Chloe Keeps Up As a Popular Name

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Chloe has ranked among the top 20 most popular names in the U.S. for the past two decades. Its roots are Greek, and in the past few years, the Kardashians have popularized an alternate spelling, Khloe. One thing is clear: Chloe doesn't need to do any keeping up at all, because as a popular girl name, she's still going strong. 

The name is unusual in its near-universal appeal in many Western countries, ranking high on popularity lists not only in the U.S. but in the U.K., Australia, and France as well.

But this name has origins that go back much further than a reality television show. Its true meaning signifies freshness and new life, which may be part of the reason the name has held such appeal for parents looking for the perfect name for their baby girl.

Religious Meanings of Chloe

Chloe is one of the many names of Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture. Its literal meaning is "green shoot," and it is closely related to the fertility aspect of Demeter. 

In the New Testament of the Bible, a Chloe was mentioned by the apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians.  Following the Protestant Reformation, Chloe came into greater usage in English-speaking countries.

Popularity of Chloe

From 1880 through 1943, Chloe managed to find a spot on the list of most popular names for baby girls, though 1982 was her true comeback year. It was then that Chloe began to steadily climb the charts and by 1998, she had solidified a spot in the top 100 baby names.

By the year 2000, Chloe qualified in the top 50, and in 2008 broke into the top 20, where she's occupied a spot ever since.

Interestingly enough, the name Chloe has actually dropped from the year 2009, when it ranked #9 in the most popular girl baby names. Each year since then, Chloe has dropped steadily further down in the Top 20 list.

Could it be related to all those Kardashians? Hmm...

Pronunciation:

Chloe begins with the hard "k" sound. It is a two syllable name with emphasis on the first syllable, KLO-ee.

Middle Names for Chloe

Grace, Rose, and Marie remain popular choices for middle names, and all pair well with Chloe. The best picks for Chloe's middle names will probably not begin with vowel sounds. Other options that match well with Chloe include Jane and Victoria.

Sibling Name Suggestions:

For sibling names, you might find appeal by using a name that also begins with a hard "k" sound, a Greek name, or another two-syllable name. You might consider:

  • For girls: Clara, Claire, Lucy, Phoebe or Sophie
  • For boys: Caleb, Christopher, Connor, Gavin, Liam, Luke, Max, Thomas

Baby Name Trends

Chloe fits the pattern of a few other baby names that were once used, then sort of faded in popularity, only to make a surprising comeback. Other names that have followed this trend include Emma, Lily, Caroline, and Sophia.

Famous People Named Chloe

Chloe Sevigny is an American actress who was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Lana Tisdel in Boys Don't Cry (1999) when she was 25.

And of course there's Khloe Kardashian Odom, wife of basketball player Lamar Odom, and a member of the family best known for its reality program Keeping up With the Kardashians.

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