It dawned on me a while back that the name Jordan fits the "trendy" criteria for both genders:

-It ends in "n" like so many popular boys' names these days.

-And it's a unisex name, which is popular for girls' right now.

So, is the name Jordan "in" both trends? Or has it evaded "trendy" status? Why/Why not?


December 6, 2013 5:24 PM

To me, Jordan will always be a highly popular boy's name from the '80s; just one of the "J" wave.

I definitely don't think that it's currently trendy, as it's been in regular use for quite a while now. I suppose that it can be considered unisex, even though use for boys has always been significantly higher than girl use. Interestingly, the graphs for both sexes follow the same shape, just with higher numbers for boys. 

Though the use of Jordyn is a much more recent phenomenon.


By EVie
December 6, 2013 5:59 PM

Hmm, well, I actually wouldn't consider Jordan to be currently trendy for either gender. At least in the U.S., it peaked for boys in the 1990s—probably largely thanks to Michael Jordan—and for girls in the 2000s, and it's now on the downslope for both (for girls it's now in the 200s, for boys still hanging out in the 40s, but down from a high in the 20s). I would say that it was trendier for girls, because the rise and fall was sharper. Both had a pretty defined spike, but for boys it's hanging in there and possibly on its way to becoming a classic. For girls, I think it's going the way of Beverley, Shirley and other very dated masculine names/surnames used for girls.

December 8, 2013 10:28 AM

I wouldn't be surprised if Jordan is considered a classic name in 50 years.  There were enough male Jordans that now there are Jordans around for namesake names & a new set of sports figures with the name and so on, but not so many that it feels dated.