With the rise of social media and the increased need for an online presence, many are feeling the growing need to develop a personal brand to stand out. For parents-to-be, this often leads to serious concerns about choosing the perfect name for a child. After all, the foundation of any personal brand, whether online or not, really starts there. Ethnic, religious, political, or gender-specific names often say a lot about a person – whether the message is intentional or not.
The influence of the name and parental concerns about choosing the right name are nothing new. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported more than a decade ago that parents faced unprecedented stress when choosing a name and going into innumerable (and costly) efforts to find the perfect nickname. Parents-to-be hire consultants, use the services of numerologists, and even conduct surveys with their friends and family to help them narrow down the almost endless list of possibilities.
Attitudes towards the use of popular names for a newborn have always changed. Some parents appreciate the relative neutrality of a popular name, knowing that their child will not be singled out. Others prefer something more unique to make their child stand out.
To help you find your child’s name, Stacker used the Social Security Administration’s historical archives of baby names to count birth names from 1980-1999 and 2000-2019 (released 2020). The names were then ranked in order of greatest percentage change between the two datasets to reveal the baby names that are gaining popularity in the 21st century. Overall, the rise in names for boys looks much more dramatic than the rise in names for girls.
Read on to find out which names will become some of the most popular in the next century.
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