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2015 Baby Names — The Other Top 100

A little belated this year, but here is the annual Sociologist Novelist name nerd reshuffling of the Social Security Administration’s new most popular American names list (past lists for 2014, 2013 and 2012 are here).

A quick scan through this list reveals a few things that are interesting to sociologically minded name nerds (whether they’re prospective parents or authors):

  • Variant spellings can push an “invisible” name much higher up the list than might be evident from the initial rankings. For the boys, Kayden jumps from the bottom of the top 100 to the top 10, while for girls, Adalynn/Adeline jumps up from #123!
  • Girls’ names are much more likely to spawn variant spellings than are boys’ names. The mean number of spelling variations for the boys’ names is 2.04, while it’s 2.78 for girls; 49 (just under 1/2) of the top 100 boys’ names have only one spelling that appeared in the top 1000 list, compared to 28 (just over 1/4) for girls. Interestingly, although people are inclined to believe that “unique spellings” are becoming increasingly common, the mean number of variations has actually gone down slightly for both boys and girls in the last 40 years.
  • Combinations of sounds, regardless of spelling, rise and fall in popularity as regularly as anything else driven by fashion. The “-ayden” names for boys (like Aiden, Jaden, Hayden, and Braeden) are a commonly cited example of this, but there are others: right now, for instance, girls’ names ending in “-lee” are on fire (constituting more than 10% of the Top 100), and long vowels are popular for both boys and girls (20% of boys’ names have a long “a” sound, like Aiden, Mason and James).

Here are the lists. Enjoy!

Boys’ Names

Combined spellings rank Phonetic variations Rank of single most popular spelling
1 Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson/Jaxen 17
2 Aiden/Ayden/Aidan/Aden/Adan/Aaden/Aydin/Aydan 13
3 Noah 1
4 Liam 2
5 Mason/Mayson/Maison 3
6 Jacob/Jakob 4
7 William 5
8 Jayden/Jaden/Jaiden/Jadon/Jaydon 20
9 Kayden/Kaiden/Kaden/Caden/Cayden/Caiden/Kaeden 95
10 Ethan 6
11 Alexander/Alexzander 8
12 James 7
13 Michael/Micheal 9
14 Elijah/Alijah 11
15 Lucas/Lukas 16
16 Benjamin 10
17 Daniel 12
18 Matthew/Mathew 15
19 Carter/Karter 24
20 Logan 14
21 Grayson/Greyson/Graysen 47
22 David 18
23 Oliver 19
24 Joseph 21
25 Caleb/Kaleb 37
26 Dylan/Dillon/Dilan 27
27 Gabriel 22
28 Samuel 23
29 Jace/Jayce/Jase 75
30 John/Jon 26
31 Anthony 25
32 Christopher/Kristopher/Cristopher 32
33 Isaac/Issac 31
34 Luke 28
35 Henry 29
36 Andrew 30
37 Christian/Cristian/Kristian 43
38 Joshua 33
39 Wyatt 34
40 Sebastian 35
41 Landon/Landen/Landyn 46
42 Owen 36
43 Cameron/Kameron/Camron/Kamryn/Kamren/Kamron/Camren 56
44 Connor/Conner/Conor/Konnor 54
45 Nicholas/Nicolas/Nikolas/Nickolas 62
46 Jonathan/Johnathan/Jonathon 48
47 Nathan 38
48 Ryan 39
49 Jack 40
50 Julian/Julien 45
51 Hunter 41
52 Levi 42
53 Isaiah/Izaiah 49
54 Brayden/Braden/Braydon/Braeden/Braiden 61
55 Colton/Kolton/Colten/Kolten 59
56 Dominic/Dominick/Dominik/Dominique 68
57 Thomas/Tomas 51
58 Aaron/Aron 52
59 Josiah/Jasiah/Joziah 57
60 Mateo/Matteo 85
61 Charles 50
62 Jason/Jayceon/Jayson 86
63 Eli 53
64 Adrian/Adrien 58
65 Jeremiah 55
66 Jordan/Jordyn 60
67 Robert 63
68 Angel 64
69 Hudson 65
70 Lincoln 66
71 Carson/Karson 89
72 Evan 67
73 Austin 69
74 Gavin 70
75 Nolan 71
76 Chase/Chace 74
77 Ian/Ean 76
78 Miles/Myles 107
79 Eric/Erick/Erik 137
80 Parker 72
81 Adam 73
82 Cooper 77
83 Easton 78
84 Xavier/Xzavier/Zavier 90
85 Kevin 79
86 Camden/Kamden/Kamdyn/Camdyn 104
87 Jose 80
88 Tyler 81
89 Zachary/Zackary 88
90 Brandon 82
91 Asher 83
92 Damian/Damien 116
93 Bryan/Brian 166
94 Nathaniel/Nathanael 97
95 Bentley/Bentlee 93
96 Leo 91
97 Tristan/Tristen/Triston 101
98 Ezra 92
99 Kason/Kayson/Cason/Kasen/Cayson/Casen/Kaysen/Kaison 390
100 Sawyer 94

Girls’ Names

Combined spellings rank Phonetic variations Rank of single most popular spelling
1 Sophia/Sofia 3
2 Olivia/Alivia 2
3 Ava/Eva/Avah 4
4 Emma 1
5 Isabella/Izabella/Isabela 5
6 Mia/Miah 6
7 Emily/Emely/Emilee/Emilie/Emmalee 8
8 Zoey/Zoe/Zoie 23
9 Adalynn/Adalyn/Adeline/Adelyn/Adelynn/Addilyn/Adaline/Addilynn/Adilynn 123
10 Amelia/Emilia/Emelia 12
11 Abigail 7
12 Madelyn/Madeline/Madeleine/Madilyn/Madelyn/Madilynn/Madalyn/Madalynn 59
13 Madison/Maddison/Madisyn/Madyson 11
14 Aubrey/Aubree/Aubrie 21
15 Charlotte 9
16 Evelyn/Evelynn/Evalyn/Avalyn/Avalyn 15
17 Chloe/Khloe 17
18 Riley/Rylee/Ryleigh/Rylie 35
19 Layla/Laila/Leila/Lailah/Laylah/Leyla 30
20 Avery/Averie/Averi 16
21 Harper 10
22 Ariana/Arianna/Aryanna/Aryana 46
23 Elizabeth/Elisabeth 13
24 Aria/Arya/Ariah/Ariyah/Ariya 29
25 Lily/Lilly/Lillie 25
26 Kaylee/Kali/Kayleigh/Kailey/Kaylie/Kailee/Caylee 61
27 Scarlett/Scarlet/Scarlette 22
28 Aaliyah/Aliyah/Aleah/Alia/Aliya 48
29 Brooklyn/Brooklynn 31
30 Allison/Alison/Allyson/Alyson/Alisson 39
31 Addison/Addyson/Addisyn 24
32 Ella 18
33 Natalie/Nathalie/Nathaly/Nataly/Natalee 27
34 Hailey/Haley/Haylee/Hayley/Hallie/Hailee/Halle 64
35 Leah/Lia/Leia/Lea 36
36 Grace 19
37 Victoria 20
38 Maya/Mya/Maia/Myah/Miya 69
39 Mackenzie/Mckenzie/Makenzie 73
40 Nora/Norah 41
41 Hannah/Hanna/Hana 28
42 Elena/Alaina/Alayna/Elaina 106
43 Lillian/Lilian 26
44 Camila/Kamila/Camilla 43
45 Kylie/Kylee/Kyleigh/Kiley 66
46 Anna/Ana 44
47 Sarah/Sara 58
48 Skylar/Skyler 42
49 Peyton/Payton/Paityn 72
50 Katherine/Catherine/Kathryn 84
51 Paisley/Paislee 45
52 Savannah/Savanna 38
53 Alexa 32
54 Penelope 34
55 Gabriella/Gabriela 54
56 Mila/Myla 53
57 Audrey 37
58 Eliana/Elliana/Elianna/Aliana/Iliana/Alianna 103
59 Lyla/Lila/Lilah/Lylah 142
60 Isabelle/Isabel 94
61 Kennedy/Kennedi 57
62 Samantha 40
63 Liliana/Lilliana/Lilyana/Lilianna/Lillianna/Lilyanna 127
64 Claire/Clare 49
65 Brianna/Briana/Breanna/Bryanna 82
66 London/Londyn 105
67 Ellie 47
68 Violet 50
69 Stella 51
70 Sadie 52
71 Kaitlyn/Katelyn/Caitlyn/Caitlin/Katelynn/Kaitlynn 197
72 Vivian/Vivienne 95
73 Lucy 55
74 Jasmine/Jazmin/Jazmine/Jasmin 112
75 Charlie/Charlee/Charley/Charleigh/Charli 207
76 Eleanor 60
77 Caroline 62
78 Makayla/Mikayla/Michaela/Mikaela 143
79 Juliana/Julianna/Giuliana 168
80 Hazel 63
81 Reagan/Raegan 99
82 Alyssa/Elisa/Alissa 93
83 Bailey/Baylee/Bailee 108
84 Genesis 65
85 Melanie/Melany 80
86 Autumn 67
87 Piper 68
88 Annabelle/Annabel/Anabelle 92
89 Nevaeh 70
90 Serenity 71
91 Hadley/Hadlee/Adley/Hadleigh 102
92 Jordyn/Jordan/Jordynn 136
93 Cora/Kora 88
94 Bella 74
95 Taylor 76
96 Naomi 77
97 Amaya/Amiyah/Amiya/Amia/Amya 212
98 Aurora 79
99 Kinsley/Kensley/Kinslee 113
100 Callie/Cali/Kallie 196