Newbie Baby Names of 2009

Over 40 baby names (25 girl names, 16 boy names) were new to the top 1,000 in 2009. The highest debuts for girls were Analia, Bristol and Brinley. For boys, Maximiliano, Sylas and Kayson.

Analia comes from the telenovela El Rostro de Analía. The lead character’s name is Ana Lucia, but other characters know her as Analía.

Maximiliano might be another TV reference. Argentinian actor/athlete Maximiliano Palacio was featured on The Real Housewives of New York City last year.

Bristol was influenced by teen mom Bristol Palin, daughter of former VP nominee Sarah Palin.

Other newbies (and likely sources) are Taraji (actress Taraji Henson), Juelz (rapper Juelz Santana) and Maliah (presidential daughter Malia Obama).

There’s also Cambria (the ultimate Welsh name?), Ember (not yet hotter than Amber), Kalel (thanks a bunch Nic Cage), Maddux (Maddox + redux?) and Maxx.

Update: Elisabeth of You Can’t Call It “It”! has published a nice analysis of newbies to the top 100.


7 thoughts on “Newbie Baby Names of 2009

  1. Sylas for the character on Heroes? Strange spelling, though, but I suppose that could be influenced by Cyrus. Brinley???

    Kayson’s going to be surprised when his classmates start singing his name in a marching tune. (The Caissons go rolling along.)

    Analia is definitely my favorite. It’s a pretty name.

  2. I don’t know how I feel about Analia…I’m not really warming to it. It does sound pretty, but the first four letters spell anal, and the entire name isn’t too far from the word anally. I’m not too keen on those associations.

  3. Hey thanks Nancy!

    I have to say, Ember is pretty baffling to me, and I did not know about Juelz. Yeesh. Where does Jules rank I wonder?

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