There’s a new sheriff in town. America’s fastest-rising baby name is pure modern cowboy:
The neo-western tv series Yellowstone follows the travails of the Dutton family on their Montana ranch. When country singer Chris Lane named his baby son Dutton in 2021, it highlighted the name’s potential and cemented its western bonafides.
Dutton leads a cowboyful list of rising boys’ names, including Yellowstone Dutton family name Kayce, fellow TV neo-western name Walker, Old West explorer name Colter, and hat classic Stetson. Beyond the cowboys, you’ll find the Hawaiian name Koa and French soccer star name Kylian.
For girls, the hot name element of the year is Wren. The #1 and #2 top risers are Wrenlee and Wrenley, and Wren itself is #15. The Latina names Arlet and Arleth also both ranked among the top risers. In a super-rare coincidence, the Arabic (and Japanese) name Amiri is the #8 fastest riser for both boys and girls.
The full top-rising list:
Other movers and shakers of note:
- Love makes its all-time debut in the top 1000, at #754 for girls
- Millie jumps up to #127, the highest the name has ever ranked
- Chosen is now a top-1000 name for boys