What strikes you about the new SSI baby name data?

I thought it would be fun to start a thread about your initial impressions of the new 2014 data.


Here's a few of mine: 

I'm amazed by how many parents put just a nickname on the birth certificate. I know we are a very informal culture and moving more in that direction, but I can't help but wonder how the diploma and resume will look with just "Tommy" or "Angie."

Every time I see an intriguing boys name that I don't recognize, I look it up and discover it belongs to a Spanish or Latin American soccer player. I guess I should follow the world cup more. Example- Neymar


Noe, a boy's name ranking at 575. Is this pronounced like "No" or like "No-ee"? I think it might be challenging to have a toddler whos name is a homonym for No. Wikipedia tells me there is a rapper who has popularized this name.


Leonidas surprised me. But I guess it fits with the super macho boys name trend and could also be shortened to Leo. 


Aarav- a popular Hindi name, this is one of the top boys names in the UK right now, and #521 in the States.

Might be hard to live up to category: Legend, Princeton, Malaysia

 I was surprised to see Sawyer at #344 for girls, but maybe I shouldn't be. 

Wow, Juniper is at #490? That was fast!

What stands out for you?




May 8, 2015 1:30 PM

Oh and one more thing- axton is the new ayden. Not only Braxton and Paxton but Daxton and Jaxton and Axton. 

May 8, 2015 3:06 PM

Of course, I had to look at my daughter's name, Juliet. 2014 was the first year that Juliette has ranked higher than Juliet. My only guess for the reason is the TV show Nashville, which has a main character named Juliette. We've never seen the show but have been asked about it a couple times.

May 8, 2015 3:14 PM

The tv show Grimm also has a main character Juliette.

May 8, 2015 4:13 PM

I've never seen that one either. We do love the show Psych, which has a Juliet. It's apparently a popular choice for a leading lady these days. 

May 8, 2015 5:59 PM

There was a time a few years back when it seemed as if every teenage tv character daughter was a Julie.

May 8, 2015 4:40 PM

I noticed that the new #1 name, Emma, didn't increase at all in # of babies, in fact it declined from 20,876 (1.0881%) in 2013 to 20,799 (1.0729%) in 2014. Olivia did go up though from 18,366 to 19,674. So maybe this year it will be #1? The percentage of babies in the top 1000 went up again this year from 73.24 in 2013 ro 73.54 in 2014, it's a stronger trend for girl babies. Oh and Isabella greatly and Isabel less so, are going down in popularity but Isabelle is up for the second year in a row.

May 8, 2015 11:01 PM

Noé is Noah in Spanish, so it doesn't surprise me that it's ranked so high, given Noah's popularity. It's pronounced No-a ('a' as in Aidan).

May 9, 2015 12:24 AM

So I've compared unisex names for M and F and for the most part if one is going up or down the other is also.

Elliot, Rowan, Eden, Emory Sawyer, Emerson, River going up.

Micah, Reece, Alexis, Quinn, Jayden going down.

Some went up for girls and down for boys: Jordan, Jessie, Harper, Teagan, Jordyn, Skyler, Jamie, Rylan, Ryan, Hunter

Surprisingly a few names went the other way: Avery (although by actual numbers of babies the numbers went up for both), Cameron and Morgan. I thought Morgan was on it's way down but here it is going up again for boys, but it might not mean anything in the long run.

Marjorie is way up! Margery showed up with 7 babies. Other maybe revivals? Deborah, Elaine, Helena, Sylvia, Eileen, Linda, Judith. And definately going up: Wilhelmina, Winifred, Flora, Louisa, Rosalind, Lenora, Henrietta, Agnes, Agatha, Mavis (way to go Mavis).


May 9, 2015 12:46 AM

That's a cool analysis on the unisex names. Well done, and also very enheartening to me -- I like the idea that maybe now a name being used in larger numbers by girls doesn't necessarily have to make parents of boys run screaming for the hills.

I'm guessing Marjorie is a Game of Thrones phenomenon.

Freya had a really big rise, too... and I'm surprised by the success of Athena, though it's not as big a percentage rise.

Cataleya has had remarkable staying power - it's been constant for three years.

This is not recent, but what is up with Collins for girls? It had quite an explosion in 2010, and is still on the rise.

I'm also impressed by the success of Temperance - 320 girls last year. For comparison, Prudence is at 58 girls. I would have thought that the Temper in there would make it less appealing.

Zelda and Florence are names I'm pleased to see increasing a bit. Florence doubled in two years - not bad! I'm surprised that it's more popular than Flora, given the success of Cora. Opal also went up -- it's now more popular than Seraphina, which surprises me.

May 9, 2015 1:12 AM

Florence and the Machine? Temperance Brennan?

May 9, 2015 1:16 AM

You're certainly right about those being the triggers, Miriam!

May 9, 2015 1:12 AM

Aha, answered my question about Collins. It was a character in a Sandra Bullock movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878804/ -- interestingly played by an actress whose surname is Collins.

May 9, 2015 12:44 PM

Not exactly the same, but I just met a 2-yr old female Collin at storytime. 

May 9, 2015 9:41 AM

A friend of mine just gave birth to a Henrietta a few weeks ago. I am surprised about Deborah, Eileen, Linda, Judith and Elaine as those seem too recently popular for revival.

May 9, 2015 1:40 AM

I'm impressed by the numbers of little Darlenes and Eunices being born. This is not new to 2014- just a consistent thing.

Renesmee seems to be surprisingly stable, also, and Daenerys is still on a gradual uprise, as is Eowyn. 38 girls named Katniss, too, which is impressive. Valkyrie also increased, and frankly, I'm surprised by it as a name at all, much less on 35 girls.

I'm also surprised to find 50 girls named Loreal. I'm guessing the name is influenced by the cosmetics company, so I wonder how many of them are L'Oréal before the SSA strips punctuation, accents and internal capitalization.

In the geography department, Germany caught my eye - increasing modestly, with 21 girls and 5 boys. I guess there is a Jeremy-like sound, and placenames are very beloved, but really, I can't quite see the appeal of this particular placename what with the Germ beginning.

Relatedly, British showed up for the first time in a few years, and with 20 uses I'm guessing there was some kind of impetus behind this one. Miriam and other more pop-culture savvy folks, want to give it a go?

I am also astonished that Gypsy is [still] being used (21 last year, up from 12), what with it being widely perceived as a racial slur.

Is Evoleht a sibling name to Nevaeh?

May 9, 2015 2:49 PM

Nixon at #587 for boys? It's holding steady from 2013, so it's nothing new but still what's up with this? 70s retro/nostalgia? Kinda looks like Jaxon?

May 9, 2015 6:08 PM

I think you nailed it -- the -xon ending and sound is very popular, courtesy of Jaxon*. Nixon is the rare well-established surname (another trend) with that popular ending. Knixon, Nixxon, and Nyxon are also in use, I'm guessing to distance from the presidential association a bit while retaining the on-trend sound.

(*and its rhyming cohort: Maxon, Dixon, Daxon, Saxon, Paxon, Braxon, Brixon, Rixon, Moxon and Hixon.)

May 9, 2015 11:56 PM

Could someone check and see if Linnea has moved much?  I see it discussed a good bit, but I'm curious how often it is used.  Thanks!

May 10, 2015 12:36 AM


Pretty consistent, really! I'd say that it remains an uncommon choice, and that it's been remarkably steadfast at that level. It's the same level of use last year as Carmine on boys and Briar or Keziah on girls.


May 10, 2015 11:00 PM

Thanks!  I have a 2010 Linnea, but I'm not sure if she is counted or not, because her first SS card was issued to Zinnea, and we had to make a correction!