Baby Name Trends: Heading Up

Baby Name Trends

Yesterday we looked at our list of names that peaked in 2007 and predicted general trends.  Today, we’re identifying those names we expect to be hearing a lot more of in the future.

Not included on this list are the trendy choices like Addison and Aiden that everybody expects to see at the top of the pop chart.  We’re also setting aside those 2007 favorites we expect to see heading downward – Kaylee, for instance – along with names mentioned in yesterday’s post.

More interesting are the unusual names and the unexpected classics we see peaking on the 2007 list but predict will rise yet again in 2008 and will be around for years to come.  Many of these names sound unusual enough now, but BE WARNED: Most are destined to get a lot more popular.  Those choices:

Girls

Akira
Alani
Amari
Amelia
Annabelle
Arabella
Aria
Athena
Aubrey
Azaria
Bella
Brielle
Cadence
Camila
Chloe
Claire
Dahlia
Delilah
Dulce
Eden
Elle
Emery
Hadley
Iliana
Jocelyn
Kamari
Kinsley
Lexie
Liana
Lucia
Lyric
Maeve
Malaki
Malia
Melina
Naomi
Paisley
Piper
Saniya
Sarai
Sariah
Tessa
Valentina
Willow
Zaniya
Zara
Zariah
Zoey

Boys

Andres
Ari
Aryan
Asher
Atticus
Beckett
Boston
Brady
Braxton
Brycen
Case
Cohen
Cooper
Corbin
Cruz
Davin
Daxton
Declan
Drake
Easton
Emmanuel
Enzo
Ezekiel
Fabian
Finn
Finnegan
Gideon
Grayson
Hudson
Isai
Jacoby
Jameson
Jeremiah
Johan
Josiah
Judah
Killian
Kingston
Lincoln
Luca
Madden
Marcelo
Matias
Maxim
Micah
Nash
Nikolai
Nolan
Owen
Rhys
Santiago
Sawyer
Slade
Soren
Titus
Wyatt

Either

Keagan
London
Memphis
Nery
Parker
Phoenix
Quinn
Rowan
Teagan
Zion

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Alicia Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 3:11 am

I like a lot of these and would love to see them more. However Dahlia scares me, since it is very high on my list. I’d prefer for it to not become popular. haha.

jennifer m. Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 8:17 am

Have baby named Claire. I am hoping for it to peak soon, but I guess that is wishful thinking. I hope I am somewhat ahead of the peak at least. Didn’t want her to be Claire M. 🙁 Also, I was wondering what happens to first name popularity once a name becomes popular as a middle name? Does it effect its rise up the charts like a name such as Grace? I see Claire being used a lot as a middle name. I also didn’t see some of the Twilight names on here such as Alice, Esme, Edward, and Rosalie. I thought those names would be getting a bump in popularity too. Also I am wondering why Aubrey and not Audrey made the list. I am done now I promise. : ) Nice post by the way!

Andrea Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 9:20 am

The octuplets have names that fit with those trends. The girls are Maliyah and Nariyah; the boys are Noah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Josiah, Isaiah, and Makai. I’ve heard all of them except Nariyah, but I could see that one catching on.

sophia Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 10:29 am

I was bracing myself before reading this list, really hoping not to see any of the names I’m seriously considering! Thankfully, none of my favorites are on the list.
I love blog posts like these. We tend to only look at popularity ranks while trying to estimate how popular a name is/will be, and we can sometimes completely miss the fact that it’s part of a clear trend. It’s not necessarily a reason not to use something we love, but I’d rather be aware of it rather than realize three years later how trendy a choice it was.

Lola Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I am so happy to not see any of the names on my lists here *whew*!

There are a good handful on here that I really wouldn’t mind seeing more of, but I hope none of them are going to be as saturated as Ava/Jacob/Emily are now. “Variety is best, people, stop thinking like sheep”! is something I want to start yelling on the baords (not here, other places!) 😀

DL Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Claire! Noooo. My baby’s name is Clare (“the original, more prosaic spelling” according to this site). I too hope it has peaked.

Malia was on my list but with it being one of the President’s daughter’s name I believe the popularity is going to soar.

Too many names on this list I like, booooo.

iris1973 Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I love Claire, but probably won’t use it.

Lucia is the only one on our short list here, and I am surprised to see it.

pam Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Not every one of these names will keep trending up. But if I had to guess, I would pick Lucia as one of those most certain to get more popular, thanks to the stylishness of Lucy and the fashionable “a” ending.

Jill Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Phew! Like others, I read this list while holding my breath. I’m really saddened by Annabelle’s popularity, as it’s been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. I guess I’ll have to replace it with Anne…

Linda, when you chose Chloe, it was essentially unheard of, and I’m wondering how you feel about its popularity.

Thanks so much, Pam and Linda, for this entry! 🙂

pam Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

You’re welcome! there is hardly a belle name that has escaped the upward trend, except maybe Clarabelle, and that’s only because of the cow.

Charlotte Vera Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I have to say that seeing “Lyric” on that list made me chuckle. On my birth club there are a couple of women who are naming their soon-to-be daughters Lyric and think that they’re being completely original. It’s interesting to see that they aren’t the only ones who are using it.

Jenmb Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 9:49 pm

I think some of us are overreacting at the thought of our baby names appearing on this list. I’d guess there’s 60 names on this list, and they won’t necessarily all be in the top 100. Also there’s such a variety in naming nowadays, the chances of there being 4 Claires in 1 class is slim to none (unlike Jen’s of the 80’s)

And people think Lyric is original? Jada Pinkett played a character named “Lyric” in a movie that came out around 15 years ago and it had a rise in popularity then

rachelmarie Says:

February 12th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Good god, I think that nickname names need to die off the charts. Lexie, for example, needs to go away. So do other ridiculous names, like Paisley (a print), Cruz (ugh!), Tessa, Kamari (sounds like Calamari).
I am very opinionated, yes. But I think Parker should have never become a girls name. Same with Ryan.
Girl’s names are girl’s names, and boy’s names are boy’s names. Some can cross over acceptably, but not ones that are heard everywhere.

I love Amelia, which is actually on my favorites. I don’t know anyone, personally, with the name. I’ll be so upset when it’s number one by the time I have kids

Mary Says:

July 13th, 2009 at 7:14 pm

All this popularity scares me! I love a lot of these but they are “dead” to me once they hit top 100…

alexis Says:

July 30th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Well, we shouldn’t freak just yet, after all, these are predictions of naming trends. I do love one on here but I won’t say which! LOL Sure, I am bummed to see it here but it is hard to imagine with an more uncommon name that it will suddenly appeal to so many different people like Emma and Isabella have, right? Who knows why a name enters the lexicon (reality tv, twilight books) and then everyone loves it?

SGMom Says:

December 1st, 2009 at 1:10 pm

My son’s name is on the list, but I’m not going to freak out just yet. He’s 22 months old and to this day only 2 people have said, “oh, that’s my (nephew’s/friend’s) name”. Everyone else asks where I “found” it, as though they’ve never heard it. I actually “found” it on the credits of a tv show that only aired for 1 season, just long enough for me to get the name 🙂

However, I am currently pregnant and love the name Drake, and it’s on the list, and I can see that one getting more popular. We shall see!

kara Says:

January 2nd, 2010 at 11:19 am

How ironic. I just posted a post about my son’s name and how unfamiliar it is to people, no one spells it right or knows how to say it and here it is on the list of heading up! Well maybe among the nameberry crowd it is – as you all seem so much more savvy then most but my son’s name is Rhys and I have even had people ask me if I invented the spelling!! Wonder if I will be complaining it is too popular in 10 years?

dublin Says:

March 16th, 2010 at 11:10 am

My sister named her first son Corbin. I loved that I had never heard it before, yet it sounded so classic. He is now 4 years old and I still haven’t heard of anyone else with that name. I guess it hits the baby-name sweet spot. Hopefully it stays that way!

Kirstan’s Mommy Says:

April 28th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Drake is a rapper. Lyric is very popular had quite a few (8) girls come through my 4th grade class with it in the last 5 years.

Kirstan’s Mommy Says:

April 28th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

My daughter’s name is Kirstan (Kear-stin) and I love that it is not too popular or too old but rather unique and timeless. I worked with a German woman whose daughter’s name is Kiersten- so I stole it.

Melina or Melena Says:

November 23rd, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I always cringe when I hear someone has called their daughter Melina or Melena. It is the medical term for bloody poop!

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