Category: Trends and Predictions
By Laurie Scheuble
I have been working on marital naming research for 25 years. I study what names women choose when they marry and what surname they give their children.
Twenty-five years ago, I would have predicted that at least a quarter of women in the United States would keep their maiden name as their last name when they marry. I expected this because there was a tremendous amount of social change occurring and an expectation of equity in the treatment of women was becoming the social norm. On the contrary, the most recent data shows that only about 9% of women do keep their maiden names or hyphenate them with their husband’s last name when they marry.
By Abby Sandel
Most Mondays, I write about nine baby names in the news. Over 51 weeks, that’s a grand total of 459 names. Celebrity birth announcements make up the lion’s share of entries, but blogger babies, fictional characters, and just plain great names make the lists, too.
It’s a privilege to chronicle the year this way, and it’s fun to look back at the names that get positive reactions – and the ones that provoke the opposite response, too.
This year, I went back through all 459 names – plus dozens from other posts I’ve written – to choose nine of my personal favorites. Some are possibilities I’d consider for a child of my own. Most are names that have stayed with me over the years, the kind of favorites that every name lover collects, but some are brand new, too.
Here are my nine top baby names from 2015:
By Eleanor Nickerson
As this year draws to a close, it’s time once again to look back at the most prevalent trends that have influenced baby names in Britain in 2015.
The 2014 British Name Trends of ‘ar’ sounds and surnames which I wrote about last year are in full swing. Arlo has been prolific in British birth announcements, meanwhile Cooper, Carter, Parker, Hunter, Lincoln (for boys) and Harper and Darcey (for girls) have continued to rise.
But other trends are beginning to emerge this year, and some are definitely ones to watch out for:
The Biblical Ezra has zoomed to the top of the list to become Nameberry’s new Number 1 boys’ name of 2015.
Last year Ezra made it onto Nameberry’s Top 10 for the first time. On the US list, Ezra is nearing the Top 100 and we expect it to be among the new generation of Biblical names – which includes Asher, Silas, Jude, and Levi – destined to take over from current favorites such as Noah, Jacob, and Ethan.
Asher, Number 1 for the past two years, slipped to second place. The only new name in our boys’ Top 10 is Jude, which replaces Finn, a name that had been Number 1 for boys on Nameberry for several years but has slid to Number 22.
Kai, which stands just outside the Top 10, is our furthest rising boys’ name, up 55 places. The hottest names for boys, with the number of places they’ve risen, are:
The Nameberry popularity list gauges interest levels of visitors in names, measuring which of our name pages received the most views of the total 300 million to the site this year.. The majority of people searching Nameberry are looking for names for their babies, so our popularity list predicts which names parents are likely to be naming their children in 2015 and 2016, versus the official US popularity list, which looks at which names parents chose in 2014. Nameberry’s searches also register ups and downs in interest due to news or pop culture events, such as the fall from grace of fictional lawyer Atticus Finch.
In 2015, two royal names, George and Charles, fell off the boys’ Top 100. And eight of the 13 boys’ names that have vanished either start or end – or both – with the trendy n sound: Nathan, Nolan, Nicholas, Nash, Holden, Simon, Tristan….and Knox.
Here’s the full Nameberry Top 100 for boys:
by Pamela Redmond Satran
The Top 10 furthest rising baby names for girls, with the number of places they’ve jumped in 2015 over 2014, are:
- Esme, +55
- Evelyn, +51
- Mia, +35
- Abigail, +32
- Luna, +30
- Chloe, +27
- Emily, +26
- Arabella, +24
- Ava, +23
- Anna, +22
The Nameberry popularity list gauges interest levels of visitors in names, measuring which of our name pages received the most of our over 300 million pageviews. The majority of people searching on the site are looking for names for their babies, so our popularity list measures which names parents are likely to be naming their children in 2015 and 2016, versus the official US popularity list, which looks at which names parents chose in 2014. Nameberry’s searches also register ups and downs in interest due to news – such as Princess Charlotte’s birth – or pop culture events.
In 2015, three names popularized by movies and television shows — Daenerys, Elsa, and Katniss — fell off the Top 100, while Khaleesi was one of furthest-falling. Also vanishing from our popularity list are several girls’ names with the trendy double-l sound: Delilah, Lily, and Lola, though Lila remains strong at Number 24.
Our full Top 100 baby names for girls in 2015 is: