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Names That Are Disappearing the Fastest

Girls’ Names That Are Disappearing the Fastest

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25. Ally
> Girls named Ally in 2013: 458 (609th most popular)
> Girls named Ally in 2017: 213 (1,154th most popular)
> Pictured: Calista Flockhart as Ally McBeal

Ally has fallen out of favor in recent years, but that doesn’t mean the name has gone away. Chances are you, your kid, or a relative, friend, or colleague knows an Ally. Ally has slipped, but Allison (No. 60 in 2017), Alison (No. 382), and Allyson (No. 490) are likely making up for Ally’s decline with their prominent appearances on the SSA list in 2017.

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24. Britney
> Girls named Britney in 2013: 313 (839th most popular)
> Girls named Britney in 2017: 137 (1,585th most popular)
> Pictured: Singer Britney Spears

The spelling favored by the one-time pop idol Britney Spears has plummeted in popularity. In 2000, around the time Spears was garnering Billboard, MTV, and other awards, her name clocked in at No. 137 on the SSA top 1,000 chart. 2013 was the last year the name appeared among the top 1,000. However, the similarly spelled Brittany, like the region in northwest France, stands at No. 712 as of 2017. Who knew there were so many geography buffs (or Francophiles) out there.

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23. Anabel
> Girls named Anabel in 2013: 285 (897th most popular)
> Girls named Anabel in 2017: 120 (1,744th most popular)
> Pictured: Tennis player Anabel Medina Garrigues

A case of survival of the fittest? Or have parents reached a consensus on spelling? Three variations of this name — Anabel, Anabelle, and Annabell — are doing a disappearing act, while a fourth, Annabelle, remains strong as the No. 118th most popular girl name, with more 2017 namesakes than the other three combined. However, even Annabelle could be on the way out as its popularity has dropped nearly in half since 2014, when the horror movie “Annabelle” was released.

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22. Megan
> Girls named Megan in 2013: 1,244 (254th most popular)
> Girls named Megan in 2017: 624 (499th most popular)
> Pictured: Actress Megan Fox

Megan ranked as high as No. 18 in 2000, but the name has dropped in popularity since. Could the name be ready for a comeback? The name has been on everyone’s lips in recent months, because of the newly minted duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The former actress spells her name differently, of course, but parents are known for coining variations for their new arrival, such as Meagan, Meegan, and Meagan.

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21. Kyleigh
> Girls named Kyleigh in 2013: 1,108 (287th most popular)
> Girls named Kyleigh in 2017: 524 (572nd most popular)
> Pictured: Model Kyleigh Kuhn

There’s a lot to like about Kyleigh. It has positive meanings in Hawaiian (beautiful spirit), Gaelic (handsome or beautiful), and even Urban Dictionary (the dopest kind of people). And the male version, Kyle, is also still holding strong at No. 211. However, parents aren’t feeling the love for the name, with fewer than 50% as many girls named Kyleigh in 2017 versus 2013. Maybe it will live up to its aboriginal meaning and “boomerang” back to popularity.

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