Saturday, May 12, 2018

2017 Comeback Kids

Some namers take a look at the SSA list every year and group together all of the name that weren't on the top 1000 the year before into one category. I on the other hand like to split them up into two categories; newbies and comeback kids. This posts today is all about the comeback kids. What are comeback kids exactly? They are ones that have previously been on the top 1000 list but were not on the 2016 list. Some names haven't been on the list for 1 year while others haven't been on for 62 years! The following lists are in order from last time spent off the list to most time off the list.



Bishop #988
Last Ranked in 2015 (#989)

Rashad #981
Last Ranked in 2015 (#945)

Kylen #980
Last Ranked in 2015 (#987)

Yadiel #975
Last Ranked in 2015 (#972)

Dilan #920
Last Ranked in 2015 (#903)

Ayan #907
Last Ranked in 2015 (#997)

Frankie #898
Last Ranked in 2015 (#994)

Aaden #888
Last Ranked in 2015 (#784)

Juelz #776
Last Ranked in 2015 (#990)

Mike #949
Last Ranked in 2014 (#976)

Randall #960
Last Ranked in 2014 (#909)

Simeon #974
Last Ranked in 2012 (#981)

Khari #969
Last Ranked in 1994 (#952)

Bjorn #953
Last Ranked in 1980 (#959)







Jenny #996
Last Ranked in 2015 (#967)

Tara #985
Last Ranked in 2015 (#912)

Kimora #960
Last Ranked in 2015 (#958)

Meilani #911
Last Ranked in 2015 (#951)

Aminah #887
Last Ranked in 2015 (#902)

Alisa #988
Last Ranked in 2014 (#945)

Sonia #983
Last Ranked in 2014 (#949)

Renee #966
Last Ranked in 2014 (#950)

Magdalena #955
Last Ranked in 2014 (#974)

Miley #923
Last Ranked in 2014 (#792)

Jurnee #950
Last Ranked in 2013 (#896)

India #890
Last Ranked in 2013 (#968)

Raylee #881
Last Ranked in 2012 (#937)

Saanvi #991
Last Ranked in 2012 (#901)

Xiomara #848
Last Ranked in 2010 (#984)

Selene #917
Last Ranked in 2006 (#987)

Samira #992
Last Ranked in 2005 (#974)

Treasure #968
Last Ranked in 2004 (#889)

Emerald #979
Last Ranked in 2002 (#995)

Octavia #593
Last Ranked in 1998 (#877)

Sunny #984
Last Ranked in 1985 (#962)

Florence #980
Last Ranked in 1981 (#956)

Opal #859
Last Ranked in 1960 (#918) 

Luella #905
Last Ranked in 1955 (#971)


Which names for each gender spent the most time off the top 1000? For boys it was Bjorn for spending 37 years off the list and Luella for the ladies. She spent 62 years off the list.

One interesting thing I noticed was some of the names on the list have only ranked for two years in total, this year being one of them. For boys that would be Khari and for girls it is Treasure, Jurnee, Aminah, and Meilani. 

I feel like this year the list is on the smaller size. I was expecting a lot more names. Are we not using extremely unique names as much? One can always wonder. As for the names that are on the list I am excited to see Bishop, Simeon, Magdalena, India, Selene, Octavia, Florence, and Opal on the list. A few of those I had actually predicted would make their ways back! 

Other 2017 SSA List Posts


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2017 Newbies

Every year when the new Social Security Administration (SSA) name list comes out I take a look at some categories of names immediately. One of which is names that have never been on the top 1000 before but have made it this year. And every year I think there can't be many new names to the list. But then I am reminded that there are thousands upon thousands of names in this world just waiting to be discovered. Just to be clear these names have never been on the most popular list since the charts first came out in 1880!

Below you will find all of the names along with their rankings for this year. I've also included something new this year. I went and include how many spots the name moved from the previous year.  You can find them in parenthesis.



  1. Jaxx #1000 (+64 spots)
  2. Decker #996 (+20)
  3. Alaric #994 (+96)
  4. Jovanni #987 (+68)
  5. Gianluca #986 (+168)
  6. Ledger #973 (+205)
  7. Zahir #966 (+147)
  8. Shmuel #965 (+40)
  9. Reign #961 (+236)
  10. Gatlin #957 (+282)
  11. Koa #939 (+294)
  12. Zayd #931 (+211)
  13. Kaiser #929 (+75)
  14. Shepard #926 (+118)
  15. Nova #918 (+323)
  16. Wells #915 (+504, Name with Biggest Increases)
  17. Briar #880 (+128)
  18. Kace #870 (+315)
  19. Caspian #868 (+328)
  20. Jaxxon #846 (+214)
  21. Kairo #803 (+423)
  22. Colson #736 (+323)

  1. Alora #1000 (+111 spots)
  2. Yara #987 (+352)
  3. Marlowe #981 (+50)
  4. Spencer #975 (+87)
  5. Egypt #974 (+62)
  6. Ensley #965 (+1461, Name with Biggest Increase)
  7. Legacy #945 (+97)
  8. Oaklee #942 (+251)
  9. Mylah #941 (+196)
  10. Melania #930 (+720)
  11. Malani #921 (+271)
  12. Oaklynn #886 (+1072)
  13. Lyanna #858 (+304)
  14. Paisleigh #840 (+364)
  15. Dream #828 (+840)
  16. Everlee #762 (+250)
  17. Amora #698 (+317)
  18. Oaklyn #676 (+749)
  19. Emberly #629 (+616)


Other 2017 SSA List Posts


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Friday, May 11, 2018

2017 Top 100

The top 100 names have a special feel to them. They are popular but at the same time there are so many that just simply aren't. I often see parents saying they want a name below the top 100 because in their eyes the top 100 is too popular. But there are so many things to love about the top 100. A lot of the names you probably haven't even met an actual baby with the name. With that being said a name moving into the top 100 is a good thing. It makes the name just a little more familiar to the ears.

Every year only a few names move into the top 100 usually right below 10 for each gender. Here are this year's names.





Jameson and Maverick are names that I had predicted would make their way into the top 100 and they did. I am a little surprised about Kayden moving up. I had thought that the whole Aiden/Kayden trend was dying down but I guess not. What are your thoughts on it?



As for girls I had predicted Valentina, Everly, and Emilia would make their ways into the top 100 and they did! I can see the appeal in Emilia and Everly. E names seem to be a plus for girls lately. Isabelle surprised me a little bit because of how popular Isabella is but she had been just shy of the top 100 last year. 


As for the names that have fallen from the top 100 list because of these new names they are:

  1. Bentley #100 --> 102
  2. Brandon #99 -->114
  3. Tyler #91 -->106
  4. Kevin #90 ---> 101
  5. Zachary #89 -->103

  1. Faith #100 --> 119
  2. Brainna #98 --> 123
  3. Taylor #91 --> 112
  4. Katherine #90 --> 105
  5. Kylie #83 --> 114
It seems that most of the names that have fallen from the top 100 are names some would find dated almost. Names that were much more popular 20 years ago. Brandon, Tyler, Kevin, Brianna, and Taylor are all names common to my generation. People of the 1990s. Bentley and Kylie surprise me a little bit in their falls. If anything I would have thought they'd stay right around the same. 

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more new name talk! I will have a few things on there that won't be posted on here. Or at least not for a little bit that is. 


Other 2017 SSA List Posts



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2017 SSA List!

Merry Name Christmas!! Yep I'm declaring today the ultimate naming holiday. Who'd be in to petition making today an actual holiday?! For the last few weeks I have been waiting and prepping and waiting and prepping some more. Now that its here I can't contain myself! Last night I couldn't sleep. I rolled around in bed just so excited for today to come! And then this morning I refreshed the SSA name page a million and ten times waiting for the list to get posted. But ITS FINALLY HERE!! Before I get into the whole list I am going to sit down and look over the top 10. Enjoy this excitement for just a little bit. Take it all in.



  1. Liam +1
  2. Noah -1
  3. William
  4. James +1
  5. Logan +13
  6. Benjamin
  7. Mason -3
  8. Elijah +1
  9. Oliver +3
  10. Jacob -3


  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella +1
  5. Sophia -1
  6. Mia 
  7. Charlotte 
  8. Amelia +3
  9. Evelyn +3
  10. Abigail -2

I am so pleasantly surprised at this new list! First there were 2 new boy names and 2 new girl names, all of which I am happy made the list. For the boys Logan jumped 13 (yes 13!) spots into the top 10 and Oliver jumped 3 spots. They knocked out Michael and Ethan. This is the first time since 1943 that Michael is not in the top 10. After 74 years this classical name is not longer in the top 10.

The two girl names that made their ways into the top 10 were Amelia and Evelyn. There was a lot of talk around the name world of Amelia moving into the top 10 and it was right. I'm not sure if anyone would have guessed Evelyn but it is a nice surprise. I think out of both list Evelyn is my favorite move. Because we have 2 new names we had to lose 2. Those were Harper and Emily. Although it wasn't much of a drop, spots 11 and 12 respectively, I'm still a little shocked about Harper. I know Emily has been around for a while but Harper had only spent 2 years in the top 10. I thought for sure she'd move up more this year. 

Noah was knocked from the #1 spot after 4 years while Emma kept her crown for the 4th year in a row. 

Overall, I am happy with the top 10 list. It's nice to see some fresh names. This year may be my favorite top 10 in the last few years. Keep an eye out for more posts about the 2017 SSA list! 


*Bold Names Are Names New To The List*



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