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Popularity of the Baby Name Aisha


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Popular Baby Names in Minnesota, 2018

The state of Minnesota hasn’t (yet?) published a list of the top baby names of 2018. But it has given us the top names within certain racial/ethnic groups:

Top Girl Names

  • White: Evelyn
  • Native American: Olivia
  • Hispanic: Sofia
  • Black: Aisha
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: Amelia

Top Boy Names

  • White: Henry
  • Native American: Elijah
  • Hispanic: Jose
  • Black: Mohamed
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: Ethan

According to the SSA’s data, Minnesota’s top names overall last year were Evelyn and Henry.

And in 2017, according to the state itself, the most popular names were Evelyn and Oliver.

Source: Minnesota Department of Health (Facebook)

Popular Baby Names in Minnesota, 2017

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Evelyn and Oliver.

Here are the top Minnesota baby names broken down by the mother’s race/ethnicity:

Top Girl Names

  • White: Evelyn
  • Native American: Mila
  • Hispanic: Camila
    • …excluding Mexican: Sofia
  • Black/African: Aisha
    • …excluding Somali: Ava
  • Asian: Olivia
    • …excluding Hmong: Olivia

Top Boy Names

  • White: Oliver
  • Native American: Elijah
  • Hispanic: Mateo
    • …excluding Mexican: Mateo
  • Black/African: Mohamed
    • …excluding Somali: Elijah
  • Asian: Aiden
    • …excluding Hmong: Aiden

In 2015, the top two names (overall) were Olivia and Jackson.

Source: What are the top baby names for 2017? It depends…

Name News from Saudi Arabia

Three bits of name news out of Saudi Arabia…

First:

The most circulated [baby] names in the Kingdom include Mohammad, Fahd, Abdullah, Abdulrahman, Turki, Bandar, Omar, Ali, Fatima, Aisha, Nora, Hessa, Sheikha, and Maha.

Unfortunately the article didn’t specify exactly which year (or years) this list covers.

Second:

Unusual or rare [baby] names have been reduced due to the work of authorities across the Kingdom who have enacted regulations to curb exotic or strange names.

Some of the baby names no longer being used are…

  • Faziah, female name meaning “one who is afraid”
  • Mureibah, female name, “fearful”
  • Najar, male name
  • Rashash, male name, “a gun machine”
  • Zaqam, male name meaning “to do with the mouth” (…?)

Here’s an earlier list of baby names (possibly) banned in Saudi Arabia.

Third:

Saudi society is facing a new phenomenon in which many young people are changing their names to be in tune with the latest name trends, Al-Hayat newspaper reported.

Several of the name changes mentioned in the article:

  • Fatimah to Hadeel (woman, 22 years old)
    • “I used the name Hadeel for my social media account before I changed it officially with the Civil Status Department.”
  • Salem to Faris (man, 27 years old)
  • Ethar to Maria (woman, 31 years old)
  • Nouf to Naifah (woman, age not mentioned)

Sources: Naming babies under scrutiny, The name game! Young Saudis changing names to be more trendy

Tajikistan, 98% Muslim, May Ban Muslim Names

Emomali Rahmon, who’s been the leader of Tajikistan since 1992, has some strong opinions about names:

“I pay close attention to surnames and names when I appoint anyone to a leading post in the government,” Mr Rahmon told a group of children in speech televised on national TV.

“Sometimes, reading surnames can make one shudder,” he said.

“For example, Gurgakov comes from the word ‘wolf’. Janjoliyev derives from the word ‘conflict’,” said Mr Rahmon, the father of seven daughters and two sons.

Names must be beautiful because they play an important role in determining a person’s destiny from birth, he said.

“How can you name a person after a wolf?”

Currently, Rahmon is trying to get his country to adopt regulations that would greatly restrict birth names.

The proposed amendments to Tajikistan’s civil-registry law would make it illegal to “register names that are incorrect or alien to the local culture, including names denoting objects, flora and fauna, as well as names of Arabic origin.”

In fact, some registrars have already begun rejecting these types of names.

The part about banning Arabic-origin names has gotten a lot of attention because Tajikistan is overwhelmingly Muslim, and most of the popular baby names in the country right now are of Arabic origin: Sumayah, Asiya, Aisha, Muhammad, Yusuf, Abubakr, etc. (Rahmon’s own name would’t have passed muster under the new law — Emomali is derived from “Imam Ali.”)

Ultimately, Rahmon is interested in promoting (forcing?) the usage of “pure Tajik” names, including those from classical Persian literature. Examples of this type of name include Dilafruz, Firdaus, Firuz, Rustam and Tahmina.

Hopefully the ethnic Uzbeks that make up 15% of Tajikistan’s population won’t be forced to use Tajik names as well…

Sources: President scared by baby names, Tajikistan Mulls Ban on Muslim Names, Tajiks weigh ban on ‘bad names’

P.S. The woman who would have been Rahmon’s most serious opposition candidate in the 2013 election (if she’d been allowed to run) has a very interesting first name: Oinihol (also spelled Oynihol). Anybody know anything about it?

Ebony Magazine’s Influence on Baby Names

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10-month-old Cushena in 1985
© Ebony
So far, I’ve found only one baby name (Theonita) that saw increased usage thanks to African-American news magazine Jet.

But I know of five (!) that saw increased usage after being mentioned in various issues of African-American lifestyle magazine Ebony, which is owned by the same company.

Here are all five:

Loukisha

Loukisha has appeared on the SSA’s baby name list three times:

  • 1976: unlisted
  • 1975: 7 baby girls named Loukisha
  • 1974: 14 baby girls named Loukisha
  • 1973: 48 baby girls named Loukisha [debut]
  • 1972: unlisted

The name had been mentioned in the July 1973 issue of Ebony, in an article about SIDS. “Loukisha Gray, four-month-old victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, was laid to rest May 11, 1973 in Harlem.”

Kimario and Nykeba

Kimario has appeared on the list once:

  • 1981: unlisted
  • 1980: 13 baby boys named Kimario [debut]
  • 1979: unlisted

And Nykeba was a one-hit wonder the same year:

  • 1981: unlisted
  • 1980: 26 baby girls named Nykeba [debut]
  • 1979: unlisted

Both names had been mentioned in the April 1980 issue of Ebony in an article called “Sex and the Single Parent.” Kimario was the 4-year-old son of Aisha Nanji of Atlanta, and Nykeba was the 3-year-old daughter of Vicki Newsum of Memphis.

Cushena

Cushena has appeared on the list twice:

  • 1987: unlisted
  • 1986: 9 baby girls named Cushena
  • 1985: 11 baby girls named Cushena [debut]
  • 1984: unlisted

The name had been mentioned in two issues of Ebony — the March 1985 issue and the August 1986 issue. The first time, it was in an article about teenage parenthood. “Fifteen-year-old Lisa Robinson of Chicago cuddles her 10-month-old daughter, Cushena, while trying to concentrate on her homework.” (This quote goes with the image above.) The second time, it was in an article about black children.

Ziyadah

Ziyadah has appeared on the list once:

  • 1995: unlisted
  • 1994: 5 baby girls named Ziyadah [debut]
  • 1993: unlisted

The name had been mentioned in the January 1994 issue of Ebony, in an article about first-time mothers. “Joy of motherhood radiates from first-time mom DiAnna Toliver Muhammad of San Diego as she cuddles her 10-month-old daughter Ziyadah Iman.”

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I’m sure there are more Ebony– and Jet-inspired baby names out there. If you own any old issues of either magazine, and one of your issues contains an uncommon name, please leave a comment with the name (and the month/year) so I can check it out!

Sources:

  • Edelman, Marian Wright. “Save the Children.” Ebony Aug. 1986.
  • “First-Time Moms.” Ebony Jan. 1994.
  • Harris, Ron. “Sex and the Single Parent.” Ebony Apr. 1980.
  • Height, Dorothy I. “What Must Be Done About Children Having Children.” Ebony Mar. 1985.
  • Horton, Luci. “The Mystery of Crib Death.” Ebony July 1973.