The One Hundred Club: Girls' Names on the Verge for 2014

Jul 16th 2014

I recently introduced this year's "100 Club" for boys: names that reached the threshold of 100 new American babies for the first time last year. Now I'd like to present the girls. While the boys' list was a colorful collection featuring the ancient and the deadly, the girls are a portrait of contemporary style with a global flair. Many of the names have risen gradually, and are close cousins to other popular names. Others have suddenly caught on thanks to celebrities near and far, real and fictional.

The Girls' 100 Club:

Aiza (Popular Urdu name, boosted by British-Pakistani model and actress Aiza Khan. See Eiza below.)

Annalynn (While actress Annalynne McCord is the most prominent bearer of this name family, the e-less version of the name has been the steady riser over the past half decade.)

Arabelle ("Bell" is the hottest syllable around, and the form Arabella is already a fast-rising hit.)

Asiya (A classic Muslim name in honor of the virtuous wife of the Pharaoh in the time of Moses. A slow but steady riser as a cross-cultural "liquid name.")

Cosette (Character from Les Misérables; the film was released just before the start of 2013.)

Daleyza (Young daughter of singer Larry Hernandez, as seen on his reality tv series Larrymania.)

Eiza (Via Mexican actress and singer Eiza González. Despite the close similarity to Aiza, these names appear to be rising independently.)

Elliette (With the growing use of Elliott for girls, some parents are turning to a French-styled ending to make the name recognizably feminine. Éliette is an established French diminutive, but the double-l version isn't used in France.)

Ever (A subtle sister to inspirational names like Destiny, Promise, Miracle and Journey, Ever rose with the big leap in the name Everly.)

Janney (Janney Marin is a reality tv star and the daughter of popular singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in 2012.)

Lennox (Popularized by the tv series Melissa and Joey, Lennox's masculine rhythm and the obvious nickname Len/Lenny make it something of a surprise as a girl's choice. Along with Lux [see below], this name points to growing demand for -x options for girls.)

Lux (Latin for "light" and a homophone for "luxe," Lux is also the "Lady of Luminosity" in the video game League of Legends.)

Merida (The princess heroine of the animated film Brave.)

Navya (Via the title character of the Indian tv drama Navya, and Indian actress Navya Nair.)

Novalee (A gradual riser ever since it was introduced in the 2000 film Where the Heart is.)

Renesmee (The Twilight baby name is finding takers in the post-Twilight era, as the saga's young fans grow up.)

Tahiry (Glamor model and "video vixen" Tahiry Jose stars on the reality tv series Love and Hip Hop.)

Waverly (A place name with the same fashionable core as Everly, this name is coming of age along with the Wizards of Waverly Place generation.)

Comments

1
July 17, 2014 11:56 AM

Elliott is one of our all time favorite boys names. I love softer sounding boys names and there are so few of them. But the risk of chosing a name like that is they are contantly making their way to the pink side. Avery, Shannon, Aubrey, etc. So I hate seeing Elliette on here!

Laura - it always seems that boys names get taken as girls name and then lose the appeal of those naming sons. Are there any names that crossed from pink to blue instead of the other way around? Just curious!

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By mk
July 17, 2014 3:07 PM

Wow, except for Cosette and Renesmee I don't recognize any of the pop culture references. I am really out of touch.

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July 20, 2014 3:52 PM

Jennifer,

Frankie is an interesting example. Roughly the same number of registrations for male and female since 1880 but Males were in minority until 1945

 

Also back in the 1930's Joan got as high as fifth ranked female name. In 2013 totalled just 72 registrations less than half the male equivalent (assuming no input errors)

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July 20, 2014 8:41 PM

Joan is a male name in Catalan, so my suspicion is that baby boy Joans in the US are born to Spaniards. For an example of a famous male Joan, look up Joan Miró.

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July 21, 2014 5:31 PM

I knew a Dutchman named Joan.  He was old enough to have been a slave laborer for the Nazis during WWII.  Here in the US he used the name John because there was too much confusion using Joan in an anglophone context.  The male (Catalan/Occitan) name is pronounced with two syllables  .  There is also the Welsh male name Ioan, which like Joan, is a form of John.

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July 22, 2014 5:55 PM

@Elizabeth T

You could well be right. Most are found in the border states

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July 22, 2014 11:47 PM

I'm biting my tongue on Renesmee.

Could singer Annie Lennox make Lennox seem more femme, as Ms. Witherspoon did for Reese? Annie has not done much of late, except accept an Oscar for Best Song from "LotR: Return of the King."

Oh, yeah, if more knew about it, Eliette could be a hit--if you could take people assuming it's Elliott when they first hear it or wondering if it was "made up" if unfamiliar with the French.

Ah, Cosette yes, but no love for Eponine? Gavroche? ;-)

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July 23, 2014 3:20 AM

@im_also_jennifer:

Yes, there are names shifting from feminine towards masculine, allthough the other direction seems to be more common. A little study on the development of androgynous names can be found here:

http://www.babynamewizard.com/archives/2011/7/in-search-of-truly-androgynous-baby-names

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August 4, 2014 7:32 PM

I ADORE the name Waverly.

I believe it was predicted to be a big thing in the Freakonomics book, but I've never met one irl.

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August 19, 2014 9:32 PM

Lux is also one of the sisters in The Virgin Suicides, though this did not come out recently enough that you would think it would affect this name.

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