We all have a strange fascination with baby name trends. It’s no coincidence that all of your millennial besties are named Jessica or Ashley, you keep going to first birthday parties for Olivias and Atticuses, or why celebs lean toward unique baby names like Ace and Crew.

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Nameberry was born 10 years ago and is now the biggest baby name website in the world, welcoming 235 million visitors from every country and racking up 1.5 billion page views. Based on 10 bestselling books on names co-authored by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, including the groundbreaking Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Nameberry is the expert guide to baby names and trends.

To celebrate the site’s 10th anniversary, Nameberry undertook an original analysis of baby name data from the Social Security Administration to identify the hottest girls’ and boys’ names of the last 10 years (based on increased usage from 2008-2018). Scroll down to see what names made the list and which are going out of style.

10 Hottest Girls’ Names of the Decade

The girls’ names that increased the most in usage over the past decade include the surnames of a singing duo and a Golden Age screen siren, a sweet vintage name, and new-fangled word names with elevated meanings.

1. Everly

2. Nova

3. Adaline

4. Paislee

5. Harlow

6. Royalty

7. Henley

8. Coraline

9. Emberly

10. Aitana

10 Hottest Boys’ Names of the Decade

The boys’ names that have grown the most in usage over the past 10 years include the names of a Spanish footballer, a British Pakistani singer, and a mythological strong man.

1. Brantley

2. Thiago

3. Knox

4. Jayceon

5. Atlas

6. Zayn

7. Raylan

8. Reyansh

9. Huxley

10. Brentley

10 Names On Their Way Out

As new names take the stage, others must by necessity fade away. These 10 once-popular names have dropped precipitously in usage over the past 10 years and may be headed for extinction or at least the deep freeze.


1. Ashlee

2. Braeden and Braden

3. Breanna

4. Brenden and Branden

5. Isis

6. Jaydon, Jadon, Jadyn, Jaden, and Jaidyn

7. Devon and Devin

8. Kaitlin, Caitlin, and Caitlyn

9. Rachael

10. Shannon and Sean

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A version of this post was published previously on Nameberry by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz.

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