Names most likely to jump in the US in 2016


It’s been a while since I’ve last posted something on my blog, but I’m now back to share with you several names that are most likely going to jump high this year in the US.

With regards to how I came to put these names on the shortlist, here’s how it went down:

  • Names are chosen from various sources (Wikipedia, Nancy’s Baby Names, Nameberry etc.) with varying pop culture influences from 2015 and 2016.
    • They are then sifted through to 30 names using data from BabyCenter to see if these names rise or not. These names would end up in the lowest class.
  • The data from BabyCenter are checked after a certain period of time to see if they continue to rise, even if it only did slightly. 4 calculations are made (numerical change between the numbers in, for example, the middle of August and early to mid September and the division of the early/mid September number against the average of these numbers being the first 2).
    • These calculations would be turned into points, which, in this case, add up to 28 (7 per calculation). If the number for a certain name ends up to be 14 or above, that certain name would be put in the middle class.
  • Finally, the deviation between BabyCenter data and Social Security Administration data from 2006-2016 are looked at as well as the amount of swinging from the BabyCenter data from that same period.
    • If the calculated amount of deviation (that is averaging the deviation by year and multiplying/dividing (if the total BC number is above 5,000) it by a certain number) and the amount of swinging from a certain name are low enough, that certain name would be placed in the highest class (the focus of today’s post).

Putting that aside, here are 6 names on the highest class, beginning with:


A name on the rise throughout the English-speaking world, Arlo is one of those short ‘-o’ names that are making a scene lately (think Milo, Enzo or Theo). Influence may most likely come from the Disney movie The Good Dinosaur (whose main character is an Apatosaurus named Arlo), which came out in November of 2015.


Although used longer for boys, Jupiter, as a female name, only debuted in the SSA list 2 short years ago and it received a boost last year, most likely thanks to the ‘box office bomb’ Jupiter Ascending, in which the character, played by Mila Kunis, is named Jupiter Jones. I suspect that the rise on the BC data may be a continuation of that influence, but who knows?


Rarely used until now, this name originating from Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received a boost thanks to this blockbuster (the character being Kylo Ren), offering an alternative to Kyle, which, by now, is well off its peak back in 1990.


Switching gears to TV, this name has been around since the 1970s at least, though it has never been in the top 1000. Looking at the BC data, this name may end up just outside the top 1000 this year thanks to the appearances of two characters named Lyanna (Stark and Mormont) from the 6th season of the hit TV series Game of Thrones. This, however, may become an issue for some parents and adding to this is the varying pronunciation of this name, as noted by Serafina Starstrider from the Behind the Name forums when I started a thread about this name (without mentioning this post, of course).


Back to SW:TFA and this name, coming from the character played by Daisy Ridley, was almost exclusively given to boys, seeing as if it is a Spanish masculine name (from the word meaning “king”). Now that this character appeared, it’s now becoming accessible to girls as well.


Topping the post off is this name, which, unlike the last 5 names shown here, is not influenced by film or TV. There can only be one famous Zayn that’s crossing our minds right now and that is Zayn Malik. His name had already gone up for the past 3 years while he was part of One Direction but with his success at going solo, this name, which, despite it being an Arabic name, has this sound that (sort of) matches up with the wholly unrelated name, Zane, is going to go way up.

That’s this post done. What do you think? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.


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