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The Fastest-Rising Girls’ Names of the Year

May 10, 2019 laurawattenberg 1 Comment

The Fastest-Rising Girls’ Names of the Year

May 10, 2019 LauraWattenberg 1 Comment
Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Image: Instagram/sussexroyal

Counting down the girls’ names making the biggest moves on the 2018 popularity chart:

#5. Oaklynn
The hit name Brooklyn is starting to cool off, and Oaklyn/Oaklynn is stepping up as a natural heir. We’ve seen the same “headless” transformation before with shifts like Madison to Addison.

#4. Mila
Actress Mila Kunis made this Slavic nickname familiar in the US, but it would be a mistake to call Mila a celebrity name. Its popularity is about sound and style above all. Consider that America’s #1 boy’s name, Liam, is an anagram.

#3. Meghan
Now THIS is a celebrity name. With her 2018 marriage to Britain’s Prince Harry, American actress Meghan Markle pulled off the toughest trick in baby name land: making a “mom name” surge back up the charts. The name Meghan peaked back in the 1980s, when the new Duchess was born. This is as pure a name tribute as you’ll ever see.

#2. Everleigh
Everything “Ever” is hot in baby names, including Ever, Everett, and especially Everly in all of its spellings. The hottest of all is Everleigh, boosted by the young daughter of a family that chronicles its life on YouTube.

#1. Zhavia
Singer Zhavia Ward launched this previously unknown name into America’s top 1000 overnight. If you haven’t heard of her, that might be because she’s never had a hit song. She was a contestant on a recently canceled reality tv singing show called The Four. With a Z- and V-packed name, that’s enough.


Namerology founder and "Baby Name Wizard" author Laura Wattenberg is a globally recognized name expert, known for her scientific approach to understanding name trends and culture.

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  • tp-b
    tp-b May 11, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Re #2, it goes beyond “Ever” – names like Evelyn, Evangeline, Evie, Eve, Evan, Eva. Something is in the water.

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