Tracking this year’s fast-rising baby names, I started to feel some déjà vu. It seemed like the same handful of sounds kept popping up again and again.
Liam and Mia both cracked the top 10 for the first time. Mila, Leo, Ayla and Eli all climbed. Throw an R and N into that sound mix and you get fast-rising Arya, Noah, Mira, Lana, Nora, Luna, and even Leon, all without breaking the four-letter barrier.
These names clearly share some DNA with another rising style that I’ve called "liquid names" for girls. (Arianna and Aurora are popular examples.) But while the liquids are all about flow – supple, multisyllabic creations – these names are mirror-smooth, self-contained miniatures: raindrops. And they’re on the rise for both boys and girls.
A "raindrop name" shows its liquid form by packing two or more syllables into four or fewer letters. Its consonant sounds maintain a smooth and tranquil surface. No hisses, no sharp stops, just M, L, N, R and Y. A handful of favorite names of past generation fill the bill, most notably Mary. But as you browse the list below, I suspect you’ll find the sound both appealing and totally of the moment.
Top 500-Ranked Raindrop Girls:
Top 500-Ranked Raindrop Boys:
...and keep an eye out for: