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May 09, 2015

Trends in U.S. baby names

2014 Social Security list shows historical bent

The Social Security list from 2014 is out and that means we can officially scope out trends in U.S. baby names.

The Huffington Post takes a detailed look at what's in and what's out among new parents. As for expecting parents, these lists can be used to come up with next year's deviations. I still say that Lumia, as in Nokia's flagship phone, should be somewhere on this list.

First, the young ladies.

1. Emma

2. Olivia

3. Sophia

4. Isabella

5. Eva

6. Mia

7. Emily

8. Abigail

9. Madison

10. Charlotte

Also mentioned here are Harper, Alice, Cora, Hazel, Clara, Josephine, Arabella, Mabel, and Gwendolyn, among others. It's a sign vintage names are being reprised from the "Downton Abbey" and "Mad Men" eras. The fastest riser? Montserrat.

The gentlemen are as follows.

1. Noah

2. Liam

3. Mason

4. Jacob

5. William

6. Ethan

7. Michael

8. Alexander

9. James

10. Daniel

Pretty standard, but don't be deceived. The fastest rising names for boys are Bode (as in Broadus, minus an "i") and Axl (as in Rose, minus the hair).

Names trending downward include Gabriella and Genesis, for girls, and Ryan and Nathan for boys.

Check out more of last year's top names at the Huffington Post and head to Nameberry for a comprehensive beat on this timeless subject.