Popular baby names of 2013: TV and movies up, royals down

Breaking Bad, The Great Gatsby, Game of Thrones, Duck Dynasty and Girls are all inspiring baby names this year – but surprisingly, the desire not to be seen as a ‘‘Kate copycat’’ has led to a decline in the popularity of royal names in Britain.

BabyCentre has released its list of the top 100 baby names for Britain and the United States, based on details sent to them by more than half a million new parents in 2013. 

In Britain, George, which had been rising in popularity since 2010, was pushed out of the top 10 after July, when Prince George was born. Other royal names - such as William, Harry, Charles, Kate, Catherine, and even Prince George’s middle name, Louis - also dropped in popularity this year.

Rising stars ... Jesse (Breaking Bad), Daisy (The Great Gatsby), Brody (Homeland) and Sansa (Game of Thrones) have all ...
Rising stars ... Jesse (Breaking Bad), Daisy (The Great Gatsby), Brody (Homeland) and Sansa (Game of Thrones) have all seen an increase in popularity in the US and UK this year. 

In the United States, there's a twist: George has seen a 37 per cent rise in popularity for girls, while alternatives Giorgio and Georgia also rose. 

Meanwhile, names from American crime series Breaking Bad were on the up in Britain; the names Skyler and Jesse have increased by 70 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.

From Homeland, the name Brody was up by 40 per cent and entered the top 100 British boys’ names for the first time, while Nicholas was up by 11 per cent. Carrie and Dana also shot up, by a whopping 200 per cent and 66 per cent respectively.

The name Arya from Game of Thrones was a new entry to Britain's top 100, up by 183 per cent, and the first baby Sansa was also registered this year.

Popular names from the 1920s are also making a come back, thanks to this year’s film adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby, as the names of Gatsby characters Daisy and Jay were up 20 per cent and 60 per cent respectively in Britain. This year marks the first year that Isla has been near the top of their charts, too - perhaps a nod to actress Gatsby actress Isla Fisher.


Period drama Downton Abbey, also set in the 1920s, has also got a crop of popular girls' names: Violet, Elsie, Ivy, Rose, Cora and Mary have all increased in popularity.

In the US, reality program Duck Dynasty has perhaps influenced parents, with Korie increasing by 89 per cent, Mia up 44 per cent and Phil, Sadie and Silas up 32, 23 and 15 per cent respectively. The appeal of these characters, according to a survey, is their down-to-earth, family-loving nature. 

The characters of HBO series Girls may have also inspired parents, with Marnie and Shoshanna up 62 and 67 per cent, respectively. 

Other name news

  The name Kanye has seen a 38 per cent rise in the past year after Kanye West's shift to family man. North, the name given to his daughter, has risen 22 per cent. 

  Stars who have been in scandals have caused a dip in their names' popularity: Reese has fallen 45 per cent after her arrest earlier in the year, Paula has slumped 20 per cent since Paula Deen's court dramas and Lindsay is down 17 per cent after Lindsay Lohan's ongoing troubles.  

  Shortened old-fashioned nicknames as baby names, such as Teddy, Freddie and Alfie are in fashion, with Olly jumping 50 places to make it into the top 100. 

  Gender-neutral names, including Jude, Blake and Rowan, are also on the rise.

Top US girl names

Top UK baby names

1. Sophia

1. Olivia

2. Emma

2. Emily

3. Olivia

3. Sophia

4. Isabella

4. Lily

5. Mia

5. Isabella

6. Ava

6. Isabelle

7. Lily

7. Amelia

8. Zoe

8. Isla

9. Emily

9. Sophie

10. Chloe

10. Ava

Top US boy names

Top UK boy names

1. Jackson

1. Oliver

2. Aiden

2. Jack

3. Liam

3. Charlie

4. Lucas

4. Harry

5. Noah

5. Oscar

6. Mason

6. Thomas

7. Jayden

7. Jacob

8. Ethan

8. Ethan

9. Jacob

9. Noah

10. Jack

10. James

- AAP and staff writers