It’s officially December and you know what that means: LISTS! Lists everywhere. Top 10 something of the year, Top 50 this, Top 100 that. If you’re like me, there’s one list that’s always particularly interesting: the top 10 baby names of the year. Which names have new parents found popular this year? Which names are outdated and plummeting like Radio Shack stock? Without further ado, let me present the Top 10 baby names for boys and girls – then we’ll analyze.
OK let’s start with the ladies. Top 6 names all end in ‘A.’ What does that mean? No clue. “Sophia” takes the top spot for the 5th year in a row! There are literally tons of little crying, pooping Sophia’s out there right now. According to the internet, it is a Greek name meaning “wisdom.” Accoring to SNL, “Sophia” in 2014 simply means “Unoriginal Parent.”
Linda Murray, editor-in-chief of BabyCenter had this to say about the name: “Sophia is arguably the Jennifer of its generation with five consecutive No. 1 spots. It’s clearly entered the baby name hall of fame.” I have no punchline for that – that was an actual quote…said in seriousness.
Here’s hoping something in 2015 can bring down the dynasty of “Sophia.” I’m personally hoping for a wildcard like “Juwanna” or “Hamster.”
Now let’s get to the dudes. 6 of the top 10 names end in ‘N.’ What does that mean? Again, no clue – it’s just mildly interesting. Another notable trend: names like “Aiden” and “Caden.” It wasn’t that long ago that anyone named “Aiden” was likely the kid in the back of the class wearing black mascara and a chain-wallet, scratching symbols on his desk with a compass. Now it’s one of the most popular baby names in the country. Good work Aiden – you’ve come a long way!
“Jackson” takes the number one spot for the second straight year. This echoes my theory that millennials simply love the 7th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. They admire his performance in the War of 1812 as well as his part in the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830. It’s a no brainer really. Don’t be surprised if “Jackson” holds the top spot for a few more years until the inevitable takeover of “Van Buren” as the most popular baby name.
In conclusion, another list season is upon us. If you were curious about what people are naming their babies…now you know.
Editor’s Note: Stay tuned later this month for SNL’s own list of The Top 30 Yummiest Nutmeg Recipes, as well as the Top 10 Goofiest Celebrity Nose-Jobs of 2014. Should be excellent lists.