Jackson, Sophia Are Most Popular Baby Names of 2013

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Looking back on this year, experts have seen a big change in the names parents are choosing for their babies. According to information released by BabyCenter, the most popular baby names of 2013 aren’t trendy names that celebrities have chosen for their children; it’s traditional, family names.

After eight years at the top of the list, Aiden has been displaced by Jackson as the most popular name for boys. Sophia holds steady for the fourth year as the top choice for girls. But overall, parents “want a name that feels important to them,” explains BabyCenter’s editor-in-chief Linda Murray.”Looking back into your own family tree is a way to find a person meaningful to you.”

BabyCenter looked at the names 550,000 registered users picked for their babies born this year to determine parents’ top picks. The site also asked parents how they made their choices and what the felt about recent baby naming trends. Here’s what they found:

  • 81% like classic names; 43% like very unusual, unique names.
  • 80% finalized their name decision before the birth.
  • 63% dislike the baby-naming trend of celebrity-inspired names.
  • 54% say people they know are the inspiration for names. 39% looked to grandparents for inspiration.

It’s nice that parents are taking the time to look to their family instead of taking their cues from pop culture. We’ve got too many Bellas, Jacobs and Edwards already.

How did you chose your baby’s name?

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