Some baby names never seem to lose their charm or go out of style while others seem more like temporary fads that are easily forgotten; they have rarely found their way back up the charts over time. There is no real way to predict the success of a specific name because anything can change, but looking at past trends can help better determine which names may be keepers and which names are on their way out.
Ten years is a long time, and so much can happen within a decade. There are some baby names that sound great today but could be a thing of the past by tomorrow. Names such as Luna and Greyson have some real potential to sound even better over the course of a decade. But names such as Bentley and Destiny may have already seen better days.
Depending on what kind of name a mom is looking for when choosing a name for her little one, she may want to go with a name that still has some brighter days ahead of it. Check out the rest of this article to find out what names will be around and sound even better ten years from now, and which ones will lose their charm!
25 Will Sound Even Better: Luna
Luna is such a beautiful name for a little girl and it means “moon.” Luna, according to Sheknows.com, was also the goddess of the moon. This name has really gained some major popularity within the last few years and continues to be on the rise. It appears that there may be no stopping this gorgeous name from sounding even better over the course of the next 10 years. According to Names.org, 2017 was the most popular year for the name Luna with over 5,300 babies who were all born with this first name just in the US alone.
24 Will Lose Its Charm: Nevaeh
Nevaeh is a heavenly name for a little girl and, as it happens, it is “heaven” spelled backward. This name had a quick rise over recent years, but it is since started to plummet back down. I personally have known three women who have chosen this name for their little girl. At its peak of popularity in 2007, Nevaeh had over 6,800 babies born with this first name and by 2017, there were only about 3,500 babies born in a single year with this name. It’s safe to say that while this name is beautiful, it is rapidly starting to lose its charm.
23 Will Sound Even Better: Greyson
Greyson is such a lovely name that any little boy would cherish as he grows up. Another way this name could be spelled would be Grayson – either spelling variation is adorable! Greyson has the simple meaning of “gray-haired son of the Gray family,” according to SheKnows.com. It may not be the most attractive meaning, but don’t let that take away from the true beauty of this name. Greyson comes in at number 39 on the Modern Boy Names list, according to Names.org. This is also a name that has been on the rise within the last few years and has no signs of losing its charm anytime soon!
22 Will Lose Its Charm: Asher
Asher is a wonderful name for little boys that means “happiness,” and happiness is something that every parent wants for their child regardless of their age. According to, Names.org, this boys name has been on the rise, but that still doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t lose its charm in 10 years. A decade really is a long time. As of right now, Asher is at number 28 on the Modern Boy Names list, according to Names.org. In 2017, in the US alone, there were almost 6,000 babies who were all born with this first name.
21 Will Sound Even Better: Sage
Sage is a poetic name that will fit any woman as she grows into it. This beautiful herbal name is perfect to stay tuned with nature and Mother Earth and “Sage,” according to Nameberry.com, means wise. And who wouldn’t want their daughter to be wise? The true beauty of this name will make parents feel connected to their daughter and to life. Sage is on the rise in the U.S. too, with over 1,040 kids named Sage in 2017. This name will be a sure pick for any parents who have a daughter and who happen to love nature.
20 Will Lose Its Charm: Madison
Madison was a once very popular girls’ name. According to Babycenter.com, Madison is from the medieval for girls’ name Madde, which is “short for Madeline or Maud.” At its height in popularity back in 2001, there were 22,166 babies who all shared the same first name in that single year alone in just the US, according to Names.org. Madison has already begun to lose its charm and in 2017, the numbers dropped and there were only a little over 7,800 babies who shared the same first name.
19 Will Sound Even Better: Rylan
Rylan is the perfect boy’s name for any little man. Though the meaning of the name, according to Names.org, means “rye field,” it may not be the most charming meaning to a name but the magic of the name still shines through. Names.org reported that in 2011, the name Rylan was in a huge upspring in the US with over 2,750 boys named Rylan that year. This name is perfect for a boy at any stage of his life so it’s safe to say this name won’t lose its value as time goes on.
18 Will Lose Its Charm: Kingston
Kingston is a lovely name for a baby boy, but even from 2016 to 2017 it has seen a bit a fall in popularity. In 2016, in the US, there were a total of 3,144 babies who were all born with this first name compared to the 3,047 who were born in 2017, according to Names.org. Kingston holds the simple meaning of “King’s town.” As of 2019, so far, Kingston is right night ranked at number 90 in popularity, according to Babycenter.com.
17 Will Sound Even Better: Viviana
Viviana is such a sweet and innocent name for a little girl. It is very similar, yet quite different than the traditional and more common name, Vivian. It is a rare name with only about 21,000 babies in the US who all share this same exact first name since 1880. Viviana is on a rise up to the top and is almost guaranteed to sound even better over the course of the next 10 years. In the US, 2017 was the most popular year for this name, so far, with almost 800 babies who were born in that single year with the first name Viviana.
16 Will Lose Its Charm: Mackenzie
Mackenzie is a wonderful gender-neutral name—that is more commonly used as a girls’ name—and it was first recorded in the US on November 15, 1886. Mackenzie means “child of the wise leader” and “born of fire,” according to Babycenter.com. This name has fallen 17 sports from 2018 and is now ranked at number 113 in popularity. Even though this is a lovely name, within the next decade, this name will most likely lose its charm. At its height in popularity, according to Names.org, back in 2001, there were a little over 7,100 babies who were given this name at birth in the US.
15 Will Sound Even Better: Kyler
Kyler is a gender-neutral name that happens to be more commonly given to little boys. Kyler has gone up 56 points since 2018 and is now ranking in at number 245 on the popularity lists, according to Babycenter.com. Kyler is an alternative to the more common and popular boys’ name Kyle, which happens to mean “handsome.” This name is sure to be on the rise and sound even better over the next 10 years. The perfect nickname for your son, should you choose to name him Kyler, would be Ky.
14 Will Lose Its Charm: Bentley
Bentley is a gender-neutral name that is more commonly given to baby boys. It is just one of those name’s that was on the rising popularity wise but is now on a steady decline. Bentley was at its height in popularity back in 2012 when there were almost 6,000 babies born in that single year in the US alone who all share the same first name. Even with the decline in use, Bentley is still at number 31 on the Modern Boy Names list and number 123 on the Gender-Neutral Names list, according to Names.org. It is safe to say that at this point; the first name Bentley will lose its charm within the next 10 years.
13 Will Sound Even Better: Meadow
Meadow is such a beautiful natural name for a baby girl. It has been rising and falling in popularity since about 2001. But there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight for this lovely name anytime soon. Meadow is also a unique name for a little girl with only about 6,100 babies who share this same name in the US, according to Names.org. Meadow means, “to mow; mowed.” People with this name are said to be mystical and wise, according to Ohbabynames.com, which simply adds to the charm.
12 Will Lose Its Charm: Alexa
Alexa is a such a pretty name which also happens to be the diminutive of the more commonly popular Alexandra. This name happens to mean, “defender of men.” In the US alone, there are about 123k babies who all share this same first name. Alexa was at its peak on popularity in 2006 when there were over 6.1k Alexa’s born with this same name compared to the 3.8k in 2017, according to Names.org. It is safe to say that with the way this name has been dropping in popularity over the years, that within the next 10, it will lose its stunning charm.
11 Will Sound Even Better: Jaxon
Jaxon is a fabulous bane for any little boy. If you choose this name, that is sure to sound even better with passing time, for your little guy, he is bound to grow up loving it. It is a spelling variation to the traditional Jackson. There are about 71,000 babies who were born in the US, since 1880, who all share this fantastic name which holds the meaning of “Son of Jack.” People with this name are usually very ambitious and strong-willed, according to Ohbabynames.com.
10 Will Lose Its Charm: Hunter
Hunter was once a very popular baby name for a little boy with about 241,000 babies who were born in the US since 1880 who all share this same name. Hunter means, “one who hunts.” In 2001, Hunter was at its peak in popularity with other 13,000 babies born in the US in that single year who all have the same first name. It has been on a steady decline ever since, and may fully lose its charm within the next 10 years.
9 Will Sound Even Better: Willow
Willow is a gorgeous name that you could choose for your daughter that means, “flexible” and “intuitive.” Any little girl would grow up to love this natural baby girl name. It is also quite unique, with only about 28,000 babies who all share this same first name in the US since 1880. When you think of someone notably famous who has this first name, you may think of Will Smith’s daughter, Willow Smith. This name happens to be on the rise, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down either. It was at its peak in popularity, thus far, in 2017 with about 3.5 babies born in the US who all happened to be named Willow in that single year.
8 Will Lose Its Charm: Destiny
Destiny was once a very popular name for a little girl. It happens to mean, “to determine” and “fate.” Back before singer Beyoncé Knowles was known as the Queen B, she was in a group called Destiny’s Child, which could have been why this name was so popular back in 2000 with almost 10,000 babies who were born that same year who all share this same first name. Since the early 2000s, however, this gorgeous name has been declining in popularity.
7 Will Sound Even Better: Zayden
Zayden is a rare and unique name for a baby boy. With only about 17,000 babies who’ve all been born since 1880 in the US who share this same first name. Zayden means “little fire.” according to Thenamemeaning.com. 2014 was the most popular year for this name with a little over 2.2k babies who have the name Zayden that were all born in that one single year alone in the US. This name is also at number 61 on the Modern Boy Names list, according to Names.org.
6 Will Lose Its Charm: North
North is a very rare and unique gender-neutral baby name. Although, it is more commonly used for little boys. This name is actually so rare that there have been only 272 reported births of someone having this first name since 1880. Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West seemingly set this name on the charts when they choose to name their little girl North West. The most popular year for this name was in 2013 when there were 21 babies born who all share this name in that single year alone, according to Names.org. Needless to say, this isn’t a name that we should get too accustomed to.
5 Will Sound Even Better: Mila
When you hear the name Mila, you most likely think of the beautiful actress and mom, Mila Kunis. This name is still pretty unique since there have only been about 33,000 babies who all share this name since 1880, according to Names.org. Mila is a gorgeous name for a baby girl and it is also steadily on the rise in popularity. Its best year, so far, was in 2017 when there were about 6,000 babies who were all born in that single year who share the same first name in the US.
4 Will Lose Its Charm: Elsa
The name Elsa for a baby girl is a diminutive of the more commonly used girls’ name Elizabeth. It is a rare name with only about 29,000 babies who have this same first name in the US since about 1880. Elsa spiked in popularity back in 2014 with about 1,100 babies who were born in that single year in the US who all share this same name. But it rapidly decreased in use to only 424 babies born names Elsa in 2017. It is safe to say that this name is rapidly losing its charm!
3 Will Sound Even Better: Riley
Riley is considered to be a unique boys’ name and even called in at number 3 on the Unique Boy Names list, according to Names.org. There are about 194k babies who were born in the US since 1880 who all have the same exact first name. Riley has some real potential to sound even better than it does now over the next 10 years. Riley is also at number 85 on the Vintage Boy Names list, number 90 on the Last Name First Name list, and number 29 on the Gender-Neutral Names list.
2 Will Lose Its Charm: Fabian
Fabian is a boys’ name that was on the rise for a while, before dropping back down again in popularity. It is a rare baby name, with less than 39k babies in the US who all share the same exact name since 1880. When Fabian peaked in popularity, there were a little over 1,400 babies who shared the same name in the US in just 2007 alone, according to Names.org. It is safe to say that the name Fabian will lose its charm in 10 years!
1 WIll Sound Even Better: Zia
Zia is a beautiful, yet extremely rare, gender-neutral name—which is more commonly given to baby girls—that only has about 2,000 babies in the US who all share this wonderful first name since 1880. Zia means, “grain, light, splendor” or “aunt,” according to Nameberry.com. Zia is one of those names that may sound even better within the next 10 years. 2013 and 2016 were the best years for this name in the US, so far, with a total of 151 born during each of those years who all share the same first name.
References: TheList.com, Names.org, SheKnows.com, Nameberry.com, Babycenter.com, Babynamewizard.com, OhBabyNames.com, Thenamemeaning.com