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Fastest Rising Baby Names of All Time

While it can be interesting to see the names that have had the largest increase in babies with the name from one year to the next, it can often be dominated by names that are simply really popular. Take John, for instance. It has some of the largest increases in many years as it ebbs and flows just because there are so many people getting that name.

You can see the names that have had the largest increase in babies with the name at the bottom, but we wanted to go a step further. The list below shows the names with a meteoric rise from one year to the next - relative to the previous year. To keep it interesting, we only included the names with a significant jump: so unpopular names that jump from 1 to 10 (a 900% increase) don't dominate the list.

Also, don't forget to check out the most popular names of 2015 and the trending names of 2015.

By Percentage

Boy Names

#NameYearIncreaseChange
1.Douglas19427k171%
2.Nicholas197810k169%
3.Jason19699k131%
4.Dylan19915k121%
5.Robert19126k97%
6.Charles19125k93%
7.Joseph19126k86%
8.William19129k85%
9.John191211k83%
10.Chad19715k83%
11.Rodney19655k83%
12.George19125k78%
13.James19128k77%
14.Jason197011k65%
15.Jayden20076k58%
16.Dylan19925k54%
17.Justin19809k54%
18.Austin19936k53%
19.Kevin19545k53%
20.Jordan19905k48%
21.Dennis19466k43%
22.Brandon19816k43%
23.Michael194611k38%
24.Michael19426k36%
25.Robert19158k36%

Girl Names

#NameYearIncreaseChange
1.Jaime19767k757%
2.Jamie19768k196%
3.Shelby19917k191%
4.Cheryl19445k177%
5.Debra195111k176%
6.Whitney19866k149%
7.Tammy19586k129%
8.Kayla19876k127%
9.Ashley198318k124%
10.Cindy195710k103%
11.Brittany19858k101%
12.Jacqueline19615k94%
13.Deborah19485k93%
14.Linda194747k89%
15.Shirley193520k85%
16.Linda19408k71%
17.Deborah19498k71%
18.Amanda19755k69%
19.Tiffany19807k69%
20.Michelle196611k67%
21.Ashley19826k67%
22.Shirley19349k60%
23.Julie19575k59%
24.Debra195210k57%
25.Amanda197911k56%

By Increase

Boy Names

#NameYearIncreaseChange
1.Robert1946+14k+20%
2.John1946+13k+20%
3.James1946+13k+17%
4.Richard1946+13k+28%
5.David1947+11k+24%
6.Michael1946+11k+38%
7.John1912+11k+83%
8.Jason1970+11k+65%
9.James1942+10k+16%
10.Nicholas1978+10k+169%
11.William1946+10k+20%
12.John1915+10k+25%
13.Justin1980+9k+54%
14.Jason1969+9k+131%
15.David1946+9k+25%
16.Michael1947+9k+23%
17.Jason1973+9k+25%
18.John1947+9k+11%
19.William1912+9k+85%
20.Christopher1982+9k+18%
21.William1915+9k+30%
22.John1914+9k+29%
23.John1942+9k+15%
24.Ronald1946+8k+35%
25.Jason1974+8k+17%

Girl Names

#NameYearIncreaseChange
1.Linda1947+47k+89%
2.Shirley1935+20k+85%
3.Ashley1983+18k+124%
4.Deborah1951+13k+45%
5.Mary1915+13k+28%
6.Jennifer1970+12k+37%
7.Amanda1979+11k+56%
8.Linda1946+11k+27%
9.Brittany1989+11k+41%
10.Michelle1966+11k+67%
11.Debra1951+11k+176%
12.Jennifer1971+11k+23%
13.Patricia1946+10k+29%
14.Cindy1957+10k+103%
15.Debra1953+10k+37%
16.Lisa1963+10k+22%
17.Deborah1950+10k+51%
18.Debra1952+10k+57%
19.Donna1959+10k+35%
20.Susan1946+9k+47%
21.Debra1954+9k+24%
22.Lisa1961+9k+27%
23.Mary1914+9k+24%
24.Jennifer1968+9k+47%
25.Jessica1981+9k+25%

The data is taken from births that occurred in the United States after 1879. From 1880 to 1936, all births may not be included in the original data set.

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