Popular Baby Names in Moscow, 2019

According to the government of Moscow, the most popular baby names in the city in 2019 were Sofia and Alexander.

Here are Moscow’s top 3 girl names and top 3 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Sofia
  2. Maria
  3. Anna

Boy Names

  1. Alexander
  2. Mikhail
  3. Maxim

In 2017, the top names in Moscow were largely the same, except Artem ranked 3rd for boys.

Source: Over 137,000 children born in Moscow in 2019

Top Baby Names in Puerto Rico, 2019

According to the Social Security Administration, the most popular baby names in Puerto Rico in 2019 were (again) Valentina and Sebastian.

Here are Puerto Rico’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Valentina, 198 baby girls
  2. Victoria, 186
  3. Emma, 134
  4. Mia, 133
  5. Amaia, 115
  6. Isabella, 107
  7. Mikaela, 100
  8. Ainhoa, 99
  9. Amanda, 95
  10. Luna, 91

Boy Names

  1. Sebastian, 282 baby boys
  2. Liam, 226
  3. Ian, 203
  4. Dylan, 200
  5. Mateo, 196
  6. Thiago, 181
  7. Lucas, 173
  8. Adrian, 160
  9. Noah, 128
  10. Matias, 114

In the girls’ top 10, Ainhoa and Luna replace Camila and Kamila.

In the boys’ top 10, Noah replaces Jayden.

The most popular baby names in all other U.S. territories (Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) combined in 2019 were Olivia and Liam.

Sources: Popular names for births in Puerto Rico, Popular names for births in other territories

Thank You, Patrons!

I just wanted to give a quick, virtual high-five to four of my wonderful patrons: Aléna, Christa, Clare, and Emilia. Thank you so much for your support!

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Right now, the money I receive from Patreon (along with what I earn from Google AdSense) covers things like hosting and general upkeep. When I finally get around to making improvements/additions to the site, though, the money will be redirected toward activities like building a name database and creating some unique name-finding tools.

If you’d like to support Nancy’s Baby Names in some other way, I would appreciate that just as much! Here’s the support page for some ideas.

P.S. Did you know that Patron is a baby name? I’m thinking this has a lot to do with Patrón Tequila. ;) In Spanish, patrón means “boss.” (Boss is also a name, btw.)

Airplane Baby Named Pawan-deep

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On the morning of August 27, 2008, a woman aboard a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Adelaide went into labor. Paramjit Kaur gave birth to a baby boy over Northwest Territory, and the plane made an emergency landing at Darwin airport.

A day later, Paramjit and her husband, Jagtar Jaswal, announced that they’d decided to name the baby Pawan-deep Jaswal

His parents said Pawan-deep meant “ocean and air”, in reference to his unusual place of birth.

The name Pawan comes from Sanskrit and does indeed mean “wind.” But Deep (also spelled Dip) typically refers to a “lamp” or a “light,” as in the names Amandeep and Jagdeep, so I’m not sure where the definition “ocean” is coming from. (Maybe the parents spelled it d-e-e-p to coincide with the English word, making it a sort of poetic reference to the ocean?)

Source: Cunningham, Matt. “Miracle baby named after ocean and air.” NT News 29 Aug. 2008.

P.S. Want more airplane babies?

The Height of Harolyn

Harolyn, 1945

The baby name Harolyn saw peak usage in the U.S. in 1945:

  • 1947: 28 baby girls named Harolyn
  • 1946: 19 baby girls named Harolyn
  • 1945: 45 baby girls named Harolyn
    • 13 born in New York
    • 6 born in Pennsylvania
  • 1944: 12 baby girls named Harolyn
  • 1943: 13 baby girls named Harolyn

Why?

Because of a pint-sized beauty queen from New Jersey named Harolyn Cheryl Meyer.

It all started the year before, in May of 1944, when the men aboard the USS New Jersey (at that time involved in WWII and stationed near the Philippines) decided to hold a beauty contest. The crew “wrote to the New Jersey state Chamber of Commerce proposing a pinup contest among girls from the state whose pictures would be posted on the battleship’s bulletin boards.”

On May 17th, the request was published in the Newark Evening News. The crew soon ended up with about 75 entrants. All of them were young women…except for one. The odd one out was a smiling 5-month-old baby in her birthday suit.

That was baby Harolyn Meyer, born in December of 1943. The photo had been taken for her father, Army Air Forces pilot Lieutenant Harold Meyer, who hadn’t yet seen her. Harold’s Flying Fortress had recently been shot down over Europe, and he was being held as a prisoner of war in Germany.

The photo was submitted by Harolyn’s mother’s mother, who thought entering the baby’s picture in a pin-up contest as a joke would lift her daughter’s spirits.

The crew of the USS New Jersey took a vote in November, and, surprisingly, Harolyn won the contest with 555 out of 1,376 votes. One crewmember later suggested that “his fellow seamen may have been captivated by the photograph of the infant because she reminded them of home and family.”

In December, Mrs. Meyer was notified by letter that Harolyn had become the ship’s official pin-up girl. The win was also announced in the papers.

More importantly, though, an updated photo of Harolyn — now 15 months old — ran on the front pages of various newspapers starting in March of 1945. (The photo appeared as late as July in some papers.) It showed Harolyn and her mother meeting with New Jersey governor Walter E. Edge, who was presenting Harolyn with $3,200 in War Bonds “through donations by the crew of the USS New Jersey for use in obtaining her future education.”

What are your thoughts on the baby name Harolyn?

Sources:

  • Journal Page 7b – Battleship USS New Jersey BB-62
  • “Bonds for Pin-up Baby.” Record [Hackensack, New Jersey] 16 March 1945: 1.
  • “Pinup Baby Given War Bonds” Mount Dora Topic 17 May 1945: 1.
  • “Pin-up Girl Poses in Birthday Suit.” News-Press [Fort Myers, FL] 14 Dec. 1944: 2.

P.S. A secondary influence on this name may have been Harolyn (b. 1943), the daughter of Dorothy Dandridge and Harold Nicholas.

P.P.S. Harolyn’s middle name, Cheryl, was very on-trend for the mid-1940s.