Category: Trends and Predictions
By Abby Sandel
Ready for a little bit of crystal ball-gazing about all things baby names? With the new US popularity data due out around Mother’s Day, it’s time for some predictions.
But the part of the list that intrigues me most is those trending up – the names that break into the US Top 1000 for the first time, or those that return after an absence.
Why does it matter? We’re talking about names that rank Number 893 or 952, after all, names that have been given to a few hundred newborns, max.
Here’s why: the list is widely reported. Dissected, even. If you find yourself looking for a less common name, the opposite of the too popular Jennifer or Ashley or Emily you wore growing up, then maybe you’ll skip right past the Top 100 and even the Top 250. You’ll direct your eyes towards the end of the list.
Vintage baby names have been so widely used for so long that the parent in search of a boys’ name that’s both old-fashioned and fresh-feeling may have to search long and hard.
Given all this popularity, if you’ve been looking for a vintage boys’ name that feels fresh and new, you may feel frustrated. So we’ve done the searching for you. These 15 boys’ names are all well below the Top 1000 yet can work in the modern world. They’re distinctly vintage — some Biblical, some from ancient cultures, some international — yet feel surprising cool.
Our picks for old-school boys’ names that feel new again are:
By Sophie Kihm
This month has seen some high profile pregnancy announcements. The Baldwins, Olivers, and Reynolds? How did we get so lucky? There’s no doubt that these babies will have interesting names, but what they are exactly, we can’t yet say. We might have to wait a few more months to hear these babies’ names, but in the meantime, we can always speculate. These are my picks for the big celebrity baby names–from the classic and respected to the unconventional and bizarre (I’m looking at you, Jamie Oliver).
By Abby Sandel
But lately there’s a new class of surname baby names in town, and they could replace those familiar favorites.
Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s new baby boy received a rising surname name. The Jolie-Pitts, Owen Wilson, and plenty of celebrity parents are fans of this style, too – in fact, high profile birth announcements helped make many of these names mainstream possibilities.
Expect the kindergartens of 2020 to be filled with surname name picks that weren’t on anyone’s shortlist twenty years ago. Here are nine surname names for boys that we’ll hear more of in the coming years – though they’re still fresh and relatively underused in 2016.
The most popular baby names of 2016 (so far) have been tallied, and we have a new Number 1 name for girls: Olivia.
This is the first time Olivia has taken the top spot in Nameberry’s popularity polls, unseating Charlotte. Olivia ranks in second place in the official US and British name standings, and at Number 1 in Australia and New Zealand. Olivia is a Latin name meaning “olive tree”; her male counterpart Oliver is also popular.
Charlotte was the Number 1 girls’ name for all of 2015, buoyed by the naming of England‘s baby princess, and also ruled the Nameberry charts for several previous years. Emma is the Number 1 girls’ baby name in the US for 2014, the most recent year counted by the Social Security administration.
The most popular boys’ name so far in 2016 is the Biblical Ezra, which also ruled Nameberry’s 2015 list. In fact, the first seven names on the boys’ Top 10 are identical to the full year 2015 results. There are only two new entrants to the boys’ Top 10, with Levi and Wyatt replacing Jude and Jasper.
Our name rankings are based on the most-visited of the nearly 20 million views of our individual name pages in the first three months of this year.
The full Top 10 baby names so far in 2016, with their standings compared with 2015, are: