WOOT! Are you as excited as I am? Just when I think I’ve seen it all, a fresh list of baby name statistics makes me feel like a new woman.
A look at the hottest names of 2011 is like a stylistic checkerboard of modern invynchuns and resuscitated old gems. Elsie, June, Cora, Olive, Atticus, Abel and Abram made some of the biggest leaps. Meanwhile in the top ten, Sophia eclipsed Isabella for #1 spot, while Jacob refuses to fade in the twilight (couldn’t help myself). Mason shot up from the #12 spot to #2.
Celebrities and reality television stars are the biggest influencers. Mila, of Mila Kunis fame, was the hottest star for girls. Question is, are they pronouncing that with a long or short I? Iker honors Spanish soccer goalie Iker Casillas. Yet what goes up must come down. Those who fell from grace? Kendra, Kimora, Kobe, and Khloe. And yet the Kray Kray kontinues with Kason, Karter, and Karson.
“Br” is now a most popular Brefix. Brantley and Briella were the fastest risers in the ranks. Parents are also turned to Brynlee, Brynn, Bristol, Braylen and even Bruce in droves. Let’s not forget the BR in the middle. Aubrey and her variant spellings had a very strong showing. Yet when compared to the quickest names to plummet we see what a flash in the pan these names truly are: Brisa, Brett, Brendan, Braiden, and Braeden, and Brayan were among the fastest fallers.
As for Unending Yndings? Raelynn, Adalynn, Londyn and Adelyn are just a few (I had to copy and paste those for fear I’d forget the spellings).
Most scintillating perhaps are the new names that entered the top 1000 for the first time in a while. Aubrianna, Elliot , Gwyneth, Hattie, Juniper, Kamille, Nova, and Temperance for girls. Arlo, Cassius, Crosby, Enoch, Hendrix, Kohen, Nixon, Otto, Princeton and Turner for boys are those I spotted. Please chime in on the comments if you see more.
These are just some thoughts at first glance. We’ll be delving more deeply into these and other categories as gleaned from the new SSA list in the coming weeks. Did your favorite name have any dramatic change?