Will Jumanji Come Back?

jumanji, baby name, 1990s, movieYou’ve probably seen advertisements for the movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is currently playing in theaters. It’s a sequel to Jumanji (1995).

The second film (starring The Rock) quickly became more successful than the first (which starred Robin Williams). So now the question is this: Should we expect to see Jumanji return to the baby name charts?

Because the initial film managed to boost Jumanji into the U.S. baby name data for the first (and so far only) time in 1996:

  • 1998: unlisted
  • 1997: unlisted
  • 1996: 8 baby boys named Jumanji [debut]
  • 1995: unlisted
  • 1994: unlisted

Both movies were based on the children’s picture book Jumanji (1981) by author/illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. In the book, “Jumanji” is the name of a magical board game. (Allsburg also wrote/drew the modern Christmas classic The Polar Express.)


Popular Baby Names in the Netherlands, 2017

According to the Netherlands’ Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB), the most popular baby names in the country in 2017 were Emma and Noah.

Here are the Netherlands’ top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 755 baby girls
2. Tess, 734
3. Sophie, 709
4. Julia, 696
5. Anna, 595
6. Mila, 580
7. Sara, 547
8. Eva, 533
9. Zoë, 522
10. Evi, 510

Boy Names
1. Noah, 635 baby boys
2. Sem, 631
3. Lucas, 629
4. Finn, 615
5. Daan, 614
6. Levi, 609
7. Milan, 583
8. Bram, 573
9. Luuk, 572
10. Jesse, 532

In the boys’ top 10, Bram replaced Max (now 18th).

In 2016, the top two names were Anna and Daan (both of which now rank 5th).

Source: Noah and Emma top the list of most popular Dutch baby names

The Name Lettice?

baby, cabbage, lettuce
This was meant to be cabbage, but I’m going to use it for a post on Lettice anyway.
When I do historical research, I sometimes come across the name “Lettice.” It always reminds me of lettuce, the leafy salad green, but of course that’s not the source.

The source is Letitia (Lætitia), which comes from Latin and means “joy” or “gladness.” In England during the Middle Ages, various forms/spellings of Letitia emerged, and one of those forms was Lettice.

English noblewoman Lettice Knollys (b. 1543) was an early Lettice. Her husband Robert Dudley was close to — and had nearly become the husband of — Queen Elizabeth (before his marriage to Lettice).

Later Lettices include English actress Lettice Fairfax (b. 1876), English writer Lettice Cooper (b. 1897), and English socialite Lettice Lygon (b. 1906).

A modern example would be English violinist Lettice Rowbotham (vid), who introduced herself on Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago by saying: “I’m Lettice, like the salad.”

The name Lettice is more common overseas than it is in the U.S., but it does see usage here — enough to have popped up in the SSA’s dataset several times (as recently as 1969).

What do you think of the baby name Lettice? Would you use it?

Source: Letitia – Behind the Name

Black Panther Baby Names: T’Challa, Shuri, Nakia

black panther, baby namesThe much-anticipated movie Black Panther, which comes out today, is already guaranteed to be a success (based on strong advance ticket sales).

Even better? The film features lots of great names, many of which are currently uncommon.

The one I’m really keeping my eye on is T’challa, which was a one-hit wonder in the mid-1970s:

  • 1977: unlisted
  • 1976: unlisted
  • 1975: 8 baby boys were named Tchalla
  • 1974: unlisted
  • 1973: unlisted

(This was around the time the comic book character, who had been introduced in the ’60s, started being featured in his own storylines.)

Other character names from the movie include Shuri, W’Kabi, Nakia and Okoye. And some of the actors have notable names as well (Chadwick, Danai, Letitia).

How much of an impact do you think Black Panther will have on baby names in 2018? Which BP name has the potential to see the greatest increase in usage?

Source: Black Panther (film) – Wikipedia

Popular Baby Names in Queensland, 2017

According to the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in the Australian state in 2017 were Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are Queensland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 384 baby girls
2. Olivia, 335
3. Ava, 305
4. Amelia, 303
5. Mia, 287
6. Isla, 282
7. Harper, 244
8. Grace, 239
9. Ivy, 232
10. Evelyn, 231

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 510 baby boys
2. William, 438
3. Noah, 360
4. Jack, 348
5. Harrison, 296
6. Thomas, 289
7. Hudson, 278
8. Hunter, 273
9. James, 263
10. Henry, 259

In the girls’ top 10, Harper and Ivy replace Sophie and Emily.

In the boys’ top 10, Hudson, James and Henry replace Lachlan, Mason and Charlie

In 2016, the top two names were the same.

In the Queensland city of Toowoomba specifically, the top baby names of 2017 were Georgia and Oliver.

Sources: Charlotte and Oliver take the crown for Queensland’s most popular baby names in 2017, Top 100 Baby Names