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Ranking The Baby Name Alphabet: What's the Hottest Initial?

Think you know your alphabet, from A to Z? Get ready for a new ranking.

Today's list of the 26 English letters is in order of hotness. I tallied the total number of American babies receiving names starting with each initial, and looked at the change over a three-year period. (Change was measured by the Baby Name Wizard Hotness Formula, which considers both percentage change and the absolute number of babies.)

The ranking turned out to hold some surprises. If you can guess which baby name initial rose the fastest over the past three years, I tip my cap to you.

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Transferred use of the surname meaning "from Preston." The name is derived from the English place-name composed of the Old English elements préost (priest) and tūn (town, settlement, village): hence,

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