Fastest-Rising Baby Names of 2013: Beyond the Top 1,000
The top 1,000 names for boys and girls are where trends happen. But fascinating stories lurk outside of the top 1,000, too, and sometimes these rare names can point to broader themes.
This year, the fastest-rising rare boys' names all line up to point in one direction. It's the exact same direction that their more popular counterparts pointed. Those popular top risers were:
Well, take a look at the biggest movers outside the top 1,000:
Whew. At that point the list takes a break for Zylen and Brennin...then returns to form with Jaecion and J'cion. I don't think there can be any doubt about the hottest sound for boys in 2013.
Other notable risers: Gambit, MyKing, Lamaj (Jamal backwards, presumably on the model of the more common Semaj.)
The girls' list, in contrast, is a smorgasbord of styles from various corners of popular culture:
#1 Tahiry: Tahiry Jose is a popular star of the reality tv series Love and Hip Hop. Her official cast bio begins with the words "Voluptuous urban model," and if you're not familiar with her work you might want to Google her away from your workplace.
#2 Vanellope: This name was intended as a joke, but oh what a stylish joke it turned out to be! In the movie Wreck-It-Ralph, Vanellope Von Schweetz is character from the candy-ful world of the video game "Sugar Rush." Her first name is a humorously artful blending of vanilla + Penelope. And now it's the name of 63 baby girls.
#3 Janney: Janney Marin is a reality tv star (of Chiquis & Raq-C) and the daughter of popular singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in 2012. Rivera's full name was Dolores Janney Rivera.
Other notable risers: Kree, Rebel, Nyx