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20 Names That Will Stand The Test Of Time

Nowadays, who cares about what names are the most popular? It's more fun to try and guess which ones are going to outshine the current fads or rise from the grave and make a comeback.

Parents who are trying to name their child based on what they perceive is fresh and stylish right now will later find that the name they chose is overexposed and outdated.

Thanks to the help of history, science, and statistics, we are able to predict which names will remain strong and which ones will rise like zombies from the dead and slowly make it back into the light of glory.

Keep scrolling to find out what names will be all the rage in and past 2019!

20 Ava

For the past 20 years, Ava has risen through the ranks and made its way to the top of most popular names for baby girls.

According to thedailybeast.com, the name Ava was once at the bottom. In 1988 it was recorded to be at the bottom 1,000 and has moved up to the top 5 since then. That is a 10,000 percent increase in 20 years.

Other reasons why this name is going to make it big is because of the simplicity of the name combined with how many few people bare the name. That with some celebrity influence, the name will become quite popular. So far Hugh Jackman’s daughter and Reese Witherspoon’s daughter have the name.

19 Ella

All the names that end with the four letters ella, have been pretty popular throughout the years. It is Ella by itself that gets the most attention though.

According to thedailybeast.com, The name Ella’s percentage has gone up in the past decade by a good 1,100 compared to its cousin name Bella which has gone up 800 since the year 2000 and since the movie Twilight has come out.

Ella might be slowly making its way to the top, but it is a classy and timeless name that will be a great name. Just think of Ella Fitzgerald, an American Jazz singer who is known as the First Lady of Song.

18 Violet

The name Violet, which is a beautiful purple flower, has grown in popularity since Ben and Jen’s little girl.

According to thedailybeast.com, statistically speaking, Violet is the one name that has risen through the ranks of popular names more than any other name. It all started in 1998 when it started rising through the slopes and increased a total of 605 percent.

Supposedly, a trend is starting where old ladyish names are starting to be a thing, which is the reason why Violet is now making its way to the top. Of course, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner’s daughter helps a lot too.

17 Lila

The double L names are going to be the biggest name sound of the next decade.

According to thedailybeast.com, when it comes to baby girl names with double L sounds, they seem to be the biggest names to be vaulting up the charts. Leila, Laila, Layla, Lily, Lillian and more are becoming more and more popular.

Rumors are though that it will be Lila that rises the highest out of them all. The name started its rise in 1998 and rose a total 500 percent in the past decade. Thanks to supermodel Kate Moss’s little girl, the name has quite some influence in the rising of its ranks.

16 Grace

The name Grace is known to be a simple and well graceful name.

According to thedailybeast.com, the name has made its slow climb up the charts since the later 70s and has been in the top 25 for almost a decade now. The name used to be in the last position for popular names from 1880 to 1914. After 25 to 35 years though, it started making its way upwards.

Grace is a lovely and classic name that has power. If not for a first name, it will be a popular middle name in the next decade or so like Lynn or Rose.

15 Ruby

Ruby is a beautiful name that was taken from a beautiful gem.

According to thedailybeast.com, sadly, Ruby has not increased in rank as much as it has in fashion status. Back in the day, Ruby use to be a very popular name. As decades passed  it died down and lowered down the ranks of names.

As of today, the name is so far down there is only one way to go, up. There is a lot of room for it to grow and sooner or later it will make its return. Especially since it now has some celebrity Ruby Rose Langenheim, an Australian model, actress, and television presenter, influencing the name.

14 Matilda

Matilda is known as an old-fashioned type of name that has made its way up the ranks recently thanks to the celebrity help of Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger’s little girl.

According to thedailybeast.com, the only reason Matilda has made it back to the top 1,000 in the last four decades is because of Heath Ledger’s little girl, but there are more reasons as to why it is still climbing to the top of the most popular names. One being its charming and vintage feel. If not for a first name, it has great nickname potential such as Mattie, Tillie or Tilda.

13 Evelyn

Evelyn is an old-fashion name that has truly started to make its way to the top thanks to its cousin names Eva and Ava.

According to thedailybeast.com, the name Evelyn has been slowly trending upwards in the past two decades. Thanks to statistics though, we can expect it to brank ranks and hit the top 50 popular names in the next year or so.

There is a thing called the Hundred Year Rule, and the name Evelyn is evidence that it is real. The Hundred Year Rule is a list of names that always come back in style after a slow hundred years of being at the bottom. Evelyn was once at the top 20 back in 1907 until its demise in 1930 when it dropped back to the bottom.

12 Ethan

Ethan is a biblical name and now days it seems as old testament names are starting to become the new testament.

According to thedailybeast.com, for the first time ever, five biblical names from the old testament made history and started climbing the rank of popular names. These five names have been in the bottom since the world started keeping national records, that is until 2008 when they started being used more.

It seems that parents are starting to want to use long-neglected biblical names more often. Names such as Isaac, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah Ezekiel, and Ezra. What does Ethan all have on these names though? Well, it is the friendliest, least weighty and has a cheery tone to it.

11 Maximus

The name Maximus first came into play nine years ago and ever since it has been making its way up the popular name list with a 613 percent increase.

According to thedailybeast.com, the name first came into play with the release of the movie Gladiator. In the movie, Russell Crowe played a powerful gladiator by the name of Maximus, which gave the name a huge increase.

Let’s not forget the meaning either. The meaning of the name Maximus is “Greatest.” Who wouldn’t want to name their child a name that means the greatest?

There are different versions of the name too that are making headway. Maximilian, Maxwell, and then the regular old name Max are all trending up on the list. Jennifer Lopez, Lance Armstrong, Charlie Sheen, Christina Aguilera, and Kerry Katona are all on the Max name kick.

10 Kai

The name Kai is a mix of something gentle and exotic.

According to thedailybeast.com, with the merging of different trends and the changing of times, the name Kai has made an unexpected leap up the list for boy names. In the past 20 years, it has made a huge 1,029 percent increase.

The name is multi-cultural with ties to Hawaiian, Japanese, Navajo and Scandinavian cultures.

Kai is softer than its cousin names like Colt and Holt. It has more of a melodious sound to it.

It even has some celebrity influence. In 1997, Jennifer Connelly gave birth to a baby boy who she gave the name Kai to.

9 River

Nature names are one thing that has been making headway with parents lately.

According to thedailybeast.com, parents have been looking for more and more nature-inspired names. For girls, the names usually refer to a type of flower, but for boys, the names are usually after a tree or a river.

Over the last ten years, the name River has increased by at least 66 percent. It first entered into the name pool in 1994, one year after the death of River Phoenix, an American actor best known for his role in the 1984 film Stand by Me, who died of a drug intoxication in 1993.

8 Amelia

This name is was created by combining Emma with Emily.

According to thedailybeast.com, over the past 130 years that the government has been tracking all babies born and their names, there have only been eight names that have held the number one spot. For the past 12 years, the name Emily has been holding that spot, but recently it was booted to number two by its cousin name, Emily.

Over the past decade, Amelia has risen through the slops and has been trending in the top 100 names. Right now, it’s in the top ten over in Britain and a worthy substitute for the way overused Emma and Emily.

7 Cash

According to thedailybeast.com, the name Cash has become a parent favorite ever since the economic downturn. Back in 2003, there were only 165 children in the world with the name Cash, but since then the name has jumped the list and there has been an increase of children with the name. Now there is around 1370 children in the world with the name.

Its cousin name Chase, or Chace, is right on its heels too. Parents are torn though when it comes to luxury names. Names like Valentino and Armani are way up on the list now, but names like Tiffany, Chanel, Mercedes, and Lexus have been tanking pretty low on the list.

6 Ryder

Western cowboy names have started to make headway lately and are galloping up the list of popular names.

According to thedailybeast.com, Ryder has made a big leap over the years. Ten years ago, it was near the bottom, then out of the blue, it made a 1,081 percent leap up the list.

Lately, parents have been trying to feminize male names. Names such as Harper and Sawyer, which were both once male-only names, have now become unisex names. Ryder is one name that has stayed strictly male though.

Thanks to Kate Hudson naming her son in 2004 Ryder the name has grown even more and become a fan favorite.

5 Oscar

Oscar sounds like such a grandpa name, but lately, it has been a hipster favorite among parents and slowly making a climb up the most popular name list.

According to thedailybeast.com, it is predicted that parents who give birth in the year 2019 are going to be wanting retro names more than anything when it comes to naming their bundle of joys.

Oscar isn’t going to be the only old favorite either. Old time names like Arthur, Walter, Victor, Edmund, Everett, Leon, Theodore and Julius are all going to make their way up the ranks too to the top of the popular name list.

4 Charlie

Charlie is a great unisex name that has been finding its way onto many birth certificates lately.

According to thedailybeast.com, as society grows and changes, so does the name list for kids. More and more parents are starting to think outside the box and give their child names that back in the day would be looked down on.

Rebecca Romijn, Julie Chen, Denise Richards and Tiger Woods all gave their daughters the name Charlie and Sam. In the past ten years, the name Charlie has increased by a 96 percent, while the name Charles has dropped down in ranks.

3 Milo

Milo is one name parents are starting to love because of its upbeat, energetic O-ending sound.

According to thedailybeast.com, there is something contagious about names that have a hello or cheerio sound in them. Milo first started to show up on the Social Security list in the year 2001 and ever since its been making its way to the top.

Thanks to the influences in Hollywood, the name has been making a strong impact in the world and has been making big leaps on the most popular name list. Liv Tyler, Sherry Springfield and Ricki Lake all have sons with the name Milo.

2 Aiden

Aiden is a traditional Irish name that trumps its common rhyming cousins Jayden, Brayden, and Caden.

According to thedailybeast.com, Aiden is the traditional English spelling of the Irish version Aidan. The name was almost unheard of before 1995 and then out of the blue, it started to creep its way to the top 1000 list.

Ten years ago, the name creeped to the 545 spots on the popular name list and there was a tally of at least 367 boys in the world with the name. By the year 2008, it leapt to number 16 and there were at least 15,411 baby boys in the world with the name.

1 Ethan

Ethan is a biblical name and now days it seems as old testament names are starting to become the new testament.

According to thedailybeast.com, for the first time ever, five biblical names from the old testament made history and started climbing the rank of popular names. These five names have been in the bottom since the world started keeping national records, that is until 2008 when they started being used more.

It seems that parents are starting to want to use long-neglected biblical names more often. Names such as Isaac, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah Ezekiel and Ezra. What does Ethan all have on these names though? Well, it is the friendliest, least weighty and has a cheery tone to it.

References: The Daily Beast

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