How popular is the name Chicago?
The moment has finally arrived — Kim Kardashian announced the name of her new baby girl. And if you guessed that she’d choose another unique name à la “North” and “Saint,” you’d be correct. Kim and Kanye named their daughter Chicago “Chi” West.
Pretty adorable, right?
And while definitely unique, you might now be wondering: How popular is “Chicago” as a name in general? We’ve heard names like “Brooklyn,” “Madison,” and “Savannah,” but admittedly never Chicago.
As it turns out, Kardashian’s name choice is extremely rare — especially for a girl. The social security website, which is the best place to get stats on name popularity, states that the name has failed to rank in the top 1000 for either sex since the year 2000.
Additionally, BabyCenter keeps a record of the most-commonly searched names, and the only time Chicago ever ranked was back in 2013 — at #15,383 and only for boys. So Chicago West very well might be one of the first girls ever to take the moniker (though we can’t know that for sure).
But that doesn’t necessarily mean Chicago West will be the only Chicago in her class.
Celebrities are often responsible for raising the profile of certain names. For example, you may know one or two babies out there named Khaleesi these days (holla, Game of Thrones!). That means you just may be seeing more babies named Chicago in the very near future. Only time will tell on this one.