The popularity of Caitlyn and other spellings of the name have all dropped a year after Caitlyn Jenner made her new name and gender public.
The annual Social Security Administration list of 2016’s 1,000 most popular baby names was released Friday. Emma took the top spot for girls for the third year in a row, followed by Olivia, Ava, Sophia, and Isabella.
Four variations of Kaitlyn, Katelyn, Caitlin, and Caitlyn fell off the top 1,000 list, with Kaitlyn (197) and Katelyn (239) falling furthest.
BabynameWizard.com founder Laura Wattenberg told The Associated Press the trend was “inevitable,” since the name Caitlyn was already becoming less popular, and most parents avoid controversial names for their babies.
“Even parents who are huge Donald Trump supporters are unlikely to name their child Donald,” Wattenberg added. “In part, we just want to avoid controversy in picking names.”
Donald fell 45 places down the list for 2016, and Hillary fell off the top 1,000 in 2009 and hasn’t made a comeback, the AP noted.
The list has gotten more diverse in recent years, with more parents choosing creative names and fewer choosing the same names, the AP reported. In 1966, 80,000 parents named their child Michael, the most popular boys name for that year, while only 19,000 were named Noah in 2016, even though Noah was the most popular name for boys in 2016.
“Once parents see that a name is super popular, they are going to start avoiding it,” Babynames.com’s Jennifer Moss told the AP.
The name Kylo for boys, after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” villain Kylo Ren, jumped the most in popularity, though it was only No. 901, up from 3,269 last year.
Twitter fans understood the dynamics and agreed with the numbers, although some cited transphobia as a likely reason for Caitlyn’s drop in popularity.
Way to go, Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn now No. 1 baby name no-one wants. Well done.http://bit.ly/2raFHlu
— Silas Scarborough (@searchforithaka) May 12, 2017
@AP I feel like this is very good evidence of our society’s inherent Transphobia
— Ryan Scates (@scatesryan3) May 12, 2017
— Temur Akhmedov (@itstemur) May 12, 2017
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