"Boy" names holding their ground against girl infiltration
As Laura has pointed out, it used to be that once parents of baby girls began using a traditionally "boy" name, it began to drop off the boys' popularity charts. In the 2011 data, it appears there's more evidence that that's no longer the case.
Of the 60 or so baby names in both the girls top 1000 and the boys top 1000 (I may have missed a few), 23 names managed to increase the percent of boys with those names since 2009. (Note that I combined spellings, so Braylen and Braelyn would be counted as the same name.) They were:
Caden/Caiden/Kayden/etc., Logan, Micah, Jayden/Jaidyn/etc., Rylan, Cameron/Camren/Camryn/etc., Hayden/Haiden/etc., Rowan, River, Rory, Armani, Francis/Frances, Leighton/Leyton/etc. (the majority of these babies were already boys in 2009, but a higher percentage were boys in 2011)
Reece/Reese/Rhys, Finley, Sage/Saige/etc., Alexis, Taylor, Eden, Morgan, Reagan, Sidney/Sydney (majority of these babies were girls in both 2009 and 2011, but a higher percentage were boys in 2011)
Looking at these lists, it seems the reason most of these names became more boy was due to their falling popularity for girls rather than any great resurgence in their use among boys. For example, Kayden for girls jumped on the list in 2003, reached a peak of #340 in 2008 and has begun its descent. Meanwhile, the various spellings of Caden/Kayden/Caiden/etc. had already reached #46 on the boys list in 2003, peaked at #6 in 2010, and dropped slightly to #10 in 2011.
(NOTE: combining spellings of names is a lot of guesswork and opinion; I realize many would argue that Cameron and Camryn are not the same name!)
Sat, 05/19/2012 - 5:40pm