Popular Baby Names: Names on the upswing

What are the baby names moving up fastest in popularity? It’s easy enough to follow those near the top, but which are the less visible, below-the-radar climbers? We took a look at the names that have risen at least 400 places in the past five years, and we found some real surprises such as triplets Adalyn, Adalynn and Adelyn, unconventional spellings like Charlee, Londyn and Karter, kissing cousins Kinley, Kenley, Kinsley and Brynlee–not to mention Yaretzi, which rose 563 places to reach Number 375.
Here are a dozen rapidly-climbing names that are both usable and explicable —often via a celebrity connection.


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The operatic Aria is also trilling upwards, largely due to the Pretty Little Liars character Aria Montgomery, who appeared first in the series of YA novels by Sara Shepard starting in 2006, and then the TV show which debuted in 2010. Cousin name Arya (Game of Thrones) is also climbing.

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