Stars are always starting new trends, and the names they choose for their children are no exception. In honor of some of 2014’s latest A-list infants, we took a look at the popularity of 20 names in the country shared with this year’s celebrity offspring, and Parents magazine’s In Name Only blog joined us. Scarlett Johansson’s daughter Rose is this list’s blockbuster, with 399,967 people in the U.S. sharing the name – with the most residing in the appropriately nicknamed Garden State, New Jersey.
What’s In a Name?
Here are some of the top name trends that are in vogue in 2014:
- Old Hollywood: Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, and Emily Blunt all chose names for their children that peaked in popularity before the 1920s – Rose, Otis, and Hazel, respectively.
- 12 And Under: Over 90% of people named Jaxon (Kristin Cavallari’s son), Alijah (Kendra Wilkinson’s daughter), Lyric (Soleil Moon Frye’s son), and Ava (Stacy Keibler’s daughter), are under the age of 12, showing that these famous tots will be in good company in their school years.
- Uniquely Unisex: River and Frankie, the names of Kelly Clarkson and Drew Barrymore’s daughters, are increasing in popularity from their primarily male origins. Females named Frankie (33%) are rapidly catching up to their male counterparts (67%).
Much like Prince George, whose name has increased in popularity since his birth last year, we expect that many of these names may also see a surge in popularity in the years to come. Some of these names, like Ava, are already in the Top 10, while Alyssa Milano’s daughter, Elizabella, has the most unique name on the list, with only seven people in the country sharing it.
The list also breaks down the states where the most people with these names are living. Interestingly enough, Kerry Washington, star of the political thriller Scandal, named her daughter Isabelle – a name most popular in Washington, D.C.!
Top 20 Names Shared with 2014 Celebrity Babies
- Rose (Scarlett Johansson): 399,967; NJ has the most
- Harper (Jenna Fischer): 172,123; WV has the most
- Oliver (Ginnifer Goodwin): 156,415; AL has the most
- Hazel (Emily Blunt): 114,866; MS has the most
- Frankie (Drew Barrymore): 55,904; MS has the most
- Summer (Christina Aguilera): 49,770; OK has the most
- Booker (Thandie Newton): 48,752; MS has the most
- Otis (Olivia Wilde): 43,862; MS has the most
- Ava (Stacy Keibler) : 23,404; MS has the most
- Isabelle (Kerry Washington): 22,564; DC has the most
- Royal (Lil’ Kim): 20,788; NC has the most
- Vale (Savannah Guthrie): 1,798; VT has the most
- River (Kelly Clarkson): 1,499; WY has the most
- Apollo (Gwen Stefani): 924; HI has the most
- Lyric (Soleil Moon Frye): 781; WY has the most
- Jaxon (Kristin Cavallari): 546; ID has the most
- Alijah (Kendra Wilkinson): 200; VT has the most
- Meilani (Jenni “JWoww” Farley): 162; HI has the most
- Bodhi (Megan Fox): 148; ME has the most
- Elizabella (Alyssa Milano): 7; HI has the most
Yes, Virginia, Florence, and Victoria: Most Popular Names Shared With Places
In honor of summer travel, we took a look at the most popular names in the country that are shared with travel destinations. While there are plenty of places named after people, like Lincoln, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C., we found that Virginia tops the list with 577,805 people sharing the name – most of them living in West Virginia.
Florence (Italy, and cities in AL, OR, and SC) and Victoria (TX, Canada) tied for second place with 404,327 people sharing the name, most common in Hawaii and New Mexico, respectively. Brittany (as in France, 350,775 people) and Charlotte (as in NC, VT, 254,489 people), round out the Top 5.
There are lots of people named after exciting travel destinations like Paris, Asia, and India, which makes you wonder if their parents are world travelers, or better yet, if these people were conceived in these destinations. However, we loved seeing national pride reflected in the amount of people named America here in the United States (2,852 people).
Our list breaks down the states where the people with these most common names are living. Interestingly enough, California (121 people) and Bronx (21 people), are most common in their respective states.
Don’t worry about packing a bag or filling up the gas tank – take a tour of the most popular names shared with travel destinations below:
- Virginia: 577,805; W. Virginia has the most
- Florence (Italy, Alabama, Oregon & South Carolina): 404,327; Hawaii has the most
3. Victoria (TX, Canada): 404,327; New Mexico has the most
4. Brittany (France): 350,775; Kentucky has the most
5. Charlotte (North Carolina, Vermont): 254,489 girls; W. Virginia has the most
6. Chelsea (London, New York City): 133,470; Utah has the most
7. Georgia: 113,695; Mississippi has the most
8. Carolina (North & South): 57,164; California has the most
9. Madison (WI, NJ): 28,882; Utah has the most
10. Sydney: 43,133; Utah has the most
11. Savannah (Georgia): 28,082; Kentucky has the most
12. Madeleine (Islands, Quebec, Canada): 17,551; New Hampshire has the most
13. Asia: 15,088; Washington, DC has the most
14. Paris: 14,931; Washington, DC has the most
Before we fire up the grill and put out the potato salad, we decided to dig into some data and see how many people in the U.S. share names with some of our country’s most patriotic founders.
Interestingly, John Adams (9,893 people), Robert Morris (7,367 people), and John Hancock (1,616 people), are the top three most common names of our Founding Fathers.
Rounding out the Top 5 in the list of the 14 most popular Founding Fathers names are George Washington (1,513 people) and Samuel Adams (1,100 people).
Guess which state has the most people who share names with the Founding Fathers
And of note is where you’ll find most of these citizens: Florida was the 27th state to join Union, but it’s the number one state for patriotic names.
And while Betsy Ross may not be a Founding Father, we included her on the list at number fourteen, with 163 people in the United States sharing the name. The state with the most Betsy Rosses? Again, it’s Florida!
Popular Founding Fathers Names Shared with People in the U.S.
- John Adams: 9,893; 789 in FL
- Robert Morris - 7,367; 587 in FL
- John Hancock – 1,616; 184 in TX
- George Washington - 1,513; 133 in TX
- Samuel Adams – 1,100; 75 in GA
- Patrick Henry – 1,004; 100 in FL
- James Madison – 753; 55 in CA
- Thomas Jefferson – 522; 52 in TX
- Benjamin Franklin – 401; 38 in CA
- John Witherspoon – 309; 36 in NC
- John Jay – 282; 38 in TX
- Alexander Hamilton – 269; 25 in NY
- Thomas Paine – 179; 20 in CA
- Betsy Ross – 163; 17 in FL
Nicole Kidman and Mike Myers don’t have any reason to get the “Sunday Blues” (realizing the weekend’s been fun, and now there’s a 5-day work week ahead)–they both have beautiful daughters named after the day of the week named for the center of our solar system, so that made us wonder:
How many people in the U.S. are named after the Days of the Week?
Sunday: 4,504 people share this name, actually an Old English nickname for someone born on a Sunday.
Monday: 385 people have this name, a day named after the moon, with the most in Alabama.
Tuesday: This name peaked in popularity in 1971, around the time of actress Tuesday Weld’s heyday, with 2,791 people sharing this name. Interestingly, she changed her name to Tuesday, after her childhood nickname “Tu-tu”: her little cousin could not pronounce her name “Susan”.
Wednesday: 611 people share the name of the daughter in the Addams Family; this name peaked in popularity in 2010. Trivia alert: the character’s middle name is “Friday”. Bonus trivia question: What’s the name of Wednesday’s doll?
Thursday: This day of the week might be more popular as a day – nearing the weekend – than as a name: Only 80 people have this name.
Friday: This name has roots in literature (“Robinson Crusoe”‘s Man Friday) and is likely more popular in describing a role or quality one seeks – as in a loyal employee – as in the film “His Gal Friday” and even entry level jobs, called “Gal Fridays” or “Guy Fridays”. 543 people share this first name and it’s most popular in Hawaii.
Saturday: Only 33 people share this name, which makes us think that, since some cultures consider Saturday the beginning of the week and some the end, people are a bit ambivalent about “Saturn’s Day” as a name.