The Top 10 Names Millennials Parents May Give Their Babies This Year

photo: Danielle MacInnes

photo: Danielle MacInnes

Earlier this year, Nameberry came out with its list of top 100 Trending baby names that the popular baby naming site predicts will be most used. Just getting around now, albeit 6 months later, to check out the list and I like a lot of the names on it.

After combing through it, I picked the top 10 Millennial friendly names I think will be most attractive to young couples under 30 and the reasons why I think so:

Thor

  •  Because that new Avengers movie is coming out and it will inspire all the Superhero geeks out there.

Yara

  • The actress, Black’ish‘s Yara Shahidi, is beautiful, smart and on every magazine cover and red carpet looking powerful and smart; and she’s going to Harvard. Nice legacy to want your little girl to aspire to.

Wilder

  • This name just screams Millennial friendly to me!

Remy

  • Rapper Remy Ma famously feuded with Nicki Minaj this year and for all her effort in breaking the internet after her diss tape came out, she won a coveted Best Female Rapper Award at this year’s BET Awards besting lots of great vet rappers including her arch nemesis Minaj herself. For everyone who wants their daughter to overcome tough times and take on Goliath of the world, yes to Remy.
photo Jenna Norman

photo Jenna Norman

Loyal

  • Like Royal but less douchey. Also, it is unique and has tons of personality.

Echo

  • Because who doesn’t love a competitor to Siri. Besides Amazon.com is taking over the world and naming your kid after one of its newest signature devices will make you feel invincible too, maybe.
photo: Chien Pham

photo: Chien Pham

Fiona

  • Classic yet not too pretentious.

Frank

  • For a boy and similar reason.

Cassius

  • Because reality TV housewives competed over Cash and Cassius sounds maganaminous. Also, anyone nostalgic and want to remember Mohammed Ali may want to pay homage to him this way by naming their kid after Ali’s birth name.

Arrow

  • Another superhero fan’s dream name.

Check out the complete list at Nameberry here!


The Hunger Games, The Affleck girls & DjangoUnchained inspire top baby names

No Aden or Marla here. 
Nameberry released its list of top baby names of 2013 and suprisingly a bunch of names out of Hollywood – think movies and characters- popped up.
Atop the list for boys:  Django! Wow. Um yeah. And Harper, the name of Victoria Beckham‘s daughter is #3 of girl’s names. But it didn’t top Imogen, the name of a popular British singer, Imoden Heap, which is number 1.  There were some average and traditional names like Eleanor (#4) and Amelia (#6) thrown in the mix among common celebrity names like Violet (#5) and Seraphina (7) which are the names of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s daughters.  
And sneaking in the top 10 was Katniss. Yup as in Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games book and movie. 
Nameberry’s cofounder Pamela Redmond Satran told Today that the reason why these names aren’t on the list of names the Social Security Administration releases based on births is because Nameberry tracks more recent trends. It takes a while for the government to get those names. 
“The top names on our lists may not even rank right now in the national top 1,000, but are likely to show up among the top names of the next decade.,” Satran said. 
The top unisex names are cool and reminiscent of the past as well:  Quinn, Rowan, and Sawyer.
Here are Nameberry’s top baby names for the first half of 2013:
GIRLS
1. Imogen
2. Charlotte
3. Harper
4. Eleanor
5. Violet
6. Amelia
7. Seraphina
8. Isla
9. Penelope
10. Katniss
BOYS
1. Asher
2. Finn
3. Declan
4. Django
5. James
6. Oliver
7. Henry
8. Atticus
9. Owen
10.Milo

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