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According to the Oklahoma Department of Health, the most popular baby names in Oklahoma in 2011 were these:
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a U.S. state put out a list of top gender-neutral names before. Interesting. Wish I knew what guideline/formula they were using to classify certain names as gender-neutral instead of gendered, though.
I also think it’s interesting that Zoey made the top 20, but Zoe didn’t. (Unless “Zoey” is a typo in my source article.)
I posted about bizarre baby names in Oklahoma in early 2011 — remember 12-Gage? — but the state hasn’t yet put out another of those nifty baby name PDFs, so I can’t dig any deeper into the 2011 names than this. All I know is that “Oklahoma children were bestowed with 7,517 unique girls’ names and 5,255 unique boys’ names in 2011.”
Source: William, Emma top most-popular baby names
Yesterday I blogged about 7 and 12-Gage, two Oklahoma babies with names that feature numbers.
I’ve always assumed that any U.S. parent could use a number in a baby name (even though few end up doing so). Then I spotted something in a Wisconsin newspaper that made me think twice. Here’s the quote, from the Wausau Daily Herald:
Debbie Baeseman, a nurse in Aspirus’ birth center, said that in 2010, one set of new parents wanted to include a number in the middle of their child’s name, but Wisconsin law forbids it.
Is this true? Is there a really a law in Wisconsin that says parents can’t use numbers in baby names? If you’re familiar with Wisconsin law, I’d love to hear your take on this. (I’d also love to hear from anyone who knows whether similar laws exist in other states.)
Source: Elijah, Madeline top local picks for newborns in 2010
Update! Number-Names Illegal in Illinois, New Jersey, Texas
Oklahoma’s most popular baby names of 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2004 can be found at the Oklahoma State Department of Health website.
The top names seem to be on par with what the SSA reports, so I won’t relist them here, but I did want to share a few of the unique names. Starting with 12-Gage.
Yup, 12-Gage. Just one letter off from 12-gauge, typically used to describe shotguns. It was bestowed in 2008.
Some of the unusual names doled out in 2007 were 7, Bluestar, Catcher-Dan, Ceyahdrieah, Ceyaydrieah, Chicago-All, Iamunique, Prettyrock, Pyro, Swostika, Tugger, Zaxs Christ and Zombrie.
Ceyahdrieah and Ceyaydrieah looked suspiciously alike, so on a whim I tried a search. I found the following explanation at a baby name message board:
Going through applications for our PreK and came across these twins:
Ceyahdrieah and Ceyaydrieh pronounced “Adreah”(andrea without the N) and Adriea (Adrien without the N). The “Cey” is silent. Mom wanted their names to look pretty.
I’ll keep an eye on that site for updates. Hopefully someone will post the top Okla. baby names of 2009 and 2010 at some point.