2013 baby name trends

2013 has just begun and predictions are already being made on what names will top this year’s list of favorites. The days of everyone coming up with unique and unheard of baby names seems to be slowing down and giving way to more common names again. Rest assured creative parents, not everyone is going with the flow though. There are still some uncommon baby names out there. However, spelling common names a little differently is the current trend for 2013. This year will surely see many different trends and themes when it comes to naming babies.

The A’s

Babycenter.com lists the first six names on the top 40 list as ending in “a” or an “a” sound. Emma tops the list as the most popular name followed by Sophia, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, and Mia. Further down the list, you’ll find Amelia, Ava, Ella, Layla, Savannah, Victoria, Aria, Anna, and Bella. Though the “a” names are not as popular with the boys, Noah is the top boy name on the list.  Other names ending in “a” on the boy list are Elijah, Joshua, and Isaiah.


Another popular trend this year is bringing back old names. These names are names that some of our grandparents might have been named. Oliver, Wyatt, Jack, Henry, and Alexander are some retro names found on the boy list. The girl list includes; Ava, Ella, Charlotte, Audrey, Sophie, Natalie, Abigail, Elizabeth, Caroline, Victoria, Anna, Evelyn, and Allison. Some of these names have never lost popularity, but some of them are freshly popular.

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Something new

There are a few names on the top 40 list that seem to have boomed to popularity out of nowhere. Some of these names are; Aiden, Jackson, and Max for the boys. The girl names that have also seem to come out of nowhere are; Harper, Avery, and Aria.

Same ol’ same ol’

Lastly, there are a ton of baby names on the list of top 40 names that have appeared for years on top baby names lists. Just to name a few of the regular boys names are; Michael, William, Lucas, James, Benjamin, Joshua, Nathan, John, Daniel, Anthony, Ryan, Andrew, and Thomas. For the girls, the regular names are; Emily, Elizabeth, Anna, Allison, and Madeline.

Gender differences

So it seems from looking at Baby Center’s list as well as just common observation, parents are willing to veer off the beaten path for girls. As far as naming boys, parents seem to stick to the tried and true names. Why is that? Parents can make up names or add an “a” to a lot of names. They can choose flowers or even use typical boy names and are considered stylish. As for boys, too much variation and boys can get made fun of. Flower names obviously do not work for boys and you cannot generally use a girl’s name for a boy.

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We still have most of 2013 to develop new baby name trends but overall, it looks to be the year of same ‘ole for the boys and nothing but “A’s” for the girls.

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