The Social Security Administration is out with their annual update of the most popular names for boys and girls, this one dealing with the change in naming trends between 2011 and 2012.
Of particular interest are the names that exploded in popularity over the past year.
Here are the fastest growing names for each gender.
Fastest growing boys names in 2012:
- Major — up 505 in rankings
- Gael — up 262 in rankings
- Jase — up 258 in rankings
- Messiah — up 246 in rankings
- Brantley — up 163 in rankings
- Iker — up 149 in rankings
- King — up 133 in rankings
- Rory — up 118 in rankings
- Ari — up 73 in rankings
- Maverick — up 72 in rankings
- Armani — up 70 in rankings
And here are the fastest growing girls' names:
- Arya — up 298 in rankings
- Perla — up 190 in rankings
- Catalina — up 171 in rankings
- Elisa — up 168 in rankings
- Raelynn — up 155 in rankings
- Rosalie — up 141 in rankings
- Haven — up 140 in rankings
- Raelyn — up 136 in rankings
- Briella — up 123 in rankings
- Marilyn — up 119 in rankings
- Adelynn — up 116 in rankings
Also in the realm of pop-culture characters making gains, Archer is up 43 ranks among boys.
As for the rest, good luck discerning a reason for their sudden explosive popularity.
Just as interesting were the names that declined in popularity. For the boys, Braeden (-105), Brayen (-73), Jalen (-70), Jaylen (-51) and Braden (-45) all took a hit. Does this mean the end of America's -aden phase?
You might think so, but you'd be wrong. Zayden (+63), Zaiden (+56) both made big leaps this year.
Girls saw a dip on Mikaela (-141), Dulce (-159) and Estrella (-129).
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