The Fastest-Rising Girls' Names of the Year Share a Distinctive Style
We've entered the Age of the Mix-and-Match Name. That's message emerging from the year's fastest-rising girls' names. While the total list is full of variety, the very hottest names point in a clear style direction.
The fastest risers in the girls' top-1000 list:
Ensley, Oaklynn/Oaklyn and Emberly.
The fastest risers outside the top 1000:
Camreigh, Brennley, and Emryn.
These names share more than sound and style. They share a sensibility, a whole approach to naming. They're clearly inspired by the place names, surnames, and "andro-girly" names that have become 21st-century staples. But rather than just repurposing an existing name, names like Oaklynn and Camreigh are built Lego-style, snapping together fashionable elements to build something entirely new, yet familiar.
Let's take a closer look at the fast-rising names.
#1: Ensley. Teen Mom strikes again! No tv show focuses more on the birth of babies, and thus their names. The series continues its powerhouse run of launching hit names, in this case the new daughter of controversial star Jenelle Evans.
#2, #3: Oaklynn, Oaklyn. A little bit Oakley, a little bit Brooklyn, 100% the sound of the moment. The name Oaklee also cracked the top-1000 list for the first time.
#4: Emberly. First the name Ember took off as a fiery update on Amber's golden glow. Now it's one of the hottest new mix-and-match roots. The character Grace Emberly of the tv series Frontier has helped boost this version, but be on the look out for Emberlyn as well.
Dream Kardashian. Image: Instagram/blacchyna
#5: Dream. Teen Mom may rule the roost in reality tv baby names, but never overlook the Kardashian clan. Dream is the young daughter of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna.
And more notable risers:
#7: Octavia, as in Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer.
#9: Melania, as in first-lady Melania Trump. (Americans are no longer willing to name after political leaders--the name Donald fell--but their family members are seen as simple celebrities and are fair game.)
#10: Samara, as in actress Samara Weaving, but more importantly Samara Morgan, the deadly child in the horror movie The Ring. Demon spawn are reliable baby name hit-makers.