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

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Popularity of the Baby Name Anker

Number of Babies Named Anker

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Anker

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