Baby Name Trends: View from the Peak

Baby Name Trends

One of nameberry’s hidden wonders is its lists of names that peaked in every year from 1880 to 2007, the most recent one counted.  These lists, created by our brilliant yet anonymous (ironic, huh?) software engineer, give a snapshot not of the most popular but of the trendiest names at any given moment.

It’s possible to look at the peaking names and their variations to pinpoint trends current and future.  Some directions evident in the 2007 list include:

THE AD NAMES

In 2007, we see the peak of Addison: no surprise there.  Also peaking are Addisyn, Addyson, Adison, and Adyson.  A little further removed are Adalyn and Adelyn.  And from there it’s only a quick hop to Adrian and Adriel (and not such a stretch to include all the Aidens in this group).   Look for other Ad– names to follow: Ada, Adelaide, Adelia, Adeline, AdairAdolph, not so much.

THE EL NAMES

Heirs of Ellen and Elliot, we see Elias peaking for boys.  And the much longer girls’ list includes Elaina, Eliana, Elle, and Ellie.

THE DOUBLE L NAMES

Girls’ names with the lovely two-l sound peaking in 2007 include Layla and leyla,, Leilani, Lilah, Liliana in various spellings, plus Lily herself.  Lorelai and Lyla are also at their peak.

THE SOFT G NAMES

Two attractive celebrities, supermodel Gisele Bundchen and chef Giada De Laurentis, might be behind this trend. The most popular of this Latinate group is Gianna, but also included are Giana, Giuliana, and Giselle, plus Giovani and Giovanni for boys.  On deck: Gia and Giulia?

THE JAY NAMES

Every spelling you can imagine (well, maybe not every, but a lot of them) of Jayden, Jaylyn, and Jayda peaked in ’07.  This is one set of peaks due to begin its descent.

THE RY NAMES

Riley (or Rylee) started this trend, which now includes the peaking Ryder, Ryker, Rylan, Ryland, and Ryleigh.

SPIRITUAL NAMES: HEAVEN and EARTHLY

Spiritual names at their peak include Deacon, Genesis, Journey, Harmony, Haven, Messiah, Miracle, and Nevaeh, Serenity, Sincere, and Zion.  But on a less heavenly note, 2007 also saw the ascendance of Cannon, Gunner, and Maverick.

CELEBRITY INSPIRED NAMES PEAKING in 2007 include Audrina, Gael, Jolie, Kelis, Kimora, Leonardo, Maddox, Malia, Marley, Miley, Peyton, Presley, Reese, Rihanna, Scarlett, Shiloh, Sienna, and Tatum.

Coming up tomorrow: Names you’ll be hearing a lot more of.

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Emmy Jo Says:

February 9th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Great post! How do we find this “hidden wonder”? I’ve been trying to compose a list of names that peaked in the 1930’s, and that list would make it sooooo much easier.

Jenmb Says:

February 9th, 2009 at 11:05 pm

These are a lot of trends you predict have already peaked! I would’ve thought the “E” and “Double L” names were just starting their rise to trendiness. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s list.

pam Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 7:38 am

To find the lists of names that peaked in every year, go to the very bottom of the home page, where in teeny tiny type it says “Even More Lists of Names.” Click on that and you’ll find all the “Names That Peaked in….” lists.

And I know the wording was confusing, but these are not really trends that have already peaked but trends that are important now and going into the future, so yes, many of them ARE just starting their rise to trendiness.

Emmy Jo Says:

February 10th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Pam — I tried that. It only has 1960-2007. Are the earlier lists hidden somewhere else?

pam Says:

February 11th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Hmmmm. He may be keeping those in a secret vault. I’ll check….

rachelmarie Says:

February 12th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Ugh, I hate the “spiritual names” and word names. They make me wanna puke, sorry to say, but it’s true.
My least favorites:
Genesis, Journey, Harmony, Haven, Miracle, Nevaeh (the absolute worst name ever invented), Serenity, and Sincere.
I feel as if parents are setting their kids’ futures up for them.
What if a girl named Sincere is a jerk? What if a girl named Charity is selfish?
It’s just wrong and horrible. I strongly dislike all spiritual names. Nevaeh is the worst, I wish it would go away…

Lol sorry for the rant

luvbnmom Says:

March 8th, 2010 at 11:48 am

“spiritual names”

Personally I like these names. There is nothing wrong with giving your child a name that resonates of
positivity, blessings, great character, it would be a parents hope to see their child “live up to” any of these names. What better way to set the bar than to name them something so positive…

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