I told you about the most popular baby names for boys and girls (plus similar alternatives for anyone looking to stay away from the Top 20 list), and now it’s time to look at the popular baby names of the future.
By analyzing the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names (and with a little pop-culture know-how), I compiled a list of the fastest-growing names. Names that just might indicate some future chart-topper trends.
So even if you think you’re picking a unique baby name (like Mila or Brantley), you might have yourself a Sophia or Jacob instead. Take a look at my picks for baby names on the rise:
Girl names sure to sky-rocket:
- Penelope (especially now that a certain Kardashian, possibly responsible for the “Mason” boom, named her daughter Penelope. Sigh.)
- Mila (another name that skyrocketed last year — presumably because of a Ms. Kunis)
More girl names on the rise:
- Isla and other short “-ah” ending names: Aria, Luna, Cora, Eva, Nora, and Clara (in the tradition of Emma, Olivia, and Ava).
- Elsie, Elise, Eliza and Eloise (the new El- names?)
- Names ending in -lyn or -lynn (Evelyn, Raelynn, Emmalynn, Addilynn, etc.). This is a huge trend.
- Names ending in -anna (Audrianna, Lilliana, Aviana, etc.)
- Ember and other “Em-” names like Emery and Emerson
Boy names sure to sky-rocket:
- Jackson and all of its alternative spellings: Jaxon, Jaxen
- Declan (the next Aiden?)
More boy names on the rise:
- More “X” names: Felix, Axel, Jax, Rex, Dexter, Dax, and Lennox.
- Cato and other “-o” ending names: Arlo, Hugo, Theo, and Nico
- Surnames (in addition to Jackson): Hayes, Parker, Lennox, Sullivan, and Edison.