Category: Trends and Predictions
The Australian Top 100 just came out, not long after the US data. One small difference is that we count variant spellings as the same name, although only a few names with more than one dominant spelling actually make the Top 100. It’s interesting to see what makes a name rise in popularity, and the international trends at work.
By Sophie Kihm
The cycle of celebrity pregnancies never slows down. 2016 has been an especially fruitful year so far, with superstars like John Legend, Chelsea Clinton, Adam Levine, Blake Lively, and Ryan Gosling all growing their families. And we can’t forget the celebrities who might not be as well-known for their talent, but are certainly famous for their baby names–Jamie Oliver, Holly Madison, and Soleil Moon Frye. Now we have even more to add to the list! Kerry Washington is pregnant with her second, as is Olivia Wilde. And don’t get me started on the latest Kardashian pregnancy–I cannot wait to hear what that child is named. I’ve placed my bets in the meantime.
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Emma and Noah are the new Number 1 baby names in the US, but are they the most popular names where you live? Emma was Number 1 in just 22 states, Noah at the top in only 13. Other states put rivals Olivia, Ava, and Sophia at the head of the class for girls, as well as Mia (in Hawaii and New Mexico), Harper (in South Dakota), Isabella (Florida) and Genesis (D.C.). For boys, there were seven other names vying for the top spot, with Liam, William, Mason, Benjamin, Henry, Jackson, or Elijah beating Noah in 37 states.
Moving down the list, it’s easy to see certain names really gathering steam and heading higher. The following are girls’ names not in the national Top 10 which reached that level and beyond in at least two states, as well as names that ranked Number 1 in some states:
And the entire Top 10 stayed more the same than it has in a decade, with the Top 3 girls’ names and the Top 6 names for boys remaining in the exact places they occupied last year.
The Top 10 baby names for 2015 — the newly released list counts the names of 4 million babies born last year — and their standing compared with 2014 are :
The official list of U.S. Most Popular Names of 2015 will be released by the Social Security Administration in a matter of days, and so in advance of the announcement, which we’re all awaiting with baited breath, we’re challenging you to predict which names will come out on top.
Will Noah be Number 1 for the third straight year? Will the top four girls’ names continue to play tag or will there be a new most popular girl and boy in town? And if so, who do you think it will be?
What about the rest of the Top 10? How do you see the order shifting? Which names will fall off or leap onto the Top 10 for girls and boys? (For a full list of 2014 Top 1000, see our Popular Names page.) There will be a prize (see below) for the first person to guess correctly the Top 10 girls and Top 10 boys in the correct order. So don’t hesitate–get your predictions in on the comments below asap!
As a reminder, here were the leading names last year: