It may be the closest thing to accurately predicting the future as possible, and surprisingly, it has everything to do with baby names.
Nameberry, a massive online baby names resource, has officially predicted what the most popular names will be in the year 2028. But before you invoke the supernatural, there is actually a logical explanation as to why the database company has been able to do this seemingly improbable feat.
You may be surprised to learn that it's actually based on math and science. Using a formula taken from Social Security data of more than 30,000 names used in the US over the past 10 years, Nameberry created projections for the next decade. According to co-creator and CEO of Nameberry Pam Satran, it's also about patterns.
"In general, popularity patterns follow regular patterns, rising and falling with the same precipitousness,” she said.
In other words, the higher they rise, the higher they fall - and often, the names that become popular the quickest have a celebrity or pop culture event to push them to the top. For example, Satran cited the name Beyoncé (yes, that Beyoncé), a name given to 105 baby girls in 2008. Turns out, the year 2008 was a breakout year for the original Beyoncé, who collected six Grammys on the strength of hits like "Single Ladies" and "Halo". However, last year - in perhaps a more uneventful and quiet year in the Beyhive - the name was used for zero baby girls.
In contrast, according to Satran, names that enjoy a consistent popularity over several years tend to stay that way before gradually losing their popularity.
"Emma entered the top 10 in 2002, for instance, moving in and out of the number one spot but lingering in the top five, and we project it will still be in the top five in a decade," she said.
Without further ado, here are Nameberry's top 10 predictions for girls in 2028:
And for boys, a decade from now the top monikers will likely be:
Nameberry isn't the only website making bold predictions about the future of baby names. Stay At Home Mum, a popular Australian-based lifestyle blog and social network, recently collected data from nearly one million women and came up with several predictions for the most popular Aussie baby names for 2019.
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