Which girl names emerged in the U.S. baby name data in 2021 for the first time ever?
A total of 603 girl names debuted in the data last year, and the most impressive debut was made by Namaari. Here are the other top debuts:
- Namaari, 43 baby girls
- Parklynn, 36
- Sayori, 35
- Arianelly, 26
- Sanem, 23
- Nezuko, 20
- Adrielly, 17
- Imaray, 17
- Franyeli, 15
- Kaiori, 15
- Kaliani, 15
- Treu, 15
- Xylo, 15
Namaari was a character in the animated Disney movie Raya and the Last Dragon (2021). (The name Raya also saw a rise in usage last year.)
I’m not sure yet what was influencing Treu, but it was also one of last year’s fast-rising boy names.
Here are some more debuts:
|13 baby girls||Arzoey, Daneliya, Zyn|
|12 baby girls||Emrielle, Hiraya, Namani, Pruitt, Rivia|
|11 baby girls||Daneiris, Emris, Ixia, Knoxleigh, Kyori, Novamarie, Oyku, Zunaisha|
|10 baby girls||Dini, Harir, Jehiely, Keilanni, Kolly, Kuvira, Meiomi, Nylynn, Renfri, Rinn|
|9 baby girls||Arlenny, Azley, Celaena, Elysani, Emmaluna, Europe, Giannagrace, Giorgiana, Khazi, Lailonni, Livvi, Miyanni, Shreyanvi, Solaire, Xori, Xureila, Yoadan|
|8 baby girls||Callum, Eclipsa, Ellowen, Emoriee, Este, Hartford, Himawari, Hiraeth, Invy, Isani, Jaior, Kasper, Khemistry, Kyloni, Lupine, Nabi, Nareth, Oak, Rhue, Romyn, Saivi, Savae, Siylah, Solaia, Suleidy, Summerreign, Willowgrace, Wrenlie, Xilenia, Yeilany, Zaiyana, Zaloni|
Renfri is a character from the Netflix series The Witcher. And Este may have been inspired by the Taylor Swift song “No Body, No Crime,” which features a character named Este (named after musician Este Haim).
Finally, here’s a selection of the rest of the debuts:
- 7 baby girls: Alileth, Aristella, Dandelion, Dutton, Eluney, Elvana, Everlynne, Joseane, Kiyomii, Mazeleigh, Neon, Parklyn, Sevgi, Styles, Swae, Virsavia, Yemariyam, Yimo
- 6 baby girls: Arka, Avaluna, Azuria, Bruchie, Cleobella, Culture, Darlet, Ettalie, Glacier, Ice, Jerusalema, Jynx, Kauai, Mawata, Melkam, Nelliana, Onyxia, Quimby, Rayzel, Rischel, Sevy, Tatev, Thendral, Yemi, Zamoura, Zaza
- 5 baby girls: Aonani, Azami, Bellezza, Callidora, Camoura, Cleissy, Dvosia, Ekhlas, Falasteen, Hiyabel, Icylinn, Iveel, Jonesy, Kiswa, Kohinoor, Leiko, Lisaira, Maeverly, Maravilla, Nolvia, Nymira, Ozzlynn, Praisely, Rimna, Rissy, Savia, Sibi, Solaria, Sylphrena, Sypha, Thyrie, Vignette, Woodlyn, Yule, Zae, Zuna
Sevgi is Turkish for “love,” Maravilla is Spanish for “wonderful,” and Sylphrena (like Kaladin) is a character from the Stormlight Archive series of epic fantasy books by Brandon Sanderson.
If you can explain any of the other debuts, please leave a comment!