Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Completely Un-Scientific Roundup of 2017's Hottest Names

I spend a lot of time perusing hospital birth announcements, just trying to get a feel for what actual people out there are naming kids. Here's what I've found.

For girls, the following names seem to be getting fairly popular, at least in some regions:

Kinsley
Hazel
Willow
Tenley
Wren
Remi
Sloan(e)
Ellis
Thea
Laney/Lainey/Laynie
Carter/Karter
Greta
Cora
Hattie
Rae and Raelynn (Rey-Lynn, Raylin, etc.), particularly as a middle name
Rain/Reign/Rayne as a middle name

For boys, the following have seem to be more popular all of a sudden:

Ryker
Ryder
Oakley
Ezra
Wyatt
Tucker
Trace
Stetson
Hudson
Levi
Beckham
Everett
Emmett
Asher
Jensen
Remington
Camden/Kamdyn/Kamdon etc.
Grayson (Greyson/Graysin/Gracyn etc.)
Axel (especially as a middle name)

The Social Security Administration baby name list comes out in just 5 months, we'll see if there's an uptick in these names!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Some more Finn names

Americans love nicknames. Even when there's a nickname they will use on their kid forever, they will pick a longer name, even if it means making one up. For example, when the name Brandi started becoming popular for girls, the longer forms Brandisha, Brandina, Brandolyn, and Brandice were coined. For boys, Jax has become popular. Not satisfied with Jackson as a long form, parents have coined Jaxton and Jaxion. There are countless examples in American naming history of this, backforming long versions of names (or using already existing names and places in a new context) to get a nickname.

This phenomenon is more common for girls, but there are some examples for boys as well.
here are some more examples:

Kelly -> Kellina
Lexi -> Lexington, Alexia
Kaylee -> Kayleena, Jakaylee, Kaylisha, Kaylissa, Kaylise
Jody -> Jodene, Jodette, Jodelle
Grace/Gracie -> Graceland, Graycen

And for boys:

Cody -> Dakota, Koden, Jacody
Trent -> Trenton, Trentavious
Gray -> Grayton, Graylan
Bodhi -> Boden, Bowden
Brad -> Bradrick, Bradney, Bradson, Braddon, Braddox

Which brings me to the name Finn. Finn is one of those names that suddenly came out of nowhere and is now the Next Big Thing. Actually, it probably has surpassed the "next" phase and IS the Big Thing. With the rise of Finn are a bunch of Finn names that could beget Finn as a nickname:

Finnegan
Finley
Phineas
Finnick (thanks, Hunger Games!)

and to a lesser extent:
Finland
Finbar
Fintan
Finian
Finnan

Why stop there? I've come up with some more you could use:

Infinity -it's been quietly used for both girls and boys for a couple of decades now!
Delphinus -it means "from Delphi" and is the name of a saint who died in the year 403.
Arnfinn -it means "eagle of the Finns" in old Norse
Fingal -it comes from Fionnghall, meaning "white foreigner" in Scottish Gaelic
Rufinus - a nickname for a red-haired person in Ancient Rome
Finesse -it's been used sporadically as a name since the 90s. Why not? Abstract concept names are all the rage right now!
Serafin/Seraphinus - meaning "fiery ones," the Seraphim are an order of angels in the bible.
Finis - it means "the end" in Latin. Make of that what you will.
Griffin - a mythical beast. Why not?
Phinizy - this name was given to 5 boys in 1920 and hasn't been used since. Bonus: it's the name of a swamp in Georgia!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pinterest Lists

Name Nerds now has a Pinterest board! Yay! I have no idea what to do with it! Here it is:

Name Nerds on Pinterest

Other name boards on Pinterest contain lists of names. So, here goes.

These names were given to 5 or more boys between 1880 and 1930. There are some interesting ones!


Friday, May 19, 2017

2016 Top Names for Boys in the USA

 Here are the Top 2016 names for boys, grouped by spelling. SPOILERS: Jackson once again takes 1st place, with Aiden a distant second. Highlights coming soon; I (or rather, my bf Chris Korda) have been working on a computer algorithm that will correlate all this data for me, and we are still working out the kinks!


2016 Top Names for Boys in the USA

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Force is With Naming

Last year, 238 boys got named Kylo. How many Kylos have there been in previous years? Zero. But Kylo isn't alone-- Star Wars names in general are on the rise. Here are how many were born in 2016:

Anakin (303) 
Finn (2277)
Han (19)
Lando (20)
Leia (1604)
Luke (9930)
Mace (83)
Padme (16)
Poe (7)
Rey (63)
Solo (5)

There were no baby Vaders in 2016, but there have been in past years.
Obviously some of these names are not necessarily Star Wars related, but Anakin and Lando definitely are!



Friends of Aiden

I'm working on the 2016 Boys' names in the USA now... but until I'm done, here is a list of all the names that rhyme with Aidan in the top 7000, in descending order of popularity (most popular spelling listed only):

Aiden (22201)
Kayden (14859)
Jayden (14280)
Brayden (7532)
Zayden (3615)
Hayden (2740)
Raiden (1243)
Tayden (264)
Grayden (235)
Drayden (187)
Layden (101)
Jakayden (83)
Bladen (79)
Payden (61)
Treyden (61)
Shayden (42)
Vaden (33)
Dayden (26)
Slayden (22)
Baden (21)
Clayden (15)
Nayden (15)
Xzayden (14)
Dakaiden (13)
Wayden (12)
Xaden (12)
Chayden (11)
Thayden (11)
Yaden (7)
Fayden (5)


Note: the only consonants missing are Q and M.  I bet if Maiden weren't already a word, Mayden would be a name! Also: Quayden-- sounds good to me-- someone get on naming a kid that! Maybe Qaden can be an alternative spelling of Kayden...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2016 Girls' Names- USA

I have been working for years on an algorithm that will group names by spelling. It's been a long, annoying process. Anyway, I've made some headway (or rather, the great Chris Korda has made headway), and I have been able to get the first half of the names out by now! It usually takes me until at least July! So, without further ado, here are the top Girls' names for 2016. (highlights coming soon as soon as we tweak the database).

Top Girls' Names 2016: USA

Friday, October 07, 2016

2015 names from England and Wales

Image result for england and walesHere are the preliminary results of the top names from England and Wales for 2015, organized by spelling (note: hyphenated names are counted separately, e.g., Lily-Rose, Lily and Rose are all counted separately)-- only the most popular spelling is on this list (full lists to come!):

RANK BOYS' NAMES RANK GIRLS' NAMES
1 Muhammad 1 Amelia
2 Oliver 2 Olivia
3 Jack 3 Sophia
4 Harry 4 Lily
5 Jacob 5 Isla
6 George 6 Emily
7 Charlie 7 Ava
8 Oscar 8 Isabelle
9 Noah 9 Isabella
10 William 10 Ella
11 Thomas 11 Mia
12 James 12 Jessica
13 Henry 13 Poppy
14 Alfie 14 Sophie
15 Freddie 15 Grace
16 Leo 16 Maya
17 Joshua 17 Evie
18 Isaac 18 Scarlett
19 Alexander 19 Esme
20 Ethan 20 Ruby
21 Archie 21 Chloe
22 Joseph 22 Freya
23 Samuel 23 Layla
24 Finley 24 Daisy
25 Lucas 25 Darcie
26 Edward 26 Phoebe
27 Daniel 27 Alice
28 Logan 28 Florence
29 Max 28 Sienna
30 Mason 30 Charlotte
31 Benjamin 31 Evelyn
32 Harrison 32 Matilda
33 Theo 33 Holly
34 Sebastian 34 Millie
35 Jake 35 Molly
36 Dylan 36 Eva
37 Lewis 37 Lucy
38 Jackson 38 Hannah
39 Arthur 39 Elsie
40 Adam 40 Annabelle
41 Elliott 41 Imogen
42 Riley 42 Maisie
43 Zachary 43 Rosie
44 Reuben 44 Elizabeth
45 Teddy 45 Jasmine
46 Jayden 46 Erin
47 Jenson 47 Lola
48 Toby 48 Ivy
49 David 49 Alicia
50 Luca 49 Willow
51 Theodore 51 Sara
52 Matthew 52 Ellie
53 Elijah 53 Eliza
54 Aiden 54 Georgia
55 Ollie 55 Eleanor
56 Kayden 55 Harriet
57 Harley 57 Abigail
58 Harvey 58 Aisha
59 Michael 58 Thea
60 Frankie 60 Maddison
61 Hugo 61 Maryam
62 Tommy 62 Amber
63 Kian 63 Aria
64 Luke 64 Emma
65 Stanley 65 Mila
66 Zac 66 Amelie
67 Louie 67 Anaya
68 Ryan 68 Bella
69 Jude 69 Niamh
70 Bobby 70 Anna
71 Blake 71 Harper
72 Nathan 72 Gracie
73 Gabriel 73 Aaliyah
74 Charles 74 Lexi
75 Aaron 74 Rose
76 Kai 76 Lyla
77 Tyler 77 Summer
78 Frederick 78 Zara
79 Callum 79 Violet
80 Albert 80 Martha
81 Alex 81 Nancy
81 Rory 82 Lacey
83 Dominic 83 Penelope
84 Ronnie 84 Leah
85 Dexter 85 Lily-Mae
86 Liam 86 Megan
86 Yusuf 87 Maria
88 Ibrahim 88 Lottie
89 Caleb 89 Victoria
90 Connor 90 Caitlin
91 Austin 91 Ariana
92 Leon 91 Fatima
93 Ellis 93 Keira
94 Ayaan 94 Robyn
95 Roman 95 Amina
96 Carter 96 Julia
97 Sonny 97 Elena
98 Cody 98 Heidi
99 Albie 99 Amy
100 Reggie 100 Francesca
101 Jamie 100 Inaaya
102 Leighton 102 Zoe
103 Seth 103 Alyssa
104 Felix 104 Clara
105 Zain 105 Bethany
106 Nicholas 106 Orla
107 Anthony 107 Amaya
107 Rayan 108 Khadija
109 Zakariya 109 Katie
110 Patrick 110 Amira
111 Miles 111 Eloise
112 Eesa 112 Alexandra
113 Owen 113 Gabriella
114 Arlo 114 Beatrice
115 Rowan 115 Arabella
116 John 116 Lydia
117 Jasper 117 Iris
118 Robert 117 Skye
119 Tobias 119 Faith
120 Joel 120 Macie
121 Nathaniel 121 Brooke
122 Jesse 122 Tilly
123 Filip 123 Paige
123 Finn 124 Lena
125 Eli 125 Savannah
126 Brody 126 Rebecca
127 Evan 127 Felicity
127 Milo 128 Annie
129 Alfred 129 Nevaeh
130 Joey 130 Bonnie
131 Ralph 130 Madeleine
132 Cameron 132 Alana
133 Billy 133 Edith
134 Maximilian 134 Liliana
135 Elias 135 Hallie
136 Coby 136 Betsy
137 Eric 137 Aizah
138 Ahmed 137 Lara
139 Ezra 139 Aleena
140 Bailey 140 Edie
141 Maxwell 141 Skyla
142 Lincoln 142 Luna
143 Christopher 143 Eden
144 Raphael 144 Emmie
145 Hunter 145 Seren
146 Hayden 146 Catherine
147 Abdullah 147 Alexis
148 Ali 148 Zahra
149 Rhys 149 Ada
150 Rocco 149 Aliza
151 Corey 149 Aurora
152 Bradley 152 Lily-Rose
153 Christian 153 Pippa
154 Musa 154 Frankie
155 Parker 155 Casey
156 Rupert 156 Zainab
157 Tristan 157 Elise
158 Grayson 157 Laura
159 Syed 159 Skylar
160 Aryan 160 Hope
160 Jason 161 Nicole
162 Vincent 162 Esther
163 Cooper 162 Natalia
164 Vinnie 164 Talia
165 Ted 165 Safa
166 Alan 166 Marnie
167 Flynn 167 Autumn
167 Levi 168 Connie
169 Kyle 169 Lois
170 Spencer 169 Ria
171 Jonah 171 Naomi
172 Ewan 172 Libby
173 Leonardo 173 Zuzanna
174 Ismail 174 Elodie
175 Ben 175 Eve
175 Hamza 175 Rosa
175 Hudson 177 Anya
178 Marcus 178 Delilah
179 Ashton 179 Lucia
180 Oakley 180 Nia
181 Cole 181 Aoife
181 Kieran 181 Yasmin
183 Kevin 183 Alexa
184 Victor 184 Lauren
185 Peter 185 Olive
185 Sam 186 Penny
187 Maximus 187 Cara
188 Fraser 188 Sumayyah
189 Beau 189 Safiyyah
189 Lenny 190 Jemima
189 Xavier 191 Sadie
192 Wilfred 191 Tabitha
193 Chase 193 Ellie-Mae
193 Jonathan 193 Kaya
195 Jay 195 Georgie
196 Emmanuel 196 April
197 Lochlan 197 Amelia-Rose
198 Frank 198 India
199 Abdul 199 Eliana
200 Yahya 200 Ella-Rose
200 Nellie