Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Squeé!

(I'm being fancy. It's pronounced "skay")

After sorting through all those modern -lee names, I need good dose of classic/established -lee names. Weeeellll, let's just expand that to -ee names, otherwise this'll be a pretty short list. :) Most are French and said "ay", but there are a few exceptions.

  • Adorée (ah-doh-RAY, French)--"adored"
  • Adrastée (ah-drahs-TAY, French)
  • Aimée (eh-MAY, French)--form of Amy, from Latin, "beloved"
  • Aleshanee (ah-lesh-AH-nee, Coosan)--prob. "she plays all the time"
  • Alizée (ah-lee-ZAY, French)--"trade wind". 
  • Andrée (awn-DRAY, French)--feminine of André/Andrew
  • Anicée (ah-nee-SAY, French)--poss. a form of Greek Anicetus "unconquerable"
  • Azalée (ah-zah-LAY, French)--form of Azalea. German form is Azalee (AHTS-ah-lay). 
  • Bethsabée (bet-sah-BAY, French, Dutch)--form of Bathsheba
  • Bree (BREE, English)--Anglicized from Irish Brígh, "power"
  • Cleophée (kleh-oh-FAY, French)--from [Biblical] Greek, poss. "father's glory"
  • Dieudonnée (dyoo-doh-NAY, French)--"given by God"
  • Dorothée (doh-roh-TAY, French)--form of Dorothy. German form is Dorothee (DOHR-oh-tay). 
  • Edmée (ed-MAY, French)--feminine of Edmund
  • Esmée (es-MAY, Dutch, English)--from French, "beloved".
  • Esmerée (es-mer-AY, [medieval] French)--poss. "troubled" or "respected"
  • Galatée (gah-lah-TAY, French)--from Greek, prob. "milk-white" or "gentle goddess"
  • Haidee (HAY-dee, English)--poss. from Greek "modest". Another form is Haydée (eye-DAY, French, Spanish, Portuguese).
  • Honorée (oh-noh-RAY, French)--from Latin, "honored"
  • Isaree (IS-ah-ree, Thai)--prob. "freedom"
  • Josée (zhoh-ZAY, French)--feminine of Joseph
  • Jubilee (JOO-bil-ee, English)
  • Mérovée (may-roh-VAY, French)--prob. from Germanic, "famous battle" [unisex]
  • Nyree (NYE-ree, English)--Anglicized from Maori Ngaire (NGYE ['ng' like "sing"] -reh) poss. "swamp" or "swamp flower"
  • Renée (reh-NAY, French, English)--from Latin, "born again"
  • Romée (roh-MAY, French, Dutch)--feminine of Romeo
  • Vaudrée (voh-DRAY, French)--prob. from Germanic, "wise rule"

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Biggest Losers (2015)

Which names are rising always seems to get more attention, but it can be interesting to see which names people are dropping. Here are the fastest-falling names from last year (narrowed to the 2014 Top 500).

Girls:
  1. Anabelle, -272 ( #464 --> #736 )
  2. Elsa, -201 ( #286 --> #487 )
  3. Annabel, -172 ( #448 --> #620 )
  4. Angelique, -154 ( #413 --> #567 )
  5. Annabella, -140 ( #256 --> #396 )
  6. Caitlyn, -136 ( #463 --> #599 )
  7. Jaylah, -126 ( #357 --> #483 )
  8. Caitlin, -113 ( #496 --> #609 )
  9. Guadalupe, -111 ( #480 --> #591 )
  10. Giuliana, -90 ( #373 --> #463 )
  11. Anya, -83 ( #472 --> #555 )
  12. Kendra, -82 ( #259 --> #341 )
  13. Haylee, -82 ( #400 --> #482 )
  14. Megan, -77 ( #307 --> #384 )
  15. Crystal, -73 ( #477 --> #550 )
  16. Itzel, -68 ( #423 --> #491 )
  17. Marissa, -68 ( #472 --> #540 )
  18. Katelyn, -67 ( #172 --> #239 )
  19. Kara, -66 ( #442 --> #508 )
  20. Lexi, -65 ( #242 --> #307 )
Woah, 3 spellings of Caitlin? I knew she's been declining since the 90s, but I didn't realize it was so serious. Did I miss something with Annabel/Annabella? And Elsa was one of the top-gaining names of last year! Guess people are getting sick of Frozen.
Honorable mention to Isis, who, although she wasn't high enough to be counted on here, lost a whopping 1060 spots, falling from #705 --> #1765. :(

Boys:
  1. Gannon, -119 ( #413 --> #532 )
  2. Uriel, -79 ( #489 --> #568 )
  3. Jase, -77 ( #105 --> #182 )
  4. Izaiah, -76 ( #459 --> #535 )
  5. Trey, -76 ( #480 --> #556 )
  6. Dustin, -72 ( #433 --> #505 )
  7. Case, -72 ( #467 --> #539 )
  8. Colten, -71 ( #474 --> #545 )
  9. Jayceon, -63 ( #200 --> #263 )
  10. Jakob, -63 ( #458 --> #521 )
  11. Kellen, -61 ( #444 --> #505 )
  12. Brennan, -60 ( #386 --> #446 )
  13. Ty, -60 ( #424 --> #484 )
  14. Trent, -60 ( #498 --> #558 )
  15. Marvin, -58 ( #492 --> #550 )
  16. Braden, -56 ( #358 --> #414 )
  17. Ryland, -56 ( #436 --> #492 )
  18. Tony, -56 ( #448 --> #504 )
  19. Royce, -55 ( #475 --> #530 )
  20. Drake, -51 ( #348 --> #399 )
Gannon and Jayceon were previously on highest-rising lists, too. I admit, I'm surprised Marvin was even high enough to be on this list. 

Here are the names that lost the most usage.

Girls:
  1. Isabella, -0.07% (0.87% ---> 0.8%)
  2. Sophia, -0.06% (0.95% ---> 0.9%)
  3. Annabelle, -0.06% (0.22% ---> 0.17%)
  4. Emily, -0.04% (0.65% ---> 0.61%)
  5. Alexis, -0.04% (0.22% ---> 0.18%)
  6. Arianna, -0.04% (0.27% ---> 0.23%)
  7. Aubree, -0.03% (0.22% ---> 0.19%)
  8. Ella, -0.03% (0.44% ---> 0.41%)
  9. Natalie, -0.03% (0.36% ---> 0.33%)
  10. Chloe, -0.03% (0.44% ---> 0.41%)
  11. Alyssa, -0.03% (0.2% ---> 0.17%)
  12. Anna, -0.03% (0.29% ---> 0.26%)
  13. Katelyn, -0.03% (0.1% ---> 0.07%)
  14. Peyton, -0.03% (0.23% ---> 0.2%)
  15. Khloe, -0.03% (0.18% ---> 0.15%)
  16. Ariana, -0.03% (0.28% ---> 0.25%)
  17. Brooklyn, -0.03% (0.35% ---> 0.32%)
  18. Elsa, -0.02% (0.06% ---> 0.03%)
  19. Gabriella, -0.02% (0.26% ---> 0.24%)
  20. Annabella, -0.02% (0.07% ---> 0.04%)
Uh-oh, looks like many of the top names may be on the way out. 

Boys:
  1. Jase, -0.07% (0.18% ---> 0.11%)
  2. Jayden, -0.07% (0.63% ---> 0.57%)
  3. Joshua, -0.05% (0.53% ---> 0.48%)
  4. Andrew, -0.05% (0.55% ---> 0.49%)
  5. Michael, -0.05% (0.75% ---> 0.71%)
  6. Jace, -0.05% (0.31% ---> 0.26%)
  7. Anthony, -0.04% (0.57% ---> 0.52%)
  8. Jacob, -0.04% (0.82% ---> 0.78%)
  9. William, -0.04% (0.82% ---> 0.78%)
  10. Gavin, -0.04% (0.32% ---> 0.28%)
  11. Alexander, -0.04% (0.75% ---> 0.71%)
  12. Evan, -0.04% (0.33% ---> 0.29%)
  13. Ayden, -0.04% (0.28% ---> 0.24%)
  14. Brandon, -0.04% (0.29% ---> 0.25%)
  15. Logan, -0.03% (0.67% ---> 0.63%)
  16. Blake, -0.03% (0.24% ---> 0.21%)
  17. Kevin, -0.03% (0.29% ---> 0.25%)
  18. Tyler, -0.03% (0.29% ---> 0.25%)
  19. Jayceon, -0.03% (0.1% ---> 0.07%)
  20. Ethan, -0.03% (0.77% ---> 0.74%)
Jase and Jace--interesting. Several of these lost a lot of % last year, too. We might be seeing an all-new Top 10 in a few years. 

And just in case you're not already overloaded with numbers, here are the biggest losers in relative frequency. (how much more common the names were in 2014)

Girls:
  1. Anabella (1.81x)
  2. Anabel (1.8x)
  3. Annabell (1.8x)
  4. Anabelle (1.79x)
  5. Elsa (1.73x)
  6. Aranza (1.63x)
  7. Cindy (1.57x)
  8. Annabella (1.55x)
  9. Annabel (1.54x)
  10. Aryanna (1.43x)
  11. Elissa (1.43x)
  12. Angelique (1.42x)
  13. Kaitlin (1.42x)
  14. Jakayla (1.42x)
  15. Kiley (1.41x)
  16. Katelyn (1.39x)
  17. Caitlyn (1.39x)
  18. Kailyn (1.39x)
  19. Danica (1.38x)
  20. Jaylah (1.37x)
Ho-lee buckets. Seriously, did I miss a horrible Annabel/Annabella namesake? Cindy seems rather random; I didn't even realize it was still in the Top 1500. Katelyn, Kailyn, Kiley...are the long-vowel K-names perhaps going to start going out of style? Jaylah was on the list last year, too. 

Boys:
  1. Neymar (1.69x)
  2. Jase (1.63x)
  3. Jayse (1.47x)
  4. Jayceon (1.46x)
  5. Rylee (1.43x)
  6. Gannon (1.41x)
  7. Brenden (1.4x)
  8. Nikhil (1.4x)
  9. Johnathon (1.38x)
  10. Yandel (1.38x)
  11. Bradyn (1.36x)
  12. Broderick (1.35x)
  13. Jai (1.35x)
  14. Josh (1.35x)
  15. Zackary (1.34x)
  16. Peyton (1.33x)
  17. Graeme (1.33x)
  18. Ulises (1.32x)
  19. Yael (1.32x)
  20. Aidyn (1.31x)
The boys' side seems a lot more random. I wonder if Bradyn & Ayden (and sound-alike Peyton) signal the decline of the -aidens, or if those spellings are just seen as more feminine. Jase and Jayceon again, along with Jayse. Hmmm.