The top baby names in the country were released today, and while there isn't a whole lot of change in the top 10 baby names (still lots of A-names for ladies, and Irish root names for the boys), there are some names that are quickly rising to the top of the list. The biggest mover overall was Major, a Latin boys' name meaning "great," which moved up a mammoth 505 places to #483 this year. I loved it in Catch-22, though it was part of a farcical name (Major Major Major). For girls, the top mover-and-shaker was Arya, which jumped 298 places this year (on top of the 200 it jumped from 2010-2011), putting it at number 413 overall. The name is a Sanskrit word that means "noble," and has an equally popular variant, Aria, which moved up more than 60 spots into the top 100.
Messiah is currently the #4 mover and shaker, having moved up nearly 250 spots in the past year alone. (And it wasn't even in the top 1000 before 2005!) It's an interesting choice, which seems to follow a mini trend of choosing "powerful" royal/leader names for boys—also on the rise are names like King, Prince, and Kingston.
Raelynn and the sister spelling Raelyn were both on a major uptick, thanks to Season 2 Voice contestant RaeLynn. It's been new on the list since 2008.
Here are the top 5 names on the rise for boys and girls:
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