|Ladies and gentlemen, the top 10 for 2011!|
I haven't finished my morning coffee yet, and I'm already typing. What's the only thing that could possibly motivate me in my pre-caffeine state? The release of the 2011 SSA list, that's what.
Here are some initial thoughts, starting off with then names I mentioned in my predictions post.
I was right about the emergence of Flynn as a top 1,000 presence — it debuted at #946 on the boy list. As I mentioned, in 2010 it was given to just 81 baby boys, and I said it needed to be used around 200 times to rank within the top thousand. 208 babies did the job!
Adele had a huge rise, predictably, going from #909 to #627. That's big news.
I thought Cullen, Nola and Willa would see popularity rises, but they actually fell. Willa was most surprising here, since I feel like I hear it quite often. Maybe a rise for next year? It went from #954 to #991, almost off the list entirely.
I thought these would rise, and they did — Kellan (just 2 spots), Harper (entering the top 100 very solidly at #54, up from #118 in 2010), Leo (from #192 to #167), Luca (10 spots, I predict an even bigger rise for next year), Ruby (4 spots) and Willow (from #289 to #202)
Some other interesting tidbits —
Aviana — debuted on the list at #762, a nice first-time spot for the name used by actress Amy Adams for her daughter, born in May 2010. Its similarity to top 10 mainstay Ava and its popular "-ana" ending surely add to its appeal
Beatrice — has been rising since 2009 and rose to #707 from its position at #836 for 2010
Esme — fell 60 spots to #921. I'm surprised but glad, as I'd prefer this one to remain a little bit obscure. Maybe Twilight didn't give it enough staying power, after all
Juniper — debuted at #970. I know one, born in 2009, and am not surprised to see it's gained popularity since then. Another name that made its debut is Temperance (at #941), most likely due to TV show Bones and the books it's based on
Saanvi — also making its debut was intriguing Saanvi, a name of questionable Sanskrit background (it may mean "follow along/one who follows" and refer the to goddess Lakshmi) which appeared at #844
Some other girl-name risers that caught my eye are Mae (jumped more than 100 spots to #803 after first appearing in 2010), Pearl (rising since '09, currently at #814, sure to rise even higher for 2012), Sawyer (also first appeared in 2010, currently at #719) and mysterious Zuri, which leapt from #980 to #854. Anyone know why?
Bowen — Owen's in the top 50, but Bowen just debuted at #723. Maybe due to Modern Family actress Julie Bowen?
Cassius — an up and downer, in 2009 Cassius rounded out the list at #1000. It disappeared in 2010, but is back in fighting form at #876 for 2011
Channing — I was curious about this one, which debuted at #645 in 2010, probably because of the rise to fame of actor Channing Tatum. It fell, though, to #672 for 2011
Kohen — here's one to watch. Kohen debuted at #995, but that's not all. Variant spelling Coen, also made its debut, at #974. Cohen is currently #336, up from #360 in 2010. Combine all that and you have one trendy, trendy choice
Maxton — debuted at #949. I've heard this one around a couple times, but was surprised to see it rank. A longer "Max" choice, definitely fits the requirements fast-rise potential
Otto — happy to see that Otto's getting some love, debuting at #930. It hasn't ranked since 1974!
Vihaan — this one caught my eye right away. It debuted at #932 and a good quick Google indicates that a potential reason for this is that he's the nephew of popular Indian actress Aishwarya Rai. Wow!
Winston — Winston's been up and down in the 700-800 range for the past 10 years, but it's a personal favorite and I'm glad to see it's up this year, to #742 from #882 in 2011
On a personal note, Ottilie did not appear anywhere in the rankings of the "beyond the top 1,000" names, meaning it was used 5 times or less in 2010. Phew! And while Rowan rose on the boy list (from #327 to #309) it dropped on the girl list (from #493 to #535). Variant spelling Rowen also rose on the boy side, from #988 to #848, but does not rank at all, for girls.
So much name-nerd fun today!