Best New Names in the Top 1000
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.
Our favorite dozen names from each list are:
|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)|
Among the new names certain trends can be seen:
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:
|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)|
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on May 14th, 2018 at 3:00 am
I’m really surprised some of these names are new to the top 1000. I would have thought Florence, India, Jenny and Zahir would have pretty much been staples of the top 1000, if not very high within that.
I’m also really surprised Arden dropped out for girls, it seemed very trendy for a while recently.
on May 14th, 2018 at 3:11 am
My dad was actually really glad that his name (Ralph) was not on the list this year. He hates his name.
on May 14th, 2018 at 8:14 am
FYI, you have Amora listed as #698 in the favorites section but as #1000 in the international beauties section.
on May 14th, 2018 at 8:16 am
Very, very happy to see Briar and Nova (and Kace?) representing some pink on the boys side! Proof positive that gender-shifting does not have to be unidirectional.
on May 14th, 2018 at 9:28 am
And Ann fell out of the top 1000 also!
on May 14th, 2018 at 10:03 am
Shouldn’t Nova and Briar be yellow? They’re clearly unisex names. I’d say Legacy too.
on May 14th, 2018 at 2:18 pm
I’m equally surprised and unsurprised to see Saanvi on this list – I think it’s the #1 most common name given to baby girls in India this year, but I didn’t expect it to become popular in the United States as well!
on May 14th, 2018 at 4:10 pm
I love that Octavia has jumped in at such a high point!
on May 14th, 2018 at 8:35 pm
I’m very surprised that Julianne ranked so low in 2016. I would have assumed it to be much more popular.
on May 15th, 2018 at 12:51 am
All great additions the top 1000. I especially like seeing Briar and Nova break through on the boy’s side!
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