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Popularity of the Baby Name Adora


Posts that Mention the Name Adora

Popular and Unique Baby Names Scotland, 2018

According to National Records of Scotland (NRS), the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Olivia and Jack.

Here are Scotland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 444 baby girls
  2. Emily, 423
  3. Isla, 383
  4. Sophie, 331
  5. Amelia, 312
  6. Ella, 295
  7. Ava, 292
  8. Grace, 286
  9. Aria, 272
  10. Jessica, 262

Boy Names

  1. Jack, 422 baby boys
  2. Oliver, 330
  3. James, 323
  4. Logan, 307
  5. Leo, 300
  6. Lewis, 298
  7. Alexander, 294 (tie)
  8. Harris, 294 (tie)
  9. Noah, 284
  10. Rory, 280

In the girls’ top 10, Grace replaces Charlotte (now 11th).

In the boys’ top 10, Rory replaces Harry (now tied for 11th with Charlie).

Names inspired by Scottish islands include Arran (118 boys; ranked 47th), Iona (83 girls; ranked 56th), Ailsa (37 girls), Islay (11 girls), Coll (3 boys), Jura (3 girls), Gigha (1 girl), and Tiree (1 girl).

And here are some more baby names that, like Gigha and Tiree, were bestowed just once in Scotland last year:

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Adora-Belle, Brora, Callumina, Cardi, Delarosa, Embla, Everlyn, Frankie-Nirvana, Gigi, Honey-Bee, Izna, Junu, Kindah, Lhotse, Milliemae, Niska, Omnia, Peculiar, Raffie, Swithy, Tiggy, Uljana, Veia, Winry, Xanthippe, Yvie, ZuzuAvrick, Baroque-Valentyne, Caisson, Camhanaich, Dome, Eck, Fitheach, Gighian, Haxton, Indio, Izzeldin, Jeddie, Kafka, Lucifer, Monder, Neelix, Ouff, Panashe, Reave, Svetozar, Thapish, Ual, Velyo, Wit, Xypher, Yogan, Zostera

Possible explanations for some of the above:

  • Cardi B, American rapper and singer
  • Embla, the first woman (according to Norse mythology)
  • Lhotse, the 4th-highest mountain in the world (means “south peak” in Tibetan)
  • Winry, a manga character from the Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Caisson, an ammunition chest or two-wheeled ammunition wagon (means “box” in French)
  • Camhanaich, the Scottish word for “break of day” or “twilight”
  • Fitheach, the Scottish word for “raven” (and also the title of a children’s adventure game show that premiered on the Scottish-language BBC Alba channel in 2018)
  • Kafka, Czech writer Franz Kafka
  • Neelix, a character from Star Trek: Voyager
  • Zostera, a type of sea grass

(I posted more of Scotland’s unique baby names over on Patreon.)

In 2017, the top two names were the same.

Sources: Most popular names in Scotland, Babies’ First Names, From A to Zidaneā€¦ unusual names of newborns revealed, 2018 baby names: Scots babies are Awesome and Adora-Belle

A Baby Girl Named Odor?

Her mother says it’s “Odor-able.”

According to a video uploaded by MLB earlier this month, a pair of Texas Rangers fans have apparently named their kids Pudge and Odor.

Their son Pudge is named after retired catcher Iván “Pudge” Rodriguez. Their daughter Odor is named after second baseman Rougned Odor (pronounced “ROOG-ned o-DOOR”).

Are these nicknames? Legal names? I don’t know, but I’d love to find out.

Interesting fact: Roughned Odor, originally from Venezuela, has a younger brother with the very same first name. (They do have different middles: Roberto and José.) The younger Rougned signed with the Rangers a couple of months ago.

P.S. I’d almost forgotten about Odor until I read Abby’s Sunday Summary earlier today. It included a baby named Adora Borealis, called “Adora-ble” in the source article.

Sources: These Rangers fans named their children ‘Pudge’ and ‘Odor’, How (And Why) To Say ‘Rougned Odor’, Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly Name Daughter Adora Borealis

Teela and She-Ra, Masters of the Universe Baby Names

she-raRemember the ’80s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe?

I haven’t yet found any ’80s babies named after He-Man, but I’ve found a bunch with names inspired by Teela and She-Ra — two other popular characters from the Masters of the Universe franchise.

He-Man premiered on TV in 1983. The main female character was Teela — daughter of the Sorceress, foster-daughter of Man-At-Arms, and protector/friend of Prince Adam (a.k.a. He-Man).

In 1984, usage of the baby name Teela spiked high enough for the name to reach the top 1,000 for the first and only time:

  • 1986: 49 babies named Teela
  • 1985: 145 babies named Teela
  • 1984: 175 babies named Teela [rank: 872nd]
  • 1983: 27 babies named Teela
  • 1982: 13 babies named Teela
  • 1981: 5 babies named Teela

The cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power was a spin-off of He-Man that premiered in 1985 (the same year as Jem). She-Ra was the alter ego of Princess Adora, twin sister of Prince Adam.

Right away, usage of the baby name Shera nearly tripled:

  • 1988: 44 baby girls named Shera
  • 1987: 63 baby girls named Shera
  • 1986: 135 baby girls named Shera
  • 1985: 120 baby girls named Shera
  • 1984: 42 baby girls named Shera
  • 1983: 31 baby girls named Shera

The SSA omits hyphens and makes all internal letters lower-case, so unfortunately there’s no easy way to find out how many of these babies got the specific name “She-Ra.” (We know they exist, though: Mental Floss recently spotted a lady in the UK named She-Ra.)

I’m guessing the She-Ra upswing was both more immediate and less impressive than the Teela upswing (286% vs. 648%) because, while She-Ra was a titular character (whose name viewers would have picked up on right away) her spin-off series didn’t quite achieve the same level popularity that the original series did.

Which ’80s cartoon-lady baby name do you like more, Teela or She-Ra?