How common is Scarlett really?

Just wondering how common Scarlett is in the real world? I Know it says on here that it's 210 in the US and 39 in UK, but what does that mean for the real world? Any thoughts? Thank you!


September 28, 2012 9:40 PM

In 2011, Scarlett ranked #80 in the US, this means it was given to 3,540 baby girls nationwide (or 0.1843% of all girls born last year).  Personally, I wouldn't consider a name with these stats to be common at all.  

Another thing you might want to take into consideration is the popularity of the name in your state, which you can determine on the SSA website;   

Scarlett is also a rising name, 20 years ago it was ranked #949.  It spent most of the nineties & early 2000s in the 800s and 900s and has seen the most growth since 2003 or so.  I expect it will continue to climb, but I would be suprised if it ever reached top 10 status.

No idea about UK trends for the name.


September 28, 2012 9:56 PM

I only know one young Scarlett, and she goes by her middle name. In my neck of the woods, it's not common at all!

September 28, 2012 10:10 PM

I'm in Australia, so not entirely relevant to you but I thought I should let you know that Scarlett is relatively popular here. It was #24 in my State last year and similar in popularity to Lucy, Georgia, Eva and Hannah.

I know 3 Scarlett's but have come across others.  It seems less popular in the US than here but seems to be rising. If you used Scarlett I'd say there would be a reasonable chance you will run across a few others of similar ages but your daughter may not ever share a class with a Scarlett. 

September 29, 2012 4:41 PM

In terms of the UK, Scarlett was #25 in 2011, with 1,987 girls given the name.  Statistically, it's possible that it's just gone over its popularity peak, as in 2010 it was #24 with 2,133 bearers (though I don't know what proportion this is of the number of babies born).  We should bear in mind that these figures include middle names, so just because it's a popular name doesn't necessarily mean there are that many girls going by the name Scarlett every day.

Having said that, in the real world, I first became aware of children called Scarlett about 10 years ago, and have heard of about one a year ever since through friends and acquaintances etc.  I haven't actually met a Scarlett yet, but the name is popular enough that I wouldn't be at all surprised to meet one under the age of 12 or so.  Any older - and certainly on an adult - it would strike me as unusual.