With the new US popularity list due out in less than a month, we thought it would be fun to look at today’s most popular baby names and guess which similar choices might move in to replace them — if not at the next tally, then at some point in the future. Our picks:
Sophia – Sister names that might theoretically replace the gorgeous classic Sophia include her cuter, more irreverent French cousin Sophie, which has risen from obscurity over the past 30 years to reach Number 51, and Seraphina, which has never been in the Top 1000 but is finding favor thanks to its choice by JenniferGarner and Ben Affleck.
Isabella — Isabella triumphed over also-ran sisters Isabel, Isabelle, and Bella, so we think the next to rise to the top will be the similar-but-different Arabella, a Brit Lit favorite that has risen from outside the Top 1000 in 2005 to Number 335.
Emma — Emma may have replaced Number 1 Emily, but we see Emma‘s replacement as Ella, a choice that’s similarly classic yet simple.
Olivia – The girls’ name most likely to rise on the coattails of the lovely Olivia might be the equally classic yet more plain-spoken Olive, which has been zooming straight up thanks to finding favor as a starbaby and movie character name, and the upstart Alivia, a Top 200 invention that melds Olivia‘s sound with the trendy initial A.
Ava – There are several names rising thanks to the popularity of Ava. Our candidates to make the Top 10 include the more elaborate Aveline, the simpler Eve, or the soundalike Ada.
Emily — Emily has been in the Top 10 for 20 years now. Our picks to take her place: Amelia, the new Number 1 girls’ name in the UK, or Emmeline.
Aiden – There are so many soundalike names that might theoretically be the next Aiden, from Brayden to Kaiden to Zaiden. But we think parents are tired of the whole raft of them, so we’d opt instead for something similar but more traditional, such as Adrian.
Daniel — Like Noah, the substitute for Daniel may be not another choice from the Bible but a more modern name with a phonetic twist, such as Landon.
What names do you think are most likely to take over for those in the current Top 10?