Predictions for the Top 1000 Baby Names of 2017

The wait is almost over!  In less than two weeks, the Social Security Administration will release their data on the most popular names of 2017. 

Throughout April, I’ve been posting various prediction posts.  So far, I’ve already published what I think the 2017 top 10 and top 100 will look like.  Today, I’m posting about the names I predict will enter or leave the top 1000 when the new numbers come out.  Remember, name predictions are just for fun – there are always surprises! 

Girls

The name that ranked #1000 in 2016 was Meilani, which was given to 263 girls.  Assuming that the 2017 threshold will be around 260 uses, here are the girls’ names I think will enter the top 1000 in 2017:

  1. Amora – 258 girls in 2016, up from 255 in 2015, up from 181 in 2014
  2. Arleth – 256 girls, up from 116 in 2015 (!)
  3. Arlette – 254, up from 128 (!)
  4. Bellamy – 231, up from 184
  5. Della – 247, up from 215
  6. Egypt – 254, up from 200
  7. Elodie – 243, up from 216
  8. Etta – 256, up from 242
  9. Everlee – 257, up from 240.  Everlee rides on Everly‘s (#107) coattails.
  10. Florence – 246, up from 214
  11. Kamiyah – 255, up from 190
  12. Legacy – 250, up from 163 (!)
  13. Lyanna – 216, up from 62 (!!).
  14. Margo – 252, up from 190.  Rising as popular Margot (#433) does.
  15. Marlowe – 256, up from 221
  16. Octavia – 255, up from 174 in 2015 (!), up from 74 in 2014.
  17. Palmer – 241, up from 176 (!)
  18. Rosalee – 245, up from 228.  Rising along with Rosalie (#254).
  19. Shanaya – 234, up from 171
  20. Violeta – 245, up from 220.  Rising with Violet (#47).
  21. Opal – 256, up from 231
  22. Whitley – 250, up from 222
  23. Xiomara – 257, up from 220

Other possibilities: Agnes, Akira, Avalyn, Diya, Eleanora, Elina, India, Loretta, Raya, Rilynn, Sailor, Spencer, Treasure, Viola, Winnie

Here are the girls’ names I think will leave the top 1000:

  1. Adilynn – #978 (271 girls) in 2016, down from #806 (347 girls) in 2015
  2. Alisha – #985 (269), down from #922 (296)
  3. Ally – #979 (271), down from #872 (318)
  4. Ann – #992 (264), down from #897 (306)
  5. Aryana – #994 (264), down from #832 (335)
  6. Azaria – #984 (270), down from #936 (288)
  7. Briley – #989 (267), down from #918 (297)
  8. Cherish – #974 (273), down from #937 (288)
  9. Desiree – #955 (282), down from #809 (346)
  10. Elin – #990 (266), down from #919 (297)
  11. Esperanza – #996 (264), down from #924 (296)
  12. Farrah – #964 (278), down from #780 (360)
  13. Hailee – #940 (289), down from #833 (335)
  14. Jasmin – #958 (281), down from #887 (310)
  15. Joslyn – #962 (279), down from #868 (321)
  16. Kaya – #961 (280), down from #859 (324)
  17. Lilia – #991 (266), down from #961 (282)
  18. Lilyanna – #997 (264), down from #969 (279)
  19. Luz – #999 (263), down from #957 (282)
  20. Madyson – #967 (276), down from #826 (339)
  21. Marjorie – #923 (295), down from #799 (351)
  22. Meilani – #1000 (263), down from #953 (284).  Meilani only entered the top 1000 in 2015.
  23. Micah – #968 (276), down from #836 (334)
  24. Milania – #946 (287), down from #800 (351)
  25. Shayla – #988 (268), down from #803 (349)

Other possibilities: Alianna, Arden, Brenna, Giana, Heather, Kailee, Kaylynn, Lizbeth, Marisol, Monserrat, Nancy, Nathaly, Yamileth, Zendaya

Boys

In 2016, the #1000th name was Jonathon, which was given to 202 boys.  Assuming the 2017 threshold is around 200 uses, here are the boys’ names I think will enter the top 1000 in 2017:

  1. Baker – 156 boys in 2016, up from 86 in 2015
  2. Bastian – 186, up from 143.  Bastian is a nickname for Sebastian (#24), which itself is increasingly popular.
  3. Bear – 186, up from 134
  4. Bjorn – 150, up from 99
  5. Cillian – 175, up from 121.  Killian (#264) is very trendy.
  6. Colson – 185, up from 170
  7. Decker – 197, up from 182
  8. Eamon – 181, up from 141
  9. Edmund – 190, up from 173
  10. Finnian – 186, up from 166
  11. Finnick – 149, up from 56 (!)
  12. Idris – 175, up from 138
  13. Imran – 191, up from 183
  14. Joan – 187, up from 169
  15. Kiaan – 168, up from 87 (!)
  16. Kyng – 183 boys, up from 100 (!)
  17. Lian – 195, up from 165
  18. Onyx – 172, up from 118
  19. Remi – 174, up from 90 (!)
  20. Roderick – 199, up from 185
  21. Ross – 191, up from 158
  22. Shepard – 189, up from 115 (!)
  23. Sidney – 196, up from 180
  24. Wallace – 196, up from 154

Other Possibilities: Adiel, Alaric, Briar, Campbell, Elvis, Harlem, Jaxxon, Jesiah, Kabir, Menachem, Norman, Ruger, Slade

And here are the boys’ names that I think will leave the top 1000:

  1. Alfonso – #921 (229 boys) in 2016, down from #794 (292 boys) in 2015
  2. Amare – #980 (207), down from #838 (267)
  3. Bode – #994 (203), down from #847 (263)
  4. Braeden – #995 (203), down from #792 (293)
  5. Brantlee – #953 (215), down from #777 (302)
  6. Brenden – #996 (203), down from #899 (241)
  7. Brent – #973 (209), down from #886 (250)
  8. Camilo – #985 (205), down from #950 (217)
  9. Coleman – #963 (211), down from #887 (250)
  10. Davian – #998 (202), down from #868 (255)
  11. Dominique – #964 (211), down from #911 (264)
  12. Dwayne – #946 (219), down from #795 (292)
  13. Gauge – #966 (211), down from #881 (251)
  14. Giancarlo – #986 (205), down from #845 (265)
  15. Gordon – #949 (218), down from #812 (278)
  16. Jamarion – #987 (205), down from #955 (216)
  17. Javon – #954 (215), down from #866 (259)
  18. Jonathon – #1000 (202), down from #879 (252)
  19. Kendall – #922 (229), down from #781 (300).  Kendall also experienced a significant drop for girls between 2015 and 2016.
  20. Kolby – #952 (216), down from #830 (270).  Colby is also falling.
  21. Lyric – #962 (213), down from #892 (246).
  22. Santos – #959 (214), down from #914 (235)
  23. Steve – #988 (205), down from #938 (224)
  24. Urijah – #956 (215), down from #883 (251)

Other Possibilities: Agustin, Anton, Blaise, Dayton, Dimitri, Ernest, Immanuel, Judson, Lamar, Kymani, Van, Vivaan

Are there any names you think will or won’t enter the top 1000 when the new data comes out?  Are there any names you think will leave?  Let me know, and check back in a couple of weeks to see the official results! 🙂

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Rare ‘R’ Names for Boys

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Yesterday I posted a selection of rare ‘R’ names for girls, so here are some rare ‘R’ names for boys!  As usual, these numbers come from the Social Security Administration‘s baby name data-set for 2016.  We find out the 2017 data in just a few more weeks.

  • 150-202 boys named: Roderick, Rodolfo, Ross, Randall, Rashad, Ruger, Raheem, Rian, Ramsey
  • 100-149: Reynaldo, Rome, Rishi, Rowdy, Ronaldo, Ramses, Rico, Rigoberto, Ren, Ryden, Ransom
  • 50-99: Rockwell, Rogan, Rishaan, Renzo, Rafe, Roan, Rudra, Rivers, Rami, Raymundo, Ryu, Rehan, Radley, Ranger, Riot, Rush, Revan, Riggs, Roscoe, Raylon, Rhodes, Reggie, Raziel, Ryne, Reef, Reyes, Romello, Raghav, Rashawn, Roosevelt, Rakan, Robinson, Rashid, Rayshawn, Riddick, Riggins, Ravi, Reeve
  • 25-49: Rasheed, Rustin, Rayland, Riyansh, Rider, Riyaan, Rye, Ranveer, Rainer, Rhydian, Roshan, Ram, Rashard, Renato, Rakeem, Rusty, Ragnar, Renner, Rhythm, Rexton, Randolph, Roque, Rufus, Ramir, Rigel, Redding, Ridwan, Rudolph, Ryett, Rajveer, Rishik, Rainier, Rock, Rook, Renly, Reza, Raider, Rondell, Rigo, Rishabh, Reno, Robel, Roczen, Reeves, Romero
  • 10-24: Ramone, Richmond, Rigby, Rorik, Rahman, Raj, Rocket, Rosendo, Redmond, Ruhan, Ramel, Ramzi, Rand, Riggin, Rudransh, Rajon, Rommel, Roper, Ruslan, Race, Raudel, Remus, Rowland, Rune, Ruthvik, Rutledge, Rajan, Raynor, Ronav, Rich, Riku, Rishab, Rithik, Ritter, Roark, Ruston, Rahsaan, Rahul, Rawley, Rocko, Rollin, Ryo, Ramadan, Ripken, Rohit, Rourke, Rowe, Rubens, Rupert, Revere, Richardson, Rockford, Romario, Ruvim, Ruxin, Raja, Reddington, Regis, Reuel, Rhone, Romulo, Ralston, Rance, Redford, Revel, Rishav, Rodriguez, Rosalio, Rucker, Rayquan, Rigdon, Righteous, Roarke, Robben, Rod, Rafferty, Rally, Rambo, Redd, Remo, Renan, Rexford, Reznor, Rollie, Royston, Ruairi
  • 9: Radek, Raekwon, Rawlings, Red, Rein, Reiner, Renton, Reo, Rigley, Rohin, Rollo
  • 8: Radford, Rameses, Rankin, Rayniel, Refugio, Regal, Renji, Revansh, Reynold, Rockland, Romulus, Rufino, Russ, Rustam, Rutherford
  • 7: Ra, Rafiq, Rahm, Raistlin, Ramari, Ramsay, Ranson, Rawson, Reade, Regino, Reston, Ridha, Riordan, Rizzo, Rogers, Rollins, Ronal, Rudolf, Rushton
  • 6: Racer, Rad, Rage, Ralpheal, Range, Raquan, Rawling, Raxton, Rehansh, Reiss, Remigio, Reus, Richter, Rigsby, Riser, Rixton, Rohith, Romaine, Ruichen, Rutger
  • 5: Radeen, Rafat, Rainn, Raizo, Raji, Rawlins, Raza, Redden, Rem, Remiel, Rennen, Rennick, Renzel, Rhody, Ridgely, Ridger, Ringo, Rishank, Rito, Robson, Roby, Rogerick, Roko, Romualdo, Roston, Rowley, Ruaridh, Ruddy, Ruzgar, Ryota, Ryse

Do you have a favorite rare ‘R’ name for boys?  Let me know!

Rare ‘R’ Names for Girls

Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 1.15.49 PMBut of course I’d hit the ‘R’ names in time for the Royal Baby!  Though, said baby is a little prince, not a princess.

Anyways, here is a selection of rare ‘R’ names given to American girls in 2016, according to data from the Social Security Administration.  I’ll post the boys’ names later.

  • 200-257 girls named: Renee, Raylee, Rilynn, Robin, Raya, Regan, Rita
  • 150-199: Rae, Roxanne, Rihanna, Raleigh, Rosalind, Renesmee
  • 100-149: Rhiannon, Rosalina, Rosalia, Ripley, Rosemarie, Rochel, Ria, Roxana, Rosalinda, Reem, Raniyah, Rebel
  • 50-99: Rahma, Rain, Rania, Raizy, Rivky, Romy, Ridley, Randi, Rosario, Rocio, Rosabella, Rina, Royale, Ruhi, Rikki, Razan, Rana, Roberta, Rainey, Roxy, Rosanna, Rhoda
  • 25-49: Raizel, Rochelle, Rahaf, Rosella, Rafaela, Rawan, Rogue, Roma, Roya, Rayla, Reginae, Rhema, Rosetta, Rosaline, Remedy, Rooney, Rayanna, Radha, Railey, Riva, Rue, Ryanna, Rida, Ramiyah, Rinoa, Rosabelle, Rielle, Runa, Ruthann, Roni, Rona, Ruqayyah, Rut, Rei, Rima, Roisin, Rosita, Rumi, Rani
  • 10-24: Raziya, Renley, Rhonda, Risa, Rainy, Raghad, Reba, Ridhi, Rishika, Ruchy, Rama, Raneem, Ravenna, Richelle, Rosina, Reighlynn, Radhika, Raeann, Raphaela, Rowena, Rabia, Retal, Rossi, Rumaisa, Rayelle, Reverie, Roseanne, Ruweyda, Ryelle, Rynlee, Romelia, Roux, Rushika, Rainbow, Reham, Renna, Retaj, Rin, Ritika, Roshni, Ruhama, Ruhani, Raissa, Rasha, Rayhana, Reata, Risha, Riyanshi, Roniya, Ruah, Raahi, Ramla, Rosaria, Ruchel, Reine, Renad, Rithika, Rosaura, Rukia, Rinnah, Roe, Rosamaria, Rutila, Raelani, Rakeb, Ramata, Ramey, Rayleen, Reigna, Rejoice, Rola, Romani, Rosalba, Ruba, Ruthanna
  • 9: Rafeef, Rahel, Ramia, Rasika, Rateel, Rehmat, Rella, Remas, Remini, Ridhima, Riverly, Riverlyn, Rokia, Ronja
  • 8: Rahab, Rahf, Rahima, Rarity, Reha, Rilla, Rim, Ritisha, Riyaq, Rodina, Roksana, Rosalva, Rosamund, Rosary, Roselani, Rubina, Ruchama, Rufina
  • 7: Raksha, Ramani, Ravina, Remilynn, Reminisce, Rianshi, Richa, Richlynn, Rinka, Rocklyn, Roha, Roiza, Romilly, Rosse, Rubani, Rumer, Rushda, Ruthvika
  • 6: Raaga, Rabab, Radiance, Radiya, Rajvi, Ralayah, Raliyah, Ramatoulaye, Randa, Raneen, Ravya, Rawa, Rawda, Rechy, Rehana, Reika, Reiko, Retta, Rhapsody, Rika, Riko, Ritanya, Romana, Ronda, Rosabel, Rosalita, Rosha, Russia
  • 5: Rada, Ran, Ranessa, Rashi, Ravneet, Reality, Ree, Reilani, Rekik, Renita, ReyanshiRiata, Ridha, Rilley, Rinna, Rithvika, Ritvi, Riyansika, Rizwana, Rocksie, Romila, Rosamond, Rosangela, Rosmely, Rowdie, Rubab, Ruhika, Rumor, Rus, Rutvi

Thoughts, favorites?  Let me know!

Terra

The name Terra is on my mind this Earth Day.  Terra is the Latin word for “earth,” though as a name it’s more commonly a variant of Tara.  It can also mean “country.”

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Terra first appeared in SSA birth data in the early 1940s, but didn’t become popular until the early 70s.  She peaked in 1980, just three years after Tara did.  Terra only remained in the top 1000 until 1996, but a decent number still receive the name every year – indeed, 95 girls were named Terra in 2016 (Tara was given to 262).  Additionally, 22 boys were named Terran, which is sometimes used in sci-fi as another name for humans (the most recent examples I know of are Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 1 and “Star Trek: Discovery”).

Besides being an alternative to Tara, Terra could be treated as a modern nickname for Teresa.  You could also use Terra to honor a Terrence, a Terry, or even an Eartha!  It would also be a fun name for the child of someone who works with dirt, i.e, an archaeologist or farmer.

What do you think of Terra?

Predictions for the Top 100 Baby Names of 2017

Predicting the top 100 baby names for a year is all about trying to figure out which names are coming in and which ones are going out.  The internal results are fun to look at once the new data arrives, but the main goal is to determine what the numbers say about the names on the edge (usually the names between #80 and #120th most-popular, though there’s always some leeway for rising stars and sinking ships).

Looking at the numbers* for names on the edge of the American top 100, I believe that the following girls’ names will enter:

  • Emilia (currently #102; +43 rank change) – Rising because of actress Emilia Clarke and the growing popularity of similar Amelia (#11).
  • Rylee (#105; +16) – When a standard spelling takes off, another version follows.  1403 more girls were named Riley (#22) in 2016 than in 2015, causing a rank increase of +13; a huge jump for any name in the top 50!
  • Valentina (#106; +8)
  • Everly (#107; +31)
  • Ivy (#112; +17)
  • Josephine (#114; +17)

Replacing:

  • Faith (#100; -9 rank change)
  • Brianna (#98; -16)
  • Taylor (#89; -13)
  • Mackenzie (#85; -11)
  • Aubree (#84; -6) – Aubrey (#25; -4) experienced a significant drop of 850 girls, and Aubree lost 227 from 2015.  In terms of raw numbers, Aubree is currently only 336 girls more popular than the #101 name Ashley.
  • Kylie (#83; -17)

If I have to suggest some less likely contenders, I’d say Nova (#136; +79), and Teagan (#150; +78).  Those two are rising so quickly they could unseat falling Katherine (#90; -6) and/or Peyton (#81; -9).  Still, Teagan is more of a long shot than Nova, which could definitely crack the top 100 if she does slightly better than her current trajectory.

As for the boys’ names entering:

  • Vincent (#104; +5)
  • Santiago (#106; +21)
  • Harrison (#107; +12)
  • Everett (#114; +21)

Replacing:

  • Bentley (#100; -7) – Besides the fact that Bentley ranked #100 in 2016 and is already falling, 2017 saw the resignation of disgraced Alabama governor Robert Bentley.
  • Brandon (#99; -17)
  • Tyler (#91; -10)
  • Kevin (#89; -10)

Ezekiel (#121; +27) might also join the top 100, probably at the expense of Ayden (#92; -5), Gavin (#80; -10) or Parker (#87; -15).  Parker‘s descent might be slowed by last year’s Spiderman movie, and based on raw-usage numbers I think Gavin is a more likely exit anyway.  Additionally, Miles (#105; +2) is rising very slowly but could accidentally find himself in the top 100 because some other name fell faster.  Three other possibilities for entry are Cole (#110; +5), Axel (#116; +7), and Maverick (#139; +45), but I don’t really expect them until the 2018 set.

Thoughts?  Agreements, disagreements?  Remember – these are just for fun, something to do while awaiting the new data.  In the meantime, check out my Top 10 Predictions!  I’ll post my speculations for the top 1000 by the end of April.

*Numbers via the 2016 top 1000 lists on Social Security Administration and Behind the Name

Rare ‘P’ and ‘Q’ Names

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Mind your P’s and Q’s – I’ve combined these two letters into a single post!  ‘Q’ is an extremely rare initial for baby names, but ‘P’ isn’t exactly the most common letter, either.  As we near the end of the alphabet, I’ll continue juxtaposing some of the rarest letters together in lists.  Plus, the new 2017 data arrives soon; I’d rather not post 2016 numbers after that.

Here is a selection of rare ‘P’ and ‘Q’ names from 2016, according to information from the Social Security Administration.

‘P’

Girls:

  • 100-241 named: Palmer, Promise, Patience, Persephone, Pamela, Prisha, Priya, Petra, Pepper, Precious, Pia, Pippa
  • 50-99: Philomena, Prudence, Paulette, Philippa, Polina, Pauline, Primrose, Polly
  • 25-49: Pandora, Passion, Pilar, Praise, Pari, Posey, Paradise, Pessy, Parnika, Phaedra, Portia, Paw, Perel, Priyanka
  • 10-24: Parisa, Pranavi, Pacey, Persia, Phyllis, Page, Patrice, Penina, Prim, Peggy, Paz, Pihu, Paislyn, Purity, Padme, Patsy, Prairie, Prisca, Pola, Porsha, Pailynn, Pearla, Petrona, Pragya, Pietra, Providence, Pascale, Pax, Pema, Prakrita, Pranisha, Preslyn, Priyal, Palyn, Pessel, Poetry, Posy, Prachi, Pranika, Priyana
  • 9: Paije, Parthenia, Penda, Pixie, Poet, Polette, Prapti, Prathana, Preesha
  • 8: Perpetua, Pollyanna, Pooja, Prabhnoor, Prajna
  • 7: Panagiota, Patty, Pelia, Pemberley, Peony, Persis, Portland, Pragathi, Pragnya, Pranathi, Pranaya, Pranshi, Pretty, Prima
  • 6: Pallas, Pallavi, Parneet, Pasleigh, Penley, Pessi, Pipper, Pippi, Pragna, Preksha, Prosperity, Purvi
  • 5: Padma, Paij, Palin, Palmira, Paolina, Par, Pareesa, Parizoda, Pearline, Pennylane, Peshy, Petal, Pocahontas, Poleth, Poorvi, Pranita, Praylee, Preema, Prisma, Pristine, Pritika, Pualani

Boys:

  • 100-172 named: Pierre, Pierson, Phineas, Pranav, Pharaoh, Perry
  • 50-99: Patricio, Paris, Patton, Penn, Perseus, Paolo, Price, Pearson
  • 25-49: Percy, Parth, Perrin, Pavel, Parks, Pietro, Pace, Pascal, Prescott, Pearce, Pinchas, Padraig, Parsa, Paden, Pascual, Poseidon, Phinehas
  • 10-24: Panagiotis, Parrish, Pasquale, Paulino, Prayan, Peace, Pinchos, Praneel, Prosper, Parish, Porfirio, Pranay, Pratham, Prithvi, Param, Peregrine, Philemon, Peretz, Philippe, Payne, Pharrell, Philopateer, Pryor, Prem, Papa, Percival, Piero, Platon, Pratik, Pate, Peniel, Philo, Polo, Powell, Priyan, Prophet, Parthiv, Pasha, Pranish, Prentice, Prish
  • 9: Park, Philopater, Pike, Pranesh, Pratyush, Prayag, Preet, Priyansh, Ptolemy
  • 8: Parv, Pernell, Phong, Pj, Priam, Priest, Primo, Psalm
  • 7: Paco, Parson, Patriot, Paulson, Perez, Pesach, Petros, Piers, Pilot, Portland, Prajwal, Pranshu, Premier, Pride, Princedavid
  • 6: Palash, Pape, Parx, Patterson, Pavan, Phelan, Pinny, Pio, Piyush, Prabhjot, Prajit, Pranith, Prashant, Prathik, Pravin
  • 5: Panth, Parnell, Partha, Peleg, Pendleton, Phanuel, Pippin, Pius, Pol, Potter, Power, Poyraz, Prabhav, Pradyun, Prasoon, Praxton, Prime, Pruitt, Psalms, Purav

‘Q’

Girls:

  • 10-197 named: Queen, Quinley, Queenie, Queena, Quetzaly, Quinnlyn, Quorra
  • 5-9: Qiana, Quynh, Qadira, Qirat, Quiana, Quyen

Boys:

  • 25-182 named: Quintin, Quinlan, Quaid, Quran, Qasim, Quest, Quintus
  • 10-24: Quill, Quan, Quillan, Qadir, Quamir, Quavion, Quintavious, Quint, Quintrell
  • 6-9: Qusay, Quindarius, Qays, Quintel, Qumari, Quantavious, Quavon
  • 5: Qi, Quang, Quantae, Quetzal, Quigley, Quince, Quinston

Thoughts?  Favorites?  Let me know!

On a personal note: ‘P’ is my second-favorite initial for baby names after ‘H.’  I especially adore Philippa, Perpetua, Percival, and Peregrine!  I get a kick out of ‘Q’ names too, just because they *are* so unusual.  From that letter, my favorite rarities are Queenie, Qadira, Quintus, and Quetzal.

The “Low” Sound in Names

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Lately I’ve been thinking about names that contain the sound “low” (like in the word), so I’ve created a list!  The names are organized from most popular to most uncommon, in accordance with the most current (2016) Social Security Administration data.

Popular/Top 1000:

  • Logan – #18 for (11,200) boys, #384 for (852) girls.
  • Chloe – #20 (7410 girls); additionally, Khloe ranks at #125 for 2520 girls.
  • Penelope – #27 (6367 girls)
  • Willow – #96 (3086 girls)
  • Carlos – #130 (3184 boys); Giancarlo also appears in the top 1000 at #986 (205 boys).
  • Eloise – #209 (1554 girls)
  • Lola – #234 (1372 girls)
  • Lorenzo – #210 (1860 boys); has “low” sound when pronounced in Romance languages like Spanish and Italian.
  • Milo – #248 (1495 boys)
  • Sloane – #267 (1184 girls); Sloan ranks at #591 (514 girls).
  • Angelo – #329 (1040 boys); Dangelo also appears in the top 1000 at #889 (242 boys).
  • Arlo – #349 (968 boys)
  • Pablo – #404 (787 boys)
  • Harlow – #420 (781 girls)
  • Apollo – #584 (468 boys)
  • Shiloh – #611 for (488) girls, #871 for (250) boys
  • Carmelo – #694 (353 boys)
  • Marcelo – #762 (316 boys)
  • Kylo – #901 (238 boys)
  • Paloma – #947 (287 girls)
  • Camilo – #985 (205 boys)

Rare/”Low” on the List:

  • Marlowe – 256 girls, 17 boys.  Also, Marlo (92 girls and 71 boys) and Marlow (91 girls and 22 boys).
  • Elodie – 243 girls.  Elodia (8) is also an option.
  • Loretta – 239 girls
  • Danilo – 196 boys
  • Carlo – 181 boys
  • Halo – 179 girls, 25 boys
  • Clover – 172 girls
  • Shlomo – 165 boys
  • Cielo – 153 girls
  • Gonzalo – 135 boys
  • Salome – 120 girls
  • Lois – 118 girls
  • Loki – 92 boys
  • Philomena – 92 girls
  • Lotus – 88 girls, 7 boys
  • Elowen – 85 girls.  Most people probably don’t emphasize the middle syllable, but for those who do: Eh-LOW-en.
  • Manolo – 75 boys.
  • Shalom – 75 boys and 42 girls
  • Eloisa – 69 girls
  • Romello – 56 boys
  • Claude – 55; going by the French pronunciation, not the American.
  • Lowell – 42 boys
  • Michelangelo – 42 boys
  • Lovina – 36 girls
  • Ilona – 35 girls
  • Lowen – 32 boys and 14 girls.
  • Loic – 30 boys
  • Niccolo – 29 boys
  • Donatello – 28 boys
  • Laszlo – 28 boys
  • Lilo – 28 girls
  • Winslow – 28 girls and 19 boys
  • Malone – 23 girls and 8 boys
  • Sloka – 23 girls; also, Shloka (21 girls)
  • Calloway – 21 boys and 6 girls
  • Thelonious – 19 boys
  • Apollonia – 17 girls
  • Lona – 16 girls
  • Aloysius – 15 boys; I’ve occasionally the “Aloy” part pronounced like the word “Aloe” (in full, “a-low-ish-us”).
  • Calogero – 15 boys
  • Consuelo – 15 girls
  • Oluwadamilola – 14 girls, 13 boys
  • Romulo – 13 boys
  • Lolita – 12 girls
  • Lovella – 12 girls
  • Oluwajomiloju – 12 boys, 6 girls
  • Oslo – 12 boys
  • Philo – 11 boys
  • Polo – 11 boys
  • Heloise – 10 girls
  • Othello – 10 boys
  • Italo – 9 boys
  • Philopater – 9 boys; also Philopateer (14 boys)
  • Rollo – 9 boys
  • Clovis – 8 boys
  • Kanaloa – 8 boys
  • Omolola – 7 girls
  • Kahlo – 6 boys
  • Lokelani – 6 girls
  • Stallone – 6 boys
  • Antonello – 5 boys; masculine form of Antonella (#764 / 370 girls)
  • Elohim – 5 boys
  • Hilo – 5 boys
  • Loella – 5 girls
  • Lovisa – 5 girls; Swedish equivalent of Louisa.
  • Melodia – 5 girls
  • Oyinlola – 5 girls

Uncharted in 2016:

  • Alodia – Medieval Spanish saint.  Alodia is an older form of Elodie and Elodia.
  • Arcangelo – baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
  • Bellona – an Ancient Roman goddess of war
  • Clopas – obscure Biblical men’s name
  • Clotho – Greek mythology; Clotho was one of the Fates.
  • Clotilde – St. Clotilde was the wife of Clovis I.  Clotilda is another variant.
  • Lothar – German name
  • Margalo – character in the 1945 book Stuart Little and the 2002 film sequel.
  • Marvolo – name of Voldemort’s maternal grandfather
  • Philomela – character in Greek mythology

Do you have a favorite name from this list?  Are there any names you think I should add?  Let me know!

Rare ‘O’ Names

Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 12.34.01 PMThere are few rare ‘O’ names for any gender, but the small selection that does exist is very diverse.  The Social Security Administration registered a ton of West African names (especially Yoruba) under this letter in 2016, and many of them are unisex!  To avoid widespread repetition in a list containing both girls’ and boys’ names, I’ve listed every unisex name (shown in purple) under its more frequent gender.  For example, Oluwadarasimi was given to 48 girls and 17 boys in 2016, so I’ve listed it under the girls’ section; meanwhile, Oluwademilade was given to 21 boys and 11 girls that year, so I’ve listed it under the boys’ section.  Note: the unisex names listed aren’t all West African, and not all the West African names are unisex.

Girls

  • 100-256 named: Opal, Octavia, Oaklyn, Oriana, Oona
  • 50-99: Ocean, Odette, Odessa, October, Odalys, Olympia
  • 25-49: Oluwadarasimi, Olga, Ona, Ora, Odelia, Orly, Oumou, Ohana, Orla, Oceana, Oliviana, Oliva, Onalee
  • 10-24: Oreoluwa, Oluwanifemi, Odyssey, Ola, Oluwatamilore, Oriyah, Olina, Ottilie, Oluwadamilola, Olena, Oluwatoni, Ondine, Oksana, Olanna, Omotara, Oralia, Oceane, Olivine, Oluwatishe, Oluwatofunmi, Oyinkansola
  • 8-9: Oasis, Oliana, Oluwabukunmi, Oluwafikayomi, Omni, Otilia, Oluwatumininu, Omnia, Oniyah, Orchid, Ottilia
  • 7: Oktober, Omaria, Omera, Omolola, Onyinyechi, Onyinyechukwu, Osmara, Ovee, Oviya
  • 6: Ogechi, Okalani, Olamiposi, Olana, Olesya, Olivette, Oluwadabira, Oluwakemi, Omolara, Oneida, Oonagh, Orielle, Ornella, Ostara, Ourania, Ovi, Oyindamola
  • 5: Ogheneruona, Olani, Olia, Olisa, Ololade, Oluwadara, Oluwadunminunu, Oluwateniola, Onella, Oreofeoluwa, Orpha, Orquidea, Osariemen, Oshun, Osiyo, Oyinlola, Ozioma

Boys

  • 100-187 named: Osvaldo, Onyx, Octavio, Osiris, Oren, Obadiah
  • 50-99: Obed, Orson, Om, Osman, Omer, Oziel, Osmar, Ozias, Oshea, Ozzy, Omarion, Oswaldo, Octavian, Olen, Orrin, Octavius
  • 25-49: Oakland, Oak, Oswald, Ousmane, Omega, Omri, Odell, Othniel, Oz, Odysseus
  • 10-24: Oran, Ojas, Ole, Oluwademilade, Oisin, Olsen, Oluwatobi, Oluwatobiloba, Olamide, Orlin, Oswin, Obinna, Owais, Olaoluwa, Omid, Osbaldo, Osinachi, Oakes, Olson, Osborn, Oseas, Oluwasemilore, Obaloluwa, Oberon, Obrian, Oluwaseun, Oluwaseyi, Oneil, Osmond, Oleg, Oluwadamilare, Orville, Oxley, Oluwajomiloju, Oslo, Oaken, Olaf, Oluwafemi, Oluwaferanmi, Oluwajoba, Oluwatise, Omkar, Ontario, Othello
  • 8-9: Olajuwon, Oluwatomisin, Oneal, Orhan, Osborne, Oberyn, Ociel, Octaviano, Ollivander, Owain
  • 7: Obi, Ogden, Oliverio, Olujimi, Oluwatimilehin, Oluwatimileyin, Oluwatomi, Oluwatosin, Oxford
  • 6: Oaks, Ogheneruno, Olanrewaju, Olivander, Olufemi, Olumide, Oluwakorede, Onyekachi, Or, Ossian, Ovidio
  • 5: Ocelotl, Ohm, Oluwapelumi, Onesimo, Onesimus, Onyekachukwu, Orland, Osagie, Osric

Do you have a favorite rare ‘O’ name?  Let me know!

Also, if you’re interested in reading more about West African names, here are a couple of links:

Louie

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Happy International Louie Louie Day!  “Louie Louie” is a famous rock song that was written in 1955 by Richard Berry (1935-1997), whose birthday was today, April 11th.  The Kingsmen recorded the best-known version of the song in 1963.  The FBI actually investigated their cover because people thought it had dirty lyrics, but the singing is so hard to understand that nothing ever came of that.  It did become a pop culture standard, though; it’s appeared in many movies, including Animal House (1978).

The name Louie is primarily a nickname for Louis, though it can also serve as a phonetic spelling for parents who prefer the French pronunciation over the English.  Louie returned to the American top 1000 in 2015 after an absence of over 20 years; his current/2016 rank is #916, representing 233 boys.  7 girls were also named Louie, which can reflect both its rising popularity among boys and the recent returns of Louise and Louisa to the top 1000.  Louis is slowly rising again, too.

What do you think of the name Louie?  Do you prefer it as a nickname, or do you like it by itself?  And how do you like the song?

Rare ‘N’ Names for Boys

Screen Shot 2018-04-09 at 4.51.55 PMYesterday I posted a list of rare ‘N’ names for girls, and today I’m posting some rare ‘N’ names for boys!  As usual, these come from the 2016 data-set of U.S. baby names published by the Social Security Administration; the 2017 numbers don’t come out for another month or so.

  • 100-180 boys named: Norman, Niam, Neal, Nigel, Noble, Nikola, Nestor, Noam
  • 50-99: Neo, Nikhil, Nikita, Nehemias, Nile, Naksh, Nevin, Nahum, Nivaan, Neev, Niles, Niall, Nabil, Naftali
  • 25-49: Nasser, Nazareth, Neyland, Nino, Nihal, Nakai, Nadav, Nirvan, Naftuli, Neko, Niccolo, Nakoa, Novak, Nadir, Nana, Nawaf, Nnamdi, Nam, Nicodemus, Norberto, Nason
  • 10-24: Negan, Najee, Narek, Navid, Namir, Nery, Nachman, Naji, Nazario, Niels, Nils, Noland, Nainoa, Naod, Nas, Netanel, Nivin, Noach, Nomar, Nero, Nuh, Naetochukwu, Nashton, Nation, Newton, Norris, Nadeem, Neville, Nirav, Nishan, Nithin, Noxx, Naaman, Nakota, Namish, Naquan, Nayden, Nels, Nandan, Naol, Nasiah, Navraj, Nazier, Nicholaus, Nilson, Nizar, Naif, Naitik, Napoleon, Narayan, Nehan, Neilan, Nesanel, Nessiah, Nochum, Nox, Nafis, Nain, Nazaire, Nazeer, Newt, Nalu, Nameer, Nekoda, Nolawi, North, Nysir, Najib, Ned, Nishant, Noar, Nuchem
  • 9: Nachum, Nader, Naftula, Nahshon, Nahuel, Naoki, Nashawn, Navarro, Neer, Neji, Nicasio, Niranjan, Nived, Nivedh, Nobel, Nunzio, Nyaire
  • 8: Neerav, Nicanor, Nikesh, Nimai, Nishanth, Nivek, Norlan
  • 7: Namari, Nang, Naren, Natanim, Natsu, Nephi, Ness, Nihit, Nikith, Nilay, Nishal, Nix, Nooh, Nouman, Numair, Nycere
  • 6: Nabhan, Nachmen, Nail, Nakari, Nakeem, Nakul, Nalin, Naphtali, Nashaun, Nashoba, Nashua, Nasr, Nathias, Navon, Nay, Nayvadius, Nebiyu, Nekhi, Nektarios, Nello, Nemo, Neron, Nguyen, Nithilan, Noahalexander, Nussen
  • 5: Nadal, Nagi, Nahel, Najeeb, Nakoda, Nalej, Nanakwame, Nandhan, Nareg, Nashon, Navarre, Nawaz, Necalli, Neeson, Nesta, Nexus, Ngawang, Nikshay, Niv, Nolberto, Norbert, Nurmuhammad, Nuru

Do you have a favorite ‘N’ name for boys?  Let me know!