Newfangled Baby Names

A few days ago, we brought you names that have gone out of style. I thought it might be a good idea to do the opposite, and find names that are new.

Here is a list of American names that are now in the top 50 for their gender, but that never once appeared in the top 1,000 before 1960.

A few interesting notes:

  • Once again, there are more women's names (17) than men's names (6) on the list, although the difference is less stark.

  • The names Madison, Addison, Avery, and Harper appeared as boy names before 1960, but didn't appear as girl names until recently. While it seems that boy names can become girl names, I can't find any examples of the reverse being true.

  • Dylan was a very obscure name until the poet Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan made the name famous.

  • The name Aaliyah first entered the top 1,000 in 1994, the year after the recording artist Aaliyah released her first album.

Rank in 2015NameFirst Entered Top 1,000
2Liam1967
6Mia1964
10Harper2004
11Madison1985
13Aiden1995
16Avery1989
20Jayden1994
21Aubrey1973
23Zoey1995
24Addison1994
27Dylan1966
29Aria2000
30Layla1972
31Brooklyn1990
32Alexa1973
35Riley1990
42Skylar1990
43Camila1997
44Jaxon1997
45Paisley2006
46Ariana1978
47Grayson1984
48Aaliyah1994

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level 57
Jun 12, 2016
Aaliyah? Didn't even know that was a name!
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level 63
Jun 12, 2016
Me neither, learn something new every day
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level ∞
Jun 12, 2016
I didn't either. It's remarkable how it quickly it became popular. It wasn't in the top 1,000 then suddenly the next year it was ranked around 200. I would be interested to know if there are any other celebrities who have had such a profound effect.
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level 58
Jun 12, 2016
I did, but didn't know it was popular.
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level 71
Jun 12, 2016
Interesting article. Liam has been a common name in Ireland since forever; it's fascinating how it seems to have jumped across the Atlantic at some point.
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level 35
Jun 12, 2016
I was about to say that Liam seems out of place. It isn't a new name like most of the others.
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level 77
Jun 13, 2016
You have 23 names listed. 11 of those contain a "y". Not sure why that stuck out to me, but it seems out of proportion to names years ago. My name has a "y" though. :-) Most of these I've gotten used to hearing and seeing, but Paisley is really a name I wouldn't wish on anyone.
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level 58
Jun 16, 2016
I'm curious if other spellings of some names appeared on the list earlier. I would venture a guess that Jackson was in the top 1000 at the very least earlier than Jaxon. Some of the other ones are curious. Zoe, sans y? Which came first? Camilla, or Arianna?
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level 58
Jun 20, 2016
Aubrey and Layla were names of girls in songs at the same time those names entered the top 1000.
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level 75
Sep 16, 2017
When I was growing up in the '50s and '60s, Aubrey was a boy's name and Skylar was spelled Schuyler or Schuylar. As Symmetrik said, Camila was Camilla but only old ladies were named Zoe and in this area it was pronounced with the e silent.
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level 54
Jan 11, 2019
Funny how Drake's name is Aubrey?