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September 11th, 2020

Top Baby Names 2019: The Playground Analysis

By Kelli Brady

Nameberry’s Playground Analysis combines variant spellings to reveal the *real* top baby names of the year – with some big surprises!

May 14th, 2019

2018 Most Popular Names: The Playground Analysis

By Kelli Brady

Kelli Brady’s highly anticipated annual analysis of the real baby name popularity of 2018–aka her Playground Analysis.

May 15th, 2018

Playground Analysis 2017: The REAL Top 50 List!

By Kelli Brady

In her annual Playground Analysis, Kelli Bradie shows that Sophia and Jackson would be the real #1 names if all their various spellings were combined.

July 17th, 2017

Boys’ Names: The rise and fall of the Aiden craze

By Kelli Brady

A deep and fascinating look at the explosion of names rhyming Aidan in the 21st century.

June 4th, 2017

Popular Baby Names: Inside the Top 100 of 2016

By Kelli Brady

Name Nerds welcome! Kelli Brady digs deep into the popular names on the Social Security list and comes up with some interesting discoveries about their ups and downs.

May 15th, 2017

2016 Baby Names: The Playground Analysis

By Kelli Brady

Kelli Brady analyzes what the popularity list would look like if all the spellings of a name were combined.

June 7th, 2016

Bye, bye Brayden, adios Aiden!

By Kelli Brady

All the members of the aden/aiden/ayden family are slipping. Kelli Brady does the numbers.

May 17th, 2016

New Top Baby Names

By Kelli Brady

Attention Name Nerds: You’ll be excited to see Kelli’s deep analysis of the new Top 100 list!

May 8th, 2016

Playground Analysis: The REAL most popular names

By Kelli Brady

We are so pleased to present Kelli’s annual Playground Analysis–how the most popular list of 2015 would look if the various spellings of a name were combined.

July 5th, 2015

Unisex Names of the 2014 Top 1000

By Kelli Brady

Kelli Brady’s exhaustive analysis of just where the 2014 popular names stand on the gender divide.