The fickle nature of 2011 name trends leads to surprises in the top 1000:
- These names are still not in the top 1000: Cecily, Clementine, Philippa (or Pippa), Louisa, Linus and Rufus.
- Being a murderous vigilante title character has not hurt Dexter one bit. Dexter has been rising at a rapid clip since 2006. It was the 15th fastest rising boy name in 2011, rising 70 spaces from #454 to #384.
- I’m surprised Eloise jumped 80 places from #529 to #449. I thought Eloise would go up some, but not that much.
On the other hand, I thought Adelaide, Matilda, and Theo would climb more dramatically than they did. These names climbed at a respectable pace, but since I’ve heard them extensively on name blogs, and lower ranking names tend to see bigger increases/decreases, I expected much bigger jumps from them.
- Adelaide climbed only 27 places from #434 to #407.
- Matilda climbed only 30 places (from #799 to #769).
- Theo climbed only 48 places (from #915 to #867).
Some findings were expected. Here are some of my theories that were vindicated:
- Archer, Declan, Atticus and Nico were among the fastest rising boy names.
- Milo didn’t rise as quickly as some other names, but still jumped a bit by 61 places from #422 to #361.
- Mila, Olive, June, Parker, and Gemma were among the fastest rising girls.
- Braden, Braeden, and Braiden all fell.
- Cadence and Kadence, among the fastest risers almost a decade ago in 2004, were among the fastest fallers. These names were the flavor of 2004.
Some of the most interesting activity happened at the bottom of the top 1000. These findings do not show up on the Social Security administration’s popularity change ranking table because these names were outside the top 500 in 2010 and 2011:
- Beatrice increased nearly 130 places from #836 to #707, and
- Felicity increased nearly 100 places from #765 to #666.
Readers: How did your favorites fare in 2011? Were there any surprises?