Pottery Barn Baby Name Series

There is a popular theory that the names on personalized items in the Pottery Barn Kids catalogs are up-and-coming names to watch.

This series samples baby names from past Pottery Barn catalogs to see if the names used by Pottery Barn are really ahead of the trends.

The Pottery Barn catalogs came from their online archives found here.

There are four parts to the series: 

  • Part 1 focused on 2010 (Names were examined from the Autumn 2010 catalog)
  • Part 2 focused on 2011 (Names were examined from the Fall 2011 catalog)
  • Part 3 focused on 2012 (Names were examined from the Fall 2012 catalog)
  • Part 4 focused on 2013 (Names were examined from the Summer 2013 “The Best of Summer” catalog)

All Pottery Barn Names 2010 – 2013

Every name in these issues was assigned a status based on how each name’s popularity was trending for the catalog year: Current, Traditional, Past-peak, Up-and-coming, and Original.

Here are the names sampled, grouped by status, and including which issue(s) the names appeared in.

Note that some names will appear in more than one status group. For example, Mason is in the “Up-and-coming” group for when it appeared in the Fall 2011 catalog (and was trending upwards), and the “Current” group for when it appeared in the Summer 2013 catalog (by that time Mason’s rank had held steady at #2 for two years).

*Two of these names Anne and Blythe are going on the next Watch List report which will come out after the newest top 1000 US baby names become public in May.

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Current Names

Abby / Abigail – Fall 2011
Adrian – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Aiden – Fall 2012
Ava – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Bella – Fall 2012
Blake – Autumn 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Brayden – Autumn 2010
Brooklyn – Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Summer – 2013 Best of Summer
Brooks – Autumn 2010
Camila – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Caroline – Autumn 2010
Carson – Fall 2011
Charlie – Fall 2011 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Chloe – Autumn 2010, Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Cooper – Autumn 2010
Ella – Fall 2011, Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Emma – Autumn 2010, Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Evan – Autumn 2010
Gabriel – Fall 2011
Gavin – Autumn 2010
Georgia – Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Isabella – Fall 2012
Jack – Autumn 2010 & Fall 2011
Jackson – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Jacob – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Laney – Autumn 2010
Layla – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Lillian – Fall 2011
Lily – Fall 2011
Logan – Autumn 2010 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Lucas – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Luke – Autumn 2010 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Mason – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Max – Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Maya – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Mia – Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Molly – Autumn 2010
Natalie – Fall 2011 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Noah – Fall 2011, Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Olivia – Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Payton – Autumn 2010
Peyton – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Reese – Fall 2012
Riley – Autumn 2010
Sophia – Autumn 2010
Sophie – Fall 2012
Tyson – Fall 2011
Walker – Fall 2012

Traditional Names

Allison – Autumn 2010 & Fall 2011
Andrew – Autumn 2010, Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Anthony – Autumn 2010
Catherine – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Daniel – Autumn 2010
Elizabeth – Fall 2011
James – Autumn 2010, Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Joseph – Autumn 2010
Katherine – Autumn 2010
Matthew – Autumn 2010, Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Nathan – Fall 2011
Samuel – Autumn 2010

Past-peak Names

Abby – Fall 2012
Alex – Autumn 2010, Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Alexa – Fall 2011
Amanda – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Anne* – Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Ashley – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Ashton – Autumn 2010
Bradley – Fall 2011 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Brandon – Fall 2011
Brian – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Bryce – Fall 2011
Cameron – Autumn 2010 & Fall 2011
Carly – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Casey – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Cassidy – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Chelsie – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Clayton – Fall 2011, Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Cody – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Cole – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Conner – Autumn 2010
Connor – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Danielle – Fall 2012
Devon – Autumn 2010, Fall 2011
Drew – Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Dylan – Fall 2011
Erica – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Ethan – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Gabrielle – Fall 2011
Gregory – Fall 2011
Hailey – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Hayden – Fall 2012
Hayley – Autumn 2010, Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Hunter – Autumn 2010
Jake – Autumn 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Jamie – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Jay – Fall 2012
Jennifer – Autumn 2010 & Fall 2012
Jenny – Autumn 2010 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Joey – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Jordan – Fall 2012
Joshua – Autumn 2010
Julia – Fall 2011
Justin – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Katie – Autumn 2010
Kelly – Autumn 2010
Kevin – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Kyle – Autumn 2010
Kylie – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Lacy – Autumn 2010
Laura – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Lauren – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Madeline – Fall 2012
Madison – Fall 2011
Mitchel – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Morgan – Fall 2011
Paige – Fall 2012
Patrick – Autumn 2010, Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Peter – Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Riley – Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Roland – Fall 2011
Ryan – Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Samantha – Fall 2011
Sasha – Fall 2011
Savannah – Fall 2012
Scott – Fall 2011
Sydney – Fall 2012
Tanner – Autumn 2010 & Fall 2012
Taylor – Autumn 2010, Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Tiffany – Fall 2011
Todd – Autumn 2010
Trisha – Autumn 2010

Up-and-coming Names

Amelia – Fall 2011
Annabel – Autumn 2010
Asher – Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Aubrey – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Blair – Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Calvin – Autumn 2010
Carter – Autumn 2010 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Charlotte – Autumn 2010 & Fall 2011
Claire – Fall 2012
Clara – Fall 2011
Colton – Fall 2012
Dahlia – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Emerson – Fall 2012
Emmett – Fall 2012
Graham – Autumn 2010 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Harper – Fall 2012
Henry – Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Hudson – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Jace – Fall 2012
Julian – Fall 2011
Kinsley – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Leo – Fall 2012
Liam – Fall 2012
Lucas – Fall 2011
Mason – Fall 2011
Miles – Fall 2012
Oliver – Autumn 2010, Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Owen – Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Parker – Fall 2012
Reagan – Autumn 2010 & Fall 2011
Sawyer – Fall 2012
Scarlett – Fall 2011
Tucker – Fall 2011 & Fall 2012
Zoey – Fall 2011 & Fall 2012

Original Names

Addy – Fall 2012
Alie – Autumn 2010
Barker – Autumn 2010
Blythe* – Fall 2012
Cate – Autumn 2010 & Fall 2011
Celia – Fall 2012
Geoff – Fall 2012
Leela – Autumn 2010
Lizzy – Autumn 2010
Maddie – Fall 2012
Mallery – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Mikey – Summer 2013 Best of Summer
Penn – Fall 2012 & Summer 2013 Best of Summer