2013 Baby Name Trends: What's in a Name?

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2013 Baby Name Trends: What's in a Name

Selecting a name for your baby can be a daunting task; there are so many choices, and everyone has suggestions. However, before you mumble your agreement to Aunt Myrtle’s suggestion, take a look at the baby name trends for 2013. They may just give you the inspiration you need to select the perfect name for your little bundle of joy.

Old-fashioned names
Names like Naomi, Betty, Alice, Eli, and Henry hearken back to a simpler time. The traditional sound of these names is on the way in, bringing with it the vestiges of days long past.

Ancient names
If you want to travel even farther back in history, names inspired by the Romans are your ticket to ancient times. Powerful names, including Augustus, Juno, and Julius, echo the greatness of Caesars and gods. An ancient name with literary ties that has lately enjoyed a surge in popularity is Atticus, perhaps best known as a character in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Royal baby names
With all the excitement surrounding the birth of Will and Kate’s son, expect to see an increase in names with ties to the English monarchy. Names most likely to see a rise in popularity include Anne, George, Spencer, Diana, Victoria, and Elizabeth.

Irish names
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean, Irish-inspired names sound more unique than other names, but they are just as easy to pronounce. The two most popular Irish names for boys this year – Aiden and Liam – are enjoying a fairly long reign at the top of the charts. Eithne (pronounced ITH-nee) is a unique girl’s name that is quickly gaining ground.

To help jog your naming wheels into motion, below are the top ten names for girls and boys in 2013.

Top ten girls’ names of 2013
1. Isabella
2. Emma
3. Ann
4. Charlotte
5. Betty
6. Eithne
7. Abigail
8. Ellie
9. Olivia
10. Harper

Top ten boys’ names of 2013
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Jacob
4. Lucas
5. Aiden
6. James
7. Henry
8. Jackson
9. Elijah
10. Daniel

Naming your baby is probably one of the most fun and stressful events you will experience as parents-to-be. Sometimes you may feel that you will never find a name that fits your baby, but keep these trends in mind while you search; there is sure to be a name out there you will love. 

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