Which girl names increased the most in popularity from 2016 to 2017? And which ones decreased the most?
There are a few different ways to answer this question. The SSA, for instance, likes to look at ranking differences within the top 1,000. And I like to augment their list by looking at raw number differences across all the data.
So let’s look at increases first…
Girl Names: Biggest Increases, 2016 to 2017
Melania was influenced by the First Lady. Dream was influenced by the latest Kardashian baby.
Camila might have been influenced by Camila Cabello (“Havana ooh na-na…”).
Other names that saw raw number increases in the 300+ range included Raelynn, Willow, Amara, Isla, Samara, and Leilani.
And now let’s check out decreases…
Girl Names: Biggest Decreases, 2016 to 2017
Looks like Melania stole a lot of attention away from Milania in 2017.
Alexa was no doubt adversely affected by the prevalence of Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa.
Other names that saw raw number drops in the (negative) 300+ range included Kylie, Natalie, Taylor, Morgan, Piper, Trinity, and Harper.
Do you have any explanations for the name movement above? If so, please comment!