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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It couldn’t happen to a nicer serial killer. Despite the criminal proclivities of the TV character, Dexter has climbed 440 spots, thanks to its otherwise supercool, jazzy image via great tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, and to being chosen for their sons by musicians Elvis Costello and Diana Krall and singer Charlotte Church—and to its great nickname Dex.

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