Your Most Surprising Future Top Baby Names?

Our Question of the Week

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?

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BrennaNotBrenda Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 7:11 am

Margot and Ruby.

Margot has been on the rise over the last couple years, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes the top 100 within the decade. And Ruby is already in the top 100, but I have a feeling it’ll make the top 20 at some point. It’s a word name, a nature name, and a vintage name all rolled into one–seems destined for mega-popularity.

ClaireEliseWren Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 8:57 am

Vera and Sylvie. Both have those stylish V’s, Vera is short, vintage, and similar to other top 100 favourites, and Sylvie is an alternative to Sophie.

leafsgirl44 Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 9:30 am

I can see Louisa growing rapidly in popularity, as well as Florence. The vintage revival movement seems to just be gaining more and more traction, so I feel like these, and vintage nicknames like Betty will continue to rise as well. I feel like in ten years time, the girls top 100 will be a mix of vintage favourites such as Florence or Elsie (joining already popular choices like Lillian and Violet), modern choices like McKinley or Harlow (a la Skylar, Aria, Luna, Harper) and fewer solidly classic names such as Elizabeth or Abigail. I feel like Charlotte will still be a top 10 choice by this point, perhaps even #1, (though I see Charlotte being a #1 choice much sooner than 2028/2029), while current staples/modern classics like Madison or Chloe will have dipped below the top 50.

erinmichele618 Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 10:46 am


Babies123456 Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 2:20 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if Isadora came back into style.

MissBennet Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 2:55 pm

I love looking at the names that rank between 750-1000 (and the ones given to more than 50 or so kids in a year, but rank outside the top 1000) and wondering what will bubble up to the top 10-20 names! 5 of each below.

From the current top 1000:
Astrid, Mavis, Marlowe, Frida, Maxine; Lachlan, Huxley, Denver, Dash, Wilder.

Not currently in the top 1000, but I’d guess they’d have blockbuster appeal, given the right nudge:
Elodie, Viola, Cordelia, Zora, Darcy; Harris, Evander, Ewan, Archie, Ansel.

Kara Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 4:58 pm

I would be surprised if Luna and Nora or Cora didn’t make the top 10. They are all I seem to hear lately, and they fit the trend towards more tailored names, after a decade of Isabella and other long, flowy names. I think Amelia will also get in the top 5 and could even be a new #1. For boys, I think Logan will be in the top 10 sooner rather than later.

cameronmarie Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 7:12 pm

I don’t know why, but I feel like Rosa is going to become super popular soon- it’s the kind of name that seems ready for a lot of attention but hasn’t really been getting it.

saoirse123 Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 8:14 pm

Abner and Marigold

beynotce Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 8:57 pm

I think Calliope is a gem just waiting to be discovered. It has a nice sound, cute nn Callie, and beautiful meaning. The main mark against it is that tricky Greek pronunciation, but Penelope, Daphne, and Phoebe seem to do alright for themselves.

rubylark Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 11:36 pm

I think Eleanor’s definitely going to move up on the list. It’s getting more and more popularity, and there are so many namesakes! I could see it as a top 10 eventually, along with similar names.

Maura Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 11:37 pm

Names that end in the letter S! Atticus, Amos, Seamus, Justus, Jairus, Maris, Doris, Carys, Iris………

Maura Says:

February 12th, 2019 at 11:42 pm

And my fave name ending in S is Tobias. Definitely a classic that got overlooked.

brittanyanitarose Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 12:19 am

I have a feeling Persephone is about to get a serious boost. I see ever increasing buzz around the name, especially as people are beginning to look for an alternative to Penelope. And while I don’t see it hitting the top ten, I definitely thinksit going to go from not charting to well established over the next decade.

Suzannah Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 7:44 am

I think Eliza will be the next Olivia.

babymagic Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 10:55 am

I’m predicting Owen will be in the top 5 at some point. It’s well on its way!
For girls… that’s tougher, but I have noticed Quinn leaping forward in popularity.

yellowplums Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Seconding Eliza, Ruby, Amelia, Nora, and Luna. Also, I hear a ton of Violet.

For boys: Harrison, Franklin, George, Beau

justthinkin Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 3:42 pm

Emerson/Emery for both sexes. I don’t think “gone to the girls” is an idea that will last much longer.

I actually don’t see the girl’s list changing a ton as it stands, though perhaps reasonably popular names like Luna and Violet will creep towards the top 10. (It’s worth noting that as we move towards 90’s babies becoming the bulk of the new parents, names of popular characters in the 00’s will probably influence choices. *ahem* Harry Potter and the Incredibles.)

Really where I see the transformation happening is on the boy’s list. I think the classic and biblical names we’re used to dominating will continue to dip. I don’t know if I see Maverick in the top 5, but top 20, yes. I think notions of needing to give sons more traditional names will slip and boys will be named more similarly to how girls have been for the past few decades. More “aesthetic” names, more cutesy names, more nature names. -O endings like Arlo and Milo will rise.

I’ve had a growing idea that people are now thinking of their child’s name as if it were a personal brand for them, and in today’s world, it’s getting hard not to. I see this as making them more open to very unique names and put more care into crafting a special feeling name. And more middle names. I think having two plus will become far more common.

And….last names. They will start getting creative, but it may take more than just one decade.

Asherose Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 5:30 pm

I just love the name Orde. I first heard of it when I read a novel set in Israel (then Palestine in the 1930’s). The character was surnamed Orde but was based on a real person. Orde Wingate was one of those quirky military geniuses which Britain throws out occasionally.

Orde as a name has all the perquisites to make it to the top. It is short, unusual, has substance and history. It even has a nature reference as we have an Ord River in Western Australia. which is part of an important irrigation area. My naming style would normally be more classic and conservative, but sometimes I just love short one syllable for boys. Orde fits right into this However Orde was known as a name in the 1800’s so it is certainly vintage.

Alas, my baby name days are long past, but if I were to name a boy today, he would be Orde Asher.

dizzy Says:

February 13th, 2019 at 6:23 pm


Kat425 Says:

February 16th, 2019 at 2:43 am

I definitely agree that the “gone to the girls” trend will not last. I suspect creative spellings and the “adens” names will come to an end. I think that people will think long and hard about their child’s name due to the competitive job market. Unfortunately, studies have revealed that names are a factor when it comes to hiring.

The names of some of the newest female members of Congress may become more popular, and I suspect the name of the first female president will rise.

One name I’m surprised isn’t more popular is Adlai which I love.

linda Says:

February 17th, 2019 at 6:17 pm

@Kat425 I agree on Adlai, has always been a favorite of mine.

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