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

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Popularity of the Baby Name Keniel

Number of Babies Named Keniel

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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Popular Baby Names in Puerto Rico, 2016

According to the SSA, the most popular baby names in Puerto Rico in 2016 were Valentina and Sebastian.

Here are Puerto Rico’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Valentina, 279 baby girls
2. Victoria, 251
3. Mia, 215
4. Amanda, 164 (2-way tie)
5. Mikaela, 164 (2-way tie)
6. Camila, 160
7. Amaia, 157
8. Emma, 156
9. Kamila, 151
10. Sofia, 136

Boy Names
1. Sebastian, 457 baby boys
2. Dylan, 362
3. Ian, 295
4. Jayden, 200
5. Adrian, 198 (2-way tie)
6. Angel, 198 (2-way tie)
7. Luis, 175
8. Mateo, 174
9. Diego, 160
10. Lucas, 147

On the girls’ side: Valentina ousted Victoria from the top spot, and Emma replaced Isabella in the top 10. Five of the top-10 names were not in the U.S. top 100: Valentina (U.S. 106th), Amanda (329th), Mikaela, (616th), Amaia (1,276th), and Kamila (341st).

On the boys’ side: the top name is still Sebastian, and Mateo and Lucas replaced Noah and Fabian in the top 10. Two of the top-10 names were not in the U.S. top 100: Luis (U.S. 112th) and Diego (129th).

The name Monica, despite 2016 the success of tennis player Monica Puig — the first Puerto Rican athlete to win an Olympic gold medal — did not re-enter the PR top 100.

The male name Keniel is losing steam, down from 31st to 42nd.

The Basque name Amaia continues to rise. So do Amaia-variants like Amahia (ranked 31st), Amaya (38th), and Amaiah (94th). (Here’s how Amaia, Amahia, Amaya, and Amaiah are doing in the U.S.) The trendiness of Amaia may be attributable to Spanish pop singer Amaia Montero (b. 1976), or to Spanish actress Amaia Salamanca (b. 1986). Similar names also in the PR top 100 are Alaia, Alahia, Anaia, Anaiah, and Nahia.

Note: The SSA doesn’t include baby name data from the five permanently inhabited U.S. territories in its annual rankings (e.g., the top 1,000). But it does release two separate lists: one for Puerto Rico (the most populous territory at 3.5 million people), one for the four other territories combined. Click below to see the complete sets of rankings.

Source: Popular Baby Names by Territory (SSA)


Why Is “Keniel” Trendy in Puerto Rico?

The name Keniel is curiously popular in Puerto Rico. In fact, Keniel has been one of the top 100 names for baby boys born in Puerto Rico since 2005.

Despite being roughly 100 times larger than PR in terms of population, the U.S. currently has less than half the number of Keniels:

Year # of Keniels born in U.S. # of Keniels born in PR
2015 24
(7 in FL)
66
(ranked 31st)
2014 23
(8 in FL)
74
(ranked 31st)
2013 25
(5 in FL, 5 in PA, 6 in NY)
95
(ranked 18th)
2012 18
(5 in FL)
103
(ranked 23rd)
2011 15
(5 in FL)
94
(ranked 28th)
2010 18
(7 in FL)
65
(ranked 60th)
2009 8 86
(ranked 51st)

The U.S. states with the most Keniels also have particularly large Puerto Rican populations, which isn’t surprising.

We see the same pattern with the double-n version Kenniel:

Year # of Kenniels born in U.S. # of Kenniels born in PR
2015 17
(6 in FL)
not in top 100
2014 13 39
(ranked 83rd)
2013 8 38
(ranked 87th)
2012 6 38
(ranked 96th)
2011 7 39
(ranked 96th)
2010 fewer than 5 not in top 100

And I expect a similar pattern to emerge for Kendriel, which was new to both the U.S. and the PR lists in 2015:

Year # of Kendriels born in U.S. # of Kendriels born in PR
2015 8 41
(ranked 68th)
2014 fewer than 5 not in top 100

I’m not sure what kicked off the trendiness of Keniel in Puerto Rico, if anything. The popularity of Keniel might simply be part of the general trendiness of nontraditional –iel names (like Abdiel, Jadiel, Yeriel, Joniel and Yandiel) in PR lately. Names with –iel endings made up a whopping 17% of PR’s top 100 in both 2010 and 2011.

Do you know what might have kicked off a Keniel trend in Puerto Rico?

Do you like the name Keniel? (Or Kendriel?)

Source: SSA (U.S., Puerto Rico)