Fastest-Rising Baby Names of 2013: Beyond the Top 1,000

May 9th 2014

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:

#1 Jayceon
#2 Jase

Well, take a look at the biggest movers outside the top 1,000:

#1 Jaceyon
#2 J'ceon
#3 Jaceon
#4 Jaeceon
#5 Jayceion
#6 Jaycion
#7 Jaiceon

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


May 9, 2014 9:50 PM

Kree no doubt came from last year's American Idol runner up Kree Harrison, and Rebel might have come from the character Rebel Alley on Netflix's new season of Arrested Development. 

Fascinating, as always! Thanks for putting in the hours today, Laura.

May 10, 2014 7:20 AM

I'm thinking that Rebel might get traded in for Rebelle, which was both a 2013 French-language movie that some might have caught on cable movie channels like I did AND the name of Nerf's attempt at a "girly" line of toy weapons that look inspired by "The Hunger Games" except everything is pink and purple. It has that "-belle"ending that is all over, and the pronunciation is in line with that of "rebel" when used as a verb rather than a noun, so not too foreign.

May 10, 2014 8:15 AM

Rebel Wilson also had a good year.