Class Superlatives for the Baby Names of 2017
We've met this year's new class of baby names. Now it's time to tip our caps to some of the group's standouts, from the longest names to the most popular initials and, of course, the names "most likely to succeed." Every name below was given to at least five American boys or girls last year.
Longest: If you count doubled-up combo names, this year's longest names are ChristopherJames for boys and SarahElizabeth for girls. If not, five Yoruba names tie for the lead: 14-lettered Oluwafifehanmi, Oluwafunmilayo and Oluwadunmininu for girls, Oluwatimilehin and Oluwatimileyin for boys. The Oluwa name element refers to God in Yoruba.
Highest Debut: The top brand-new names that never before registered in American name stats are Camreigh, given to 91 girls, and Asahd, 58 boys.
Highest Scrabble Value: Jazzmyne adds up to 38 points for girls, Krzysztof to 37 for boys. But...there is only one Z in a Scrabble set, meaning one Z in each name would have to be replaced by a blank, lopping off 10 points. So a Scrabble stickler might give the crown to 32-point Maryelizabeth.
Loftiest: God, Yahweh, and Almighty for boys.
Top Initials: J is the most popular initial for this year's boys, led by James and Jacob (which etymology buffs might recognize as root twins—forms of Yaakov.) A is tops for girls, led by Ava and Amelia, and is the overall champion.
First in the Alphabet: Aaban for boys, Aabriella for girls.
Last in the Alphabet: Zyva for girls, Zyrus for boys.
Most Consonant-Dense: A multiway tie heavy on word and surname-based names, including girls' names like Rhythm, Spring, McCall and Psalms and boys' names like Dwight, Brahms, Branch and Knash.
Loudest: Clash, Thunder, Riot.
Quietest: Whisper, Serene, Shy.
Most Likely to Succeed: Based on usage trajectory and sound/style trends, these names at various levels of popularity are poised to rise.
Currently outside the top 100: Isla (F), Rowan (M)
Outside the top 500: Emberly (F), Wilder (M)
Outside the top 1,000: Flora (F), Merritt (M)
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