Since babies now get Social Security numbers at birth, the Social Security Administration has become the go-to source for information on trends in baby names. The agency has just released data based on applications for numbers for newborns. Among the trending names:
The top up-and-coming baby names of the year were Jayceon for boys and Daleyza for girls, moving up 845 places and 3,130 places, respectively, from 2012. Jayceon is a modern variation on the classic Jason and echoes another recent favorite, Jayce. Daleyza, on the other hand, is the name of Latin music star Larry Hernandez's daughter, who was seen on his 2012 reality TV show "Larrymania."
John, Sophie and Robert are great names, but options with more international flair are finding their way into parents' hearts. Some favorites this year were Atlas, after the Greek god; Thiago, a spelling variation of the Portuguese version of Santiago; Lochlan, a variation of the Scottish Lachlan; Irish name Gannon; Kalel a variation of the Arabic name Khalil; and Freya, the name of a Norse goddess.
Lacking inspiration for your baby's name? Try looking out the window! These all-natural names are uncommon enough to be fun and unusual without being gawky and embarrassing. Try the unisex names Henley or Oakley, the feminine Azalea or, for little boys, the classic Forrest.
"Don't stop believing" you'll find the perfect baby name. "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" who knows one of these is perfect for you. Maybe "I'm dreamin' my life away," I guess we'll have to see! Choose wisely, and your child can walk to the cadence of a different drum. If you haven't guessed it yet, some of parents' favorite musical names this year were Jurnee, Lennon, Everly and Kaidence; referencing Journey, John Lennon, the Everly Brothers and a regular beat in music, respectively.
We've talked about our love of unisex names before. And according to the names that increased in popularity from 2012 to 2013, many of you feel the same! From the obvious (Emerie, Hunter and Oakley), to the obscure (Azariah, Kyrie and Jurnee), parents gave these previously uncommon monikers a boost. These titles are often picked for their rarity among the baby's gender and for their lack of overt gender bias. Celebrities weren't immune to the draw of unisex names this year either: Shakira named her son Milan, while Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum named their daughter Everly.
Baby names this year were drawn from all facets of pop culture, including TV shows, celebrities and celebrity babies. Television favorites include Duke after actor John Wayne, Castiel of "Supernatural" fame and Jase of "Duck Dynasty." For actress inspiration, parents went with Gwyneth, as in Paltrow. Children of music lovers received the title Azalea, as in Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea. Superhero fans everwhere were delighted to see Kalel (aka Superman's real name) on the list. A few of our favorite celebrity baby names on the list include Will Ferrell and Viveca Paulin's son Magnus, Anne Heche and James Tupper's son Atlas, Bruce Willis and Emma Heming's daughter Mabel and Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky's daughter India.