Top Names that Peaked in 2005
Meaning:"my father is joyful"
Description:Abigail comes from the Hebrew name Avigail and is derived from the Hebrew elements ab, meaning "father," and g-y-l, meaning "to rejoice." In the Old Testament, Abigail was the wife of David, said to be beautiful, wise, and prophetic. In the early nineteenth century, Abigail became a term for a maid.
Description:Jacob comes from the Latin name Iacobus, which was ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov. In the Old Testament, Jacob was one of the most important patriarchs of the tribes of Israel. He was the youngest son of Isaac and Rebecca and the twin brother of Esau, as well as the husband of both Leah and Rachel. The 12 tribes of Israel evolved from his 12 sons.
Origin:Feminine variation of Emil, Latin
Description:Emily was derived from the Roman name Aemilia, which may have evolved from the Latin word aemulus, meaning "hardworking" or "rival." Amelia, although similar, has separate origins — it was derived from the Germanic name Amalia. Emilia, however, has the same Latin root as Emily.
Meaning:"the Lord is my salvation"
Description:Joshua was derived from the Hebrew name Yehoshu’a, from the roots yeho, referring to God, and yasha’, meaning “to save.” Joshua shares origins with the name Jesus, which comes from the Aramaic variation Yeshu’a. An important figure in the Old Testament, Joshua was the successor to Moses who finally led the Israelites into the Promised Land, inspiring the hymn "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho."
Description:Nathan was derived from the name Natan, which came from Hebrew verb natan, meaning “gave.” In the Old Testament, Nathan was the name of a prophet and also that of one of King David's sons. Nathaniel and Jonathan are related names.
Meaning:"citizen of Rome"
Description:Roman -- a surprise hit name of recent years -- owes much of its popularity to Cate Blanchett and Debra Messing, who almost simultaneously chose Roman for their sons, as Molly Ringwald did later.
In fact, several relatives of Roman are also newly stylish, from Romy to Romilly to Romeo. Definitely a romantic name, however you use it.
Origin:Welsh variation of John
Meaning:"the Lord is gracious"
Description:Evan was derived from Iefan, a Welsh version of John. John is ultimately a derivative of the Hebrew name Yochanan, comprised of the elements yo, meaning “God” and chanan, “to be gracious.” Evan is actually a Hebrew word itself, meaning “rock.”
Description:A strong, straightforward Irish unisex surname, with a merry glint in its eye, Reagan has been leaping up the popularity lists, to become one of the top girl names starting with R. Some will inevitably link it to President Ronald, but spell it Regan and it's a Shakespearean name: a daughter of King Lear.
Origin:English, diminutive of Grace
Description:Cute Gracie is one of the more recently revived nickname names by parents who chose it over the more formal Grace--or variations like Graziella or Grania. Country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw cut straight to the nickname when they called one of their daughters Gracie, and actors Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt named their newborn daughter Gracie James. Gracie Gold is a popular young figure skater.
Description:Holden is a classic case of a name that jumped out of a book and onto birth certificates--though it took quite a while. Parents who loved J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye are flocking to the name of its hero, Holden Caulfield -- not coincidentally in tune with the Hudson-Hayden-Colton field of names. (Trivia note: Salinger supposedly came up with the name while looking at a movie poster promoting a film starring William Holden and Joan Caulfield, though other sources say he was named after Salinger's friend Holden Bowler.) Another impetus was provided by a soap opera character introduced in 1985.
Description:Trinity bounded up the charts after the release of The Matrix, whose heroine was named Trinity. Country singer Trace Adkins used it for his daughter.
Origin:Spanish and Italian variation of Emil
Description:Dashing and popular Italian and Spanish favorite, as is Emiliano.
Origin:Variation of Maya, Greek mythology and Central American Indian name
Description:This distinctive spelling was popularized by the R&B singer Mya (Harrison) and has inspired many baby namers to adopt Mya for themselves.
Meaning:"winner, one who achieves"
Description:This name of an ancient Egyptian princess could make a fitting choice for a bicoastal child.
Origin:Spanish and Portuguese combination of Ana and Maria
Meaning:"grace + drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
Description:Combination of popular traditional names Maria and Ana.
Description:Aviation enthusiast John Travolta put this fast-paced name in the lexicon when he used it for his late son, and George Lucas followed suit.
Origin:Greek, Italian, Spanish, Russian diminutive of Angela
Description:The gorgeous Angelina Jolie has promoted the star power of her name and changed Angelina's image from delicate to intense, from older Italian mama to stylish multi-cultural child. Kids might relate to the dancing mouse in the series of charming children's books, Angelina Ballerina, or to the Harry Potter character, Angelina Johnson Weasley, a member of Dumbledore's army.
Meaning:"valley of the river Kent"
Description:Kendall, as used for a girl, was initially propelled by a soap opera character (Sarah Michelle Gellar as Kendall Hart in All My Children) and reality star and Kardashian sister Kendall Jenner.
Origin:Variation of Lionel
Description:A variation of Lionel that has made slow but steady gains in recent years, perhaps helped by the resurgence of Leo.
Origin:English from Norse
Description:A strong single-syllable surname with a joyful meaning, Tate is finding a place on more and more birth certificates.
Description:Similar to Nasser, with a slightly more altruistic meaning. Rapper Nas was born Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, and Nasir may have gotten a bump from 2016 show The Night Of, whose protagonist was named Nasir Kahn.
Origin:Spanish variation of Paul
Description:Pablo, the commonly used Spanish version of Paul, has the added bonus of some fantastic artistic bearers: painter Picasso, cellist Casals, and poet Neruda.
Origin:Russian feminine variation of Cyrus
Description:Though such cognates of Kira as Keira, Kyra, and Ciara are evermore popular throughout Europe and in the U.S., this Cyrus relative has a different root. Variations include Keera, Kiera, Kierra, Kirah, Kiri, Kiria, Kiriah, Kiro, Kirra, Kirrah, Kirri, Kirya, and Kyra.
Origin:Spelling variation of McKenna or Eastern African
Description:Part of the Mackenzie/Mackena/Mackenna family, this variation has a positive meaning.
Description:Among the children named Heaven are the daughters of TV personality Brooke Burke and rap singer Lil' Mo, who also has a daughter named God'iss Love. Some parents have taken to using Nevaeh instead—Heaven spelled backwards.
Origin:Spelling variation of Connor.
Description:This variation of Connor was practically unused before the 1990s.
Meaning:"hope; tender, delicate"
Description:Nadia, an accessible Slavic favorite, has a strong run of popularity in the US in the early 2000s, partially thanks to the character on Lost called Nadia but actually named Noor, but it's since slumped down the rankings. An earlier inspiration was Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who won the 1976 Olympics.
Origin:Spanish variation of Stephen
Description:One of several Latino favorites on U. S. popularity lists—solid and strong.
Origin:Variation of Ximena, Spanish
Description:Widespread popularity in the Latino community has propelled this name up the charts.
Origin:Pet form of Alejandra or Spanish
Description:A Spanish TV show made this one popular, along with single-named Mexican singer, Alondra.
Origin:Spelling variation of Emily
Description:This trendy spelling of Emily may be benefiting from the rise of Emery.
Meaning:"bright, shining, white"
Description:Popular in India and among Indo-Americans, this name of the hero of a famous Hindu epic has an extremely pleasing sound.
Description:This name, stemming from the Mayan mythological figure of the Rainbow Lady, is a surprising pop hit, primarily among Hispanic parents.
Origin:Feminine variation of Fernando, Spanish and Portuguese version of German Ferdinand
Description:Fernanda is very popular in the Latino community, with a lot more charm than its male counterpart. The standard nickname is Nanda, and variations include Ferdinanda and Fernandina.
Origin:Variation of Aislinn, Irish
Description:Though it relates to the Irish original, Ashlyn and its next most popular form, Ashlynn, owe more of their popularity as baby names in the US to the megastar Ashley, though all three have been dropping on the charts lately.
Origin:Feminine variation of Guiomar, Spanish, Portuguese
Meaning:"famous in battle"
Description:The gorgeous and romantic name Xiomara popped into the Top 1000 from 2004-2011 after a contestant on America's Next Top Model increased interest in her rare name.
Origin:Arabic variation of Mary
Meaning:"drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
Description:Popular among parents with Arab roots. Also found as Maryam.
Origin:Variation of Dutch Schuyler
Description:Skyla is the most feminine form of the Skylar / Sklyer trend - little Skyla will never be mistaken on paper for a boy.
Meaning:"a friend to talk with in the evening"
Description:Samir has a pleasing sound and lovely meaning. One of those distinctive names that can also fit right in—and you could always call him Sam.
Origin:Diminutive of various Ty-beginning names
Description:As Tyler has begun to recede, a number of parents, including the Wayne Gretzkys, have cut straight to the livelier short form.
Origin:Diminutive of Elaine
Meaning:"bright shining one"
Description:A kind of old-fashioned nickname name that's enjoying some fresh life thanks to trendy brother Lane. Lainie is a more old-school spelling.
Description:Aliza might seem like yet another variation of the eternal Alyssa/Alicia/Eliza loop, but it's a distinct name all its own. The z adds zip.
Origin:Greek and Latin variation of Noah
Description:Just say Noe to this translation of Noah.
Origin:Feminine variation of Cyrus, Persian
Description:The girls' name Kyra sounds like the also popular Keira/Kiera, but has a different root. There are twice as many baby girls named Keira as Kyra, with Kiera in third place. Kyra now ranks at #590 and is most familiar via actress Kyra Sedgwick.
Meaning:"God shall add"
Description:A widely used Hebrew form of Joseph, with a sophisticated and continental air.
Description:Rising star among Hispanic families that would make a good cross-cultural choice. A morepopular name with the same stellar meaning is Esther
Origin:Derivation and meaning unknown
Description:Fans of versatile, rising African- American actor Mekhi Phifer have begun to adopt his unusual first name for their sons.
Origin:Diminutive of Olivia or Latin
Description:Though it sounds like a chopped-off variation of Olivia, which means olive, the distinctively attractive Livia has been an independent name since the days of the ancient Romans, when it belonged to Livia Drusilla—the powerful wife of the Emperor Augustus—and is still commonly heard in modern Italy.
Origin:Variation of Yehudah
Description:This modernized version of Yehudah could be assimilated further by making it Judah. The name is traditionally given to boys born at Chanukah. It first appeared on the US Top 1000 in 2001.