Baby names, baby names, baby names. Can you ever get enough about baby names? I sure can’t. I’m fascinated by what names are trending, I’m pretty much obsessed with what names people give their children, and I have lists upon lists upon lists of my own favorites.
Some of the Top 10 Baby Girl Names of 2013 surprised me. Isla? Great name, but I certainly didn’t expect to see it place at #4.
And there were some names I was shocked not to see on the list, so–like the boy names–I went ahead and added five girl names that I think should be on Nameberry’s list.
What do you think? Do any of these names surprise you? Is your daughter’s name on the list?
The Names of the Little Ladies 1 of 16
#1 Imogen 2 of 16
To say I was shocked to see Imogen land the #1 spot on Nameberry would be an understatement. The name has been trending for a while, and I think it's sort of pretty, but I had no idea that many people were interested in it.
#2 Charlotte 3 of 16
I know three young Charlottes, all under the age of 5, so it doesn't surprise me at all to see this name at #2. It's a lovely name, with plenty of reason to be so popular.
Meaning: free man
#3 Harper 4 of 16
Harper was a name I loved long before I ever realized I wanted children. I fell in love with it because of Harper Lee and because I thought it was such an unusual name for a girl--but that was over 10 years ago. At lot has changed in 10 years, including how popular this name has become.
#4 Isla 5 of 16
Isla is a lovely name to me, right up there with Esme. They're both fun to say, sweet-sounding, and short. But I don't think I'd ever be bold enough to use either--and I'm totally surprised that many people showed interest in this name in 2013.
Meaning: the name of a island off the Scottish coast
#5 Amelia 6 of 16
I wouldn't expect anything else but to see Amelia in the Top 10. I mean, just look at the name! It's beautiful. And it sounds like a little piece of heaven when you say it. Lovely all around. Now the only thing that bothers me about this name is how popular it is.
#6 Evelyn 7 of 16
Here's another absolutely gorgeous name! Hard to believe this was once exclusively a boy's name. Evelyn evokes images of romance and roses, of great love, and class. Amazingly (and sadly), I know no one with this name.
#7 Penelope 8 of 16
I first fell in love with this name back in the day with Lost. Penelope was a great character on the show, and made me realize how fabulous the nickname Penny is. There's something about this name that I can't quite pinpoint, but that makes me get behind it 100%.
#8 Eleanor 9 of 16
There are so many fabulous Eleanors--not least of whom was Eleanor Roosevelt--which makes this name rich with history, and a powerful choice for a young girl without sacrificing ladylike class.
Meaning: shining light
#9 Cora 10 of 16
I know two young babies with the name Cora, and I think it's just a splendid name. I have to assume the popularity of Downton Abbey has contributed to the popularity of this name. But regardless, it's a fun and pretty name.
#10 Violet 11 of 16
What's not to like about Violet? I first fell in love with this name back in my teen-angst, Courtney-Love-loving days--remember the Hole song, "Violet"? I don't recommend it now. But anyway, the name is great. Not at all surprised to see it in the Top 10. I know four girls under the age of 5 with this name.
Meaning: happy girl
Be sure to check out Nameberry's full list! But first, keeping clicking to see the five names I think should be on the list.
My Pick: Reid 12 of 16
After Harper began to rise so much in popularity, I started getting into the name Reid instead. It's another not-too-femmy, but super cool and gender-neutral(ish) name for a girl. Also, anyone with this name will totally have fun disproving the totally inaccurate "i before e, except after c" rule (how do schools even get away with teaching such a lie?).
My Pick: Simone 13 of 16
It's amazing what you learn about your family when you begin talking about potential baby names. For my whole life, I thought this was my grandmother's maiden name--which made it a huge contender for us. But then, I found out it is actually the name of the husband (whom I never met) that she was briefly married to after she left my grandfather (whom I also never met). While I still love this very pretty name, it comes with way too much baggage for us to ever use.
My Pick: Leona 14 of 16
Leona is my great-grandmother's name, and it's on our current short list--though, truth be told, that doesn't mean that much since our short list has changed dozens of times over our two-year fertility journey. BUT, Leona is a lovely name regardless of whether we ever use it.
My Pick: Estelle 15 of 16
With the popularity of names like Stella, Elle, Ella, Belle, Bella, Isabelle, Isabella, and all those sorts, I'm completely shocked that Estelle isn't on Nameberry's Top 100 list. Like, actually shocked. Why is this name being overlooked?
My Pick: Daphne 16 of 16
Daphne is the name of our twin daughter we lost last December. Naturally, I love this name.
Meaning: laurel tree
Check out the full list of Top 100 Girl Names of 2013 on Nameberry!
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