The 100 Club: Brand-New, Fresh-Minted Baby Names

May 20th 2015

Meet the "100 Club," the year's brand-new crop of baby names. In terms of style, these names range from antique (Jethro) to futuristic (Ender); from American-grown (Arizona) to Bollywood-bred (Viaan). In numerical terms, though, the names all share a key milestone. Last year, they were given to 100 American boys or girls for the first time on record. That makes them part of the new sound of the times.

Noteworthy trends among the girls' names:

U.S Place Names: Arizona, Denver, Hudson, Memphis, Salem

Traditional Male Names: Bennett, Jude, Lincoln, Noah

Dramatic Meaning Names: Amor, Indigo, Legacy, Reign, Royal

Noteworthy boys' trends:

Science Fiction and Fantasy Names: Ender, Hansel: (note the film "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters"), Loki, Thorin (see also The 21 Most Geektastic Names of the Year)

Traditional Names That Have Been Rare in the U.S.: Gareth, Jethro, Lev, Montgomery

Both Halves of a Country Music Duo: Montgomery, Gentry

A single name registered on both the boys' and girls' lists: Salem. The new tv series "Salem," inspired by the infamous witch trials, surely had a hand in that.

The full 100 Club lists:

GIRLS           BOYS
Aleyda                 Anas
Amor     Ander
Anistyn     Axle
Ansleigh     Bastian
Arantza     Bear
Aranza     Cartier
Aribella     Caysen
Arizona     Damir
Baylor     Danilo
Bellamy     Decker
Bennett     Ender
Braylynn     Fischer
Charly     Gareth
Dalary     Gentry
Daleysa     Hansel
Denver     Huxley
Ellyana     Jaceyon
Emiliana     Jaiceon
Emmarie     Jayveon
Everley     Jessiah
Fatimah     Jethro
Freyja     Jiovanni
Hudson     Jones
Indigo     Kabir
Jannah     Kellin
Journei     Khai
Jude     Khaled
Kinsleigh     Kylar
Kynzlee     Kyrin
Laiyah     Lev
Laylani     Loki
Legacy     Maxon
Lillith     Montgomery
Lincoln     Muhammed
Maelynn                        Niam
Mckinlee     Nova
Memphis     Rishaan
Nahomi     Salem
Noah     Salman
Nori     Sky
Raizy     Stryker
Reem     Taha
Reign     Thorin
Roselynn     Viaan
Rowen     Yasin
Royal      
Salem      
Salome      
Talya      
Vivianne      
Zyana      
       

The 21 Most Utterly Geektastic Baby Names of the Year

May 18th 2015


There are geek names, and then there are geek names. Plenty of fanboys and fangirls take baby name inspiration from favorite characters, but for most the choice is subtle. You can name your son Malcom after Firefly's Captain Mal Reynolds and your in-laws will be none the wiser.

Today, we acknowledge those parents who have taken a bolder step into fandom, daring to go where few names have gone before. Each of the proudly geeky names below was given to at least five American babies last year.


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NAME (SEX, NUMBER BORN IN 2014)

Anakin (M, 218) : Darth Vader now ranks among the top 1,000 names for boys. The Empire has won.

Eevee (F, 24) : A genetically flexible fox-like Pokemon. A Pokemon!!!

Ender (M, 118)  : Naming after Ender Wiggin of Ender's Game gives your child an early introduction to life's moral complexities.

Stark (M, 20) : This name could solve baby-name arguments in mixed marriages between a Marvel loyalist and a Game of Thrones fan: "Iron Man wants you to know that Winter is Coming."

Sephiroth (M, 7) : The archvillain of the game Final Fantasy VII, with his long black coat and flowing silver hair, is the epitome of evil fashion.

Kal-El (M, 257) : Phew. In a baby-name faceoff of good versus evil, Superman (born Kal-El) outranks Darth Vader (born Anakin).

Tron (M, 11) : The 1982 film TRON transports us into the heart of a computer, where an artificial intelligence called Tron takes the form of a glowing Bruce Boxleitner.

Quorra (F, 26) : In the 2010 sequel TRON: Legacy, Quorra is a skilled pilot and warrior -- unusual skill sets for an algorithm.

Draco(M, 42) : A Death Eater with a name that means "dragon." Don't mess with this infant.

Garrus (M, 9) : Most names from action games are more macho than geeky, but it helps that Mass Effect's Garrus Vakarian is a raptor-headed alien.

Jadzia (F, 19) : Jadzia Dax of Star-Trek: Deep Space Nine shares her mind with a symbiotic organism. Two for the price of one! (On Earth Jadzia is also a Polish nickname, but its American usage started with Deep Space Nine.)

Korra (F, 87) : The element bender of the animated series "The Legend of Korra" nearly dies fighting for peace, but does gain a cute girlfriend along the way.

Tidus (M, 43) : The protagonist of Final Fantasy X, Tidus is the rare video game hero who is regularly described as "cheerful."

Lando (M, 9) : In the original Star Wars trilogy, Lando Calrissian is a charming gambler and smuggler -- basically like Han Solo, but way better at it.

Tyrion (M, 60) : The "imp" Tyrion is the heart (or perhaps the brain) of Game of Thrones.

Winry (F, 32) : If you need a prosthetic limb repaired, Winry Rockbell of Fullmetal Alchemist is your woman.

Xena (F, 71) : Xena the Warrior Princess injected the familiar underdressed-warrior-woman trope with a new element: humanity. This is a name that kicks butt, with feeling.

Tauriel (F, 20) : Ooh, we're off canon! This attractively named elf from The Hobbit movie wasn't in Tolkein's book. And in other Hobbit book vs. movie news...

Thorin (M, 112) : ...note that these babies were named for dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield before the final installment of the movie came out. Hopefully the parents read the book and knew what they (and Thorin) were in for.

Loki (M, 111) : The trickster god Loki is an age-old fixture of Norse myth, but nobody named after him until he became a snazzy Marvel supervillain.

Jedi (M, 21) : The force is with these youngsters.

The Most Popular Baby Names in Each State, 2014

May 14th 2015

 

The Social Security Administration has announced the most popular names in each state. Here are the top names from coast to coast (a brief analysis is below):

TOP GIRLS' NAMES BY STATE, 2014
State 1st 2nd 3rd
Alabama Ava Emma Olivia
Alaska Emma Olivia Sophia
Arizona Sophia Emma    Mia
Arkansas Emma Olivia Ava
California Sophia Isabella    Emma
Colorado Olivia Emma Sophia
Connecticut Olivia Emma Sophia
Delaware Sophia Ava Emma
D.C. Elizabeth Olivia Ava
Florida Isabella    Sophia Emma
Georgia Olivia Ava Emma
Hawaii Emma Mia Sophia
Idaho Emma Olivia Charlotte
Illinois Olivia Emma Sophia
Indiana Emma Olivia Ava
Iowa Emma Olivia Harper
Kansas Olivia Emma Harper
Kentucky Emma Ava Olivia
Louisiana Emma Ava Olivia
Maine Emma Olivia Charlotte
Maryland Olivia Ava Emma
Massachusetts Emma Olivia Isabella
Michigan Olivia Emma Ava
Minnesota Olivia Emma Evelyn
Mississippi Ava Emma Olivia
Missouri Emma Olivia Ava
Montana Emma Harper Sophia
Nebraska Olivia Emma Harper
Nevada Emma Sophia Isabella
New Hampshire Olivia Charlotte  Sophia
New Jersey Sophia Olivia Emma
New Mexico Mia Sophia Isabella
New York Sophia Olivia Emma
North Carolina Ava Emma Olivia
North Dakota Harper Emma Olivia
Ohio Emma Olivia Ava
Oklahoma Emma Olivia Harper
Oregon Emma Olivia Sophia
Pennsylvania Emma Olivia Ava
Rhode Island Olivia Ava Emma
South Carolina Emma Ava Olivia
South Dakota Harper Ava Olivia
Tennessee Emma Olivia Ava
Texas Emma Sophia Isabella
Utah Olivia Emma Charlotte
Vermont Emma Olivia Sophia
Virginia Emma Olivia Ava
Washington Olivia Emma Sophia
West Virginia Sophia Emma Olivia
Wisconsin Olivia Emma Ava
Wyoming Olivia Brooklyn  Emma

 

TOP BOYS' NAMES BY STATE, 2014
State 1st 2nd 3rd
Alabama William James John
Alaska Liam James Noah
Arizona Noah Liam Alexander
Arkansas Mason William Noah
California Noah Jacob Ethan
Colorado Liam Noah Jackson
Connecticut Mason Noah Alexander  
Delaware Liam Michael Mason
D.C. Alexander   William John
Florida Noah Liam Jacob
Georgia William Mason Noah
Hawaii Liam Mason Noah
Idaho Liam William Mason
Illinois Noah Alexander   William
Indiana Liam Noah Elijah
Iowa Liam William Mason
Kansas William Liam Noah
Kentucky William Elijah James
Louisiana Mason Liam Noah
Maine Liam Mason Owen
Maryland Noah Liam William
Massachusetts Benjamin William Jacob
Michigan Liam Noah Mason
Minnesota Henry William Liam
Mississippi William James John
Missouri Liam William Mason
Montana William Benjamin Mason
Nebraska Liam Mason Noah
Nevada Noah Daniel Ethan
New Hampshire Jacob Mason Jackson
New Jersey Michael Matthew Joseph
New Mexico Noah Liam Elijah
New York Jacob Liam Ethan
North Carolina William Mason Noah
North Dakota Liam Mason William
Ohio Liam Mason Noah
Oklahoma William Mason Liam
Oregon Liam Henry Noah
Pennsylvania Mason Liam Noah
Rhode Island Mason Liam Benjamin
South Carolina William James Mason
South Dakota Liam Lincoln Logan
Tennessee William Mason Elijah
Texas Noah Jacob Daniel
Utah William Liam James
Vermont Liam Mason Oliver
Virginia William Liam Mason
Washington Liam Benjamin Alexander
West Virginia Mason Liam Hunter
Wisconsin Mason Liam William
Wyoming Jackson Mason William

Two girls' names, Emma and Olivia, dominate from coast to coast. Emma ranked among the top three in 48 states, Olivia in 42. Other widespread hits include Ava (21), Sophia (19), Harper (7), Isabella (6) and Charlotte (4). Evelyn was a distinctive choice in Minnesota, and Brooklyn in Wyoming.

Harper appears to be the most regionalized hit for girls. The states where it ranks highly make up a solid block heading North from Oklahoma up through Montana and North Dakota.

The country is much less unanimous on boys' names.  Liam makes the most appearances on the list with 32, while the nationwide #1 boys' name, Noah, appears only 23 times. Other popular choices: Mason (27), William (24), James (6) and Alexander (5). Local highlights include Henry in Minnesota and Oregon, Jackson in Wyoming, Matthew and Joseph in New Jersey, and Hunter in West Virginia.

Perhaps the biggest story on the boys' list is what's missing. Jacob and Michael, the two dominant names of the past generation, combine for only 8 appearances.

More from the most popular names stats:

The Top 1000 Names in America

The Fastest-Rising Names For Girls

The Fastest-Rising Names For Boys

The Big Trend: The Great Smoothing of American Names