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CONTEST: Guess the Newest Names on the List

Win a private consult with the Name Sage!

By Abby Sandel

In just one more week, the US Social Security Administration will release the new Top 1000 list of popular baby names of 2016. It’s Mardi Gras meets the Super Bowl for name lovers, and we’ve all got our ideas about what the data will bring.

We’ve already shared some guesses about names to watch. Now it’s your turn: what will be the biggest debuts (or returns) to the charts?

Every year, around 90 of the names in the official Top 1000 weren’t there the year before. In some cases, they’re comebacks. Louisa and Frankie, Cordelia and Marjorie have all returned to the rankings after long absences for girls over the last few years. On the boys’ side, we’ve welcomed back Otis and Clyde, Louie and Gordon.

But for every retro revival, there are plenty of brand new names. And it’s often the brand new names that garner all the attention. They’re nearly always driven by the pop culture headlines of the previous year.

Still, it’s not always easy to guess which name will leap from obscurity to a high place on the charts.

That’s where you come in!

This year, we’re awarding prizes to the berries who pick the highest debuting boy or girl name. Each reader can guess one of each; the first correct comment for each gender wins.

The prize? Bragging rights, of course. But you’ll also choose between a private name consult with Nameberry’s Name Sage, or any one of the baby name books from our online store.

For reference, here are the highest debuting baby names from the last ten years. From movies to music to reality TV, there are some powerful pop culture influences driving these names.

2006: Krish (Number 633) and Rihanna (Number 529)

2007: Madden (Number 803) and Miley (Number 278)

2008: Aaden (Number 342) and Allisson (Number 420)

2009: Kellan (Number 622) and Analia (Number 331)

2010: Channing (Number 645) and Tenley (Number 459)

2011: Raylan (Number 699) and Bryn (Number 743)

2012: Neymar (Number 702) and Cataleya (Number 478)

2013: Jayceon (Number 207) and Daleyza (Number 586)

2014: Bode (Number 783) and Montserrat (Number 592)

2015: Canaan (Number 806) and Adaline (Number 364)

Now it’s your turn … what do you think will join the list in 2016?

The contest will remain open until Thursday, May 11th at midnight. One boy name and one girl name guess per berry, please! Winners will be announced the week of May 15th.

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Wittyusername103 Says:

May 4th, 2017 at 11:07 pm

I think Sylvie is going to debut at around the top 900. I think Arabella’s going to drop due to the Donald Trump link. I also think we will see more nature names like Linnea debut

mill1020 Says:

May 4th, 2017 at 11:19 pm

My guess is Ines for girls, Arrow for boys.

nic_blondie Says:

May 4th, 2017 at 11:27 pm

Viola for girls, and Bowie for boys.

emilygc3 Says:

May 4th, 2017 at 11:36 pm

Poppy for girls, Fox for boys!

jmumford Says:

May 4th, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Ophelia for girls, Booker for boys

shiningjewel Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 12:03 am

Hillary for girls, Hamilton for boys

ellecr Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 12:36 am

Boys: Wilder
Girls: Marlowe

EmilyKor Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 12:53 am

Margot for girls. Magnus for boys. I think literature will have a lot to do with Magnus, per Magnus Chase and Magnus Bane. Margot is one of those names that is slowly coming back with or without media presence as it’s fresh and new again. Although Margot Robbie could be an influence as well.

Kara Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 12:55 am

I’m going with Sansa for girls, and Reign for boys.

GenevieveReine Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 1:17 am

Mavis for girls, Wesson for boys

Thepandaprincess223 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 2:01 am

Cleo for girls, Archie for boys.

Jorja Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 2:01 am

I’m going to say Lula for girl, and Zephyr for boy.

johnsone07 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 3:57 am

My guesses: Susannah for girls, Emil for boys.

invisiblestudent Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 5:00 am

Amabel for girls and Leopold for boys

NatalieJeanMarie Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 5:04 am

For girls: Dusty

For boys: Wolf

Juliedsirois Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 6:18 am

Girls: Neve
Boys: Harris

Maple10 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 7:04 am

G Arlo B Reign

IndiRaine Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 7:18 am

Girl-Emery

Boy-Apollo

lawsonhaley Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 7:27 am

Girl: Poppy
Boy: Freddie

Sunday_Cami Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 7:40 am

Boy: Saint
Girl: Queenie

esmith0326 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 7:47 am

Boy: Bowie
Girl: Bluebell

macy13 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 7:50 am

Boy: Dashiell
Girl: Belle

kmoodie Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 8:21 am

Boy: Hamilton
Girl: Louise

winifredsnow Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 8:41 am

Pippa & Teddy

-EagleEyes- Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 9:03 am

I’m guessing Fox for boys, and Poppy for girls.

beynotce Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 9:05 am

Gotta go with:

Bowie for the boys

and

Seraphina for the girls.

I’m also watching out for Arrow, Fleur, and Kylo.

alternativekeys Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 9:15 am

I’m going to go with Bowie for girls and Wolf for boys.

MissBennet Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 9:46 am

Royalty for girls, Chancellor for boys.

MarinaElla Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 9:48 am

I think Newt for boys and Aurora for girls

MarinaElla Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 9:52 am

Cara for girls and Cash for boys

sarah1800 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 10:06 am

Greer for girls, Ansel for boys

clairels Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 11:09 am

Girl: Halsey
Boy: Quill

csd267 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 11:15 am

Boy: Bowie
Girl: Susannah

csd267 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 11:32 am

I change mine. I put more thought into it, final guess!

Boy: Bowie
Girl: Rey

SweetPiper Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 11:32 am

Boy: Stellan
Girl: Primrose

jodikay Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 11:40 am

River for Girl, Bear for boys

lyndskyns Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 12:16 pm

My guess is…
Girl – Keziah
Boy – Bridger

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Bellamy for girls, Koa for boys

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 12:57 pm

…if I was more of a pop-culture-influence gambler I would pick Ines for girls and Rio for boys…but I’ll keep my safer bet.

clari406 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Zayn for a boy, Khaleesi for a girl

Lisaahs Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Boy: Bowie
Girl: Elodie

somemelodioussonnet Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Simone for girls and Reign for boys.

I also think the previously mentioned Bowie, Fox, Poppy, and Margot are good guesses!

Cekdooley Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Bowie for Boys
Luna for Girls

maggiemary Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Girl – Ellery
Boy – Bowie

Wittyusername103 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 4:47 pm

Oops I broke the rules. I think Sylvie for girls and Bowie for boys.

allyjones23 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Girl- Ceylon
Boy- Maddox

Mega_Muffin Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Girl: Rey
Boy: Hamilton

SeaZuno86 Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Girl: Ramona
Boy: Wiley / Wylie

BRHOTROD Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 9:48 pm

Ezra for boys and Nora for girls

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 10:01 pm

Am I understanding the directions correctly in that the names we pick needed to be outside the SSA list top 1000 and we’re picking the names that will climb into the top 1000, with the highest debuting picks winning? The majority of picks thus far were already in the top 1000 on the SSA list last year.

valerievalerahh Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 10:09 pm

Boy – Kylo
Girl – Dusty

Mega_Muffin Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Oops, I didn’t see that @kmoodie already chose Hamilton, so I’m changing my choice for boy name to Alaric.

Girl: Rey
Boy: Alaric

sarahmezz Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 10:57 pm

@orchid_lover: That’s how I interpreted the rules too.
My guesses: Linus and Persephone

Kate4hisglory Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 11:44 pm

I know that Bowie and Sylvie are probably the winners, so I’m probably not going to win. But I have seen an awful lot of baby boy Holden’s and baby girl Monroe’s around lately.

MonikerWanderer Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 11:53 pm

Theodosia for girls and Alasdair for boys

Deirdre_Mary_Claire Says:

May 5th, 2017 at 11:58 pm

Girls: Georgina
Boys: Lorcan

lesliemarion Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 12:09 am

I adore the comeback names and loathe the new ones.

Here’s to more comebacks!

stormy5656 Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 3:51 am

Girls: Anneliese
Boys: Thatcher

ARhythmofNames Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 9:13 am

Boy: Silas
Girl: Daisy

mia18 Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 9:44 am

Willa and Asher

brittella Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 10:06 am

Boys: Gareth
Girls: Malala

clairels Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 10:22 am

@LeslieMarion Of course, because if something is new it’s clearly bad, especially if it comes from a culture other than yours.

clairels Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 10:24 am

@OrchidLover You are correct. Some people aren’t doing their research. There have been names chosen that are not only already in the top 1000, they’re already in the top 100.

CherryBomb50 Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 11:44 am

Boys: Tyrell; Girls: Viva

CherryBomb50 Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 11:50 am

Ignore my previous comment. Boys: Gardner / Girls: Viola

lesliemarion Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Some new names in my opinion are gorgeous and some new names in my opinion are not. Simple as that. The ones listed in the blog I find unappealing. I don’t care where the name comes from or what its meaning is, only if I like it. Last time I checked we each got to have our own opinion on names.

saoirse123 Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Seraphina for girls
Alister for boys

KillerTofu Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 3:28 pm

Girl: Ophelia

Boy: Atticus

chelsi_robin Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Odette for girls. Riggins for boys. (That name is weirdly popular in my region.)

linda Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 4:58 pm

@Orchid_Lover: Yes, you are correct, they have to be outside the Top 1000 in 2015, inside in 2016.

MG233 Says:

May 6th, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Thea for Girls and Killian for boys

BlueWorm Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 12:50 am

Girls: Vivien
Boys: Taron

Jules.L Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 9:19 am

I guess Bowie for boys and Rey for girls.

LouJohnson Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 9:48 am

I’m gonna guess Tinsley for girls and Finnian for boys!

Wildsyringa Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 10:18 am

Marlowe for girls and Ledger for boys.

abmccaslin828 Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 10:48 am

Girl: James
Boy: Hawkins

Garland Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 11:49 am

Girls: Sailor
Boys: Harris

Stella Quinn Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Seraphina for girls, Alfie for Boys.

flowermae Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Aviva for girls, Yates for boys

brigetteb Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Elodie for girls

Maddon for boys

mickie86 Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 5:05 pm

I’m hoping….

Francine for girls

and

Alistair for boys

joquinta Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Girl: Soleil
Boy: Pax

indiajuliet Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 9:34 pm

Ivanka For girls

indiajuliet Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 9:45 pm

Journey for boys

Alip266 Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 9:58 pm

Girls: Bowie
Boys: Auden

hlizzyt Says:

May 7th, 2017 at 11:26 pm

Girl: Either Theodosia or Ophelia. For contest purposes I’ll say Ophelia.
Boy: Nearly every name I thought of is apparently already in the top 500! (Finn, Phoenix, Owen, etc.)… So Fox.

So, Ophelia and Fox

Araminty Says:

May 8th, 2017 at 4:04 am

Girl: Lyanna, Boy: Kit

SusannaLily Says:

May 8th, 2017 at 6:43 am

Girl: Ramona or Romy. But I’ll go with Ramona.
Boy: I can’t choose…maybe Otis, Edmund or indeed Alistair which I have seen a few times above. So Edmund.

Ramona and Edmund.

emily_becca123 Says:

May 8th, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Girls: Ophelia
Boys: Isaiah

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 8th, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Several people have also picked one name outside the Top 1000 and one name that was barely within the Top 1000. So helpful hint, you may want to double check. Here’s one way to do it: Google “beyond the top 1000 names – social security”. Click the national data link, download the file, click the 2015 file. For girls, Mollie and Alianna tied in the #1000 spot with 266 each. For boys, Antoine, Ayan, Harris, and Tyree were in the #1000 spot with 202 each. So try names with 265 girls or fewer or 201 boys or fewer. Use Ctrl + F to search for your names.

kacappola22 Says:

May 8th, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Girl- Poppy ❤
Boy- Hamilton ?

Miri Says:

May 8th, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Boy: Bowie
Girl: Sophie

enthusiast Says:

May 8th, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Poppy for girls, Archie for boys.

can90 Says:

May 8th, 2017 at 9:38 pm

My first loves are French inspired names.

It would be great if Bastien and Francine were added to the top 1000! I would be thrilled!!!

kennamoon Says:

May 9th, 2017 at 2:55 am

My guesses would have been Wiley/Wylie and Sylvie (I also think Saint, Margo and Reign are great guesses) but they are already taken so instead I guess.. .

Boys- Maceo (Inspired by Jesse William’s son, and its close relation to Mason)

Girls- Ilana (inspired by Ilana Glazer and its close relationship to Alana)

I was super torn and almost chose Etta, Nell, Safiya, Gigi, Effy/ Effie, Cecily, Elroy, Bernie, Sid and Wilder.

cherrydubois Says:

May 9th, 2017 at 4:42 am

Boys: Alistair
Girls: Anouk

awesomemommyof3 Says:

May 9th, 2017 at 11:24 am

Girl: Ophelia
Boy: Bowie

clairels Says:

May 9th, 2017 at 3:28 pm

Ophelia’s already in the top 1000. It just squeaked in last year at #975.

clairels Says:

May 9th, 2017 at 3:30 pm

In case I wasn’t clear before, Ophelia may well jump a lot. But it won’t qualify to win THIS contest since it was already on the list.

aaronburrsir Says:

May 9th, 2017 at 9:59 pm

Girl- Theodosia
Boy- Bowie

ariesgirl Says:

May 10th, 2017 at 11:20 am

Sybil for girls and Archibald for boys.

abertawe Says:

May 10th, 2017 at 2:14 pm

f: North
m: Gentry

Abeltrotter Says:

May 10th, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Girls- Amabella
Boys- Grover

tmosho Says:

May 10th, 2017 at 9:37 pm

F: Thea
M: Thaddeus

Baby Names News of the Week – Baby Name Blog – Nameberry Says:

May 10th, 2017 at 10:45 pm

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kaiajade Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 2:30 am

Girl: Ophelia
Boy: Bear

elephanza Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 7:10 am

Girl: Lyra
Boy: Ed

JustBrowsing Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 9:20 am

Girl: Sally
Boy: Saint

KayM210210 Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 10:17 am

Luella for girls and Theon for boys.

AshleyLouisa Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 10:32 am

Boy: Kye
Girl: Calliope

AshleyLouisa Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 10:34 am

Oops! Just realized my boy name is already in the Top 1000
Revised Picks:
Boy: Lyle
Girl: Calliope

marisarose Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 11:21 am

Boy: Bastian
Girl: Indigo

Yarsl Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 11:43 am

Boy: Ira
Girl: Poppy

hldevine Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Girl: Saoirse
Boy: Major

FranA Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 8:53 pm

Boy: Huxley
Girl: Elodie

namelover0711 Says:

May 11th, 2017 at 9:51 pm

Girl: James
Boy: Hamilton

Orchid_Lover Says:

May 12th, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Great job @emilygc3, @-EagleEyes-, @Yarsl, @AshleyLouisa, @GenevieveReine, and @Garland. Also @MissBennet Royalty was an impressive choice!

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