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

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Popularity of the Baby Name Neavah

Number of Babies Named Neavah

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Neavah

The Nevaeh Explosion

Sonny Sandoval and daughter Nevaeh, 2000, MTV Cribs
The Nevaeh that kicked things off.
We only have a few more weeks to play with the current baby name data, so how about we use it to check out the name Nevaeh and its many variants?

Nevaeh was almost unheard of before the year 2000. The earliest Nevaeh I’ve found was born in 1904, and only a handful were born between then and the mid-1990s.

The name managed to see enough usage in 1997 to debut on the SSA’s national baby name list (which has a 5-baby cut-off). It wasn’t set to become the Next Big Thing, though, until MTV shined a spotlight on it.

In late 2000, rock band P.O.D. was featured on one of the first episodes of MTV Cribs. Vocalist Paul Joshua “Sonny” Sandoval decided to bring along his baby daughter Nevaeh [vid], saying:

This is Nevaeh right here, that’s heaven spelled backwards. She’s my first, she’s 6 months old.

Usage of the baby name exploded after that. And Nevaeh’s sudden trendiness gave rise to all sorts of variants.

The following graph shows how many baby girls in the U.S. have been given the name Navaeh or a variant since the late 1990s:

Variants of the baby name Nevaeh

(Name-specific popularity graphs: Nevaeh, Neveah, Navaeh, Nevaeha, Naveah, Neviah, Niveah, Navaya, Nevayah, Nevah, Nevaya, Naviah, Naveyah, Neaveh, Navayah, Naveya, Navea, Navah, Nevae, Nevea, Naviyah, Neveyah, Navae, Neviyah, Naevia, Naviya, Neveaha, Nivaeh, Nivaya, Niviah, Nyveah, Nevaiah, Neveya, Niveyah, Niveya, Navaiah, Neavah, Nyvaeh, Nevaha, Navaeha, Nevaehia.)

And that’s not all. Hundreds of other babies were given names with that unorthodox “-aeh” ending:

Baby names ending with -vaeh like Nevaeh

(Name-specific popularity graphs: Lavaeh, Javaeh, Devaeh, Jevaeh, Levaeh, Sevaeh, Anevaeh, Avaeh, Davaeh, Savaeh, Kevaeh, Tyvaeh, Evaeh and Zevaeh. Navaeh, Nivaeh and Nyvaeh were listed above.)

Year Nevaeh
rank
Nevaeh
number
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
39th
35th
25th
34th
34th
31st
43rd
5,317
6,056
6,391
6,082
6,082
6,790
5,927

If you remember my Jayden post, though, you know that upward trends can’t last forever.

In terms of raw usage, Nevaeh’s best year on record was 2007. In terms of ranking, it reached 25th in 2010 — a decade after that fateful MTV Cribs episode aired — but has since slipped.

So the Nevaeh trend seems to be losing steam.

And this makes me wonder…now that it’s no longer rising at a threatening pace, now that we’ve had a few years to get used to it, is the baby name Nevaeh less reviled today than it once was? (By people who were not part of the trend, I mean.)

If you were a Nevaeh-hater in the beginning, are you still as adamantly against the name today? Or do you find it more tolerable now?