Is Your Baby's Name "Elite"? Here's How to Find Out

Dacy Knight

Naming a baby is something of a craft. You're essentially choosing the first impression an individual will have on others for the rest of their life. An individual whom you haven't even met yet. Parents spend countless hours determining exactly what they want to convey with the name—something classic? Something quirky? Something no one's heard before?

Last week, New York Magazine's The Cut highlighted the phenomenon of "elite" baby naming, as put forward in an article by The Hollywood Reporter. According to the original article, experts on baby naming say that "elite parents in urban areas" give their babies unpopular, hard-to-pull-off names. With time, these names are eventually picked up by the masses, becoming popular and less "elite."

Though the original source provided a list of "the top emerging mini monikers" by big city location, The Cut offered up a more science-backed approach to determining just how elite your baby's name is. Using the website WolframAlpha, a computational knowledge engine, you can discover exactly how popular a given name is by searching "[name] name popularity."

For example, the article pulls the name Grover—the name of Lena Dunham's character's baby in the final episode of Girls—noting that it ranks as the 4852 most popular name for U.S. births, with just 19 people given the name per year—elite indeed. Unless you're looking into a first name as rare as mine (for which there is no data and the site simply reports that fewer than five people have ever been given the name in the U.S.), you can determine the rank, fraction, and number of times per year the name is given, as well as analyze the name's popularity over time. Grover had a spike in the late 1800s, but only time will tell if it picks up again thanks to the HBO series's finale.

Next up, discover the baby name trends that are about to be huge.

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