Like last year, this is a list of names I most commonly saw in birth notices and newspaper stories during 2014, and the numbers are not an absolute tally of sightings of each name but how many times I saw a particular name in a single week. (So for a name to get a tally of 4, I would have seen two examples within the same week, twice in the year).
It doesn’t take variant spellings into account, but lumps together all names that sound alike – even when they are actually separate names, like Amelia and Emilia. I have indicated the most common spellings of each name, although in practice spelling variations could be numerous for almost any name.
Some of the new names on the list were Jasmine, Millie, Daisy, Ariana, and Asha/Asher for girls, while new boys included Jayden, Harvey, John, Cameron, and Jett.
Some girls names already on the list which went up a significant amount were Violet, Aria, Evelyn, April, and Zara, while the girls names that went down the most were Stella, Mikayla, Jessica, Marley, and Hayley. High rising boys included Matthew, Michael, Kayden/Caden, Rhys, and George, while boys names which fell the most were Joshua, Braxton, Jacob, Riley, and Lincoln.
It will be interesting to see which of these follow national trends, and which ones are purely local in nature.