Category: “Cool Names”
The big news in baby names this week has been the Most Popular Names 2012: Top 1, Top 10, Top 100, Top 1000.
But swimming just below the surface — not quite on the radar but not truly off, either — are dozens of more unusual baby names poised to find wider favor….or dropping from view.
Of course, that may bring relief rather than disappointment to many parents. Â If you want to name your baby Magnolia or Clementine, Bishop or Langston — or already have — you may tremble on surveying the new Top 1000, hoping your favorites stay off the list.
We looked below the Top 1000 for girls and boys and found those names within 50 points of the cutoff that we felt were heading back into style, along with those sailing off into the sunset.
In raw numbers, 251 girls received the Number 1000 name Katalina while 197 boys were named Number 1000 boys’ name Dangelo. Â The numbers after each name below represent the number of children given that name in 2012.
Here, the names just under the Top 1000 coming into style and heading out:
JacobÂ remains the most popular name for boys for the 14thÂ year in a row.Â An Old Testament name that means â€śsupplanterâ€ť and a cousin ofÂ James,Â JacobÂ has been in the Top Ten for nearly two decades.
Sophia, which took the crown as the Number 1 girls’ name last year, is a Greek name that means “wisdom.” Â It entered the Top 10 in 2006.
Arya and Major were the fastest-rising names for 2012. Â Arya’s popularity stems from the show and book Game of Thrones, while Major is a military name featured on reality TV show Home by Novogratz.
Second fastest-risers Gael and Perla are widely used by parents of Spanish descent.
The complete Top Ten are:
Thereâ€™s one vowel that’s found at the end of seemingly every girl name. That vowel, of course, is the A. Today the focus is on girl names ending in a different vowel– the incredible I.
The most popular ends-in-i nameÂ for the moment is Naomi, an Old Testament name long popular in the Jewish community, which is at an all-time popularity peak. Naomi broke the top 100 for the first time in 2010, and has gradually reached #93 for 2011 (the most recent year Social Security name data is available).
Another ends-in-i nameÂ that has seen recent success is Maci, which has dramatically ascended the charts. After spending a decade in the bottom top 1000, Maci achieved Top 200 status within a short two-year span, probably thanks to being the name of a teen mom featured on MTV reality shows.
I love the concept of Guilty Pleasure Names — names you love but know you shouldn’t, either because they’re too crazy or too tacky, too high falutin’ or maybe too trashy.
Nameberry hosts several forums devoted to the concept of Guilty Pleasure Names. Â Here’s one that focuses on GPNs for girls, while this one defines Guilty Pleasure Names as Names You Love But No One Seems To Like.
“Uh….Daisy?” he says.
Which made us think, as many things do, of Nameberry and our Question of the Week.
What do you wish your name was?
It may not be your favorite name, the one you’d choose for a child. Â But for whatever reason — and I hope you’ll tell us what that reason is — the name conveys how you’d like to be seen, who you wish others thought you were.