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Thinking Outside the Popularity Box

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By Jackie at Namesplash

Have you ever been frustrated to find that a name you’ve loved for years is actually more popular than you thought?

When I was ten or so, I remember thinking the names Piper and Cooper were adorable and unique. While my personal tastes have changed quite bit in the last fifteen years, I still tend to steer clear of names I deem “too popular.” Both of my “unique” choices are now in the SSA Top 100, and I can only watch helplessly as many of the baby names I’ve loved for years trend tragically upwards.

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Name Sage: Is This Name Too Popular?

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Sarah writes:

My husband and I are expecting a baby boy in late September. September 25th! His great-grandpa is Ezra and mine is Matthew. Ezra Matthew. Great, right?

However, I was one of four Sarahs in my graduating class of a small town high school.

Will Ezra become a super popular name? Like, Top 20 popular?

When do you think Ezra will peak? I realize this is a guess, but it’s the kind of thing I wonder about.

Do you think there’s any chance that Ezra will be mistaken for a girl?

We’re also considering other names, including Abraham and Ezekiel.

I would love to hear what others think!

The Name Sage replies:

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Australian baby names

By Anna Otto, Waltzing More than Matilda

These are names which rose the fastest in Australia in 2014, calculated not only by overall national position, but by the number of states in which the name had significant gains. It also compares their progress in Australia with that in the US, UK, and New Zealand. 

GIRLS

Hazel
Hazel just joined the national Top 100 as its fastest-rising name, going up 63 places to #88: the last time it was a Top 100 name was in the 1940s. The catalyst for Hazel’s entry to the Top 100 is last year’s teenage tearjerker, The Fault in Our Stars, based on the novel by John Green, and with Shailene Woodley in the role of Hazel. A fashionable retro name with a cool Z sound, chosen by several celebrities, Hazel was due for popularity. Just outside the US Top 100, it’s already Top 50 in New Zealand, but only in the 300s in England/Wales.

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New Baby Name Trend: The Lu/Lou boys

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

After a rash of girls’ names beginning with the ‘Loo’ sound—Lucy and Lucille and Luna and Lulu–we’re suddenly seeing an even bigger bounce for boys’ names with that beginning syllable—spelled in a variety of ways, from Luca to Lewis to Llewelyn. So could Lou be about to be the new Jake/Sam/Ben?

We’ll start with those on this year’s Top 1000 list, in order of popularity—all but one of which were up in the new rankings:

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A Tale of 2 Popularity Lists

Baby name popularity lists

By Linda Rosenkrantz

We kind of take it for granted that our Berries are ahead of the curve when it comes to name trends and choices.  And now, looking for some hard evidence via the latest Social Security list versus Nameberry’s own popularity list, we can see just what a great disparity there is. As in Number One Noah and Emma (on the official US list) vs Atticus and Charlotte (Nameberry’s top names).

So what are some of the other sharpest, most extreme, differences? Scanning the 20 most popular names on Nameberry, some of which were barely on the general public radar a few years ago, here’s what we see:

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