The Fastest-Rising Baby Names: Sophias of the Future?

I told you about the most popular baby names for boys and girls (plus similar alternatives for anyone looking to stay away from the Top 20 list) earlier this week. And now? Now it’s time to look at the popular baby names of the future. By analyzing the Social Security Administration’s list of popular baby names (and with a little pop-culture know-how), I compiled a list of the fastest-growing names. Names that just might indicate some future chart-topper trends.

So even if you think you’re picking a unique baby name (like Mila or Brantley), you might have yourself a Sophia or Jacob instead. Take a look at my picks for baby names on the rise:


Girl names sure to sky-rocket:

  • Amelia
  • Charlotte/Charley (sure to be a Top 10 soon)
  • Scarlett
  • Harper (the fastest-rising girl name in the Top 100)
  • Penelope (especially now that a certain Kardashian, possibly responsible for the “Mason” boom, named her daughter Penelope. Sigh.)
  • Adele
  • Estelle/Stella
  • Briella/Brielle (the fastest-rising girl name of 2011)
  • Mila (another name that skyrocketed last year — presumably because of a Ms. Kunis)
  • Aubrey/Aubree
  • Molly
  • Violet
  • Lucy
More girl names on the rise:
  • Isla and other short -ah ending names: Aria, Luna, Cora, Eva, Nora, and Clara (in the tradition of Emma, Olivia, and Ava).
  • Elsie, Elise, Eliza and Eloise (the new El- names?)
  • Ivy
  • June
  • Juniper
  • Olive
  • Names ending in -lyn or -lynn (Evelyn, Raelynn, Emmalynn, Addilynn, etc.). This is a huge trend.
  • Names ending in -anna (Audrianna, Lilliana, Aviana, etc.)
  • Alice
  • Bryn
  • Harlow
  • Kinsley/Kinley/Kensley
  • Vera
  • Ember and other “Em-” names like Emery and Emerson
  • Milania
  • Bristol
  • Kennedy
Boy names sure to sky-rocket:
  • Brantley (the fastest-rising boy name in 2011)
  • Jackson and all of its alternative spellings: Jaxon, Jaxen, Jaxon
  • Declan (the next Aiden?)
  • Grayson/Greyson
  • Elijah (already ranks in the Top 20, but it’s steadily climbing to the top along with Liam)
  • Levi
  • Henry
  • Oliver
  • Isaiah
  • Asher
  • Silas/Sylas
  • Milo
  • Wyatt
More boy names on the rise:
  • Iker (the fastest-rising boy name of 2011)
  • Raylan/Rylen
  • Maximiliano
  • More “X” names: Felix, Axel, Jax, Rex, Dexter, Dax, and Lennox.
  • Harvey (It’s still in the 800s here in the States, but it just entered the U.S. Top 1,000 last year after the name ranked in England’s Top 50. The next name import?)
  • Flynn
  • Jasper
  • Atticus
  • Abram
  • Abel
  • Cato and other “-O” ending names: Arlo, Hugo, Theo, and Nico
  • Kayson
  • Archer
  • Kingston
  • Surnames (in addition to Jackson): Hayes, Parker, Lennox, Sullivan, and Edison.
  • Zeiden
Which names are you disappointed to see get more popular?
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