Special Report

America's Fastest Growing First Names

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15. Raelynn
> Girls named Raelynn in 2013: 1,119 (283rd most popular)
> Girls named Raelynn in 2017: 2,437 (124th most popular)

The popularity of this name went from 283rd most popular in 2013 to 124th place in 2017, the 15th largest change in rank. Only 0.06% of baby girls were given the name Raelynn in 2013, considerably less than the 0.14% of baby girls named Raelynn in 2017. It’s possible that the debut of new country singer RaeLynn’s album “Wildhorse” in early 2017 gave the name a boost in popularity.

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14. Scarlett
> Girls named Scarlett in 2013: 5,050 (42nd most popular)
> Girls named Scarlett in 2017: 7,679 (18th most popular)

Scarlett went from the 42nd most popular girl name in 2013 to the 18th most popular in 2017. While actress Scarlett Johansson may be the major inspiration for the name’s growing popularity, Scarlett has deeper roots in American literature and cinema. Scarlett O’Hara is the protagonist in the 1936 novel “Gone With the Wind,” and the 1939 film.

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13. Penelope
> Girls named Penelope in 2013: 4,289 (56th most popular)
> Girls named Penelope in 2017: 6,639 (24th most popular)

Penelope’s popularity soared from the 56th most popular girl name in 2013 to the 24th most popular girl name in 2017, the 13th largest change in rank of any girl name. Actress Penélope Cruz may have helped boost the name’s popularity over the years. Of course, the most eminent Penelope will forever be Odysseus’s wife in Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey.”

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12. Mila
> Girls named Mila in 2013: 3,677 (78th most popular)
> Girls named Mila in 2017: 5,941 (30th most popular)

Only 3,677 baby girls were given the name Mila in 2013, far fewer than the near 6,000 girls that were named Mila last year. The name Mila has likely grown in popularity from Ukraine-born actress Mila Kunis, whose full first name is Milena. In the Russian language, Mila means “dear one” and in Slavic languages it means “hardworking” and “industrious.”

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11. Kinsley
> Girls named Kinsley in 2013: 1,976 (161st most popular)
> Girls named Kinsley in 2017: 4,035 (59th most popular)

About a quarter of a percent of female babies born in 2017 were given the name Kinsley, up from 0.11% in 2013. The name Kinsley was not even remotely popular until 2010. Chance the Rapper may have had something to do with Kinsley’s growing popularity by naming his daughter Kensli in 2015.

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