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What’s Your Personal Top 10?

Combing through the Nameberry Top 100 and Top 1000 lists each year is one of our very favorite things to do! Where else would you find such diverse delights as Atticus and Aryan, Ada and Amara, all ranking in the Top 20 baby names for 2018?

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Your Most Surprising Future Top Baby Names?

We recently shared our predictions for the Top 10 baby names of 2028, based on statistical analysis of the annual Social Security data.

According to our projections, three new girl names and a whopping seven new boy names will be among those occupying the top spots in a decade’s time: Harper, Aria and Sofia; Mateo, Maverick, Lincoln, Lucas, Henry, Theodore and Jaxon.

Some of them might feel like surprising chart-topping choices — the very literally “nonconformist” Maverick in the Top 10, really? — but none of them feels outrageously outré. In fact, all rank comfortably within the current US Top 100.

But how about the mega-popular monikers that no one saw coming? Names like Dewey, which between 1888 and 1898 leapt from #815 to #19, or Jaime, which rose from #813 in 1966 to #29 in 1976 — or even Harper itself, which shot from #887 to #11 between 2004 and 2014. Names that seemingly came from nowhere and stormed their way up the charts.

So, crystal balls at the ready! For today’s Question of the Week, we want to hear your dark horse nominations for the trendiest baby names of the future. Of course, an awful lot depends on pop culture, celebrity influence, current affairs and more, but what unlikely candidates for future popularity would you put your money on?

Are there any as yet “undiscovered” baby names that you think have all the hallmarks of future popularity, if only more parents knew about them?

Are there any names that so perfectly capture current trends, that they almost can’t not get popular?

What’s the most unexpected name you can see rising into the Top 100 over the next decade? How about the Top 10?

Share your predictions in the comments below, or join the debate on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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What Uncommon Names Do You Hear a Lot?

For me, it’s Huxley.

At #556 in England & Wales last year, and me being British, you’d think I’d be lucky to meet a single Huxley. And yet, it seems like every time I’m out with my kids, we meet yet another little one with the name. Ditto Rafferty (#278), Annabella (#348) and Sylvie (#386).

We’ve written about regional name popularity before, and our annual look at each state’s quirky favorite baby names is always popular — and draws some illuminating explanations!

But today we’re asking for those baby names that seem super-specific to your individual neighborhood or social circle; names that the stats say you should never (or almost never) hear, but you do.

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We all know that the official popularity rankings don’t tell us everything there is to know about how popular our favorite baby names really are…

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What Was Your First Name Love?

If, like many of us, you’ve been obsessed with baby names for… well, forever: can you remember the name that kicked it all off?

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