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The art and science of names
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I just want to say that I fell in love with the name voyager at babynamewizard way before I even decided to have kids, and I've been hooked on reading about baby naming trends ever since. I like looking at individual name popularity changes, but I'm more interested in naming style trends, especially as less and less babies are given the top names. I always wonder what makes a name sound so 80s, so rural, so classic, when that was never really the reason for the name. I'm always trying to guess which names will end up being typified as names given to kids in the late 20-teens, beyond just the top names in popularity. So I asked: Which names have risen and fallen in usage the most in the last 5 years? I took the last 5 years of SSN name data and calculated the change in usage from year to year, then added all of the changes up. Names that have fallen in usage have a big negative number, and names that have risen in usage have a big positive. A name that rose and fell during the last 5 years about the same amount would have a number near zero.
I used total usage instead of rank because I know that the top names represent fewer and fewer babies and wanted to catch individual name trends year over year.
Here are the top 10 rising names by usage for each boys and girls over the last 5 years:
Change in Usage
Nothing too surprising. These names all rank high and have been noted for climbing recently. It really drives home how fast Luna has risen in popularity, and the combined spellings of Grayson/Greyson. The surprising one for me is Ezekiel, but it does combine Z, K, and rare-biblical trends, much like Ezra.
And here is the bottom 10, which have fallen the most in the last 5 years.
It’s no surprise that a very popular name, like Jacob or Sophia, would have further to fall than a less popular name, and especially since it’s been so popular for so long. Alexis is probably suffering from the Amazon Alexa association.
Are the fast risers going to be this generations typified name? Are the fast fallers part of the set of the early 20-teens names? Are any of them really going to stand out? I’m not sure this was helpful but it was interesting to look at a longer period.
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