Upswing names, in the name-business, are names that are quite literally on an upward curve in popularity. In this post I will be examining girls' names in England and Wales which, up until 2012 (the last point of data), have been continually rising in usage.
First let's look at girls' names within the Top 100 which are currently rising (and are set to continue to do so). Would any of us be surprised if Ava and Isla reach the #1 or #2 spot in a few years? I'll eat one of my hats if they don't! And if you have been wondering why you keep hearing Elsie everywhere, or why there seems to be a surge of little Willows, perhaps these graphs will shed some light:
Upswing Names in the Top 100:
It isn't an exact science predicting which names are going to be the 'next big thing'. As the saying goes, what goes up, must come down, so an upward curve up until this point is no guarantee that a name will continually rise; it might have simply reached its peak in 2012. But an upward curve is certainly illuminating, and can help us to keep ahead of the game. Let's look at some names below the Top 100 which are also on the up and up:
Upswing Names below the Top 100:
Sweet Welsh Seren has been a big hit in its native Wales for years. It entered the Top 100 in Wales in 1998 and has been in the Top 10 since 2007.
Back in 1996, 46 girls were called Seren in E&W, and it's fair to assume that the majority of them were in Wales. Since then, Seren has been storming upwards, not only thanks to its rising popularity in Wales, but also its growing use in England as well. Of the 550 Serens born in 2012, 198 were born in Wales (#5) and 352 were born in England (#151).
Watch out for Seren in the Top 100 very soon.