The Most Popular Names Parents Invented Last Year

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Every year, the Social Security Administration releases information about all of the names parents chose for babies in the previous year. In 2017, the top boys name was Liam and the top girls name was Emma, but what about all those other names? In fact, there were nearly 30,000 distinct names given to babies last year and of them, 1,100 were brand new ones that parents made up. You might think that each of those were unique, but the majority of them were given to a lot more than one newborn. In fact, 91 babies got the brand new name Camreigh, an alternate spelling of Camry.

Celebrities also inspired some of the more unique names. The 58 kids named Asahd this past year have DJ Khaled to thank. In 2016, the producer named his son Asahd, adding the "h" into the traditional spelling of the Arabic name Asad. There are also 38 babies who will go by Taishmara, likely inspired by Instagram celeb Taishmara Rivera

Many non-English names are on the list, like Iretomiwa from Nigeria and Tewodros from Ethiopia. And there are also names inspired by Game of Thrones. It seems 11 children born last year are named Cersei. If you aren't a fan of the hit HBO series, Cersei is a cruel, power-hungry queen who has an incestuous relationship with her brother. Other GOT-inspired names include Olenna and Benjen. 

The only names included by the SSA are ones given to five kids or more, so the most unique ones don't show up, but maybe they will next year if they catch on a little more. 

Below are some of the new names in order of popularity:

Camreigh

Asahd

Taishmara

Kashdon

Teylie

Kassian

Kior

Aaleiya

Kamreigh

Draxler

Ikeni

Noctis

Sayyora

Mohana

Dakston

Knoxlee

Amunra

Arjunreddy

Irtaza

Ledgen

Avajade

Cersei

Imona

Lunarose

Miraclle

Novahlee

Owsley

Gurbaaz

Alisanne

Avianni

Brexleigh

Janova

Lunafreya

Mayuka

Ning

Iretomiwa

Caspen

Meliodas

Sreyan

Tewodros

Yeziel

Acelia

Aleissa

Ameela

Arev

Averyann

Cahlani

Cemile

Dhanvika

Dvorah

Eleia

Harsirat

Jyn

Kaionna

Kayzleigh

Kehlanie

Keloni

Kylahni

Laylany

Olenna

Rufta

Sabali

Aakil

Aarushreddy

Aavir

Amenadiel

Haysen

Imronbek

Jiren

Khyro

Killean

Osian

Syedali

Zagan

Ablakat

Addleigh

Amaiia

Aniso

Arwaa

Aydelin

Cailani

Eliyannah

Haysley

Hazeley

Henslie

Iveigh

Joori

Kaior

Kaniyla

Kardi

Khlani

Lakeleigh

Madeleina

Mylarose

Naomika

Normani

Noveah

Renessmae

Rishvi

Riverleigh

Sayora

Sutherlyn

Xayah

Yanah

Yunet

Zayva

Abdriel

Adhan

Audrik

Aviyan

Aynan

Benjen

Dawsin

Guile

Hilkiah

Iyaan

Jaivik

Khaison

Khyza

Mikyng

Naing

Nihith

Rafsan

Sharvin

Yazdan

Yordani


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