There are many offbeat new baby names we love. The fastest growing moniker for girls is also the name of an up-and-coming R&B singer. Last year this gently lilting name rose a whopping 2,487 places to #872, cracking the U.S. Social Security Administration’s top 1,000 names for girls, and its sister spellings, Kaylani and Kailani, are also increasingly more common. Why? Along with the pop music connection, the name is part of the K trend associated with the Kardashians but is so much fresher than Kylie or Khloe, and it’s even more closely related to the long-running Kayla and Kaylee. We don’t need a crystal, or, err, krystal ball to see this one continuing to grow.
For boys, the most quickly rising name also starts with a K and has a strong pop culture connection. When Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out in 2015, introducing us to Princess Leia and Hans Solo’s son Kylo, this all-but unknown name exploded onto the charts, accelerating from #3269 to #901 and into the top 1,000 names for boys. Kylo also ends in the stylish O sound, rhyming with Milo (Liv Tyler and Alyssa Milano’s pick), as well as Leo, Leonardo, Arlo, Mateo, and Benicio (see below).