Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Most Popular Arabic Names in the US in 2014

Have you ever really taken a look at the names in the United State's Social Security Administration's Top 1000 most popular names chart? I mean, have you really looked at it?  I decided to fish a little bit and I found a ton of Arabic names swimming right at me. Had I really never noticed these names before? Sure, I'm not an ethnic match for any of them but not all of them stand out as foreign.

Just take a look at the female names! Many of them aren't obviously Arabic and they are no doubt being used on girls of a variety of races all across the country. For example, the highest ranking name is Layla at #29 and it has so many variants that are very fashionable today such as Lyla, Laila, Lila, Leila and Lilah which all rank within the Top 1000.  Then there's the Aaliyah sisters with a similar story.

Let's start with the male names. There are four spellings of Muhammad and also variants like Ahmad that rank in the Top 1000. Somehow, though, the masculine names strike me as more ethnic and foreign-sounding than any of the female names do.  Why do you think that could be? Take a look:

  • Boys:
  • Amir #212
  • Omar #214
  • Ali #333
  • Malik #376
  • Muhammad #399
  • Mohamed #427
  • Ibrahim #455
  • Khalil #465
  • Mohammed #498
  • Ahmed #549
  • Nasir #551
  • Yahir #564
  • Ayaan #570
  • Ahmad #571
  • Mohammad #588
  • Yusuf #589
  • Rayan #606
  • Hamza #620
  • Abdullah #634
  • Omari #707
  • Kareem #751
  • Samir #757
  • Hassan #759
  • Jamal #764
  • Yousef #766
  • Jamir #820
  • Rashad #913
  • Mustafa #916
  • Ameer #940
  • Khalid #953
  • Ayan #991
  • Girls:
  • Layla #29
  • Aaliyah #45
  • Lyla #140
  • Laila #149
  • Aliyah #168
  • Lila #183
  • Alina #192
  • Leila #241
  • Nyla #301
  • Lilah #312
  • Fatima #328
  • Amina #408
  • Zara #422
  • Aleah #423
  • Nylah#430
  • Imani #503
  • Zariah #535
  • Aisha#559
  • Mariam #568
  • Maryam #597
  • Amani #647
  • Alia #729
  • Farrah #759
  • Yamileth #794
  • Zaria #860
  • Aliya #865
  • Salma#878
  • Yasmin #904
  • Yaritza #992
The feminine names are all so beautiful. They have a certain elegance about them that no doubt is the reason they are so appealing cross-culturally.

What do you think of this list? Have I missed any? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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