name among boys — bumping last year’s No. 1, Aiden, to No. 2 after a long run at the top of the list.

"For the first time in eight years, Aiden has been surpassed in popularity when it comes to baby boy names, according to the just-released Top Baby Names of 2013 list from Babycenter," the story reports.

The report adds: "As far as girl names go, Sophia still reigns supreme. It’s the fourth year in a row Sophia has taken the top spot. There was some movement on the girl’s list, however: Emily is making a big comeback, according to the website."

BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief Linda Murray said a trend surfaced in which parents are turning more to loved ones, and less to celebrities, for inspiration in naming their babies.

Said Murray: "One of the biggest trends we see this year is a growing desire among new parents to choose a baby name with personal meaning. Family names are all the rage, and grandparents are the number one source of inspiration for new parents. This year, more than half of moms say they found name inspiration in people they know. Celebrity influence is on the decline."

But the report notes that celebrity influence still plays a role. "While it may be hard to imagine a parent wanting their daughter to grow up to be like Miley Cyrus, the name Miley actually rose 16 spots on the girls’ list this year," the story notes. "And even though he’s across the pond, Prince George is influencing parents stateside. The name George rose 37 percent as a female name and 10 percent a a boy’s name. Interestingly, George fell out of the top 10 this year on the BabyCentre United Kingdom Baby Names list."

A couple of huge moves up the list are also attributed to celebrities. "If Kanye West needed more proof that he is indeed taking over the world, his name jumped 2,228 spots since last year," the story reports. "But not so fast Kanye: another celebrity — Korie from the popular ‘Duck Dynasty’ — saw her name rise 13,262 spots. The name Kim is also up. And while there was a slight rise in the name Nori (their daughter’s nickname) Babycenter does not have even one baby named North in its extensive database."

Here are the top 10 names for baby boys and girls:

Top 10 Boys’ Names

Jackson
Aiden
Liam
Lucas
Noah
Mason
Jayden
Ethan
Jacob
Jack

Top 10 Girls’ Names

Sophia
Emma
Olivia
Isabella
Mia
Ava
Lily
Zoe
Emily
Chloe

The report notes: "BabyCenter’s Top 100 Baby Names list combines names that sound the same but have different spellings, making it, the site said, ‘a true measure of baby name popularity.’"

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