The Name Caitlyn Plummeted in Popularity More Than Any Other Name Last Year


The graduating class of 2034 isn’t going to have a lot of Caitlyns, Caitlins, Katelynns, or Kaitlynns in it. According to a report from the Associated Press, in the year after Caitlyn Jenner introduced herself to the world, the name she chose plummeted in popularity more than any other.

Of course, while it’s easy to see a correlation here, it’s not necessarily the entire cause for the drop. Laura Wattenberg, founder of told the AP that the name had already been declining in popularity. When Jenner took the name, however, she says it became “controversial” and that the drop was “inevitable.”

Wattenberg also noted that parents choosing not to name their children Caitlyn generally probably doesn’t have to do with her being transgender. People just tend to not give their children names that have even a chance of causing controversy. She noted that “Even parents who are huge Donald Trump supporters are unlikely to name their child Donald,” a name which dropped 45% in popularity last year.

This year, Emma was the most popular name for girls for the third year in a row. Noah was the most popular boys name for the fourth year in a row.

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