Best New Names in the Top 1000

and the trends they predict

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)

 

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IslandMoon Says:

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.

Kate4hisglory Says:

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.

seminole Says:

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.

beynotce Says:

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.

sharimsh Says:

May 14th, 2018 at 9:28 am

And Ann fell out of the top 1000 also!

caetano Says:

May 14th, 2018 at 10:03 am

Shouldn’t Nova and Briar be yellow? They’re clearly unisex names. I’d say Legacy too.

fromtheocean12 Says:

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!

Kate4hisglory Says:

May 14th, 2018 at 4:10 pm

I love that Octavia has jumped in at such a high point!

galaxywasted Says:

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.

brittanyanitarose Says:

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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