Category: Baby Names Popularity
By Linda Rosenkrantz
Ever since we started exploring and writing about baby names, Pam and I have been intrigued by the concept of sweet-spot names, those that fall in that perfect position of not being epidemically popular—so common that their distinctive images to be diluted—yet not extreme enough to raise eyebrows or cause any confusion.
What will be the most popular baby names of 2028? Which names will rise the fastest and which will fall? What unexpected names do we see gaining popularity? And what major baby name trends do we see emerging in the ten years ahead?
We analyzed the Social Security data to create projections for the next ten years of baby names. The exclusive lists that follow are based on our statistical calculations.
Nameberry is loved by users from all over the world, and our database of over 70,000 baby names reflects the diversity of you – our audience. Today we continue our 10 year anniversary celebrations by looking at the international names that we’ve discovered and loved over the last 10 years.
THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP – names Americans have borrowed from the UK and Ireland
The US and the UK have often looked to each other for name inspiration and the past decade has been no different. Here are some of the names that have long been popular across the pond that have rocketed up the US popularity lists since 2008 – some still remain off the Top 1000 in the US but have found hundreds more US admirers in recent years.
Here are 10 girl and 10 boy names and the percentage of how they have increased since 2008:
by Linda Rosenkrantz
The celebrity factor was already a major influence on baby names when Nameberry was born in 2008, but over the past decade the celebrity culture has exploded even further and become even more impactful on names. The names of celebs, the names they name their children, the names of the characters they play, all have the power to transform the perception of unusual appellations and to put a high polish on dusty relics. And they can also shock us with some of their most outrageous picks. Let’s take a look at the coolest and craziest starbaby names of the decade.
By Emma Waterhouse
A look back at a decade of brilliant baby names, Nameberry style!
It all started with V…
Way back in November 2008, we proudly shared the first ever Babyberry birth announcement: a little girl given the beautiful name Vera Adelaide. Her parents had fallen in love with Vera after stumbling across it on our site, but they were concerned that it might feel too “great-grandma-ish”, having dropped out of the US Top 1000 a quarter century before. But the Berry consensus was that it was a fresh, appealing vintage choice, ripe for revival.
Fast-forward ten years, and how right you were! Elegant international beauty Vera now sits serenely up at #278, and she’s still rising steadily.