New Year’s Babies: A Nationwide Sampling of Baby Names, 2013 Edition
It’s a new year, and a new chance to peruse the names of New Year’s babies from across the land. As with last year, this year’s choices provide a host of options for parents with a wide variety of naming styles!
Alaska- Up north, baby Gwendolyn made her grand entrance. Her name, which may appeal to parents drawn to names like Madelyn and Genevieve, is familiar but lesser used at #572 in the Top 1000. This Gwendolyn is baby sister to sibling Shayla.
Arizona- Baby Malcolm, the grandson of a congressman, has a name that should strike fancy of parents who like the traditional style of names like Matthew and Martin, but not their popularity. Malcolm ranks #499 on the current chart.
Arkansas- In Little Rock, a true chart-topper took center stage: baby Olivia (#4 on the U.S. chart) became the symbol of new beginnings in 2013.
California- In the Golden State, two little boys grabbed the spotlight: Dorian (#520) and Jadian (unranked, just 10 boys named Jadian were born in the U.S. last year)show the vast stylistic differences that can exist among boys names with the uber-popular ‘n’ ending.
Connecticut- In the Nutmeg State’s largest city, baby Michelle became the littlest member of her family, joining older siblings Trevor and Nicole. Michelle ranks #144, but her name—like the names of her siblings—peaked between the 1970s and 1990s, so it has a modern but nostalgic feel.
Delaware- I’ve searched high and low, but haven’t found a Delaware New Year’s baby story! If and when I do, I will post it here!
Florida- In the Sunshine State, we have New Year’s babies with religious connections. Leah is the name of one of Jacob’s daughters in the Bible and the #29 name on the United States. The much less frequently-used Koen was bestowed upon another little Floridian born near the new year. Koen is unranked (165 baby boys were named Koen last year), but its most popular spelling, Cohen, ranks #336 and upsets some who feel the name should be reserved for ancient Jewish priests and their descendants.
Georgia- Jaicen offers a 2013 take on 1970s/1980s favorite Jason (which still ranks #71 on the U.S. chart), and a less popular take on the more popular Jace. Jaicen is unranked and unlisted on the U.S. popularity chart, which means fewer than five babies were given this name last year.
Hawaii- Hawaiians said aloha to Christian, a sweet and timeless pick that comes in at #30 on the U.S. popularity chart.
Idaho- A unique spelling of a common name— Emit—was the name of the day in Idaho. The traditional spelling, Emmett, is #222 on the chart, while Emit is unranked. Just eight babies were named Emit in the U.S. last year.
Illinois- The Age of Aidans lives on! Chicago rang in the new year with baby Aydan, a less-conventionally spelled moniker that comes in at #682. The name’s most popular spelling, Aiden, comes in at #9 and the original and most time-tested variant, Aidan, is moderately popular at #107.