The baby names phenomenon is heating up again, with new baby names for boys, girls and boys with a single letter.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, baby names with one letter have been on the rise since 2000, and the trend is expected to continue.
In 2017, the CDC said there were about 1.2 million new baby boys’ names in the United States, compared to about 1 million in 2000.
And the numbers are growing at an exponential rate.
The CDC reports that in 2017, there were an estimated 7.4 million boys’ name variations, compared with 6 million in 2017.
Baby names with two letters are still rising as well.
The trend began in the 1970s, but has continued for years, and is now the most popular type of name, according to a report from the Association of American Publishers.
There are also more names with a two letter spelling, and a third type of spelling.
Some names have been changing, but not in the same way, and many baby names still feature a single, long vowel.
“This is a really good time for parents and experts to look at this and think about what they’re saying and why they’re doing it,” said Mary Kelleher, editor-in-chief of Baby Names for Life.
She said some parents are responding to trends in baby names, and others are responding specifically to trends for boys.
“You know, there’s more interest in boys and boys’ first names than girls and girls’ first,” Kelleer said.
“So some of these trends are about gender, but also it’s about language.”
Kelleter said it’s also important to recognize that a single vowel is an element of all baby names.
“There are some boys’ named after famous people, or famous places, or just things that are iconic,” she said.
There is also a preference for boy names, according the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“I’m more likely to hear the name ‘Chico’ or ‘Cheryl,’ or the name of a boy from the family,” said Dr. David A. Johnson, a pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.
“We just tend to think of boys as being a little bit more confident, and we think boys have the bigger sense of humor and sense of purpose,” he said.
In the past, parents may have been hesitant to try names that were not traditional, because they were unsure how it would impact their child’s development, Johnson said.
But now parents can choose names that are unique and have a sense of family history, and also because of the increased interest in their children’s names, Johnson added.
Parents who want to choose a baby name for their child have the option of using a “bronze,” a “golden,” a platinum or a “diamond” name, said Drs.
William H. Brown, MD, and Michael J. Miller, MD.
In order to use a name, a person must be over the age of 18.
Some parents who choose to give their child a male name are choosing a name with a long vowel because they feel it helps to signal to others that they are a man.
And many parents have used gender neutral names, with a male or female name, Miller said.
If a name does not fit into that gender category, a male is more likely, Miller added.
But if a name sounds masculine or feminine, it can be a good idea to avoid it, Johnson noted.
“If you are going to be the one doing the talking, and you’re going to have a very good voice, you can use masculine or female names if you feel you need that to be able to communicate,” he added.
The baby name trend is not limited to boys.
A baby name that is more common for girls, and that is in the gender neutral range, has been on a steady increase in the past decade, according a report by the Pew Research Center.
In 2016, the report said the gender-neutral baby name population grew by 8.5% to nearly 3.3 million names, up from about 2.6 million in 2016.
The trends are even more pronounced in girls.
The report also said that there were more than 1.4 billion gender-identity-fluid gender-variant names in 2016, up nearly 8% from a year earlier.
Among the gender variant names are “Panda,” “Kara,” “Mia” and “Caitlyn.”
And a third gender-fluidity variant name, “Gangster,” has been popular since the early 2000s.
Kelleker said that the rise in gender-based names is a reflection of the growing acceptance of transgender identities, and it’s a trend that’s likely to continue as well, because it’s part of growing acceptance for gender-nonconforming children.