12 Names Popular For the First Time in America

(Mila Kunis // Piper Chapman (portrayed by Taylor Schilling) is the main character in the original Netflix series Orange is the New Black. // Penelope Cruz // Photo: Getty)

The U.S. Social Security Administration has been keeping track of baby names since before the 20th century. 

USA Today has identified the 12 names that have been around for more than a century but have just now become popular in America. 

Here are the 12 American old names that are just now gaining popularity for the first time. 

 

1. Annabella 

Annabelle was uncommon throughout the early 20th century. It fell out of the top 1,000 in 1950 and then reappeared in the mid '90s. It jumped back up to its highest spot on the list of top girls' names to claim the 57th spot by 2014.

2. Aria

Aria wasn't even among the 1,000 most popular girls' names before 2000. Last year, it was the 31st most common baby girl name. In Latin, it means "the song." The popular HBO Game of Thrones show has a character named Arya, which could have attributed to the trend. 

3. Piper

Piper is another musical name reminiscent of the Pied Piper. It's new found popularity could also be attributed to the main character, Piper, in Orange is the New Black. 

4. Skylar

While Skylar is an androgynous name, the name recently became more commonly used for girls. In 2014, it was the only the 637th most popular name for boys but jumped to 48th for girls. The name's popularity could have come from the hit show Breaking Bad. Skyler was the wife of main character Walter White.

5. Mila

Mila derives from the Slavic word "milu," meaning dear. In 2014 it was the 72nd most popular girls' name. Before actress Mila Kunis' breakout role in 2008's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," the name was relatively unused. 

6. Paisley

Parents may be thinking of the floral pattern when choosing this name. In 2006 in landed the 831st spot, breaking the top 1,000. In 2014, it made a HUGE jump up to 72nd in it's most popular year ever. 

7. Penelope

Parents choosing this name may be calling to mind Spanish actress Penelope Cruz or Penelope, the wife of Odysseus in The Odyssey. The name was ranked 265th in 1944 until it fell completely out of the top 1,000 baby girls' names in 1976. It didn't reappeared among the top 1,000 until 2001. Every year since it has gained popularity.

8. Easton

The name Easton means "east town" in old English. In 2014, it was the 83rd most popular boys' name. 

9. Hudson

Hudson is the name of numerous towns and geographical features. It's surge in popularity began in 1996, and it is beginning to become one of the most popular names in the U.S. 

10. Jace

Jace is a variant of Jason. It was briefly used in the 1950s, but disappeared and returned to the top 1,000 most popular male baby names in 1979, when it was 713th. In 2014, the name rose to 68th.

11. Camden

Camden is most commonly used as an English-derived surname. It cracked the top 100 in both 2013 and 2014. 

12. Lincoln 

Lincoln is also commonly a surname. Parents choosing this name usually have President Abraham Lincoln in mind. In the mid- 2000s the name picked up, and in 2014 it was ranked 87th. 

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