The winners in the New Names Showdown 2021 are …
ETTA and LEIF
Let’s look back at the contest over the last few weeks and see how we got here.
Every year, the US Social Security Administration published the Top 1000 names given to boys and girls – 2000 names total – typically on the Friday before Mother’s Day. That list always includes some newcomers, as well as some names returning. The returned names might be back after a long absence, or they might have wobbled off the year prior only to claw their way back in this time around.
In 2020, it took 210 births to make the boys’ list and 253 to rank for girls.
NOTE: Strictly speaking, Ephraim ranked #1000, with 209 births – but 209 boys were also named Jerome, Karim, Meir, and Yahya. Alphabetical order means that only Ephraim clinched a spot. For girls, Belle and Kadence made it with 252 births, but not Kiera.