How popular is the baby name Angelica in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Angelica and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Angelica.
Charles Willson Peale (b. 1741) was an American painter. Today he is known not just for his paintings, but also for naming many of his children after painters (and other famous people).
With his first wife Rachel Brewer (m. 1762) he had eleven children:
- Margaret Jane Peale (b. 1763)
- James Willson Peale (b. 1765)
- Eleanor Peale (b. 1770)
- Margaret Van Bordley Peale (b. 1772)
- Raphaelle Peale (b. 1774) – named for Raphael
- Angelica Kauffmann Peale (b.1775) – named for Angelica Kauffman
- Rembrandt Peale (b. 1778) – named for Rembrandt, just like Rembrandt Bugatti (b. 1884)
- Titian Ramsay Peale (b. 1780) – named for Titian
- Rubens Peale (b. 1784) – named for Rubens
- Sophonisba Anguissola Peale (b. 1786) – named for Sophonisba Anguissola
- Rosalba Carriera Peale (b. 1788) – named for Rosalba Carriera
Rachel died in 1790. Peale married his second wife, Elizabeth de Peyster, in 1791 and with her had six more children:
- Vandyke Peale (b. 1792) – named for Anthony van Dyck
- Charles Linnaeus Peale (b. 1794) – named for Carl Linnaeus
- Benjamin Franklin Peale (b. 1795) – named for Benjamin Franklin
- Sybilla Miriam Peale (b. 1797) – named for Maria Sibylla Merian
- Titian Ramsay Peale (b. 1799) – older brother Titian died in 1798
- Elizabeth De Peyster Peale (b. 1802)
Like names in the Tollemache-Tollemache and Foss families, names in the Peale family got increasingly inventive over time.
Source: The Children of Elizabeth DePeyster and Charles Willson Peale
What’s the latest on baby names in Russia?
In 2011, the top three baby girl names in Russia were Anastasia, Maria and Darya
The top three baby boy names were Alexander, Maxim and Dmitry.
Non-Russian names have gained a foothold:
There were 173 Emilies, 77 Angelicas and 362 Angelinas born in Moscow in 2011 — names foreign-sounding in Russian — the ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
And political names are all but extinct:
Gone are the days of relying on politically correct ideology to choose children’s names — like “Myuda,” after International Youth Day, or “Perkosrak,” translated as “first space rocket.”
Source: Russian baby names go international
I finished reading The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos earlier this week. On the penultimate page, I spotted:
Floating on a sea of tender feelings, under a brilliant starlit night, he fell in love again: with Ana and Miriam and Verónica and Vívian and Mimi and Beatriz and Rosario and Margarita and Adriana and Graciela and Josefina and Virginia and Minerva and Marta and Alicia and Regina and Violeta and Pilar and Finas and Matilda and Jacinta and Irene and Jolanda and Carmencita and María de la Luz and Eulalia and Conchita and Esmeralda and Vívian and Adela and Irma and Amalia and Dora and Ramona and Vera and Gilda an Rita and Berta and Consuelo and Eloisa and Hilda and Juana and Perpetua and María Rosita and Delmira and Floriana and Inés and Digna and Angélica and Diana and Ascensión and Teresa and Aleida and Manuela and Celia and Emelina and Victoria and Mercedes and…
That’s 58 names. (Vívian’s in there twice, though. The total is 57 if you count Vívian only once.)
I think that’s the most names I’ve ever seen in a single sentence.
A reader named Tina is looking for an Italian name for her third baby girl. Her first two daughters are named Francesca and Caterina.
Here are some of the ideas I had for baby #3:
I focused on names with 3 or more syllables that don’t end with -ina. (Both Caterina and Tina have that element in their names, so I thought it would be nice to explore other options.)
Do you like any of the above? What other names would you suggest?
Update: The baby has arrived! Scroll down to find out what name Tina chose…