Posts Tagged ‘Names’

Most Popular Girls’ Names in the US

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Since 1996, Emily has been the most popular girl’s name in the US. In fact, the Social Security Administration, the government organization that tallies babies’ names every year, named its own spokesbaby Emily. It looks like Emily’s going to have to resign now, though, as Emma has become the most popular girl’s name in the US.

Emma wasn’t the only name to outperform Emily in 2008. Isabella ranked second place, knocking Emily down to a humble third place. Following Emily, from most to least popular, were Madison, Ava, Olivia, Sophia, Abigail, Elizabeth and Chloe.

The SSA has also started ranking names by their year-to-year changes in popularity. The rising star among girl’s names this year was Khloe, which rose from 665 in 2007 to 196 in 2008. Miley, in only its sophomore year on the list, rose from 279 to 127.

Most Popular Mexican Baby Names

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

El Instituto Nacional de Estadística published their list of the most popular baby names in Mexico in 2006. Mexican children usually have one or two given names followed by two apellidos. The first appellido is that of the father while the second is that of the mother. This naming system allows a father’s name to last two generations even through a daughter—a level of male superiority unparalleled by our own patronymic system.

The most popular baby names for boys in Mexico are Alejandro, Juan Carlos, Miguel Angel, Eduardo and Fernando. For girls, the most popular names are Gabriela, María Carmen, Adriana, Alejandra and María Guadalupe

Most Popular Russian Baby Names

Friday, August 29th, 2008

In an effort to prove everyone from the Greatest Generation to the last of the Cold Warriors wrong, the Rooskies have carried out their most dastardly scheme yet—naming their kids something other than Ivan. Ivan has taken second place to Alexander in Moscow, no doubt in hopes that their children may one day replace their surnames with “the Great II.” Shockingly, Ivan didn’t even place among the top ten on any of the lists of the most popular female baby names.

Take that, capitalist imperialist pigdogs.

In order, the top names for Russian boys in Moscow are Alexander, Ivan, Maxim, Artyom and Mikhail. For girls, the most popular baby names are Anastasiya, Mariya, Dariya, Inna and Polina.

In St. Petersburg, popular boys’ names are Alexander, Alexei, Anatoly, Andrei and Dmitry. Popular girls’ names are Yekatarina, Yelena, Anastasiya, Natalya and Darya.

Among the general population, popular Russian boys’ names are Aleksandr, Sergey, Vladimir, Andrey and Aleksey. Popular girls’ names are Elena, Olga, Tatiana, Irina and Natalia.

Most Popular Israeli Baby Names

Friday, March 9th, 2007


Statistics published by the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel have recently revealed the most popular names for boys and girls and also show that Israel has an extremely high population of children under 17. Some Israeli families are even sharing names between boys and girls. Popular names shared by boys and girls are Noam, Lior, Or, Shachar, Tal, and Osher.

In 2006, the most popular girls’ name in Israel was Noa. Maybe, due in part to the popularity of recording artist Noa, who currently tops the pop charts in Israel. Other popular girls names in Israel are: Roni, Yael, Adi, Sarah, and Hila.

The most popular name for boys in Israel was Uri. Followed closely by, Ro’I, Amit, Yosef, and Moshe.

One year prior to the Central Bureau of Statistics study of popular names in 2006, three percent of the Jewish girls who were born in 2005 were given the name Noa, while 2.1 percent of boys were named Uri.

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 Cat Names

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

The Burdening Task of Naming a Cat
by Sherri S. Reese

Naming your cat can be as difficult a task for some as naming their own child. Even if the cat already has a name when you get it, it is not necessarily a name you want to keep. Choosing a name for your cat can involve a number of factors. First, it is recommended that you definitely double check the gender of your cat before it is given a name. You wouldn’t want to be called ‘Chucky’ if you were a female! What is the most popular name for a cat?

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Once the gender of the cat is defined, you can move on to making a good choice. You can check the Washington Post’s latest results on their ongoing survey of the most popular cat name. According to their results on December 3, 2006, the most popular cat’s name at 76 votes is Kitty, what a surprise! Needless to mention, you may want to choose a slightly more original name than this popular name for a cat.

Others use names taken from popular animals known from television, books, and movies such as Mr. Bigglesworth, Garfield, and Felix just to name a few. The same can apply to names of famous actors, sports legends, and musicians. Names derived from such sources can certainly personalize the meaning behind the cat’s name although, naming your cat after Keyser Soze or Ozzy Ozborne could have negative effects.

Perhaps the easiest approach is to use the appearance of the cat to lead you to a decision. Ask yourself these questions: It the cat fat, or thin? What color or type of cat is it? I guess this is how cats end up being named ‘Fluffy’ or ‘Smokey’. It seems as though most people prefer to spend some time observing their cat, and spending some time with it before they give it a name. Can you imagine not having a name for your own child after it was born? I think avoiding an identity crisis for your cat is a good idea. At least decide on something within the first week. Otherwise, the cat may be less responsive to the name once you finally decide on one.

Generally, within a few hours you can determine whether or not the cat is friendly, aggressive, shy, or outgoing. These personality traits can clue you in to whether the cat is named ‘Cuddles’ or “Dracula’. KittyNames.com offers an excellent site for helping you choose a name based on any of the previously mentioned factors. It also offers a search engine which tells you the meaning behind your suggested name for your pet.

Although ‘Tigger’ may seem appropriate and popular cat name for an orange tabby with a bouncy personality, selecting a fitting name is essential in establishing a lifelong relationship with your cat.

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Most Popular Last Name in the US

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

A person’s last name is what connects them to their past. Someone’s last name is what gives them a sense of identity, individuality, and family pride. There are countless last names in the United States today, but what is the most popular last name?

There are 2,772,200 Smiths living in the US as of the 2000 US Census, making it the most common last name. Everyone’s met a Smith. They’re everywhere. Some famous Smiths include Emmett Smith of Dallas Cowboys fame and Joseph Smith founder of the popular Mormon religion. John Smith was on one of the first ships to land and make settlement in Jamestown, VA, before falling in love with Native American princess Pocahontas. No Smith has been to the moon yet, but you can bet that they one day will.

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Smith 2,772,200
Johnson 2,232,100
Williams 1,926,200
Jones 1,711,200
Brown 1,711,200

Everyone has a last name, unless you are Madonna or Prince, in which case you are too good for last names. Smith is the most popular last name in the United States, and having a last name is much more popular than not having one.

Most Popular Boy Name in the US

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Picking a name for your new son is a daunting task for many would-be parents, but in the end, you have to come to a decision or fear being a parent with the unnamed child! Some parents want unique names because they believe it will make their offspring unique as well, but usually it will just bring them ridicule on the elementary school playground. For this reason, most parents choose popular baby names. The most popular baby name for boys of 2004 was Jacob, according to the U.S. Government’s Social Security Administration.

Jacob is holding strong, having been the most popular boy’s name since 1999. The oldest publicly available social security records, which date back to 1880, rank Jacob as the 39th most popular name. The name dropped in popularity over the next eighty years, reaching a “career-low” of 369th most popular in 1962, before enjoying a steady rise to the top. The primarily African-American variant Jacoby ranked as the 819th popular boy’s name in 2004.

Jacob is a Hewbrew name, originally spelled Ya’aqob, which translates to “holder of the heel”. In the Old Testament, Jacob was the son of Isaac and Rebekah and the patriarch of the 12 tribes of Israel. He was born holding the heel of his twin brother Esau. Biblical names are very popular helping make Jacob the most popular boy’s name in America.