First Baby Names of 2013

Happy New Year Baby

The first names of 2013 are rolling in, which means the Name Lady and the team at compile the annual list of First Baby Names of the New Year.

Looking over the names of the first babies born in all 50 states, it might be fair to say that the list is brought to you by the letter K. Or at least the sound “K.”

The crisp sound of “K” has been an American favorite since Kelly and Kevin were fresh new hits, and this year’s first names show it’s still going strong. K represents the style of 2013, leading off names like Kennedi, Klara, Kaleb, Kiera, Kent, Colton, Connor and Cohen. Still more of the names carry that “k” sound within them: Isaac, Malcolm, Eric, Jaycob, Mikah, Dominic and Lyrik.

The hot vowel is y, which helps highlight long “a” sounds in names like Baylin, Ayden, Jaycob and Sayge as well as standing alone in Lyla and Lyrik.

In addition to its hot letters, Lyrik strikes another style note as one of several unguessably androgynous names on the list. In case you were wondering, baby Lyrik is a boy, born in Colorado. His name holds a special place in our hearts, as our very own Name Lady discussed it in detail a few months back in her column “Are Musical Names for Sissies?” Other he-or-she First Names include Baylin, Mobley, Sayge, and our pick for the most eye-catchingly creative first name of 2013:


Daffron is a boy, from Virginia. We’re guessing it’s a family surname (not just a route to the nickname Daffy).

Yet amidst all this inventiveness, “classic” names — especially refreshed classics like Henry, Silas, Ella, Olivia, Isaac, and Malcolm — still find plenty of takers.

As you look through the state-by-state list of first baby names of 2013 below, what patterns do you notice? What baby name trends do you think will carry through for the rest of the year?

State-by-State First Baby Names of 2013:

Alabama: Graham Kent. 12:56 a.m.

Alaska: TBD

Arizona: Malcolm, 12:04 a.m.

Arkansas: Malea, 3:37

California: Dorian Martin-Jean, 12:00 a.m.; Harley Daniel “at the stroke of midnight;” Nathan, also “at the stroke of midnight.”

Colorado: Lyrik Robert Sky, 12:45 a.m.

Connecticut: Seth, 12:06 am

Delaware: TBD

Florida: Bentley Lamar, 12:14; Baylin Henry, 12:00:14 a.m.

Georgia: Eric John Antonio, 1:41 a.m.

Hawaii: Quetzalli, 2:49 a.m.

Idaho: Henry Nicholas, 1:37 a.m.

Illinois: Aydan, 12:08 a.m.

Indiana: Alex, 12:02 a.m.

Iowa: Jaycob Ryan Jr. 12:45 a.m.

Kansas: Xiomara Tatiana, 12:05 a.m.

Kentucky: No name released, 12:12 a.m.; Emma, 3:31

Louisiana: Juniper Lynn Marie, 1:20 a.m. (Baton Rouge area)

Maine: Finnegan, 12:33 a.m.

Maryland: Brianna, 12:00:05 a.m.

Massachusetts: Max Pierre, 12:00:05 a.m.

Michigan: Charlee Maria, 12:06 a.m.

Minnesota: Kiera, 2:17 am, No Name, 12:17 a.m.

Mississippi: Kennedi Reese, 5:06 a.m.

Missouri: Mikah, 12:13 a.m.

Montana: TBD

Nebraska: Colton Alexander, 12:01

Nevada: Lyla Emerson, 12:00 a.m.

New Hampshire: Connor Roger, 12:14 a.m.

New Jersey: Eileem Flores; 12:00: 06 a.m.

New Mexico: Dominic Jairo, 12:10

New York: Olivia Rose, just after midnight;

North Carolina: Silas Coady, 12:10 a.m.

North Dakota: Klara Lea, 12:50 a.m.

Ohio: Hadley Ann, 12:01 a.m.

Oklahoma: Ella Jean, 12:59 a.m.

Oregon: Jasmine, 12:40 a.m.

Pennsylvania: Shane Patrick Jr, 12:11 ; Kaleb Nicholas, 12:31 a.m.

Rhode Island: Isaac George, 12:24 a.m.

South Carolina: Lyla, 12:30 a.m.

South Dakota: Cohen, 3:30 a.m.

Tennessee: Mobley Alexander, 12:33

Texas: Fulton Ames, 12:01 a.m.; Maritza, 12:01; Aubree Star, 12:04

Utah: Anna-Sofia,12:01 a.m.

Vermont: Sayge Raylynn, 1:59

Virginia: Daffron, “a little after the ball dropped”; Annabella , 12:21 a.m.

Washington: Dominik James, 12:01

West Virginia: Eric Johnothan, 10:46 a.m.

Wisconsin: Name Not released, 12:23 a.m.

Wyoming: Felicity Hae, “just after 1 a.m.”

To see how the First Baby Names of 2013 compare to previous years, take a look back: