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Raindrop and Liquid Names are Still Flowing

October 31, 2019 laurawattenberg No Comments

Raindrop and Liquid Names are Still Flowing

October 31, 2019 LauraWattenberg No Comments
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Imagine a name as smooth as a flowing stream, as glossy as a raindrop. It shouldn’t be hard to imagine, because those names are all around us. Six years ago I first described a huge wave of “liquid” and “raindrop” names that was defining the sound of the times. A fresh look reveals that the trend has only continued to grow in the years since.

I call a name part of the “liquid” style if it’s fluid and sinuous, with no bumps, stops or hisses obstructing the flow of sound. That means a minimum of three syllables for flow, and no consonant sounds except the smoothest: l, m, n, r, w and y. To keep the name from bogging down, any two consonant sounds must be separated by a vowel. The name Aaliyah, clocking in at seven letters with just a single consonant sound, is a perfect liquid example. Girls’ names, with their tradition of vowel endings, dominate the style. The highest ranked liquid boys’ name is Emiliano at #190.

A “raindrop” name is composed of the same ingredients, but uses them to different effect. Rather than long and sinuous, these names are compact miniatures. Each raindrop name has at least two syllables but no more than four letters. They pack all of the style of a formal name into tiny, potent package. While girls’ names lead the raindrop style too, it’s a closer balance. The top two boys’ names in America, Liam and Noah, are both raindrop names.

Together, the two styles form a powerhouse. 162 different liquid and raindrop names rank among today’s top 1000 names for girls, double the rate of past generations. As a sound-based trend, the fluid appeal cuts across traditional style categories. A liquid name can be as antique as Amelia or as contemporary as Aniyah. The allure is so strong it has even helped bring back long-dormant names like Ramona and Luella.

See for yourself, with this roundup of top-1000 liquid and raindrop names.

RAINDROP GIRLSPOPULARITY RANKRAINDROP BOYSPOPULARITY RANK
Emma1Liam1
Mia7Noah2
Mila14Owen25
Ella15Ryan46
Aria19Leo50
Luna23Eli58
Nora30Ian79
Lily31Amir149
Leah41Alan172
Anna54Milo178
Maya61Leon238
Arya119Omar240
Mary126Ali309
Lyla128Rory368
Remi177Ari374
Ayla189Noel405
Mya197Remy425
Amy205Raul514
Ana215Noe679
Lila224Aron825
Lola239Rene929
Lia246Yael932
Myla283Elon939
Nyla290Ira957
Leia296Lian990
Lena301
Nina319
Lana360
Ryan364
Erin421
Mira465
Nia474
Myra491
Maia502
Remy537
Emmy539
Rory579
Mina625
Nola644
Noa654
Alia659
Yara672
Anya677
Lyra680
Mara681
Lea708
Ari719
Nala743
Aya749
Lara757
Lina760
Rhea761
Myah777
Miah819
Amia960
Naya973
LIQUID GIRLSPOPULARITY RANKLIQUID BOYSPOPULARITY RANK
Amelia8Emiliano190
Emily12Emilio248
Eleanor32Amari268
Lillian34Orion300
Aurora44Mario325
Emilia58Romeo340
Naomi64Leonel357
Aaliyah65Elian411
Elena66Omari471
Ariana68Ariel585
Eliana83Uriah591
Emery92Lionel634
Arianna95Arian868
Melanie105
Liliana109
Maria116
Leilani120
Amaya130
Ariel154
Alina157
Aliyah160
Elliana187
Amara193
Alana200
Alaina202
Mariah217
Alayna236
Elaina272
Amiyah276
Ariella284
Mariana286
Aniyah294
Amina299
Miriam303
Lilliana310
Arielle321
Ariah343
Alani347
Ariyah348
Amari381
Nayeli411
Anaya424
Lorelei473
Emely485
Liana486
Emmalyn508
Imani515
Alayah530
Mariam548
Alanna552
Mallory555
Lorelai568
Amora569
Alaia581
Amalia593
Anahi604
Melany615
Alaya616
Ariya617
Aleena642
Aurelia653
Romina664
Marina682
Emerie688
Nalani700
Yareli702
Lilyana711
Aniya714
Noemi715
Amelie721
Elora724
Alena736
Malaya737
Malani741
Amani745
Analia746
Milana748
Ailani756
Amaia768
Aliana772
Emilee780
Emmeline784
Maleah796
Lilianna802
Amiya803
Milena804
Meilani811
Leanna827
Marianna834
Ramona835
Lyanna846
Alannah869
Ellianna870
Alianna878
Iliana884
Emmaline903
Aliya915
Alora923
Lillianna931
Arely935
Luella954
Annalee961
Emmarie991
Aiyana994
Elina998
Maliah1000

LauraWattenberg
LauraWattenberg

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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