Category: Baby Names Popularity

By Abby Sandel

Last week, we learned the new most popular baby names in the US for calendar year 2016.

We also learned that some of you have crystal balls!

Our contest to guess the newest names on the list challenged readers to identify which boy name and girl name that didn’t appear in the 2015 Top 1,000 would rank highest in the 2016 data.

Two of you nailed it exactly. Congratulations to Miss Bennet for identifying Royalty as the highest debut for girls, at Number 532, and EmilyGC for guessing Fox for boys, at Number 746.

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Bye, bye Brayden, adios Aiden!

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By Kelli Brady, Name Freak!

In the early 2000s, Aidan began a major trend in the naming of boys. First came Hayden and Jaden, then the Aidan alternate spelling Aiden, which quickly overcame the original. Other rhyming names and their alternative spellings soon followed and quite a few of them broke into the Top 100. Here is a look at the -aiden names that have been in the Top 100, in order of appearance:

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Most of  the vintage names that have gained in popularity this year have obvious charms—Tobias, say, and Clementine, sweet Adeline and Matilda and spunky Mabel— names that might elicit coos from admiring older relatives. But there are others on the rise that feel more midcentury than antique, and which could completely bewilder your mother-in-law or Gran, who still associate them with their own in-laws or Grans.

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By Nick Turner

It’s the holiday season, which means eggnog, carols, twinkling lights and — for millions of American parents — remembering to move that damn elf around the house every night.

Yes, I’m talking about Elf on the Shelf, the Christmas tradition that feels like it’s been going on forever but is less than ten years old. If you’re unacquainted, the idea is to plant an elf doll in your home that serves as a sentry for Santa. It watches your children and reports on their evil deeds. (Somehow this delights kids rather than terrifying them.)

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

The folks at the Social Security Administration publish not only the thousand most popular names for every year dating back to 1880, but also the Top 200 names for every decade, making it possible to see broader patterns and trends.

I was scanning these decade lists to see if I might find any goodies that have escaped the mass raid on vintage names, and was able to pick out two girls and two boys from every decade from the 1880s to the 1950s that were once in the Top 100 but are not even in the Top 1000 now.

I ‘ve included the year they fell off the list and their highest ever point of popularity—plus some possible pros and cons. (Of course most of these names spilled over from one decade to the next.)

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