The Baby Name Darwin (for Darwin Day)

Charles Darwin in 1855Today is the 207th birthday of celebrated English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882).

Therefore it’s also also Darwin Day — the awareness and celebration of which has been on the rise lately, thanks to the efforts of the American Humanist Association and other groups.

The mission of International Darwin Day is to inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin.

Most people I’ve talked to aren’t keen on the idea of Darwin as a first name. Perhaps the strong association with science makes the name seem nerdy or unfashionable.

And yet the baby name Darwin has been used consistently in the U.S. for decades, and it’s solidly within he top 1,000 right now:

  • 2014: 235 baby boys named Darwin [rank: 907th]
  • 2013: 258 baby boys named Darwin [rank: 828th]
  • 2012: 246 baby boys named Darwin [rank: 856th]
  • 2011: 291 baby boys named Darwin [rank: 770th]
  • 2010: 312 baby boys named Darwin [rank: 734th]
  • 2009: 314 baby boys named Darwin [rank: 740th]

And that’s just usage for boys. Girls are getting name, too. Seven baby girls were named Darwin in 2014.

Would you consider using the baby name Darwin? Why or why not?

P.S. I mentioned (and defined) Darwin in the Baby Names for the Godless post a couple of months ago.

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