Caitlyn's popularity plunges dramatically in latest list of top baby names

by Garry Watts May 14, 2017, 2:43
Caitlyn's popularity plunges dramatically in latest list of top baby names

Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, but the first name Donald dipped to its lowest level of popularity for American babies ever, according to data from the Social Security Administration.

Overall, the top 10 most popular names for boys and girls didn't change much from the year before.

As the AP notes, the name Hillary dropped out of the list's top 1,000 spots in 2009 and hasn't returned, while Donald dropped 45 spots previous year to No. 488. John is now No. 28 and Mary has fallen to No. 127. The boys' name ranked 437 in 2016, about where it's been every year for the last decade.

The most popular 21st century names for girls before 2014 were Sophia, Isabella and Emily. However, there has been a decided shift from the New Testament to the Old. This year's winners for biggest jump in popularity in the Top 1,000 are Kehlani and Kylo. In 1966, about 80,000 babies were named Michael, the top name for baby boys that year.

Jenner announced his name change midway through 2015 shortly after revealing a partial sex change. Other names from the 2015 film The Force Awakens that moved up were Finn and Leia.

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Pop culture often influences the names that increase and decrease in popularity, and it happened again 2016. Perhaps this can be attributed to Kehlani Parrish, a singer/songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy in 2016.

For girls, the name Kehlani jumped from 3,359 in 2015 to 872 in 2016.

Wattenberg recalled one grandparent saying Kylo "sounds like a brand of laundry detergent or toothpaste".

The names on the list aren't particularly surprising.

"Imagine naming your child after a character who kills his father!" she said.

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