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Popularity of the Baby Name Braden

Number of Babies Named Braden

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Braden

Biggest Changes in Boy Name Popularity, 2012

Which boy names rose the most from 2011 to 2012?

And which ones fell?

We just looked at the girl names, so now let’s check out the boy names.

Here are the differences between the two “increases” and “decreases” lists–

My list, on the left, looks at the raw number differences between the 2011 names and the 2012 names. My analysis covers all 14,162 boy names on the 2012 list.

The SSA’s list, on the right, looks at the ranking differences between the 2011 names and the 2012 names. Their analysis covers approximately the top 500 boy names on the 2012 list.

Biggest Increases

The baby boy names that saw the biggest popularity increases from 2011 to 2012 were…

Nancy’s list (raw numbers) SSA’s list (rankings)
  1. Liam, +3,286 babies [rank: 15th to 6th]
  2. Gael, +2,044 babies [rank: 408th to 146th]
  3. Brantley, +1,583 babies [rank: 321st to 158th]
  4. Jaxon, +1,539 babies [rank: 86th to 66th]
  5. Jace, +962 babies [rank: 106th to 86th]
  6. Ethan, +911 babies [rank: 7th to 3rd]
  7. Damian, +844 babies [rank: 138th to 97th]
  8. Eli, +814 babies [rank: 58th to 44th]
  9. Henry, +795 babies [rank: 57th to 43rd]
  10. Iker, +763 babies [rank: 379th to 230th]
  11. Hudson, +761 babies [rank: 112th to 93rd]
  12. Grayson, +744 babies [rank: 97th to 85th]
  13. Colton, +739 babies [rank: 74th to 65th]
  14. Lincoln, +726 babies [rank: 178th to 132nd]
  15. Dominic, +725 babies [rank: 76th to 70th]
  16. King, +699 babies [rank: 389th to 256th]
  17. Jaxson, +684 babies [rank: 140th to 106th]
  18. Jase, +667 babies [rank: 562nd to 304th]
  19. Hunter, +633 babies [rank: 55th to 45th]
  20. Mateo, +626 babies [rank: 171st to 138th]
  1. Major, +505 (988th to 483rd)
  2. Gael, +262 (408th to 146th)
  3. Jase, +258 (562nd to 304th)
  4. Messiah, +246 (633rd to 387th)
  5. Brantley, +163 (321st to 158th)
  6. Iker, +149 (379th to 230th)
  7. King, +133 (389th to 256th)
  8. Rory, +118 (599th to 481st)
  9. Ari, +73 (508th to 435th)
  10. Maverick, +72 (428th to 356th)
  11. Armani, +70 (502nd to 432nd)
  12. Knox, +66 (434th to 368th)
  13. Gianni, +66 (515th to 449th)
  14. Zayden, +63 (292nd to 229th)
  15. August, +62 (395th to 333rd)
  16. Barrett, +61 (436th to 375th)
  17. Remington, +58 (479th to 421st)
  18. Kasen, +58 (526th to 468th)
  19. Zaiden, +56 (489th to 433rd)
  20. Orion, +52 (471st to 419th)

Looks like the movie Lincoln influenced a lot of parents last year.

Here are last year’s raw number jumps and last year’s ranking jumps.

Biggest Decreases

The baby boy names that saw the biggest popularity decreases from 2011 to 2012 were…

Nancy’s list (raw numbers) SSA’s list (rankings)
  1. Jacob, -1,370 babies [rank: 1st to 1st]
  2. Justin, -1,238 babies [rank: 59th to 74th]
  3. Tyler, -1,178 babies [rank: 38th to 50th]
  4. Christopher, -1,168 babies [rank: 21st to 23rd]
  5. Joshua, -1,162 babies [rank: 14th to 17th]
  6. Anthony, -1,117 babies [rank: 11th to 15th]
  7. Hayden, -1,068 babies [rank: 90th to 109th]
  8. Daniel, -1,063 babies [rank: 10th to 11th]
  9. Jaden, -994 babies [rank: 100th to 140th]
  10. Jonathan, -925 babies [rank: 31st to 35th]
  11. Jayden, -913 babies [rank: 4th to 7th]
  12. Nicholas, -908 babies [rank: 42nd to 49th]
  13. Gabriel, -850 babies [rank: 24th to 24th]
  14. Brandon, -795 babies [rank: 47th to 56th]
  15. Gavin, -789 babies [rank: 36th to 40th]
  16. Evan, -776 babies [rank: 40th to 47th]
  17. Jose, -762 babies [rank: 65th to 72nd]
  18. Christian, -747 babies [rank: 30th to 33rd]
  19. David, -743 babies [rank: 18th to 19th]
  20. Ashton, -735 babies [rank: 109th to 141st]
  1. Braeden, -105 (476th to 581st)
  2. Yahir, -85 (429th to 514th)
  3. Kieran, -82 (474th to 556th)
  4. Cullen, -79 (472nd to 551st)
  5. Brayan, -73 (426th to 499th)
  6. Jalen, -70 (400th to 470th)
  7. Amare, -70 (425th to 495th)
  8. Trey, -69 (324th to 393rd)
  9. Casey, -62 (424th to 486th)
  10. Payton, -60 (398th to 458th)
  11. Jakob, -60 (335th to 395th)
  12. Randy, -57 (356th to 413th)
  13. Zackary, -56 (451st to 507th)
  14. Eddie, -56 (488th to 544th)
  15. Jerry, -53 (394th to 447th)
  16. Jaylen, -51 (206th to 257th)
  17. Ernesto, -50 (491st to 541st)
  18. Devon, -46 (351st to 397th)
  19. Braylon, -46 (233rd to 279th)
  20. Braden, -45 (258th to 303rd)

Here are last year’s raw number drops and last year’s ranking drops.

Source: SSA’s Change In Popularity From 2011 To 2012


How Many Baby Boys Got -Ayden Names in 2009?

We all know that names like Jayden and Aiden are popular. But…how popular?

This weekend, my goal was to find out.

I sat down with the SSA’s baby name list for 2009, picked out all the -ayden names, and counted them. I counted both the number of variants and the number of babies with each variant.

Here’s a run-down of what I found, sorted by ending. (Get ready to scroll!)

-dan [8504 babies, 31 variants]

  • -adan [1296]
    • Adan, 1117
    • Jadan, 59
    • Bradan, 33
    • Kadan, 33
    • Aadan, 23
    • Cadan, 20
    • Zadan, 6
    • Tadan, 5
  • -aedan [390]
    • Aedan, 255
    • Braedan, 65
    • Kaedan, 34
    • Jaedan, 30
    • Caedan, 6
  • -aidan [5967]
    • Aidan, 5749
    • Jaidan, 81
    • Kaidan, 67
    • Caidan, 17
    • Zaidan, 17
    • Braidan, 13
    • Haidan, 10
    • Aaidan, 8
    • Raidan, 5
  • -aydan [851]
    • Aydan, 396
    • Jaydan, 246
    • Braydan, 90
    • Kaydan, 39
    • Caydan, 32
    • Zaydan, 23
    • Haydan, 14
    • Taydan, 6
    • Raydan, 5

-den [85583 babies, 94 variants]

  • -aden [17386]
    • Jaden, 4111
    • Kaden, 4021
    • Caden, 3984
    • Braden, 2017
    • Aden, 1353
    • Aaden, 1259
    • Zaden, 155
    • Haden, 129
    • Bladen, 69
    • Paden, 53
    • Graden, 34
    • Taden, 28
    • Vaden, 20
    • Xaden, 20
    • Draden, 19
    • Baden, 18
    • Khaden, 18
    • Shaden, 16
    • Sladen, 11
    • Jhaden, 9
    • Breaden, 6
    • Chaden, 6
    • Daden, 6
    • Jaaden, 6
    • Keaden, 6
    • Thaden, 6
    • Traden, 6
  • -aeden [1858]
    • Braeden, 805
    • Jaeden, 390
    • Kaeden, 328
    • Caeden, 148
    • Aeden, 96
    • Zaeden, 24
    • Draeden, 18
    • Graeden, 12
    • Haeden, 12
    • Raeden, 11
    • Taeden, 7
    • Traeden, 7
  • -aiden [23390]
    • Aiden, 15846
    • Kaiden, 2276
    • Jaiden, 2247
    • Caiden, 1316
    • Braiden, 556
    • Raiden, 361
    • Zaiden, 295
    • Haiden, 225
    • Aaiden, 76
    • Xaiden, 48
    • Laiden, 15
    • Daiden, 14
    • Draiden, 13
    • Taiden, 13
    • Khaiden, 12
    • Blaiden, 10
    • Baiden, 9
    • Graiden, 9
    • Paiden, 7
    • Shaiden, 7
    • Xhaiden, 7
    • Naiden, 6
    • Traiden, 6
    • Yaiden, 6
    • Gaiden, 5
    • Jhaiden, 5
  • -ayden [42949]
    • Jayden, 17082
    • Brayden, 8526
    • Ayden, 4959
    • Hayden, 4822
    • Kayden, 2938
    • Cayden, 2726
    • Zayden, 741
    • Rayden, 193
    • Tayden, 165
    • Drayden, 156
    • Grayden, 132
    • Aayden, 98
    • Payden, 64
    • Layden, 47
    • Shayden, 43
    • Blayden, 40
    • Khayden, 29
    • Trayden, 23
    • Xayden, 22
    • Slayden, 21
    • Chayden, 19
    • Thayden, 16
    • Bayden, 15
    • Dayden, 15
    • Vayden, 14
    • Jhayden, 13
    • Wayden, 11
    • Nayden, 10
    • Clayden, 9

-din [1807 babies, 26 variants]

  • -adin [575]
    • Kadin, 255
    • Adin, 157
    • Jadin, 69
    • Cadin, 42
    • Aadin, 25
    • Bradin, 20
    • Zadin, 7
  • -aedin [124]
    • Jaedin, 50
    • Kaedin, 34
    • Braedin, 16
    • Aedin, 15
    • Caedin, 9
  • -aidin [125]
    • Aidin, 56
    • Kaidin, 32
    • Jaidin, 18
    • Caidin, 10
    • Zaidin, 9
  • -aydin [983]
    • Aydin, 380
    • Jaydin, 278
    • Braydin, 107
    • Kaydin, 95
    • Caydin, 44
    • Zaydin, 32
    • Haydin, 28
    • Taydin, 12
    • Raydin, 7

-dn [203 babies, 6 variants]

  • -aydn [203]
    • Haydn, 80
    • Braydn, 45
    • Jaydn, 34
    • Kaydn, 29
    • Aydn, 10
    • Caydn, 5

-don [3479 babies, 37 variants]

  • -adon [752]
    • Jadon, 528
    • Bradon, 60
    • Kadon, 52
    • Cadon, 29
    • Adon, 27
    • Aadon, 23
    • Ladon, 9
    • Gradon, 8
    • Sheadon, 6
    • Shadon, 5
    • Zadon, 5
  • -aedon [429]
    • Braedon, 222
    • Jaedon, 126
    • Kaedon, 44
    • Caedon, 27
    • Aedon, 10
  • -aidon [207]
    • Jaidon, 94
    • Aidon, 32
    • Kaidon, 30
    • Braidon, 23
    • Caidon, 13
    • Haidon, 8
    • Raidon, 7
  • -aydon [2091]
    • Braydon, 1022
    • Jaydon, 686
    • Kaydon, 79
    • Haydon, 76
    • Graydon, 75
    • Aydon, 45
    • Caydon, 34
    • Raydon, 16
    • Zaydon, 15
    • Paydon, 11
    • Draydon, 9
    • Shaydon, 9
    • Taydon, 8
    • Laydon, 6

-dun [6 babies, 1 variant]

  • -aydun [6]
    • Jaydun, 6

-dyn [3022 babies, 36 variants]

  • -adyn [1284]
    • Bradyn, 397
    • Jadyn, 275
    • Kadyn, 257
    • Adyn, 104
    • Cadyn, 83
    • Aadyn, 76
    • Hadyn, 31
    • Zadyn, 26
    • Gradyn, 24
    • Khadyn, 6
    • Keadyn, 5
  • -aedyn [570]
    • Braedyn, 172
    • Jaedyn, 166
    • Kaedyn, 109
    • Aedyn, 45
    • Caedyn, 36
    • Haedyn, 15
    • Zaedyn, 15
    • Draedyn, 6
    • Raedyn, 6
  • -aidyn [931]
    • Aidyn, 321
    • Jaidyn, 273
    • Kaidyn, 131
    • Braidyn, 59
    • Caidyn, 53
    • Haidyn, 40
    • Zaidyn, 39
    • Raidyn, 10
    • Xaidyn, 5
  • -aydyn [237]
    • Jaydyn, 89
    • Aydyn, 40
    • Haydyn, 32
    • Braydyn, 31
    • Kaydyn, 28
    • Caydyn, 9
    • Zaydyn, 8

-d*nn [87 babies, 7 variants]

  • -aidenn [15]
    • Aidenn, 15
  • -aydenn [54]
    • Jaydenn, 29
    • Aydenn, 19
    • Haydenn, 6
  • -adynn [6]
    • Jadynn, 6
  • -aidynn [12]
    • Aidynn, 6
    • Jaidynn, 6

-dd*n [139 babies, 11 variants]

  • -adden [71]
    • Hadden, 22
    • Jadden, 18
    • Adden, 12
    • Cadden, 8
    • Kadden, 6
    • Bradden, 5
  • -aidden [28]
    • Aidden, 21
    • Jaidden, 7
  • -aydden [17]
    • Aydden, 12
    • Jaydden, 5
  • -addon [23]
    • Haddon, 23

Other [162 babies, 18 variants]

  • Aiyden, 37
  • Jaiyden, 16
  • Aodhan, 14
  • Ayeden, 11
  • Jahden, 11
  • Aiydan, 8
  • Ayedin, 6
  • Breaden, 6
  • Kaiyden, 6
  • Keaden, 6
  • Sheadon, 6
  • Aiedan, 5
  • Aieden, 5
  • Aiiden, 5
  • Jahyden, 5
  • Jayeden, 5
  • Jayhden, 5
  • Keadyn, 5

Ok, ready to add these up?

Ending Babies Variants
-dan 8,504 31
-den 85,583 94
-din 1,807 26
-dn 203 6
-don 3,479 37
-dun 6 1
-dyn 3,022 36
-d*nn 87 7
-dd*n 139 11
Other 162 18
TOTAL 102,992 267

Of the (at least) 2,095,910 baby boys born last year, (at least) 102,992 were given an -ayden name. That’s over 4.9%–about 1 in 20.

Of the 14,404 boy names on the SSA’s list, 267 are -ayden names. That’s 1.9%–about 1 in 50.

Do these numbers surprise you?

Update: Wondering how many baby girls or how many babies overall received an -ayden name in 2009?

[Disclaimer: I’m assuming all of the variants above rhyme with Jayden, but I can’t make any guarantees about pronunciation. Also, I didn’t count the following: variants with 3 syllables, variants with 2-vowel endings (e.g. -dien, -deyn), variants that look like Eden and Madden, and (possible variants?) Ajdin and Dredin.]

UPDATE: Is the -Ayden Craze Over?

The Next Big -den Name – Bladen, Dreyden, Graden, Payden

Jayden, Aidan, Caden, Braden and Hayden (and their many variants) are well-established on the list of the top U.S. baby names. Zayden and Raiden have joined the rankings recently as well.

Which “-den” name will be next to pop up on the list?

Well, the Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon welcomed a baby Graden on April 5 and a baby Dreyden on May 2. Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana welcomed a baby Bladen on May 22 and a baby Payden on March 11. Those are some possibilities. And I wouldn’t be too surprised to see a Sladen, Tayden or Treyden on the list, either.

It’s likely that Xayden will show up at some point, but I’m not sure it should count as an entirely new “-den” name. (If you pronounce the X like a Z, it’s a variant of Zayden; if you pronounce the Z like an H, it’s a variant of Hayden.)

So which “-den” would you put your money on? Why?

Update: Just spotted a Blayden, born on May 6th at St. Joseph Hospital in Washington state.

Unusual Baby Name Spellings in Minnesota

Many parents choose to personalize their baby’s name by using a variant spelling. Here are some interesting baby name spellings that have been used recently in southeastern Minnesota, for example:

  • Madeline, Madalyn, Madelin, Madelyn, Madelynn, Madelynne, Madilyn, Matalynn
  • Madison, Madisyn, Madyson
  • Jackson, Jaxon, Jaxson
  • Collin, Colin, Calin
  • Dylan, Dillon, Dilyn
  • Owen, Owyn, Owin
  • Caiden, Cayden, Caden, Caedyn, Kaiden, Kayden, Kaden, Kaeden
  • Aiden, Aidan, Ayden, Aden, Aeyden
  • Jaden, Jayden, Jaedyn, Jaiden, Jadyn
  • Brayden, Braydan, Braden
  • Erik, Eric, Arik, Aeric
  • Hailey, Haley, Haylie, Haylee, Hayley
  • Kailey, Kaylie, Kaley, Kaylee, Kaileigh
  • Kiley, Kyleigh, Kylee
  • Kalli, Kally, Kalie
  • Chloe, Khloe, Kloey, Chloee
  • McKayla, Mackayla, Makaila, Mikaela
  • Savanna, Savannah, Syvannah
  • Olivia, Alyvia, Alivia

I found these in a recent article written by Aleta Capelle (who has a pretty cool name herself). The names come from babies born in Olmsted County, Minnesota from July 1, 2006 through July 1, 2007.