Archive for February, 2007

Most Popular Dog Names

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

by Hunter Davis

A lot of thought is required when it comes to choosing the perfect name for your dog. You’ll want to choose a name that fits the dog’s personality and appearance. To help you with this decision, every year the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company combs through its list of policyholders’ pet names and publishes the most popular dog names (and other pets’ names) online. People that can afford pet insurance will probably name their dogs the same popular names as pet owner’s who do not have insurance.

While comparing the list from 2005 with lists from previous years, there hasn’t been a lot of change to the most popular dog name list. You won’t hear names like “Fido” or “Spot” anymore. Instead, names like “Max”, “Buddy”, “Molly” and “Lucy” are more likely to be shouted out at the dog park these days. Animal experts warn not to name your pet a name that sounds too closely to a command you will use. This could potentially lead to a lot of confusion. You might also want to save your favorite name for your baby so it won’t seem like you named your kid after your pet.

The 2005 list probably includes your dog’s name, or at least the dog of someone you know. For male dogs the top ten most popular names are as follows: Max, Buddy, Jake, Rocky, Bailey, Buster, Cody, Charlie, Bear, and Jack. The top ten most popular female dog names in 2005 are: Molly, Maggie, Daisy, Lucy, Sadie, Ginger, Chloe, Bailey, Sophie, and Zoe.

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Most Popular Filipino Baby Names

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

For centuries the naming customs in the Philippines were heavily influenced by the Spanish, as the result of their 400 years of colonial rule over the the islands. Increasingly however, English baby names are more and more popular in the Philippines, the consequence of the powerful western and American culture in the Philippines. Names of Filipino origin from the native language of Tagalog such as Bayani, Dalisay, Datu, Magtanggol, Mayumi, and others, are dwindling in popularity and are in danger of going out of use.

For Filipino baby boys in 2005 the top ten most popular given names were Michael, Ronald, Ryan, Joseph, Joel, Jeffrey, Marlon, Richard, Noel, and Jonathan. For girls, it was Maricel, Michelle, Jennifer, Janice, Mary Grace, Jocelyn, Catherine, Mary Anne, Rowena and Grace.

Most Popular Norwegian Baby Names

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Top rankings amongst the most popular baby names in Norway have been steadily changing since the mid 90’s. “Thea” has been a strong contender for years, and has finally made it to number one in 2006. This year’s most popular Norwegian boys’ name is “Jonas” which also made its first appearance at number one.

Surprising changes have hit the boys’ name list with “Markus” dropping seven places and names like “Elias” and “Sebastian” finding themselves in the top ten for the first time recently. There are only a couple of changes
to the most popular girls’ names in 2006. “Thea” traded spots with “Emma” for the number one and two slots. In the past, names the royal family gave their babies substantially impacted the most popular baby name in Norway, today royal influence plays a much smaller role.

In 2006, the top ten most popular baby names in Norway for boys were: Jonas, Mathia, Andreas, Elias, Sebastian, Sander, Tobias, Martin, Henrik, and Emil. For girls: Thea, Emma, Julie, Ida, Nora, Ingrid, Emilie, Amalie, Maria, and Malin.

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Most Popular British Baby Names

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Data collected in 2006, shows that the most popular baby name in England and Wales for boys was Jack. Jack is also an extremely popular name for boys globally, as it is also listed as the most popular baby name for bays in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Australia in 2006. For British babies that are female, the most popular baby name was Olivia. Interestingly, Olivia is also the most popular name for girls in Australia.

Rising immigration numbers pose the biggest threat to native baby names in England, though popular British baby names have remained consistent over the past several years.
The most popular British baby names for girls in the last five years have been: Olivia, Jessica, Grace, and Ruby. For boys: Jack, Oliver, Thomas, and Harry.

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Most Popular Scottish Baby Names

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Over the last 100 years, Scotland has seen a consistent change in the range of names being used for babies. These trends show that parents of Scottish babies may be opting for different and unique names as opposed to the more popular baby names. Also, parents in Scotland have a habit of varying the spelling of popular names such as Callum/Calum and Aimee/Amy.

After several years in second place, one of the most popular worldwide names, Jack, is now the number one most popular baby name in Scotland, replacing Lewis as the most popular boys. Sophie was the most popular girls’ name for new babies for the last two years. Emma remains in second place while Erin and Katie jump to the third and fourth places respectively. The top ten most popular baby names in Scotland for boys in 2006 were: Jack, Lewis, Callum, Ryan, Cameron, Jamie, Daniel, Matthew, and Kyle. For girls: Sophie, Emma, Erin, Katie, Lucy, Chloe, Ellie, Amy, Olivia, and Emily.

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Most Popular German Baby Names

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

German statistical data shows that Alexander was the most popular German baby name for boys in 2005. Other baby names that were popular for German boys were Maximilian, Leon, Lukas/Lucas and Flinn/Flynn. For girls, Leonie/Leoni was most popular, with Sophie/Sofie, Maria, and Anna all trailing closely.

Several native German names have become popular internationally. People in other countries are warming up to German baby names such as Hans, Jan and Ursula. Even though immigration levels into Germany and many other countries are at an all time high, the popular names for German babies have stayed more consistent than some countries.

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Most Popular Canadian Baby Names

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Popular Canadian baby names have remained relatively consistent as of late. Canadian baby names have had the tendency to mirror popular names in some Europe countries and also the United States. The Canadian Vital Statistics Agency reports every year on the top baby names, the following are the most popular names given at birth in 2005.

Boys’ names: Ethan, Joshua, Matthew, Jacob, Nathan, Ryan, Alexander, Liam, Nicholas, and Noah.

Girls’ names: Emma, Emily, Olivia, Hannah, Madison, Ava, Sarah, Ella, Isabella, and Grace.

Since 2000, the top then most popular names given to Canadian babies have fluctuated in rank, but still remain some of the more popular names.

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Most Popular French Baby Names

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The most popular French baby names haven’t changed much over the years. The only change to a usually consistent list of most popular baby names in France came when “Marie” fell out of the top ten and was replaced by “Jade”. For boys, “Maxime” and “Louis” were dropped from the top ten and were replaced by “Noah” and “Matteo”.

Here are the top ten most popular names given to French babies for the year 2006. Boys: Enzo, Mathis, Lucas, Hugo, Mathéo, Nathan, Théo, Noah, Mattéo, and Thomas. Girls: Emma, Léa, Manon, Clara, Chloe, Inès, Camille, Sarah, Océane, and Jade. Interestingly, half of the popular girls’ names that made the list back in 1990 have remained in the top ten, but Thomas is the only baby boy’s name to still be in the top ten.

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Most Popular Swedish Baby Names

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Many expectant parents often wonder the significance that the name their choose will have on the life of their child. Expecting Swedish couples are more likely to end up choosing Lucas and Emma for their Swedish babies depending upon the gender.

According to information about births in 2006 from Sweden’s Namnstatistik,
Emma, Maja, Agnes, Julia, and Alva are the most popular names for Swedish girls (Flicknamn), and Lucas, Oscar, William, Elias, and Filip are the most popular baby names for boys born in Sweden (Pojknamn). Many popular Swedish baby names are common worldwide, notably Emma which is one of the most popular baby names for girls in many English-speaking countries along with its variant Emily.

More information on baby names in Sweden available at the Namnstatistik.

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Most Popular Australian Baby Names

Thursday, February 15th, 2007


As of 2005, the most popular baby name in Australia for boys was Jack. Jack has also proven to be a popular name for boys internationally, as it is listed as the most popular name in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for 2006. Jack was also listed in the top 5 most popular baby names in several other countries for 2006. For Australian girls, the most popular Australian baby name was Olivia. Interestingly, Olivia is also the most popular name for girls in England and Wales.

Australia, like many other countries around the world also experiences a high influx of immigrants that could potentially influence the names of Australian babies. Northern Africa and the Middle East combined are second to Europe in immigration to Australia.

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Most Popular Korean Last Names

Thursday, February 15th, 2007


As of February 3, 2007, the South Korean Supreme Court has announced that the most popular last names in Korea are Kim, Lee, Park and Choi for both non-Koreans who acquire citizenship as well as for native Koreans themselves. A relevant statistic also reported by the Supreme Court was that out of 110 individuals who became Korean citizens between October 2006 and December 2006, 51 chose the popular last name Kim.

All in all, Korean government statistics account for around 9.9 million Koreans with the surname Kim, which is roughly 21.6 percent of the country’s total population. Lee follows with 14.8 percent, and then comes Park with 8.5 percent and Choi with 4.7 percent. A Korean court official said that with the rise in popularity of international marriages, diversity within Korean last names is sure to increase.

Most Popular Car in America

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

To be the most popular car in America, a model has to posses a wealth of features- reliability, safety, inoffensive yet attractive styling, power, and good gas mileage. Considering these design features, what is the most popular car? These desirable traits come together in the Toyota Camry, making it the highest selling and most popular car in America since 2002.

Launched in limited numbers in America in 1982, the first Camry was compact cars available in hatchback and sedan body styles. A second generation model followed in 1987, upgrading available engine power and offering new safety features such as anti-lock breaks and all-wheel drive. The hatchback model would vanish, replaced by the wagon body style. First sold in America in 1992, the third generation of the Toyota Camry ditched its compact roots to become a mid-size family sedan. 1997 saw the debut of the restyled fourth generation Camry, followed by the introduction of the Camry Solara coupe in 1999. Available as both a hardtop and a convertible, the Solara was built with more graceful and youth-oriented styling than the Camry. In 2000, the Camry became the highest selling car in America for the first time in its history, with reported figures of 422,930 sold. The next timely iteration to the Camry occurred in 2001, when America’s most popular car became much taller and roomier. The wagon body style was dumped for the fifth generation Camry. The sixth generation, launching in 2006, marked a decided change in the Camry’s styling. The aggressive front fascia compliments the available 3.5L V6, giving the new Camry much more power than any of the previous versions. America’s most popular car is now also available as a hybrid, using Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.

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The Toyota Camry classically performs well in crash safety tests, with all models since 1997 receiving a “Good” frontal crash rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Strangely, the fifth generation Camry receives a “Poor” rating in side impact tests from the IIHS when not equipped with side-impact airbags. The side airbag option, introduced in 2004, improves the side impact rating to “Good”.

Sales of the Camry in America peaked in 2006, with the nation’s most popular family sedan selling 448,445 units. The Camry’s future includes a foray into the increasingly popular NASCAR Nextel Cup, making it the first non-domestic car to compete in NASCAR in recent years. 2007 also expects to see the Camry produced in America for the first time, finally bringing America’s most popular car a little closer to home.

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