Biggest Baby Name Debuts of the 2000s

The final installment!

We did the ’70s, the ’80s, and the ’90s, and now here are all of the “100+” debut names from the 2000s (so far).

  1. Yurem: 206 baby boys in 2007
  2. Greidys: 186 baby girls in 2009
  3. Yaire: 184 baby girls in 2001
  4. Jahiem: 155 baby boys in 2001
  5. Kelis: 108 baby girls in 2000
  6. Jkwon: 100 baby boys in 2004

And here are the pop culture sources:

  • Yurem comes from Yurem Rojas, one of the winners of Mexican reality show Buscando a Timbiriche, La Nueva Banda. (The names Brissia and Taide also got a boost from this show.)
  • Greidys comes from beauty queen Greydis Gil, who was a contestant on the reality show Nuestra Belleza Latina.
  • Yaire comes from Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Yaire.
  • Jahiem comes from singer/rapper Jaheim. The correct version of his name shot up from 10 to 544 baby boys [rank: 437th] from 2000 to 2001.
  • Kelis comes from U.S. singer/songwriter Kelis, whose name is a combination of her parents’ names, Kenneth and Eveliss.
  • Jkwon comes from rapper J-Kwon.

I’m only missing 2 “100+” debuts at this point. Both happened before 1970. The first was the girl name Torey (1959), the second was the girl name Djuna (1964).


4 thoughts on “Biggest Baby Name Debuts of the 2000s

  1. Torey, I think, was the Riley of its day. There were a lot of Torreys floating around in the 1950s. The SS Torrey Canyon was built starting in 1959. There was a TV character named Torey Peck that probably launched the named. Torrey Pines was in the news a lot. If you dig into it, I suspect you’ll see a lot of Torreys and Toris too.

    In the days of only 3 or 4 channels, even an unsuccessful show would have reached many. Plus, who knows what was on the radio back then?

  2. Excellent point about the channels. I forget sometimes that there just weren’t many options for quite a long time.

  3. Isn’t 1959 the year Tori enters the girls top 1000? Might Torey just be a youniqueh way of spelling that up and coming name?

  4. @Emma – Good point! Yes, it could be.

    My going theory has been that it’s the other way around — that variants of Torey picked up steam that year because of a character, Torey, in a 1959 TV show. But that might not be it, or might be be only part of the story.

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