These 100+ Names Defined the Decade
At the end of not just a year but an entire decade, The New York Times asked Nameberry to name the names that defined the adolescence of the 21st century.
To find out, we analyzed the names that appear on the most recent list of Top 1000 Baby Names in the US that did not rank among the Top 1000 a decade ago.
The result was more than 500 names that we organized into baby name trends that defined the decade of the 2010s. For the complete story, check out what we wrote in The New York Times, but we include here more names that exemplify the major trends exclusively for Nameberry readers.
The ultimate message: These are the names that became stylish over the past decade. Many of them might feel overheated by the end of the next.
We dug another layer deeper to uncover new vintage names in the past decade. New old names in the Top 1000:
Contemporary God and Goddess Names
Names from myth, legend, and ancient religions have been one of the major trends of the past decade.
Unique Celebrity Names
Parents adopted the unusual names of celebrities for their children. Some of the top names:
Words names of all kinds but especially nature names rose to visibility in the 2010s, including these examples:
New names seem to qualify as gender neutral all the time. These choices became popular over the past decade for both boys and girls.
International names entered the US Top 1000 not just from Europe but from around the world. Newly popular in the 2010s are the following:
Check back this weekend for more names that defined the decade.
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on December 10th, 2019 at 2:48 pm
Penelope and Phoebe are both from Greek myths!
on December 10th, 2019 at 11:56 pm
Honestly I think “names that became stylish this decade” is a better descriptor than “names that defined the decade”. I do see several being quite popular ten years from now.
on January 5th, 2020 at 12:26 am
Wouldn’t names that defined the adolescence of the 21st century be names from the early 2000s since the babies born then are the teenagers now?
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