Special Report

Names That Are Disappearing the Fastest

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15. Trenton
> Boys named Trenton in 2013: 1,330 (266th most popular)
> Boys named Trenton in 2017: 673 (452nd most popular)
> Pictured: Illustration depicting General George Washington leading Colonial troops at the Battle of Trenton

Kids and cities sharing a name is nothing new: Consider Alexandria, Sydney, Orlando, and Cody. Or how about the edgier Paris or Berlin? Each evokes a certain mystique, a certain vibe. But what about Trenton, which has slid down the ranks dramatically since its 2007 high of 178? Apparently, the capital city of New Jersey isn’t working the same mojo as Brooklyn (No. 39 in 2017), Austin (No. 75), or even Troy (No. 351).

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14. Amare
> Boys named Amare in 2013: 423 (598th most popular)
> Boys named Amare in 2017: 198 (1,015th most popular)
> Pictured: Basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire

Amare may mean “to love” in Italian, but in recent years fewer parents are showing the love to the name. Perhaps the earlier enthusiasm was linked to the ascendency of basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire. Amare made Social Security’s top 1,000 list for the first time in 2005 — early in Stoudemire’s career — and made its last appearance in the top 1,000 in 2016, the year he announced his retirement.

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13. Brennan
> Boys named Brennan in 2013: 927 (344th most popular)
> Boys named Brennan in 2017: 458 (588th most popular)
> Pictured: Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan

There are not so many brand-new Brennan baby boys in recent years. The name has plunged in popularity since 2009, when parents chose the name for 1,463 baby boys. By 2017, only 458 Brennans arrived, a drop of about two-thirds.

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12. Braeden
> Boys named Braeden in 2013: 328 (713th most popular)
> Boys named Braeden in 2017: 148 (1,225th most popular)
> Pictured: Braeden Lamasters, Cole Preston and Dylan Minnette

Braeden holds the distinction of being the least favorite way to spell this name. Apparently, all variations are not created equal in the eyes of new parents. In the most recent Social Security stats, Braeden fell to the 1,225th position from 713th in 2013.

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11. Yahir
> Boys named Yahir in 2013: 572 (481st most popular)
> Boys named Yahir in 2017: 267 (828th most popular)
> Pictured: Cpl. Yahir Moreno of Vista, California

The popularity of the name Yahir comes from the Mexican singer/actor/pop star Yahir Othón Parra, known to fans simply as Yahir. He is highly visible south of the border, appearing in movies, reality shows, and TV commercials. Yahir rose to fame in the early aughts, which coincides with the name’s greatest popularity, from 2003 to 2006.

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