Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Classic Baby Names That Are Making a Comeback


#1. NOAH


Rank in 1880: 126
Rank in 2014: 1
Noah is the name of a biblical character whose family was the only one saved by the Great Flood. The name is currently the No. 1 most-popular choice for baby boys in the U.S., but it hasn’t always been so: Noah’s popularity saw a huge decline from 1880 until the late 1960s.

#2. EMMA


Rank in 1880: 3
Rank in 2014: 1
Emma was a hugely popular name in the late 1800s and early 1900s. However, beginning in the 1930s, the name started to fizzle out in popularity, and for a few decades, it was practically nonexistent in the U.S. A turning point for Emma came in 1978. Since then, the name has made a massive comeback, making it the No. 1 most popular name for girls in the U.S.

#3. ELIJAH


Rank in 1880: 135
Rank in 2014: 11
Elijah is a biblical name, meaning ‘Yahweh is God’ in Hebrew. As you can see in the visualization, the name began to decline in popularity in the 1880s, and reached a low-point in 1968. Since then, however, the Elijah’s popularity has skyrocketed, bringing the name to the No. 11 spot for boys in the U.S.


#4. CHARLOTTE


Rank in 1880: 91
Rank in 2014: 10
The name Charlotte is a feminine diminutive of Charles, and became popular in England beginning in the 17th century. The name is currently trending up in the U.S., and holds the No. 10 ranking for girls in the U.S

#5. OLIVER


Rank in 1880: 69
Rank in 2014: 32
Oliver comes from a French name, Olivier, and is currently the 32nd most popular name for boys. Of over 2 million boys born in the U.S. last year, 9,365 were named Oliver. The name has come a long way since 1986, when it held a rank of 473.




#6. AMELIA


Rank in 1880: 96
Rank in 2014: 15
Amelia is a blend of two medieval names: Emilia and Amalia. The name climbed from a ranking of No. 490 to No. 15 since the 1970s, and it’s still trending up. Last year, over 8,000 newborn baby girls were named Amelia in the U.S.

#7. LEVI


Rank in 1880: 118
Rank in 2014: 45
Levi is a biblical name that means ‘associated’ in Hebrew. It has not only made a comeback in the U.S., it’s also become recently popular in Norway, Belgium, England and Wales, Scotland, and New Zealand, among other countries.



#8. EVELYN


Rank in 1880: 133
Rank in 2014: 16
Historically, Evelyn has been used as both a boy’s and a girl’s name. Today, it’s more frequently chosen as a girl’s name, and has become the No. 16 girl’s name in the U.S

#9. ELI


Rank in 1880: 177
Rank in 2014: 49
Eli is a biblical name derived from a Hebrew word meaning ‘height.’ The name is trending way up in the U.S., and now holds the No. 49 ranking for boys. Last year, the name was given to over 7,000 baby boys.

#10. LILLIAN


Rank in 1880: 32
Rank in 2014: 25
Lillian was a hugely popular name in the U.S. from 1880-1930, but saw a steep decline in popularity soon after. However, the name bounced back beginning in the late 1970s, and is now the 25th most popular option for newborn baby girls.


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