Category: popular names
Kindergarten teachers across the US are learning the names of all their new students, which might present an especially big challenge this year.
Children entering school this fall were most likely born in 2010 or 2011, when the Number 1 names both years were Jacob for boys and Sophia for girls. (Even when Isabella took first place in 2010, Sophia and Sofia together outnumbered her.) That makes nearly 100,000 children named Jacob, Sophia, or Sofia starting kindergarten this fall, an average of 2000 in every state.
If you throw Jake and Sophie into the mix, that’s nearly as many children as were named Michael and Jennifer in 1983, the year today’s average kindergarten parent was born. Welcome to school, new generation of kids destined to be known as Jacob R. and Sophia W.
We analyzed which of the Top 500 names were used most often last year in Red States vs. Blue. Our findings: Red State baby names tend to defy convention in spelling, gender identity, and the very definition of a first name, while the Bluest Names toe the traditional line.
Every single one of the Top 25 Reddest Names for both genders lies outside the traditional lexicon of proper names. Red State favorites include first names adapted from surnames such as Number 1 Reddest Names Blakely for girls and Kason for boys, word names such as Haven for girls and Kash for boys, and diminutives such as Millie and Hattie used as full names. .
Parents in Blue States, on the other hand, choose relatively conventional first names for their babies. All of the Top 25 Bluest Names for girls are traditional female choices, ranging from Number 1 Francesca to Alexandra to Miriam. In the boys’ Top 25, the only name that diverges from the usual lexicon of first names is surname-name Finnegan.
Other markers of traditional naming in the list of Blue State favorites include girls’ names that are feminizations of male names, such as Gianna and Daniella, and Biblical and/or royal boys’ names, such as Leo, Nicholas, and Peter.
Red State parents are also much more likely to invent new spellings for baby names, with popular girls’ names including Kyleigh and Journee and four different spellings of Kason dominating the boys’ list. And the Reddest Names tend to push gender boundaries, with McKinley ranking in the Top 10 for girls and Lane in the Top 20 for boys.
You must be aware of the 2015 SSA top baby name list by now, but are you a bit confused by the #1 names? Maybe you hear a lot more “Jackson!” than “Noah!” yelled at the playground? Well, by combining the different spellings of each name, we can determine which name is truly more popular. Because when you hear a name, you don’t necessarily know how it is spelled, but you do know you hear the name a lot. Where does it really rank compared to other names?
Note: These are the combined spellings of the names in the Top 1000 only. When the numbers from the entire list are added, positions could change. The main name listed below is the spelling given to the most babies in 2015 (SSA Rank is in parentheses). The others are in alphabetical order. Opinions vary on how different spellings are pronounced. I went with my best judgment.
On the 2015 SSA list, Emma remains #1 in 2015 after taking over the top spot from Sophia in 2014. The rest of the Top 5 changes a bit, with Ava and Isabella switching places. However, the top 5 of the Playground Analysis has not changed from last year at all. Sophia is still on top when you add the alternate spelling Sofia. Emma is down to #3 after the variant of Olivia is also included. And Isabella passes Ava with its various spellings added. The changes between the SSA list and the Playground Analysis are plentiful however. The largest jumps that take place after adding the alternative spellings are by Adalynn (#123 to #9), Elena (#106 to #39), and Madelyn (#59 to #12). Adalynn also makes a huge jump in the Playground Analysis from 2014 to 2015 (#23 to #9).
- Sophia (3) – Sofia
- Olivia (2) – Alivia
- Emma (1)
- Isabella (5) – Isabela, Izabella
- Ava (4) – Avah
- Mia (6) – Miah
- Emily (8) – Emely, Emilee, Emilie, Emmalee
- Zoey (23) – Zoe, Zoie
- Adalynn (123) – Adaline, Adalyn, Addilyn, Addilynn, Adeline, Adelyn, Adelynn, Adilynn
- Amelia (12) – Emelia, Emilia
- Abigail (7)
- Madelyn (59) – Madalyn, Madalynn, Madeleine, Madeline, Madelynn, Madilyn, Madilynn
- Madison (11) – Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson
- Aubrey (21) – Aubree, Aubrie
- Charlotte (9)
- Chloe (17) – Khloe
- Riley (35) – Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
- Layla (30) – Laila, Lailah, Laylah, Leila, Leyla
- Avery (16) – Averi, Averie
- Evelyn (15) – Evalyn, Evelynn
- Harper (10)
- Ariana (46) – Arianna, Aryana, Aryanna
- Elizabeth (13) – Elisabeth
- Aria (29) – Ariah, Ariya, Ariyah, Arya
- Lily (25) – Lillie, Lilly
- Scarlett (22) – Scarlet, Scarlette
- Brooklyn (31) – Brooklynn
- Allison (39) – Alison, Alisson, Allyson, Alyson
- Addison (24) – Addisyn, Addyson
- Ella (18)
- Natalie (27) – Natalee, Nataly, Nathalie, Nathaly
- Leah (36) – Lea, Leia, Lia
- Grace (19)
- Victoria (20)
- Maya (69) – Maia, Miya, Mya, Myah
- Mackenzie (73) – Makenzie, Mckenzie
- Nora (41) – Norah
- Hannah (28) – Hana, Hanna
- Elena (106) – Elaina, Alaina, Alayna
- Lillian (26) – Lilian
- Kaylee (61) – Caylee, Kailee, Kailey, Kayleigh, Kaylie
- Camila (43) – Camilla, Kamila
- Hailey (64) – Hailee, Haley, Haylee, Hayley
- Kylie (66) – Kiley, Kylee, Kyleigh
- Anna (44) – Ana
- Sarah (58) – Sara
- Skylar (42) – Skyler
- Peyton (72) – Paityn, Payton
- Katherine (84) – Catherine, Kathryn
- Paisley (45) – Paislee
Both the 2014 SSA list and the Playground Analysis had no major changes to the Top 6, however Jayden and all of its spelling alternatives continue to fall as it moves from #7 to #8 in the Playground Analysis (after falling from #3 to #7 last year). William moves up to #7, but the rest of the top names stay in position. The biggest movers were Kayden (#95 to #9) and Jace (#75 to #29).
- Jackson (17) – Jaxen, Jaxon, Jaxson
- Aiden (13) – Aaden, Adan, Aden, Aidan, Aydan, Ayden, Aydin
- Noah (1) – Noe
- Liam (2)
- Mason (3) – Maison, Mayson
- Jacob (4) – Jakob
- William (5)
- Jayden (20) – Jaden, Jadon, Jaiden, Jaydon
- Kayden (95) – Caden, Caiden, Cayden, Kaden, Kaeden, Kaiden
- Ethan (6)
- Alexander (8) – Alexzander
- James (7)
- Michael (9) – Micheal
- Elijah (11) – Alijah
- Benjamin (10)
- Daniel (12)
- Matthew (15) – Mathew
- Carter (24) – Karter
- Logan (14)
- Lucas (16)
- Grayson (47) – Graysen, Greyson
- David (18)
- Oliver (19)
- Joseph (21)
- Caleb (37) – Kaleb
- Dylan (27) – Dilan, Dillon
- Gabriel (22)
- Samuel (23)
- Jace (75) – Jase, Jayce
- John (26) – Jon
- Anthony (25)
- Christopher (32) – Cristopher, Kristopher
- Isaac (31) – Issac
- Luke (28)
- Henry (29)
- Andrew (30)
- Christian (43) – Cristian, Kristian
- Joshua (33)
- Wyatt (34)
- Landon (46) – Landen, Landyn
- Sebastian (35)
- Owen (36)
- Cameron (56) – Camren, Camron, Kameron, Kamren, Kamron, Kamryn
- Connor (54) – Conner, Conor, Konnor
- Nicholas (62) – Nickolas, Nicolas, Nikolas
- Jonathan (48) – Johnathan, Jonathon
- Nathan (38)
- Ryan (39)
- Jack (40)
- Julian (45) – Julien
Does this echo what you are hearing on the playground?
The new Nameberry popular baby names list is out, and the results are stunning in terms of the dominance of vowel-starting names, especially for girls.
Eight of the Top 10 girls’ names start with vowels. Of the Top 25 girls’ names, 15 begin with vowels. And of the Top 50, more than half – 28 – start with A, E, I, or O (sorry, Ursula, but no U).
This vowel domination is more pronounced than on the US Popular Baby Names list, where 20 of the Top 50 girls’ names start with vowels.
What are the most popular vowel-starting girls’ names on Nameberry today?
First, let’s look at them by letter. As in overall statistics, A is the most dominant first initial, starting 12 of the top girls’ names. E is next with ten, followed by four for I and two for O. Here are the 28 top girls’ names alphabetically.
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