New trend: Girlets?

I've been looking at the name Charlotte. Personally, it's not my style, but it's suddenly staggeringly popular. I wonder why.

Then, I hear the name Harriet making the rounds around here. It's apparently making inroads in the UK, but it's still not ranked in the US. But it makes me think: Are we entering a phase of girl names ending in a -T sound?

So I looked a few up:

First, Charlotte. Way on trend. Then Harriet. Nope, nothing there.

Let's see... Juliet. Whoa. And no, it's not Julia.

Margaret. Again, popular here, not so much in the wild. Looks like a Harriet.

Lisette. Still bouncing along the bottom.

Wait.... Violet. There's the pop again. And, of course, Scarlett.

Elliot as a girl's name still hasn't really caught on, there's no chart for it.

There are a few that are still in the wrong generation to be popular: Lynette, Yvette.

So, Charlotte, Juliet, Violet, Scarlett. Accent on the first syllable, there's an L in the name too. Second-syllable names were 50 years ago. Although Harriet and Margaret fit the basic pattern, they have no L's. Is that what's keeping them down? Is this going to be a theme? What are your thoughts? Will Elliot catch on?


June 6, 2012 10:55 AM

I never made that connection between these names, though it is apparent now.  I think what makes them not a full-on trend is that they encompass so many different naming styles.  While Juliet is on our short list, we'd never consider Harriet or Lisette.  And for some reason my mind makes a weird connection with Scarlett and "little scar"- I guess since piglet=little pig, my mind thinks Scarlett=little scar. 

June 6, 2012 11:40 AM

Interesting that you aren't seeing Margaret in the wild. I know at least 6 of them under the age of 3 currently. Maybe because they are almost all being called Maggie?

Others that fit the set:









Some of those are in the category of Lynnette and Yvette though.

June 6, 2012 11:51 AM

Certainly part of it might be because I don't meet young children ever. But I also suspect that Margaret is very pockety. NameVoyager shows no evidence of a pop nationally. NameMapper indicates only a couple states where it appears in the top 100, in a generally fading trend. According to the national data, Margaret is not increasing in popularity or trending at all.

June 6, 2012 12:32 PM

Well, Name Mapper only goes to 2009, so all of them being under 3 would make sense. ;-)


But I do see that Voyager & the national data doesn't appear to show that. I must be in a pocket. :-)

June 6, 2012 1:37 PM


Category 1: Two syllables, ultimate emphasis.  E.g., Lynette, Yvette, Annette.

Category 2: Two syllables, emphasis on first, middle consonant is L.  E.g., Scarlett, Charlotte.  

Category 3: Three syllables, emphasis on first, middle consonant is L.  E.g., Violet, Juliet, Elliot.

Category 4: Three syllables, emphasis on first, middle consonant is R.    E.g., Margaret, Harriet.

Perhaps the L is enough to boost the three syllable names?  Elliot is an exception, of course.  

June 6, 2012 8:57 PM

As someone who has Juliet, Harriet ,Violet, and Bridget on my list I guess I like 'et' names. I like the crisp ending sound generally, so maybe that what it is for me.  Margaret is a family name and I have also considered using it.

Charlotte and Scarlett are really popular in my area and while I don't mind them they are just too common for me. I am yet to actually come across a girl Elliott, although I hear they do exist :)

I personally think that the 'et' endings make a nice change to all the a/ia endings for girls. 

June 7, 2012 5:48 AM

I think maybe you're letting the graph skew your perspective on popularity. . . in terms of babies born per year Margaret is about equal to Juliet (aroun 700 babies per million,) and Harriet doesn't register on the Voyager.  Julia is about 4,000 per million babies and Charlotte about 1,600 per million babies.  I'd contribute the popularity of Charlotte to two factors: Anglophile influence and bell-tone.  Charlotte has been very popular in the UK, sitting prettily with Olivia, Sophia, and Madeleine.  My guess is that Harriet is popular because of the Hattie nickname, who is a bell-tone and rhymes with Maddie, who is nickname queen right now.

My guess is that each one that's experienced a surge has a reason aside from the -et/ette last name.  Margaret is a classic with lots of nickname options who has never really been unpopular, Violet is a botanical and Scarlett has been fueled by starpower (Johanssen). 

The bell-tone trend would explain why the accent on the popular ones is on the first syllable: "Viiiii-olet!" is more melodic across the playground than "Co-sette!"

June 8, 2012 10:45 AM

Another name that fits this category is Velvet.  In the UK, it's been given to a steady 3-10 babies a year for the last ten years, and about three years ago had some extra publicity when a national newspaper columnist gave it to her daughter.  It doesn't personally appeal to me, but I can see how it would be sweet on a little girl - I think it just needs a celebrity baby named Velvet to make it a climber!

June 12, 2012 12:15 PM

I think you're on to something--the 'l' is the key. I cannot imagine that Elliot(t) (and Eliot and Eliott) won't rise for girls. I know one, who is now about 9. The possibility of the Ellie nickname along with the sporty boys' names is just too irrestibile. I'd bet money on it rising into the top 500 in the next few years.