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The Craziest Baby Names of 2015

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The newly released Social Security list of popular baby names reveals the awesome ingenuity and inventiveness of parents in 2015 when it came to spellings, plays on conventional names and sheer creativity. But there are times when creative crosses over into crazy. The 12 names below, all of them given to at least five American babies last year– earning them a place on the extended popularity list–are our picks for the craziest of the crazy new names. By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Playground analysis

By Kelli BradyName Freak!

You must be aware of the 2015 SSA top baby name list by now, but are you a bit confused by the #1 names? Maybe you hear a lot more “Jackson!” than “Noah!” yelled at the playground? Well, by combining the different spellings of each name, we can determine which name is truly more popular. Because when you hear a name, you don’t necessarily know how it is spelled, but you do know you hear the name a lot. Where does it really rank compared to other names?

Note: These are the combined spellings of the names in the Top 1000 only. When the numbers from the entire list are added, positions could change. The main name listed below is the spelling given to the most babies in 2015 (SSA Rank is in parentheses). The others are in alphabetical order. Opinions vary on how different spellings are pronounced. I went with my best judgment.


On the 2015 SSA list, Emma remains #1 in 2015 after taking over the top spot from Sophia in 2014. The rest of the Top 5 changes a bit, with Ava and Isabella switching places. However, the top 5 of the Playground Analysis has not changed from last year at all. Sophia is still on top when you add the alternate spelling Sofia. Emma is down to #3 after the variant of Olivia is also included. And Isabella passes Ava with its various spellings added. The changes between the SSA list and the Playground Analysis are plentiful however. The largest jumps that take place after adding the alternative spellings are by Adalynn (#123 to #9), Elena (#106 to #39), and Madelyn (#59 to #12). Adalynn also makes a huge jump in the Playground Analysis from 2014 to 2015 (#23 to #9).


  1. Sophia (3) – Sofia
  2. Olivia (2) – Alivia
  3. Emma (1)
  4. Isabella (5) – Isabela, Izabella
  5. Ava (4) – Avah
  6. Mia (6) – Miah
  7. Emily (8) – Emely, Emilee, Emilie, Emmalee
  8. Zoey (23) – Zoe, Zoie
  9. Adalynn (123) – Adaline, Adalyn, Addilyn, Addilynn, Adeline, Adelyn, Adelynn, Adilynn
  10. Amelia (12) – Emelia, Emilia
  11. Abigail (7)
  12. Madelyn (59) – Madalyn, Madalynn, Madeleine, Madeline, Madelynn, Madilyn, Madilynn
  13. Madison (11) – Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson
  14. Aubrey (21) – Aubree, Aubrie
  15. Charlotte (9)
  16. Chloe (17) – Khloe
  17. Riley (35) – Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
  18. Layla (30) – Laila, Lailah, Laylah, Leila, Leyla
  19. Avery (16) – Averi, Averie
  20. Evelyn (15) – Evalyn, Evelynn
  21. Harper (10)
  22. Ariana (46) – Arianna, Aryana, Aryanna
  23. Elizabeth (13) – Elisabeth
  24. Aria (29) – Ariah, Ariya, Ariyah, Arya
  25. Lily (25) – Lillie, Lilly
  26. Scarlett (22) – Scarlet, Scarlette
  27. Brooklyn (31) – Brooklynn
  28. Allison (39) – Alison, Alisson, Allyson, Alyson
  29. Addison (24) – Addisyn, Addyson
  30. Ella (18)
  31. Natalie (27) – Natalee, Nataly, Nathalie, Nathaly
  32. Leah (36) – Lea, Leia, Lia
  33. Grace (19)
  34. Victoria (20)
  35. Maya (69) – Maia, Miya, Mya, Myah
  36. Mackenzie (73) – Makenzie, Mckenzie
  37. Nora (41) – Norah
  38. Hannah (28) – Hana, Hanna
  39. Elena (106) – Elaina, Alaina, Alayna
  40. Lillian (26) – Lilian
  41. Kaylee (61) – Caylee, Kailee, Kailey, Kayleigh, Kaylie
  42. Camila (43) – Camilla, Kamila
  43. Hailey (64) – Hailee, Haley, Haylee, Hayley
  44. Kylie (66) – Kiley, Kylee, Kyleigh
  45. Anna (44) – Ana
  46. Sarah (58) – Sara
  47. Skylar (42) – Skyler
  48. Peyton (72) – Paityn, Payton
  49. Katherine (84) – Catherine, Kathryn
  50. Paisley (45) – Paislee

Skylar and Paisley enter the Top 50 of the 2015 Playground Analysis, while Gabriella and Annabelle fall.


Both the 2014 SSA list and the Playground Analysis had no major changes to the Top 6, however Jayden and all of its spelling alternatives continue to fall as it moves from #7 to #8 in the Playground Analysis (after falling from #3 to #7 last year). William moves up to #7, but the rest of the top names stay in position. The biggest movers were Kayden (#95 to #9) and Jace (#75 to #29).


  1. Jackson (17) – Jaxen, Jaxon, Jaxson
  2. Aiden (13) – Aaden, Adan, Aden, Aidan, Aydan, Ayden, Aydin
  3. Noah (1) – Noe
  4. Liam (2)
  5. Mason (3) – Maison, Mayson
  6. Jacob (4) – Jakob
  7. William (5)
  8. Jayden (20) – Jaden, Jadon, Jaiden, Jaydon
  9. Kayden (95) – Caden, Caiden, Cayden, Kaden, Kaeden, Kaiden
  10. Ethan (6)
  11. Alexander (8) – Alexzander
  12. James (7)
  13. Michael (9) – Micheal
  14. Elijah (11) – Alijah
  15. Benjamin (10)
  16. Daniel (12)
  17. Matthew (15) – Mathew
  18. Carter (24) – Karter
  19. Logan (14)
  20. Lucas (16)
  21. Grayson (47) – Graysen, Greyson
  22. David (18)
  23. Oliver (19)
  24. Joseph (21)
  25. Caleb (37) – Kaleb
  26. Dylan (27) – Dilan, Dillon
  27. Gabriel (22)
  28. Samuel (23)
  29. Jace (75) – Jase, Jayce
  30. John (26) – Jon
  31. Anthony (25)
  32. Christopher (32) – Cristopher, Kristopher
  33. Isaac (31) – Issac
  34. Luke (28)
  35. Henry (29)
  36. Andrew (30)
  37. Christian (43) – Cristian, Kristian
  38. Joshua (33)
  39. Wyatt (34)
  40. Landon (46) – Landen, Landyn
  41. Sebastian (35)
  42. Owen (36)
  43. Cameron (56) – Camren, Camron, Kameron, Kamren, Kamron, Kamryn
  44. Connor (54) – Conner, Conor, Konnor
  45. Nicholas (62) – Nickolas, Nicolas, Nikolas
  46. Jonathan (48) – Johnathan, Jonathon
  47. Nathan (38)
  48. Ryan (39)
  49. Jack (40)
  50. Julian (45) – Julien

Julian rises into the Top 50 of the 2015 Playground Analysis, while Hunter falls.

Does this echo what you are hearing on the playground?

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posted by: Josh View all posts by this author
baby name pronunciation

By Josh Murray

For many parents (especially Nameberry regulars), the process of choosing a child’s name is exciting, scary, intricate, thoughtful, and time-consuming. With all the resources available here, it’s easy for novice and seasoned parents alike to place an emphasis on a name’s spelling, history, etymology, meaning, and popularity ranking.

Just take a glance at the forums and you can find many namers seeking the perfect appellation for their newborn-to-be. Certainly some prospective parents have to grapple with the question of proper (or preferred) pronunciation. But what happens when regional dialects throw a wrench into the entire process?

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posted by: Kara Blakley View all posts by this author
K names for boys

By Kara Blakley

I recently wrote about the letter K, and how and why it might not get the love it deserves. K names, Berries often protest, are often trendy or “kree8tiv” respellings of mainstays. But K also has a lot of untapped potential since it’s easily a language-crossing letter. K is also more popular on the US charts than on Nameberry, so choosing a K name might be a way to find the perfect fit-in stand-out name. We’ve looked at the girls, now here are my nominations for K names for boys that deserve a second look:

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Neglected Baby Names: The K girls

posted by: Kara Blakley View all posts by this author
neglected baby names

By Kara Blakley

K, more than most other letters, has been misunderstood. Check the Nameberry forums and you’ll find plenty of comments like, “I’m not a fan of K names. Most give me the trendy vibe.” “I am not a fan of K names. I think this has to do with the trend of replacing Cs with Ks,” “Most K names look off,” “I usually interpret the K names as being younger or less traditional than the Cs,” “Cs are classier than Ks.” You get the idea. And yet, K is a pretty popular letter in the wider world. A few numbers demonstrate the disparity of love for K: the Top 250 on Nameberry includes seven K names (including Khaleesi and Katniss) for girls, and six for boys. However, there are sixteen K names for girls and twelve for boys in the US Top 250.

Perhaps K has an image problem: an overexposed TV family might have something to do with that. What if namers might be inclined towards a K name, but they’re not sure how to choose one that will retain its appeal long after certain reality stars fade from the spotlight?

Here are my nominations for K names worth a second look. Not only do none of these names exude the “kree8tiv” vibe that Berries typically stay away from, but many actually have a use and sound that transcend languages and cultures.

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