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2010 baby names

Last year I was tuned into an exciting event that happens every May: the US social security administration releases last year's most popular baby names. And the information quickly gets thrown into my favorite website for name data: http://nametrends.net, which is everything a website should be. Smooth charts, simple unnoticable ads, DATA DATA DATA. I love it.

So even though I'm not naming a baby any time soon I still found myself stalking nametrends this month because it's FUN!

2010's top girl name was Isabella once again (sigh), followed closely by Sophia which really made a huge jump from the #4 spot last year, #42 spot ten years ago! What did that? It's crazy.

Josephine shot up a bit, from #201 to #186. Maybe it's getting trendy? Still isn't even close to it's peak though, it was #21 in 1916.

For boys, top names were Jacob and Ethan and Micheal again because boy names don't change as much. Next comes Jayden which is funny because Jayden, Aiden, Brayden and all those similar names toped a recent list of Most Hated Baby Names that we were discussing over on spacefem.com early in the month. Aiden is losing popularity but the others are still going strong. Also on the "hated" list: naming your daughter after a virtue. But Hope, Faith, & Grace didn't really decrease much in popularity so I guess word's not out yet.

Tanking in popularity: Alexis, Taylor/Tyler, Jessica, Brianna, Kaylee. I'm not a fan of any of those so it's all good.

Random trending up name that I kinda really like: Harper. Like Harper Lee. Also Alice is nice, and coming back. Cool.


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Jun. 7th, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
This gets me wondering again why trends for girls' names come and go much faster than trends for boy's names. Do you have any insights into that?
Jun. 7th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sure someone's researched this, but it's probably that there are more established old names to choose from, and people wanted to name their boys after fathers more often because they were more into "carrying on the family name".

or maybe people just think of girls as trendier. women's clothes change a lot more from year to year than men's clothes, although I'm not sure of the reason there either.
Jun. 8th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Ditto this. I believe it's because sons often are named after family names: fathers, uncles, grandfathers, as they carry the family name.

Girls are seen as being... less important to have a name that comes from a family member as they change their names?
Jun. 7th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
When my grandmother was born, her parents were excited about their first child, and they were having trouble deciding what to name her. Her grandfather (who had nine children and probably didn't consider a new grandchild to be anything too exciting) said, "What's all the fuss? It's only a girl - just call her Rosie and be done with it!"

Apparently his opinion was popular, because almost 10 girls per 1000 were named Rose that year, plu several Rosies and Rosas.
Jun. 8th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Erika is #429. We are so not into trendy names.

Our close friend also had a daughter in 2010. She named her Isabella Sophia. **CRINGE**
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