How popular is the baby name Africa in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Africa and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Africa.
Moses Shattuck and Naomi Weatherbee of Brookline, New Hampshire, were married in 1802 and had a total of 6 children:
- Roxanna, b. 1803
- Asia, b. 1804
- Africa, b. 1807
- Europe, b. 1809
- America, b. 1810
- Mary, b. 1812
All the continent-children are boys.
In fact, I believe all four names — Asia, Africa, Europe and America — cover the known world of 1802. At that time Australia was considered part of Asia, America hadn’t yet been split into North and South, and Antarctica wouldn’t be discovered for another couple of decades.
These days continent names are considered girl names, not boy names. Asia and America see heavy yearly usage, Africa and Australia are uncommon but not unheard of, and Europe and Antarctica are nearly non-existent.
Source: Shattuck, Lemuel. Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck. Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1855.
What are the top baby names in Spain?
According to data from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística, the most popular baby names last year were Lucia and Hugo.
Here are Spain’s top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2013:
I found this list via Name News by Clare, who said:
So many names I’d never have guessed (and, in some cases, have never heard of) here, like Alvaro, Ainhoa, Aitana, Leire, Nerea, and Ainara.
I agree. I also didn’t expect to see the boy names Aitor (35th), Asier (58th) or Unai (60th). Or the girl name Africa, which was 68th — way more common in Spain than here.
(Aitana, Leire, Nerea, and Ainara ranked 26th, 28th, 31st and 29th for girls, respectively.)
I haven’t blogged about the top names in Spain before, but I did have a post about the top names in Catalonia last year. Weirdly, I looked up Unai for that post — it’s Basque and means “cowherd.”
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística (via Name News, via Nomes e mais nomes)