BabyCenter, a leading pregnancy and parenting digital resource, released Tuesday the results of its annual Baby Names Survey and the Top 100 Baby Names of 2014.
Jackson held tight as the top boys’ name for the second year, and Sophia leads the girls for the fifth year in a row. Three new names popped into the top 10 lists, including Caden and Logan for boys and Madelyn for girls.
“This year’s list shows Jackson has staying power and is not a one-hit wonder, and Sophia is arguably the Jennifer of its generation with five consecutive number one spots. It’s clearly entered the baby name hall of fame,” said Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief.
As for what inspires parents to pick a baby name, TV has become a dominating factor. Nearly 20 percent of moms surveyed found inspiration from TV-show characters and 16 percent looked to actors and actresses for great baby name ideas.
“This is the year of the binge-watching baby name,” said Murray. “When you spend 16 hours in one weekend binge-watching your favorite series, you can’t help but fall in love with the characters’ names. The correlation between trending baby names and trending binge-watch shows is undeniable.”
Additionally, the survey provided insights on baby names and social sharing. Ninety-four percent of those surveyed used social media / technology to announce their baby’s name.
Facebook is the preferred media for sharing names (58 percent), ahead of offline methods such as in person conversations (50 percent) and phone calls (45 percent).
Forty-four percent shared their baby’s name through social media immediately after the baby’s birth or after deciding to announce it.
Based on the names of more than 406,000 babies born in 2014 to moms registered on the BabyCenter website, BabyCenter’s Top 100 Baby Names list combines names that sound the same but have different spellings, making it a true measure of baby name popularity.
The website also conducts its Baby Names Survey each year, talking directly to new and expecting parents about their baby name decisions and diving deep into the psychology and trends surrounding baby naming.
Top 10 Baby Names of 2014
For more information on BabyCenter’s Top 100 Baby Names of 2014, a complete list of trends, and online tools for finding your ideal baby name, you can visit the BabyCenter website.