So many moms-to-be looked at the Top Baby Names of 2011 list from the Social Security Administration just to see which names not to pick. They want to avoid the Top 10, Top 50 — even Top 500, in some cases — so that their child stands apart from the modern-day Jennifers and Jessicas.
But some moms don’t want the name to be too off-beat, looking for some kind of middle ground.
Well I dissected the Top 1,000 list to find the names that rose the fastest — those jumping anywhere from 100 to 300 spots from 2010 to 2011. Rising stars that just may be headed for chart-topper status eventually, or at least more normalcy.
This list shows a few trends that you may want to avoid, as well as beautifully unique names that are just starting to rise from obscurity. (That coveted “middle ground” that you might be looking for.):
Other notable names that saw a (less drastic) popularity jump in 2011:
- Zoey (now more popular than Zoe)
- Scarlett (on a continued rise to the top)
Also check out:
- Top mid-century names for girls
- Top mid-century names for boys
- Most popular twin names of 2011
- Nameberry predicts the hottest name trends of 2012
- My favorite baby-naming blogs
Read more of Michelle’s writing at Early Mama.
Looking for more ideas? Search the Top Baby Girl Names Index!
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