The British royal family is known for setting trends, and Kate Middleton's pregnancy has certainly provided no exception. The Duchess of Cambridge has been radiant throughout her pregnancy, delivery and even the dreaded "after" stages, serving as an example for women around the world. The way the much-admired royal was able to snap back so quickly after giving birth has been the envy of women everywhere. Many women have tried to emulate the duchess' poise throughout their own pregnancies, and she's sure to become a trend-setting mother as well.
In fact, it seems the trend-setting has already begun, starting with the name of her baby boy. The new prince bears the name of George Alexander Louis, which pays homage to the many King Georges who have ruled over Britain. "King George" sat on the British throne for 116 years, from 1714 to 1830, in four different incarnations. While there may have been a bit of controversial buzz when the new prince's name was revealed, it seems that plenty of new parents were prepared to jump on the bandwagon. The duchess and her royal husband have launched the name to number 52 on the top 100 list of baby names, whereas last year the name didn't rank at all, according to leading baby name site, Nameberry. And, with a little more than a month before 2013 draws to a close, little George still has a chance to climb further up the rankings.
It turns out the name George hasn't hit the list of the "most popular" names since the early 1950s, when it appeared next to other popular names of the time like Fred and Frank. For female children, choices like Carolyn, Mary and Linda were common. Today, the list looks much different, and is influenced not only by the royals, but by other popular celebrities as well.
What are the most popular baby names?
The popularity of baby names is influenced by a number of factors, including religion, family significance and the latest waves of pop culture. Nameberry takes its rankings from the number of page views each name receives within a given year. In 2012, the names Isabella and Jacob were among the most popular, eerily coinciding with the release of the final "Twilight" movie, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2." Interestingly, Bella doesn't appear until number 54, and Edward isn't on the list at all.
In 2012, the top names for baby girls (in descending order) were Sophia, Emma, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Mia, Madison and Elizabeth. For boys, the leading names were Jacob, Mason, Ethan, Noah, William, Liam, Jayden, Michael, Alexander and Aiden.
How much has that list changed in 2013? The answer may surprise you.
So far, the top names for baby girls in 2013 (again, in descending order) are Imogen, Charlotte, Harper, Eleanor, Amelia, Evelyn, Isla, Violet, Penelope and Cora.
For boys, the list is Asher, Finn, Declan, Atticus, James, Oliver, Henry, Emmett, Owen and Django.
A new trend over the past several years is selecting unisex names, and Nameberry gives these names their own "top 10" listing. The top unisex names so far for 2013 are Rowan, Quinn, Kai, Sawyer, Avery, Charlie, North (no kidding), Elliot, Finley and Emerson.
Some of these names we'd like to chalk up to pregnancy hormones gone haywire! What do you think of the "top names" so far this year? Let us know in the comments section!