Some interesting stuff going on with the Hs, not all of it confined to insane spelling variations. But don’t worry, there’s that too.
HADASSAH first appeared on the charts in 2007 and has risen over 160 places in the official Social Security Administration top 1000 since then. With spelling variations popping up, look for this name to continue its rise over the next five years. (HADASSAH: Hadasa,27 Hadassa,61 Hadasah,15 Hadassah,317)
HADLEY, unknown before 1998, has grown exponentially in popularity over the past decade. In my corrected list, it will very likely sit well within the top 100. I’m sure many parents are looking at it as an alternative to the uber-popular HAILEY. (HADLEY: Hadlie,39 Hadli,10 Hadley,2402 Hadleigh,195 Hadlee,198 Hadlea,6)
The formerly unstoppable juggernaut HAILEY is finally showing signs of weakening. However, with its myriad of spellings, it’s impossible to predict just where in the top 20 it will sit until I’ve finished with the entire list. We can guess (and hope) that it has fallen out of the top ten–but I wouldn’t bet anything important, like a nickel, on it. Here are a few direct comparisons between the spellings of the name in 2008 and 2012.
2008: Hailee,683 Hailey,7788 Hailie,265 Haleigh,404 Haley,3301 Haylee,1451 Hayley,837 Haylie,624
2012: Hailee,420 Hailey,5878 Hailie,159 Haleigh,274 Haley,1698 Haylee,1054 Hayley,670 Haylie,291
The full list of HAILEY for 2012:
Haliey,13 Haliegh,6 Halie,52 Hali,38 Halee,19 Halei,11 Haleigh,274 Haly,6 Haley,1698 Heily,46 Heiley,13 Haileigh,60 Haily,71 Hailly,5 Haillie,10 Hailley,6 Hailie,159 Haili,11 Hailey,5878 Hailei,6 Hailee,420 Hailea,6 Haely,6 Haeley,7 Haelee,8 Haeleigh,12 Haile,19 Heylee,10 Heyli,8 Hayle,25 Haylea,15 Haylee,1054 Haylei,33 Hayleigh,252 Hayley,670 Haylie,291 Hayli,46
In other news, I have no idea what the hell this thing is…
Haisley,28 Haizley,8 Haizlee,7 Hazley,9 Hazely,10 Hayzlee,6
…so let’s move on.
NAMES THAT WILL NOT ASSURE YOUR GIRL CHILD’S FUTURE, SO PLEASE STOP USING THEM, 2012 “H” EDITION:
HALO (Hailo,5 Haylo,15 Halo,134)
HEAVEN (Hevin,5 Heavyn,27 Heaven,981)
NEWEST NAME EVERYONE THINKS ISN’T POPULAR BUT TOTALLY IS: HARPER (7154) came out of nowhere in 2004 and has been slaughtering the competition left and right. This name is on the super fast track to the top 20. In a few years, every third baby you know will be named Harper, and you will long for the days of ABIGAIL.
Hennesy,7 Hennessy,57 Henessy,5 Hennessey,11
SPECIAL AWARD FOR LOVELIEST NAME RUINED BY TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE SPELLINGS: HARMONY (Harmony,1603 Harmonii,26 Harmonie,137 Harmoni,198 Harmoney,39 Harmonee,87 Harmani,13 Harmany,8)
MOST SURPRISING RESURRECTION FROM NAME LIMBO: HATTIE (Haddy,9 Haddie,142 Haddi,10 Hatty,5 Hatti,6 Hattie,392), which was nonexistent from 1968 until 2011. It seems like this must be influenced by some TV or book character, but I have no idea who. The only one we can think of is the nasty sister from Ella Enchanted!
OH, I DON’T KNOW: Harvest,7 Hunnie,6 Honey,73 Huntleigh,7 Huntley,18
PLACES TO GO, AND OTHER BODIES OF WATER: Havana,63 Holland,173 Holiday,13 Houston,6 Hudsyn,30 Hudson,72 Harbor,22
MOST MESSED UP VARIATIONS, WINNER:
HONESTY (Honestee,8 Honesti,39 Honestie,7 Honestii,5 Onesty,7 Onesti,7 Aunisty,5 Aunesty,13 Aunesti,9 Aonesty,5 Ahnesti,11 Ahonesty,5 Ahonesti,6 Ahnesty,6 Honesty,225)
MOST MESSED UP VARIATIONS, DISHONORABLE MENTIONS:
HAVEN (Haivyn,5 Haiven,23 Haeven,14 Haevyn,7 Hayven,63 Hayvn,6 Hayvin,8 Havynn,7 Havyn,54 Havin,7 Haven,713)
HAZEL (Hazyl,8 Hazle,5 Hayzel,23 Hazelle,24 Hazell,10 Haizel,7 Hazel,1768)
HEIDI (Hydee,8 Hiedi,7 Heydi,32 Heydy,6 Heidy,214 Heidie,5 Heidi,928)