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These 100+ Names Defined the Decade

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.

Rediscovered Vintage Names

We dug another layer deeper to uncover new vintage names in the past decade. New old names in the Top 1000:

             girls

boys

1.    Clementine

Benedict

2.    Eloise

Clyde

3.     Florence

Harvey

4.     Louise

Ira

5.     Mabel

Lionel

6.     Margot

Lyle

7.     Pearl

Otis

8.     Thea

Otto

9.     Vera

Theo

10.  Willa

Wallace

Contemporary God and Goddess Names

Names from myth, legend, and ancient religions have been one of the major trends of the past decade.

            girls

boys

1.    Ariadne

Achilles

2.    Aurelia

Amos

3.    Calliope

Atlas

4.    Freya

Augustine

5.    Galilea

Cain

6.    Lilith

Ephraim

7.    Maryam

Jaziel

8.    Rhea

Magnus

9.

Marcellus

10.

Titan

Unique Celebrity Names

Parents adopted the unusual names of celebrities for their children. Some of the top names:

            girls

boys

1.    Adele

Axl

2.    Blake

Benicio

3.     Celine

Colson

4.     Demi

Elan

5.     Liv

Idris

6.     Maisie

Keanu

7.     Octavia

Kyrie

8.    Saoirse

Legend

9.     Stevie

Tatum

10.  Sutton

Thiago

New Nature Names

Words names of all kinds but especially nature names rose to visibility in the 2010s, including these examples:

            girls

boys

1.    Azalea

Forest

2.    Heavenly

Fox

3.    Ivory

Genesis

4.    Juniper

Major

5.    Magnolia

Nova

6.    Nova

Onyx

7.    Sky

Ridge

8.    Sunny

Rocky

9.    Winter

Shepherd

10.  Wren

Wilder

Unisex Names

New names seem to qualify as gender neutral all the time. These choices became popular over the past decade for both boys and girls.

  1. Azariah

  2. Briar

  3. Emory

  4. Leighton

  5. Lennox

  6. Milan

  7. Nova

  8. Oakley

  9. Reign

  10. Remy

  11. Royal

  12. Sutton

Diverse International Names

International names entered the US Top 1000 not just from Europe but from around the world. Newly popular in the 2010s are the following:

            girls

boys

1.    Alessia

Anders

2.    Antonella

Arian

3.     Astrid

Bjorn

4.     Joelle

Bodhi

5.     Julieta

Cristiano

6.     Noor

Kenzo

7.     Rivka

Khalid

8.     Sylvie

Mustafa

9.     Veda

Tadeo

10.  Vivienne

Torin

Check back this weekend for more names that defined the decade.

About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.