The Fastest-Rising Girls' Names of the Year: So Romantic, so Frozen!

May 8th 2015

When it comes to hot new girls' names, there are three sure-fire recipes: romance, magic, and reality tv. All three are represented in this year's fastest-rising names.

#1. Aranza: Romance reigns on telenovelas, the popular, sudsy Spanish-language tv dramas. Last year's hit "Por Siempre Mi Amor" featured a character named Aranza, a form of the Basque name Arantxa (from the Virgin of Arantzazu). Previously, Aranza was associated with a Mexican singer best known for the theme song from another telenovela.

#2. Daleyza: Last year's fastest-rising name isn't done yet! Daleyza is the young daughter of singer Larry Hernández, whose life is chronicled on the reality tv series "Larrymania." Daleyza has a new little sister named Dalary, and that name just missed qualifying as this year's #1 riser because it ranked outside the top 1,000 names.

#3. Everly: No grand romance for Everly in 2014; it's just a name that hits a ton of fashion targets. Everly is a surname that contracts to a sweet nickname; a name of rock & roll legends; a Hollywood baby name via actor Channing Tatum; an "off with their heads" name that trims a consonant from a familiar name (Beverly-->Everly, like Madison-->Addison).

#4. Montserrat: Telenovelas strike again! Montserrat is a traditional religious name; like Arantxa, it honors a famed image of the Virgin Mary. It has never been a common name in the U.S., but the romantic heroine of the telenovela "Lo Que La Vida Me Robó" is changing that. (Not to boast, but you'll find Montserrat and Everly on my Baby Name Pool ballot.)

#5. Elsa: Ah, to be young, blond and beautiful, and to shoot ice rays from your fingertips! Attractive women with magical powers have a special naming power. Frozen's Queen Elsa now joins the ranks of Samantha, Sabrina, Madison and more as super-charged name hitmakers.


Check out the fastest-rising boys' names, and the full top 1000!


May 8, 2015 1:42 PM

For those of us with memories like sieves, could you explain again what exactly you mean by "fastest rising"? Is it just a straight "jumped the greatest number of places in the rankings", or is there more to it?

May 8, 2015 1:53 PM

I had Elsa and Dalary (like many others, I'm sure).

My third guess was a swing and a miss: Lupita. I thought for sure that Lupita Nyong'o + cute "Lu" sound (Luna! Lulu! Louisa!) + nickname for Guadalupe would combine for a hit, but nope. There were 109 Lupitas in 2013 and 108 in 2014. Not even a little bump.

May 8, 2015 6:50 PM

Like the first poster above, I too am wondering how you arrived at this 5 names were the fastest arising. They all fit nicely into a theme. But what about Maisie? According to the SSA website, these are the names that made the biggest gain in 2014: Aranza, Montserrat, Monserrat, Maisie and Zendaya.

May 10, 2015 2:00 PM

From the announcement of the first ever Baby Name Pool, ten years ago: 

"What exactly do you mean by rose "sharply"? Identifying the hottest names of the year can by surprisingly dicey. Last year, the number of Isabellas born in the U.S. rose by over 1000, for an 8% increase. The number of Sanaas rose by 89 for a 29% increase. So which is the hotter name? To even the playing field for popular and unpopular names, change will be calculated as a function of of both absolute and percentage change. Scores for all 6 names will be summed together for a final score.

What about names that don't show up in the top 1000 list? To reward bold, visionary guesswork, bonus points will be awarded to picks of hot names that didn't appear in the 2004 top 1000 lists at all (assuming they do show up in '05.) In general, for calculation purposes a name that's off the charts will be counted at a usage frequency of 2/3 the number 1000 name."

May 12, 2015 8:50 PM

The one that surprised me most was this one:


Malaysia.  It rose in the rankings, but who is naming kids after airline disasters?!