We looked at the top baby name rises last month, so this month let’s look at the opposite: the top drops. That is, the baby names that decreased the most in usage, percentage-wise, from one year to the next in the Social Security Administration’s data.
Here’s the format: girl names are on the left, boy names are on the right, and the percentages represent single-year slides in usage. (For example, from 1880 to 1881, usage of the girl name Clementine dropped 68% and usage of the boy name Neil dropped 76%.)
The SSA data isn’t perfect, but it does become more accurate in the late 1930s, because “many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in our data” (SSA). Now, back to the list…
I’ve already written about some of the names above (click the links to see the posts) and I plan to write about a few of the others. In the meanwhile, though, feel free to beat me to it — leave a comment and let us know why you think any of these names saw dropped in usage when they did.
I don’t know much about Nuestra Belleza Mexico, but I can tell you that the Mexican beauty pageant/TV show has had a small effect on the U.S. baby names.
Name debuts that can be attributed to Nuestra Belleza Mexico include…
Blancaestela, which debuted in 1994 with 5 baby girls. Inspired by 1994 contestant Blanca Estela Padilla Lopez. (So far, it’s a one-hit wonder.)
Banelly, which debuted in 1996 with 6 baby girls. Inspired by 1996 contestant Banelly Carrasco Loya.
Itzanami, which debuted in 1999 with 5 baby girls. Inspired by 1999 contestant Itzanami Bermudez Sanchez.
Jiapsi, which debuted in 2003 with 7 baby girls. Inspired by 2003 contestant Jiapsi Bojorquez Martínez.
Zuszeth, which debuted in 2003 with 5 baby girls. Inspired by 2003 contestant Zuszeth Luna González.
A few of the interesting Nuestra Belleza Mexico names that did not pop up on the U.S. charts are Borinquen, Irantzu and Suslim.
It doesn’t end there, though!
The Mexican show inspired a U.S. version, Nuestra Belleza Latina. It’s much newer — season 6 just ended — but so far it’s had a much bigger impact on U.S. baby names.
Name debuts that can be attributed to Nuestra Belleza Latina include…
Madelis, which debuted in 2007 with 30 baby girls. Inspired by 2007 contestant Madelis Soto.
Raengel, which debuted in 2007 with 22 baby girls. Inspired by 2007 contestant Raengel Solis.
Aideliz, which debuted in 2008 with 91 baby girls. Inspired by 2008 contestant Aideliz Hidalgo. It was the top debut name of 2008. The names Aidelis, Aydeliz and Aydelis also debuted in 2008.
Emeraude, which debuted in 2008 with 34 baby girls. Inspired by 2008 contestant Emeraude Toubia.
(Dayamididn’t debut, but usage increased significantly in 2008 due to contestant Dayami Padron. The name Dayamydid debut, though.)
Greidys, which debuted in 2009 with 186 baby girls. Inspired by 2009 contestant Greidys Gil. It was the top debut name of 2009. The names Greydis, Greidy, Greidis, Greydi, Greydys, Graidys, Greydy and Gradys also debuted in 2009.
Chastelyn, which debuted in 2009 with 150 baby girls. Inspired by 2009 contestant Chastelyn Rodriguez. It was the 2nd-highest debut of 2009. The names Chastelin, Shastelyn, Chasteline, Chastelyne and Shastelin also debuted in 2009.
Though vast majority of the baby names on the Social Security Administration’s yearly baby name lists are repeats, every list does contain a handful of brand-new names.
Below are the highest-charting debut names for every single year on record, after the first.
Why bother with an analysis like this? Because debut names often have cool stories behind them, and high-hitting debuts are especially likely to have intriguing pop culture explanations. So this is more than a list of names — it’s also a list of stories.
Here’s the format: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.” Keep in mind that the raw numbers aren’t too trustworthy for about the first six decades, though. (More on that in a minute.)
I’ve already written about some of the names above, and I plan to write about all the others as well…eventually. In the meanwhile, if you want to beat me to it and leave a comment about why Maverick hit in 1957, or why Moesha hit in 1996, feel free!