Surprising New Names Top 2019’s Popularity List
by Sophie Kihm and Pamela Redmond
Midway through the year, Archie attracted 50 percent more page views than any other boys’ name. Archie‘s popularity is thanks largely to Britain’s latest royal baby. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The infant son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Harry and Meghan) will be christened this weekend
But Archie can stake a genuine claim to the top spot apart from its royal connection. Archie, a diminutive of the Teutonic Archibald which means “truly brave”, was the fastest-rising boys’ name in the US in 2018. Archie climbed back onto the official list of Top 1000 Baby Names for the first time in 30 years. It’s been a Top 100 name in England since 2000.
Isla, a Top 5 Nameberry name of 2018, has surpassed Olivia to reach Number 1 for the first time. Popularized by actress Isla Fisher, this Scottish name meaning island ranks in the Top 10 in Canada, Australia, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England, yet only Number 82 in the US.
Nameberry’s popularity list measures not which names parents chose for the babies in the past but which names are attracting the lion’s share of the nearly 30 million views of our name pages in the first half of 2019. It’s most valuable as a predictive tool, with names on our Top 100 likely to become more popular on official lists over the coming years.
In the Number 2 spot for girls is Olivia, Nameberry’s former reigning queen of girls’ names. At Number 2 for boys was Milo, also in second place in 2018. Both are names that feature the fashionable long O sound. Other O-names in our Top 100 include Arlo, Bodhi, Elio, and Margot.
Unique names for girls are popular among Nameberry users. Top 100 baby girl names on Nameberry include several choices that don’t make the US Top 1000: the first quarter’s Number 1 Posie and Ottilie, along with Imogen, Cleo, and Cordelia.
Several unique names joined the Top 100 Boy Names on Nameberry, including Amias, Caius, Cassian, and Ambrose. These distinguished Latin names are having a style moment in 2019, along with the more established Silas, Atticus, Cassius, and Elias.
International names rank high on Nameberry, which attracts visitors from every country in the world. Scandinavian names such as Freya and Axel are popular. Girls’ names that are favorites in the United Kingdom, notably Poppy, Elsie, and Esme, make the Nameberry Top 100. Also ranking on our list are Sanskrit and Hindi names for boys, such as Aarav, Bodhi, and Vihaan.
These are the 100 most popular names of 2019 so far, based on the number of views each name page receives.
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on July 5th, 2019 at 5:34 am
Lyra is listed twice.
on July 5th, 2019 at 1:17 pm
Great catch, @enchantrasand! I checked against the master list and #86 was actually Lila, so I made the change. Thank you.
on July 6th, 2019 at 3:38 pm
I’m impressed that these names fall squarely on traditional gender lines. Only one unisex name, Harper, among the girls and thankfully it’s near the bottom of the list. Word names are also extremely under-represented, with only the trendy Willow, Wren, Atlas, Axel and Bear…thankfully. Surprised that Jayden is still around. And honestly, how did Aryan get to be #15? Maybe it’s popular in the Middle East, but Americans and Europeans most likely shun it.
on July 7th, 2019 at 11:12 am
7th paragraph incorrectly states that Lilith is not in the US top 1000. It was number 521 last year.
on July 8th, 2019 at 12:38 pm
In this comments section, I learned that Posie, Rose, Ivy, Iris, Violet, Aria, Hazel, Grace, Clementine, Poppy, Sienna, Lily, Jasper, Archer, Roman, August, and Caspian aren’t words… thankfully [sic].
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on July 8th, 2019 at 5:51 pm
Susette- Aryan always makes this list because it’s a list, essentially, of names people are curious about rather than names people actually use. A lot of people would look up Aryan just because they can’t believe anyone would use it.
on July 9th, 2019 at 10:33 pm
Maya is also listed twice.
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