How popular is the baby name Bae in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Bae and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Bae.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Bae

Number of Babies Named Bae

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Bae

Bae as a Baby Name?

Here’s something I noticed recently — the baby name Bae has been on the SSA’s list since 2012:

  • 2014: 10 baby girls named Bae
  • 2013: 8 baby girls named Bae
  • 2012: 5 baby girls named Bae [debut]
  • 2011: unlisted

Bae seems to be rising on the heels of Bay

  • 2014: 74 baby girls named Bay
  • 2013: 70 baby girls named Bay
  • 2012: 44 baby girls named Bay
  • 2011: 10 baby girls named Bay
  • 2010: 11 baby girls named Bay
  • 2009: unlisted

…but I do have to wonder about the influence of the slang term “bae” here.

After all, 2012 was the year the Bae Caught Me Slippin’ meme took off. And 2014 was the year “bae” went mainstream with a Pharrell song (“Come Get It Bae”) and several high-profile articles (in TIME, Esquire, and The Atlantic).

What do you think — is Bae simply a variant of Bay, or could it be a baby name inspired by internet slang (à la Ily)? Or is it a bit of both?

Source: “Bae” Watch: The Ascent of a New Pet Name by Neal Whitman