Have you ever wondered what the most popular names for cheerleaders are? Are they the same names as those in “Bring It On” or other cheer movies? We have always been curious so we teamed up with Chassé, a top cheer apparel and gear brand, to find out what the most common cheerleader names were for 2012.
Find out if your name made the list of top names for cheerleaders* and whether your guesses were right.
This list of names also includes various spellings of the names (like Meghan and Meagan) and nicknames (like Ally for Allison).
Now compare those names to some of the famous names of cheerleaders from movies and television shows**.
Jessica and Hailey are the only top cheerleader names that match up to names in cheer movies and television! What do you think that says about the stereotypes present in the media about cheerleaders?
So where do these cheerleading names come from?
Assuming today’s cheerleaders are between the ages of 4 and 23, we looked at the most popular girl names of the 1990s and 2000s***. Now compare the top cheerleader names with these!
Quite a few similarities! Emily is the top cheerleader name of 2012, the most popular name of the 2000s, and the third most popular name of the 1990s.
Other top names of the 1990s also popular amongst cheerleaders are: Jessica, Sarah, Samantha, and Megan. Top names of the 2000s also popular amongst cheerleaders are: Abigail, Samantha, Sarah, and Alyssa.
Are you surprised by these results? Is your name one of the most popular cheerleader names? Share your thoughts below with a comment!
*Results for Top Cheerleader Names are based on the sales of embroidery personalization on Chassé cheerleading products, including clothing and bags, purchased via Omni Cheer and Campus Teamwear between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. While not all listed, the top names include spelling variations and nicknames, e.g. Emily includes Emely, Emilee, Emili, and Emmalee; Hailey includes Haleigh, Haley, and Haylee; Katherine includes Kate, Kathryn, Katie, Katy, and Caitey; Maddie includes Maddi, Maddy, Madeleine, and Madeline; Allison includes Allyson, Ally, and Allie; Megan includes Meagan, Meg, and Meghan; Nicole includes Nikki; Sarah includes Sara; Ashley includes Ashleigh and Ashlie; Jessica includes Jess, Jessi, Jessicah, and Jazika; Briana includes Brianna; Samantha includes Sam and Sami; and Abigail includes Abbie.
**Results for Cheer Names in Movies and on TV were drawn at random from a list of names of cheerleaders in movies and TV shows with at least one cheerleader as a leading character. TV shows and movies include “Bring It On,” “Heroes,” “One Tree Hill,” “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish,” “Bring It On: In It to Win It,” “Bring It On: All Or Nothing,” and “Man of the House.”
***Results for Top Names of the 1990s and 2000s are based on data from the U.S. Social Security Administration.
With a background in dance and gymnastics, Melissa takes on the world of cheer as an editor for Cheerleading Blog and CheerLiving Magazine. She is a born and bred Californian and a lifelong book enthusiast. When not reading, she religiously watches The Soup. Melissa is obsessed with her orange cat, cinnamon rolls, and scented candles.