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Baby Name Popularity News

The popularity of baby names is the subject of these news stories, which look at name popularity trends now and over time. For all the current lists of top names around the world, go to our central Popular Names page.

45 Rare Gender-Neutral Names Heating Up
Thu Jun 30 2022

45 Rare Gender-Neutral Names Heating Up

Gender-neutral names are getting so popular these days that we see dozens of rare and unique unisex picks finding new favor with parents.
The Most Popular Names of 2022, So Far
Sat Jun 25 2022

The Most Popular Names of 2022, So Far

Want to know which names parents are looking at right now? Our mid-year round up reveals what's hot this year.
The Best of the Rarest Baby Names
Wed Jun 01 2022

The Best of the Rarest Baby Names

What are the best, the most usable choices among the names that have never been used in the US? We have 100 of the rarest baby names waiting to be discovered.
America's Top Unisex Names of 2021
Wed May 25 2022

America's Top Unisex Names of 2021

Do you like modern names that work for both girls and boys? Get inspiration from the most popular unisex names right now.
Spanish Names Trending in the US
Mon May 23 2022

Spanish Names Trending in the US

Spanish is the second language of the USA, and beautiful Spanish baby names feature prominently on the US charts. We look at the hottest Spanish names and trends in the US right now.
Forgotten Names Now Back On The Charts
Sun May 22 2022

Forgotten Names Now Back On The Charts

Meet the comeback kids of 2021: names that no one used for years, but are now back on birth certificates! Discover 100+ rare names in every style, from ancient gems to recent inventions, that are ready to dust off and revive.
Top Names in Each State Revealed!
Thu May 19 2022

Top Names in Each State Revealed!

The most popular baby names by state for 2021 — see how they compare to Liam and Olivia, the most popular names nationally.
Top Baby Names 2021: The Playground Analysis
Mon May 16 2022

Top Baby Names 2021: The Playground Analysis

The Playground Analysis groups popular names according to their sound and then ranks the groups instead of the individual spellings. By listing all variant spellings together, we can reveal the top names you're *really* most likely to hear on American playgrounds.
Most Popular Baby Names, A to Z
Sat May 14 2022

Most Popular Baby Names, A to Z

We find the top names for each letter of the alphabet in the USA and on Nameberry. Sure, Olivia and Oliver rule the O names, but who is top for Y?
100+ Best Boy Names Below the Top 1000
Fri May 13 2022

100+ Best Boy Names Below the Top 1000

Unique boy names – from the uncommon to the truly unconventional – have boomed in recent years. We take a systematic look at a selection of the best boy names to suit all tastes, ranking below the Top 1000.
100+ Best Girl Names Below the Top 1000
Thu May 12 2022

100+ Best Girl Names Below the Top 1000

Unique girl names are more sought after than ever by new parents. Long gone are the days when there were five Jennifers or three Ashleys in every class! We take a systematic look at 100+ of the very best options ranking comfortably below the Top 1000, to suit a range of styles and sensibilities.
Best New Baby Names in the Top 1000
Sat May 07 2022

Best New Baby Names in the Top 1000

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most promising new names in this year’s Top 1000, plus a full list of new Top 1000 names to watch!
Top Baby Names 2021 Announced!
Fri May 06 2022

Top Baby Names 2021 Announced!

The most popular baby names of 2021 are here! See how the top choices stack up, and the names that have risen and fallen the fastest.
These Are the Top Names of 2022 So Far
Thu Apr 28 2022

These Are the Top Names of 2022 So Far

Baby name popularity is of prime interest to expectant parents, but we won’t find out the official rankings until well into 2023 – not much use if you’re naming a baby this year! If you want to find out what names parents-to-be are considering now, check out our roundup of Nameberry’s most viewed girl and boy names of 2022 so far.
The Top Scottish Names You Never Hear
Sat Apr 09 2022

The Top Scottish Names You Never Hear

The top Scottish names in Scotland might surprise you! From Struan to Vaila, these uniquely Scottish baby names are little used elsewhere.
Transforming Top to Uncommon Girl Names
Thu Mar 24 2022

Transforming Top to Uncommon Girl Names

If you've always wanted to name your daughter Olivia or Sophia or Charlotte, only to see your favorite name ruined by its rise to the top of the popularity list, we have a solution. Or rather, 100 of them.
New Popular Irish Names Revealed
Thu Mar 17 2022

New Popular Irish Names Revealed

The latest popular Irish names data has just been released, and it’s a treasure trove of intriguing options from the Emerald Isle! Explore the biggest risers and fallers of the year, as well as some of the hottest name trends in Ireland right now.
Baby Names Before 1850
Sat Mar 12 2022

Baby Names Before 1850

What did parents name their children before official records began? Records from a hundred years ago show that the choices go far beyond John and Mary — and some of them could inspire you today.
1930s Names Making a Comeback
Wed Mar 09 2022

1930s Names Making a Comeback

What names are in line to be the next to be revived? Following the 100 Year Rule, we look at the names that peaked in the 1930s to find the best candidates for resurrection.
Baby Name Wolf is Nameberry’s New #1!
Tue Feb 22 2022

Baby Name Wolf is Nameberry’s New #1!

Nameberry’s new top boy name is a quirky wild nature name with serious starpower. Welcome to the stage, Wolf! We explore 15 of the hottest wild animal names now.
Presidential Names for Babies: Who's Winning?
Mon Feb 21 2022

Presidential Names for Babies: Who's Winning?

Presidential names for babies are breaking popularity records for girls and boys, hitting their highest ranks ever.
Rare Baby Names Worth Rescuing
Sat Feb 12 2022

Rare Baby Names Worth Rescuing

These names were only given to five children at the latest count, but they really deserve more love before they disappear. Find an unusual name in your style, whether it's a cute nickname, an elaborate name, or a top trend.
31 Names That Mean You Live on the West Coast
Sat Feb 05 2022

31 Names That Mean You Live on the West Coast

*Probably.Which names are more popular on the West Coast than the rest of the US? We analyzed the latest data to find stylish, quirky West Coast baby names that the rest of the country should know about.
How Bad Are These Names?
Sat Jan 29 2022

How Bad Are These Names?

Some names are so attached to infamous bearers from history, religion and fiction, that they're unthinkable on a child... or are they? Culture changes, and names that were once unacceptable can become possible or even popular. We shine the spotlight on the most notorious names, to see where they are now.
The Best Baby Names of 2022
Wed Jan 26 2022

The Best Baby Names of 2022

What are the best baby names for 2022? The top choices we’re watching for the year ahead? We’ve rounded up 50 baby names that hit all the hottest trend notes for 2022.