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The Popular Baby Names Of 2013

By Pamela Redmond Satran for Nameberry

New Number One baby names top both the girls’ and boys’ popularity lists on Nameberry for 2013, with Imogen leading the list of girls’ names and Asher reclaiming the crown for most popular boys’ name. Nameberry’s popularity lists are tabulated by ranking the unique page views each name attracts out of the over 20 million total views of our baby name pages in 2013.

Imogen, a Shakespearean name that’s never been in the U.S. Top 1000, is evidence of a major trend towards names that start with vowels, with over a third of the girls’ Top 100 and over 20 percent of the boys’ beginning with A, E, I, or O.

The Biblical Asher takes top place on the boys’ list back from Finn, which drops to Number Three. The boys’ number two name is Declan, an Irish newcomer which had flirted with the top spot throughout the year. Rounding out the boys’ Top Five are Atticus and Oliver.

On the girls’ side, classic favorite Charlotte is in second place, with Harper at Number Three. Isla and Amelia complete the Top Five.

Among names used for babies of both genders, Rowan is the top choice, with Quinn at Number Two and Kai Number Three.

Along with vowel names, our Most Popular Names evidence the following trends:

Literary-influenced names for girls: Katniss may have reigned as our Number One girls’ name last year, but this year we see the rise of choices influenced by characters from children’s books such as Alice, Matilda, and Eloise along with the names of writers and other literary figures Hadley, Louisa, and Anais.

Softer names for boys: Strong this year are boys’ names that end with vowels, such as Milo, Ezra, and Levi; that contain soft sounds such as Jasper and Sebastian; and that relate to sister names, such as Julian and Everett.

Unisex names that start with the letter R: While not a particularly fashionable initial for any other baby name genre, a quarter of the top unisex names begin with R: Rowan, Remy, Rory, Riley, and River.

The hottest girls’ names -- those that have risen the furthest on this year’s Top 100 -- are Elodie, Maisie, and Evangeline, while the hottest names for boys are Aiden, Kieran, Bodhi, and royal baby name George.

Kimye baby name North is a new entry to the Most Popular Unisex Names list, along with Arden.

Here is the full list of top 100 girls’ names, boys’ names and the top 20 unisex names.

Top 100 Girls’ Names 2013 * new to this year’s list

1. Imogen 2. Charlotte 3. Harper * 4. Isla 5. Amelia 6. Evelyn 7. Penelope 8. Eleanor 9. Cora 10. Violet 11. Katniss 12. Olivia 13. Maeve 14. Seraphina 15. Alice 16. Claire 17. Adelaide 18. Evangeline 19. Ava 20. Hazel 21. Ivy 22. Elizabeth 23. Aurora 24. Maise 25. Elodie 26. Grace 27. Emma 28. Clementine 29. Sophia 30. Nora 31. Genevieve 32. Beatrice 33. Willa 34. Adeline 35. Eliza 36. Rose 37. Lucy 38. Scarlett 39. Eloise 40. Clara 41. Caroline 42. Lila 43. Matilda 44. Isabella 45. Mila 46. Aurelia 47. Merida 48. Wren 49. Josephine 50. Arabella 51. Audrey 52. Aria 53. Emily 54. Iris 55. Poppy 56. Everly * 57. Ella 58. Harlow 59. Mae 60. Mia 61. Chloe 62. Ruby 63. Emmeline 64. Stella 65. Lydia 66. Margaret 67. Lily 68. Jane 69. Luna 70. Anna 71. Hadley 72. Piper 73. Juliet 74. Sadie 75. Cordelia 76. Esme 77. Olive 78. Frances* 79. Willow 80. Gemma 81. Ada* 82. Hannah 83. Ellie 84. Phoebe 85. Delilah 86. Kinsley * 87. Cecilia * 88. Abigail * 89. Lola 90. Madeline 91. Maya 92. Georgia 93. Louisa* 94. Vivian 95. Zara 96. Mabel 97. Zoe 98. Isabel * 99. Anais 100. Julia*

Top 100 Boys’ Names 2013

1. Asher 2. Declan 3. Finn 4. Atticus 5. Oliver 6. Henry 7. Emmett 8. James 9. Jude 10. Owen 11. Milo 12. Jasper 13. Silas 14. Ezra 15. Django * 16. Liam 17. Flynn 18. Levi 19. Leo 20. Felix 21. Miles 22. Sebastian 23. Kieran 24. Hudson 25. Luca 26. Aiden 27. Ethan 28. Jack 29. William 30. Noah 31. Nico 32. Theodore 33. August * 34. Benjamin 35. Everett 36. Beckett 37. Jayden * 38. Christian 39. Alexander 40. Wyatt 41. Dashiell 42. Eli 43. Caleb 44. Julian 45. Jacob 46. Dylan * 47. Andrew 48. Soren 49. Zachary 50. Oscar 51. Luke 52. Thomas 53. Isaac 54. Gabriel 55. George 56. Bodhi 57. Elijah 58. Josiah * 59. Theo 60. Hugo 61. Arthur 62. Arlo 63. Ryder * 64. Micah 65. Spencer * 66. Samuel 67. Callum 68. Nathaniel 69. Archer 70. Lucas 71. Rhys 72. Zane 73. Jackson 74. Max 75. John 76. Logan * 77. Mason 78. Daniel 79. Roman 80. Grayson 81. Tristan * 82. Xavier 83. Simon 84. Jonah 85. Charles 86. Harrison * 87. Michael 88. Nicholas 89. Ryker * 90. Nolan 91. Gray * 92. Elias 93. Gideon 94. David * 95. Cole 96. Nathan 97. Beau * 98. Edward 99. Knox * 100. Ryan *

Top 20 Unisex Names 2013 With gender divisions from 2012 Social Security statistics

1. Rowan – 37 percent female, 63 percent male 2. Quinn – 68 percent female, 32 percent male 3. Kai – 13 percent female, 87 percent male 4. Sawyer – 17 percent female, 83 percent male 5. Charlie – 41 percent female, 59 percent male 6. Avery – 81 percent female, 19 percent male 7. North** 8. Finley – 66 percent female, 34 percent male 9. Elliot – 17 percent female, 83 percent male 10. Emery – 80 percent female, 20 percent male 11. Emerson – 61 percent female, 39 percent male 12. Rory – 31 percent female, 69 percent male 13. Riley – 59 percent female, 41 percent male 14. Marlowe – 88 percent female, 12 percent male 15. River – 36 percent female, 64 percent male 16. Arden* -- 74 percent female, 26 percent male 17. Peyton – 68 percent female, 32 percent male 18. Remy – 46 percent female, 54 percent male 19. Sage – 66 percent female, 34 percent male 20. Ellis – 35 percent female, 65 percent male **All 13 babies named North on the 2012 Social Security list were male, but most views of the name on our site in 2013 were inspired by baby girl North, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Nameberry's Most Popular Baby Names Of 2013 ... So Far