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Top 10 baby names – U.S. vs. U.K.

Amelia Earheart

Amelia tops the list of British baby names in 2013. (Amelia Earheart shown here).

So what names are most popular in the U.K. and the U.S.? Surely Kate after Kate Middleton has to top the list, right? Babycentre.co.uk and Babycenter.com have unveiled their top 10 most popular baby names in 2013 and the results may surprise you!

The top 10 girls’ names in the U.K.
1. Amelia
2. Lily
3. Emily
4. Sophia
5. Isabelle
6. Sophie
7. Olivia
8. Jessica
9. Chloe
10. Mia

The top 10 girls’ names in the U.S.
1. Emma
2. Sophia
3. Olivia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Charlotte
9. Ella
10. Lily

The top 10 boys’ names in the U.K.
1. Harry
2. Jack
3. Oliver
4. Charlie
5. James
6. George
7. Thomas
8. Ethan
9. Jacob
10. William

The top 10 boys’ names in the U.S.
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Mason
4. Ethan
5. Jack
6. Jackson
7. Jacob
8. Lucas
9. Aiden
10. Logan

Bernard

Last week, I blogged about popular baby names in the U.K. versus the U.S. Which led me to start thinking about how some names are pronounced differently in the two countries.

Case in point: Bernard. Yesterday, we watched the lovely “Love Actually” as we do around the holidays. I’ve watched it a gazillion times but never caught on to the fact that Emma Thompson’s character’s son is named Bernard (minor, if completely irrelevant detail), which is pronounced in the usual British way (BER-nəd) as opposed to the American way (bur-NAHRD).

Bernard is a fascinating one, in particular because we’ve all grown up learning about the St. Bernard dog with the little barrel of brandy under its neck. It’s a bur-NAHRD that does this. Not BER-nəd. At least that is the pronunciation we have been programmed to hear. Having said that, I’ll say that BER-nəd is an altogether nicer pronunciation, which probably explains why it is still used in Britain and also why the American pronunciation of Bernard ranks #1413 on a popular baby names list in the US. It also may explain why I have never met a Bernard.

The name game

John Corbett played Carrie Bradshaw's former flame Aiden in "Sex and the City." Aiden is the No. 1 boys' name in the U.S.

The most popular U.S. baby names were released recently, with Sophia and Aiden topping the list. Here’s the top 10 girls’ and boys’ names stateside:

GIRLS
1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Isabella
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Lily
7. Chloe
8. Madison
9. Emily
10. Abigail

BOYS
1. Aiden
2. Jackson
3. Mason
4. Liam
5. Jacob
6. Jayden
7. Ethan
8. Noah
9. Lucas
10. Logan

By comparison, the UK’s top baby names were released a few months back and Olivia and Oliver took the #1 spot.

GIRLS
1. Olivia
2. Sophie
3. Emily
4. Lily
5. Amelia
6. Jessica
7. Ruby
8. Chloe
9. Grace
10. Evie

BOYS
1. Oliver
2. Jack
3. Harry
4. Alfie
5. Charlie
6. Thomas
7. William
8. Joshua
9. George
10. James

It seems that there are a few cross-over names: Emily, Lily, Olivia and Chloe. But what about the boys? Apparently, that’s a harder sell. Brits don’t want to name their boys Logan or Mason and Americans won’t touch Alfie or Oliver.

I should add that the Daily Mail reported last month that adjectives are predicted to be the next big baby names in the UK. Names like Happy, True, Noble, Brave, Strong, Loyal, Loving, Sunny and Golden are going to be big, people.

I guess that beats Doc, Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey and Bashful.