100 girl baby names that are quickly becoming unpopular
Baby names have always followed society’s interests and influences, starting in the years when children were first named for tribal elders, and then later for queens, stage actresses and opera singers.
Now, our culture is influenced by names from around the globe, but they are also more likely than ever to be inspired by the names of singers, actresses, or TV and movie characters.
But, as Newton’s third law states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In this case, that means for every new name that breaks into the top 1000 most popular list, one has to drop off the list.
These changes always take time — usually a decade to go from the top 100 to oblivion — but you can tell which names are becoming unpopular by looking at how their ranking compares year over year.
The list below shows the 100 most unpopular baby girl names that fell out of favor to the greatest degree — in this case, that means girl baby names that went from a higher position on the top name list to a much lower spot — between 2016 and 2017.
Roughly a third of the names (31) dropped out of the top 1000 list entirely. The three names that became the most unpopular slipped down around 25 percent, and the top five all dropped off the thousand most common baby name list entirely.
Below is a table showing the girl baby name and the unpopularity rank, along with how many positions it dropped, and its rank for those two years. You can sort by how much the name diminished in popularity, rank in 2016, rank in 2017, or alphabetically.