Names With Soft Consonants That Are On the Rise

Five of the top-twelve girl’s names and five of the top-ten boy’s names feature “soft consonants.” I’ll list the most popular soft girls’ and boys’ names. Say them out loud and then you’ll know what soft consonants are.

Top-5   (SSA Rank)
Soft Girls’
Names:

Sophia    (#1)
Emma     (#2)
Emily     (#6)
Mia         (#8)
Ella       (#12)

Top-5
Soft Boys’
Names

Mason    (#2)
Ethan     (#3)
Noah      (#4)
William  (#5)
Liam      (#6)

What soft sounds do you hear? Soft sounds using these letters: ”soft c,” “f,” “h,” “l,” “m”, “n,” “ph,” “r,” “soft s,” “th,” “x,” “w”

What hard sounds don’t you hear? Chucking, kicking, bopping, buzzing, grappling sounds using these letters “b,” “hard c,” ”d,” “g,“ “j,” “k,” “p,” “q,” “hard s,” ”t,” “v,” “z”

Now let’s take a trip through the top-100 SSA list to find soft names worth a look. Be on the lookout for soft names in bold type; those names are moving up in popularity vs. the previous year:

Soft Girls’ Names on the Top-100 SSA list:
Sophia (#1), Emma (#2), Emily (6), Mia (#8), Ella (#12), Lily (#16), Sofia (#18), Hannah (#22), Amelia (#23) Lillian (#25), Layla (#31), Hailey (#32), Leah (#33), Anna (#35), Aaliyah (#36), Allison (#38), Sarah (#43), Alyssa (#43), Riley (#47), Arriana (#49), (Ashley (#50), Sophie (#52), Maya (#63), Lucy (#66), Lauren #72), Ariana (#74), Faith (#75), Melanie (#77), Naomi (81), Ellie (#84), Molly (#90), Aria (91).

Soft Boys’ Names on the Top-100 SSA list:
Mason (#2), Ethan (#3), Noah (#4), William (#5), Liam (#6), Samuel (#25), Ryan (#26), Owen (#38), Henry (#43), Eli (44), Aaron (#51), Jose (#72), Ian (#78), Nolan (#88), Luis (#90), Juan (#92)

What do you notice right off the bat? There are almost twice as many soft girls’ names on the top-100 list as soft boys’ names, but more soft boys’ names are ranked in the top-10.

My suggestion, browse names in bold to spot soft names that are on the rise. And avoid names in the top-15 because they are so popular.

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