This is in sharp contrast to last year: in ALL of 2011, only one letter mentioned the name Sloane.
It made me curious enough to go look it up at the Social Security Administration website:
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That's the entire Top-1000 history of the name Sloane from 1879 to 2011. That is, it hasn't been in the Top 1000 AT ALL, until 2009. And since then it's made a big jump, from the high 800s to the low 500s---that's huge. In numbers, that's 310 baby girls named Sloane in 2009 (and another 147 named Sloan, for a total of 457 girls named Sloan/Sloane), and 570 baby girls named Sloane just two years later in 2011 (and another 291 named Sloan, for a total of 861 girls named Sloan/Sloane)---nearly doubled.
Here is the question: WHY? I see the appeal of the name: it's growing on me just like it's growing on everyone else (a quick check shows my "suggesting the name Sloane" rate has gone up at about the same rate as the "letters mentioning the name Sloane" rate). But why IS it?
My primary association is with pretty, relaxed, rich, cool Sloane in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. When I put the name Sloane into a search engine, I was reminded that I also know of the Sloane who wrote I Was Told There'd Be Cake---which, incidentally, was published in 2008, a year before the name showed up on the charts.
So it's a surname name, which fits into current styles, and I think it has some of the rich sound of names like Ava and Lila and Sophia and Chloe. It has a preppy, rich, smooth, cool, boyish style---and yet it's used mostly for girls (87 boys named Sloane/Sloan in 2011, most without the E) so it doesn't cause much confusion or make people feel like they're using "a boy name" for a daughter.
What do you think? Is Sloane just meeting the perfect moment for it to come into style? Are there other ways the name Sloane is bringing itself to parents' minds?