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The Top 100 – Girls

I’m sorry the posts have been lacking lately.  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.  But, here’s something I’ve been working on!  I thought I would do an analysis of the Top 100 names of 2006 (the 2007 list should come out in May).  Maybe eventually I’ll do the entire 1000, but baby steps.  🙂  First I’ll do the girls, then I’ll do the boys.

I’ve been wondering what types of names the majority of parents were choosing.  So, I separated the Top 100 names out into different categories.  Some of the names were hard to place (like Alyssa), so I had to use The Baby Name Wizard for some guidance.  I ended up placing the names where I wanted, so if you disagree… that’s cool!  🙂

It’s not surprising to find out that most the Top 100 girls names are in the Classic category.  These are names that have been around forever and have either always been popular (like Katherine) or are making a comeback (like Ella).  Half of the top 10 also come from this category… this is the trend of today.  Old is now new again.

Very close behind the Classic names are the New Classic names… names that are now considered classic even though they haven’t been around forever.  The Biblical and Modern categories come up next, followed by Androgynous.  Those categories are self-explanatory.  Next up are Exotic, or what I consider “foreign” transfers to America, and Lacy, a category I picked up from The Baby Name Wizard.  Lacy names are considered feminine and don’t fit into another category.  Bell Tone names come next; another category I picked up from TBNW and seems to explain itself pretty well.  Surnames and Place names follow, with Virtue names bringing up the rear.

There are several names that are on the list twice with different spellings: Arianna/Ariana, Hailey/Haley, Kaitlyn/Katelyn, Isabelle/Isabel, Sarah/Sara, and Sophia/Sofia.  The spelling differences are interesting, because if you combine the spellings into the same name it would lift the name a lot higher in the list.  Isabelle and Isabel are very close together on the list, as are Arianna and Ariana, so if you combine them they would go from numbers 85 and 87, and 77 and 78, into the Top 30.  This comes into play even more when you venture into the rest of the Top 1000.  So, maybe we’ll see more interesting stuff later.

The two Virtue names could easily be placed in the Biblical category, but I separated them out for my possible future adventure of tackling the Top 1000.

Here are the categories:

Androgynous (9%)
14 – Alexis
22 – Taylor
27 – Addison
35 – Morgan
52 – Avery
53 – Mackenzie
55 – Riley
92 – Aubrey
97 – Jordan

Bell Tone (5%)
26 – Kayla
42 – Kaylee
66 – Kylie
93 – Jada
99 – Jayla

Biblical (11%)
6 – Abigail
8 – Hannah
11 – Elizabeth
15 – Sarah
23 – Anna
47 – Maria
49 – Rachel
69 – Leah
72 – Sara
84 – Mary
96 – Rebecca

Classic (21%)
1 – Emily
2 – Emma
5 – Ava
7 – Olivia
9 – Sophia
18 – Chloe
21 – Ella
28 – Victoria
31 – Julia
33 – Lily
36 – Katherine
38 – Lillian
48 – Angelina
56 – Sofia
65 – Evelyn
68 – Audrey
71 – Madeline
81 – Mariah
82 – Amelia
86 – Claire
89 – Caroline

Exotic (7%)
4 – Isabella
50 – Gabriella
85 – Isabelle
87 – Isabel
90 – Valeria
94 – Natalia
98 – Gianna

Lacy (7%)
19 – Alyssa
20 – Brianna
39 – Alexa
77 – Arianna
78 – Ariana
91 – Aaliyah
100 – Layla

Modern (11%)
13 – Mia
29 – Jasmine
37 – Destiny
41 – Kaitlyn
43 – Nevaeh
45 – Makayla (modern due to the spelling)
54 – Zoe
57 – Maya
61 – Katelyn
63 – Trinity
95 – Autumn

New Classic (20%)
10 – Samantha
12 – Ashley
16 – Natalie
24 – Lauren
32 – Jessica
40 – Alexandra
44 – Brooke
46 – Allison
51 – Jennifer
58 – Kimberly
59 – Andrea
60 – Megan
62 – Gabrielle
70 – Stephanie
73 – Jocelyn
74 – Nicole
79 – Vanessa
80 – Michelle
83 – Melanie
88 – Jenna

Place (3%)
30 – Savannah
34 – Sydney
67 – Brooklyn

Surname (4%)
3 – Madison
25 – Hailey
75 – Haley
76 – Paige

Virtue (2%)
17 – Grace
64 – Faith

Now it’s your turn!  Did you find anything interesting?

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4 Responses

  1. What really strikes me as interesting here is that almost every baby girl I know who has been born in the past two years or so has one of these names — and most of the parents thought they were being really orginal!

    What also strikes me as interesting is how many of those names I’VE often thought of for a child and how original I thoubht I was being — some of them before I’d ever met anyone else with that name or (in the case of Avery) ever heard it on a girl before.

    It just kind of makes you wonder what it is that sets up certain names to be well-received by a specific culture — what gets us all thinking on the same wave-length about certain names? This goes both for names that are on the list and names that aren’t. I mean, I notice that Gertrude and Matilda are notably absent but were popular choices a century ago.

  2. I noticed that there were only five names that I would actually consider using and that I particularly don’t like modern classic names. I don’t know what that says about my naming choices but there you have it. 🙂

  3. This post shows me that you truly are a namefreak!! I thought I sorta was but you have proven that you are far and away beyond anything I’ve seen (with regard to having a passion for discussing/researching baby names)!!

    Wow!! The organization is beyond describing! How did you know how to catagorize each name? I was surprised by the “type” of name almost all the names were. I would’ve put them in different catagories (but I’ve done zero research on names so I trust that your divisions are accurate) Very interesting!

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