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Roses and Cellar Doors: "Unisex" Names--SSA 2013

I've refined my method a bit more than last time, taking alternate spellings into account (well, trying to, anyway). I looked at the percentage of kids given each name rather than ranking or number of babies, since a) more boys tend to be given the top names each year, and b) more boys are born each year than girls for some reason. Anyway, enjoy!
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Look Back at 2013: New Names for Girls - Appellation Mountain

Look Back at 2013: New Names for Girls - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
New names for girls in 2013 included Sutton, Margot, and Mabel, Rivka, Wren, Liv, and Gwen, all returning to the US Top 1000 - or making their debut!
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Unisex Baby Names….or are they really?

Unisex Baby Names….or are they really? | Name News | Scoop.it
Going by the strictest definition of unisex names, are these names truly used for babies of both genders?
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The NZ top 100 - over run with A names

A names! What is it about them that make people love them so much? Is it that they are the first letter in the alphabet? so therefore at the beginning of the baby name lists? In the New Zealand top...
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Most Popular Baby Names, A to Z

Most Popular Baby Names, A to Z | Name News | Scoop.it
Here, we break down the most popular names for girls and boys starting with every letter of the alphabet. Sure, Sophia rules the letter S, but do you know who tops Y?
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Best Baby Names Ranked 51-100?

Best Baby Names Ranked 51-100? | Name News | Scoop.it
You already voted for the best baby names ranked from 1-50. Now it is time to vote for the best names ranked from 51-100!
Which names do you like most? Tag a friend in the comments to invite them to...
Clare's insight:

Another poll?  Don't mind if I do.  Penelope was a runaway winner when I voted, but now - who knows?

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Best of the Top 50 Names

Best of the Top 50 Names | Name News | Scoop.it
What would you say are the BEST names within the Top 50 for each gender? Vote now on this poll! #babynames Based on the stats from the US’s SSA baby names site.
Clare's insight:

If you need an excuse to look through list of names and decide which you like best...here it is!

Anna Otto's comment, December 7, 2014 10:24 PM
I'm winning! :)
Clare's comment, December 8, 2014 2:46 AM
Congrats on having such a good name!
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Once Upon a Time Baby Names: The U.S. top 10 in other languages

Girls

1. Sophia - Sofia (which also ranks), Sonya/Sonia/Sonja, Sophie/Sofie/Sophy, Zofia, Zosia, Sohvi, Zsofika, and Zsofia
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Name loves: Twin Tuesday: All about naming multiples

Name loves: Twin Tuesday: All about naming multiples | Name News | Scoop.it
It's really interesting to study how people name their twins. I love to see the trends, and the ways that people go about naming their multiples. So here is what I've got for you today:


Let's start with popular twin names. According to the SSA, here are the Top 10 most popular twin names for 2013:
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Monday's Top 10: Most popular baby names

Monday's Top 10: Most popular baby names | Name News | Scoop.it
While today's elementary school classrooms might not be filled with many James or Marys, the two names with deep Biblical ties are the most popular names for newborns over the last century according to the Social Security Administration.
Clare's insight:

Just to illustrate that the US data is still making news stories, nearly 5 months after its release.

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Roses and Cellar Doors: No Alternates Allowed! (boys, 2013)

"Boys' turn! Here are the names from the Top 1000 with no spelling variants, from most to least common.
Enjoy!
(can't believe how many more there are for boys than girls! Well, no....maybe I can. :/ )"

Clare's insight:

What do Moses, Nelson, Clinton and Elvis have in common (apart from making interesting dinner party guests)?

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Top 250 of 2013 with rank changes

"Want to know how much your top favorite names have changed in the past year? Here's the top 250, with changes in rank. The names are grouped by spelling, but for simplicity's sake, I've only listed the most popular spelling. For more detailed information, see the spreadsheets: the top Boys' names for 2013, and  Top 7000 Girls' Names of 2013

RANKNAMErank changeNAMErank change1Aiden0Sophia02Jackson0Emma13Jayden0Olivia14Jacob0Isabella-25Mason0Emily0..."
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2013 Highlights: Biggest gaining and falling BOYS' names

"From the top Boys' names for 2013, grouped by spelling. The biggest gaining names (scroll down for biggest droppers):

NAME               % INCREASE

Jayceon1014%Milan225%Atlas141%Harun196%Bane116%..."

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Best Names Near the Bottom of the List

Best Names Near the Bottom of the List | Name News | Scoop.it
As we anticipate the release of the new Top 1000 names, guest blogger Elizabeth Broadbent looks back at the 2013 lists and finds some nuggets in the bottom 50.
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Look Back at 2013: New Names for Boys - Appellation Mountain

Look Back at 2013: New Names for Boys - Appellation Mountain | Name News | Scoop.it
Which new names for boys debuted - or returned - to the US Top 1000 in 2013? Which names will still be rising when the new stats are released?
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Once Upon a Time Baby Names: Popular Surnames as First Names

Once Upon a Time Baby Names: Popular Surnames as First Names | Name News | Scoop.it
The good folks over at Crestleaf.com, a genealogy site, have worked on ranking the most popular surnames-turned-first-names currently being used. Shown above are the five most popular surnames given to boys and girls, as current as 2013. Here are the following current rankings:
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NameFreak!: THE Names

NameFreak!: THE Names | Name News | Scoop.it
I am currently in love with the name Thea. The debate between Thea on its own or using it as a nickname for Theodora is ongoing. In any case, I decided to look up the popularity of both, as well as other names that begin with The- (with the th pronunciation; I do not include Theresa or Therese). There are several fabulous one!
Clare's insight:

Oh, I like the The- names too.  I'm intrigued that people are using Theory.  Also worth mentioning that Theoden is an Old English word meaning 'prince'.


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Name loves: Alternative names to the Top 15

Name loves: Alternative names to the Top 15 | Name News | Scoop.it
I was asked to do a post on alternatives to popular names, so here it is! If you like a very popular name and don't want to use that name because of it's popularity, this is the post for you.
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Best of the Top 50 Names

Best of the Top 50 Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Have you voted yet? So far Elizabeth and Sebastian are the top favorites! #babynames Based on the stats from the US’s SSA baby names site.
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Unusual Girls’ Names: Hidden treasures below the Top 1000

Unusual Girls’ Names: Hidden treasures below the Top 1000 | Name News | Scoop.it
Aimee Tafreshi looks below the Top 1000 to find some great names in every conceivable category.
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Top 300 Baby Boy Names (2013)

Top 300 Baby Boy Names (2013) | Name News | Scoop.it
Okay namers! Here’s a challenge! A BIIG CHALLENGE! I got 209/300. I’m going to try to beat my own score. Post your score here! #babynames Can you name the top 300 baby boy names from 2013?
Clare's insight:

Yay, Sporcle is an excellent procrastination destination.  This quiz can be found at http://www.sporcle.com/games/skizzo/top-300-baby-boy-names-2013, and the girls' version at http://www.sporcle.com/games/triplet_3/top-300-girls-names-2013

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The Baby Name Fashion Alphabet

The Baby Name Fashion Alphabet | Name News | Scoop.it
"A, my name is Alice and my boyfriend's name is Andy..."

Not any more, folks. Today's A's are most likely to be Ava and Alexander. Can you guess the most popular girl's and boy's names starting with the other 25 letters of the alphabet?
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Liam, Emma are top names for tots in Iowa

Liam, Emma are top names for tots in Iowa | Name News | Scoop.it
But popular names aren't what they used to be as more Iowans follow a trend toward the unique.
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Apologies... the CORRECT link

"I won't bore you with the details, but the links I posted to the Top 7000 Boys' Names of 2013 went to a sheet that actually had the data from 2012 by accident. 

Here is the true link! (It has been updated on all the previous posts as well)

Top 7000 Boys' Names of 2013"

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2013 Highlights: BOYS' names falling out and entering the top 7000

"From the top Boys' names for 2013, grouped by spelling. Names Entering the top 7000 for the first time (or re-entering after having dropped out before 2012) Scroll down for names dropping out.

NAME                             # BABIES GIVEN

Omere26Makayden19Alamin17Kap17Muhammadali17..."

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