What are the baby names moving up fastest in popularity? Itâ€™s easy enough to follow those near the top, but which are the less visible, below-the-radar climbers? We took a look at the names that have risen at least 400 places in the past five years, and we found some real surprises such as triplets Adalyn
, unconventional spellings like Charlee
, kissing cousins Kinley
–not to mention Yaretzi
, which rose 563 places to reach Number 375.
Here are a dozen rapidly-climbing names that are both usable and explicable â€”often via a celebrity connection.
The most notable names of 2012 take a colorful direction this year, with influences that range from presidents to K-pop, celebrities and the characters they play, and from the web to the weather.
Our picks for the 12 names most emblematic of 2012 â€“ plus the dozen also-rans â€“ are:
Malala. Â Runnerup: Dilma
Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani 14-year-old who was gunned down by the Taliban for championing girlsâ€™ education, wrote that her melodious name means â€śgrief stricken.â€ťÂ Malala could well become an inspiration name choice for young girls in the Western World.Â Another female name to emerge from world politics this year is Dilma, via Brazilâ€™s first woman president Dilma Rousseff, who was named after her mother.
Unless you follow every reality series on the Oxygen and Style networks, Spanish soccer, country music and the contemporary cartoons, you might be hard pressed to figure out the sources behind some of the names that are suddenly rising in popularity. Yes, you may know that Number 2 boysâ€™ name Mason
is Kardashian-related, and that the Beckhams gave girlsâ€™ name Harper
a big boost, but whatâ€™s with Iker
? Â Hereâ€™s a guide to the probable sources of the success of these surprisingÂ names
on the rise.