I’ve ofter wondered, while working at day-cares, why there were so many more Haleys and Katelyns than the Social Security 2009 List said. Weren’t these the most popular names in the past five years? The reason names like Emma and Emily easily keep the top spots is there are rarely alternate spellings. While, according to Name Nerds, mom’s are spelling Haley in eight different ways, and Haley is not even the most popular way! You have Hailey, Haylee, Hailee, and so on and so forth. With this list, you can also search and add the Hallies of the world.
This catapults Haley into the real top 10 on Name Nerds, shutting out the less popular than expected Elizabeth and moving it all the way to number 18. Yes, that’s right, while Elizabeth is number 9 on the Social Security 2009 List, if you combine the spellings of names like Kaylee, Madelyn, and Mia. Some might say that this is not a big deal, but for those mother’s wanting to make sure they name their daughter’s something unique. This is why many sites online including Baby Center always combine spellings for the best accuracy.
Some may be surprised that Isabella has upset Emma and Emily, but if you have kept up with the lists that combine the spellings of Isabella, Izabella, and Isabela, you’ve known for awhile how popular Isabella really is! This does not even consider Isobel. Sophia and Olivia also show up as more popular than Emma with alternate spellings. If we take it a step further and add Sophie to Sophia and Sofia, we see how truly popular the name is. It adds over 4,000 babies to the 22,384 girls with the name, almost unseating Isabella. Of course, if we add the almost 18,000 girls named Emily with the almost 18,000 girls named Emma….the name is unstoppable.
Other names to watch out for are, Addison, Natalie, Lily, Brianna, Allison, Rylee, Layla, and Payton. If you work with children, you probably already know how popular these are. If not, you might not realize the popularity and trendiness of these names. If we take Lily a step further and add the 7,499 Lillians, suddenly the name shoots up to number FOUR! Since Lily is an obvious nicknames all the Lillans will have, it’s good to know that it will most likely be the next name to unseat Isabella. Before you knew that, Lily even seemed moderately popular on Name Nerds list. On the real list issued by the social security department it seems even lower. If you know anyone who has had a baby in the past year, then you know how many Lillys there really are.
Another name to consider is Alexis. With the nickname Alex, combining the Alexas, Alexandras and Alexises you have a contender up there with Lilly for the number 3 spot in the top 10. With how popular Alexander is for the boys, we are going to have a million kids with the nickname Alex running around. Add in the 10,897 Allisons and 9,327 Alyssas and you have close to 50,000 kids with similar nicknames. Think twice before you choose a name that leaves you with an Ali or and Alex. At the very least, go for a name that is all the way down at number 598, like Aliana.
Last one to really consider is the epidemic of Madelyn, Madison, and Addison. Combined they have over 40,000 little Maddy and Addys running around. If you really want to be a teacher’s worst nightmare, be apart of helping a classroom have four children with the nickname Ali, five with the nickname Alex, three with the nickname Maddy, and one Addy. They are the Jenny and Jessicas of this generation.
When searching for your little girl’s name, don’t just check the government’s list when the accuracy just isn’t there. You deserve to know just how popular the name your choosing is. That’s what the Name Nerds and the Baby Center are for. They take the time and effort to combine Brianna, Briana, Breanna, and Bryanna into the names true number on the popularity list. Now you know there are other names to avoid besides Emma, Ava, Abigail, Isabella, Chloe and Mia.