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Baby names losing popularity in the 21st century

The 20th century saw some world-changing inventions: automobiles, airplanes, radio, television, antibiotics, personal computers, and nuclear energy, to name a few. That being said, not everything made the jump from the 20th to the 21st century. Several notable inventions have all but disappeared—think fax machines, VCRs, floppy disks, and beepers. If nothing else, this just goes to show that there is a clear life cycle for almost everything humans have created, including baby names.

While baby names may not go obsolete like some of these technological innovations, they follow a cycle of popularity. What was popular or trendy 50 or 100 years ago often isn't popular now. For example, the 1980s saw plenty of babies named after the British royal family (William, Diana, Elizabeth), minor Biblical characters (David, Sarah, Ruth), and trendy pop star names (Misty, Michael, Brandi). However, many of those names have dropped to the bottom of today's Top 1,000 baby names list or have fallen completely off.

Stacker has compiled a list of names that are on their way out or at the bottom of their popularity cycle. Using the Social Security Administration's historical archives of baby names, we compiled a count of the birth names from 1980 to 1999 and 2000 to 2018 (the last year from which data is available, although it was released in 2019). The names were then ranked in order of lowest percent change between the two datasets to uncover the baby names that are losing popularity in the 21st century.

From Rick to Myron and Janie to Mist, read on to find out which vintage names won't be popular over the next 100 years. And if you're looking for something sure to stand out over the next few decades, maybe one of these once-popular names will fit the bill.

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#25. Boy: Kirk

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 36.1
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 557.0
- Percent change: -93.85%

"Spartacus" and "Paths of Glory" actor Kirk Douglas, who died Feb. 5, 2020, was perhaps the best-known Kirk; although, ironically, it was not the actor's birth name (Issur Danielovitch). The one-syllable name has English and Scottish origins and means "church."

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#25. Girl: Janie

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 12.5
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 285.8
- Percent change: -95.85%

Janie is a diminutive of Jane, which is essentially a female version of John. The name Jane (and in turn, Janie) is a Medieval English form of Jehanne, which developed from the older French name Johannes.

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#24. Boy: Neal

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 27.2
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 428.2
- Percent change: -93.96%

Often described as the second-best spelling of the name Neil, Neal means "cloud" in its native Irish. Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, carried the more popular spelling of the name, which certainly helped to boost its overall popularity a few decades ago. However, Neal and Neil have been on a 50-year decline but have not slipped out of the Top 1,000 list.

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#24. Girl: Kristine

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 41.8
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1005.1
- Percent change: -96.04%

A Scandinavian form of Christine, Kristine means "anointed." Forty years ago, the name was a part of a popular trend wherein baby names that traditionally started with a C (i.e. Christy) were "updated" replacing the first letter with a K (i.e. Kristy).

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#23. Boy: Demarco

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.1
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 128.0
- Percent change: -93.98%

The name Demarco was first recorded being used as a surname in Messina, which was founded in the 8th century B.C. A patronymic name, it literally means "Son of Marco." Aside from football players Bob DeMarco and Brian DeMarco, there are very few notable figures who carry DeMarco as either a first or last name.

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#23. Girl: Dayna

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 11.6
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 287.2
- Percent change: -96.17%

Found in both Celtic and Scandinavian mythology, Dayna (which is a variation of the more common Dana) was originally a boy's name before American parents started giving it to their daughters. The name peaked from the 1960s to the 1990s but has been on a slow decline ever since.

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#22. Boy: Tyron

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 9.2
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 148.7
- Percent change: -94.15%

Tyron is an alternative spelling of the name Tyrone, which comes from the name of a county in Northern Ireland. Tyrone Power of "The Mark of Zorro" and "Witness for the Prosecution" fame, popularized the name upon his rise to prominence in the 1940s and 1950s.

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#22. Girl: Yvonne

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 26.8
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 674.2
- Percent change: -96.22%

Yvonne is a French name, and it is the female form of popular boy's name Yvon. Translated, the name means "yew wood." Notable women with the name include Yvonne Hudson, the first female African American "Saturday Night Live" cast member.

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#21. Boy: Brandyn

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.1
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 136.5
- Percent change: -94.36%

The name Brandyn (and it's alternatively spelled counterparts, Brandon and Branden) reached the height of its popularity in the 1980s and 1990s, even reaching the #6 spot at one point. The name, which means "broom-covered hill," has experienced a sharp decline since then, being replaced with names like Braden and Caden. Still, "90210" fans will remember heartthrob Brandon Walsh, played by Jason Priestly, who helped give the name a boost.

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#21. Girl: Roxanne

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 25.2
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 666.5
- Percent change: -96.41%

Roxanne is a Persian name that means "dawn." Roxane Gay, the feminist writer and activist, has an alternative spelling of the name.

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#20. Boy: Ervin

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.5
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 144.4
- Percent change: -94.39%

The name Ervin had its peak during the 1920s and 1930s, which means most of us more closely associate the name with great-great-grandfathers than we do newborn bundles of joy. With both Scottish and Hungarian origins, Ervin has a variety of meanings and is a variation of more than one name. Its Scottish meaning is "green river, sea friend."

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#20. Girl: Adrian

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 11.2
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 312.3
- Percent change: -96.61%

Adrian is a form of the name Hadrianus, which meant "from Hadria" in Latin. Six popes, including Pope Adrian IV, Pope Adrian VI, and a handful of saints, have borne the name. Adrian remains a relatively popular name for boys, ranking #62 for boys in 2018, but has all but dropped off the charts for girls, not breaking the Top 1,000 since 2000.

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#19. Boy: Paris

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 10.4
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 184.2
- Percent change: -94.63%

The origins of the name Paris and its exact meaning are unknown. That being said, the name is undoubtedly an ancient one, appearing in the Greek epic "The Iliad." Paris remains a popular name for baby girls, who are often named after the French capital city, but it has never had real staying power for boys, dipping in and out of the Top 1,000 from the 1950s onward.

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#19. Girl: Shaina

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 15.3
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 427.8
- Percent change: -96.61%

Shaina is one of the possible transcriptions of the Yiddish שיינאַ (Shein). The name means "beautiful." Filipina actress Shaina Magdayao is one of the few active celebrities to bear the name.

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#18. Boy: Jimmie

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 16.5
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 295.2
- Percent change: -94.68%

For many, the name Jimmie conjures up images of 1930s and 1940s mobsters, like Jimmy "the Weasel" Fratianno. However, the name didn't originate with the crime families of years past, but is, instead, a variation of the English name Jim, which means "supplanter."

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#18. Girl: Leann

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 11.4
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 333.6
- Percent change: -96.75%

Leann is a combination of the names Lee and Ann, which mean "clearing" and "grace," respectively. Country crooner LeAnn Rimes was given the name upon her birth in the early 1980s, right at the start of the name's decline in popularity.

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#17. Boy: Johnnie

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 16.8
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 303.6
- Percent change: -94.75%

Johnnie is a Hebrew name, and it is diminutive of the name John which means "God is gracious." Several celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Johnny Carson, and Johnny Cash, have gone by an alternative spelling of the name.

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#17. Girl: Kari

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 40.7
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1,192.9
- Percent change: -96.76%

Kari is a name that has been used by several cultures around the world for centuries, which gives it a wide variety of meanings. For example, in Greek, the name means "pure of heart," while in Norwegian, it means "gust of wind" or "curly-haired."

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#16. Boy: Don

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 19.8
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 381.4
- Percent change: -95.07%

Don Draper, the lead character of AMC's smash hit "Mad Men," is perhaps the most modern figure to carry this classic name. But even the show's success wasn't enough to bump the name back up into the Top 1,000 list. Short for Donald, Don means "proud chief" in its native Scottish.

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#16. Girl: Randi

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 24.9
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 772.6
- Percent change: -96.94%

Randi has its roots in an old Norse name, Ragnfríðr, which was derived from two separate words meaning "advice or counsel" and "beautiful." Its unique spelling is a product of the 1980s when girls' names ending in -i (think Mandi and Andi) were popular.

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#15. Boy: Herbert

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 16.7
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 343.7
- Percent change: -95.37%

The Normans introduced the name Herbert to England prior to the middle ages. A combination of two German words—hari, meaning "army," and beraht, meaning "bright"—the name replaced a similar Old English name (Herebeorht). The name was given at birth to "War of the Worlds" author H. G. Wells and pianist Herbie Hancock.

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#15. Girl: Melinda

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 46.5
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1,507.1
- Percent change: -97.07%

Created in the 18th century, it is thought that the name Melinda was inspired by the existing name Belinda. Philanthropist and tech entrepreneur Melinda Gates and "Days of Our Lives" star Melinda Clarke both have the name which fell off of the Top 1,000 list in 2002.

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#14. Boy: Raheem

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.9
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 202.8
- Percent change: -95.83%

Raheem is one of the possible transcriptions of the Arabic name رحيم, which means "kind" or "compassionate." In Islam, the name is one of the 99 names of Allah, all of which describe a different attribute of the god.

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#14. Girl: Audra

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 11.5
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 382.2
- Percent change: -97.15%

There are a couple of different origins and meanings of the name Audra. In Scotland, where the name is still commonly used, Audra means "noble strength." In Lithuania, the name's other country of origin, Audra means "storm."

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#13. Boy: Alton

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.2
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 188.4
- Percent change: -95.86%

This decreasingly popular boy's name stems from an Old English surname that literally translates to "town at the source of the river." The multi-talented television personality Alton Brown was given the name in honor of his father, Alton Brown Sr.

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#13. Girl: Candice

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 59.1
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1,985.6
- Percent change: -97.17%

The name Candace is reportedly derived from the hereditary title of the Queens of Ethiopia: Kandake, which means "queen mother" in Cushitic. The name Candice (and its sister spelling, Candace) received a boost in popularity thanks to the 1942 movie "Meet the Stewarts." Today, actresses Candice Bergen and Candace Cameron Bure are doing their part to keep the royal name alive in Hollywood.

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#12. Boy: Kelly

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 29.5
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 695.7
- Percent change: -95.97%

Kelly is an anglicized version of the Irish name Cellach, which means "war." Originally, the name was given almost solely to little boys, as demonstrated by the 1960s TV show "I Spy," but by the 1970s, that had shifted, and the name became far more popular for little girls.

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#12. Girl: Breanne

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 11.4
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 389.1
- Percent change: -97.22%

The female form of the name Brian, Breanne, much like its source name, doesn't have a known meaning. However, it is thought that the name stems from the Celtic word bre, which means "hill."

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#11. Boy: Bradly

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.6
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 204.5
- Percent change: -96.01%

A unique spelling of the name Bradley, Bradly also means "wide meadow." Although it has its origins as an English surname, Bradly was widely used as a first name in America before it took off as a given name across the pond.

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#11. Girl: Joanne

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 11.9
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 421.3
- Percent change: -97.32%

From the 1930s through the 1950s, Joanne was a wildly popular name for girls, retaining a place on the Top 100 list throughout the three decades. However, the French name, which means "God is gracious" is now almost extinct, having declined in popularity over the last 50 years.

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#10. Boy: Myron

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.8
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 232.6
- Percent change: -96.41%

Derived from a Greek name meaning "sweet oil" or "perfume," Myron has been a common name in the Eastern Church since at least the 5th century B.C. The name has been used in English-speaking countries since the 19th century, but with less than 10 new Myrons born each year, it seems as if the name won't make it past the 21st century.

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#10. Girl: Trisha

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 25.4
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 906.4
- Percent change: -97.34%

Trisha is a diminutive of the name Patricia, which, in turn, is a feminized version of the name Patrick. All three of the names mean "nobleman." Country singer Trisha Yearwood and YouTuber Trisha Paytas both carry the name.

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#9. Boy: Dan

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.5
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 226.2
- Percent change: -96.42%

Dan is a shortened version of the name Daniel, which means "God is my judge" in Hebrew. The full name of the notable Biblical character, and "Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe, has retained its popularity, ending 2018 as the 18th most popular boy's name; but like Don, Dan has seen better days.

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#9. Girl: Stefanie

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 26.3
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1,058.6
- Percent change: -97.64%

Many of the girls names on our list are actually feminized versions of popular boys names, including Stefanie. Stefanie stems from Stephen, which means "crown," "wreath," or "that which surrounds" in its native Greek. Both names became popular with Christian nations around the world, thanks to Saint Stephen, who was stoned to death in the New Testament.

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#8. Boy: Robin

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 11.2
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 306.8
- Percent change: -96.53%

Although they're considered two separate names today, in the Medieval Ages, Robin was considered a diminutive of the name Robert. A decidedly unisex name, controversial singer Robin Thicke and "How I Met Your Mother" character Robin Scherbatsky (played by Cobie Smulders) are both popular 21st-century figures with the name.

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#8. Girl: Michele

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 26.9
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1,164.0
- Percent change: -97.8%

Michele is a feminine, French form of the Hebrew name Michael which means "who is like God?" Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann, actress Michele Lee, and sportscaster Michele Tafoya are all famous women with the name.

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#7. Boy: Courtney

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 18.9
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 563.4
- Percent change: -96.81%

Linguists debate the true origins of the name Courtney, arguing that it either came from a French place name or a Norman nickname. In French, the name is a derivative of a personal name meaning "short." The Norman nickname is similar in meaning, literally translating to "short nose."

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#7. Girl: Cortney

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 14.4
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 679.0
- Percent change: -97.99%

Despite the name Cortney's (alternatively spelled Courtney) muddled origins, it's clear that the name has taken a steep dive in popularity for both men and women. Still, basketball player Courtney Lee, singer Courtney Love, and actress Courteney Cox remain popular figures even while their name is fading into obscurity.

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#6. Boy: Donnie

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.4
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 300.9
- Percent change: -97.34%

Like Don, Donnie is a diminutive of Donald, which means "ruler of the world." The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, is often referred to by this nickname in the press.

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#6. Girl: Antoinette

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 11.3
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 560.9
- Percent change: -98.09%

Perhaps the most famous historical figure to bear this French girl's name is Marie Antoinette, Queen of France from 1774 to 1792. In its root language, the name means "priceless one."

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#5. Boy: Kerry

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 9.1
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 345.8
- Percent change: -97.51%

The name of one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland, Kerry means "dark" or "dark-haired." In Irish Gaelic, the name is spelled Ciarraí and means "Ciar's people."

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#5. Girl: Lori

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 25.7
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1,329.8
- Percent change: -98.17%

Actress Lori Loughlin and businesswoman Lori Greiner are among the few notable Loris still active in the 21st century. Their name, which has English origins, means "bay laurel."

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#4. Boy: Rick

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.7
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 341.1
- Percent change: -97.58%

A shortened form of Richard, Rick also means "brave ruler." Rapper Rick Ross and author Rick Riordan both go by the nickname, which hit its all-time peak in 1958.

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#4. Girl: Kristy

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 14.2
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1,426.2
- Percent change: -99.06%

A diminutive of Christina, Kristy shares the meaning of "a Christian." Kristy reached the height of its popularity in the early 1980s when K- names were all the rage.

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#3. Boy: Tracy

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 7.8
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 312.8
- Percent change: -97.63%

Once an English surname that meant "domain belonging to Thracius," Tracy peaked as a boys name from about 1960 to 1975, when the number of newborns given the name swiftly dropped off. Basketball star Tracy McGrady and comedian Tracy Morgan have both given the boys name some star power.

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#3. Girl: Dawn

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 12.6
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1,335.4
- Percent change: -99.11%

Many baby names have their roots in Old English words. For example, Dawn came from the historical word dagung, which meant "rising of the sun."

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#2. Boy: Tevin

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 10.6
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 426.3
- Percent change: -97.64%

Tevin is a modern, invented name with no real meaning. It rose to popularity with child star Tevin Campbell, around the same time similar-sounding names Kevin and Devin were popular. However, since the turn of the millennium, the name has all but dropped off new parents' radars.

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#2. Girl: Jill

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 11.3
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1,458.0
- Percent change: -99.26%

Jill may have climbed the hill with Jack way back in the day, but the name has certainly come tumbling down from its heyday in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s. The English name means "youthful" and is derived from the name Julia, which was used as far back as Ancient Rome.

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#1. Boy: Clint

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 8.8
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 574.1
- Percent change: -98.54%

Western movie actor Clint Eastwood was given this moniker, a shortened version of the name Clinton, way back in 1930. Today, there are very few boys given the name, which comes from an Old English name meaning "settlement on the River Glyme."

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#1. Girl: Misty

- 2000-2018 average babies born annually: 12.7
- 1980-1999 average babies born annually: 1,726.7
- Percent change: -99.3%

Principal ballet dancer Misty Copeland, famous for being the first African American woman promoted to the role at the American Ballet Theatre, may be the last of a dying name. Misty, which comes from the English word mist, hasn't ranked in the Top 1,000 list since 2002.

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