I recently noticed that the baby name Malaysia nearly doubled in popularity from 2011 to 2012.
In 2011, 265 baby girls were named Malaysia. This was enough for the name to reach 963rd on the SSA’s top 1,000. But in 2012, usage suddenly shot upward — 510 baby girls got the name, and the ranking increased nearly 400 spots to 569th.
What’s with the jump? I haven’t been able to figure it out.
I can tell you that the name is particularly popular in the south — Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi — but this might not be a useful clue.
Do you have any idea why the baby name Malaysia is now on the rise?
P.S. The country name Malaysia was coined in the 19th century by British geographers. It’s a combination of the word Malay and the Latinate suffix –ia.
UPDATE: Becca has the answer!