Choosing a name for your child is perhaps the first big decision you’ll make as a parent. No pressure at all.
The desire to meet family expectations and follow traditions has to be weighed against the appeal of a cool-sounding name that also has a profound meaning.
Parents-to-be adopt various tactics when choosing the perfect name. They ask family and friends for advice, consider whether potential nicknames sound funny, and read Roman mythology — just to name a few. The result can be an uncommon name shared by only a handful of people in a century or a once-popular name that is going extinct.
The girls’ names projected to be most popular in a decade are similar to the most popular names nowadays. Only three in the top 10 are not currently so well-known. This is not the case with boys’ names, however. Seven of the boy names expected to be in the top 10 in 2028 are not especially common today.
The projected ranking of baby names for boys and girls is based on data provided by Nameberry, a popular guide. It examined Social Security data and names the site’s visitors, mostly expectant parents, are most interested in. It then created an algorithm to analyze each name’s past popularity trajectory and project its rank going forward. It also compared the number of views each name attracted at the start of 2019 with the same period last year, and identified those names with the biggest jump in views.
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