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Chris Daughtry Welcomes Babies Adalynn and Noah

Yesterday, musician Chris Daughtry had two kids. Today, he has four. He and his wife Deanna met their fraternal twins just a few hours ago. Adalynn Rose was born first and Noah James followed nineteen seconds later. Adalynn and Noah join big sibs Hannah and Griffin. 


14-year-old Hannah is actually Deanna's daughter from her previous marriage, and 12-year-old Griffin is Daughtry's adopted son. But while the twins are the couple's first biological children, we see commonality among all four of the kids' names.


In addition to the repetition of names that end in "n" as well as names that end in "ah," all four names have seen a spike in popularity in recent years. Noah has been steadily rising since the 1960s when it was ranked #626. It's now #9. Hannah had also been on the rise since the 1960s when it was ranked #839. In 2003 it was #4. Since then, however, its popularity has taken a bit of a hit; it's currently #17.


After 2003, Hannah fell a place a year, and it wasn't until the 2008 rankings that Hannah really took a tumble, dropping 8 spots in a single year. We suspect the premiere of Hannah Montana in 2006 made the name suddenly feel ubiquitous. But back in 1996 when Deanna named her daughter Hannah, the name was still very much a rising star. 


Much the same can be said about Griffin, which didn't even make the charts until the 1980s when it appeared at #818. Its pretty much been making up for lost time ever since, skyrocketing to #227 by 2003. There followed a brief dip, and by 2006 it had slipped to #254. However, the name appears to be once again on the rise; it's currently #233. 


Most interesting is Adalynn, which didn't pop up on the charts until 2008 at #845. Since then it's been a straight shot up; in 2009 it was ranked #672. That's quite a leap in a single year! The name reminds us of other much older, more traditional names such as Madeline, Adele, and, obviously, Ada. All three of those names were popular in the late 1800s. On the other hand, Lynn, as a girl's name, didn't get its moment in the sun until the 1950s. 


All four of the Daughtry kids have names that sound old, whether they are or not. Noah and Griffin have certainly been around for a long time, but neither of them experienced any real popularity until the second half of the 20th Century. Adalynn is part of the "names that sound simultaneously old and new" trend. Only Hannah was actually a hit at the end of the 19th Century. 


Do Adalynn and Noah sound good together? Do you like the name Adalynn? Would you combine two names to create a new name for your child?




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November 17, 2010 8:36 PM
By Lane

I'm not a fan of Adalynn.

Probably because I chose the "old school" version, Adelaide.

November 20, 2010 2:24 AM
By Annalise (not verified)

Is it really a new name? I just think of it as the variant to Adaline, which has been around for at least 100 years. Kind of like Caroline/Carolyn. Though I prefer the original, I think Adalynn is still a pretty name.

November 20, 2010 5:39 PM
By elleireland (not verified)

They are all wonderful names! Finally, a celebrity with some common sense. Although I have to admit, the classic Adelaide is more to my liking.
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