Predict America’s Hottest Names—Enter the Baby Name Pool

Mar 15th 2018


When you first watched Game of Thrones, did you notice the name Arya? Has it struck you that you know young boys named Emmett, Wyatt and Everett? Would you be surprised to meet a new baby named Karen? Or, perhaps, do you just think about every baby name you hear, silently judging its style?

If so, you have an ear out for name trends. It’s time to put that to use.

The 13th annual Baby Name Pool is a trend-spotting contest. Entering is simple: just come up with three names that you think rose in popularity last year, and three that you think fell. That’s it. In May, when the official U.S. baby name statistics are released, we’ll tally up the ballots and announce the top name spotters here.

If you haven't played before, you can read more details and check out the fastest rising (boysgirls) names of the previous year to get a sense of how name fashions operate. Then convince your friends and coworkers to enter and compete against you. (If you’d like to form your own sub-pool with bragging rights for your group champion, drop me a line!)

All entries must be received by April 30, 2018.

Ready to go? Fill out your ballot now!