During the decades that baby names are most popular, it often seems they will be on top forever due to hearing and seeing them everywhere. However, all names fall eventually. In this post, we take a look at what has happened to the Top 10 girls’ names of the year 2000.
In 2000, the names that had begun rising during the 1980s had reached the height of their popularity. The names in the Top 10 girls’ list from 2000 are often thought of as typical 1990s names, and indeed you likely know many 20-somethings and younger 30-somethings who sport them.
Emily was a Top 5 name for over a decade between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s, when it was finally edged out by newcomers like Sophia, Emma, Isabella, and Mia. Unlike some of the other names on this list, it still has very respectable numbers, coming in at #12 in 2017. Emily only left the Top 200 during the Baby Boom years, but has otherwise been quite common. Out of the Top 10 of 2000, this classic name is currently the most popular.
Caitlin was at one point so popular that it had four different spellings in the numerical Top 100. You would think its extreme popularity would lead to Caitlin fatigue, and that is exactly what happened… eventually. This name hung on for a surprisingly long time considering it was nearly nonexistent before 1980. Today, it is at #148 and falling.
Hannah was at the top of its game in the year 2000, but has not crashed as hard as some of the other names. It has declined steadily but slowly, and is currently sitting at #40 on the charts.
Hailey rose gradually from the 1960s through the 2000s, and that has probably helped it remain relatively popular as people had time to get used to its sound. Although this name was extremely popular during the 1990s and 2000s, and was only rarely used before the 1960s, it somehow feels less “invented” than other names that fit this pattern. Hailey was #45 in 2017.
Brianna didn’t appear as a name in the United States until 1950. It was rare for a while before hitting its stride in the 1970s. By the 1980s it was posting big numbers and became ubiquitous in the 1990s and 2000s, sitting in the Top 10 for about a decade. Around 2010 it went into freefall. Right now, it’s at #97 and dropping rapidly.
Sarah has never had a down period, but was particularly popular in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2000, it was just heading out of its most successful era ever. Although Sarah is still at #52, it is actually at its lowest point since the 1930s and appears as though it will fall lower before possibly stabilizing.
Madison only became popular in the 1980s, after it was used in the film “Splash” for Daryl Hannah’s mermaid character. Madison peaked in 2001, but has stubbornly refused to fade away, and is still at #21 on the list. This is rather impressive given its scant history.
In the year 2000, Ashley was already on its way out, having peaked way back in 1987 at over 60,000 (!) uses. Like Caitlin, this name has begun to crash and as of 2017 has fallen to #141.
Alexis had just passed its peak in 2000 and, like Brittany, must have seemed unique and fashionable to parents of the time. However, its allure didn’t last much longer; it has taken a steep tumble down to #180 on the charts.
Samantha was in the Top 10 for two decades, and 2000 was the final year of its very successful run. It has since dropped about 73%, not as much as some other names on this list, but enough to mark it as a quintessential ’90s name. Samantha is currently at #84.
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