Most Popular Baby Names of 2013...So Far

According to Nameberry, a popular website to peruse the meaning of and ideas for names, Marlow tops the list of one of the most searched names by to-be parents


Trying to be original is futile. The more off centre you try to be when you chose a name for your child, the more likely you are to end up picking a name that will be trendy

Two years ago, my friend Elizabeth came close to naming her daughter (who she chose to name the ever classic Caroline) Marlow. She opted for the classic fearing Marlow was going to become too trendy. It appears she has great foresight.

According to Nameberry, a popular website to peruse the meaning of and ideas for names, Marlow tops the list of one of the most searched names by to-be parents.

“Marlowe: Both a brilliant Elizabethan era playwright and a popular name for fancy gastropubs, Marlowe has reportedly made a smashing comeback for modern-day boys and girls.”

The list on nameberry is a mish mash of old names we haven’t heard being given to babies in years, like Bruce and Marnie, and names that we may have never heard before at all, like Mingus and Severine. 

Of course, all the list on nameberry tells us is what names people are looking up, not what names they’re ultimately choosing. My guess is, when the top names of 2013 comes out early next year, the top 10 list will look quite similar to last year’s. I think people who do chose to name their daughter Mavis can rest assured she won’t be one of 12 in her class.

It’s trendy to try to not to be trendy, and when it comes to naming your child, the choice is yours. Personally I’m not a fan of checking lists just to see what names to avoid because they’re trendy. Likewise though, I’m sure whoever looked up Wilder and Phaedra on nameberry will be shocked they weren’t the only ones who looked into their meaning.

My prediction is that whatever name is chosen for the Royal baby in the UK will shoot to the top of the popular names list before the year is out. And that while Phaedra likely won’t break the top 10, there will be more and more names that we will have to ask parents to repeat, pronounce and spell. And it won't be weird to hear an unrecognizable name. 

And, just as likely, it might not be the first time we've heard that 'original' name. 

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