Want to know what kind of names are in fashion today? We’ll give you a tour, from A to Z.
We’ve selected a full alphabet of girl’s names to represent American name style. Since that style has many faces, we’ve listed four names for each letter. First, we divided names based on popularity. Every name on our alphabetic list has fashion momentum, but they’re at different points on their trajectories. The “bullseye” names below are popular names in full flower, while the “upcoming” names are fast-rising but still relatively uncommon.
Our second division is about parents’ approaches to name style: traditional vs. contemporary. As straightforward as that distinction sounds, the line between the two can be hard to draw. A name may be traditional in one culture but sound brand-new in another, or familiar as a surname but newly popular as a given name. In some cases, a simple spelling change can flip a name from one column to the other. But the basic goals of the two approaches—tapping into generations of culture vs. striking a fresh, new note—are undeniably different, and real.
Put the two criteria together and you have four names representing a broad range of style and usage. Read across a row in the alphabetic table, and you’ll get a snapshot of how an individual initial is being used today. (A few initials may have some blanks where no name fit the criteria, but that says something about the letter as well.) Read down within a column to browse one slice of the American style spectrum.
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|THE FASHION ALPHABET OF GIRLS’ NAMES|
|Initial||Traditional Bullseye||Traditional Upcoming||Contemporary Bullseye||Contemporary Upcoming|