Trendy baby names come out of nowhere and rocket to the top of the charts, often times quickly fading back into obscurity with whatever originally inspired them. Since the federal government started recording baby names in 1880, we have a clear picture of the trendiest names in U.S. history:
Katina & Catina
Charting for the first time in history in 1972 at (#117 and #202 respectively), Katina was the name of a baby born on popular CBS soap opera Where the Heart Is, cancelled in 1973. The name followed suit, falling off the popularity rosters completely by 1982.
Jalen went from zero to hero in 1992, thanks to college basketball star Jalen Rose.
After the tragic death of R&B singer Aaliyah in 1994, this unusual name debuted as the 202nd most popular name for girls.
Tevin Campbell was a sensation in 1990, and so was his name, which first ranked at #381. It faded from the top 1000 10 years later.
Used for the character played by Zoe Saldana in Colombiana, this obscure nature name (it’s from cattleya, genus of orchids) debuted in 2012 and thusfar has staying power.
This unconventional form of Elijah first ranked in 2000, on the heels of the immigration controversy surrounding Cuban boy Elián González.