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YEAH BABEIGH

First there was Raleigh. Then Kimberleigh. Now 218 American names end in “-eigh”

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Maneigh more “eigh.”
By Nikhil Sonnad
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

There was a time when Ashley was a fine name on its own. Then the simple letters “ey” fell out of fashion, replaced by a gang of four: e, i, g, h.

In 1965, “Ashleigh” appeared on the scene. Riley became Ryleigh. Charlie became Charleigh. Marley met Marleigh. And so on. Over time, the number of babies with names ending in “eigh” has skyrocketed in the United States.

So has the number of spelling variations with “eigh”: In 1950, there were just five names that ended in “eigh.” Last year, there were 218, including Keyleigh, Payzleigh, Brookleigh, Paizleigh, Presleigh, Berkleigh, Carleigh, you get the picture.

Have a look at this chart.

The earliest “eigh” names are Raleigh and Leigh, which already have the hard “e” sound of the likes of “Ashleigh.” Both of them exist in the earliest period for which the Social Security Administration has data, the late 19th century. In the 1950s, Leigh really started to catch on. Other “eigh” names followed.

“Lesleigh” appears in 1950. “Kimberleigh” in 1956. “Keleigh” in 1960. In 1965, the popularity of Leigh would give way to “Ashleigh,” who would go on to be the queen of the “eighs,” until her reign was ended by “Kayleigh” and now “Ryleigh.”

“Camreigh,” meanwhile, was the biggest new name of all of last year.

Most of the “eigh” names have come and gone, as the chart of Leigh and Ashleigh shows. But with so many out there, the spelling might be here to stay. I’m sure you’re curious, so here is the full list of 218 “eigh” names from 2017, sorted by the number of babeighs who got them. (Note that, for privacy reasons, the data only includes names that were given to five or more babies.)

Ryleigh
1865
Everleigh
803
Kayleigh
782
Charleigh
667
Kyleigh
524
Paisleigh
322
Harleigh
308
Marleigh
296
Hadleigh
293
Bryleigh
257
Raleigh
235
Brynleigh
231
Bayleigh
193
Brayleigh
193
Kinsleigh
188
Rayleigh
187
Oakleigh
182
Karleigh
181
Carleigh
177
Kinleigh
175
Annaleigh
173
Kaleigh
173
Kynleigh
162
Adaleigh
135
Raeleigh
135
Kenleigh
132
Haleigh
128
Adleigh
124
Emmaleigh
121
Caleigh
112
Hayleigh
105
Novaleigh
102
Rosaleigh
101
Presleigh
100
Aubreigh
98
Calleigh
94
Finleigh
92
Camreigh
91
Kenzleigh
89
Baileigh
86
Avaleigh
82
Brinleigh
82
Rileigh
82
Kensleigh
79
Ashleigh
74
Analeigh
71
Kaileigh
71
Ansleigh
65
Cayleigh
64
Zayleigh
62
Joleigh
60
Leigh
59
Baleigh
57
Blakeleigh
56
Kynsleigh
55
Jayleigh
53
Maeleigh
52
Nataleigh
52
Emberleigh
49
Lynleigh
49
Mayleigh
48
Arleigh
43
Brenleigh
43
Bentleigh
43
Berkleigh
41
Brynnleigh
40
Rhyleigh
40
Brileigh
37
Caileigh
37
Bexleigh
36
Braleigh
36
Kinzleigh
36
Emileigh
35
Emaleigh
34
Elleigh
33
Jaleigh
33
Tinleigh
33
Bradleigh
31
Evaleigh
31
Henleigh
30
Shayleigh
30
Haileigh
29
Kalleigh
29
Ainsleigh
28
Kaeleigh
28
Kynzleigh
28
Mckinleigh
28
Braeleigh
27
Finnleigh
26
Lynnleigh
26
Myleigh
26
Skyleigh
26
Tinsleigh
25
Heavenleigh
24
Averleigh
22
Tyleigh
22
Coraleigh
21
Renleigh
21
Tayleigh
21
Atleigh
20
Halleigh
20
Jaeleigh
20
Wesleigh
20
Whitleigh
20
Annsleigh
19
Kamreigh
18
Lileigh
18
Paizleigh
18
Blakleigh
17
Avereigh
16
Ensleigh
16
Adeleigh
15
Aleigh
15
Amberleigh
15
Annleigh
15
Breleigh
15
Cambreigh
15
Eveleigh
15
Keleigh
15
Kesleigh
15
Graceleigh
14
Zaleigh
14
Fynleigh
13
Huntleigh
13
Jaileigh
13
Kaisleigh
13
Molleigh
13
Tynleigh
13
Addaleigh
12
Hartleigh
12
Keeleigh
12
Kingsleigh
12
Makynleigh
12
Paysleigh
12
Baeleigh
11
Braileigh
11
Hazleigh
11
Khyleigh
11
Lilleigh
11
Mckenleigh
11
Tenleigh
11
Brexleigh
10
Caeleigh
10
Chesleigh
10
Emreigh
10
Keyleigh
10
Kileigh
10
Quinnleigh
10
Anzleigh
9
Ileigh
9
Kayzleigh
9
Kentleigh
9
Kynnleigh
9
Payzleigh
9
Wrenleigh
9
Addileigh
8
Addleigh
8
Alleigh
8
Angeleigh
8
Brantleigh
8
Iveigh
8
Journeigh
8
Kelleigh
8
Khaleigh
8
Lakeleigh
8
Raileigh
8
Remeigh
8
Riverleigh
8
Zaeleigh
8
Cyleigh
7
Daleigh
7
Dayleigh
7
Haisleigh
7
Isleigh
7
Keileigh
7
Kimberleigh
7
Kleigh
7
Makenleigh
7
Sadeigh
7
Wyleigh
7
Adileigh
6
Ayleigh
6
Breigh
6
Brookleigh
6
Greyleigh
6
Jleigh
6
Karaleigh
6
Kaysleigh
6
Linleigh
6
Mckynleigh
6
Nyleigh
6
Rynleigh
6
Zyleigh
6
Greigh
6
Leveigh
6
Aisleigh
5
Audreigh
5
Conleigh
5
Daveigh
5
Greenleigh
5
Hazeleigh
5
Hensleigh
5
Hynleigh
5
Kennleigh
5
Kyeleigh
5
Makinleigh
5
Mckayleigh
5
Mileigh
5
Nayleigh
5
Rinleigh
5
Ryeleigh
5
Shaeleigh
5
Shealeigh
5
Solveigh
5
Taleigh
5
Timberleigh
5
Valeigh
5
Zaileigh
5

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