[Ads-l] 26 Names That Didn't Exist Before 2000

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 10 14:57:36 UTC 2015


"King" is not new.  King Vidor was a prominent Hollywood director and writer born in 1894.  In the film "It Happened One Night" (1934), the Claudette Colbert character was married to an aviator named King Westley.

Fred Shapiro



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I don't know how accurate this list is.  For example, I find it difficult to believe Khloe Kardashian is less than 15 years old, "Norah" is a variant spelling of "Nora", and "Vivienne" is a variant spelling of "Vivian" which is one of the names of the woman who seduced Merlin in the Arthur legends.



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26 Names That Didn't Exist Before 2000



Before the year 2000--you know, way back in the last century--the name "Bentley" was pretty much reserved for a British luxury automobile. And it was rarely, if ever, used as a name for a baby boy. Fast forward to today. Bentley is now the 81st most popular name for a boy, according to data from the Social Security Administration.



Jennifer has been replaced by Hazel. And Michael has been dumped by Elijah.



What are other names are new to the 21st century? Mooseroots.com dove into the SSA data on names to figure out which ones are popular now that basically didn't exist before 2000. That is, fewer than 100 babies a year were given any one of these names.



Here are the 26 popular baby names that basically didn't exist before 2000:

 1. Bentley

 2. Nevaeh

 3. Mila

 4. Khloe

 5. Paisley

 6. Brantley

 7. Ryker

 8. Maddox

 9. Gael

 10. Kingston

 11. Zayden

 12. King

 13. Lyla

 14. Londyn

 15. Isla

 16. Adalyn

 17. Norah

 18. Jax

 19. Arabella

 20. Cash

 21. Jaylah

 22. Beckett

 23. Brynlee

 24. Karter

 25. Arya

 26. Vivienne



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30 Classic Baby Names Popular Again

 Jennifer has been replaced by Hazel. And Michael has been dumped by Elijah.



Classic names that were popular well over 100 years ago are surging in popularity again. Talk about retro!



MooseRoots.com did the hard work using 2014 data from the Social Security Administration and the United States Census Bureau and identified 30 classic names that have made a comeback.



Specifically, the MooseRoots editors looked for names that:



• Ranked in the top 200 before 1930.



• Ranked outside of the top 200 between 1930 and 1980.



• Ranked in the top 200 again after 1980.



Thirty classic baby names that are making a comeback:



1. Noah

 Rank in 1880: 126

 Rank in 2014: 1



2. Emma

 Rank in 1880: 3

 Rank in 2014: 1



3. Elijah

 Rank in 1880: 135

 Rank in 2014: 11



4. Charlotte

 Rank in 1880: 91

 Rank in 2014: 10



5. Oliver

 Rank in 1880: 69

 Rank in 2014: 32



6. Amelia

 Rank in 1880: 96

 Rank in 2014: 15



7. Levi

 Rank in 1880: 118

 Rank in 2014: 45



8. Evelyn

 Rank in 1880: 133

 Rank in 2014: 16



9. Eli

 Rank in 1880: 177

 Rank in 2014: 49



10. Lillian

 Rank in 1880: 32

 Rank in 2014: 25



11. Nathaniel

 Rank in 1880: 200

 Rank in 2014: 94



12. Sadie

 Rank in 1880: 74

 Rank in 2014: 46



13. Leo

 Rank in 1880: 92

 Rank in 2014: 97



14. Nora

 Rank in 1880: 55

 Rank in 2014: 49



15. Elias

 Rank in 1880: 189

 Rank in 2014: 103



16. Stella

 Rank in 1880: 60

 Rank in 2014: 66



17. Max

 Rank in 1880: 225

 Rank in 2014: 112



18. Eleanor

 Rank in 1880: 126

 Rank in 2014: 78



19. Harrison

 Rank in 1880: 189

 Rank in 2014: 127



20. Naomi

 Rank in 1880: 275

 Rank in 2014: 80



21. Ivan

 Rank in 1880: 320

 Rank in 2014: 132



22. Ruby

 Rank in 1880: 149

 Rank in 2014: 90



23. Timothy

 Rank in 1880: 180

 Rank in 2014: 135



24. Cora

 Rank in 1880: 15

 Rank in 2014: 103



25. Silas

 Rank in 1880: 139

 Rank in 2014: 137



26. Hazel

 Rank in 1880: 352

 Rank in 2014: 107



27. Joel

 Rank in 1880: 262

 Rank in 2014: 154



28. Josephine

 Rank in 1880: 50

 Rank in 2014: 147



29. Oscar

 Rank in 1880: 29

 Rank in 2014: 183



30. Rose

 Rank in 1880: 30

 Rank in 2014: 194

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I would speculate that the popularity of Emma might be due to the fame of actress Emma Watson, but in that case why isn't "Hermione" on the above list?





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