What are the most popular first letters for baby names right now?
In 2011, the answers were A, M and K for girls and J, A and C for boys.
And in 2012? Almost exactly the same! (Just swap out the K for an S.)
Below are the current first letter popularity graphs. As usual, I used Social Security Administration data to create these.
The 10 most popular first letters for baby girl names were A, M, S, K, E, L, J, C, B and R.
The 10 least popular first letters for girl names were T, V, Z, O, F, Y, W, Q, X and U. (Fewer than 800 baby girls got a U-name last year.)
The 10 most popular first letters for baby boy names were J, A, C, M, D, B, L, E, K and R.
The 10 least popular first letters for boy names were W, P, O, Z, F, V, X, Y, Q and U. (Just under 2,600 baby boys got a U-name last year.)
And now, both genders and all letters on the same chart:
The 10 most popular first letters overall were A, J, M, C, E, L, K, S, B and D.
The 10 most popular first letters overall were P, Z, F, O, W, V, Y, X, Q and U.
So if you know anyone who makes personalized baby stuff (clothing, jewelry, keepsakes, etc.) featuring the first letters of first names, forward this to them! It’ll help them figure out where to focus their efforts.
What were the most and least popular first letters for baby names in 2009? The big winner was A, the big loser was U.
A-names accounted for over 12.3% of the baby names registered last year, while U-names accounted for less than .2%.
A-, J- and K-names went to over 31% of 2009’s babies. U-, X- and Q-names, on the other hand, were given to less than 1%.
The most popular first letters for baby girls was also A, by a long shot. About 15% of girls got an A-name.
Second and third place were M and K, both over 9%. Fourth and fifth were J (over 8%) and S (over 7%). These five letters accounted for close to 50% of all the girl names given last year.
The most popular first letters for baby boys was J. Over 11% of boys got a J-name.
Second and third place went to A and K, both over 9%. Next were D (over 7%), T and M (both over 6%). These six letters accounted for more than 50% of all the boy names given last year.
[My sample included the names of 1,814,929 baby girls and 1,958,848 baby boys born in the U.S. in 2009. I excluded non-names like Baby, Babyboy, Babygirl, Unknown and Unnamed from the calculations. All data came from the SSA.]