15 Fastest-Rising Baby Names of the Year

15 Fastest-Rising Baby Names of the Year

15 fastest growing baby namesIf you're expecting and want your baby to have a trendy name, you can put away all those books. Laura Wattenberg, founder of Baby Name Wizard, just compiled a list of the 15 fastest-rising baby names for boys and girls.

Wattenberg looked at just-released data from the Social Security Administration to find the fastest-rising names. Some are variations on already-popular names and others sound brand-new to us! Even if you're not expecting a visit from the stork this year, this diverse mix of monikers is sure to inspire you.



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  • #8. Hazel

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    Hazel: The popular YA novel and film The Fault in Our Stars brought the names Hazel and Augustus in from the quirky edges to the mainstream in 2015. In a clear homage to the story, 22 girls even received the previously unheard-of name HazelGrace (or Hazel-Grace), after the protagonist's first and middle names.

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  • #7. Alexa

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    Alexa: Alexa got its first big boost back in the 1980s when Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel chose the name for their daughter. It rose to be a top-100 staple, but had been declining in recent years. A character on the telenovela Hasta el fin del mundo helped turn that trend around in 2015.

  • #6. Taya

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    Taya: Taya Kyle is the widow of Navy Seal and American Sniper author Chris Kyle, and the author of her own memoir about their life together and the aftermath of her husband's death. Their story was portrayed in the 2015 film American Sniper.

  • #5. Aislinn

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    Aislinn: Aislinn is an Irish name, but it was a Mexican actress, A la mala star Aislinn Derbez, who made its popularity spike. In the next slide you'll come across the name Derbez again; Aislinn is the older half-sister of little Aitana Derbez. It was a strong naming year for the whole family.

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  • #3: Aitana

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    Aitana: Mexican actors Eugenio Derbez and Alessandra Rosaldo welcomed daughter Aitana Derbez toward the end of 2014. The name comes from the Sierra de Aitana, a Spanish mountain range which exiled Spanish poet Rafael Alberti memorialized in his daughter's name.

  • #4. Meilani

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    Meilani: This Hawaiian-styled name took off when Jersey Shore star Jenni "JWoww" Farley chose it for her daughter.

  • #2: Alaïa

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    Alaïa: Adamari López, host of the Telemundo show Un nuevo día, hosted a first birthday party for her daughter Alaïa live on the air. Weighing in at three syllables with just one lone smooth consonant, Alaïa is the ultimate liquid name.

  • #1: Adaline

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    Adaline: Remember when the hit name Madison was slowing down, and then Addison took off? Madeline/Madelyn had already started slimming down the same way to Adeline/Adelyn when the 2015 film The Age of Adaline hit theaters. That sent the movie's spelling soaring by 450 percent, with Adeline and Addilyn not far behind.

  • #7: Mateo

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    Mateo: This Spanish form of Matthew had already been rising steadily, along with the Italian spelling Matteo. Then in 2015, Univision TV host Alejandra Espinoza welcomed a son named Matteo with two t's. Now both spellings are red-hot, especially with Spanish-speaking families.

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  • #6: Killian

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    Killian: We tabbed this Irish saint's name as one of our "8 TV Characters Sparking New Baby Name Trends." Killian "Captain Hook" Jones is a pirate made good on the series Once Upon a Time.

  • #5: Kyrie

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    Kyrie: The name of NBA star Kyrie Irving has risen year by year along with his basketball career. For non-hoops fans, it's pronounced KIY-ree -- not KEE-ree-ay, like the kyrie eleison prayer.

  • #4: Adriel

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    Adriel: This biblical name, like many -iel names, has been a growing favorite of Latino families. It grew even faster this year, thanks in part to singer Adriel Favela.

  • #3: Riaan

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    Riaan: Bollywood stars Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza welcome their first child Riaan just before the start of the year. The name comes from Sanskrit roots meaning "little king."

  • #2: Matteo

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    Matteo: This Italian form of Matthew had already been rising steadily, and the Spanish spelling Mateo even faster. Then in 2015, Univision TV host Alejandra Espinoza welcomed a son named Matteo with two t's. Now both spellings are red-hot, especially with Spanish-speaking families.

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  • #1: Jonael

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    Jonael: This name was statistically nonexistent until 2015, when 11-year-old Jonael Santiago won the Telemundo singing competition La Voz Kids ("The Voice Kids"). A little guy with a big personality, Santiago launched the name Jonael (JOH-na-EHL) all the way into the top 1,000.

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