Every year, the US Social Security Administration releases their Top 1000 lists – the most popular names given to newborn girls and boys in the prior calendar year.
The May 7, 2021 update includes data on births from January 1st through December 31st of 2020.
And every single time, some names leave the rankings. That opens up space for newcomers.
All sorts of influences push names in – and out – of favor. Style and sound, pop culture, current events. There’s no shortage of mysteries, either, names that bubble up, coming into greater use for reasons that seem elusive.
Some of those names are brand new to the list, never before seen. (Think Wrenley.) Some are back on the charts after a long absence. (A warm welcome back to Loretta.) And some fall somewhere in between, teetering on the edge of the Top 1000 in recent years, either on their way up or out – and it can be tough to tell which is which.