Top baby names 2014 – The Most Popular Names of the year revealed

The top baby names 2014 are finally here and the first thing that comes out is that last year’s names tend to favor regality. With such names as Aurora, Scarlet, and Genevieve for girls, and Sebastian, Atticus, and Gabriel for boys, new parents are reaching out to literature and royalty for inspiration in naming their children. Mingled in with these still some of the classics, such as Abigail and James. Look also at the most popular baby names for 2015.

The top 10 baby names 2014 for boys according to the Social Security Administratrion are Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, James and Daniel. The top 10 baby names 2014 for girls are Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Emily, Abigail, Madison and Charlotte.

Top Baby Names and their popularity ranking changes

The top boy names that moved up significantly in popularity include Cole, Archer, Matthew, and Nathan. The most popular girl names that moved up are Adalyn, Hazel, Adelaide, and Ivy.

The top boy names that dropped significantly are Aiden, Miles, and Atticus. The names Lila, Avery, and Madeline descended on the list of top girl names.
Some new boys’ names that made it onto the top 100 names 2014 include Dylan, Elias, Christopher, Josiah, and Griffin. The newest girls’ names on the chart are Elsa and Tessa.

Coming in second place for most popular boy names is Liam. It breaks tradition with an Irish origin that means “strong-willed warrior”. It’s a shortened form of William, and there are a couple of notable actors with the first name Liam. Following closely behind at #4 is Jacob, with Hebrew origins, meaning supplanter. #36 on the boy’s top 100 list is Everett, originally an English surname which means “wild boar herd.” Another English name on the list is #42, Holden. Meaning “from the hollow in the valley,” this particular name is actually the name of the main character of the classic novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. Near the middle of the top 100 most popular baby names of 2014 is Archer at #45. This is yet another English name that simply means what it is—an archer or bowman. Nathaniel claims spot #49, a popular Hebrew name meaning “gift of god.” As the list descends we see Isaiah, #80. This is another biblical Hebrew name with the meaning of “God is salvation.” Right behind Isaiah follows Micah, also Hebrew, meaning “who is like God”. Nearing the bottom of the list at #92 is Max, a break from the norm of English and Hebrew origin, for this is a Latin-based name that means “greatest.” The holder of first place for 2014 is Noah, Hebrew for rest or peace. This is a classical biblical name that has retained popularity in the United States and other countries for many years.

Top Baby Names 2014

The top 100 names 2014 for girls also draw inspiration from many regions. Following the floral trend at #14 is Lily, which is English for the lily flower. #44 is Lorelei, of German origin, meaning “alluring enchantress.” This is also a very popular character’s name on the tv show “The Gilmore Girls.” #46 is Caroline, a feminine Latin name meaning beautiful woman. We see a departure from the English influence with Rosalie at #48, which is simply French for rose. Piper pipes up at #52, another English occupational name that simply means “flute player.” #59 on the list is Everly, a more feminine version of Everett, meaning “from the boar meadow.” #75 is Naomi, a name that can be either Hebrew or Japanese in origin (the pronunciation changes slightly depending on which). The Hebrew meaning is beautiful, or gentle, while the Japanese meaning is honest beauty. Directly following Naomi is Willow, another English name that means “from the willow grove.” #80 is Autumn, which is a simple Latin name denoting the fall season. Near the bottom of the list is another Latin name—Julia, meaning youthful. The top girl name of 2014 is Emma. This name is Latin as well, and means universal.

Top 10 Baby Names for 2014

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Top Celebrity Names for 2014

Some of the top baby names 2014 are inspired by celebrities, such as Liam Neeson, Ethan Hawke, Elijah Wood, Elliot Gould), and Leonardo DiCaprio (shortened to Leo) for boys. For top girl names, some influential celebrities are Scarlet Johanson, Audrey Hepburn, Ariana Grande, Naomi Watts, and Norah Jones.

Top Baby Names for 2014 Trends and meanings

Many of the top baby names of 2014 are English or Hebrew in origin, with very diverse meanings. An ongoing trend is drawing inspiration from popular fictional characters from movies, television shows, and classic novels. It’s also very trendy to alter the spelling of various names while keeping with the original pronunciation, such as Amelia/Emelia and Landon/Landen.

These most popular girl names allude to beauty, while the most popular boy names tend to focus on strength. Both take inspiration from classic icons that helped shape American culture. As a new parent, choosing from this list of most popular baby names guarantees a meaningful name with history and depth behind it.


Having a child is a miraculous experience, and choosing a new name is always exciting. The top 100 baby names of 2014 list offers many diverse options, all with a deep entrenchment in our roots and beautiful spelling alterations to give your child’s name a unique twist. To prepare for the future, look to the past, and take from it the inspiration that makes every person unique.

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