The top baby names of 2019?
Parents magazine recently gave me a challenge: predict the top 10 names for boys and girls in 2019. That kind of prediction requires weighing a lot of factors. It's part statistical analysis, part fashion sense, and part good old fashioned crystal ball. A tricky business, really.
Then I decided to make it harder.
Realistically, many of the top names of 2019 will be awfully familiar. If you look at the top 10 boys of 2008, every one of them ranked in the top 40 a decade earlier. Yawn. Who wants to read a list of bold predictions like "Alexander will still be around"? I decided to limit my choices to names currently outside of the top 40. The result isn't a literal top-10 prediction, but a forecast of the names I expect to have the greatest fashion momentum over the coming decade.
To make my list, a name had to both show signs of accelerating growth and tie into broader fashion trends. For instance, I see the long "I" and to a lesser extent "oo" as hot up-and-coming name sounds, so they're well-represented on the list. Names like Jude and Eli also feed the constant appetite for fresh-sounding biblical names. I also looked for names with broad cross-stylistic appeal. Harper, for instance, is a contemporary androgynous surname, but it also lures in traditionalists because of author Harper Lee.
Here's the list I came up with, which also appears in Parents. Do you think I hit any bullseyes? Can you do better?