One of nameberry’s hidden wonders is its lists of names that peaked in every year from 1880 to 2007, the most recent one counted. These lists, created by our brilliant yet anonymous (ironic, huh?) software engineer, give a snapshot not of the most popular but of the trendiest names at any given moment.
It’s possible to look at the peaking names and their variations to pinpoint trends current and future. Some directions evident in the 2007 list include:
THE AD NAMES
In 2007, we see the peak of Addison: no surprise there. Also peaking are Addisyn, Addyson, Adison, and Adyson. A little further removed are Adalyn and Adelyn. And from there it’s only a quick hop to Adrian and Adriel (and not such a stretch to include all the Aidens in this group). Look for other Ad- names to follow: Ada, Adelaide, Adelia, Adeline, Adair. Adolph, not so much.
THE EL NAMES
THE DOUBLE L NAMES
THE SOFT G NAMES
Two attractive celebrities, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and chef Giada De Laurentis, might be behind this trend. The most popular of this Latinate group is Gianna, but also included are Giana, Giuliana, and Giselle, plus Giovani and Giovanni for boys. On deck: Gia and Giulia?
THE JAY NAMES
THE RY NAMES
SPIRITUAL NAMES: HEAVEN and EARTHLY
Spiritual names at their peak include Deacon, Genesis, Journey, Harmony, Haven, Messiah, Miracle, and Nevaeh, Serenity, Sincere, and Zion. But on a less heavenly note, 2007 also saw the ascendance of Cannon, Gunner, and Maverick.
Coming up tomorrow: Names you’ll be hearing a lot more of.