Which boy 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 13,977 boy names on the 2014 list into account. The SSA’s version looks at ranking differences and covers the top 1,000 boy names (roughly).
Here’s what the SSA says about the rise of Bode: “[It] might have had something to do with the Winter Olympics in early 2014, where Bode Miller continued his outstanding alpine skiing career by collecting his sixth Olympic medal.”
And on the rise of Axl: “[It’s] a nod to both rock legend Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses and Axl Jack Duhamel, son of Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson and Josh Duhamel.”
Jase, last year’s biggest raw number increase, is now 8th on the list of decreases. Mason, which topped the list of raw number increases two years in a row (2010 and 2011), is now 18th on the list of decreases. (It was 3rd in 2013.) And Jayden, the trendy name that shot up the charts to become the 4th most popular baby name in the nation in 2010 and 2011, has since fallen to 15th.
Finally, here are the big winners and losers from the last few years:
2013: Jase/Jayceon (biggest increases) and Ethan/Austyn (biggest decreases)
2012: Liam/Major (biggest increases) and Jacob/Braeden (biggest decreases)
2011: Mason (biggest increase) and Jacob (biggest decrease)
2010: Mason (biggest increase) and Joshua (biggest decrease)
Are you a soccer fan? Here are some baby names that have debuted in the SSA’s baby name data thanks to soccer players:
The baby name Pele debuted as a boy name in 1975 thanks to Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka Pelé. He joined the New York Cosmos in 1975 and helped them become the NASL champions in 1977.
1975: 5 baby boys named Pele [debut]
The baby name Eder debuted in 1982 thanks to Brazilian soccer player Éder Aleixo de Assis, who played for Brazil in the 1982 World Cup.
1984: 28 baby boys named Eder
1983: 37 baby boys named Eder
1982: 48 baby boys named Eder [debut]
The baby name Josimar debuted in 1986 thanks to Brazilian soccer player Josimar Higino Pereira, who played for Brazil in the 1986 World Cup.
1987: 6 baby boys named Josimar
1986: 10 baby boys named Josimar [debut]
The trendy baby name Xavi was probably inspired by Spanish soccer player Xavier “Xavi” Hernández. Though I can’t link the name’s debut to any particular event, I can tell you that the name saw peak usage in 2010 and 2011, at the height of Xavi’s career.
2007: 21 baby boys named Xavi
2006: 18 baby boys named Xavi
2005: 6 baby boys named Xavi [debut]
The baby name Sneijder debuted in 2008 thanks to Dutch soccer player Wesley Sneijder, who played in the Euro 2008.
I was going to publish all of the 2009 names here in a single post, but WordPress couldn’t handle it. So instead I’ll start where the top 1,000 left off and give you all the names that were given to 100+ babies last year.
Let’s start with boy names. The 1,000th most popular boy name last year was Mustafa, given to 194 babies. After Mustafa comes…