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What's In a Name? Baby Names Currently Trending

In latest royal news, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the name of their first child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor



In true 2019 fashion, the internet voiced their thoughts on the newborn’s name—namely, likening the name to a certain famous redhead, Archie of the Archie Comics and Riverdale. Others were shocked at how casual the first name is, especially for a royal, as Archie usually comes as a nickname for Archibald. Unlike his cousins, Archie also has only one middle name instead of two, which is more typical of American names. Given that, the baby’s name alludes to the blending of Harry and Meghan’s cultures, and the more informal,  vibe the couple has established.. While Archie shares a name with the American comic book character, the name is actually much more popular in the UK, ranking 18th in 2017 according to the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics, compared to not even making the top 1000 in the US after the year 2000, per the U.S. Social Security Administration. After the birth of the latest royal, Archie will probably start ranking higher in popularity everywhere.



and y'all thought you were the biggest Riverdale stans. Welcome royal baby Archie, earl of Riverdale.

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Popular U.S.-based baby name website, Nameberry regularly updates the popularity rankings based on the names that garner the most attention among the website. In this case, as of March 22nd and of the 11 million page views so far in 2019, these are the top 5 most popular names: for girls, Posie, Isla, Olivia, Aurora, and Maeve; for boys, Milo, Jasper, Atticus, Theodore, and Asher. For the site’s top 100 most popular names in 2018, click here

In addition to Nameberry, there are other resources for the most popular names, such as BabyCenter, Namerology, and Baby Names; the rankings may slightly differ, but the top 30 or so names are for the most part, the same.


According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, in 2015, the top 5 most popular names were: for boys, Nathaniel, Gabriel, James, Francis, and Joshua; and for girls, Angel, Althea, Princess, Ashley, and Samantha. It’s likely that Pope Francis’ visit in 2015 influenced the inclusion of Francis in 2015’s top 10 boys names, while the addition of Sophia and Sofia to the top 10 girls names could’ve been inspired by the children’s show, Sofia the First.


No doubt the popularity of baby names have fluctuated throughout the years, and more often than not, under the influence of pop culture. People are not only inspired to name their children after their favorite celebrities, their children, or their onscreen characters, but parents are also taking cues from the famous in the way they go about naming their children. It’s common among celebrities to have uncommon names—Apple, Kulture, Blanket, Blue Ivy, Honor, and the KarJenner children—so baby names are becoming increasingly daring, with names like Royalty and Bentley on the rise. In fact, previously uncommon names such as Luna, Stormi, and Reign been seeing a significant rise, certainly thanks to the insta-famous babies.



stormi webster ????

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With last names as first names becoming more common, Lennon and Hendrix are now almost 20 times more popular than they were a decade ago. And very appropriate at the moment, gender-neutral names are all the rage, especially traditionally male names given to baby girls (i.e. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ James and Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s Wyatt). Speaking of which, Mila has also been rising to the top of the charts along with Isla (as in Fischer) and Scarlett (as in Johansson). Many of the biggest jumps in ranking between 2016 and 2017 in the US are celebrity names such as Yara, Kehlani, Dream and surprisingly, Melania (one of the largest jumps from #1650 to #930). On the other hand, the name, Donald (expectedly) was less popular in 2016 than it has ever been in history. Similarly, the top 4 female names that saw the largest drop, all falling out of the top 1000, between 2015 and 2016 were Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn, and Kaitlynn—you can guess why.


Hardcore fans are truly showing their devotion to pop culture phenomena. Kylo had the largest increase in male names, jumping up 2368 spots between 2015 and 2016, Logan has been on the rise since 2013, the same year the X-Men film was released, and Elsa saw a huge jump in 2014 after the premiere of Frozen. And of course, the cultural phenomenon that has taken (and at this moment is very much taking) over the world that is Game of Thrones, Khaleesi became an actual name after the show’s premiere in 2011, and the name of the actress who portrays her, Emilia (Clarke) has also been steadily growing. Other central actors, Kit (Harington) and Maisie (Williams) have also added to the popularity of their names, but it’s Maisie’s character’s name who has seen the biggest surge: Arya or its variation, Aria is making its way to the top 20, and we can only expect it to go higher after last week’s explosive episode.



Time Magazine released a generator to see how your name ranked (in the U.S.) in popularity the year you were born, and what your name would be at different points in time. For instance, my name, Isabella—which to my dismay, skyrocketed to the top during the Twilight craze—ranked #4 most popular girl name in 2017, but ranked #301 in 1993, the year I was born. Had I been named the 301st most popular girl name of the time, my name would’ve been Paislee in 2017, Angelia in the 80s, Charles in the 40s, and Malissa in the 1890s, and so on. Try it out for yourself with your name here.


READ: Tips And Tricks For A Modern, Gender-Neutral Nursery Fit For A Royal Baby