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Popularity of the Baby Name Max

Number of Babies Named Max

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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


Popular Baby Names in Victoria, 2017

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

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

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 426 baby girls
2. Olivia, 360
3. Amelia, 357
4. Ava, 347
5. Mia, 319
6. Zoe, 299
7. Evie, 284
8. Grace, 283
9. Isla, 282
10. Ella, 248

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 509 baby boys
2. William, 466
3. Jack, 450
4. Noah, 372
5. Thomas, 345
6. James, 323
7. Lucas, 315
8. Henry, 282
9. Charlie, 280
10. Ethan, 279

In the girls’ top 10, Ella replaces Chloe (now 11th).

In the boys’ top 10, Lucas, Henry and Charlie replace Alexander (11th), Mason (14th) and Max (now 16th).

According to a survey of birth notices in The Warrnambool Standard, the top baby names in the Victorian city of Warrnambool were Georgia/Grace/Evelyn/Elsie (4-way tie) for girls and Lenny (!) for boys.

In 2016, the top two names were the same.

Sources: Search popular names – Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria, Baby names 2017: South-west picks buck national trend

Popular Baby Names in New Zealand, 2017

According to New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs, the most popular baby names in the country in 2017 were Charlotte and Oliver.

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

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 277 baby girls
2. Harper, 236
3. Isla, 232
4. Olivia, 225
5. Ava, 217
6. Amelia, 215
7. Mia, 205
8. Mila, 201
9. Sophie, 197
10. Emily, 190

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 314 baby boys
2. Jack, 284
3. Noah, 257
4. William, 251
5. Hunter, 245
6. James, 242
7. George, 234
8. Mason, 230
9. Lucas, 227
10. Arlo, 194

In the girls’ top 10, Mila (was 15th) replaces Ella (now 12th).

In the boys’ top 10, George (was 12th) and Arlo (was 23rd) replace Leo (now 11th) and Max (now 13th).

Arlo, which first entered the top 100 in 2013, is rising fast.

Matilda’s upward ride, on the other hand, seems to be over. It slipped from 24th in 2016 to 33rd in 2017. (I mentioned Matilda in the 2016 rankings post.)

Sources: Charlotte, Oliver top the list of New Zealand’s most popular baby names, Most Popular Male and Female First Names

Popular Baby Names in Northern Territory, 2016

According to the government of Northern Territory, Australia, the most popular baby names in NT in 2016 were again Charlotte and Jack.

Here are Northern Territory’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 31 baby girls
2. Emily, 17
3. Ava, 14 [tie]
4. Sophie, 14 [tie]
5. Amelia, 13 [tie]
6. Grace, 13 [tie]
7. Olivia, 13 [tie]
8. Scarlett, 13 [tie]
9. Ella, 12 [tie]
10. Isabella, 12 [tie]

Boy Names
1. Jack, 26 baby boys
2. Noah, 22
3. Charlie, 20 [tie]
4. Oliver, 20 [tie]
5. James, 19
6. Jacob, 18
7. William, 15
8. Eli, 14 [tie]
9. Nathan, 14 [tie]
10. Max, 13

In 18th place on the girls’ list — and appearing for the first time in any Northern Territory top 20 (since 2002, anyway) — was Billie, with 8 baby girls. In the U.S., in contrast, Billie is sitting just outside the top 2,000.

Here are Northern Territory’s 2015 rankings.

Source: Popular Baby Names – NT.GOV.AU

The Many Names in Dobie Gillis

The baby name Dobie debuted in the US baby name data in 1960.

Girl-crazy teenager Dobie Gillis was a character created by writer Max Shulman in the 1940s. He was first brought to life in the movie The Affairs of Dobie Gillis in 1953, but the most memorable portrayal of Dobie was by Dwayne Hickman in the four-season TV sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which premiered in September of 1959.

Dobie Gillis is notable for being “the first prime-time series to consistently privilege teenage characters, activities, and spaces over those associated with family shows.”

It was also known for the unusual character names. Dobie (pronounced doh-bee, rhymes with Toby) had friends with names like:

  • Maynard (a beatnik played by Bob Denver, who later portrayed Gilligan)
  • Zelda (a brainiac played by Sheila James Kuehl, sister of Jeri Lou)
  • Thalia Menninger (a rich girl played by Tuesday Weld)

These “uncommon first names [were] evidently meant to seem vaguely silly in their failure to conform with ’50s norms.”

The show ended up influencing the usage of several baby names. First of all, it was behind the debut of the name Dobie in 1960:

  • 1964: 9 baby boys named Dobie
  • 1963: unlisted
  • 1962: 6 baby boys named Dobie
  • 1961: 8 baby boys named Dobie
  • 1960: 9 baby boys named Dobie [debut]
  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: unlisted

The name Thalia also saw a spike in usage in 1960, which makes sense because all but two of the episodes featuring Thalia Menninger were first-season (1959-1960) episodes. Dobie pronounced Thalia’s name thale-ya.

  • 1964: 46 baby girls named Thalia
  • 1963: 42 baby girls named Thalia
  • 1962: 42 baby girls named Thalia
  • 1961: 46 baby girls named Thalia
  • 1960: 90 baby girls named Thalia
  • 1959: 30 baby girls named Thalia
  • 1958: 24 baby girls named Thalia

Finally, the name Zelda saw elevated usage in the early ’60s:

  • 1964: 133 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1963: 171 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1962: 178 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1961: 168 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1960: 136 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1959: 142 baby girls named Zelda
  • 1958: 131 baby girls named Zelda

Fun fact: Zelda — who pursued Dobie as ardently as Dobie pursued all other females — once convinced a girl named Phyllis to break it off with Dobie by warning her that her married name would be “Phyllis Gillis.”

Many of the secondary and single-episode characters had unusual names as well. Here are some examples:

Aphrodite
Arabella
Aristede
Blossom
Bruno
Bubbles
Chatsworth
Clothilde
Clydene
Drusilla
Esmond
Glynis
Imogene
Jethro
Kermit
Laurabelle
Leander
Maribelle
Mignonne
Poppy
Riff

Do you like any of the above Dobie Gillis names? How about the name “Dobie” itself?

Sources:

  • Kearney, Mary C. “Teenagers and Television in the United States.” Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Television, ed. by Horace Newcomb, 2nd ed., New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 2276-2281.
  • Sterritt, David. Mad to be Saved: The Beats, the ’50s, and Film. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1998.
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series 1959–1963) – IMDb