Popular Baby Names: 50 shooting stars
By Linda Rosenkrantz
What are the most promising of the names rising in popularity?
This year 164 names—more girls’ than boys’ –made up the elite group of popular baby names that rose more than 100 places. (fyi: At the top for each gender were Riaan, with an increase of 1360 spots and Alaia, with 2012). And the new gender fluidity is shown in many of these choices (hello, Ms Elliott and Ms Lennox).
These jumps brought several of these popular baby names into the Top 1000: look for those that are marked with an asterisk.
So here are our picks of the brightest of the shooting stars:
Adele—Thank the fabulous singer for her name’s 114-point rise
Briar*—An extraordinary leap of 597 places for this sweet fairy tale name
Elliott—A boy name on the upswing for girls but still holding its own for the blue team
Kensington*–A surprising surname boosted by two reality stars
Lennox—Up a major 416 places for girls, while just rising 96 spots for boys
Luz*—Spanish name meaning light, shining now beyond Hispanic baby namers
Magnolia—Fragrant Southern flower name has climbed 197 places to #633
Rory—Charming Irish boy name rising for girls—one of many gender shares
Zelda*—A super high jumper—512 spots—indicating a glorious return after 50 years
Achilles*–Classic Homeric Greek hero name hit the US Top 1000 this year
Atlas—Showed his super strength by climbing 149 places in a single bound
Azariah—Biblical surprise moved up 100+ places for both boys and girls!
Beckham—UK sports legend’s name has now reached #359 in the US
Bodhi—Spiritual rising star given to almost a dozen starbabies
Cairo*–This exotic o-ending city name went up 164 places, is now in the Top 1000
Hendrix—Cool x-ending rocker name has just entered the Top 500
Huxley*—Distinguished family name is one of the steepest climbers–392 places
Louie*–Surprise nickname comeback this year; even bigger in the UK at #67
Matteo—Represents the romantic Latin classics so popular with celebs
Ridge* –This strong, if not macho, word name ascended 204 places in 2015
Royal—This newly popular aspirational name zoomed up to #465
Theo—Handsome stand-alone nickname name entered the Top 500 this year