How popular is the baby name Brett in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Brett and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Brett.
The SSA has re-ordered the top 500 (or so) most popular baby names by rank change. According to these lists, the boy and girl names that decreased the most in terms of rank from 2010 to 2011 were these:
- Brisa, -343 (464th to 807th)
- Dana, -147 (463rd to 610th)
- Desiree, -121 (473rd to 594th)
- Denise, -114 (489th to 603rd)
- Kimora, -109 (498th to 607th)
- Brenda, -104 (426th to 530th)
- Erika, -103 (429th to 532nd)
- Miley, -99 (217th to 316th)
- Danna, -98 (267th to 365th)
- Janiya, -91 (448th to 539th)
- Brett, -119 (389th to 508th)
- Jamarion, -112 (475th to 587th)
- Shaun, -105 (483rd to 588th)
- Jaydon, -100 (492nd to 592nd)
- Nickolas, -86 (465th to 551st)
- Brenden, -81 (382nd to 463rd)
- Davion, -76 (474th to 550th)
- Braiden, -76 (468th to 544th)
- Salvador, -75 (457th to 532nd)
- Braeden, -67 (409th to 476th)
To know which names fell the most overall, check out my follow-up posts Biggest Changes in Girl Name Popularity, 2011 and Biggest Changes in Boy Name Popularity, 2011.
A reader named Leigh will be having a baby boy within the next few weeks. She writes:
I am a teacher and have heard so many names that I don’t want to name our child. My husband and I really like the name Miles, however, there are many new baby boys in my friend circle, named Miles. I really like Emmett, but my husband is afraid he’ll be mocked because people might only know of his name from the Twilight series. We’re interested in two or three syllable strong, unique (not necessarily unusual) names. A current front runner is Anders, possibly Anders Gray Hollyard*. We also like the name Lars. I guess I’m finding we like names that end in s!
First name and possible middle name suggestions to go with Anders would be greatly appreciated.
*Their surname isn’t Hollyard, but a like-sounding two-syllable h-name.
A few thoughts on the current favorites:
- Miles: The popularity of this one has been on the rise for years, so it makes sense that you’re hearing it more often. I’m sure this has already come up, but just in case: Have you considered Milo or Niles as alternatives? They both sound a lot like Miles, but they’re not nearly as popular (i.e. only 29 babies were named Niles in 2010).
- Emmett: Personally, I associate this name with Emmitt Smith, not the fictional vampire. And I’m not even a sports fan. This Twilight craze will blow over one day (thankfully!) and, when it does, these vampire/werewolf associations will fade. Exception: Renesmee.
- Anders: I really like this one. I especially like that it shortens to the nickname Andy, allowing anyone with this name to flip back and forth between formal/unusual and informal/familiar, depending on the occasion. Versatility is always a good thing.
- Lars: I have a strong association with this one as well, though I’m not sure how many others have it — Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. So this one may prompt people to ask about the possible Metallica connection. Much cooler than a Twilight question, anyway.
Here are some other names, many with s-endings:
As far as middle names for Anders go, I think Gray is great. I think a one-syllable name with a hard sound (that g) sounds good in that spot. Other names that fit this description are Brett, Craig, Drake, Frank, Grant, Jack, Kent, Mark and Paul.
Which of the above names do you like best? What other names would you suggest to Leigh?
Update: The baby has arrived! Scroll down for the name (or just click here).
Cassandra is expecting a baby boy in early June and she’d like some name suggestions.
She’s looking for “strong, unusual names” with one or two syllables. So far, Cassandra likes the name Fox and her partner prefers Aston. The baby’s surname will begin with an L and have one syllable. (Think Ladd.)
When I hear “strong,” I think of plosives (p, b, t, k, etc.). So I focused on short names with strong sounds that aren’t currently in the top 100. Here’s what I came up with:
Which of the above do you like best? What other names would you suggest to Cassandra?
Update: The baby has arrived! Click here to see the name.
Just like there were some ups and downs in the stock market yesterday, there were some ups and downs in baby name popularity between 2008 and 2009.
The SSA has published a handy pair of tables showing changes in baby name popularity. Only names that cracked the top 500 during either 2008 or 2009 were included, but still it’s a lot of useful information. Here are the biggest winners and losers in the group:
The numbers show the difference in ranking from 2008 to 2009. Cullen ranked 297 spots higher, for instance, so it became much more popular (no doubt thanks to Twilight). Alvin ranked 133 spots lower, on the other hand, so it became a lot less popular.
I knew about the baby boys named Wrigley Fields, Zambrano and Brett and Favre. But here are a few more sports-inspired boy names that I only just learned about:
- Mattingly. Yankees fans Deedee and Mike Marinaccio of Orlando named their son Mattingly after Don Mattingly. The name of their second son, Alexander Randolph, was inspired in part by Alex Rodriguez and Willie Randolph.
- Marchetti and Marciano (as middle names). Jenny Angelici of Huntington Beach, CA, named her sons Gino Marchetti and Nicholas Marciano in honor of football player Gino Marchetti and boxer Rocky Marciano.
Have you come across any sports-inspired baby names recently?
Source: What’s in a name?