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Palindromes: The Cool New Name Trend For Babies

Trending in baby naming right now is palindromes, names spelled the same forward and backward like Anna and Ada and Bob.

Popular baby names site Names.org Names.org released a list this week of the  Most Popular Palindromes and Names with Meanings Spelled Backwards, after analyzing Social Security Administration data since 1890, and trending interest from millions of visitors on their website in 2020.

 The trend is actually not that new though it is a phenomenon of this millennium . Back in 2000, rock star Sonny Sandoval explained the meaning of his daughter Nevaeh’s name on MTV.

From the Greek term palíndromos which means “to run backwards,” these trending names are great for only children, siblings or twins.

For instance, a set of boy and girl twins could be Aidan and Nadia, girl twins could be Ellen and Nelle, and boy twins could be Ira and Ari.

In case you are interested, here are the 10 most popular palindromes since 1890:

1)      Anna: 896,000

2)      Hannah: 434,000

3)      Ava: 266,000

4)      Ana: 102,000

5)      Ada: 96,000

6)      Bob: 93,000

7)      Otto: 33,000

8)      Eve: 25,000

9)      Asa: 18,000

10)  Elle: 14,000

Not suprising,  the forward version of palindrome baby names are more popular than the backwards one as you can see from the below chart but that shouldn’t stop you from naming your twins theses monikers if you are expecting and still weighing options:

 

Forwards

Backwards

1.       Leon: 168,000 babies since 1890

Noel: 61,000 babies since 1890

2.       Aiden: 112,000

Nadia: 42,000

3.       Nevaeh: 80,000

Heaven: 26,000

4.       Ali: 37,000

Ila: 22,000

5.       Nora: 151,000

Aron: 19,000

6.       Ira: 59,000

Ari: 18,000

7.       Anaya: 12,000

Ayana: 11,000

8.       James: 5.2 million

Semaj: 8,000

9.       Arden: 13,000

Nedra: 7,000

10.   Ami: 8,000

Ima: 7,000

 

Top 10 Baby Names of 2020 So Far: {The Curfew Babies Edition}

Now that the novel coronavirus is forcing a lot of schools and workplaces to shut down and driving everyone indoors and to work and go to school from home, a lot of families will be spending more time together.

Not having to get up early to go to an office means later, more leisure nights, snuggling with the one you love and sometimes getting intimate.

Naturally, we can foresee a possible baby boom about 40 weeks from these days.

Just in time, the guys at Names.org,  this week, released their predictions for the Most Popular Baby Names of 2020.  New entries in the top 10 for boys this year includes Henry and Alexander, while Mila cracked the top 10 for girls.

The rankings were determined by analyzing the most recent data from the Social Security Administration, trends from the past five years, and current user interest from millions of visitors to our site.

So while it is probably too soon to be thinking of names, or having a baby, depending on whether you want a common popular name or not, it doesn’t hurt to take a sneak peek at the names that are trending already 3 months into 2020.

baby girl

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Charlotte
  6. Sophia
  7. Amelia
  8. Mia
  9. Mila
  10. Harper

baby boys

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. Olivia
  5. Lucas
  6. Benjamin
  7. Elijah
  8. James
  9. Henry
  10. Alexander

Study: There’s Been A ‘Game of Thrones’ Baby Names Spike; No Cersei Tho

There has been a spike in babies born in the US given names Game of Thrones characters over the popular HBO show’s 9 year existence.

Today, Names.org released a study showing a sharp Increase in Babies Named After Game of Thrones Characters using the most recent data from the U.S. Social Security Administration.  

The study compares babies born in 2011, the year the show debuted, against babies born in 2017, the latest data available from the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Here are 10 Game of Thrones characters that have inspired babies named after them (note: the name of villainous Cersei didn’t make the cut and I’m secretly sad that Sansa barely made the top and is at the bottom at number 13 on the Names.org website analysis!):

1)      Arya (Stark): Combines Arya or Aria

2011: 387 

2017: 2,156

Overall: 50,060

2)      Emilia (Clarke):

2011: 972 

2017: 3,581

Overall: 31,873

3)      Khaleesi:

2011: 28 

2017: 456

Overall: 1,964

4)      Maisie (Williams) (Plays Arya)

2011: 138 

2017: 594

Overall: 5,308

5)      Meera (Reed)

2011: 80

2017: 182

Overall: 2,636

6)      Daenerys (Targaryen)

2011: 0

2017: 110

Overall: 468

7)      Tyrion (Lannister)

2011: 18

2017: 55

Overall: 482

8)      Theon (Greyjoy)

2011: 0

2017: 23

Overall: 236

9)      Shae

2011: 78

2017: 76 (Peaked in 2015 to 129)

Overall: 5,251

10)  Renly (Baratheon)

2011: 0

2017: 67

Overall: 164

Leonardo, Dax, Denzel, Milo, Asthon and 7 Other Celebs Who Inspired Baby Names (INFOGRAPHIC)

There can be no doubt that celebrities impact what names we give our babies. There is research to back it up. A survey by Names.org  looked at actors with unique names and found that as their star rose in Hollywood, the number of babies named after them skyrocketed.

“Most of the top 10 baby names of any year don’t come out of nowhere – they are usually quite popular the year before,” states CEO of RN Public Relations Rick Neil who handles PR for Names.org and who helped commission the study. “In fact, the top 10 names of any year are quite predictable.”

He added: “Since 1937, every single top 10 name for each year was in the top 25 the year before and nearly 99% of their time it was in the top 25 two years before. So, to make our predictions for 2018, we need to look no further than what is popular now. Some of the top boy names in 2016 (the most recent year the Social Security Administration has released data), including Noah, Liam, William, Benjamin, and James, will certainly make the list again in 2018. Likewise, Olivia, Emma, Ava, Sophia, and Mia will certainly be among the top girl names of 2018. We can say with nearly 99% certainty that the top 10 boy names and top 10 girl names of 2018 will be among the top 25 baby names of 2016. What about that other 1%? Check out the wildcard list of baby names trending now that might skyrocket in popularity.”

Foe example, Leonardo DiCaprio‘s career began in 1989 and that year, 398 boys were named Leonardo. As he got popular so did his name. In 2006, the year he filmed The Departed, 2,186 boys were named Leonardo.

Similarly, in 1998 when Ashton Kutcher filmed That 70s Show comedy, there were 1,028 boys were named Ashton. At the height of his popularity in 2005, when he filmed The Butterfly Effect, 5,435 boys were named Ashton.

 Dax Shepard, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Dustin Hoffman and many others have had an affect on baby names. Check out these 12:

12 Actors Whose Fame Inspired Baby Names

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