2014 Girl Names: #201-500

Many people only look at the top 100-200 when judging the popularity of a name.  However, by the time a name makes it into the top 200, it’s already well-established.  The 201-500 range is where the real action is, and where one should look when trying to predict the popularity of a name.  Some names slowly (or not-so-slowly) work their way up through this range before exploding in popularity.  Others hang out there for years or decades without ever cracking the top 200.  If you’re looking for a name that’s not too obscure but not too popular either, look here.

Biggest risers since 2012:

Finley (+112) and Freya (+368) — These are examples of what I like to call “white people ethnic names.”  Often chosen by parents looking for something “different” and related to their “heritage,” these names almost always fall in with current trends and don’t sound too crazy in English.  The classic examples are Megan and Caitlin.

Daleyza (+1569) and Aranza (+1933) — No, those numbers are not typos.  Daleyza and Aranza are both names of characters on recent Spanish soap operas.  There’s also a singer named Aranza, but she’s been around for a while and doesn’t seem to be the main influence.

Sage (+102) — Probably people looking for a Paige alternative.  Paige fell 32 spots in 2014.

Kendra (+125) — This name has been hanging around for several decades, but I’m not sure why it should make a sudden jump.  I couldn’t find any influences.

Amina (+169) — This is an Arabic/Muslim name.  I can’t find any recent influences, so it’s probably just coming into vogue among Muslim parents in the U.S.

Montserrat (+198) — A Spanish name that has been slowly increasing in popularity since the 00s and seems to be hitting a tipping point.

Nova (+272) — Nova has been used since the 1800s, but was relatively rare until the 2000s, when it started growing in numbers.  Over the past five or six years, it’s become increasingly more popular, along with the unfortunate extensions Novalee and Novalyn.

Elsa (+215) — Probably a Frozen influence along with the huge and ever-growing popularity of similar names like Ellie, Ella, Emma, Isla, and Elsie.

Maisie (+178) and Millie (+116) — Definitely the Frilly Old Lady Effect.  See also: every other name in the top 500.

June (+105) and Juniper (+278) — These names have been around forever, but are probably getting more use due to their “old lady” status.

Ariella (+109) — Most likely correlates with the rising popularity of Ariel/Arielle.

Sawyer (+161) and Carter (+171) — Parents like to steal popular names from the boy list for their girls.  These names are examples of that phenomenon.

Azalea (+176) — The confluence of an “old timey” sound + Iggy have undoubtedly helped this name along.

Winter (+114) — Nature and weather names are rising up the charts.  Names like River (+165), Ember (+107), Aspen, Stormy, Willow, Sky, and Rain are also quite popular.

Corey (+124) — More boy name stealing.  Nothing new here.

Henley (+464) — Like Harley and Hadley, Henley is also rising.  Meanwhile, Hailey is falling as the trendy namers have finally grown tired of it.

Aubrielle (+290) — Obviously being used by parents as an alternative to the massively popular Aubrey.  The names Briella and Aubriella are also moving up.

Dallas (+212) — When London isn’t good enough for your baby girl, try Dallas!

Blair (+118) — Undoubtedly influenced by the popularity of Claire.

Margot (+137) — A trendy sound right now.  Harlow, Willow, and Margaret are also becoming more popular.

Remi (+144) — ???  No idea.  You win, girl moms.

Falling fast:

Jayden (-94) and Kayden (-86) both fell a significant amount, while Hayden is down two spots.  Perhaps the girl parents are giving up on these as names for girls now that the boys’ list is overrun by -AYDENs.

Josephine (-95) — An early pioneer of the Old Lady Effect, this name is now losing steam.  Goodbye, Josephine.  We barely knew ye!

Erica (-81), Jillian (-79), Marissa (-127), Bridget (-82), Megan (-85), and Courtney (-125) — Almost all of the 80s and 90s favorites are falling rapidly down the charts, but these are the most dramatic examples.

Karen (-90) — Frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken this long for Karen to drop.  She’s tougher than I thought.

Sariah (-74), Saniyah (-96), Samiyah (-168), Jamiyah (-69), Keniah (-126), Shania (-45), Zaniyah (-23), Kamiah (-73), Jaliyah (-37), Zariah (-17), and Janiyah (-58) — Clearly the entire -IYAH name group is taking a nosedive.

Melina (-114)

Dayana (-85)

Julissa (-91)

Imani (-84)

The #201-500 most popular girl names for 2014 are below.  I’ve left off the alternate spellings to save space; we’ll take a closer look at the names in later posts.  Typically, a “n/a” in the position column means I had the name combined with another on the 2012 list (or vice-versa), making direct comparison impossible.  (–) indicates the name’s rank has remained the same since 2012.

KEY:

  • First column: 2014 rank
  • Second column: change in list position from 2012
  • Third column: actual number of uses
201 (-32) 1950 STEPHANIE
202 (-6) 1912 NYLA
203 (-2) 1903 HAYDEN
204 (+39) 1893 ANNABELLA
205 (-29) 1889 VALERIA
206 (+7) 1861 ANNELIESE
207 (-7) 1860 JOANNA
208 (-42) 1848 JESSICA
209 (-28) 1840 MICHELLE
210 (+45) 1833 KIARA
211 (+112) 1827 FINLEY
212 (+30) 1815 GENEVIEVE
213 (+2) 1814 SUMMER
214 (-3) 1802 BRAELYNN
215 (-52) 1783 ALICIA
216 (+13) 1781 KENZIE
217 (-13) 1778 SIENNA
218 (+1569) 1776 DALEYZA
219 (+39) 1765 LENA
220 (+45) 1752 ESTHER
221 (-49) 1746 JAZLYN
222 (+15) 1745 ANGELA
223 (+30) 1738 AMIRA
224 (+24) 1735 GEMMA
225 (+27) 1727 EMMALYN
226 (+8) 1724 ALEXANDRIA
227 (+59) 1717 ATHENA
228 (-40) 1716 KATIE
229 (+17) 1693 FIONA
230 (-27) 1690 ELIZA
231 (-40) 1689 AIYANA/IYANNA
232 (+69) 1686 ROSE
233 (-6) 1680 KATE
234 (-26) 1672 CHRISTINA
235 (+37) 1644 HARLEY
236 (-5) 1643 AYLA
237 (-11) 1641 DELANEY
238 (+51) 1634 LUCIA
239 (-42) 1620 MELISSA
240 (-31) 1605 CHEYENNE
241 (-64) 1601 BRYNN
242 (-23) 1590 BRYLEE
243 (+90) 1587 GRACELYN
244 (-59) 1582 JENNIFER
245 (-17) 1577 ZARIAH
246 (-7) 1575 CAMILLE
247 (–) 1558 CASEY
248 (-58) 1550 JANIYAH
249 (+47) 1544 MCKINLEY
250 (-29) 1543 KELSEY
251 (-15) 1530 SELENA
252 (+26) 1527 TESSA
253 (-30) 1524 LIANA
254 (-9) 1517 JOSIE
255 (-17) 1506 ERIN
256 (+82) 1501 ANASTASIA
257 (+64) 1497 NOELLE
258 (-23) 1474 CHELSEA
259 (-19) 1473 ALIANA
260 (-50) 1470 LESLIE
261 (-37) 1459 JALIYAH
262 (+84) 1452 ZARA
263 (+16) 1448 CATALEYA
264 (-85) 1436 MEGAN
265 (+57) 1423 LANA/LAYNA
266 (+49) 1420 GEORGIA
267 (+3) 1412 Hope
268 (+87) 1411 ROSALIE
269 (-28) 1408 MIRANDA
270 (+43) 1398 SKY
271 (+5) 1389 LOLA
272 (+82) 1386 Parker
273 (-48) 1385 JENNA
274 (-8) 1383 MARIANA
275 (+10) 1381 RYAN
276 (+11) 1367 MAGGIE
277 (+21) 1364 LYRIC
278 (+12) 1358 REYNA
279 (+35) 1339 AYLIN
280 (+102) 1336 SAGE
281 (+80) 1335 CATALINA
282 (+6) 1326 NADIA
283 (-22) 1324 DANIELLE
284 (+18) 1323 ANNIKA
285 (+45) 1321 IRIS
286 (-23) 1318 LANEY
287 (-57) 1312 ABBY
288 (-17) 1305 ALEXIA
289 (-15) 1297 CARMEN
290 (-15) 1294 JAYLEEN
291 (-23) 1288 KARA
292 (-94) 1285 JAYDEN
293 (-43) 1285 KYLA
294 (-95) 1277 JOSEPHINE
295 (+125) 1276 KENDRA
296 (-63) 1274 CRYSTAL
297 (–) 1274 PARIS
298 (+19) 1271 EVANGELINE
299 (-8) 1244 LINDSEY
300 (+26) 1241 DAKOTA
301 (-6) 1241 RYLAN
302 (+169) 1238 AMINA
303 (-43) 1238 DIANA
304 (–) 1234 LORELEI
305 (-43) 1211 ANGEL
306 (+84) 1210 SLOANE
307 (-24) 1208 JAYCEE
308 (+36) 1203 ALESSANDRA
309 (-50) 1198 BRITTANY
310 (+69) 1197 HAVEN
311 (+61) 1196 ANNIE
312 (-67) 1190 SHELBY
313 (+198) 1185 MONTSERRAT
314 (+272) 1185 NOVA
315 (+62) 1179 ELOISE
316 (-47) 1163 SIERRA
317 (+56) 1163 DAPHNE
318 (+13) 1162 PHOEBE
319 (+8) 1158 NINA
320 (-14) 1155 FATIMA
321 (+82) 1150 OLIVE
322 (-6) 1150 LACEY
323 (+215) 1146 ELSA
324 (+42) 1144 MARIAM
325 (+178) 1142 MAISIE
326 (+49) 1140 ADA
327 (+68) 1137 EMMY
328 n/a 1121 MYLA
329 (+69) 1113 KENSLEY
330 (-73) 1113 KAMAYA/KAMIYAH
331 (+33) 1110 JANE
332 (+9) 1106 MIRIAM
333 (-51) 1105 CASSANDRA
334 (-40) 1104 AMBER
335 (-24) 1104 LAURA
336 (+17) 1099 KAILANI
337 (+32) 1095 ADELAIDE
338 (-30) 1089 HEIDI
339 (+50) 1086 ELSIE
340 (-21) 1085 KARINA
341 (-60) 1081 YARETZI
342 (+15) 1079 DAHLIA
343 (-19) 1073 GIA
344 (-41) 1072 MALLORY
345 (-20) 1071 SERENA
346 (+21) 1067 KIANA
347 (-2) 1063 BRAYLEE
348 (-43) 1050 AMANDA
349 (-39) 1050 AILEEN
350 (+105) 1049 JUNE
351 (-58) 1049 TIANA
352 (+24) 1042 Ruth
353 (+109) 1041 ARIELLA
354 (-81) 1031 ERICA
355 (-7) 1031 KENLEY
356 (–) 1027 HEAVEN
357 (-58) 1027 SABRINA
358 (+76) 1023 BLAKELY
359 (-50) 1022 TATUM
360 (+68) 1015 DYLAN
361 (-14) 1013 ANNALEE
362 (+38) 1010 BRIELLA
363 (+58) 1010 LUCILLE
364 (+23) 1001 ROWAN
365 (+13) 998 MARILYN
366 (-48) 996 JAMIE
367 (+24) 991 CAROLINA
368 (+15) 988 ELISA
369 (-57) 988 HALLIE
370 (-21) 988 NAYELI
371 (-79) 979 JILLIAN
372 (-29) 977 ROSELYN
373 (+85) 976 MALAYSIA
374 (+12) 969 CARSON
375 (-41) 969 VERONICA
376 (-36) 967 JANELLE
377 (-38) 966 DANICA
378 (-41) 962 BIANCA
379 (+161) 955 Sawyer
380 (+39) 955 AUBRIANNA
381 (-74) 953 SARIAH
382 (+70) 951 ASPEN
383 (+62) 947 ELLIOT
384 (-16) 944 BRISTOL
385 (+28) 930 RIYA
386 (-54) 929 KARLA
387 (+30) 925 ELLEN
388 (-59) 924 ALONDRA
389 (-53) 923 KELLY
390 (+99) 921 VERA
391 (+69) 919 JUSTICE
392 (+9) 918 RAYLEE
393 (+57) 911 LOGAN
394 (-29) 904 BETHANY
395 (+36) 899 BRIA/BREA
396 (-96) 899 SANIYAH
397 (+5) 896 ANNE
398 (-114) 892 MELINA
399 (-36) 890 HOLLY
400 n/a 881 MALAYA
401 (-5) 881 MIRACLE
402 (+21) 881 VIVIANA
403 (-19) 880 ESMERALDA
404 (+33) 876 AISHA
405 (+11) 865 ADALEE
406 (+63) 864 GWENDOLYN
407 (-127) 863 MARISSA
408 (+176) 862 AZALEA
409 (+114) 860 WINTER
410 (+15) 856 RAVEN
411 (-23) 854 ZANIYAH
412 (-6) 847 HELEN
413 (+144) 840 REMI
414 (-86) 839 KAYDEN
415 (-18) 831 AMARI
416 (-65) 831 YASMIN
417 (-168) 826 SAMIYAH
418 (+25) 826 SYLVIA
419 (+35) 824 EMMELINE
420 (+12) 821 FRANCESCA
421 (+32) 819 JOY
422 (-4) 818 Elle
423 (+26) 818 AVIANA
424 (-82) 818 BRIDGET
425 (-90) 812 KAREN
426 (–) 811 APRIL
427 (-69) 811 JAMIYAH
428 (-29) 811 MICAH
429 n/a 811 MIRA
430 (-59) 810 JAYLEE
431 (-27) 807 JULIE
432 (-51) 806 ANGELICA
433 (+96) 793 ADELINA
434 (-25) 793 PRISCILLA
435 (-85) 789 DAYANA
436 (+116) 788 MILLIE
437 (+87) 786 CAMBREE
438 (-28) 786 TAYLIN
439 (+41) 783 EVIE
440 (-48) 781 DESIREE
441 (-36) 779 SARAI
442 (+48) 776 AMARA
443 (-8) 775 ITZEL
444 (-33) 773 ANYA
445 (-125) 772 COURTNEY
446 (-22) 768 Angelique
447 (+53) 766 ANALIA/ANALAYA
448 (+46) 766 LUCIANA
449 (-64) 764 TIFFANY
450 (-2) 749 SKYLA
451 (+95) 748 ZURI
452 (+124) 743 COREY
453 (+44) 741 ANNISTON
454 (+107) 729 Ember
455 (+165) 727 RIVER
456 (+10) 724 CHANEL
457 (-95) 724 TATIANA
458 (-29) 715 Alejandra
459 (+1933) 713 ARANZA
460 (+26) 711 HELENA
461 (+49) 711 PHOENIX
462 (+89) 709 AVALYNN
463 (+5) 707 CELESTE
464 (+31) 706 JESSIE
465 (-91) 705 JULISSA
466 (-72) 696 CYNTHIA
467 (-10) 694 GIOVANNA
468 (+95) 691 COLETTE
469 (-2) 690 AZARIA
470 (-14) 689 ALANI
471 (+78) 688 Eve
472 (+99) 688 VEDA
473 (+18) 683 IVANNA
474 (+464) 680 HENLEY
475 (-68) 679 ILIANA
476 (-30) 678 MAYLIN
477 (-47) 677 MAYLEE
478 (+290) 675 AUBRIELLE
479 (+56) 675 CELINE
480 (+16) 673 LEIGHTON
481 (-11) 666 GRACYN
482 n/a 664 KAIRI
483 (+47) 662 HARLOW
484 (+25) 654 MAEBH
485 (+368) 654 FREYA
486 (-59) 650 Guadalupe
487 (-45) 644 SHANIA
488 (+212) 643 DALLAS
489 n/a 643 TANYA/TANIYAH
490 (+31) 642 HATTIE
491 (-15) 641 RAIN
492 (-84) 640 IMANI
493 (+118) 638 BLAIR
494 (+171) 638 CARTER
495 (+137) 638 MARGOT
496 (-126) 637 KENIA
497 (-5) 637 JANA
498 (-76) 636 ALAYSIA
499 (+278) 633 Juniper
500 (-27) 624 MAREN

 

2 thoughts on “2014 Girl Names: #201-500

  1. ‎Kendra Wilkinson is a reality TV star who was originally a playboy playmate. Her first show premiered in 2009. That could explain it.

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