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Most popular baby names: Aiden, Jayden, Hayden, Brayden, Jaden

name popularity chart for Aiden, Jayden, Brayden, Ayden, Kaiden

In the top 1000 baby names for 2006 there are twelve name variations based on Aiden: Jayden, Hayden, Brayden, Jaden, Caden, Kaden, Ayden, Braden, Cayden, Kaiden, Caiden, Jaydon.

  • Hayden the originator: The first name to appear in the top 1000 was Hayden, so you could say that all these variations are based on Hayden.
  • Braden the revivalist: By the mid-1980s, Braden was more popular and started the ressurgance of the name within the past 30 years.
  • Aiden the ruling king: Right now the most popular variation is Aiden leading the pack overall by being the 30th most popular name in 2006. It’s weird how Aiden came out of nowhere in 1995 to become the leader.

Personally, I just get them all confused.

Update January 2017

It’s been nine years since we looked at the popularity of these names. How do they rank now? Has the rhyming with Aiden worn out?

The rankings for Aiden-like names from 2006 and 2015:

Aiden, Jayden, Brayden, Ayden, Kaiden-2006 2015 difference

The top five Aiden-like names have increased in popularity since 2006! Hmmm. Let’s take a look at a chart that includes all the years for the top five names of Aiden, Jayden, Brayden, Ayden, Kaiden

Aiden, Jayden, Brayden, Ayden, Kaiden-name popularity chart

The red line is for 2006 when I last pulled the name data. All Aiden-like names are on the decline. Their peak was around 2010-2012.

How about the less popular Aiden-like names? Hayden, Kaden, Caden, Jaden, and Cayden

Hayden, Kaden, Caden, Jaden, Cayden-name popularity chart

The secondary Aiden-like names of Hayden, Kaden, Caden, Jaden, and Cayden  all peaked mostly in 2006 and 2007.

Takeaway in 2017

It may be tempting to name your child with the popular name of Aiden, ranked 13th in 2015. Or even Jayden at 20th, but these are quickly becoming dated names. If you have a name that rhymes with Aiden, mostly like you were born between 2004 to 2010. Thirty years from  now, people will be able to know how old you are. Just like Brittany. If you know a Brittany, chances are, she was born around 1989.

Brittany name popularity chart

Most Brittanys today are in their mid-20s.
Estimated current age distribution

If you know an Aiden, he’s most like to be about 5 years old.
Aiden-estimated current age distribution

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I think there was a section in Freaknomics that explained how certain names came to be dominance over time. Might want to look into that.

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You built this chart yourself, right, spudart?

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I wonder when this collection of names will begin to drop downward in popularity? 2009? 2010? or beyond?