The Name of the Decade, and other thoughts on the 2000s
Insights from crunching through the 2,500 most popular baby names of the decade:
The fastest rising names of the decade were celebrity-heavy, including Hollywood babies, movie and recording stars, and reality tv personalities -- plus two of the defining fashion phenomena of the decade, Nevaeh and Aiden.
The names that rose the fastest from 2000 to 2009 (calculated, as always, with the Baby Name Wizard "Hotness Formula"):
1. Kaydence ("American Pie," see more info below)
2. Miley ("Hannah Montana" Miley Cyrus)
3. Nevaeh (Heaven backwards)
4. Rihanna (Music star Rihanna)
5. Khloe (Khloe Kardashian, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians")
1. Aaden ("Jon & Kate Plus 8")
2. Maddox (Son of actress Angelina Jolie)
3. Gael (Actor Gael García Bernal)
5. Kingston (Son of musicians Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale)
The fastest falling names were all 1980s and '90s favorites, as parents were on the lookout for the new and different:
And the top fresh face of the decade, the most popular name of the decade that was unknown in the year 2000, was Kaydence, by a huge margin. The #2 fresh face was...wait for it...Caydence. Incredibly, seven different spellings of the name rank among the top 25 new names of the 2000s, and even those seven just scratch the surface of the name's many popular variants.
Kaydence. It's a celebrity name (as Cadence) that has outpaced its celebrity origin; a word name that has left its word origins in the dust; a creative spelling explosion. It went from nowhere to everywhere during the past decade. And it has "aiden" inside it.
Whether you love those qualities or loathe them, they make the top new name of the 2000s an emblem of the decade's sound and style. And that makes Kaydence my nominee for Name of the Decade, an encapsulation of the naming times.