Thursday, May 5, 2011
My thoughts on the 2010 baby name list
The Social Security List of the top baby names of 2010 came out today. The top 25 are listed below with the top 100 in the link above.
1 Jacob & Isabella
2 Ethan & Sophia
3 Michael & Emma
4 Jayden & Olivia
5 William & Ava
6 Alexander & Emily
7 Noah & Abigail
8 Daniel & Madison
9 Aiden & Chloe
10 Anthony & Mia
11 Joshua & Addison
12 Mason & Elizabeth
13 Christopher & Ella
14 Andrew & Natalie
15 David & Samantha
16 Matthew & Alexis
17 Logan & Lily
18 Elijah & Grace
19 James & Hailey
20 Joseph & Alyssa
21 Gabriel & Lillian
22 Benjamin & Hannah
23 Ryan & Avery
24 Samuel & Leah
25 Jackson & Nevaeh
A few of my thoughts:
Lucy, Charlotte, Quinn, and Evelyn will be moving up in 2011 and 2012. They're all in the top 75 now and from the talking amongst friends of mine, the names I see in Spencer's daycare, and other sites I visit (like thebump.com), they're all becoming really popular.
Did you notice that the top 5 girls names all have an "a" at the end? So do #10 and #13. They're all very pretty, very feminine names and I can see why they all trend in the same direction.
A lot of the "older" names are really showing up more and more- Amelia, Evelyn, Audrey, Claire, etc. I adore all these names- they're so pretty and classic.
I'm surprised Grace isn't higher, but perhaps it was a few years ago? I know a TON of Graces. I feel the same way about Jack. Shocked that it's not higher. But maybe because a lot of Jacks are Jacksons or Johns with the nn Jack.
The names B and I like for boys aren't in the top 25 and this shocks me. They're nice, normal names but apparently that's not "in" anymore. Only one of the three is in the top 100! Spencer is #227. We're so not cool! I suppose this will be a good thing once he's in kindergarten.
Mary didn't make the top 100???? Again, shocking!
My top 5 names in the top 100 are:
For Boys: Ryan, John, Benjamin, Carson (maybe?? I'm struggling to come up with 5 on the boy's side because I am already so set on my boy's names) and Robert (love Robbie!)
For Girls: Julia, Natalie, Elizabeth, Claire, Molly, and Evelyn (yes, that's 6. I also like Amelia, Audrey, Caroline and Paige.) Emily is my very favorite name of all time, but it's been in the top 10 for the past 25 or so years, so I've buried it deep in my heart as a name I'll never get to use.
My least favorite are:
For Boys: Jayden, Aiden/Ayden/Brayden/Caiden, etc, etc; Jaxon (just spell things appropriately peeps!!);
For Girls: Nevaeh (Heaven spelled backwards- blech), Kaylee, Khloe (again with the spelling), Destiny, Trinity, Faith, Serenity (all kind of go along with the Heaven theme- not my thing)
So, are "your" names in the top 10? The top 25? Does looking at this list change your idea of the perfect name for your child? Are you happy or sad that your child's name is higher or lower on the list? What are your top 5 in boys and girls names? Fill me in, ladies! I adore baby names!!