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The Hottest Baby Names Of 2014... So Far

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The midyear tally of the most popular baby names of 2014 is in, with Imogen and Asher, two names that barely registered a generation ago, claiming the top spots.

Silas, Jasper, and Milo have all risen into the Top 10 for boys, while the sedate Claire is the only new entrant into the girls' Top 10 compared with 2013. Cordelia and Archer are the names that have risen the furthest in the first six months of the year.

The 2014 popular baby names list is based on the number of views each name attracted on Nameberry, out of a total of more than 100 million page views, for the first half of the year. Rather than a measure of what people named their babies in the past, like the official popularity lists from the US and other countries, the Nameberry list gauges which names parents are most interested in for babies due to be born in coming months.

Top girls' name Imogen, a Shakespearean name popular in England, has never been in the US Top 1000, with only 131 baby girls named Imogen in the US in 2013. But there were close to 200,000 views of Imogen on Nameberry in the first half of 2014.

Number 1 boys' name Asher, a Biblical name meaning fortunate or happy, has zoomed up the US popularity list over the past few decades and is poised to break into the official Top 100. There were nearly 150,000 views of the name Asher on Nameberry from January through June 2014.

Along with Cordelia and Archer, other fast-rising names include Ellie, Adeline, and Ruby for girls, and Knox, Bodhi, Soren, and Wyatt for boys. These and other names making significant moves up the list are marked with a double asterisk.

New entries to the Top 100 include Khaleesi from "Game of Thrones," at Number 18, and Elsa from "Frozen." Along with the "Hunger Games'" Katniss and Hazel from "The Fault in Our Stars," names that rank high in 2014 show the continued influence of celebrities and pop culture.

But the influence of a movie or television character on baby names works both ways. Names that fell the furthest from their 2013 status were the pop culture-driven Hadley, Everly, and Merida for girls, along with Jayden, Gray, and Aiden for boys.

Here's the Nameberry Top 100 baby names for 2014... so far:

*New entries to Top 100 **Moving steeply up the list

Girls

1. Imogen
2. Charlotte
3. Isla
4. Cora
5. Penelope
6. Violet
7. Amelia
8. Eleanor
9. Harper
10. Claire
11. Alice
12. Adelaide
13. Hazel
14. Katniss
15. Olivia
16. Evangeline
17. Ivy
18. Khaleesi *
19. Maeve
20. Evelyn
21. Maisie
22. Adeline **
23. Genevieve
24. Seraphina
25. Beatrice
26. Lucy
27. Aurora
28. Rose
29. Scarlett **
30. Elizabeth
31. Ava
32. Elodie
33. Lila **
34. Nora
35. Grace
36. Emma
37. Willa
38. Clementine
39. Matilda
40. Eloise
41. Caroline
42. Clara
43. Finn
44. Aurelia
45. Arabella
46. Eliza
47. Poppy
48. Ella
49. Sophia
50. Iris
51. Ruby **
52. Mila
53. Josephine
54. Harlow
55. Aria
56. Audrey
57. Isabella
58. Wren
59. Quinn
60. Cordelia **
61. Chloe
62. Mae
63. Emily
64. Luna
65. Rowan
66. Mia
67. Stella
68. Emmeline
69. Ellie **
70. Juliet
71. Merida
72. Anna
73. Lily
74. Olive
75. Margaret
76. Piper
77. Avery
78. Jane
79. Sadie
80. Lydia
81. Esme
82. Everly
83. Gemma
84. Willow
85. Maya
86. Frances
87. Louisa
88. Elsa *
89. Ada
90. Lola
91. Phoebe
92. Kinsley
93. Zara
94. Madeline
95. Hannah
96. James
97. Delilah
98. Mabel
99. Emmett
100. Hadley

Boys

1. Asher
2. Declan
3. Atticus
4. Finn
5. Oliver
6. Henry
7. Silas
8. Jasper
9. Milo
10. Jude
11. Ezra
12. Emmett
13. Harper
14. Leo
15. Owen
16. Levi
17. James
18. Rowan
19. Felix
20. Miles
21. Sebastian
22. Liam
23. Sawyer
24. Jack
25. Theodore
26. Beckett **
27. Wyatt **
28. Hudson
29. Evelyn
30. Kai
31. Ethan
32. William
33. Benjamin
34. Soren **
35. Eli
36. Caleb
37. Flynn
38. Noah
39. Quinn
40. Julian
41. Bodhi **
42. Archer **
43. Oscar
44. Everett
45. Alexander
46. Django
47. August
48. Andrew
49. Josiah
50. Dashielle
51. Zachary
52. Christian
53. Kieran
54. Luca
55. Luke
56. Elliot
57. Charlie
58. Elijah
59. Hugo
60. Thomas
61. Ryder
62. Isaac
63. Theo
64. Jacob
65. Rhys
66. Lucas
67. Callum
68. Arthur
69. Gabriel
70. Samuel
71. Zane
72. Nico
73. Micah
74. Avery
75. Dylan
76. Ryker
77. Roman
78. Nathaniel
79. Jackson
80. Greyson
81. George
82. Knox **
83. Rory
84. Ronan
85. Xavier
86. Daniel
87. John
88. Finley
89. Emerson
90. Aiden
91. Harrison
92. Simon
93. Nolan
94. Charles
95. Axel *
96. Tristan
97. Arlo
98. Beau
99. Jonah
100. Max

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