Category: Baby Names Popularity

celebrity baby names

By Abby Sandel

We know that celebrity baby names can impact the popularity charts for years to come. Way before Emily Blunt welcomed baby Hazel, its choice by Julia Roberts pushed it an astonishing 600 places up the US popularity chart. Heather Locklear and Reese Witherspoon were moms to early Avas, which turned that old Hollywood Glamour name into a modern star. And Kevin Costner and Harrison Ford were both dads to sons named Liam more than a decade before it reached the US Top Ten.

So which star choices of the past year are most likely to inspire the baby names the rest of us choose?

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The Trendiest Name in US History?

By Simon Davis

What is the trendiest baby name in American history? Jayden? Madison? Khaleesi?

The answer might not sound so trendy to you: it’s Linda.

Quantifying trendiness is tricky, since there’s no universally accepted way to calculate how much of a fad a name was. But according to researcher David Taylor, Linda may very well be the trendiest name ever. Taylor devised a metric for trendiness that takes into account overall popularity as well as steepness of a name’s rise and fall. So while Mary was very, very popular, it was popular over a long time period, and therefore not trendy. And while Deneen had a huge quick spike in popularity over a few years in the 1960s, it never accounted for a very high percentage of names even at its peak.
In 2015, just .022 percent of all female births in the U.S. were Lindas. But in 1947, it had the largest yearly rise ever, accounting for 5.48 percent of all baby girls’ names. This sudden meteoric rise was due to the wild success of one hit single: a 1946 Jack Lawrence song named, appropriately, “Linda.”

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Most Popular Baby Names 2016

popular baby names 2016

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Olivia has bumped Charlotte to become the Number 1 among Nameberry’s popular baby names for girls in 2016.

A Shakespearean name meaning “olive tree,” Olivia is Number 2 on the official lists for both the U.S. and England. While it’s unfailingly on the Nameberry Top 10, this is Olivia‘s first appearance at the head of the list.

Ezra continues its reign as the Number 1 boys’ name, a position the Biblical name meaning “help” first claimed last year. Ezra barely squeaked onto the official US Top 100 in 2015, but we predict it may take over for Noah at the top of the list within the decade.

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Names of the Year? Your Turn to Pick!

OK, you’ve seen our picks for 2016’s names of the year--based on their impact on both popular culture and baby names. Now it’s your turn to tell us what name or names YOU would add to this list. And, of course, the reasons behind the choice.

Bonus question: What names do you see getting hotter in 2017 and making it onto next year’s list?

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30 Gorgeous Girl Names We Love

By Abby Sandel

Last year, we took a look at 28 names that our readers love. How do we know for sure? We’re lucky enough to have millions of visitors every month, and we maintain the Nameberry Top 1000 based on the most visited name pages.

Our Top 1000 looks an awful lot like the US Top 1000 – everybody loves Charlotte – but a considerable number of the most popular names on Nameberry will surprise. Especially the ones that don’t even crack the US rankings.

What names do berries love right now? Here are 30 more choices much more popular on Nameberry than in the US.

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