Thank goodness parents have at least nine months to decide on a name for their baby girl or boy, because the options are truly endless. And just as times change, names do too. Some first names that weren’t as popular during your birth year may just fall within the top 20 nowadays.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed an extensive amount of data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to figure out which first names have been gaining popularity over the course of nearly three decades. The result? There are quite a few names that have grown dramatically in the number of occurrences since the 1990s.
For example, the girl name Ava was given to only 0.03% of girls born in the 1990s, but it was given to 1.07% of all girls born so far in the 2010s — a difference of over 100,000.
You may also notice that a few names on the list are variations of one another like Sofia and Sophie or Luke and Lucas, which is indicative of similar origin. Whether you are expecting or not, you may be interested to learn what names are hot now.
To identify the fastest growing first names in the U.S., 24/7 Wall St. calculated the average annual occurrence of baby boys and girls’ names in the 1990s and the average annual occurrence of those same names over the seven years from 2010 to 2016. To compare popularity between these periods without distortions from population growth we reviewed the average counts of each name as a share of average annual births in the 1990s and in the 2010s. The ranking is based on the percentage point difference between these shares. All data was obtained from the Social Security Administration. Different spellings of similar names are not combined.