Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2017 Girls' Names of the Year: Kehlani & Ensley

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Kehlani (born Kehlani Ashley Parrish)

Kehlani, presumably inspired by the R&B/Soul singer, is the biggest moving name of 2017! The name debuted in 2015 with 48 girls being named Kehlani. This is pretty impressive in itself, as usually when a name shows up for the first time in the Top 7000, it only has a count of 5-20. Kehlani increased over 600% in 2016, and then in 2017 nearly doubled again in 2017, making it the most popular spelling of the name that up until this point, was Kailani. But, what makes this name more remarkable is that the other spellings Kehlanii, Kehlany,  and Kehlanie were also added to the name pool this year, as well as the similar names/spellings Jehlani, Lehlani, Mehlani, Tehlani and Ehlani.

Baby Ensley (photo from j_evans1219/Instagram)

The Runner of Name of the Year is Ensley. 

This name showed a 3000% increase between 2016 and 2017, going from having just 6 instances to having 66. This name's popularity was probably inspired by the daughter of Jenelle Evans on the TV reality series Teen Mom 2.

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