From Camreigh to Kayzleigh: Parents Invented More Than 1000 New Baby Names Last Year


Look out Mercedes, Bentley, and Royce—there's a new car-inspired name in town. The name Camreigh was recorded for the first time in the U.S. last year, according to Quartz’s take on data released by the U.S. Social Security Administration.

The name was given to 91 babies in 2017, making it the most popular of the 1100 brand-new names that cropped up last year. However, the Social Security Administration only listed names that had been given to at least five babies in 2017, so it's possible that some of the names had been invented before 2017.

An alternate spelling, Kamreigh, also appeared for the first time last year, as did Brexleigh, Kayzleigh, Addleigh, Iveigh, Lakeleigh, and Riverleigh. Swapping out “-y” and “-ey” for “-eigh” at the end of a name has been a growing trend in recent years, and in 20 years or so, the workforce will be filled with Ryleighs, Everleighs, and Charleighs—names that all appeared on a list of the 500 most popular names in 2017.

Following Camreigh, the second most popular new name, appearing 58 times, was Asahd. Meaning “lion” in Arabic, Asahd was popularized in 2016 when DJ Khaled gave his son the name. The American DJ is now attempting to trademark the moniker, which is an alternate spelling of Asad and Assad.

Other names that were introduced for the first time include Iretomiwa (of Nigerian origin) and Tewodros (Ethiopian). The name Arjunreddy (given 12 times) possibly stems from the 2017 release of the Indian, Telugu-language film Arjun Reddy, whose title character is a surgeon who spirals out of control when he turns to alcohol and drugs.

Perhaps an even bigger surprise is the fact that 11 babies were named Cersei in 2017, or, as Quartz puts it, "11 fresh-faced, sinless babies were named after the manipulative, power-hungry, incestuous, helicopter parent-y, backstabbing character from Game of Thrones."

Below are the top 20 most popular new names in 2017.

1. Camreigh
2. Asahd
3. Taishmara
4. Kashdon
5. Teylie
6. Kassian
7. Kior
8. Aaleiya
9. Kamreigh
10. Draxler
11. Ikeni
12. Noctis
13. Sayyora
14. Mohana
15. Dakston
16. Knoxlee
17. Amunra
18. Arjunreddy
19. Irtaza
20. Ledgen

[h/t Quartz]

The Real Origins of 20 Scary Stories

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Mental Floss via YouTube

Admit it: You've looked into the mirror and said "Bloody Mary" several times ... then momentarily worried that a vengeful ghost might appear and murder you. When and where did this terrifying tradition originate? While both Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Mary I (who was known as "Bloody Mary") have been cited as source of this particularly creepy piece of folklore, there's no evidence to support either claim. But we've got the real story.

In this all-new edition of "The List Show," Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy—decked out in her finest candy corn-covered duds—traces the origins of 20 scary stories, including which urban myths are aren't myths at all.

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Stranger Things Theory Hints At What Might Be In Store for Nancy In Season 4

Finn Wolfhard, Charlie Heaton, and Natalia Dyer behind the scenes of Stranger Things.
Finn Wolfhard, Charlie Heaton, and Natalia Dyer behind the scenes of Stranger Things.
Tina Rowden, Netflix

Nancy Wheeler from Stranger Things might the sassiest, gun-shootin’ big sister there ever was, but according to a recent fan theory on Reddit, it is time for her to get the ax.

User aagaash2001 recently posted a theory about our dear Nancy (Natalia Dyer) in response to speculation that her onscreen (and off-) boyfriend, Jonathan Byers (Charlie Heaton), would die in the upcoming season.

Aagaash2001 writes, “Everyone is saying that [Jonathan] might be the death that happens in Season 4. At first I thought that might be possible, but then the more I think about it, the more likely Nancy might be killed off.” The fan then explains that Nancy’s death would spark different character arcs for Jonathan, her ex-boyfriend Steve (Joe Keery), her brother Mike (Finn Wolfhard), and her mother (Cara Buono).

The Redditor goes on to argue that Nancy’s death would give Max (Sadie Sink) and Mike, who often bicker, a chance to bond over the loss of a sibling. It would also “heighten the stakes” of the beloved Netflix series, preventing it from getting stale. The user continues with:

“Yes, they killed Billy and Bob, but they were characters we didn't know from Season 1 (but Bob deserved better, let's be honest). And yes, they ‘killed’ Hopper, but until a body is seen, he is not dead. It's time to kill off a character that we knew and loved from Season 1, and unfortunately, as seen in the second [season], she is the most expendable.”

I’m sure some fans would disagree with this theory, but it's true that we will likely need to brace ourselves for another big loss in the forthcoming season.