The hot baby names of 2013 are now trending on U.S. headlines this week, as Upcoming Yahoo News reported this Thursday, April 11, that some of the most unique boys and girls’ names of the year so far have been revealed. From Marlowe to Thor, there have certainly been some interesting, lovely, and popular choices by new parents.
Nameberry statistics have revealed 13 relatively modern names are finding surprising popularity at the start of the year in comparison to 2012. The hot baby names 2013 mentioned in the list so far are as follows:
This name first rose to popularity in the 1960s, and seems to be influenced by the character on HBO’s “Girls” show. It comes from a variation of a Hebrew name that means “rejoice.”
Marlowe is another name seeing a big rise in popular baby names this year. The name literally means “driftwood” and has risen over 350% now, especially for young girls.
Although Christian has long been a well-known name for boys in the past 20 years, interest in the name has increased this first 2013 quarter as one of the hottest names. Of course, “Fifty Shades of Grey” and its titular male, Christian Grey, as well as actors like Christian Bale may have attached a strong romantic image to the name.
Nelly is often short for Eleanor and Helen, and is now up in the hot baby name statistics by almost 300% this year, and could be influenced by popular singer Nelly Furtado, added Nameberry.
Mavis, a male version of Maeve in certain ways, is French for “songbird” and could also be related from the Welsh word known for “strawberries.” It has seen a 250% rise since the start of 2013.
Though it might be related to the Norse god and made commercially popular as played by Chris Hemsworth of “The Avengers,” Thor has actually become a very common name among mortals as well. It means thunder, and has bolted to over 200% this first quarter of the year.
“Severine may be past its prime in its native France, but its use for the latest Bond Girl in Skyfall has won it new interest as a baby name possibility. With views up more than 200 percent on Nameberry in the first part of the year, Severine joins Harry Potteresque brother name Severus – they both mean, not surprisingly, severe or stern – as a fresh 21st. century choice.”
From Bruce Willice to Bruce Lee, Bruce is not too surprising of a name. It was in fact in the top 50 back in the 1950s, and according to Newberry, is up over 200% this 2013.
“Wilder is a newly hot baby name that wants to have it both ways: It’s a bad boy name as well as a literary choice thanks to playwright Thornton, who wrote the classic Our Town, and Little House author Laura Ingalls. Despite those gentle references, we can’t help associating Wilder with crazier. Views of Wilder are up nearly 200 percent for 2013.”
“Phaedra is an ancient mythological name with a tragic backstory that’s finding new life in the modern world. This Greek name meaning bright has a rich literary history. But it may be the Real Housewife of Atlanta named Phaedra who’s responsible for the name’s 178 percent rise so far this year.”
A surname of the popular jazz artist Charles Mingus, the name was first made popular among celebrity superstars as the baby name of Helena Christensen, a supermodel. It has increased in popularity by nearly 150% since the start of 2013.
“This Top 10 Swedish name is attracting new attention here as a more exotic member of the popular floral family of girls’ names: It means twinflower and is derived from the name of the renowned botanist Carolus Linnaeus. It may be pronounced lin-NAY-ah or lin-NEE-ah. Linnea, also the name of a charming children’s book heroine, attracted over 150 percent more traffic in the first three months of 2013 than it did in the same period in 2012.”
Finnegan is most commonly an Irish surname that means “fair,” and is sometimes shortened for the more common name Finn for boys. Yet in the hot baby names 2013 list, Finnegan keeps its spot in the U.S. top 1000 names since back in 2005, and has risen to the top 500 at number 478.
Which names of the above list do you enjoy? What most popular baby boy and girl names would you like to see at the very top of the list?
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