American Names · Analysis

Overview of the Top 100 Baby Names, 2015

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 12.46.07 PMAs mentioned earlier, Noah and Emma continue to reign as the #1 most popular male and female names in the U.S!

These were the names that entered the top 100:

  • Hazel, Cora, Aurora, Quinn, Reagan, Clara
  • Ezra, Theodore, Elias, Mateo, Sawyer

These were the names that exited the top 100:

  • Jasmine, Hadley, Alexandra, London, Lauren, Sophie
  • Justin, Camden, Luis, Juan, Brody

In terms of raw usage, these were the names within the top 100 that rose at least 500 uses between 2014 and 2015.  Asterisks indicate that the name is new to the top 100.

  • Ava, Mia, Charlotte, Harper, Amelia, Evelyn, Scarlett, Alexa, Penelope, Riley, Skylar, Nora, Paisley, Violet, Stella, Mila, Eleanor, Hazel*, Aurora*, Quinn*
  • Oliver, Henry, Wyatt, Grayson, Hudson, Lincoln, Nolan, Asher, Mateo*, Leo, Ezra*, Sawyer*, Theodore*

The following names are those that decreased over 500 uses.

  • Sophia, Isabella, Emily, Chloe, Ella, Natalie, Anna, Arianna, Aubree, Alexis, Annabelle, Alyssa, Khloe
  • Mason, Jacob, William, Ethan, Alexander, Michael, Logan, Jayden, Joseph, Anthony, Andrew, Christopher, Joshua, Ryan, Jordan, Nicholas, Evan, Gavin, Jace, Kevin, Tyler, Brandon, Jason, Ayden, Blake

My immediate reaction to the dropping names was “Ouch!  Right in the childhood!”  A lot of those names were really popular in the 90s.  Many of those are classic, but sometimes I also feel sorry for people whose names have become outdated.  It’s a problem with trends and fads.

The boys’ names that are currently trending are mostly on the traditional side.  Oliver, Henry, Theodore, Lincoln and Ezra – swoon!  The girls’ names are more mixed.  Eleanor ranked at #60 (wow!), and Charlotte and Penelope continue to make gains.  Hazel made her top 100 reentry.  Modern Skylar, Riley, and Quinn are doing well.  Alexa was the wild-card for this set; her 2014 rank was #63, but she jumped almost 2,000 uses and is now ranked #32!


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