Millions of babies were born in the U.S. this year (with a few more arriving before December ends, probably) and most of them were named Sophia or Jackson. Or Sofia or Jaxson. Or maybe Jaxon, but hopefully not.
This according to BabyCenter.com, who released a list of the top 100 baby names of 2013. This is the first year Jackson has topped the list, while Sophia is holding it down at No. 1 for the fourth year in a row.
The rest of the top 5 are as follows.
For comparison's sake, here is where we were 50 years ago.
The craziest things got back then was naming your son, we don't know, Eugene. Not anymore. A few decades from now, kids will say, "This is my mom, Kaylee [No. 19], and my dad, Brayden [No. 26]."
Someday we might have a Governor Jayce [No. 27] or President Kaelyn [No. 85]. The person who cures cancer might be named Jordyn [No. 100] or Jayden [No. 7] "with a Y." That's bonkers!
In years past, pop culture has seemingly affected which names were popular that year: In 2012, Isabella and Jacob shot to the top of the lists, possibly because of Twilight's Bella Swan and Jacob (and none for you Edward Cullen).
While Isabella remained in the top 10, Bella barely made it on the list, at No. 93. Does that mean Twilight is over? If so, a new franchise has yet to come forth and take its place —Katniss (Hunger Games) and Anastasia (Fifty Shades of Grey) didn't make the cut. As for the latter, please don't name your child after a character from erotica who doesn't even know how to use a computer.
Overall, there doesn't seem to be as obvious a trend this year. Perhaps new moms in 2013 were huge fans of Revenge? Emily, Victoria, Nolan, Declan, Jack, Daniel, Charlotte and Aiden all made the list.
The name Liam also finally cracked the top 5. But there's no way that's because of One Direction, right? If it were, every kid would be named Harry. He is the best Directioner. Right, moms?!