The Top New Baby Names of the Millennium
When the ball dropped in Times Square on New Year's Eve, 1999, these baby names didn't exist. Today, they're hits.
Dozens of names that were unused in the U.S. at the dawn of the millennium now rank among the 1,000 most popular names for boys or girls. Their diverse styles paint a picture of the many kinds of name trends operating in America today. Here are a few highlights that represent some major themes on the list:
Everly (F): The #1 most popular brand-new name, Everly is a perfect meeting point of sound, style and celebrity. Other "Eve" names like Everett and Evelyn have also risen sharply, along with formal-sounding surnames and classic rock names (remember the Everly Brothers?) For a final boost, the name's big surge followed the birth of actor Channing Tatum's daughter Everly. More new surnames and place names with hot sounds: Harlow, Lennox, Bexley, Huxley, Brixton
Iker (M): Meet America's favorite Basque name. Iker, a Basque word meaning "visitation," was adopted as a name a century ago, a homegrown Basque equivalent to the Spanish saint's name Visitación. Superstar soccer goalkeeper Iker Casillas has spread it to the world. More soccer-influenced boys' names: Beckham, Neymar
Khaleesi Image: hbo.com/game-of-thrones
Khaleesi (F): Khaleesi is a regal title in the invented Dothraki language of Game of Thrones. It's part of a wave of new names inspired by science fiction, fantasy and video game characters, as parents look beyond our mundane reality for new name ideas. More fantastical names: Castiel, Kylo, Coraline, Kairi
Aarav (M): I can point you to prominent Aaravs, like a son of actor Akshay Kumar and the recent winner of a Tamil reality tv competition. But instead, let me point you to the double A at the beginning of the name—and to more Indian double A names: Vihaan, Riaan, Aadhya, Vivaan.
Zayden (M): Want to freshen up a super-popular name style? Put a Z on it. Other rhyming names like Jaden, Aidan, Hayden and Brayden were already popular as the 20th century drew to a close, but Zayden is brand-new to our millennium. More Z-powered names: Zaiden, Zaylee
The full list of 55 brand-new baby name hits of this millennium:
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