Nameberry: Most popular baby names of 2014 . . . so far

Nameberry.comJuly 14, 2014 

The midyear tally of the most popular baby names of 2014 is in, with Imogen and Asher holding onto the No. 1 spots they claimed for 2013.

Silas, Jasper and Milo have all risen into the Top 10 for boys, while the sedate Claire is the only new entrant into the girls' Top 10.

The most steeply rising names are Cordelia for girls and Archer for boys.

The 2014 popular baby names list is based on the number of views each name attracted on Nameberry for the first half of the year. Rather than a measure of what people named their babies in the past, like the official popularity lists from the U.S. and other countries, the Nameberry list gauges which names parents are most interested in for babies due to be born in coming months.

Top girls' name Imogen, a Shakespearean name popular in England, has never been in the U.S. Top 1000, with only 131 baby girls named Imogen in the U.S. in 2013. But there were close to 200,000 views of Imogen on Nameberry in the first half of 2014.

No. 1 boys' name Asher, a Biblical name meaning fortunate or happy, has zoomed up the U.S. popularity list over the past few decades and is poised to break into the official Top 100. There were nearly 150,000 views of the name Asher on Nameberry from January through June 2014.

Along with Cordelia and Archer, other fast-rising names include Ellie, Adeline and Ruby for girls, and for boys, Knox, Bodhi, Soren and Wyatt. These and other names making significant moves up the list are marked with a double asterisk.

Names that fell the furthest from their 2013 status were the pop culture-driven Hadley, Everly and Merida for girls, along with Jayden, Gray and Aiden for boys.

This is our first official tally since we separated unisex names into individual listings for each gender, and so we have a more accurate count of how many parents are looking at the girls' versus boys' entries for names such as Harper and Rowan. Several of these unisex names are marked with a single asterisk as new entries to the girls' and boys' popularity lists.

Other new entries to the Top 100 include Khaleesi from "Game of Thrones," at No. 18, and Elsa from "Frozen." Along with the "Hunger Games' " Katniss and Hazel from "The Fault in Our Stars," names that rank high in 2014 show the continued influence of celebrities and pop culture.

Here's the Nameberry Top 100 for 2014 . . . so far:

GIRLS

1. Imogen

2. Charlotte

3. Isla

4. Cora

5. Penelope

6. Violet

7. Amelia

8. Eleanor

9. Harper

10. Claire

11. Alice

12. Adelaide

13. Hazel

14. Katniss

15. Olivia

16. Evangeline

17. Ivy

18. Khaleesi (ASTERISK)

19. Maeve

20. Evelyn

21. Maisie

22. Adeline (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

23. Genevieve

24. Seraphina

25. Beatrice

26. Lucy

27. Aurora

28. Rose

29. Scarlett (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

30. Elizabeth

31. Ava

32. Elodie

33. Lila (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

34. Nora

35. Grace

36. Emma

37. Willa

38. Clementine

39. Matilda

40. Eloise

41. Caroline

42. Clara

43. Finn (ASTERISK)

44. Aurelia

45. Arabella

46. Eliza

47. Poppy

48. Ella

49. Sophia

50. Iris

51. Ruby (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

52. Mila

53. Josephine

54. Harlow

55. Aria

56. Audrey

57. Isabella

58. Wren

59. Quinn (ASTERISK)

60. Cordelia (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

61. Chloe

62. Mae

63. Emily

64. Luna

65. Rowan (ASTERISK)

66. Mia

67. Stella

68. Emmeline

69. Ellie (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

70. Juliet

71. Merida

72. Anna

73. Lily

74. Olive

75. Margaret

76. Piper

77. Avery (ASTERISK)

78. Jane

79. Sadie

80. Lydia

81. Esme

82. Everly

83. Gemma

84. Willow

85. Maya

86. Frances

87. Louisa

88. Elsa (ASTERISK)

89. Ada

90. Lola

91. Phoebe

92. Kinsley

93. Zara

94. Madeline

95. Hannah

96. James (ASTERISK)

97. Delilah

98. Mabel

99. Emmett (ASTERISK)

100. Hadley

BOYS

1. Asher

2. Declan

3. Atticus

4. Finn

5. Oliver

6. Henry

7. Silas

8. Jasper

9. Milo

10. Jude

11. Ezra

12. Emmett

13. Harper (ASTERISK)

14. Leo

15. Owen

16. Levi

17. James

18. Rowan (ASTERISK)

19. Felix

20. Miles

21. Sebastian

22. Liam

23. Sawyer (ASTERISK)

24. Jack

25. Theodore

26. Beckett (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

27. Wyatt (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

28. Hudson

29. Evelyn (ASTERISK)

30. Kai (ASTERISK)

31. Ethan

32. William

33. Benjamin

34. Soren (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

35. Eli

36. Caleb

37. Flynn

38. Noah

39. Quinn (ASTERISK)

40. Julian

41. Bodhi (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

42. Archer (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

43. Oscar

44. Everett

45. Alexander

46. Django

47. August

48. Andrew

49. Josiah

50. Dashiell

51. Zachary

52. Christian

53. Kieran

54. Luca

55. Luke

56. Elliot (ASTERISK)

57. Charlie (ASTERISK)

58. Elijah

59. Hugo

60. Thomas

61. Ryder

62. Isaac

63. Theo

64. Jacob

65. Rhys

66. Lucas

67. Callum

68. Arthur

69. Gabriel

70. Samuel

71. Zane

72. Nico

73. Micah

74. Avery (ASTERISK)

75. Dylan

76. Ryker

77. Roman

78. Nathaniel

79. Jackson

80. Grayson

81. George

82. Knox (ASTERISK)(ASTERISK)

83. Rory (ASTERISK)

84. Ronan (ASTERISK)

85. Xavier

86. Daniel

87. John

88. Finley (ASTERISK)

89. Emerson (ASTERISK)

90. Aiden

91. Harrison

92. Simon

93. Nolan

94. Charles

95. Axel (ASTERISK)

96. Tristan

97. Arlo

98. Beau

99. Jonah

100. Max

(ASTERISK) New to Top 100

(ASTERISK)(ASTERISK) Rising quickly on the list

Thanks to Ren Williams, our head forums moderator and new intern, for help analyzing the data.

Nameberry is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, "Beyond Ava and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby." See more at Nameberry.com.

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