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2013 Baby Names — The Other Top 100

So, in addition to Mother’s Day, this weekend marks another annual holiday (at least for my name-nerdy household): the release of last year’s Social Security Administration baby name data. This is the dataset I’ve been messing with since not long after it was first released to the public in 1998, and it’s one of the core pieces of my dissertation research (first bit of that discussion here; I’ll likely write another post with the second bit in the next few days) — but it’s got some problems. Not least of these is that because of the sheer volume of data being collated, the SSA dataset doesn’t take alternate spellings into account: Aiden, Aidan, and Aydin are all recorded as different names.

That makes a lot of sense from a data perspective, but it makes it more difficult, if you’re a parent concerned about avoiding the most popular names (which my research suggested a LOT of parents are), to suss out which names might cause six other heads to turn on the playground. In that spirit, here’s my list of the “real” top 100 names for 2013.
More baby name blog posts undoubtedly to follow in the next couple weeks — but for now, enjoy!

Edit (5/9/14): Because of the popularity of this post, I’ve added a second post that lists the combined spellings of names #101-250, which is about as far as things stay interesting.

Second Edit (5/11/14): A fellow name nerd pointed out an error in my calculations: Aiden, not Jackson, is the “true” most popular boys’ name. Thanks for catching that!

Top 100 Boys’ Names, Combined Spellings

Spelling cluster Spelling cluster’s combined rank Highest individual SSA rank Total number of babies given the name
Aiden/Ayden/Aidan/Aden/Adan/Aydin/Aydan/Aidyn/Aaden 1 12 25,162
Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson/Jaxen 2 16 24,934
Jayden/Jaden/Jaiden/Jaydon/Jadon 3 9 19,705
Jacob/Jakob/Jaycob 4 3 18,885
Noah 5 1 18,090
Mason/Mayson/Maison 6 4 18,088
Liam 7 2 18,002
William 8 5 16,495
Kayden/Kaiden/Kaden/Cayden/Caden/Caiden/Kaeden 9 93 16,134
Ethan 10 6 16,127
Michael/Micheal 11 7 15,714
Alexander/Alexzander 12 8 15,073
Elijah/Alijah 13 11 14,149
Daniel 14 10 14,140
Matthew/Mathew 15 15 13,894
Jace/Jase/Jayce/Jayse 16 66 13,720
James 17 13 13,416
Benjamin 18 14 13,373
Lucas/Lukas 19 23 12,932
Caleb/Kaleb 20 33 12,333
Logan 21 17 12,270
David 22 18 12,226
Anthony 23 19 12,164
Joseph 24 20 12,095
Joshua 25 21 11,680
Andrew 26 22 11,568
Christopher/Kristopher/Cristopher 27 26 11,500
Christian/Cristian/Kristian 28 35 11,183
Gabriel 29 24 11,112
Dylan/Dillon/Dilan 30 28 11,085
John/Jon 31 27 10,968
Samuel 32 25 10,957
Carter/Karter 33 32 10,680
Landon/Landen/Landyn 34 39 10,670
Isaac/Issac 35 29 10,590
Jonathan/Johnathan/Jonathon/Johnathon 36 42 10,240
Nicholas/Nicolas/Nikolas/Nickolas 37 54 10,080
Ryan 38 30 9,808
Connor/Conner/Conor/Konner/Konnor 39 56 9,699
Nathan 40 31 9,620
Brayden/Braden/Braydon/Braeden/Braiden 41 48 9,544
Luke 42 34 9,497
Cameron/Kameron/Camron/Kamryn/Camren/Kamron/Camryn 43 59 9,213
Hunter 44 36 8,887
Isaiah/Izaiah/Isiah/Izayah 45 44 8,858
Henry 46 37 8,802
Owen 47 38 8,702
Jack 48 40 8,506
Wyatt 49 41 8,490
Dominic/Dominick/Dominik/Dominique 50 68 8,260
Grayson/Greyson 51 78 8,130
Colton/Kolton/Colten/Kolten 52 64 8,125
Jason/Jayceon/Jayson 53 79 8,107
Eli 54 43 7,867
Julian/Julien 55 47 7,865
Gavin/Gavyn 56 49 7,608
Jordan/Jordyn/Jorden 57 53 7,598
Aaron/Aron 58 51 7,568
Sebastian 59 45 7,495
Levi 60 50 7,339
Oliver 61 52 7,209
Adrian/Adrien 62 60 7,082
Evan 63 55 7,070
Thomas/Tomas 64 61 7,052
Charles 65 57 6,955
Jeremiah 66 58 6,888
Josiah/Jasiah/Joziah 67 69 6,817
Robert 68 62 6,641
Tyler 69 63 6,590
Austin 70 65 6,441
Brandon/Branden 71 70 6,379
Angel 72 67 6,320
Zachary/Zackary 73 73 6,148
Bentley/Bentlee/Bently 74 81 5,974
Kevin 75 72 5,892
Damian/Damien/Damion 76 98 5,794
Chase/Chace 77 77 5,742
Eric/Erick/Erik 78 118 5,683
Xavier/Xzavier/Zavier 79 83 5,630
Parker 80 74 5,622
Ian/Ean 80 80 5,622
Blake 82 75 5,601
Jose 83 76 5,579
Bryan/Brian 84 132 5,504
Carson/Karson 85 90 5,468
Camden/Kamden/Kamdyn/Camdyn 86 99 5,240
Adam 87 82 5,193
Tristan/Tristen/Triston/Tristin 88 97 5,106
Miles/Myles 89 115 5,004
Nathaniel/Nathanael 90 91 4,924
Cooper 91 84 4,843
Colin/Collin 92 124 4,838
Justin 93 85 4,827
Bryson/Brycen/Brysen 94 102 4,794
Nolan 95 86 4,715
Brody/Brodie 96 94 4,633
Hudson 97 87 4,628
Easton 98 88 4,615
Mateo/Matteo 99 109 4,341
Steven/Stephen 100 136 4,286

 

Top 100 Girls’ Names, Combined Spellings

 

Spelling cluster Spelling cluster’s combined rank Highest individual SSA rank Total number of babies given the name
Sophia/Sofia 1 1 30,183
Emma 2 2 20,788
Olivia/Alivia/Alyvia 3 3 20,323
Isabella/Izabella/Isabela 4 4 19,681
Ava/Eva/Avah 5 5 18,859
Emily/Emely/Emilee/Emilie/Emmalee 6 7 15,200
Mia/Miah 7 6 13,547
Zoey/Zoe/Zoie 8 24 13,534
Aubrey/Aubree/Aubrie/Aubri 9 18 13,482
Abigail/Abbigail 10 8 12,672
Madison/Maddison/Madisyn/Madyson 11 9 12,506
Chloe/Khloe 12 14 12,368
Madelyn/Madeline/Madeleine/Madilyn/Madelynn/Madilynn/Madalyn/Madalynn 13 68 11,650
Layla/Laila/Leila/Leyla/Laylah/Lailah 14 30 11,321
Riley/Rylee/Ryleigh/Rylie 15 45 10,328
Avery/Averie/Averi 16 12 10,303
Arianna/Ariana/Aryanna/Aryana 17 44 10,248
Lily/Lilly/Lillie 18 27 10,098
Amelia/Emilia/Emelia 19 17 9,958
Elizabeth/Elisabeth 20 10 9,800
Kaylee/Kayleigh/Kali/Kaylie/Kailey/Caylee/Kailee/Kaleigh 21 41 9,557
Hailey/Haley/Haylee/Hallie/Hayley/Halle/Hailee/Haleigh 22 43 9,499
Addison/Addyson/Addisyn 23 19 9,459
Charlotte 24 11 9,232
Natalie/Nathalie/Nataly/Natalee/Nathaly 25 21 9,139
Aaliyah/Aliyah/Aleah/Alia/Aliya/Aleigha 26 36 9,080
Brooklyn/Brooklynn 27 28 8,977
Evelyn/Evelynn/Evalyn/Avalyn 28 20 8,676
Hannah/Hanna/Hana 29 23 8,386
Ella 30 15 8,370
Allison/Alison/Allyson/Alyson/Alisson 31 34 8,228
Harper 32 16 8,222
Mackenzie/Mckenzie/Makenzie 33 62 8,115
Adalynn/Adalyn/Adelyn/Adeline/Adelynn/Addilyn 34 173 7,752
Lillian/Lilian 35 26 7,618
Maya/Mya/Maia/Myah/Miya 36 72 7,612
Peyton/Payton/Paityn 37 51 7,559
Kylie/Kylee/Kyleigh/Kiley 38 61 7,509
Leah/Lia/Leia/Lea 39 33 7,326
Grace 40 22 7,296
Aria/Arya/Ariah/Ariyah/Ariya 41 40 7,185
Victoria 42 25 7,155
Kaitlyn/Katelyn/Caitlyn/Caitlin/Katelynn/Kaitlynn 43 134 6,810
Camila/Kamila/Camilla 44 39 6,739
Katherine/Catherine/Kathryn 45 77 6,700
Elena/Alaina/Alayna/Elaina 46 132 6,699
Sarah/Sara 47 48 6,690
Anna/Ana 48 35 6,642
Gabriella/Gabriela 49 38 6,611
Samantha 50 29 6,453
Scarlett/Scarlet/Scarlette 51 42 6,164
Makayla/Mikayla/Michaela/Mikaela/Mckayla 52 94 6,015
Savannah/Savanna 53 37 5,880
Brianna/Briana/Breanna/Bryanna 54 71 5,761
Liliana/Lilliana/Lilyana/Lilianna/Lillianna/Lilyanna/Lillyana 55 122 5,687
Audrey 56 32 5,567
London/Londyn 57 85 5,364
Annabelle/Anabelle/Annabel/Anabel/Annabell 58 81 5,345
Lyla/Lila/Lilah/Lylah 59 153 5,228
Nora/Norah 60 83 5,197
Alyssa/Elisa/Alissa 61 57 5,192
Jasmine/Jazmine/Jazmin/Jasmin 62 103 5,068
Isabelle/Isabel 63 115 5,046
Claire/Clare 64 49 4,998
Eliana/Elliana/Aliana/Elianna/Iliana 65 125 4,803
Juliana/Julianna/Giuliana 66 149 4,787
Bailey/Baylee/Bailee/Bayleigh 67 105 4,745
Alexis 68 46 4,741
Nevaeh 69 47 4,716
Skylar/Skyler 70 73 4,630
Kennedy/Kennedi 71 64 4,618
Sadie 72 50 4,614
Mila/Myla 73 78 4,605
Jocelyn/Joselyn/Joslyn/Jocelynn 74 99 4,494
Serenity 75 53 4,412
Reagan/Raegan/Regan 76 104 4,353
Genesis 77 55 4,280
Penelope 78 56 4,258
Bella 79 58 4,135
Melanie/Melany 80 84 4,122
Taylor 81 59 4,108
Alexa 82 60 4,077
Paisley/Paislee 83 80 4,027
Caroline 84 63 3,955
Lauren/Lauryn 85 91 3,928
Autumn 86 65 3,924
Jordyn/Jordan/Jordynn 87 132 3,923
Lucy 88 66 3,914
Ashley 89 67 3,913
Violet 90 69 3,895
Stella 91 70 3,880
Gianna/Giana 92 86 3,825
Charlie/Charlee/Cherley/Charleigh/Charli 93 240 3,772
Vivian/Vivienne 94 119 3,753
Ellie 95 74 3,739
Julia 96 75 3,715
Sophie 97 76 3,710
Kayla/Keyla 98 95 3,569
Alexandra 99 82 3,486
Adriana/Adrianna 99 151 3,486
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  1. I did a similar analysis, but gave Aiden first place over Jackson. There are 866 boys named Adan that I put in the Aiden category. Maybe that’s not how Adan is pronounced, but that’s how I see it. Details are at http://www.somefunsite.com/babynames/2013.php

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    • You’re absolutely right — I just went back to my dataset and found a bug in my program. Thanks for the clarification — I’ll update the table to reflect it.

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  2. Alyssa

     /  May 26, 2014

    Thank you for taking the time to compile this list, although I do have one issue with it.

    Some spellings you have combined are actually differently pronounced names. For instance Hailey and Halle (like Halle Berry) are not the same name, and Leah and Leia (like Princess Leia) are also not the same name. It happens quite a few times throughout the list. As someone who is planning to name my daughter Leia (not Leah) I still don’t have an accurate picture of how popular her name is. Just thought I’d point that out.

    Thanks!

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    • Thanks for the comment, Alyssa! You’re absolutely right, there’s a lot of subjectivity in which names are homonyms and which are not (for instance, I know a woman who spells her name Leah and pronounces it LAY-ah like the Star Wars princess). That’s why I include the names I combined for each spelling; it’s also why I’m glad we name-ophiles have access to a non-combined list through the SSA. In the end, I think my advice to parents would be the same I give to students in my research methods class — be a bit skeptical of any data you find in only a single source, even if that source is me. Pulling together data from several different sources is the best way to get a reliable sense of any big picture.

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  3. Genesis!?! Really? I’ve never heard of that as a name and it is in the top 100… wow.

    Also, it is interesting to see a lot of my friends’ babies’ (’13/’14) names in the list. We really liked that their choices were off-the-beaten-path, but I guess a lot of people think the same way…

    Thanks for blogging your research!

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    • glad you liked it! I think it’s definitely true that people who aren’t around small children sometimes don’t realize when a name is newly “trendy”; in doing my dissertation interviews, I spoke to several parents who gave their kids really popular names by mistake and didn’t realize it until they started getting emails from friends saying “hey, look at the popular names list!”

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