From Camreigh To Kior, Parents Invented 1,100 Baby Names Last Year

The findings come from data released by the U.S. Social Security Administration on baby names for 2017.

Celebrities have a history of coming up with unique names for their kids. Think of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's daughter Apple, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z's children Blue Ivy, Sir, and Rumi. 

But baby name data shows that American parents can be as creative as celebrities when it comes to naming offspring. A study by Quartz revealed that in 2017, there were "29,910 distinct names" given to American babies.


Of those 29,910 distinct names, 1,100 had never previously appeared on baby name lists.

Quartz came up with the findings by looking at data released by the U.S. Social Security Administration on baby names for 2017. They point out that of the U.S. Social Security Administration only contains data for names that have been given to five or more babies, so it's a possibility that there are even more invented names or that some of the "new" names that appeared on the 2017 list were given to a couple of babies in earlier years.

Taking those factors into consideration, the data is still quite interesting. It features non-English names that haven't appeared before, along with unique spellings on older names.

For example, the most popular new name is "Camreigh" with 91 babies receiving the moniker last year.

Camry has been around for a while, but Quartz speculates the new version of the name has to do with the trend of people replacing the difficult to pronounce "e" sound with the "-eigh" ending.

The second most popular name is Asahd. The popularity in this one could be attributed to DJ Khaled who gave his son the name in 2016. It means "lion" in Arabic, and can also be spelled "Asad" or "Assad." There are reports that the musician is trying to trademark his son's name so it will be interesting to see how that impacts the data.

Here's the list of the top 10 most popular new baby names:

1. Camreigh (91 babies)

2. Asahd (58 babies)

3. Taishmara (38 babies)

4. Kashdon (30 babies)

5. Teylie (23 babies)

6. Kassian (22 babies)

7. Kior (20 babies)

8. Aaleiya (19 babies)

9. Kamreigh (18 babies)

10. Draxler (17 babies)

Other unique names that appear on the list include Cersei (11 babies), which is likely in reference to the Game of Thrones character; Iretomiwa (10 babies), which is a Yoruba name for girls that means "blessing has come to me"; and Hazeley (eight babies) which makes it onto the list alongside Haysley (eight babies).

For those who are more traditionalists, there are reports that classic names are on the rise. The top baby names in 2017 according to U.S. Social Security Administration were Liam for a boy and Emma for a girl. A Baby Center study from December also reported Emma to be the top girl's name, but reported that Jackson was the top boy's name with Liam taking the second sport.

You can read the full list of new names here.

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