The baby names on the rise in 2014

We’re halfway through 2014, so it’s a good time to see which baby names are proving popular with parents this year – and where they’re finding their inspiration.

Leading US baby name site Nameberry has released its data on the top 100 most searched for names for boys and girls for the year so far. The list usually gives a good idea of what we’ll be seeing in the final end-of-year tally complied by official government departments.

So what are parents-to-be searching for in 2014? The most searched for female name, Imogen, has had a sudden rise; it has never been in the top 1000 in the country, and was last year used for only 131 girls. Last year in Australia, however, it ranked at number 44. 

For boys, Asher is taking the top spot after a rise up the charts in previous years. Last year the name – meaning fortunate or happy – was ranked at number 104, so this could be the year it breaks into the top 100. 

Other male names which have rocketed into the public consciousness include Silas, Jasper and Milo, which have all entered the top 10 for the first time. 

The only new entrant to the girls’ most-searched for top 10 is the classic name Claire, meaning clear or bright. 

The names that have risen the furthest in the first six months of the year were Cordelia and Archer, while other fast-risers included Knox, Bodhi, Soren, and Wyatt for boys, and Ellie, Adeline and Ruby for girls. 

As for their inspiration, it seems parents are, as always, looking towards movies and TV shows. New entries to the top 100 include Khaleesi (Game of Thrones), Elsa (Frozen), Katniss (The Hunger Games) and Hazel (The Fault in Our Stars). 

Top 100 most searched for girls names for the first half of 2014

(*New entry to top 100 **Moving quickly up the list)

  1. Imogen
  2. Charlotte
  3. Isla
  4. Cora
  5. Penelope
  6. Violet
  7. Amelia
  8. Eleanor
  9. Harper
  10. Claire
  11. Alice
  12. Adelaide
  13. Hazel
  14. Katniss
  15. Olivia
  16. Evangeline
  17. Ivy
  18. Khaleesi *
  19. Maeve
  20. Evelyn
  21. Maisie
  22. Adeline **
  23. Genevieve
  24. Seraphina
  25. Beatrice
  26. Lucy
  27. Aurora
  28. Rose
  29. Scarlett **
  30. Elizabeth
  31. Ava
  32. Elodie
  33. Lila **
  34. Nora
  35. Grace
  36. Emma
  37. Willa
  38. Clementine
  39. Matilda
  40. Eloise
  41. Caroline
  42. Clara
  43. Finn
  44. Aurelia
  45. Arabella
  46. Eliza
  47. Poppy
  48. Ella
  49. Sophia
  50. Iris
  51. Ruby **
  52. Mila
  53. Josephine
  54. Harlow
  55. Aria
  56. Audrey
  57. Isabella
  58. Wren
  59. Quinn
  60. Cordelia **
  61. Chloe
  62. Mae
  63. Emily
  64. Luna
  65. Rowan
  66. Mia
  67. Stella
  68. Emmeline
  69. Ellie **
  70. Juliet
  71. Merida
  72. Anna
  73. Lily
  74. Olive
  75. Margaret
  76. Piper
  77. Avery
  78. Jane
  79. Sadie
  80. Lydia
  81.  Esme
  82. Everly
  83. Gemma
  84. Willow
  85. Maya
  86. Frances
  87. Louisa
  88. Elsa *
  89. Ada
  90. Lola
  91. Phoebe
  92. Kinsley
  93. Zara
  94. Madeline
  95. Hannah
  96. James
  97. Delilah
  98. Mabel
  99. Emmett
  100. Hadley

Top 100 most searched for boys names for the first half of 2014

(*New entry to top 100 **Moving steeply up the list)

  1. Asher
  2. Declan
  3. Atticus
  4. Finn
  5. Oliver
  6. Henry
  7. Silas
  8. Jasper
  9. Milo
  10. Jude
  11. Ezra
  12. Emmett
  13. Harper
  14. Leo
  15. Owen
  16. Levi
  17. James
  18. Rowan
  19. Felix
  20. Miles
  21. Sebastian
  22. Liam
  23. Sawyer
  24. Jack
  25. Theodore
  26. Beckett **
  27. Wyatt **
  28. Hudson
  29. Evelyn
  30. Kai
  31. Ethan
  32. William
  33. Benjamin
  34. Soren **
  35. Eli
  36. Caleb
  37. Flynn
  38. Noah
  39. Quinn
  40. Julian
  41. Bodhi **
  42. Archer **
  43. Oscar
  44. Everett
  45. Alexander
  46. Django
  47. August
  48. Andrew
  49. Josiah
  50. Dashielle
  51. Zachary
  52. Christian
  53. Kieran
  54. Luca
  55. Luke
  56. Elliot
  57. Charlie
  58. Elijah
  59. Hugo
  60. Thomas
  61. Ryder
  62. Isaac
  63. Theo
  64. Jacob
  65. Rhys
  66. Lucas
  67. Callum
  68. Arthur
  69. Gabriel
  70. Samuel
  71. Zane
  72. Nico
  73. Micah
  74. Avery
  75. Dylan
  76. Ryker
  77. Roman
  78. Nathaniel
  79. Jackson
  80. Greyson
  81. George
  82. Knox **
  83. Rory
  84. Ronan
  85. Xavier
  86. Daniel
  87. John
  88. Finley
  89. Emerson
  90. Aiden
  91. Harrison
  92. Simon
  93. Nolan
  94. Charles
  95. Axel *
  96. Tristan
  97. Arlo
  98. Beau
  99. Jonah
  100. Max
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