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Gender Test: Which Girl Names Are Not Quite Girl Names?

Yesterday was the masculinity test, so today, of course, is the femininity test.

Here’s the focus question: Which girl names were given to a significant proportion of baby boys last year?

If you’re looking for a name that will clearly identify your daughter as a girl, the answer will help you avoid names that could cause gender confusion.

This year’s femininity test is even easier to understand, as I’m now using a pass/fail system. So, if a girl name was…

  • Given to baby girls at least 80% of the time, the grade is pass. (But less than 90% of the time: warning.)
  • Given to baby girls less than 80% of the time, the grade is fail.

I analyzed all of the girl names on the top 1,000 list. Of these 1,000 names, 58 failed and 31 got a warning. (Scroll down to see lists of the failed and warning names only.)

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Isabella
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Mia
9. Madison
10. Elizabeth
11. Chloe
12. Ella
13. Avery, Warning
14. Addison
15. Aubrey
16. Lily
17. Natalie
18. Sofia
19. Charlotte
20. Zoey
21. Grace
22. Hannah
23. Amelia
24. Harper
25. Lillian
26. Samantha
27. Evelyn
28. Victoria
29. Brooklyn
30. Zoe
31. Layla
32. Hailey
33. Leah
34. Kaylee
35. Anna
36. Aaliyah
37. Gabriella
38. Allison
39. Nevaeh
40. Alexis, Fail
41. Audrey
42. Savannah
43. Sarah
44. Alyssa
45. Claire
46. Taylor, Warning
47. Riley, Fail
48. Camila
49. Arianna
50. Ashley
51. Brianna
52. Sophie
53. Peyton, Fail
54. Bella
55. Khloe
56. Genesis
57. Alexa
58. Serenity
59. Kylie
60. Aubree
61. Scarlett
62. Stella
63. Maya
64. Katherine
65. Julia
66. Lucy
67. Madelyn
68. Autumn
69. Makayla
70. Kayla
71. Mackenzie
72. Lauren
73. Gianna
74. Ariana
75. Faith
76. Alexandra
77. Melanie
78. Sydney
79. Bailey
80. Caroline
81. Naomi
82. Morgan, Warning
83. Kennedy
84. Ellie
85. Jasmine
86. Eva
87. Skylar, Warning
88. Kimberly
89. Violet
90. Molly
91. Aria
92. Jocelyn
93. Trinity
94. London, Warning
95. Lydia
96. Madeline
97. Reagan
98. Piper
99. Andrea
100. Annabelle
101. Maria
102. Brooke
103. Payton, Warning
104. Paisley
105. Paige
106. Ruby
107. Nora
108. Mariah
109. Rylee
110. Lilly
111. Brielle
112. Jade
113. Destiny
114. Nicole
115. Mila
116. Kendall, Warning
117. Liliana
118. Kaitlyn
119. Natalia
120. Sadie
121. Jordyn
122. Vanessa
123. Mary
124. Mya
125. Penelope
126. Isabelle
127. Alice
128. Reese, Warning
129. Gabrielle
130. Hadley
131. Katelyn
132. Angelina
133. Rachel
134. Isabel
135. Eleanor
136. Clara
137. Brooklynn
138. Jessica
139. Elena
140. Aliyah
141. Vivian
142. Laila
143. Sara
144. Amy
145. Eliana
146. Lyla
147. Juliana
148. Valeria
149. Adriana
150. Makenzie
151. Elise
152. Mckenzie
153. Quinn, Fail
154. Delilah
155. Cora
156. Kylee
157. Rebecca
158. Gracie
159. Izabella
160. Josephine
161. Alaina
162. Michelle
163. Jennifer
164. Eden, Warning
165. Valentina
166. Aurora
167. Catherine
168. Stephanie
169. Valerie
170. Jayla
171. Willow
172. Daisy
173. Alana
174. Melody
175. Hazel
176. Summer
177. Melissa
178. Margaret
179. Kinsley
180. Kinley
181. Ariel, Warning
182. Lila
183. Giselle
184. Ryleigh
185. Haley
186. Julianna
187. Ivy
188. Alivia
189. Brynn
190. Keira
191. Daniela
192. Aniyah
193. Angela
194. Kate
195. Londyn
196. Hayden, Fail
197. Harmony
198. Adalyn
199. Megan
200. Allie
201. Gabriela
202. Alayna
203. Presley
204. Jenna
205. Alexandria
206. Ashlyn
207. Adrianna
208. Jada
209. Fiona
210. Norah
211. Emery, Warning
212. Maci
213. Miranda
214. Ximena
215. Amaya
216. Cecilia
217. Ana
218. Shelby
219. Katie
220. Hope
221. Callie
222. Jordan, Fail
223. Luna
224. Leilani
225. Eliza
226. Mckenna
227. Angel, Fail
228. Genevieve
229. Makenna
230. Isla
231. Lola
232. Danielle
233. Chelsea
234. Leila
235. Tessa
236. Adelyn
237. Camille
238. Mikayla
239. Adeline
240. Adalynn
241. Sienna
242. Esther
243. Jacqueline
244. Emerson, Fail
245. Arabella
246. Maggie
247. Athena
248. Lucia
249. Lexi
250. Ayla
251. Diana
252. Alexia
253. Juliet
254. Josie
255. Allyson
256. Addyson
257. Delaney
258. Teagan, Warning
259. Marley, Warning
260. Amber
261. Rose
262. Erin
263. Leslie
264. Kayleigh
265. Amanda
266. Kathryn
267. Kelsey
268. Emilia
269. Alina
270. Kenzie
271. Kaydence
272. Alicia
273. Alison
274. Paris
275. Sabrina
276. Ashlynn
277. Lilliana
278. Sierra
279. Cassidy
280. Laura
281. Alondra
282. Iris
283. Kyla
284. Christina
285. Carly
286. Jillian
287. Madilyn
288. Kyleigh
289. Madeleine
290. Cadence
291. Nina
292. Evangeline
293. Nadia
294. Raegan
295. Lyric, Warning
296. Giuliana
297. Briana
298. Georgia
299. Yaretzi
300. Elliana
301. Haylee
302. Fatima
303. Phoebe
304. Selena
305. Charlie, Fail
306. Dakota, Fail
307. Annabella
308. Abby
309. Daniella
310. Juliette
311. Lilah
312. Bianca
313. Mariana
314. Miriam
315. Parker, Fail
316. Veronica
317. Gemma
318. Noelle
319. Cheyenne
320. Marissa
321. Heaven
322. Vivienne
323. Brynlee
324. Joanna
325. Mallory
326. Aubrie
327. Journey
328. Nyla
329. Cali
330. Tatum, Fail
331. Carmen
332. Gia
333. Jazmine
334. Heidi
335. Miley
336. Baylee
337. Elaina
338. Macy
339. Ainsley
340. Jane
341. Raelynn
342. Anastasia
343. Adelaide
344. Ruth
345. Camryn, Warning
346. Kiara
347. Alessandra
348. Hanna
349. Finley, Fail
350. Maddison
351. Lia
352. Bethany
353. Karen
354. Kelly, Warning
355. Malia
356. Jazmin
357. Jayda
358. Esmeralda
359. Kira
360. Lena
361. Kamryn, Fail
362. Kamila
363. Karina
364. Eloise
365. Kara
366. Elisa
367. Rylie
368. Olive
369. Nayeli
370. Tiffany
371. Macie
372. Skyler, Fail
373. Addisyn
374. Angelica
375. Briella
376. Fernanda
377. Annie
378. Maliyah
379. Amiyah
380. Jayden, Fail
381. Charlee
382. Caitlyn
383. Elle
384. Crystal
385. Julie
386. Imani
387. Kendra
388. Talia
389. Angelique
390. Jazlyn
391. Guadalupe, Warning
392. Alejandra
393. Emely
394. Lucille
395. Anya
396. April
397. Elsie
398. Madelynn
399. Myla
400. Julissa
401. Scarlet
402. Helen
403. Breanna
404. Kyra
405. Madisyn
406. Rosalie
407. Brittany
408. Brylee
409. Jayleen
410. Arielle
411. Karla
412. Kailey
413. Arya
414. Sarai
415. Harley, Fail
416. Miracle
417. Kaelyn
418. Kali
419. Cynthia
420. Daphne
421. Aleah
422. Caitlin
423. Cassandra
424. Holly
425. Janelle
426. Marilyn
427. Katelynn
428. Kaylie
429. Itzel
430. Carolina
431. Bristol
432. Haven, Warning
433. Michaela
434. Monica
435. June
436. Janiyah
437. Camilla
438. Jamie, Fail
439. Rebekah
440. Audrina
441. Dayana
442. Lana
443. Serena
444. Tiana
445. Nylah
446. Braelyn, Warning
447. Savanna
448. Skye
449. Raelyn
450. Madalyn
451. Sasha
452. Perla
453. Bridget
454. Aniya
455. Rowan, Fail
456. Logan, Fail
457. Mckinley, Warning
458. Averie
459. Jaylah
460. Aylin
461. Joselyn
462. Nia
463. Hayley
464. Lilian
465. Adelynn
466. Jaliyah
467. Kassidy
468. Kaylin
469. Kadence
470. Celeste
471. Jaelyn
472. Zariah
473. Tatiana
474. Jimena
475. Lilyana
476. Anaya
477. Catalina
478. Viviana
479. Cataleya
480. Sloane
481. Courtney, Warning
482. Johanna
483. Amari, Fail
484. Melany
485. Anabelle
486. Francesca
487. Ada
488. Alanna
489. Priscilla
490. Danna
491. Angie
492. Kailyn
493. Lacey
494. Sage, Fail
495. Lillie
496. Brinley
497. Caylee
498. Joy
499. Kenley
500. Vera
501. Bailee
502. Amira
503. Aileen
504. Aspen
505. Emmalyn
506. Erica
507. Gracelyn
508. Kennedi
509. Skyla
510. Annalise
511. Danica
512. Dylan, Fail
513. Kiley
514. Gwendolyn
515. Jasmin
516. Lauryn
517. Aleena
518. Justice, Fail
519. Annabel
520. Tenley
521. Dahlia
522. Gloria
523. Lexie
524. Lindsey
525. Hallie
526. Sylvia
527. Elyse
528. Annika
529. Maeve
530. Marlee
531. Aryanna
532. Kenya
533. Lorelei
534. Selah
535. Kaliyah
536. Adele
537. Natasha
538. Brenda
539. Erika
540. Alyson
541. Braylee
542. Emilee
543. Raven
544. Ariella
545. Blakely
546. Liana
547. Jaycee
548. Sawyer, Fail
549. Anahi
550. Jaelynn
551. Elsa
552. Farrah
553. Cameron, Fail
554. Evelynn
555. Luciana
556. Zara
557. Madilynn
558. Eve
559. Kaia
560. Helena
561. Anne
562. Estrella
563. Leighton, Fail
564. Nataly
565. Whitney
566. Lainey
567. Amara
568. Anabella
569. Malaysia
570. Samara
571. Zoie
572. Amani, Warning
573. Phoenix, Fail
574. Dulce
575. Paola
576. Marie
577. Aisha
578. Harlow
579. Virginia
580. Ember
581. Regina
582. Jaylee
583. Anika
584. Ally
585. Kayden, Fail
586. Alani
587. Miah
588. Yareli
589. Journee
590. Kiera
591. Nathalie
592. Mikaela
593. Jaylynn
594. Litzy
595. Charley, Warning
596. Claudia
597. Aliya
598. Madyson
599. Cecelia
600. Liberty
601. Braelynn
602. Evie
603. Rosemary
604. Myah
605. Lizbeth
606. Giana
607. Ryan, Fail
608. Teresa
609. Ciara
610. Isis
611. Lea
612. Shayla
613. Jazlynn
614. Rosa
615. Gracelynn
616. Desiree
617. Elisabeth
618. Isabela
619. Arely
620. Mariam
621. Abbigail
622. Emersyn
623. Brenna
624. Kaylynn
625. Nova, Warning
626. Raquel
627. Dana
628. Laney
629. Laylah
630. Siena
631. Amelie
632. Clarissa
633. Lilianna
634. Lylah
635. Halle
636. Madalynn
637. Maleah
638. Sherlyn
639. Linda
640. Shiloh, Fail
641. Jessie, Fail
642. Kenia
643. Greta
644. Marina
645. Melina
646. Amiya
647. Bria
648. Natalee
649. Sariah
650. Mollie
651. Nancy
652. Christine
653. Felicity
654. Zuri
655. Irene
656. Simone
657. Amya
658. Matilda
659. Colette
660. Kristen
661. Paityn
662. Alayah
663. Janiya
664. Kallie
665. Mira
666. Hailee
667. Kathleen
668. Meredith
669. Janessa
670. Noemi
671. Aiyana
672. Aliana
673. Leia
674. Mariyah
675. Tori
676. Alissa
677. Ivanna
678. Joslyn
679. Sandra
680. Maryam
681. Saniyah
682. Kassandra
683. Danika
684. Denise
685. Jemma
686. River, Fail
687. Charleigh
688. Emelia
689. Kristina
690. Armani, Fail
691. Beatrice
692. Jaylene
693. Karlee
694. Blake, Fail
695. Cara
696. Addilyn
697. Amina
698. Ansley
699. Kaitlynn
700. Iliana
701. Mckayla
702. Adelina
703. Briley, Warning
704. Elaine
705. Lailah
706. Mercedes
707. Chaya
708. Lindsay
709. Hattie
710. Lisa
711. Marisol
712. Patricia
713. Bryanna
714. Taliyah
715. Adrienne
716. Emmy
717. Millie
718. Paislee
719. Charli
720. Kourtney
721. Leyla
722. Maia
723. Willa
724. Milan, Fail
725. Paula
726. Ayleen
727. Clare
728. Kensley
729. Reyna
730. Martha
731. Adley
732. Elianna
733. Emilie
734. Karsyn, Fail
735. Yasmin
736. Lorelai
737. Amirah
738. Aryana
739. Livia
740. Alena
741. Kiana
742. Celia
743. Kailee
744. Rylan, Fail
745. Ellen
746. Galilea
747. Kynlee
748. Leanna
749. Renata
750. Mae
751. Ayanna
752. Chanel
753. Lesly
754. Cindy
755. Carla
756. Pearl
757. Jaylin, Fail
758. Kimora
759. Angeline
760. Carlee
761. Aubri
762. Edith
763. Alia
764. Frances
765. Corinne
766. Jocelynn
767. Cherish
768. Wendy
769. Carolyn
770. Lina
771. Tabitha
772. Winter
773. Abril
774. Bryn
775. Jolie
776. Yaritza
777. Casey, Fail
778. Zion, Fail
779. Lillianna
780. Jordynn
781. Zariyah
782. Audriana
783. Jayde
784. Jaida
785. Salma
786. Diamond
787. Malaya
788. Kimber
789. Ryann
790. Abbie
791. Paloma
792. Destinee
793. Kaleigh
794. Asia
795. Demi
796. Yamileth
797. Deborah
798. Elin
799. Kaiya
800. Mara
801. Averi
802. Nola
803. Tara
804. Taryn
805. Emmalee
806. Aubrianna
807. Janae
808. Kyndall
809. Jewel
810. Zaniyah
811. Kaya
812. Sonia
813. Alaya
814. Heather
815. Nathaly
816. Shannon, Fail
817. Ariah
818. Avah
819. Giada
820. Lilith
821. Samiyah
822. Sharon
823. Coraline
824. Eileen
825. Julianne
826. Milania
827. Chana
828. Regan, Warning
829. Krystal
830. Rihanna
831. Sidney, Fail
832. Hadassah
833. Macey
834. Mina
835. Paulina
836. Rayne, Warning
837. Kaitlin
838. Maritza
839. Susan
840. Raina
841. Hana
842. Keyla
843. Temperance
844. Aimee
845. Alisson
846. Charlize
847. Kendal, Warning
848. Lara
849. Roselyn
850. Alannah
851. Alma
852. Dixie
853. Larissa
854. Patience
855. Taraji
856. Sky, Fail
857. Zaria
858. Aleigha
859. Alyvia
860. Aviana
861. Bryleigh
862. Elliot, Fail
863. Jenny
864. Luz
865. Ali, Fail
866. Alisha
867. Ayana
868. Campbell, Fail
869. Karis
870. Lilyanna
871. Azaria
872. Blair, Warning
873. Micah, Fail
874. Moriah
875. Myra
876. Lilia
877. Aliza
878. Giovanna
879. Karissa
880. Saniya
881. Emory, Fail
882. Estella
883. Juniper
884. Kairi
885. Kenna
886. Meghan
887. Abrielle
888. Elissa
889. Rachael
890. Emmaline
891. Jolene
892. Joyce
893. Britney
894. Carlie
895. Haylie
896. Judith
897. Renee
898. Saanvi
899. Yesenia
900. Barbara
901. Dallas, Fail
902. Jaqueline
903. Karma
904. America
905. Sariyah
906. Azalea
907. Everly
908. Ingrid
909. Lillyana
910. Emmalynn
911. Marianna
912. Brisa
913. Kaelynn
914. Leona
915. Libby
916. Deanna
917. Mattie
918. Miya
919. Kai, Fail
920. Annalee
921. Nahla
922. Dorothy
923. Kaylyn
924. Rayna
925. Araceli
926. Cambria
927. Evalyn
928. Haleigh
929. Thalia
930. Jakayla
931. Maliah
932. Saige
933. Avianna
934. Charity
935. Kaylen, Warning
936. Raylee
937. Tamia
938. Aubrielle
939. Bayleigh
940. Carley
941. Kailynn
942. Katrina
943. Belen
944. Karlie
945. Natalya
946. Alaysia
947. Celine
948. Milana
949. Monroe, Fail
950. Estelle
951. Meadow
952. Audrianna
953. Cristina
954. Harlee
955. Jazzlyn
956. Scarlette
957. Zahra
958. Akira
959. Ann
960. Collins, Warning
961. Kendyl
962. Anabel
963. Azariah, Fail
964. Carissa
965. Milena
966. Tia
967. Alisa
968. Bree
969. Carleigh
970. Cheyanne
971. Sarahi
972. Laurel
973. Kylah
974. Tinley
975. Kora
976. Marisa
977. Esme
978. Sloan, Fail
979. Cailyn
980. Gisselle
981. Kasey, Fail
982. Kyndal
983. Marlene
984. Riya
985. Annabell
986. Aubriana
987. Izabelle
988. Kirsten
989. Aya
990. Dalilah
991. Devyn, Fail
992. Geraldine
993. Analia
994. Hayleigh
995. Landry, Fail
996. Sofie
997. Tess
998. Ashtyn, Fail
999. Jessa
1000. Katalina

The 31 “Warning” names: Avery, Taylor, Morgan, Skylar, London, Payton, Kendall, Reese, Eden, Ariel, Emery, Teagan, Marley, Lyric, Camryn, Kelly, Guadalupe, Haven, Braelyn, Mckinley, Courtney, Amani, Charley, Nova, Briley, Regan, Rayne, Kendal, Blair, Kaylen, Collins.

The 58 “Fail” names: Alexis, Riley, Peyton, Quinn, Hayden, Jordan, Angel, Emerson, Charlie, Dakota, Parker, Tatum, Finley, Kamryn, Skyler, Jayden, Harley, Jamie, Rowan, Logan, Amari, Sage, Dylan, Justice, Sawyer, Cameron, Leighton, Phoenix, Kayden, Ryan, Shiloh, Jessie, River, Armani, Blake, Milan, Karsyn, Rylan, Jaylin, Casey, Zion, Shannon, Sidney, Sky, Elliot, Ali, Campbell, Micah, Emory, Dallas, Kai, Monroe, Azariah, Sloan, Kasey, Devyn, Landry, Ashtyn.

Here is last year’s femininity test.


Biggest Changes in Girl Name Popularity, 2012

Which girl names made the biggest gains from 2011 to 2012?

And which ones suffered the biggest losses?

This is where the stats start telling us some interesting stories!

Below I’ve got two different lists for both “increases” and “decreases.”

On the left is the my list. I looked at the raw number differences between the 2011 names and the 2012 names. My analysis covers all 19,380 girl names on the 2012 list.

On the right is the SSA’s list. They looked at the ranking differences between the 2011 names and the 2012 names. Their analysis covers approximately the top 500 girl names on the 2012 list.

Biggest Increases

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

Nancy’s list (raw numbers) SSA’s list (rankings)
  1. Harper, +2,496 babies [rank: 54th to 24th]
  2. Emma, +2,053 babies [rank: 3rd to 2nd]
  3. Paisley, +1,269 babies [rank: 195th to 104th]
  4. Aria, +1,232 babies [rank: 157th to 91st]
  5. Skylar, +1,173 babies [rank: 145th to 87th]
  6. Aubree, +1,100 babies [rank: 99th to 60th]
  7. Zoey, +1,030 babies [rank: 28th to 20th]
  8. Charlotte, +1,017 babies [rank: 27th to 19th]
  9. Avery, +952 babies [rank: 18th to 13th]
  10. Aubrey, +846 babies [rank: 20th to 15th]
  11. Amelia, +842 babies [rank: 30th to 23rd]
  12. Mila, +835 babies [rank: 174th to 115th]
  13. Genesis, +779 babies [rank: 82nd to 56th]
  14. Hannah, +672 babies [rank: 25th to 22nd]
  15. Penelope, +647 babies [rank: 169th to 125th]
  16. Hadley, +645 babies [rank: 178th to 130th]
  17. Nora, +639 babies [rank: 137th to 107th]
  18. Cataleya, +608 babies [rank: 4,931st to 479th]
  19. Cora, +516 babies [rank: 203rd to 155th]
  20. Reagan, +470 babies [rank: 121st to 97th]
  1. Arya, +298 (711th to 413th)
  2. Perla, +190 (642nd to 452nd)
  3. Catalina, +171 (648th to 477th)
  4. Elisa, +168 (534th to 366th)
  5. Raelynn, +155 (496th to 341st)
  6. Rosalie, +141 (547th to 406th)
  7. Haven, +140 (572nd to 432nd)
  8. Raelyn, +136 (585th to 449th)
  9. Briella, +123 (498th to 375th)
  10. Marilyn, +119 (545th to 426th)
  11. Adelynn, +116 (581st to 465th)
  12. Hanna, +106 (454th to 348th)
  13. Ayla, +97 (347th to 250th)
  14. Averie, +96 (554th to 458th)
  15. Arabella, +92 (337th to 245th)
  16. Paisley, +91 (195th to 104th)
  17. Arielle, +91 (501st to 410th)
  18. Adalynn, +88 (328th to 240th)
  19. Elsie, +86 (483rd to 397th)
  20. Myla, +85 (484th to 399th)

Check out Cataleya! That’s quite a jump.

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

Biggest Decreases

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

Nancy’s list (raw numbers) SSA’s list (rankings)
  1. Chloe, -1,361 babies [rank: 10th to 11th]
  2. Alexis, -1,194 babies [rank: 26th to 40th]
  3. Addison, -1,158 babies [rank: 13th to 14th]
  4. Madison, -1,017 babies [rank: 8th to 9th]
  5. Alyssa, -935 babies [rank: 37th to 44th]
  6. Isabella, -893 babies [rank: 2nd to 3rd]
  7. Natalie, -760 babies [rank: 14th to 17th]
  8. Nevaeh, -739 babies [rank: 35th to 39th]
  9. Ashley, -709 babies [rank: 42nd to 50th]
  10. Makayla, -691 babies [rank: 56th to 69th]
  11. Emily, -664 babies [rank: 6th to 6th]
  12. Khloe, -644 babies [rank: 49th to 55th]
  13. Leah, -642 babies [rank: 29th to 33rd]
  14. Abigail, -622 babies [rank: 7th to 7th]
  15. Gabriella, -608 babies [rank: 33rd to 37th]
  16. Kayla, -568 babies [rank: 59th to 70th]
  17. Brianna, -562 babies [rank: 45th to 51st]
  18. Destiny, -549 babies [rank: 91st to 113th]
  19. Sydney, -531 babies [rank: 65th to 78th]
  20. Jocelyn, -515 babies [rank: 70th to 92nd]
  1. Dulce, -159 (415th to 574th)
  2. Mikaela, -141 (451st to 592nd)
  3. Estrella, -129 (433rd to 562nd)
  4. Danna, -125 (365th to 490th)
  5. Audrina, -122 (318th to 440th)
  6. Cameron, -113 (440th to 553rd)
  7. Kiera, -108 (482nd to 590th)
  8. Savanna, -101 (346th to 447th)
  9. Paola, -98 (477th to 575th)
  10. Tenley, -96 (424th to 520th)
  11. Kendra, -94 (293rd to 387th)
  12. Breanna, -94 (309th to 403rd)
  13. Kailyn, -93 (399th to 492nd)
  14. Jasmin, -93 (422nd to 515th)
  15. Joselyn, -92 (369th to 461st)
  16. Kiley, -90 (423rd to 513th)
  17. Jayden, -88 (292nd to 380th)
  18. Liana, -82 (464th to 546th)
  19. Sasha, -77 (374th to 451st)
  20. Karen, -66 (287th to 353rd)

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

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

Pop Culture Baby Name Game #2 Results

Britney Spears - Pop Culture Baby Name Game MascotIn Pop Culture Baby Name Game #2, we tried to predict which baby names would see increased usage in 2011, thanks to popular culture.

Here’s how we did. The numbers are all from 2010 and 2011, respectively. (Check out Harper & Bentley!)

  • Adele – yes, rose from 286 to 453 baby girls
  • Atlantis – nope, fell from 16 to 7 baby girls
  • Alaina – yes, rose from 1,490 to 1,985 baby girls
  • Alaric – yes, rose from 40 to 48 baby boys
  • Amy – nope, fell from 2,275 to 2,177 baby girls
  • Arya – yes, rose from 273 to 386 baby girls (& from 87 to 110 baby boys)
  • Arabella – yes, rose from 826 to 934 baby girls
  • Aria – yes, rose from 898 to 1,964 baby girls
  • Arthur – yes, rose from 725 to 888 baby boys
  • Bear – yes, rose from 53 to 85 baby boys
  • Bentley – yes rose from 3761 to 5535 baby boys (& from 231 to 285 baby girls)
  • Betty – yes, rose from 130 to 163 baby girls
  • Bran – yes, rose from 5 to 7 baby boys
  • Cairo – yes, rose from 45 to 91 baby boys, and 5 to 12 baby girls
  • Casey – nope, fell from 483 to 463 baby girls (& from 705 to 635 baby boys)
  • Caylee – yes, rose from 565 to 692 baby girls
  • Charlie (girl name) – yes, rose from 664 to 848 (pop culture reference: Disney’s Good Luck Charlie)
  • Crosby – yes, rose from 180 to 301 baby boys
  • Edith – yes, rose from 325 to 350 baby girls
  • Egypt – yes, rose from 100 to 112 baby girls, and 5 to 11 baby boys
  • Ezra – yes, rose from 1439 to 1735 baby boys (& from 88 to 101 baby girls)
  • Florence – nope, fell from 75 to 73 baby girls (I’m surprised by this!)
  • Flynn – yes, rose from 81 to 208 baby boys
  • Gabrielle – nope, fell from 3,128 to 2,601 baby girls
  • Harper – yes, Harper rose from 2,624 to 4,636 baby girls (& from 339 to 399 baby boys)
  • Harvey – yes, rose 184 to 243 baby boys
  • Hattie – yes, from 157 to 253 baby girls
  • Haven – yes, rose from 447 to 504 baby girls (but fell from 164 to 133 baby boys)
  • Jace – yes, rose from 2,669 to 3,689 baby boys
  • Kate – yes, rose from 1,485 to 1,774 baby girls
  • Kez – nope, off the list both years
  • Khal – nope, off the list both years
  • Libya – yes, rose from off-the-list (fewer than 5) to 7 baby girls
  • Maci – yes, rose from 1,351 to 1,725 baby girls
  • Mars – yes, rose from 14 to 23 baby boys
  • Maxton – yes, 193 to 208 baby boys
  • Mobley – nope, off the list both years
  • Monroe – yes, rose from 93 to 141 baby girls
  • Mylo – yes, rose from 33 to 57 baby boys
  • Nicki – yes, rose from 9 to 21 baby girls
  • Octavia – no, fell from 88 to 72
  • Perry – yes, rose from 32 to 40 baby girls, and 129 to 146 baby boys
  • Pippa – yes, Pippa rose from 16 to 69 baby girls (& Philippa from 25 to 53)
  • Raylan – yes, rose from 132 to 326 baby boys
  • Rue – yes, rose from 9 to 13 baby girls
  • Siri – nope, Siri fell from 111 to 103 baby girls
  • Sparrow – yes, rose from 5 to 11 baby boys (but fell from 32 to 31 baby girls)
  • Spring – yes, rose from 11 to 16 baby girls
  • Steve – yes, rose from 279 to 324 baby boys
  • Tim – nope, fell from 65 to 48 baby boys
  • Tunisia – nope, off the list both years
  • William – yes, rose from 16,979 to 17,151 baby boys

I know I missed a few, but we’ll discuss them all eventually I’m sure. :)

Here are the results to PCBNG #1.

The Top Baby Name Debuts, 1881 to Today

the top U.S. baby name debuts

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 not only is this a list of names, but 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.)

  • 1881: Adell & Celeste, 14; Brown & Newell, 14
  • 1882: Verda, 14; Cleve, 13
  • 1883: Laurel, 12; Brady, Festus, Jewell, Odell & Rosco, 8
  • 1884: Crystal & Rubie, 11; Benjamen, Jens, Oakley & Whitney, 9
  • 1885: Clotilde, 13; Arley & Terence, 9
  • 1886: Manuelita, 10; Terrence, 10
  • 1887: Verlie, 13; Myles, 11
  • 1888: Ebba, 18; Carlisle, Hughie & Orvel, 9
  • 1889: Garnett, 12; Doyle, 9
  • 1890: Verena, 11; Eduardo & Maggie, 10
  • 1891: Gayle, Idabelle & Zenia, 9; Sheridan, 14
  • 1892: Astrid, Dallas & Jennett, 9; Corbett, 23
  • 1893: Elmyra, 12; Estel, Mayo, Shelley & Thorwald, 8
  • 1894: Beatriz, Carola & Marrie, 9; Arvel, Erby & Floy, 8
  • 1895: Trilby, 12; Roosevelt, 12
  • 1896: Lotus, 11; Hazen, 11
  • 1897: Dewey, 13; Bryon, Frankie, Mario & Rhoda, 7
  • 1898: Manilla, 35; Hobson, 38
  • 1899: Ardis & Irva, 19; Haven, 9
  • 1900: Luciel, 14; Rosevelt, 20
  • 1901: Venita, 11; Eino, 9
  • 1902: Mercie, 10; Clarnce, 9
  • 1903: Estela, 11; Lenon & Porfirio, 7
  • 1904: Magdaline, 9; Adrain, Arbie, Betty, Desmond, Domenic, Duard, Raul & Severo, 8
  • 1905: Oliver, 9; Eliot & Tyree, 9
  • 1906: Nedra, 11; Domenico & Ryan, 10
  • 1907: Theta, 20; Taft, 16
  • 1908: Pasqualina, 10; Robley, 12
  • 1909: Wilmoth, 9; Randal & Vidal, 9
  • 1910: Ellouise, 12; Halley, 12
  • 1911: Thurley, 12; Colie, 16
  • 1912: Elynor, Glennis, Mariann, 12; Woodroe, 25
  • 1913: Wilba, 18; Vilas, 24
  • 1914: Floriene, 14; Torao, 17
  • 1915: Wanza, 33; Audra, 18
  • 1916: Tatsuko, 14; Verdun, 14
  • 1917: Nerine, 43; Delwyn, 14
  • 1918: Marne, 24; Foch, 58
  • 1919: Tokie, 12; Juaquin, 11
  • 1920: Dardanella, 23; Steele, 11
  • 1921: Marilynne, 13; Norberto, 14
  • 1922: Evelean, 14; Daren, 35
  • 1923: Nalda, 15; Clinard & Dorland, 9
  • 1924: Charis, 14; Melquiades, 13
  • 1925: Irmalee, 37; Wayburn, 11
  • 1926: Narice, 13; Bibb, 14
  • 1927: Sunya, 14; Bidwell, 14
  • 1928: Joreen, 22; Alfread & Brevard, 9
  • 1929: Jeannene, 25; Donnald, Edsol, Rhys & Wolfgang, 8
  • 1930: Laquita, 68; Shogo, 11
  • 1931: Joanie, 12; Rockne, 17
  • 1932: Carolann, Delano & Jenine, 11; Alvyn, Avelardo, Elena, Mannon & Wenford, 7
  • 1933: Gayleen, 23; Skippy, 10
  • 1934: Carollee & Janean, 12; Franchot, 9
  • 1935: Treasure, 16; Haile, 11
  • 1936: Shelva, 89; Renny & Shelva, 9

This is where the numbers start becoming more accurate. Why? 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:

  • 1937: Deeann, 18; Gaynell, 11
  • 1938: Sonjia, 19; Daivd, 9
  • 1939: Thanna, 17; Brenda, 19
  • 1940: Sierra, 32; Willkie, 13
  • 1941: Jerilynn, 56; Saford, 11
  • 1942: Dwala, Gerilyn & Rise, 15; Mcarther, 23
  • 1943: Sharelle, 28; Howie, 10
  • 1944: Deatra, 29; Kipp, 9
  • 1945: Sherida, 26; Vickie, 10
  • 1946: Suzzette, 17; Sung & Tyronne, 8
  • 1947: Rory, 41; Eliezer, 11
  • 1948: Vickii, 30; Ridge, 10
  • 1949: Rainelle, 46; Ezzard, 21
  • 1950: Monalisa, 35; Broderick, 30
  • 1951: Debralee, 19; Cregg, 10
  • 1952: Terria, 17; Faron & Gevan, 12
  • 1953: Trenace, 32; Caster, 21
  • 1954: Corby, 39; Durk, 17
  • 1955: Shevawn, 36; Anothony & Erol, 10
  • 1956: Siobhan, 58; Trace, 17
  • 1957: Tierney, 46; Maverick, 32
  • 1958: Tamre, 63; Hoby, 30
  • 1959: Torey, 102; Rowdy, 22
  • 1960: Leshia, 76; Cully, 31
  • 1961: Lavoris, 36; Jefre, 21
  • 1962: Lafondra, 30; Thadd, 10
  • 1963: Phaedra, 70; Medgar, 25
  • 1964: Djuna, 198; Janssen, 16
  • 1965: Latrenda, 89; Illya, 35
  • 1966: Indira, 43; Jarred, 17
  • 1967: Cinnamon, 40; Clayt, 13
  • 1968: Laryssa, 67; Jemal, 47
  • 1969: Omayra, 42; Tige, 28
  • 1970: Shilo, 38; Toriano, 62
  • 1971: Ayanna, 194; Diallo, 54
  • 1972: Cotina, 109; Jabbar, 77
  • 1973: Yajaira, 55; Yohance, 44
  • 1974: Shalawn, 70; Nakia, 611
  • 1975: Azure, 121; Viet, 23
  • 1976: Tynisa, 79; Delvecchio, 27
  • 1977: Kizzy, 1,115; Levar, 523
  • 1978: Enjoli, 35; Mychal, 59
  • 1979: Chimere, 78; Jorel, 22
  • 1980: Lerin, 35; Tou, 33
  • 1981: Fallon, 232; Taurean, 90
  • 1982: Tyechia, 71; Eder, 48
  • 1983: Mallori, 35; Jonerik & Marquita, 20
  • 1984: Nastassja, 40; Eldra, 17
  • 1985: Sade, 392; Rishawn, 25
  • 1986: Myleka, 38; Cordero, 173
  • 1987: Jaleesa, 116; Teyon, 25
  • 1988: Jalesa, 77; Kadeem, 52
  • 1989: Alexandr*, 301; Christop*, 1,082 [Audreanna, 80; Khiry, 158]
  • 1990: Isamar, 446; Dajour, 26
  • 1991: Emilce, 30; Quayshaun, 93
  • 1992: Akeiba, 49; Devanta, 41
  • 1993: Rosangelica, 91; Deyonta, 37
  • 1994: Ajee, 185; Shyheim, 168
  • 1995: Yamilex, 130; Alize, 30
  • 1996: Moesha, 426; Quindon, 67
  • 1997: Erykah, 279; Cross, 43
  • 1998: Naidelyn, 78; Zyshonne, 26
  • 1999: Verania, 62; Cauy, 32
  • 2000: Kelis, 108; Rithik, 22
  • 2001: Yaire, 184; Jahiem, 155
  • 2002: Kaydence, 70; Omarian, 31
  • 2003: Trenyce, 88; Pharrell, 67
  • 2004: Eshal, 38; Jkwon, 100
  • 2005: Yarisbel, 30; Jayceon, 48
  • 2006: Lizania, 35; Balian, 24
  • 2007: Leilene, 81; Yurem, 206
  • 2008: Aideliz, 91; Yosgart, 72
  • 2009: Greidys, 186; Jeremih, 87
  • 2010: Tynlee, 42; Vadhir, 55
  • 2011: Magaby, 50; Jionni, 62
  • 2012: Kimbella, 52; Naksh, 28
  • 2013: Vanellope, 63; Jaceyon, 89
  • 2014: Dalary, 215; Llewyn, 38
  • 2015: Kehlani, 48; Gotham, 46

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!

*If you ignore the Great Baby Name Glitch of 1989, the top debut names of 1989 are actually Audreanna and Khiry.

Want a Strong Boy Name? Avoid Weak Boy Names

Strong boy names are names used mostly, if not entirely, by baby boys. In a recent post on the strongest boy names in the top 20, for instance, the strongest boy names were the names given to the highest proportion of baby boys relative to overall usage (boys+girls).

I thought I’d look at this issue from a different angle today. Instead of giving you another list of strong boy names, here’s a list of weak boy names. What makes them weak? Again, proportion. Each of these was given to at least 100 baby boys last year, but given to many more baby girls. So if you’re looking for a strongly masculine name, these are some names you’ll want to avoid.

Let’s start with names that were given to boys less than 25% of the time. (Over 75% of the babies who got these names were girls, in other words.)

Name Boys Boys+
Girls
Proportion
Teagan 379 1,566 24%
Skylar 543 2,292 24%
Lyric 236 1,006 23%
Ariel 469 2,017 23%
Emery 288 1,256 23%
Haven 146 678 22%
Shannon 144 680 21%
Payton 956 4,579 21%
Avery 1,614 7,857 21%
Reese 571 2,786 20%

These names were given to boys less than 20% of the time:

Camryn 288 1,622 18%
Amani 112 632 18%
Alexis 2,006 11,845 17%
London 517 3,126 17%
Kamryn 212 1,336 16%
Kendall 426 2,824 15%
Tatum 135 921 15%

These were given to boys less than 15% of the time:

Harper 314 2,199 14%
Eden 228 1,780 13%
Taylor 1,083 8,600 13%
Guadalupe 154 1,258 12%
Presley 159 1,359 12%
Marley 283 2,438 12%
Courtney 137 1,189 12%
Jordyn 330 2,886 11%
Morgan 587 5,157 11%
Kelly 139 1,382 10%
Jaelyn 101 1,034 10%

Finally, the weakest of the weak. These names were given to baby boys less than 10% of the time last year. (To put it another way, over 90% of the babies who got these names were girls.)

Rylee 279 3,079 9%
Reagan 208 2,722 8%
Cadence 104 1,547 7%
Bailey 215 3,829 6%
Kennedy 148 2,978 5%
Aubrey 140 5,509 3%
Addison 240 10,807 2%
Brooklyn 118 5,728 2%

Keep in mind that this analysis is spelling-specific. Other variants of these names tended to be used relatively more often for baby boys. Here are a few examples:

  • Peyton, 34%
  • Tegan, 38%
  • Emory, 40%
  • Riley, 40%
  • Skyler, 64%
  • Reece, 70%
  • Jordan, 80%
  • Cameron, 89%
  • Kameron, 91%
  • Rhys, 95%

Spelling makes a big difference in some cases, doesn’t it?