Which girl names increased in usage the most from 2020 to 2021?
Here’s a table of the fastest-rising girl names of 2021. On the left are the top 25 increases in terms of absolute numbers of babies, and on the right are the top 25 increases in terms of relative numbers of babies.
*Also at 250%, were Lakeyn, Nimrat, Vamika, and Zienna.
Some possible explanations…
Thyri is a character on the TV series Vikings.
“Yomii” is a song by rapper Moneybagg Yo (lyric: “Let’s have a lil’ girl and name her Yomii”).
Raya is the title character in the Disney movie Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).
Lilibeth is very close to Lilibet, the name of the daughter (b. June 2021) of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
If you can explain any of the other rises, please leave a comment!
The baby name Falcon first emerged in the U.S. data in 1961. After that, it dropped back out of the data and didn’t re-appear until several decades later.
1961: 5 baby boys named Falcon [debut]
The influence in this case had nothing to do with birds — it had to do with cars. Specifically, a car called the Ford Falcon, which was introduced to consumers in mid-1959 (for the 1960 model year).
I think the name popped up slightly late thanks to a cute marketing campaign that began in 1960. The ads featured characters from the Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip, which was very popular at the time.
In fact, the 1960 commercials for the Falcon mark the very first time the Peanuts crew appeared as animated characters. (The first Peanuts TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, didn’t come along until late 1965.)
Though the Ford Falcon was initially a success, sales of the model decreased as the ’60s progressed. This — plus the fact that “Falcon” wouldn’t have struck many ’60s parents as being particularly name-like (as opposed to, say, Chevelle) — helps explain why the baby name didn’t gain traction until much later.
What are your thoughts on the baby name Falcon? Do you like it more or less than other bird-names such as Raven, Wren and Hawk?