If you’re new here, every year we do our best to predict which of the names new – or newly returned – to the US Top 1000 will be the next big thing. Our track record is pretty impressive. Past winners include Wilder and Sylvie, Zora and Shepherd.
But the girls’ contest is always a little tougher than the boys. Maybe it’s because girls’ names feel so much more volatile, trending in and out of favor just a little more quickly?
Let’s look at the results from last week:
With nearly 62% of the vote, Navy sunk Zendaya. Could Navy be the next Ava-Ivy-Scarlett? Very possibly.
Theodora handily defeated Cleo, with almost exactly 58% of the total. Given the rise of Theodore and Thea, maybe this shouldn’t be a surprise. But as the mom of a Clio, I was rooting for the underdog!
Taking 60% of the tally, Elodie moves forward, leaving Magadalena behind. Elodie is a long-time favorite on naming sites, but only recently debuted in the Top 1000, so maybe that’s no surprise.
In the closest contest, Persephone eked out a win over Indie, with 52% of the vote. They’re such different names – elegant, ancient, and elaborate versus spirited, modern, and bright. No wonder it was close!
This next round feels absolutely impossible. I have no idea how I would vote!
NAVY V. PERSEPHONE
Modern, colorful, and sharp Navy faces the mythological and meaningful Persephone.
THEODORA V. ELODIE
Long and elaborate Theodora or the equally lovely Elodie?