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 in the U.S. baby name data (which has a 5-baby cut-off). It wasn’t set to become the Next Big Thing, though, until MTV shined a spotlight upon it.
In October of 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.
After that, usage of the baby name Nevaeh exploded:
- 2003: 2,300 baby girls named Nevaeh [rank: 145th]
- 2002: 1,699 baby girls named Nevaeh [rank: 189th]
- 2001: 1,199 baby girls named Nevaeh [rank: 266th]
- 2000: 99 baby girls named Nevaeh
- 1999: 8 baby girls named Nevaeh
And Nevaeh’s sudden trendiness gave rise to all sorts of spelling 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:
(Spelling-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:
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 rank, it peaked at 25th in 2010 — a decade after that fateful MTV Cribs episode aired. Since then, though, the name has been losing steam.
|Year||Ranking of Nevaeh||Usage of Nevaeh|
|2012||39th||5,401 baby girls|
|2011||33rd||6,111 baby girls|
|2010||25th||6,428 baby girls|
|2009||34th||6,117 baby girls|
|2008||34th||6,109 baby girls|
|2007||31st||6,811 baby girls|
|2006||43rd||5,949 baby girls|
|2005||69th||4,556 baby girls|
And this makes me wonder…now that it’s no longer on the rise, now that we’ve had a few years to get used to it, is Nevaeh less reviled today than it once was?
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?