How popular is the baby name Abigayle in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Abigayle.
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Deadspin editor Drew Magary wrote up a funny response. I won’t quote the whole thing, but here are a few lines. (I quoted more of it in Name Quotes for the Weekend #8.)
“Well, this email has to be from Utah.”
“Maccie! I hope she has a sister named Jayceepynny.”
“I’d also like to single out Kyler for supreme awfulness.”
So let’s play a game with these names.
Pretend that one of your friends is expecting a baby girl. He/she shows you this list of trendy girl names and says, “We love all of these names! We can’t decide! Will you help us narrow it down to three?”
My three would have to be Addison, Kasey and Brooklyn. These just seem the least misspelled and/or ridiculous to me.
Which three names do you suggest to this friend, and why?
The Social Security Administration doesn’t combine spelling variations when compiling its annual list of popular baby names. Though this is probably the most logical way for them to present their data, it tends to skew the overall picture a bit.
For instance, according to the SSA, the top ten girl names in 2007 were Emily, Isabella, Emma, Ava, Madison, Sophia, Olivia, Abigail, Hannah and Elizabeth (in that order). If we account for spelling variations, though, the top ten is more like:
Eva could be seen as a form of Ava. That would bring Ava/Eva up to 4th place.
Hailey, the 23rd most popular girl name, can also be spelled Hailee, Hailie, Haylee, Hayley, Haylie and Hayleigh. If you throw in Haley and Haleigh as well, that brings the entire name group up to 8th place. (I tend to pronounce these last two more like Halle/Hallie, though, so I didn’t do it that way.)