Popular baby names in the United States, 2007

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The most popular baby names in the U.S. were updated yesterday!

Here are the new top 25 girl names and boys names. The positive and negative numbers indicate how a name has risen or fallen in rank since 2006.

Girl Names

  1. Emily (0)
  2. Isabella (+2)
  3. Emma (-1)
  4. Ava (+1)
  5. Madison (-2)
  6. Sophia (+3)
  7. Olivia (0)
  8. Abigail (-2)
  9. Hannah (-1)
  10. Elizabeth (+1)
  11. Addison (+17)
  12. Samantha (-2)
  13. Ashley (-1)
  14. Alyssa (+5)
  15. Mia (-2)
  16. Chloe (+2)
  17. Natalie (0)
  18. Sarah (-3)
  19. Alexis (-5)
  20. Grace (-4)
  21. Ella (0)
  22. Brianna (-2)
  23. Hailey (+2)
  24. Taylor (-1)
  25. Anna (-3)

Boy Names

  1. Jacob (0)
  2. Michael (0)
  3. Ethan (+1)
  4. Joshua (-1)
  5. Daniel (+1)
  6. Christopher (+1)
  7. Anthony (+2)
  8. William (+2)
  9. Matthew (-4)
  10. Andrew (-2)
  11. Alexander (+1)
  12. David (+1)
  13. Joseph (-2)
  14. Noah (+1)
  15. James (+1)
  16. Ryan (-2)
  17. Logan (+2)
  18. Jayden (+31)
  19. John (+1)
  20. Nicholas (-3)
  21. Tyler (-3)
  22. Christian (-1)
  23. Jonathan (-1)
  24. Nathan (-1)
  25. Samuel (0)

The biggest jump on the boys’ list was Jayden — 31 spots (!), from 49th to 18th. The number of baby boys named Jayden rose from 9,550 (0.44%) in 2006 to 15,025 (0.69%) in 2007.

The biggest jump on the girls’ list was Addison — 17 spots, from 28th to 11th. The number of baby girls named Addison increased from 7,599 (0.37%) in 2006 to 11,823 (0.57%) in 2007.

Here’s more from the SSA’s press release:

Although “American Idol’s” Sanjaya did not influence this year’s list, other young celebrities influenced the naming of American children.  The 2007 success of popular race car driver Danica Patrick undoubtedly inspired her first name moving from number 352 to number 307.  Similarly, the name of the first pick in the 2007 NFL draft, Oakland Raiders’ quarterback JaMarcus Russell, rose from number 914 to number 743 on the boys’ list.

Shiloh, the youngest daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, debuted on the list at number 804. Maddox, the name of their oldest child, has seen steady gains since first appearing on the list in 2003 at number 583 and now ranking at number 226.  Suri, the name of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ daughter, did not make the list.  But Britney Spears’ second son is named Jayden, which ranked at number 18.  Miley is new to the girls’ list this year, entering fairly high at number 278, attributable to the popularity of teen sensation Miley Cyrus.

For reasons likely to puzzle baby name experts around the world, American parents have become infatuated by names, particularly for their sons, that rhyme with the word “maiden.”  These names for boys include:  Jayden (No. 18); Aiden (No. 27); Aidan (No. 54); Jaden (No. 76); Caden (No. 92); Kaden (No. 98); Ayden (No.102); Braden (No.156); Cayden (No.175); Jaiden (No.191); Kaiden (No. 220); Aden (No. 264); Caiden (No. 286); Braeden (No. 325); Braydon (No. 361); Jaydon (No. 415); Jadon (No. 423); Braiden (No. 529); Zayden (No. 588); Jaeden (No. 593); Aydan (No. 598); Bradyn (No. 629); Kadin (No. 657); Jadyn (No. 696); Kaeden (No. 701); Jaydin (No. 757); Braedon (No. 805); Aidyn (No. 818); Haiden (No. 820); Jaidyn (No. 841); Kadyn (No. 878); Jaydan (No. 887); Raiden (No. 931); and Adin (No. 983).  This startling trend was present, but less pronounced, with girls names:  Jayden (No. 172); Jadyn (No. 319); Jaden (No. 335); Jaiden (No. 429); Kayden (No. 507); and Jaidyn (No. 561).  Social Security spokesman Mark Lassiter indicated that the agency would resist any legislative efforts to standardize the spelling of these names.

Experts also may be surprised by the extent to which American parents are naming their daughters after spiritual and philosophical concepts.  One of the most popular names for girls (rising this year to number 31) is Nevaeh, which is “Heaven” spelled backwards.  The variant Neveah came in this year at number 891 and Heaven is number 263.  Also represented were:  Destiny (No. 41); Trinity (No. 72); Serenity (No. 126); Harmony (No. 315); Miracle (No. 461); Charity (No. 673); Journey (No. 692); Destini (No. 914); and Essence (No. 930).  Cutting against this trend was Armani (No. 971). 

American parents were far less likely to name their sons in this way, although the 2007 boys’ list does include Sincere (No. 622) and Messiah (No. 723).

Sources: SSA, Pop Culture Makes Mark on Social Security’s Most Popular Baby Names List – SSA

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4 thoughts on “Popular baby names in the United States, 2007

  1. Jordan is still fairly popular for girls — it’s been in top 100 from since 1989. (Though it probably won’t make the list again in 2008.)

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