Category: Baby Names Popularity
By Sarahbeth Caplin
First day of fourth grade: the teacher takes attendance with strict efficiency. Since my last name begins with C, I am the fifth student called. “Sarah Caplin?” I raise my hand. By the time she gets to the end of the list, it is apparent that Sarah is the female name of choice: there are four Sarahs in our class of a dozen students, which Mrs. F thinks is hilarious. She places us all at the same table: Sarah K, Sarah M, Sarah W, and myself. It was not the first time I had to be differentiated by my last initial, and it wouldn’t be the last.
And dammit, I was already tired of it.
My parents told me, “We just liked the name; we had no idea it was so popular.” It never occurred to them that giving me a name from the Bible with timeless appeal (why else do so many women have it?) and no pronunciation problems in the English-speaking world would be such a burden to me. As an adult introvert, I’m okay blending in, but Childhood Me was the opposite. How could I stand out with a classic baby name shared by so many?
You’ve probably never met anyone with the hottest names of 2016; you might never have even heard of most of them. But we predict that’s going to change, and fast.
In digging through Nameberry’s statistics to find which baby names are attracting the biggest share of new attention from parents this year versus last, we found these 16 names that are wildly unusual, distinctive, exotic – dare we say crazy? – among those leaping fastest and furthest up the ladder.
These hot baby names are inspired by a wood used to make surfboards and a hip New York neighborhood, by two ancient warriors and a celebrity entrepreneur. Here, the 16 crazy baby names that are among the hottest so far for 2016.
By Aimee Tafreshi
In our modern world, how do you determine the perfect baby name for your offspring? TV characters, nature words, place names, superheroes—not many inspirations are off-limits when it comes to thinking of names. Many parents cut through the slush pile by leaning on tradition or personal preference. Yet, not surprisingly, there are names that remain insanely popular each year, and the poured-your-heart-and-soul-into-it pick that sounded so original suddenly blends in like vanilla with the masses.
For those seeking a new twist, I have picked some of the most popular girls’ names from the Social Security Administration’s list and offered some alternatives that tend to be overlooked. . Some may share the same first letter or sound with the original name inspiration, while others may simply evoke a similar vibe or impression.
By Abby Sandel
Last week we looked at nine girl names likely to soar. Head to a kindergarten class in five years or so, and chances are you’ll hear more of names like Luna, Liv, and Sloane. They’re stylish, on-trend, and attracting more attention from expectant parents.
This week, it’s the boys’ turn. As with the girls’ list, names currently ranked in the US Top 100 were excluded – though a few, like Ezra, could easily be the next big thing.
Some made our earlier list of shooting stars, names rising more than 100 places over the last year. Others are simply in step with current fashions, or generating so much buzz, that it’s easy to imagine we’ll b hearing more and more of these names in the years to come.
Here are nine boy names most likely to make their mark.
By Abby Sandel
Head to a kindergarten classroom today, and you’re likely to hear girl names like Sophia and Emma, Isla and Mila, Harper and Quinn. It’s a mix of long-time favorites and newer discoveries. Some are unisex and modern. Others feel surprisingly traditional.
But how about the kindergarten class of 2026? Or maybe 2031? Which rising girl names seem likely to soar – or quietly climb – in the next five to ten years?
We can get some insight by looking at the names that have gained in use most dramatically.
Most of these names won’t make that list, though. Instead, a mix of on-trend sound and just enough pop culture presence might transform these nine girl names into popular choices to fill classrooms of the not-so-distant future.