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Most Popular Baby Names of 2011

So which names could crack the top 10 next year? According to Social Security, the two names that had the highest surge in popularity were Briella for a girl, and Brantley for a boy. Briella jumped almost 400 spots, from 891 in 2010 to 497 in 2011. While that’s still far from the top 10, if people keep watching Jerseylicious (which features a Briella), it could be a top contender next year. For boys, Brantley had a similar jump in popularity, checking in the 320th spot this year, up 416 spots from rank 736 in 2012. Social Security hypothesizes that Brantley could have gained steam from the surname of popular University of Florida quarterback John Brantley, or from the country singer Brantley Gilbert. Wherever it came from, this last-name-as-a-first-name has unique southern gentleman appeal that could keep it around for a few years yet.

Finally, one notable name made its way back into the top 1000: Elvis! In 2010 it didn’t rank at all, but now it’s back in the building at 904.

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