Celebrities are on their way out and relatives (particularly of the grand- and great- variety) are decidedly in — when it comes to baby names, that is.
The latest list of the year’s most popular names reflects a new generation of parents striving for meaning in the names they choose, says Linda Murray, global editor in chief of the pregnancy and parenting website BabyCenter.com. The site’s list of top names for 2013 is out Tuesday.
“We saw a marked change this year,” she says. Parents “want a name that feels important to them. Looking back into your own family tree is a way to find a person meaningful to you. We see the search for meaning in this generation really starting to show up in the baby-naming ranks.”
BabyCenter lists names of 555,000 babies born in 2013 to moms registered on its site. This year, Aiden — the leading boy’s name for the past eight years — was displaced by Jackson. Among girls, Sophia was first for the fourth year in a row.
New names in the top 100 are Caden, Jayce and Muhammad for boys; among girls, Lila, Adalyn, Alaina, Liliana and Keira.
The San Francisco-based site also surveys mothers about the naming process. The online survey of 2,468 women, conducted in October, includes 2,205 mothers and 263 women expecting their first child.
Among survey findings:
• 81% like classic names; 43% like very unusual, unique names.
• 80% finalized their name decision before the birth.
• 63% dislike the baby-naming trend of celebrity-inspired names.
• 54% say people they know are the inspiration for names: “My grandparents or my partner’s grandparents” led the list at 39%.