Is the -Ayden Craze Over?
|2 January 2013|
That’s right. Over the past two years, while the rankings for Jayden and Aiden have increased, the number of babies named Jayden and Aiden has actually decreased.
(Over in Scotland, both the numbers and the rankings for Jayden and Aiden are slipping.)
Does this mean the
It’s hard to answer these questions without more information. (Who knows — maybe the rest of the name group is still going strong, even if the top two are losing steam.)
So here’s what I did to get a better picture of overall
According to my big 2009 analysis of
I combed through more than two decades’ worth of SSA data and counted up all the babies, male and female, given either an
The following graph shows how many babies per year have been given an
And this one shows how many babies have been given an
Interesting, isn’t it?
with an -ayden name
with an -aiden name
These graphs both show that the popularity of
After that, though, the numbers plateau.
So is the -ayden craze officially over?
It depends on how one defines “craze.”
The rise certainly seems to be over. The
But the numbers are still massive. Tens of thousands of U.S. babies continue to get -ayden names every year. And there’s no telling when these numbers will start to decline.
Where do you think