What’s old is new again.
Some names are unsurprising to see in the top 10—Emma, Olivia, Abigail, Isabella, Emily, Madison, and Elizabeth are seven that have remained amongst the most popular since the year 2000. But a new naming trend has propelled some less expected monikers into the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) list of top names.
The list, which ranks the 200 most popular names for each gender based on Social Security card application data, is published by decade. The most current list (2010-February 2016) features plenty of vintage names—many of which made the most popular list 100 years ago, but haven’t made subsequent appearances since as recently as the 60s.
“Parents today are looking to reinvent baby names, and that can mean creating new names or reaching back several generations to revive vintage names,” says Pamela Redmond Satran, cocreator of Nameberry. “It usually takes four generations or 100 years for a name to have a real shot at a comeback—we don’t tend, as a rule, to use names from our parents’ era or even our grandparents’ but from our great-grandparents’ generation. These names are old enough to sound new again. Many were virtually unknown when we were growing up but are rising steeply through the ranks today.”
Here, a list of the girls’ names you’re probably hearing more and more of: