Popular, trendy, and noteworthy baby names of 2007 (U.S.)

Baby name timeline 2007

Which baby names were the most popular in the U.S. in 2007?

Which names saw the steepest rises in usage?

And which names appeared for the very first time in the national dataset?

Below you’ll find the answers to all three of these questions, plus some of the other baby names that made gains in 2007. (In parentheses are my guesses about the outside factors influencing certain names.)

Top names

These were the most popular baby names overall in the U.S. in 2007:

Girl names: Most popularBoy names: Most popular
1. Emily1. Jacob
2. Isabella2. Michael
3. Emma3. Ethan
4. Ava4. Joshua
5. Madison5. Daniel

Rising names

These baby names saw the largest increases in usage from 2006 to 2007 in terms of number of babies:

Girl names: Top absolute increasesBoy names: Top absolute increases
1. Addison (TV character)1. Jayden
2. Sophia2. Aiden
3. Sophie3. Brody
4. Ava4. Gavin
5. Alyssa5. Jaden

These baby names saw the largest increases in usage from 2006 to 2007 in terms of percentage of babies:

Girl names: Top relative increasesBoy names: Top relative increases
1. Jaslene (TV personality)1. Leonidas [tie] (movie character)
2. Mareli2. Renner [tie]
3. Jazlene3. Nery
4. Marely (TV character)4. Rehaan
5. Saphira (movie character)5. Urijah (MMA fighter)

And here’s a selection of the other baby names that saw higher usage in 2007:

Girl names: Other increasesBoy names: Other increases
Audrina (TV personality)Channing (actor)
Azul (TV character)Dexter (TV character)
Brissia (TV personality)Dyshon (TV personality)
Colie (TV personality)Jamarcus (football player)
Delilah (song)Kymani (singer)
Diem (TV personality)Pax (celebrity baby)
Dixie (TV character)Peyton (football player)
Dulce (singer)Riquelme (soccer player)
Dulcemaria (singer)Tyrie (TV personality)
Fergie (singer)
Isla (actress)
Jael (TV personality)
Svetlana (TV personality)

Debut names

These were the baby names that debuted most impressively in the U.S. baby name data in 2007:

Girl names: Top debutsBoy names: Top debuts
1. Leilene (TV personality)1. Yurem (TV personality)
2. Yumalay (TV character)2. Sanjaya (TV personality)
3. Aidsa [2-way tie] (TV personality)3. Nerik
4. Madelis [2-way tie] (TV personality)4. Dracen [tie]
5. Britzy [2-way tie]5. Kolben [tie]
6. Yeneisy [2-way tie]

And here’s a selection of the other names that appeared for the first time in the U.S. baby name data in 2007:

Girl names: Other debutsBoy names: Other debuts
Danity (musical group)Topher (actor)
Dannielynn (celebrity baby)Qwanell (TV personality)
Raengel (TV personality)Slevin (movie character)
Mariamne (TV documentary)Akon (singer)
Jazalle (TV personality)Roran (movie character)
Sanjaya (TV personality)Daughtry (musical group)
Caridee (TV personality)Barack (politician)
Rocsi (TV personality)Crissangel (TV personality)
Saaphyri (TV personality)
Florecita (product/advertisements)
Ambreal (TV personality)
Dlila (celebrity baby)
Euphoria (product/advertisements)
Gaviota (TV character)
Jamillette (TV personality)
Saleisha (TV personality)
Tessalee (book character)
Ripsi (TV personality)

If you want to check out another year on the timeline, here’s the baby name timeline main page.

Finally, a few reminders about the Social Security Administration’s baby name data:

  • It only includes names given to at least five babies (of one gender or the other) per year.
  • It does contain mistakes such as misspelled names, misgendered names, and placeholder names (e.g., “Babygirl”).
  • It isn’t very accurate from 1880 to the mid-1930s. Why? Because the SSA was established in the mid-1930s, so the names in the dataset from 1880 to the mid-1930s are not the names of babies, but the names (or nicknames) of adults applying for social security numbers. More importantly, adults born during these decades who never applied for a number are simply not accounted for.

Data source: U.S. Social Security Administration