Name Candy, a website devoted to analyzing baby names and pop culture, has compiled a list of the first reported babies born this year by state. From North Carolina to California and everywhere in between, it seems parents across the country have started baby naming trends we didn't even see coming.
No Top 10 Baby Names
Forget popular names like Aiden and Sophia. This New Year's, parents stepped away from tradition and gave their children names from off the beaten path. A Mississippi baby born at 12:04 a.m. was named Anders, a baby Nash was born in Iowa and a Harley in Tennessee.
Lots Of "Y's" And "En" Sounds
These included two baby Brooklyns, one in Colorado and one in Maryland (Brooklyn Jane), Naythyn in Oregon, and a Layla in Alaska. Other names with the "en" sound (sans "Y") included Gwineth in Alabama, Brandon in Washington D.C., Devin in Idaho, Cameron in North Carolina, Watson in Rhode Island and Korbin in Ohio.
Names Ending In Vowel Sounds
Malakia and brother Nickali were born in Florida, both with names rooted in Hebrew. A Shreya -- which has Indian roots -- was born in New Jersey and a Tenzin was born in New York City with roots from Tibet.
Unique Names And Spellings
A Jacktavious was among the first babies born in Arkansas along with McKenlee in Maine and Dior in Connecticut. But the most interesting of the New Year's baby names is Prantison born in Hawaii at 12:47 a.m.
Even more interesting than these names is the fact that only one name repeats on the full list of 50. Could these New Year's babies have started a year-long trend of more original naming habits? We guess we'll have to wait and see.
Note: Name Candy closed their list at the end of the day on January 1. If you know of first babies announced after January 1, let them know so they may add them to the list!
Clarification, 1/3, 11:45 p.m.: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that one name does repeat on Name Candy's list. There are two Brooklyns.