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Best New Names in the Top 1000

May 13, 2018 Esmeralda Rocha

By Esmeralda Rocha

Each year, the Top 1000 names in the US are given to around 78% of boys and 69% of girls (in 2017 2,798,250 babies received a first name that ranked in the Top 1000).

While there is always a little movement in the Top 10 and Top 100, nearly 90 new names appeared in the Top 1000 last year – making that list a fun way to gauge trends and find hidden or underused gems.

Top picks:

Our favorite dozen names from each list are:

 

GIRLS BOYS
Amora (#698) Alaric (#994)
Emerald (#979) Ayan (#917)
Florence (#980) Briar (#880)
Kimora (#960) Caspian (#868)
Legacy (#945) Frankie (#898)
Magdalena (#955) Gianluca (#986)
Octavia (#593) Khari (#969)
Saanvi (#991) Ledger (#973)
Selene (#917) Nova (#918)
Spencer (#975) Rashad (#981)
Sunny (#984) Simeon (#974)
Yara (#987) Yadiel   (#975)

Trend spotting

Among the new names certain trends can be seen:

GIRLS:

Words and places Dream (#828), Egypt (#974), Emerald (#979), India (#890), Legacy (#945), Opal (#859), Sunny (#984), and Treasure (#968)

Vintage namesAlisa (#988), Florence (#980), Jenny (#996), Magdalena (#955), Octavia (#593), Renee (#966), Selene (#917), Sonia (#983), Tara (#985)

International beauties – Amora (#1000), Kimora (#960), Saanvi (#991), Samira (#992), Xiomara (#848) and Yara (#987)

Modern monikers – Emberly (#629), Ensley (#965), Marlowe (#981), Meilani (#911), Oaklyn (#676), Spencer (#975)

BOYS:

Old school fun: Alaric (#994), Caspian (#868), Frankie (#844), Randall (#960), Mike (#949), Shmuel (#965), Simeon (#974)

Surnames – Colson (#736), Decker (#995), Gatlin (#957), Ledger (#973), Shepard (#926), Wells (#915)

Titles and Power Bishop (#988), Kaiser (#929), Kyng (#959), Reign (#961)

International beaux: Ayan (#907), Bjorn (#957), Gianluca (#986), Khari (#969), Koa (#939), Rashad (#981), Yadiel (#975), Zahir (#966), Zayd (#931)

Modern monikers: Aaden (#888), Briar (#880), Jaxx (#1000), Jaxxon (#846), Juelz (#776), Kace (#870), Kairo (#803, Kylen (#980), Nova (#918).

Names lost from the Top 1000:

Of course, some monikers from 2016’s Top 1000 had to make way for these new additions. Some we were surprised to see go include:

 

GIRLS BOYS
Aislinn (#967 in 2016) Amare (#982 in 2016)
Antonia (#996 in 2016) Benicio (#976 in 2016)
Arden (#972 in 2016) Gilbert (#963 in 2016)
Elin (#991 in 2016) Harris (#969 in 2016)
Farrah (#961 in 2016) Immanuel (#937 in 2016)
Julianne (#919 in 2016) Jair (#939 in 2016)
Marisol (#941 in 2016) Jericho (#924 in 2016)
Tabitha (#934 in 2016) Neymar (#887 in 2016)
Wendy (#855 in 2016) Ralph (#998 in 2016)
Yasmin (#936 in 2016) Rolando (#937 in 2016)

 

About the author

Esmeralda Rocha

Esmeralda Rocha writes regularly for Nameberry. An expert on international names, she lives in Australia.

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