While the new favourite seems a little far-fetched, one in particular of these swiftly-tanking names will probably be no surprise!
In strictly non-fake news, the US Social Security Administration has released some data on the most popular names of 2016 – and it showed that presidential moniker Donald has plummeted in the popularity stakes.
In 2015 Donald was already a sadly lacking 433th on the list of favoured boys names. In 2016 it dropped down to 488th spot. Ba-bow!
In case you’re interested, the top boy name spots were occupied by the more readily favoured Noah, Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah and Ethan.
The top ten girls names of 2016 in the US – according to the same data – are Emma, Olivia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Mia, Charlotte, Abigail, Emily and Harper.
Kylo – a name worthy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain, Kylo Ren – on the other hand, has experienced a whopping jump in usage and popularity stakes. It’s jumped from 3269th place in 2015 to… 901st spot in 2016.
Admittedly 901 is still pretty far down the list – much further than Donald even – but it’s important to note that a jump of 2368 spots in just 12 months is an impressive effort, and moving in the opposite direction of the aforementioned Trump-esque name.
While saying Kylo is the new big thing in baby names is indeed #fakenews, reporting that it’s increasing in popularity is totally, 100 percent non-fake. It’s the fastest moving name on the boy name list, in fact, in terms of upward popularity shifts.
And while you might think that these names are totally unconnected, it’s possible that Trump-fearing parents are holding out for a fictional villain to save the world from further Donald-ing. Perhaps they’re more closely aligned than we think!
Don’t call me Caitlyn?
Also very noticeably tanking – in company with Donald – you’ll find a number of incarnations of the previously super-popular Caitlin taking the top 4 spots on the ‘most changed’ list. The various Caitlin/Caitlyn/Katelynn/Kaitlynns dropped a combined total of 1787 popularity spots.
The ‘Caitlin‘ incarnation plummeted from 609th spot on the list in 2015 to 1151th on the list in 2016 – a drop of 542 places. The other versions of Caitlin – Caitlin, Caitlyn, Katelynn, Kaitlynn – didn’t fare much better.
We’re not sure if this name’s association with the recently very high-profile Caitlyn Jenner is making it a less popular choice, or whether there are other factors at play.
In case you were wondering which other names are finding MUCH greater favour and moving up the list with a total bullet, here they are:
Most improved boys names in the popularity stakes: Kylo, Creed, Benicio, Adonis, Fox, Kye, Hakeem, Shepherd, Wilder and Zayn.
Most improved girls names in the popularity stakes: Kehlani, Royalty, Saoirse, Ophelia, Aitana, Itzayana, Alessia, Kaylani, Avianna and Nalani.
(Remember, these aren’t the most popular names, but rather they’ve jumped further up the list more speedily than others.)