Popular Baby Names in New Jersey, 2018

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According to the Government of New Jersey, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Emma and Liam.

Here are New Jersey’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Emma
2. Isabella
3. Olivia
4. Mia
5. Ava
6. Sophia
7. Charlotte
8. Emily
9. Amelia
10. Leah

Boy Names
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Jacob
4. Matthew
5. Michael
6. Joseph
7. Lucas
8. Dylan
9. Logan
10. Benjamin

Source: Top New Jersey baby names of 2018!

The Introduction of Ilomay

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Ilomay Bailey, 1933
The curious name Ilomay appeared in the U.S. baby name data several times in the 1930s:

  • 1937: unlisted
  • 1936: 5 baby girls named Ilomay
  • 1935: unlisted
  • 1934: unlisted
  • 1933: 7 baby girls named Ilomay
  • 1932: 5 baby girls named Ilomay
  • 1931: unlisted

The similar name Ilomae popped up for the first time in 1932 as well.

Where did these names come from?

A long-forgotten radio singer named Ilomay [eye-loh-mae] Bailey. She could be heard with her husband, pianist Lee Sims, on a weekday radio show called “Piano Moods” (NBC) during the early 1930s.

Ilomay was a Julliard-trained soprano originally from Kansas. She met Lee in Chicago (she took piano lessons from him) and they ended up becoming a team, both professionally and personally. The couple also performed on other radio programs, on stage, and sometimes in films:

Do you like the name Ilomay?

Source: Lee Sims – Wikipedia

Popular Baby Names in Alabama, 2018

According to Alabama’s Department of Public Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Ava and William.

Here are Alabama’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Ava (259 baby girls)
2. Olivia
3. Harper
4. Emma
5. Amelia
6. Elizabeth
7. Charlotte
8. Isabella
9. Abigail
10. Ella

Boy Names
1. William (340 baby boys)
2. James
3. John
4. Elijah
5. Noah
6. Liam
7. Mason
8. Jackson (the spelling “Jaxon” ranked 14th)
9. Grayson
10. Carter

In Tuscaloosa County specifically, top two names were William and Emma.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 3rd.)

Source: William and Ava most popular baby names in Alabama for 2018

Names in the News: Alie, Italo, Khongolose

Some recent and not-so-recent baby names from the news…

Alie: A baby girl born in New York in December of 2018 was named Alie in honor of the Long Island Expressway (called the “L-I-E”), where she was born in a minivan on the side of the road. (Queens Daily Eagle)

Bale: A baby boy born in Wales in November of 2016 was named Bale in honor of Welsh soccer player Gareth Bale. Another boy born in Wales a month later was also named Bale for the same reason. (Wales Online; Wales Online)

Griezmann Mbappe: A baby boy born in France in November of 2018 was named Griezmann Mbappe in honor of French soccer players Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. (Deadspin)

Italo: The first baby born in Rome in 2019 was named Italo, in honor of Italy. (His parents are Sri Lankan.) (Daily Mirror)

James Daniel: A baby boy born in Essex, England, in December of 2018 was named James Daniel after police officers James Ireland and Dan Bellingham, who’d helped the parents reach the hospital in time for the birth. (ITV)

Kongolose: A baby boy born in South Africa on January 8, 2018 (the 107th anniversary of the founding of the African National Congress political party) was named Siko Luka Khongolose — the second middle name being a “colloquial Zulu term for the African National Congress.” (TimesLIVE)

Liberty: A baby girl born in Texas in October of 2018 was named Liberty in honor of Texas Congressman Ron Paul. (The Gazette)

Mickey: A baby girl born in California in December of 2018 was named Zoele Mickey — middle name in honor of paramedic Mickey Huber, who’d helped her mother escape a wildfire and reach a medical center to give birth. (KRCR)

Mikkael: A baby boy born in Ohio in November of 2018 was named Henry Mikkael — middle name in honor of Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, who’d helped his mother overcome leukemia in 2012. (Fox)

Sierra: A baby girl born in Tennessee in November of 2018 was named Isabella Sierra-Marie — middle name in honor of Sierra Reprogal, the police officer who’d helped deliver her in a car on the side of the road. (Yahoo! News)

Skrot (rejected): A baby boy born in Sweden in September of 2018 was almost named Bjørn Skrot, but the Swedish government rejected the middle name (which means “scrap”) because it might “cause discomfort for the bearer.” (The Local)

Snow: The first baby born in Baltimore in 2019 was named Snow Violet Taylor. (WBAL)

Some Names from New Orleans

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Beignets at Café Beignet

My husband and I hung out in New Orleans for about 48 hours in mid-December. It rained almost the entire time, but we still managed to get out and spot a few interesting names!

First, an unexpected food name: Beignet (pron. ben-YAY), which literally means “bump” in French. In terms of food, it’s fried dough with sugar on top. In terms of names, though, it’s been bestowed as a middle at least three times, according to the records I’ve seen. These human Beignets were all girls born in the ’80s and ’90s in Texas and Oklahoma.

We briefly visited the New Orleans Jazz and Jean Lafitte National Historical Parks, where we learned about people like…

  • Fate Marable, African American jazz pianist/bandleader (“Fate” could be short for Lafayette)
  • Cloaner Smith, African American quilter
  • Mrs. Louisianaise Daigle, Cajun healer

We also learned about various locations, including Atchafalaya.

Speaking of locations…while wandering around the city, we spotted ghost signs for Antoine’s Restaurant (which I mentioned in the Caresse post) and Uneeda Biscuits (I discovered the name “Uneeda” on a trip to Kansas City):

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Aboard the Steamboat Natchez we noticed that the two boilers are named Thelma and Louise.

And finally, how about the name “New Orleans” itself? In the records I found dozens, including New Orleans Taylor, a 13-year-old girl living with her family in Louisiana at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census:

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[Want more travel names? See my posts on Alaska, the Czech Republic, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii, North Dakota, and Yellowstone.]