Will Maisie Be the Next Daisy?

We’ve seen it happen again and again.  A name–say Emily–becomes mega-popular.  Parents like the sound of it, but fear there are too many Emilys, so pick something similar but a little different: Emma.  When Emma gets to #1, they turn to Ella–and then perhaps to Ellie, Elle, Emme, Emery, Embry or Emerson.

In the recent past we’ve seen a number of examples of this phenomenon–some rhyming names, some similar in sound or feel–for instance Cody leading to Brody, Brian to Ryan, Kevin to Evan, Jason to Mason to Greyson, Madison to Addison, Brandon to Landon, Kayla to Layla, Kaylee to Bailey, Kylee to Riley, and of course Aidan to its 999 offshoots.

What’s next?

Here are some possible successors to current names, including some unstylish vintage ones (as Ava and Ada were not so long ago) that might be coaxed back, plus a few that are already showing signs of success:



Will ALMA follow ALYSSA?


Will AVIS follow AVA?

Will CHARLIE follow CARLY?

Will CLEO follow CHLOE?

Will DORA follow CORA and LAURA?


Will EDITH follow EDEN?

Will ELSA follow ELLA?

Will IDA follow ADA?

Will ISMAY follow ESMÉ?

Will IVY follow ISLA?

Will KAY follow KAYLA?



Will LEONA follow FIONA?

Will LUCILLE follow LUCY?

Will MAIRE follow CLAIRE?

Will MAISIE follow DAISY?

Will MILLY follow LILY?

Will MYRA follow TYRA or MYA?

Will OLIVE follow OLIVIA?

Will PIPPA follow PIPER?

Will POLLY follow MOLLY?

Will VIOLA follow VIOLET?

Will WILMA follow WILLA?


Will ANGUS follow FERGUS?



Will BEVAN follow EVAN (which followed KEVIN)


Will BOSTON follow AUSTIN?

Will CASPER follow JASPER?

Will CULLEN follow COLIN?

Will DASH follow CASH?

Will EDMOND follow EDWARD?

Will ELISHA follow ELIJAH?


Will FINIAN follow FINN?

Will GORDON follow JORDAN?

Will HARVEY follow HARLEY?

Will HORACE follow HOMER?

Will JOSIAH follow ISAIAH?

Will JULIUS follow JULIAN?

Will JUDSON follow HUDSON?


Will LEMUEL follow SAMUEL?

Will LEON follow LEO?



Will LUCIUS follow LUCAS?

Will LUTHER follow LUCA?

Will MYRON or PHILO follow MILO?

Will OTIS follow OWEN?

Will OTTO follow OSCAR?

Will WALTER follow WALKER?

And will HARRIET and HENRIETTA follow their cousins HARRY and HENRY?

Tell us your ideas!


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20 Responses to “Will Maisie Be the Next Daisy?”

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UrbanAngel Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 5:14 am

I don’t think so, some of those names don’t sound contemporary. I don’t think that the average person is really that interested in those types of names i.e. Ida/Ira as maybe a NE will be . I think some of those names might increase in popularity in the next few years, but in terms of them becoming hugely popular – no .

punkprincessphd Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 6:49 am

I can’t see Maire following Claire – as it’s pronounced “MOY-ra”, not “MARE”. The logic to these follow-ons has to be a phonetic or stylistic similarity.

That said, many of these are already suggested by berries as alternatives to names on the upswing.

cristinag Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 8:01 am

I can see Isadora definitely taking over… with more people being familiar with the name place Pandora, it’ll seem much more natural.

The nicknamey girl names like Polly and Maisie, etc I think will become popular as well.

For boys, the only ones I can imagine coming back are the ones I like personally already… Casper, Luther, Leon.

I only know one Myron, Judson, Otis, and Benedict and they are all my age (20s). My personal bet is that without a famous teen heartthrob, they won’t have a chance.

Andrea Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 8:23 am

I doubt it with most of those names, not without a book or film character to prompt it. Cullen will become more popular due to the Twilight series and not necessarily to Colin, which was one of many similar sounding hard C, two syllable names ending in n. Leona is the name of a British pop singer and that’s what is prompting the Leonas in birth announcements I’ve seen lately, probably not Fiona, which is popular due to the Shrek character and to a singer popular in Hong Kong. Dora, on the other hand, probably isn’t used more because Dora the Explorer is overexposed. Addison is as popular due to the Grey’s Anatomy character as to its similarity to Madison. If anything rhyming names seem to be most popular when they’re made up or have different spellings, not necessarily when they’re old names that sound similar to the popular ones. One of my high school classmates changed Adeline to Adelyn, “a new version” of her ancestor’s name. Madelyn as a spelling appears to be twice as popular here as Madeline or Madeleine too.

http://www.legitbabenames.wordpress.com Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 8:24 am

It would be cool if more North Americans knew about Embla and that became popular.

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 8:35 am

Yes to:
Alma (I see this following Emma)
Ivy (though I think Ivy was “here” before Isla)

“NO” to the rest! This based on the children I know, the names I see on the message boards, and of course my own personal infallible barometer. ;-D Kidding.

I also don’t think Chester or Homer have arrived (nor will they), so Lester and Horace won’t follow.

Becca Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 8:52 am

I think For girls : Adelaide, Isadora, Ivy, Maisie, Milly/Millie & Pippa might get popular. As for Ismay I don’t really think Esme is popular yet because it’s not even in the top 1000 and I hope it stays that way cause I wanna use Esme someday!

I think for boys : Cullen, Dash, Finian, Harvey, Josiah, Judson, Otis & Otto might get popular. I can’t stand the name Leon. Mostly because of someone I know but I also just don’t like the name. Ugh. Sorry if I offended! I also don’t like Lucius & Luther.

Becca Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 9:13 am

Oh I forgot to mention I think Leona might come back but not to the extent of being really popular. I like the name because it was my ggmas name but i don’t like the fact that it has Leon in it even though it doesn’t sound like it.

JNE Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 9:43 am

Hmm… some definitely… some probably not so much. We started with Isobel from 10 years ago and our daughter was very nearly Isadora. I can’t imagine we were the only ones to think of that, so I could see that happening. But some of the base names aren’t all that popular generally (I LOVE Beatrice, but it’s hardly super-popular generally speaking, so I’m not sure it needs to have an alternative or that parents will go looking for something newer sounding when it is itself fairly unusual!) And who’s using Chester? 🙂

But I like the general idea…. some of these are already super-popular in the UK, as you already know, so it stands to reason that they might find favor in the States too.

Here are some others:

Owen -> Ewan
Eleanor -> Ellen or Helen (or is it too soon for these?)
Addison/Madison -> Ellison
Molly -> Holly or Dolly or Lolly (or is it too soon for Holly and are Dolly and Lolly too sweet?)
Zoe -> Zara or Zinnia
Amelia -> Camellia
Abigail -> Gail
Mia -> Nia

Ethan -> Ian
Samuel -> Samson
Daniel -> Emanuel
Andrew/Matthew -> Caillou
Aidan/Noah -> Nolan

Taffy Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 10:26 am

Move over Beckett, now there’s something meatier!

phoebesmom Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 11:52 am

I don’t think that many of these names will become uber-popular because I don’t believe that many of the “common names” on the list will ever be that popular. Even though nameberries bat these names around to the point that they SOUND common, in truth, Esme, Cora, Beatrice, Fergus, Chester-even Daisy- are far out of the realm of normalcy for most parents. For a name to spawn the Emily>Emma>Emerson>Emmeline progression, it truly has to have reached the saturation point. Even though we name fans worry endlessly about the popularity of our favorite names and look for alternatives as soon as a name hits the top 300, the majority of people are just fine with choosing a name that their child will share with others. It’s only when the name goes Top 25 or so that the average parent seems to care and look for a similar, but different, name.

Bella Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Will Jessamine follow Jessica?

Will Eloise follow Emily?

Will Scarlett follow Charlotte?

ExpatB Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Maisie is already super popular here in the UK, to the point of overkill.

madeleine Says:

June 10th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

So many of these names aren’t even popular yet, for peope to be searching for an alternative. Willa and Esme aren’t in the top 1000. Wouldn’t it be more likely to say, have Willa as a female alternative to the very popular William?

http://pencilsandwhatnot.wordpress.com/ Says:

June 11th, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Agreeing with ExpatB’s comment – over here, Maisie has definitely already followed Daisy!

I’m interested in the naming theme trends, and how people look for new ways to stay within the trend, but not use a popular name. For example, these floral/plant names charted high here in the UK in 2008 :
Lily – #8 (Lilly – #48)
Holly – #22 (Hollie – #87)
Daisy – #25
Poppy – #29
Jasmine – #35
Rosie – #66
Florence – #94.

I’m also hearing of increasing numbers of little Violets. So will parents look for other names to follow this trend? Dahlia, perhaps? My money is on Camelia, though, nicely helped by its similarity to that other popularity list staple, Amelia.

And @madeleine – it depends where you are, as Esme is already #100 in Britain. I do agree about Willa in general (not counting the hipsters), though – perhaps a better question would be will Willa follow Willow?

stacy Says:

June 11th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

I’m already hearing a lot of talk on some of the boards I’m on about both Maisie and Adelaide, so I think they’re on the way up. I’ve also heard Olive a time or two, at least in middle names.

Viola was in our top three (although we’ve decided to go with Vivian instead.) We also liked Edith.

I have trouble seeing Benedict, even though I really like the name, ever going anywhere due to Benedict Arnold. Although maybe that’s our family’s history education.

H Says:

August 26th, 2010 at 8:42 am

Maisie is a horrible name don’t choose it – don’t let it become popular. Took me ages to come up with that one for my impending baby girl.

s. Says:

November 19th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Following the final question of the article- will Harriet/Henrietta follow the popularity of Henry/Harry… I have a hard time seeing that (as a daughter of a Henry and thinking extensively of a way to honour my father’s name if I have a girl) I think more likely names to follow the Henry/Harry trend could be: Hattie (character on the show Parenthood), Etta, or Rhea/Rya/Ria (pronounced ree-ah) also connecting with the Mia sound… that’s my two cents on the matter.

Waverly123 Says:

March 2nd, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I think the real question should be – what will follow Maya / Mia / Mya / Maia?
Will Kaia or Gaia follow Maia?
Will Elsa follow Elizabeth (Because of Frozen?)
What about Anna (AH-na not Ann-a) because of Frozen?
Will Posey follow Rosie?
Will Lilia or Lilac follow Lily?
Will Veronica follow Vivian/Vivienne?
Will Viola follow Violet?

For girls, after flower names, what will come next? Word names (ie. Sailor, Lyric, Echo), sound names, unisex names?

I think a really interesting idea is in the future, parents will keep taking boys names and making them girls names, so will other parents take girls names and make them boys names? Will EVERY name be unisex? My guess is that someday, maybe not someday soon, everything will be unisex or every name will have a girl version and a boy version (ie. Charles and Charlotte. Charlie is unisex though). Lily for a girl, Lilo for a boy?

kmdharrington Says:

May 26th, 2014 at 8:36 am

Will Elia follow Ella?

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