How popular is the baby name Abcde in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Abcde and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Abcde.

The graph will take a few seconds to load, thanks for your patience. (Don't worry, it shouldn't take nine months.) If it's taking too long, try reloading the page.


Popularity of the Baby Name Abcde

Number of Babies Named Abcde

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Abcde

Abe & Abi: “Always Be” Baby Names

always be closing, ABC
“A, always. B, be. C, closing. Always be closing!”

Acronym baby names are officially a thing. Not a major thing, but still a thing. Acronym baby names I’ve come across include Ily, “I love you,” and Lya, “love you always.”

One type of acronym that seems to be trendy these days is the “AB_” acronym, in which the first two words are “always be” and the third is a verb in “-ing” form. They stem from ABC, “always be closing,” made famous by the movie Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). Variations I’ve heard include ABS (“always be shipping” or “always be “selling”), ABL (“always be learning”), a different ABC (“always be charging”), and even ABK (“always be knolling“).

So I wondered: Could we create an “always be” acronym that’s also a good baby name?

For the name to be pronounceable (unlike Abcde) the third letter would have to be a vowel. And I’d say the best vowels for the job — considering both the number of available verbs and the resulting acronym — are E and I. So let’s see what we can come up with for ABE and ABI…

ABE

Abe is typically a nickname for of Abraham, but Abe is also used as an independent name. In fact, dozens of U.S. babies have been named Abe (not Abraham) every year for many decades.

Here are my top five acronym possibilities for the name Abe:

  • ABE: “always be exploring”
  • ABE: “always be evolving”
  • ABE: “always be experimenting”
  • ABE: “always be embarking”
  • ABE: “always be excelling”

And here are some of the other verbs that could be used: earning, educating, empowering, encouraging, engaging, engineering, enhancing, enjoying, evaluating, examining, exceeding, and experiencing.

ABI

Abi, like the more familiar Abby, is a short form of Abigail. Abi isn’t common as an independent name, but usage has picked up a bit recently.

Here are my top five acronym possibilities for the name Abi:

  • ABI: “always be imagining”
  • ABI: “always be innovating”
  • ABI: “always be improving”
  • ABI: “always be inspiring”
  • ABI: “always be initiating”

And here are some of the other verbs that could be used: illuminating, implementing, impressing, improvising, increasing, influencing, informing, inspecting, integrating, interacting, interpreting, and investigating.

What are your favorite “always be” acronyms for Abe and Abi?

Do you think anyone out there has used an “always be” acronym as a baby name yet?


Top Blog Posts of 2014; Suggestions for 2015?

Happy New Year!

Wondering which NBN posts got the most traffic last year? Here’s the official list:

  1. Names People Have Given Their Cars
  2. How to Pronounce Popular Irish Names – Aoife, Cian, Niamh, Oisin
  3. The Name Your Car Formula, for Name Your Car Day
  4. Hailey, Haleigh, Haylee… Which Spelling Is Best?
  5. Is ABCDE Really a Baby Name?
  6. Avery – Girl Name or Boy Name?
  7. Car Names as Baby Names
  8. 110+ Hidden Gems: Rare Baby Girl Names
  9. Baby Name Needed – Botanical Name for Baby Boy
  10. What Are the Most Pretentious Baby Names?

And which NBN posts published in 2014 specifically got the most traffic last year?

  1. Popular Baby Names in Ireland, 2013
  2. Top Baby Girl Name Debuts of 2013
  3. Siblings Named Tonsillitis, Meningitis, Appendicitis…
  4. List of Female Names from 1888
  5. Popular Baby Names in Poland, 2013
  6. Popular Baby Names in Estonia, 2013
  7. Baby Name Trends in South Korea
  8. 40 Pairs of Baby Names for Girl-Boy Twins
  9. Names Popular During the Victorian Era
  10. Kilcher Names – Atz, Farenorth, Jewel, Q’orianka

Thanks so much for reading along year after year, everyone. Your comments and emails mean a lot to me. :)

Is there anything in particular you’d like to see a post about in 2015? Please comment below or send me a note.

Alphabet Soup Baby Names – ABC to XYZ

Last year, I asked if ABCDE really was a baby name.

It is, but it’s not the only alphabet-based baby name out there.

Here are some others:

ABC

I’ve found over a dozen people named ABC, including Abc Groff (1887-1966) in the SSDI.

ABCD

So far I’ve seen just one — Abcd Smith (born circa 1888) on the 1920 US Census.

ABCDEF

One-upping the famed ABCDE!

I’ve seen two, one being Abcdef Riggs (born circa 1868) on the 1870 US Census:
Abcdef

If ABCDE is pronounced “Absidy,” maybe this one is “Absidef”?

I didn’t find any letter-string names from the middle of the alphabet, but had some luck at the other end:

WXYZ

I’ve found just one so far — Wxyz Clair Laruke Grant was born on March 3, 1869, in Barbados.

XYZ

I’ve seen a handful. (None born around the time of the XYZ Affair, in case you’re curious.) One was Xyz Crenshaw (1906-2002) in the SSDI.

I wonder how XYZ would be pronounced. “Ziz” maybe? “EKS-iz”? Hm.

Types of Bad Baby Names

Nancy Friedman of Fritinancy wrote a great post the other day called What Makes a Bad Name Bad?

It’s about company and product names, but her four “badness patterns” can be found in baby names as well.

Some examples…

Can you think of any other bad baby names that fall into one (or more) of the above categories?

Can Wiki Be a Girl Name?

This question has been bringing traffic to my blog lately. People seem to be interested in using the Hawaiian word wiki, which means “quick,” as a baby girl name.

Can they use wiki as a girl name? Well, sure they can. If they live in a place that doesn’t have strict laws about baby names. In the U.S., for instance, they can name their baby girl Audrey, Abcde, Brenda, Bandit, Charity, Cheesette, or just about anything else they want.

Should they use it as a girl name, though? Should wiki be used as a baby name at all? I think these questions are a bit more thought-provoking. Let’s try a poll:

Should wiki be used as a baby name?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...