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Popularity of the Baby Name Kaylee

Number of Babies Named Kaylee

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Kaylee

Popular Girl Names: Biblical vs. Non-Biblical

The ratio of Biblical names to non-Biblical names in the girl’s top 20 is about the same today as it was 100 years ago, though the ratio did change a bit mid-century.

(In contrast, there’s been a steady increase in the number of Biblical-origin names among the top boy names.)

Here’s the color-coded table — Biblical names are in the yellow cells, non-Biblical names are in the green cells, and several borderline names (which I counted as non-Biblical) are in the orange cells:

Popular girl names: Biblical vs. non-Biblical, from Nancy's Baby Names.
Popular girl names over time: Biblical (yellow) vs. non-Biblical. Click to enlarge.
  • Biblical names: Abigail, Anna, Betty (via Elizabeth), Chloe, Danielle, Deborah, Debra, Elizabeth, Hannah, Isabella (via Elizabeth), Janet, Jean, Joan, Judith, Judy, Julie, Lillian (via Elizabeth), Lisa (via Elizabeth), Lois, Marie, Marilyn, Mary, Mia (via Maria), Michelle, Nancy (via Anne), Rachel, Rebecca, Ruth, Sandra (via Alexander), Sarah, Sharon, Stephanie, Susan, Tammy (via Tamar/Tamara)
  • Non-Biblical names: Alexis, Alice, Alyssa, Amanda, Amber, Amelia, Amy, Angela, Ashley, Aubrey, Avery, Barbara, Brenda, Brianna, Brittany, Carol, Carolyn, Catherine, Charlotte, Christina, Christine, Crystal, Cynthia, Diane, Donna, Doris, Dorothy, Edna, Ella, Emily, Emma, Evelyn, Florence, Frances, Gladys, Grace, Harper, Heather, Helen, Irene, Jennifer, Joyce, Karen, Kathleen, Kayla, Kelly, Kimberly, Laura, Lauren, Linda, Lori, Louise, Madison, Margaret, Marjorie, Megan, Melissa, Mildred, Natalie, Nicole, Olivia, Pamela, Patricia, Rose, Shannon, Shirley, Sofia, Sophia, Taylor, Tiffany, Victoria, Virginia
  • Borderline names:
    • Ava (could be based on the Germanic root avi or the Biblical name Eve)
    • Jessica (literary invention, but Shakespeare may have based it on the Biblical name Iscah)
    • Samantha (possibly inspired by the Biblical name Samuel)

Again, feels pretty weird to put overtly Christian names like Christina and Christine in the non-Biblical category, but oh well.

Here are the year-by-year tallies:

Year Top 20 names
given to…
# Biblical # Non-Biblical
1914 31% of baby girls 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
1924 31% of baby girls 7 (35%) 13 (65%)
1934 32% of baby girls 9 (45%) 11 (55%)
1944 35% of baby girls 8 (40%) 12 (60%)
1954 34% of baby girls 9 (45%) 11 (55%)
1964 24% of baby girls 9 (45%) 11 (55%)
1974 24% of baby girls 8 (40%) 12 (60%)
1984 26% of baby girls 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
1994 19% of baby girls 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
2004 14% of baby girls 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
2014 12% of baby girls 5 (25%) 15 (75%)

Just like with the boy names, though, there’s a big difference between the 1914 and 2014 sample sizes — 31% and 12%. So let’s also look at the 2014 top 100, which covers 31% of female births.

By my count, last year’s top 100 girl names were about a quarter Biblical, three-quarters non-Biblical:

Biblical names (27) Non-Biblical/Borderline names (73)
Isabella (via Elizabeth), Mia (via Maria), Abigail, Elizabeth, Chloe, Addison (via Adam), Lillian (via Elizabeth), Hannah, Anna, Leah, Gabriella, Sadie (via Sarah), Sarah, Annabelle, Madelyn (via Magdalene), Lucy (via Lucius), Alexa (via Alexander), Genesis, Naomi, Eva, Lydia, Julia, Khloe, Madeline (via Magdalene), Alexandra, Gianna (via Joanna), Isabelle (via Elizabeth) Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Emily, Madison, Charlotte, Harper, Sofia, Avery, Amelia, Evelyn, Ella, Victoria, Aubrey, Grace, Zoey, Natalie, Brooklyn, Lily, Layla, Scarlett, Aria, Zoe, Samantha, Audrey, Ariana, Allison, Savannah, Arianna, Camila, Penelope, Claire, Aaliyah, Riley, Skylar, Nora, Hailey, Kaylee, Paisley, Kennedy, Ellie, Peyton, Caroline, Serenity, Aubree, Alexis, Nevaeh, Stella, Violet, Mackenzie, Bella, Autumn, Mila, Kylie, Maya, Piper, Alyssa, Taylor, Eleanor, Melanie, Faith, Katherine, Brianna, Ashley, Ruby, Sophie, London, Lauren, Alice, Vivian, Hadley, Jasmine

Faith, Grace, Angela, Nevaeh, Natalie…all technically non-Biblical.

27%-73% is remarkably similar to both 25%-75% (smaller 2014 sample) and 30%-70% (1914 sample).

So here’s the question of the day: If you had to choose all of your children’s names from either one group or the other — Biblical names or non-Biblical names — which group would you stick to, and why?


Biggest Changes in Girl Name Popularity, 2014

Which girl names increased and decreased the most in popularity from 2013 to 2014?

Below are two versions of each list. My version looks at raw number differences and takes all 19,067 girl names on the 2014 list into account. The SSA’s version looks at ranking differences and covers the top 1,000 girl names (roughly).

Biggest Increases

Raw Numbers (Nancy’s list) Rankings (SSA’s list)
  1. Olivia, +1,308 babies (18,366 to 19,674)
  2. Harper, +1,296 (8,268 to 9,564)
  3. Nora, +1,206 (3,502 to 4,708)
  4. Ariana, +1,065 (4,396 to 5,461)
  5. Evelyn, +1,045 (7,647 to 8,692)
  6. Everly, +1,042 (812 to 1,854)
  7. Daleyza, +976 (485 to 1,461)
  8. Skylar, +957 (3,775 to 4,732)
  9. Scarlett, +918 (5,047 to 5,965)
  10. Paisley, +878 (3,595 to 4,473)
  1. Aranza, +3,625 spots (4,232nd to 607th)
  2. Montserrat, +582 (1,153rd to 571st)
  3. Monserrat, +571 (1,162nd to 591st)
  4. Maisie, +462 (1,120th to 658th)
  5. Zendaya, +420 (1,312nd to 892nd)
  6. Karter, +415 (1,383rd to 968th)
  7. Ariadne, +411 (1,212th to 801st)
  8. Daleyza, +358 (585th to 227th)
  9. Thea, +358 (1,134th to 776th)
  10. Remington, +351 (1,036th to 685th)

Here’s what the SSA says about the rise of Aranza: “The Latin soap opera “Por siempre mi amor” was aired on Univision from 2013 to 2015. The show featured a young lead character named Aranza, and obviously had its effect on naming trends last year.” (Aransa was on the 2014 debut list.)

The SSA also noted that Montserrat was the name of “the lead character in a very popular Latin soap opera” — “Lo que la vida me robó,” which aired from 2013 to 2014.

Biggest Decreases

Raw Numbers (Nancy’s list) Rankings (SSA’s list)
  1. Sophia, -2,657 babies (21,147 to 18,490)
  2. Nicole, -827 (3,338 to 2,511)
  3. Samantha, -810 (6,490 to 5,680)
  4. Addison, -762 (7,712 to 6,950)
  5. Hannah, -748 (7,260 to 6,512)
  6. Makayla, -711 (3,270 to 2,559)
  7. Isabella, -623 (17,573 to 16,950)
  8. Alexia, -607 (1,820 to 1,213)
  9. Kaylee, -588 (5,101 to 4,513)
  10. Alexis, -568 (4,756 to 4,188)
  1. Miley, -405 spots (388th to 793rd)
  2. Karly, -330 (991st to 1321st)
  3. Britney, -315 (839th to 1,154th)
  4. Kaya, -244 (760th to 1,004th)
  5. Nahla, -241 (969th to 1,210th)
  6. Rihanna, -233 (956th to 1,189th)
  7. Kaylyn, -227 (982nd to 1,209th)
  8. Makena, -227 (993rd to 1,220th)
  9. Karissa, -224 (968th to 1,192nd)
  10. Sherlyn, -217 (672nd to 889th)

I see at least 3 pop star names (Miley, Rihanna, Britney) on the rankings side.

Finally, here are the big winners and losers from the last few years:

  • 2013: Sadie/Daleyza (biggest increases) and Isabella/Litzy (biggest decreases)
  • 2012: Harper/Arya (biggest increases) and Chloe/Dulce (biggest decreases)
  • 2011: Harper (biggest increase) and Isabella (biggest decrease)
  • 2010: Sophia (biggest increase) and Madison (biggest decrease)

Sources: Change in Popularity from 2013 to 2014, Noah and Emma Top Social Security’s List of Most Popular Baby Names for 2014

U.S. Baby Names 2014: Most Popular Names, Top Girl Name Debuts, Top Boy Name Debuts, Biggest Girl Name Changes, Biggest Boy Name Changes, Top First Letters, Top Lengths

Letter by Letter: Popular Baby Girl Names, 2013

popular baby girl names, letter by letter, in 2013

Wondering what the most popular K-names for baby girls are? How about R-names?

Below are the 10 most popular girl names for each letter, A through Z. (The parenthetical notations show how the current rankings differ from the 2012 rankings.)

The four new #1 names that emerged in 2013 were Charlotte, which replaced Chloe, Delilah, which replaced Destiny, Harper, which replaced Hannah, and Lillian, which replaced Lily.

A-Names

1. Ava, 15129 baby girls
2. Abigail, 12313
3. Avery, 9121
4. Amelia, 7979 (was 6th)
5. Aubrey, 7927
6. Addison, 7677 (was 4th)
7. Audrey, 5567 (was 11th)
8. Allison, 5405 (was 9th)
9. Anna, 5315 (was 7th)
10. Aaliyah, 5195 (was 8th)

Out of the top 10: Alexis, now ranked 13th.

B-Names

1. Brooklyn, 6837 baby girls
2. Bella, 4135 (was 3rd)
3. Brianna, 3869 (was 2nd)
4. Bailey, 2993
5. Brooke, 2736
6. Brielle, 2674
7. Brooklynn, 2140
8. Brynn, 1478
9. Brynlee, 1175 (was 11th)
10. Bianca, 1048

Out of the top 10: Briana, now ranked 13th.

C-Names

1. Charlotte, 9232 baby girls (was 2nd)
2. Chloe, 8714 (was 1st)
3. Camila, 5127 (was 4th)
4. Claire, 4626 (was 3rd)
5. Caroline, 3955
6. Cora, 2569 (was 7th)
7. Clara, 2486 (was 6th)
8. Catherine, 1840
9. Cecilia, 1430
10. Callie, 1404

Charlotte became the new #1 C-name in 2013.

D-Names

1. Delilah, 2324 baby girls (was 2nd)
2. Destiny, 2277 (was 1st)
3. Daisy, 1620
4. Daniela, 1433
5. Delaney, 1265 (was 7th)
6. Danielle, 1220 (was 5th)
7. Diana, 1171 (was 6th)
8. Daniella, 1090 (was 9th)
9. Dakota, 1074 (was 8th)
10. Daphne, 770

Delilah became the new #1 D-name in 2013.

E-Names

1. Emma, 20788 baby girls
2. Emily, 13044
3. Elizabeth, 9345
4. Ella, 8370
5. Evelyn, 7616
6. Ellie, 3739
7. Eva, 3386
8. Eleanor, 2986
9. Eliana, 2584 (was 10th)
10. Elena, 2371 (was 9th)

F-Names

1. Faith, 3349 baby girls
2. Fiona, 1625
3. Finley, 1089 (was 3rd)
4. Fatima, 1036 (was 4th)
5. Francesca, 711 (was 6th)
6. Fernanda, 583 (was 5th)
7. Felicity, 493 (was 8th)
8. Farrah, 451 (was 7th)
9. Frances, 401
10. Freya, 279 (was 13th)

Out of the top 10: Faye, now ranked 11th.

G-Names

1. Grace, 7296 baby girls
2. Gabriella, 5173
3. Genesis, 4280
4. Gianna, 3416
5. Gabrielle, 2188
6. Gracie, 1924
7. Giselle, 1559
8. Genevieve, 1445 (was 9th)
9. Gabriela, 1438 (was 8th)
10. Georgia, 1250 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Giuliana, now ranked 11th.

H-Names

1. Harper, 8222 baby girls (was 2nd)
2. Hannah, 7222 (was 1st)
3. Hailey, 4994
4. Hadley, 2807
5. Hazel, 2039
6. Hayden, 1674 (was 7th)
7. Harmony, 1602 (was 8th)
8. Haley, 1396 (was 6th)
9. Hope, 1359
10. Heaven, 982 (was 11th)

Harper became the new #1 H-name in 2013.

Out of the top 10: Haylee, now ranked 11th.

I-Names

1. Isabella, 17490 baby girls
2. Isabelle, 2729
3. Isabel, 2317
4. Ivy, 2079 (was 5th)
5. Isla, 1900 (was 6th)
6. Izabella, 1769 (was 4th)
7. Iris, 1238
8. Itzel, 697 (was 9th)
9. Imani, 622 (was 8th)
10. Isis, 496

J-Names

1. Julia, 3715 baby girls
2. Jocelyn, 3133 (was 3rd)
3. Jasmine, 3024 (was 2nd)
4. Jade, 2570
5. Jordyn, 2371
6. Juliana, 2085 (was 7th)
7. Josephine, 1996 (was 8th)
8. Jessica, 1935 (was 6th)
9. Jayla, 1822 (was 10th)
10. Julianna, 1685 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Jennifer, now ranked 11th.

K-Names

1. Kaylee, 5079 baby girls
2. Kylie, 4003 (was 3rd)
3. Kennedy, 3932 (was 6th)
4. Katherine, 3693
5. Khloe, 3654 (was 2nd)
6. Kayla, 3236 (was 5th)
7. Kimberly, 3084
8. Kendall, 2504
9. Kaitlyn, 2361
10. Katelyn, 2126

L-Names

1. Lillian, 7017 baby girls (was 2nd)
2. Lily, 6935 (was 1st)
3. Layla, 6440
4. Leah, 5554
5. Lucy, 3914
6. London, 3430 (was 7th)
7. Lauren, 3330 (was 6th)
8. Lydia, 3220
9. Liliana, 2597 (was 10th)
10. Lilly, 2586 (was 9th)

Lillian became the new #1 L-name in 2013.

M-Names

1. Mia, 13066 baby girls
2. Madison, 10529
3. Mackenzie, 3990 (was 6th)
4. Madelyn, 3908 (was 4th)
5. Maya, 3783 (was 3rd)
6. Mila, 3661 (was 13th)
7. Melanie, 3455
8. Madeline, 3348 (was 10th)
9. Makayla, 3258 (was 5th)
10. Morgan, 3094 (was 8th)

Out of the top 10: Molly, now ranked 11th.

N-Names

1. Natalie, 7430 baby girls
2. Nevaeh, 4716
3. Nora, 3482 (was 4th)
4. Naomi, 3400 (was 3rd)
5. Nicole, 3325
6. Natalia, 2613
7. Norah, 1715
8. Nina, 1100
9. Noelle, 1066 (was 10th)
10. Nyla, 1025 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Nadia, now ranked 11th.

O-Names

1. Olivia, 18256 baby girls
2. Olive, 1086
3. Oakley, 272
4. Ophelia, 184
5. Opal, 123
6. Oaklee, 110 (was 9th)
7. Olyvia, 100 (was 6th)
8. Oriana, 75 (was 16th)
9. Octavia, 73 (was 8th)
10. Orianna, 68 (was 17th)

Out of the top 10: Olga, now ranked 13th, and October, now 20th.

(Oriana/Orianna probably got a boost from Ariana.)

P-Names

1. Peyton, 4539 baby girls
2. Penelope, 4258 (was 6th)
3. Paisley, 3584 (was 4th)
4. Piper, 3159 (was 2nd)
5. Payton, 2597 (was 3rd)
6. Paige, 2560 (was 5th)
7. Presley, 1619
8. Paris, 1229
9. Parker, 1195 (was 10th)
10. Phoebe, 1050 (was 9th)

Q-Names

1. Quinn, 2634 baby girls
2. Quincy, 128
3. Queen, 126
4. Queenie, 37 (was 5th)
5. Quetzalli, 36 (was 4th)
6. Quorra, 35
7. Quinley, 31 (was 9th)
8. Quinlan, 29 (was 7th)
9. Quincey, 28 (was 8th)
10. Quetzaly, 26 (was 14th)

Out of the top 10: Quinlyn, now ranked 12th.

R-Names

1. Riley, 4902 baby girls
2. Ruby, 3269 (was 3rd)
3. Reagan, 3020 (was 2nd)
4. Rylee, 2878
5. Rachel, 2271 (was 6th)
6. Reese, 2052 (was 5th)
7. Rebecca, 1773
8. Ryleigh, 1709
9. Rose, 1407
10. Raelynn, 1109 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Raegan, now ranked 11th.

S-Names

1. Sophia, 21075 baby girls
2. Sofia, 9108
3. Samantha, 6453
4. Savannah, 5192
5. Scarlett, 5031 (was 8th)
6. Sarah, 4635 (was 5th)
7. Sadie, 4614 (was 12th)
8. Serenity, 4412 (was 7th)
9. Stella, 3880
10. Skylar, 3764 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Sophie, now ranked 11th, and Sydney, now 12th.

T-Names

1. Taylor, 4108 baby girls
2. Trinity, 2895
3. Tessa, 1313
4. Teagan, 1211
5. Tatum, 970
6. Talia, 902 (was 7th)
7. Tiffany, 699 (was 6th)
8. Tatiana, 548 (was 9th)
9. Tiana, 540 (was 8th)
10. Tenley, 514

U-Names

1. Unique, 144 baby girls
2. Unknown, 57 (was 3rd) [not a name; used when a name is unknown]
3. Uma, 56 (was 2nd)
4. Una, 39
5. Uriah, 32 (was 6th)
6. Ursula, 29 (was 5th)
7. Unity, 20
8. Umaiza, 14
9. Urvi, 14 (was 12th)
10. Ulani, 12 (was 13th)

Out of the top 10: Urijah, now ranked 11th, and Uriyah, now 13th.

V-Names

1. Victoria, 7155 baby girls
2. Violet, 3895
3. Vivian, 2629 (was 4th)
4. Valentina, 2542 (was 6th)
5. Vanessa, 2085 (was 3rd)
6. Valerie, 1862 (was 7th)
7. Valeria, 1807 (was 5th)
8. Vivienne, 1124 (was 9th)
9. Veronica, 947 (was 8th)
10. Vera, 715 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Viviana, now ranked 11th.

W-Names

1. Willow, 2055 baby girls
2. Whitney, 477
3. Winter, 418 (was 5th)
4. Willa, 404 (was 3rd)
5. Wendy, 394 (was 4th)
6. Wren, 332
7. Wynter, 264
8. Whitley, 170
9. Waverly, 107 (was 10th)
10. Winnie, 105 (was 9th)

X-Names

1. Ximena, 1951 baby girls
2. Xiomara, 166
3. Xochitl, 115
4. Xitlali, 69
5. Xena, 67 (was 6th)
6. Xenia, 57 (was 7th)
7. Xitlaly, 47 (was 5th)
8. Xyla, 42
9. Xaria, 30 (was 10th)
10. Xoey, 26 (was 12th)

Out of the top 10: Xochilt, now ranked 11th.

Y-Names

1. Yaretzi, 1044 baby girls
2. Yareli, 430
3. Yamileth, 335 (was 5th)
4. Yasmin, 326 (was 3rd)
5. Yaritza, 301 (was 4th)
6. Yesenia, 237
7. Yaretzy, 228 (was 11th)
8. Yara, 207 (was 10th)
9. Yamilet, 200 (was 14th)
10. Yoselin, 196 (was 7th)

Out of the top 10: Yuliana, now ranked 11th, and Yazmin, now 13th.

Z-Names

1. Zoey, 7187 baby girls
2. Zoe, 5920
3. Zara, 625 (was 4th)
4. Zariah, 567 (was 3rd)
5. Zuri, 563 (was 6th)
6. Zoie, 427 (was 5th)
7. Zariyah, 347 (was 8th)
8. Zaniyah, 346 (was 9th)
9. Zaria, 328 (was 10th)
10. Zion, 324 (was 7th)

Here are the 2012 rankings, if you want to check them out.

U.S. Baby Names 2013: Most Popular Names, Top Girl Name Debuts, Top Boy Name Debuts, Biggest Girl Name Changes, Biggest Boy Name Changes, Top First Letters, Top Lengths, Top Girl Names by Letter, Top Boy Names by Letter, Top 1-Syllable Names

Biggest Changes in Girl Name Popularity, 2013

Which girl names increased/decreased the most in popularity from 2012 to 2013?

Below are two versions of each list. My version looks at raw number differences and takes all 19,114 girl names on the 2013 list into account. The SSA’s version looks at ranking differences and covers roughly the top 1,000 girl names.

Biggest Increases

Raw Numbers (Nancy’s list) Rankings (SSA’s list)
  1. Sadie, +2,031 babies (2,583 to 4,614)
  2. Aria, +1,862 (3,223 to 5,085)
  3. Charlotte, +1,773 (7,459 to 9,232)
  4. Penelope, +1,732 (2,526 to 4,258)
  5. Sofia, +1,300 (7,808 to 9,108)
  6. Mia, +1088 (11,978 to 13,066)
  7. Harper, +1046 (7,176 to 8,222)
  8. Mila, +1027 (2,634 to 3,661)
  9. Olivia, +1003 (17,253 to 18,256)
  10. Scarlett, +994 (4,037 to 5,031)
  11. Kendra, +913 (800 to 1,713)
  12. Avery, +818 (8,303 to 9,121)
  13. Ariana, +816 (3,568 to 4,384)
  14. Evelyn, +751 (6,865 to 7,616)
  15. Amelia, +746 (7,233 to 7,979)
  16. Jaylah, +683 (676 to 1,359)
  17. Nicole, +679 (2,646 to 3,325)
  18. Paisley, +671 (2,913 to 3,584)
  19. Valentina, +642 (1,900 to 2,542)
  20. Violet, +629 (3,266 to 3,895)
  21. Eleanor, +618 (2,368 to 2,986)
  22. Nora, +600 (2,882 to 3,482)
  23. Kennedy, +555 (3,377 to 3,932)
  24. Caroline, +547 (3,408 to 3,955)
  25. Alexia, +530 (1,283 to 1,813)
  1. Daleyza, +3,130 spots (3,715th to 585th)
  2. Marjorie, +735 (1,645th to 910th)
  3. Lennon, +700 (1,623rd to 923rd)
  4. Jurnee, +571 (1,467th to 896th)
  5. Everleigh, +538 (1,403rd to 865th)
  6. Everly, +524 (907th to 383rd)
  7. Henley, +478 (1,309th to 831st)
  8. Freya, +395 (1,303rd to 908th)
  9. Neriah, +392 (1,346th to 954th)
  10. Oakley, +340 (1,268th to 928th)
  11. Mabel, +338 (1,045th to 707th)
  12. Hadlee, +326 (1,215th to 889th)
  13. Gwyneth, +297 (1,183rd to 886th)
  14. Emerie, +294 (1,234th to 940th)
  15. Dallas, +292 (902nd to 610th)
  16. Saige, +282 (931st to 649th)
  17. Azalea, +269 (900th to 631st)
  18. Hunter, +266 (1,196th to 930th)
  19. Kaidence, +266 (1,245th to 979th)
  20. India, +240 (1,212th to 972nd)
  21. Rosie, +235 (1,118th to 883rd)
  22. Juniper, +227 (875th to 648th)
  23. Jaylah, +226 (460th to 234th)
  24. Saylor, +217 (1,123rd to 906th)
  25. Kora, +216 (974th to 758th)

Check out Sadie! I wasn’t expecting to see that name here. Unlike Penelope, which I was expecting to see here.

Harper, Aria, Charlotte — still going strong. And Paisley’s back, though the rise has slowed: 3rd in 2012, 18th in 2013.

Does anyone have a theory on Jaylah?

(The SSA broadened the scope of their analysis this year — top 500 to top 1,000 — which is great, but it makes direct comparisons between this year’s list and last year’s impossible.)

Biggest Decreases

Raw Numbers (Nancy’s list) Rankings (SSA’s list)
  1. Isabella, -1,536 babies (19,026 to 17,490)
  2. Sophia, -1,170 (22,245 to 21,075)
  3. Lily, -998 (7,933 to 6,935)
  4. Chloe, -914 (9,628 to 8,714)
  5. Hailey, -903 (5,897 to 4,994)
  6. Alyssa, -900 (5,069 to 4,169)
  7. Sophie, -851 (4,561 to 3,710)
  8. Madison, -831 (11,360 to 10,529)
  9. Ella, -794 (9,164 to 8,370)
  10. Ashley, -776 (4,689 to 3,913)
  11. Brianna, -748 (4,617 to 3,869)
  12. Taylor, -739 (4,847 to 4,108)
  13. Khloe, -645 (4,299 to 3,654)
  14. Nevaeh, -629 (5,345 to 4,716)
  15. Alexis, -591 (5,332 to 4,741)
  16. Emily, -562 (13,606 to 13,044)
  17. Sarah, -523 (5,158 to 4,635)
  18. Kaylee, -521 (5,600 to 5,079)
  19. Kayla, -512 (3,748 to 3,236)
  20. Zoe, -501 (6,421 to 5,920)
  21. Makayla, -498 (3,756 to 3,258)
  22. Addison, -482 (8,159 to 7,677)
  23. Vanessa, -463 (2,548 to 2,085)
  24. Samantha, -454 (6,907 to 6,453)
  25. Natalie, -450 (7,880 to 7,430)
  1. Litzy, -825 spots (597th to 1422nd)
  2. Geraldine, -412 (990th to 1,402nd)
  3. Marisa, -389 (978th to 1,367th)
  4. Taraji, -382 (859th to 1,241st)
  5. Adley, -370 (735th to 1,105th)
  6. Jazzlyn, -343 (955th to 1,298th)
  7. Maritza, -304 (840th to 1,144th)
  8. Izabelle, -299 (984th to 1,283rd)
  9. Jaqueline, -246 (905th to 1,151st)
  10. Abbie, -226 (791st to 1,017th)
  11. Kenia, -221 (643rd to 864th)
  12. Larissa, -219 (857th to 1076th)
  13. Perla, -216 (452nd to 668th)
  14. Haylie, -213 (894th to 1,107th)
  15. Kendal, -208 (851st to 1,059th)
  16. Ryann, -204 (790th to 994th)
  17. Jayde, -201 (784th to 985th)
  18. Carissa, -199 (958th to 1,157th)
  19. Jessa, -197 (991st to 1,188th)
  20. Meghan, 196 (883rd to 1,079th)
  21. Jakayla, -186 (933rd to 1,119th)
  22. Saanvi, -183 (901st to 1,084th)
  23. Kaitlin, -180 (838th to 1,018th)
  24. Brisa, -179 (912th to 1,091st)
  25. Kyndal, -178 (981st to 1,159th)

Newbie losers on the left-hand side include Sophia (still the #1 name despite the decrease), Lily, Hailey and Sophie.

Winners/losers in years past:

  • 2012: Harper/Chloe, or Arya/Dulce
  • 2011: Harper/Isabella
  • 2010: Sophia/Madison

Source: Change in Popularity from 2012 to 2013

U.S. Baby Names 2013: Most Popular Names, Top Girl Name Debuts, Top Boy Name Debuts, Biggest Girl Name Changes, Biggest Boy Name Changes, Top First Letters, Top Lengths, Top Girl Names by Letter, Top Boy Names by Letter, Top 1-Syllable Names

Most Popular U.S. Baby Names of 2013

The new names are out! The #1 names in the nation now are Sophia (again) and Noah (new!).

Here are the full top 50 lists:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sophia, 21075 baby girls
2. Emma, 20788
3. Olivia, 18256
4. Isabella, 17490
5. Ava, 15129
6. Mia, 13066
7. Emily, 13044
8. Abigail, 12313
9. Madison, 10529
10. Elizabeth, 9345
11. Charlotte, 9232
12. Avery, 9121
13. Sofia, 9108
14. Chloe, 8714
15. Ella, 8370
16. Harper, 8222
17. Amelia, 7979
18. Aubrey, 7927
19. Addison, 7677
20. Evelyn, 7616
21. Natalie, 7430
22. Grace, 7296
23. Hannah, 7222
24. Zoey, 7187
25. Victoria, 7155
26. Lillian, 7017
27. Lily, 6935
28. Brooklyn, 6837
29. Samantha, 6453
30. Layla, 6440
31. Zoe, 5920
32. Audrey, 5567
33. Leah, 5554
34. Allison, 5405
35. Anna, 5315
36. Aaliyah, 5195
37. Savannah, 5192
38. Gabriella, 5173
39. Camila, 5127
40. Aria, 5085
41. Kaylee, 5079
42. Scarlett, 5031
43. Hailey, 4994
44. Arianna, 4956
45. Riley, 4902
46. Alexis, 4741
47. Nevaeh, 4716
48. Sarah, 4635
49. Claire, 4626
50. Sadie, 4614
1. Noah, 18090 baby boys
2. Liam, 18002
3. Jacob, 17976
4. Mason, 17591
5. William, 16495
6. Ethan, 16127
7. Michael, 15366
8. Alexander, 14771
9. Jayden, 14656
10. Daniel, 14140
11. Elijah, 13626
12. Aiden, 13527
13. James, 13416
14. Benjamin, 13373
15. Matthew, 13226
16. Jackson, 12488
17. Logan, 12270
18. David, 12226
19. Anthony, 12164
20. Joseph, 12095
21. Joshua, 11680
22. Andrew, 11568
23. Lucas, 11451
24. Gabriel, 11112
25. Samuel, 10957
26. Christopher, 10765
27. John, 10588
28. Dylan, 10058
29. Isaac, 10005
30. Ryan, 9808
31. Nathan, 9620
32. Carter, 9512
33. Caleb, 9500
34. Luke, 9497
35. Christian, 9261
36. Hunter, 8887
37. Henry, 8802
38. Owen, 8702
39. Landon, 8679
40. Jack, 8506
41. Wyatt, 8490
42. Jonathan, 8478
43. Eli, 7867
44. Isaiah, 7754
45. Sebastian, 7495
46. Jaxon, 7479
47. Julian, 7469
48. Brayden, 7384
49. Gavin, 7379
50. Levi, 7339

I know the big news is Noah, but check out Liam! 6th last year, 2nd this year.

And Michael bounced back a spot this year, surprisingly — up from 8th to 7th. Nope! Just noticed that the SSA also updated the 2012 rankings, and Michael was upgraded from 8th to 7th place for 2012. So, no bounce-back after all.

On the girls’ side, Charlotte hopped up from 19th to 11th.

Have you spotted any other interesting rises/drops so far?

More from the SSA’s press release:

Each year, the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming trends. This year’s winners for biggest jump in popularity in the Top 1,000 are Jayceon and Daleyza. The fastest riser for boys, Jayceon, gained popularity as it is the birth name of VH1’s cable reality series “Marrying The Game” star and award-winning rapper The Game. The show follows the life of Jayceon “The Game” Taylor, as a rapper and father of three. The show premiered in late 2012 and obviously had its effect on naming trends throughout 2013.

On the girls’ side, Daleyza, may have been influenced by a popular Spanish-language cable TV series, “Larrymania,” which airs on mun2. Daleyza is the young daughter of Larry Hernandez, an American regional Mexican singer and reality TV star. The name increased in popularity by more than 3,000 spots, so the show undoubtedly had an influence.

The second fastest riser for boys was Milan, and for girls, Marjorie.

Here are the announcement posts for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

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Kaylee, Kailey, Kaleigh… Which Spelling Is Best?

which spelling is best? kaylee...

Kaylee is currently the 34th most popular baby girl name in the US. But other versions of the name are on the list as well. Here are ten of the most popular variants:

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Earlier spelling polls: Hailey, Jadon.

Most Popular Girl Names, Letter by Letter

Most Popular Girl Names, Letter by Letter

Wondering what the most popular baby names that start with a particular letter are?

Wonder no more!

I took the 2012 names, divvied them up into first-letter groups, then sorted the names within each group by popularity.

The girl names are below. The boy names I’ll post tomorrow.

Top 20 A-Names for Girls

1. Ava
2. Abigail
3. Avery
4. Addison
5. Aubrey
6. Amelia
7. Anna
8. Aaliyah
9. Allison
10. Alexis
11. Audrey
12. Alyssa
13. Arianna
14. Ashley
15. Alexa
16. Aubree
17. Autumn
18. Ariana
19. Alexandra
20. Aria

See all A-names for girls.

Top 20 B-Names for Girls

1. Brooklyn
2. Brianna
3. Bella
4. Bailey
5. Brooke
6. Brielle
7. Brooklynn
8. Brynn
9. Briana
10. Bianca
11. Brynlee
12. Baylee
13. Bethany
14. Briella
15. Breanna
16. Brittany
17. Brylee
18. Bristol
19. Braelyn
20. Bridget

See all B-names for girls.

Top 20 C-Names for Girls

1. Chloe
2. Charlotte
3. Claire
4. Camila
5. Caroline
6. Clara
7. Cora
8. Catherine
9. Cecilia
10. Callie
11. Chelsea
12. Camille
13. Cassidy
14. Christina
15. Carly
16. Cadence
17. Charlie
18. Cheyenne
19. Cali
20. Carmen

See all C-names for girls.

Top 20 D-Names for Girls

1. Destiny
2. Delilah
3. Daisy
4. Daniela
5. Danielle
6. Diana
7. Delaney
8. Dakota
9. Daniella
10. Daphne
11. Dayana
12. Danna
13. Danica
14. Dylan
15. Dahlia
16. Dulce
17. Desiree
18. Dana
19. Danika
20. Denise

See all D-names for girls.

Top 20 E-Names for Girls

1. Emma
2. Emily
3. Elizabeth
4. Ella
5. Evelyn
6. Ellie
7. Eva
8. Eleanor
9. Elena
10. Eliana
11. Elise
12. Eden
13. Emery
14. Eliza
15. Esther
16. Emerson
17. Erin
18. Emilia
19. Evangeline
20. Elliana

See all E-names for girls.

Top 20 F-Names for Girls

1. Faith
2. Fiona
3. Fatima
4. Finley
5. Fernanda
6. Francesca
7. Farrah
8. Felicity
9. Frances
10. Faye
11. Frida
12. Fallon
13. Freya
14. Farah
15. Frankie
16. Fabiola
17. Felicia
18. Flora
19. Flor
20. Finnley

See all F-names for girls.

Top 20 G-Names for Girls

1. Grace
2. Gabriella
3. Genesis
4. Gianna
5. Gabrielle
6. Gracie
7. Giselle
8. Gabriela
9. Genevieve
10. Giuliana
11. Georgia
12. Gemma
13. Gia
14. Guadalupe
15. Gracelyn
16. Gwendolyn
17. Gloria
18. Giana
19. Gracelynn
20. Greta

See all G-names for girls.

Top 20 H-Names for Girls

1. Hannah
2. Harper
3. Hailey
4. Hadley
5. Hazel
6. Haley
7. Hayden
8. Harmony
9. Hope
10. Haylee
11. Heaven
12. Heidi
13. Hanna
14. Helen
15. Harley
16. Holly
17. Haven
18. Hayley
19. Hallie
20. Helena

See all H-names for girls.

Top 20 I-Names for Girls

1. Isabella
2. Isabelle
3. Isabel
4. Izabella
5. Ivy
6. Isla
7. Iris
8. Imani
9. Itzel
10. Isis
11. Isabela
12. Irene
13. Ivanna
14. Iliana
15. Ingrid
16. Izabelle
17. Ivory
18. Isabell
19. Itzayana
20. Iyanna

See all I-names for girls.

Top 20 J-Names for Girls

1. Julia
2. Jasmine
3. Jocelyn
4. Jade
5. Jordyn
6. Jessica
7. Juliana
8. Josephine
9. Jennifer
10. Jayla
11. Julianna
12. Jenna
13. Jada
14. Jordan
15. Jacqueline
16. Juliet
17. Josie
18. Jillian
19. Juliette
20. Joanna

See all J-names for girls.

Top 20 K-Names for Girls

1. Kaylee
2. Khloe
3. Kylie
4. Katherine
5. Kayla
6. Kennedy
7. Kimberly
8. Kendall
9. Kaitlyn
10. Katelyn
11. Kylee
12. Kinsley
13. Kinley
14. Keira
15. Kate
16. Katie
17. Kayleigh
18. Kathryn
19. Kelsey
20. Kenzie

See all K-names for girls.

Top 20 L-Names for Girls

1. Lily
2. Lillian
3. Layla
4. Leah
5. Lucy
6. Lauren
7. London
8. Lydia
9. Lilly
10. Liliana
11. Laila
12. Lyla
13. Lila
14. Londyn
15. Luna
16. Leilani
17. Lola
18. Leila
19. Lucia
20. Lexi

See all L-names for girls.

Top 20 M-Names for Girls

1. Mia
2. Madison
3. Maya
4. Madelyn
5. Makayla
6. Mackenzie
7. Melanie
8. Morgan
9. Molly
10. Madeline
11. Maria
12. Mariah
13. Mila
14. Mary
15. Mya
16. Makenzie
17. Mckenzie
18. Michelle
19. Melody
20. Melissa

See all M-names for girls.

Top 20 N-Names for Girls

1. Natalie
2. Nevaeh
3. Naomi
4. Nora
5. Nicole
6. Natalia
7. Norah
8. Nina
9. Nadia
10. Noelle
11. Nyla
12. Nayeli
13. Nylah
14. Nia
15. Natasha
16. Nataly
17. Nathalie
18. Nova
19. Natalee
20. Nancy

See all N-names for girls.

Top 20 O-Names for Girls

1. Olivia
2. Olive
3. Oakley
4. Ophelia
5. Opal
6. Olyvia
7. Olga
8. Octavia
9. Oaklee
10. October
11. Ocean
12. Oakleigh
13. Odessa
14. Odalys
15. Oliviah
16. Oriana
17. Orianna
18. Odette
19. Oona
20. Ofelia

See all O-names for girls.

Top 20 P-Names for Girls

1. Peyton
2. Piper
3. Payton
4. Paisley
5. Paige
6. Penelope
7. Presley
8. Paris
9. Phoebe
10. Parker
11. Perla
12. Priscilla
13. Phoenix
14. Paola
15. Paityn
16. Patricia
17. Paislee
18. Paula
19. Pearl
20. Paloma

See all P-names for girls.

Top 20 Q-Names for Girls

1. Quinn
2. Quincy
3. Queen
4. Quetzalli
5. Queenie
6. Quorra
7. Quinlan
8. Quincey
9. Quinley
10. Quinlyn
11. Queena
12. Quin
13. Quinnlyn
14. Quetzaly
15. Quinlynn
16. Quynn
17. Quiana
18. Quincee
19. Quinne
20. Quinnley

See all Q-names for girls.

Top 20 R-Names for Girls

1. Riley
2. Reagan
3. Ruby
4. Rylee
5. Reese
6. Rachel
7. Rebecca
8. Ryleigh
9. Rose
10. Raegan
11. Raelynn
12. Ruth
13. Rylie
14. Rosalie
15. Rebekah
16. Raelyn
17. Rowan
18. Raven
19. Regina
20. Rosemary

See all R-names for girls.

Top 20 S-Names for Girls

1. Sophia
2. Sofia
3. Samantha
4. Savannah
5. Sarah
6. Sophie
7. Serenity
8. Scarlett
9. Stella
10. Sydney
11. Skylar
12. Sadie
13. Sara
14. Stephanie
15. Summer
16. Shelby
17. Sienna
18. Sabrina
19. Sierra
20. Selena

See all S-names for girls.

Top 20 T-Names for Girls

1. Taylor
2. Trinity
3. Tessa
4. Teagan
5. Tatum
6. Tiffany
7. Talia
8. Tiana
9. Tatiana
10. Tenley
11. Teresa
12. Tori
13. Taliyah
14. Tabitha
15. Tara
16. Taryn
17. Temperance
18. Taraji
19. Thalia
20. Tamia

See all T-names for girls.

Top 20 U-Names for Girls

1. Unique
2. Uma
3. Unknown [not a name; used when the name is unknown]
4. Una
5. Ursula
6. Uriah
7. Unity
8. Umaiza
9. Uriyah
10. Urijah
11. Uriel
12. Urvi
13. Ulani
14. Ulyssa
15. Uchechi
16. Umaima
17. Ugonna
18. Uri
19. Uilani*
20. Ula*

*Uilani and Uli are actually in a 6-way tie with Uli, Ulyana, Uswa and Uzuri.

See all U-names for girls.

Top 20 V-Names for Girls

1. Victoria
2. Violet
3. Vanessa
4. Vivian
5. Valeria
6. Valentina
7. Valerie
8. Veronica
9. Vivienne
10. Viviana
11. Vera
12. Virginia
13. Violeta
14. Vienna
15. Valery
16. Vivien
17. Veda
18. Viola
19. Vada
20. Vivianna

See all V-names for girls.

Top 20 W-Names for Girls

1. Willow
2. Whitney
3. Willa
4. Wendy
5. Winter
6. Wren
7. Wynter
8. Whitley
9. Winnie
10. Waverly
11. Wilhelmina
12. Winifred
13. Wisdom
14. Wynn
15. Winona
16. Wednesday
17. Winry
18. Wanda
19. Wesley
20. Whitlee*

*Whitlee is actually tied with #21, Wynne.

See all W-names for girls.

Top 20 X-Names for Girls

1. Ximena
2. Xiomara
3. Xochitl
4. Xitlali
5. Xitlaly
6. Xena
7. Xenia
8. Xyla
9. Xochilt
10. Xaria
11. Xoe
12. Xoey
13. Xandria
14. Xavia
15. Xylia
16. Xia
17. Xoie
18. Xara
19. Xareni
20. Ximenna

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Top 20 Y-Names for Girls

1. Yaretzi
2. Yareli
3. Yasmin
4. Yaritza
5. Yamileth
6. Yesenia
7. Yoselin
8. Yazmin
9. Yuliana
10. Yara
11. Yaretzy
12. Yarely
13. Yasmine
14. Yamilet
15. Yaneli
16. Yadira
17. Yvette
18. Yolanda
19. Yvonne
20. Yahaira

See all Y-names for girls.

Top 20 Z-Names for Girls

1. Zoey
2. Zoe
3. Zariah
4. Zara
5. Zoie
6. Zuri
7. Zion
8. Zariyah
9. Zaniyah
10. Zaria
11. Zahra
12. Zainab
13. Zooey
14. Zaniya
15. Zaylee
16. Ziva
17. Zahara
18. Zoya
19. Zayla
20. Zelda

See all Z-names for girls.

This is the second year in a row that Zoey has beaten Zoe. I find that fascinating. In contrast, Chloey is nowhere near Chloe in terms of usage.