What’s in a name? Baby Noah and Emma top the 2014 list

By Journal Staff

The top baby names in Idaho in 2014 mirrored the nation, according to a Thursday news release from the Social Security Administration.

The top five most popular boys’ names in descending order in the Gem State were: Liam, William, Mason, Oliver and Samuel. The top five girls’ names were: Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Abigail and Harper.

Emma was also the most popular girls’ name in the U.S. in 2014. The most popular name for a boy was Noah.

Nationwide the top 10 boys’ names for 2014 were: Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob, William, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, James and Daniel. The top 10 girls’ names were: Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, Ava, Mia, Emily, Abigail, Madison and Charlotte.

According to the Social Security website at www.socialsecurity.gov, the list of children’s names they have compiled since 1997 reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming trends.   This year’s winners for biggest jump in popularity in the Top 1,000 are Aranza and Bode.

Aranza jumped 3,625 spots on the girls’ side to number 607, from number 4,232 in 2013. The Latin soap opera “Por siempre mi amor” was aired on Univision from 2013 to 2015.   The show featured a young lead character named Aranza, and obviously had its effect on naming trends last year, according to the Social Security website.

On the boys’ side, Bode raced ahead 645 spots, from number 1,428 in 2013 to number 783 in 2014. The website credits the Winter Olympics in early 2014, where Bode Miller continued his outstanding alpine skiing career by collecting his sixth Olympic medal for the jump.
The second fastest riser for boys was Axl, a nod to both rock legend Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses and Axl Jack Duhamel, son of Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson and Josh Duhamel.

For girls, Montserrat, the lead character in a very popular Latin soap opera, was number two, joined by another Monserrat — spelled just one letter differently — at number three.

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