Category: popular baby names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Can a boys’ name be popular, given to hundreds or even thousands of babies, and still maintain its edge? After looking at the top half of the Social Security list, we say the answer is a definite yes. Of course terms like cool and classic are difficult to define—they’re really in the eye of the beholder. But just as everyone would agree that James and Mary are classics, I think most of us would also see names like Ace and Cruz as having a cool image.
Here are my nominations for names that fit into that pop-yet-groovy space, with their popularity rankings and number of bearers last year.
What are the hottest baby names for the year ahead?
To find out, we looked at which names have attracted the most unique views of a total of more than six million visits to our name pages in the past 30 days.
Then we tracked which of those top names had increased 50 percent or more over the same period last year.
The result: A group of 50 baby names we see as the very hottest right now. These names might not be showing up on international popularity lists quite yet. But the current spike in interest is sure to translate to much wider adoption in the months and years ahead.
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Any newcomer to the contemporary world of baby names may be amazed at how diverse and – to use a Mom word – different names have become. In the generation since Mom was naming you, the list of US Most Popular Name has expanded to include more ethnically distinct names, words freshly morphed into names, and newly-minted monikers. Mom might not recognize many of today’s Top 500, used for hundreds of babies now but virtually nonexistent in the 1980s.
Warning: If you choose one of these names for your baby, you should expect surprise – or possible shock – from Mom (and Dad too).
Popular baby names today least likely to be familiar to your Mom include:
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A Nameberry reader recently asked: How long do baby names in the US Top 10 tend to remain in the Top 10?
Good question, we thought, and so with the help of our commando researcher Esmeralda Rocha, we did some investigation.
The short answer: It’s complicated. While girls’ names in the current Top 10 have been there fewer years on average – 12 years versus 14 for the boys – those numbers are skewed by the amazing durability of Emily at 24 years and, even more dramatically, Michael at 72. Take Emily and Michael out of the equation and the balance reverses, with girls’ names staying on top an average of 10 years versus only 7.5 for the boys!
But this doesn’t tell the whole story either, given that classic boys’ names such as William and James have been in the Top 10 for most of the 135-year history of the data, though they dipped out and returned only recently. And on the girls’ side, Elizabeth had been in the Top 10 most of those years, only to slip out in 2014.
Here, a closer look at the popularity durability of all the names of both genders in the current US Top 10.