How Popular are N-Endings for Boy Names?

In response to my post on girl names with a-endings, both Kelly and SkyeRhyly brought up the trendy n-endings for boy names, so let’s take a look at that today. (Thanks for the idea!)

On the SSA’s list of boy names for 2010, I found…

  • 4,753 boy names with n-endings (out of 14,140 total)
  • 688,677 boy babies with n-ending names (out of 1,898,382 total)

So 33.6% of the boy names had n-endings, and these names were given to 36.6% of the babies on the boys’ list. N-endings for more than a third of the names and more than a third of the babies, in other words. Impressive.

In 1930, the numbers were 17.5% (names) and 13.9% (babies).

And now girl the names:

  • 2,555 girl names with n-endings (out of 19,698 total)
  • 246,631 girl babies with n-ending names (out of 1,759,010 total)

Not quite as impressive — just 13.0% of the girl names had n-endings, and these names were given to 14.0% of the babies on the girls’ list.

Slightly up from 1930, when the numbers were 7.9% (names) and 10.7% (babies).


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