Baby name trends – downward

My last post showed those baby names that gained the most in popularity from 2017 to 2020. Today I show those that plummeted the farthest.

Boys’ names that lost the most in popularity from 2017 to 2020

Name

2017
rank

2020
rank

Gavin

96

141

Brayden

72

111

Bryson

86

115

Chase

94

123

Jason

92

119

Ayden

99

122

Connor

56

78

Sawyer

95

116

Evan

85

105

Nicholas

68

87

Girls’ names that lost the most in that period

Alexa

65

230

Aubree

86

156

Samantha

54

90

Adeline

64

100

Arianna

87

123

Kaylee

84

117

Savannah

38

67

Isabelle

92

121

Aubrey

31

56

Sarah

62

87

I notice a few things of interest here. First, the boys’ names that dropped the most tended to be ones not in the most popular group to start with, at least compared to the girls’ names. In other words, boys’ names don’t follow trends quite as much. The popular ones stay popular longer. Another thing I noticed is that the biggest drops appear to be related to current events. I can’t help but feel the drop for Gavin is related to California Gavin Newsom (although there are some very popular YouTubers named Gavin). As for Alexa, I’m compelled to conclude that it’s related to the Amazon device of that name. It may be as simple as parents who have one not wanting the device to respond every time they call their daughter by name. One other oddity that caught my attention is how many of these girls’ names begin with A. If you look at the last post, not a single one of the big gainers started with A, yet four began with E. Curious.

 

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