These 100+ Names Defined the Decade

December 10, 2019 Pamela Redmond
2010s baby names

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. 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.

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