Okay, nameniks – you’ve been pouring over the new Top 1000 ever since the Social Security Administration released it a few days ago, right?
Of course you have. Here at ApMtn, thanks to a prompt from coolteamblt, we decided to run some numbers. And our big revelation from this year’s list?
Emily is not, in fact, the most popular name in America.
We all know that variant spellings complicate the rankings. So we decided to group and re-tally. Ten hours and a mild case of carpal tunnel later, we’ve got our own Top Ten.
Here’s the official SSA list:
But with the ApMtn re-count? Here’s the new list:
While there’s room to argue about exact groupings, the bottom line is that names without variant spellings – no one has managed to mangle Emma or Ava – are less frequently heard than we might think.
Here are the variants that we clustered to get our Top Ten:
- Isabella: Isabel, Isabella, Isabell, Izabella, Izabelle
- Sophia: Sophie, Sofia
- Emily: Emely, Emelee, Emilie, Emmalee
- Madison: Maddison, Madisyn, Madyson
- Mia: Miah, Miya, Mya, Myah, Maia, Maya
- Olivia: Alivia, Alyvia
- Hailey: Hailee, Hailie, Haleigh, Haley, Haylee, Hayleigh, Hayley, Haylie
- Abigail: Abgail, Abbigail, Abigale, Abigayle
We’re working on a format to publish our entire, recalculated Top 1000 for Girls. Though be warned – variant spellings reduce the tally to a mere 620 names.