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June 13, 2018 01:31 PM

I feel like this article doesn't really deliver on the set-up.  I'm left wondering "do people actually name their kids that?"  and would love more details answering that question for every name.

May 13, 2018 02:05 PM

Oops I commented on the wrong post about this a second ago...but if Harvey declines it will be NEXT year because we need to remember the time period the name data released last Friday covers.  The hurricane and the scandal both occurred later in the year; there was not enough time for those events to reverse Harvey's popularity momentum in early 2017.


The Harvey Weinstein scandal didn't break until...October?  The name was on the upswing in popularity before that, so it's nearly impossible to impossible to undue that trend in the last 2-3 months of 2017.  Harvey might be an okay pick as a declining name for NEXT years Baby Name Pool but expecting to see it decline in the 2017 data would have been premature.

May 25, 2017 09:37 AM

Finnick strikes me as having lots of potential because I think both Finn- and -ick are appealing upcoming sound trends....unless its too close to a curse word for parents to use it.

I would also include Ash on this list.

I have been noticing lots of Oak- names for girls...does NameVoyager include names outside the top 1000 because if so that would be a great way to analyze the Oak- names

May 18, 2017 01:04 PM

Interesting.  Also the percentage of boys names in the top 1000 has decreased from 80.1 in 2007 to 78.41 in 2016.  For girls, it was 67.74 in 2007 and 67.89 in 2016.

In 2016, 1.011% of girls were given the #1 name and .248% were given the #50 name.  In 2006, 1.024% of girls were given the #1 name and .257% were given the #50 name.  The change was bigger for boys.  In 2016, .947% of boys got the #1 name and .352% got the #50 name.  In 2006, 1.134% had gotten the #1 name and .437% got the #50 name.

So I think data does support these observations of increased diversity with boy names.  

And to top it all off, the boys top 10 list is primed for a giant shakeup.  It will be completely unrecognizable 10 years (or less) from now.

The times they are a-changin.

May 17, 2017 04:12 PM

Negan jumped onto the list.  Talk about no limits even on the dark side, wow.


I am very surprised that Hillary and Ivanka actually increased!  (due to the usual partisainship turn-off factor)

The decline of Caitlyn is really really reaally impressive when you considered how fractured by so many spelling variations.  That's the only reason I didn't pick it for the baby names pool!  Quite the dramatic tanking there...if it only had one spelling I wonder if the degree of the decline would be along the lines of Isis last year.

August 16, 2016 08:05 PM

Ooh!  Perhaps my favorite subject!  Thank you for this great post.  Tycho wasnt on my radar but now I'll definitely have to consider that!  I LOVE Joule, such a spunky name especially to people who know about it as a unit of energy.  I also love Darrow (Clarence Darrow) and Elon (Musk).  Carver really fits into the in/upcoming name style with that-er ending.  Another thought:  how great would Hubble be for a dog or cat?


Do the names have to start and end in the top 1000 or do the rising names only have to end in the top 1000 (the 2015 stats that are released May 2016) and the falling names only start in the top 1000 (from the 2014 stats)?

Also, why does the top 1000 link take us to the 2013 list?  Shouldn't we be using the 2014 list?

September 21, 2015 06:43 PM

I see you were considering Ari nicknames on that note how about Aramis?  Of these four, Beckett is my favorite.  Good luck!


I love Darrow as a more subtle alternative for Darwin.  (For Clarence Darrow...Scopes Monkey Trial)

September 11, 2014 01:24 PM

Entymology!  oops lol Thank you for replying with what I meant anyway!  That is exactly what I was looking for, thank you so much ;)

August 8, 2014 10:44 AM

Thank you!  I bet that is it!  I'm glad that it doesn't seem to be a particularly negative association or anything :)

May 8, 2014 06:54 AM
In Response to Ismeria

It often has an accent mark over the e which is why I was originally thinking the accent is on the second syllable

May 7, 2014 05:18 PM
In Response to Ismeria

It is comforting that you both are thinking the same pronunciation as me :)

May 7, 2014 05:17 PM
In Response to Ismeria

Thanks for that interesting info!


Yes, I assumed that a low rate of church attendance was an approximation of non-religiousness (aka "athiesm")

March 4, 2014 06:02 PM

oops *the magazine association* with Slate...


This is a very neat tool!  I must admit that I am pleased that our top girl pick, Mira, skewed even more Democratic, educated, and non-religious than Lilith and Hypatia (the most athiest, liberal names I could think of)...although Jezebel was more athiest.  Mira is most common in the most populous states and avoided by Hispanics (who tend to skew more religious / due to the "Look!" meaning) so it's really not all that surprising.

January 26, 2014 12:46 PM

Of your girls, my favorite is Helena followed by Margaret.  A word of caution with Helena is that there are at least 3 common ways people will pronounce it.  I have never liked Nelly due to the bratty character in Little House on the Prairie.  Also, it makes me think of the rapper.

We have similiar taste in boys; we will likely use Anderson for a son because it is DH mothers maiden name.  I also really like Soren.  However, I have gotten the comments before that it makes other people think about sores...not exactly nice imagery.  Rowan is the epitome of a unisex name in my opinion.  You'll definitely come across it on little boys and girls.  Another idea: Orion

Good Luck!