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

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Popularity of the Baby Name Anchor

Number of Babies Named Anchor

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Anchor

The Baby Name Anchor (and Anker)

During his lifetime, Anker Smith (1759-1819) was one of England’s top line engravers. Some of Anker’s engravings can be seen at the National Portrait Gallery website.

How did Anker Smith get his unusual first name? According to several 19th-century reference books he was named Anker because, as an only son, he was “regarded as the ‘anchor’ or sole hope of his parents.” (“Anker” is a legit early spelling of the word anchor.)

rusty anchorWhile the name Anker isn’t common among English-speakers (it’s more common among Danes and Norwegians) the related name Anchor may be picking up steam in the US:

  • 2012: 5 baby boys named Anchor [debut]

Anchor was used often enough in 2012 to appear on the official US baby name list for the very first time.

What do you think of the name Anchor? Do you think Anchor is a one-hit wonder, or will it be on 2013 list as well? Would you consider giving the name Anchor to your baby?

Source: Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900

Image: Rusty Anchor by Grant MacDonald

Top Baby Boy Name Debuts of 2012

There weren’t many high-hitting boy name debuts on the SSA’s 2012 baby name list:

  1. Naksh, 28 baby boys
  2. Viaan, 23
  3. Shenouda, 21
  4. Tyrann, 15
  5. Dmoni, 14
  6. Ardan, 13
  7. Uwais, 13
  8. Kaydien, 12
  9. Arkan, 11
  10. Brettly, 11
  11. Maejor, 11
  12. Viyan, 11

Debut names from the 10-babies-and-under group include Wale, Banx, Finnick, Mayjor, Savage, Logic, Maijor, Pinches, Avrumy, Greatness, Grimm, Hawkeye, Truce, Anchor, Ducati, Great, Hsa, Iggy, Romance, Scholar, Sodbileg and Wulfric.

Where do these names come from?

Here are some possible explanations:

  • Brettly – from reality show “American Restoration” cast member Brettly.
  • Dmoni – variant of Domani, which jumped in usage in 2012. Domani is one of the kids on the reality TV show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.”
  • Finnick – from Hunger Games character Finnick Odair.
  • Grimm – from TV drama “Grimm.”
  • Hawkeye – from The Avengers character Hawkeye.
  • Maejor, Maijor, Mayjor – variants of Major, which made big gains last year. Major is one of the kids on the reality TV show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.”
  • Naksh – from Indian TV drama “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai,” in which characters Akshara (played by Hina Khan) and Naitik (played by Karan Mehra) have a baby boy named Naksh in early 2012.
  • Shenouda – from Pope Shenouda III, Pope of the Church of Alexandria, who died March of 2012.
  • Tyrann – from football player Tyrann Mathieu.
  • Viaan, Viyan – from the son of Indian actress Shilpa Shetty. The baby was born in mid-2012.
  • Wale – from rapper Wale. (His stage name is a short form of his birth name, Olubowale.)

Can you come up with explanations for any of the others?

Here’s last year’s debut list.