Sunday, March 7, 2010

Most Popular Baby Names in 2015

Have you seen this list? The authors of Freakonomics (Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner) compiled this list using data from previous years. Apparently rich and popular people set the trends and the unique names that jump the gap between the elite and the average trickle down and become popular.

Here's the list. See what you think.

BOYS
Jackson
Aidan
Carter
Liam
Cooper
Oliver
Asher
Maximilian
Bennett
Anderson
Johan
Will
Aldo
Beckett
Finnegan
Reagan
Keyon
Harper
Ansel
Flannery
McGregor
Sander
Sumner

GIRLS
Emma
Ava
Grace
Ella
Avery
Maya
Isabel
Sophie
Kate
Quinn
Fionna
Annika
Phoebe
Maeve
Ansley
Lara
Aviva
Clementine
Eleanora
Linden
Marie-Claire
Philippa
Waverly

Emma, Ava, Grace, and Ella are the only names listed here that are in the top 23 already. A few haven't even broken the top 1000 yet (Flannery, Ansel, Waverly, Clementine).

I found this website that has tracked the progress of the popularity of these names. It's really interesting to see. So if you're having a child in the near future and what to be a trend setter, name the baby one of these names. They would be the coolest kid in kindergarten.

I really like the name Ansel. Like Ansel Adams. I also like Ansley. But I would rather have it spelled "Ainsley."


3 comments:

Kathy Haynie said...

Hmmm...I will have retired from teaching before these babies get to high school. But maybe these trends will show up in grandbabies?

Katie said...

I would just like to note that I am not pregnant. So those of you who were wondering if Bryan wrote this because we were talking about baby names or something: we were not.

Katie said...

After some exploration on this site:

http://www.babynamewizard.com

I found that most of the names that are predicted to become popular were names that were popular in the late 1800's up to about 1920. Anything that was really popular after that has pretty much died off. Maybe there is a 100 year cycle to names.
-Bryan