According to the Annual Statement published by Jersey’s Superintendent Registrar, the most popular baby names on the island of Jersey (the largest of the Channel Islands) in 2018 were Sienna and Leo.
Here are Jersey’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
Because this is the first time the government has released an official set of single-year baby name rankings, there’s no direct antecedent for comparison. But we do know that the top names in Jersey from 2014 to 2016 were Emily and Oliver.
In 2018, a total of 933 babies were born on the island.
A few months ago, the government of Paraguay released a long list of rare-but-real Paraguayan baby names. Here are some of the highlights:
Exaltacion de la Cruz, “exaltation of the cross”
Lluvia de Oro, “golden rain”
Linda Pelusa, “cute fluff”
Mística Paloma, “mystic dove”
Optimosprayn, inspired by the character Optimus Prime
His full name is Optimusprayn Ismael Meza Barboza (b. 1999). On his 16th birthday he got an Autobot insignia tattooed on his neck (his parents were not pleased about this). He said that, in the future, he wants to have two sons: one named for him, the other named Rodimus Prime, “como el hermano perdido de Optimus Prime” (like the lost brother of Optimus Prime).
Por Fin Bienvenido Carajo, “finally welcome f*ck”
His full name is Por Fin Bienvenido Carajo Rapetti. He was his father’s 15th child, but very first son — this is essentially the explanation for his name. Several of his sisters received similar names. One was Paciencia Contra el Destino, “patience against destiny,” and another was Seguiremos Inisistiendo, “we’ll keep trying.” Their names were later changed to Elvira and Chula, respectively.
Haidee Wright was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in England in 1867. Her birth name was Ada Wright. Haidee was also a character name in multiple films, including In theSultan’s Garden (short, 1911) and Monte Cristo (1922).
Hedda Hopper was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1960s. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1885. Her birth name was Elda Furry. Hedda Nova was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Russia in 1899. Hedda was also a character name in multiple films, including A Self-Made Lady (short, 1918) and Servants’ Entrance (1934).
Hedy Lamarr was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in Austria-Hungary (now Austria) in 1914. Her birth name was Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler. Hedy was also a character played by actress Ruth Hussey in the film Bedside Manner (1945).
Hepsabiah Hardlot was a character played by actress Zasu Pitts in the short film He Had ’em Buffaloed (1917).
Hepzibah Pyncheon was a character played by various actresses (such as Mary Fuller and Margaret Lindsay) in various movies called The House of the Seven Gables, all based on the novel of the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Hermia was a character name in multiple films, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1909) and Wood Love (1925).
Hilda Vaughn was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1940s. She was born in Maryland in 1898. Hilda was also a character name in multiple films, including A Girl of the People (short, 1914) and The Top of New York (1922).
A character from various stories (e.g., “The Camps of Chaos,” “The Teeth of Famine”) by Canadian author Samuel Alexander White. The tales were initially serialized in Collier’s during the first half of 1915, then reprinted in at least one newspaper (the St. Louis Post-Dispatch) in 1916.
The stories were set in the Yukon, and the two main characters were siblings Thorpe Calgour and Trudis “Tru” Calgour of Dawson City. Thorpe worked as a gold-miner, and his sister Trudis “kept his cabin and encouraged all his efforts.”
Ad campaigns don’t just popularize products — they also popularize baby names.
And ads for certain types of products (like perfumes) are much more likely to influence baby names than ads for other types of products. But nothing is off limits, really, if the exposure is wide enough and the product name looks/sounds enough like a human name (e.g., Corelle dishes, Finesse shampoo).
One type of product I never expected to find in my ongoing hunt for pop culture baby names, though, was bleaching creams — used to lighten/whiten/even-out skin tone.
These days, ads for bleaching creams ignite controversy. But decades ago, these ads ran regularly in magazines with African-American audiences, and, as a result, at least two bleaching cream brand names ended up on the baby name charts.
The baby name Artra, inspired by Artra Skin Tone Cream, was a one-hit wonder in the data that appeared in the early 1960s:
1962: 5 baby girls named Artra [debut]
The baby name Ambi, inspired by Ambi Skin Cream, stuck around a little longer — three years in the late ’70s and early ’80s:
1981: 12 baby girls named Ambi
1980: 6 baby girls named Ambi
1978: 5 baby girls named Ambi [debut]
…Another bleaching cream that was advertised during the ’60s and ’70s (as well as decades earlier) was Nadinola. The name Nadinola never appeared in the U.S. baby name data, but records reveal that it was given to a handful of U.S baby girls during the 20th century.