A good indication of how popular a baby name is going to be is how much people are considering it, researching it, thinking about it. Nameberry has released the girl baby names most looked at for the first half of 2013, and it's not the names I was expecting! Where is North?!! Maybe that'll come later. Anyway, there was a huge upset in the most popular girls' list, with one name coming out of the blue to tackle the ever-popular Charlotte. In fact, she did more than tackle. She beat her to a pulp! And I can't figure out why, because this is a girl's name that has not been in the news, nor is she a popular culture heroine. Who is she .... ?
The most popular girl name that people were checking out is ...
Interestink, eh? The most newsworthy Imogen I could find was tennis player Imogen Thomas (who just had a baby she named Ariana). Imogen has long been a popular name in Britain, where it's pronounced Imo-gene. The only Imogen I can think of is Imogene Coca, the rubbery-faced comedienne from the 1950s and '60s. This is definitely an old timey name, but it hasn't had a revival yet like a lot of other old-fashioned names such as Pearl or Olive. But it is probably primed for one, given so many people are looking up the name.
Number two is self-explanatory, as Charlotte has always been popular. Number three, Harper, is most likely having a resurgence thanks to David and Victoria Beckham's daughter. Number ten, Katniss, is obviously a nod to The Hunger Games. But there is no doubt that tried-and-true names from the turn of the century are making a serious comeback!
Here are the top 25 names (the full list goes to 100 and I'm quite pleased to see Anais -- like my fave author Anais Nin -- bringing up the rear of the list).
Do you like any of these names? Here are the top 25 boy names.