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Popularity of the Baby Name Anna


Posts that Mention the Name Anna

Where did the baby name Toika come from?

The baby name Toika debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1962.

The intriguing name Toika first appeared in the baby name data in 1962:

  • 1964: unlisted
  • 1963: 6 baby girls named Toika
  • 1962: 6 baby girls named Toika [debut]
  • 1961: unlisted

Where did it come from?

A single-episode character on the TV show Route 66. The episode was called “One Tiger to a Hill” and aired on September 21, 1962.

In the episode, main characters Tod and Buz traveled to Astoria, Oregon, to work on a fishing boat owned by widow Anna Gustafson. While there, Tod became interested in Anna’s daughter Toika, who was already in a relationship with a moody local fisherman named Karno. Toika was played by actress Laura Devon (born Mary L. Briley).

I’m not sure where the writers got the name Toika, but they may have been inspired by the Finnish surname Toikka, or the Finnish word taika, which means “magic.”

What are your thoughts on this name?

Source: Route 66 “One Tiger to a Hill” (TV Episode 1962) – IMDb, Laura Devon – Wikipedia

Name Quotes #99: Silbestre, Iris, Kin

Silbestre Esquivel’s inscription (via Petrified Forest NP’s IG)

About the historical “Silbestre Esquivel” inscription inside Petrified Forest National Park:

Who was Silbestre Esquivel? In 1811, he inscribed his name in what would become Petrified Forest National Park. Was he passing through? Was he a lonely cowboy or shepherd? Even the history of discovery of the inscription is mysterious. Two different articles in a magazine and a newspaper in 1943 and 1945 claim to discover the name. The earlier one found it by directions from a business woman in the area—wouldn’t she be the one to have discovered it? A professional photographer, Michael Bend, did find out that the man was part of a party traveling from Santa Fe to Utah lead by José Rafaél Sarracino to trade with the Ute people. Such fascinating secrets!

(The name Silbestre — like the related name Sylvester — can be traced back to the Latin word silva, meaning “forest.”)

From Blake Lively’s WIRED Autocomplete Interview [vid] with Anna Kendrick:

Anna: How did Blake Lively…get her name?
Blake: My grandmother’s brother was named Blake.
A: Oh!
B: But he was murdered. So thanks for asking, Google.
A: She’s so dark.

From a Louder interview with John Rzeznik about the Goo Goo Dolls’ hit song “Iris”:

By the time Rzeznik had ironed out some of the “ugly chord sequences”, he had a swooning future classic on his hands. Only the name was required. “I’m horrible at naming songs,” he says, “so it’s the last thing I do. I was looking through a magazine called LA Weekly and saw that a great singer-songwriter called Iris DeMent was playing in town. I was, like: ‘Wow! What a beautiful name.’

(The song doesn’t actually include the name Iris in the lyrics, and yet the usage of the baby name Iris does seem to rise at a faster rate in 1998 and 1999, so…did the song influence the name? Wdyt?)

From the book Indiana’s 200: The People Who Shaped the Hoosier State (2016) by James E. St. Clair:

Amid much publicity in the early 1950s, [Herb Shriner and his wife] had given their children names that reflected his Hoosier heritage: They had a daughter named Indiana (known as “Indy”) and a son, Kin, named in honor of Abe Martin creator Frank McKinney “Kin” Hubbard. Kin Shriner became a soap opera actor; his twin brother, Wil (named for Will Rogers, but with one l), became a comedian, television, director, and talk show host with a laid-back style reminiscent of his father.

From an essay about names in The Arizona Republic by Karina Bland:

When Jim and I were choosing a name for our son, we turned to the dictionary.

Sawyer has three half-siblings — Sonnet, Sky and Savannah. Each name is an actual word, not a name like Sam or Sarah. We wanted to do the same for this baby.

Our list is still there in my Random House College Dictionary with the red cover — 22 possibilities neatly printed in purple pencil on the back of a sheet of paper shaped like a cluster of grapes: Street, South, Story, Satchel, Sage, Saracen.

We had narrowed it down to a handful — Storm, Sawyer, Story, Scout, Scarlet — when we saw him on an ultrasound for the first time. A boy. And he was instantly Sawyer, one fist raised above his head, all boyhood and adventure.

From an essay on baby names in The Guardian by Ed Cumming:

The one truly radical act for a British parent is to pluck a name from further down the class ladder. Yet it might not be the worst idea for the downwardly mobile upper-middle classes, whose jobs in accounting and law are about to be replaced by Elon’s robots. They continue to worry that Liam or Wayne wouldn’t fit in at Eton, little realising that will be the least of their concerns. Cressida and Monty will have a much harder time fitting in at the robot repair shop.

Popular Baby Names in Northern Ireland, 2020

According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), the most popular baby names in Northern Ireland last year were Grace and James.

Here are the Northern Ireland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Grace, 176 baby girls
  2. Emily, 146
  3. Isla, 144
  4. Fiadh, 138
  5. Olivia, 133
  6. Sophia, 125
  7. Sophie, 123
  8. Amelia, 115
  9. Lucy, 112
  10. Freya and Ella, 101 each (tie)

Boy Names

  1. James, 190 baby boys
  2. Jack, 175
  3. Noah, 174
  4. Charlie, 169
  5. Oliver, 134
  6. Thomas, 119
  7. Finn, 112 (tie)
  8. Theo, 112 (tie)
  9. Harry, 111 (tie)
  10. Cillian, 111 (tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Fiadh, Lucy and Freya replaced Anna and Evie.

In the boys’ top 10, Finn, Theo, and Cillian replaced Jacob, Daniel, and Alfie.

Now, Northern Ireland doesn’t technically release data on all baby names…but their downloadable tables do include two extra alphabetized sets of names below those that were given to 3 babies. My strong hunch is that these were the names given to 2 babies and 1 baby, respectively, and that the numbers/rankings were simply stripped out.

So, going with that theory, here are some of the names from the second alphabetized set (the names that I’m assuming were used just once in Northern Ireland last year):

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Annagold, Butjilo, Castalia, Dhana, Elmamay, Fodla, Ghalia, Harrie, Jonatha, Krystal-Lake, Lorcagh, Madmazell, Nurvi, Ozde, Riabh, Sauleja, Taleen, Vespa, Wanda, ZilvaniaAdvencio, Alfadil, Boss, Cannis, Dualtagh, Elnino, Fhaolain, Gazza, Herkus, Jailandas, Kai-Bob, Liadhnan, Mitko, Nugmanali, Ocean-Gray, Rathlan, Sujoy, Togi, Vivaan, Weller, Zaslan

(I posted even more of Northern Ireland’s unique baby names over on Patreon.)

NISRA didn’t release the 2019 data during 2020, so I never wrote a post with the 2019 rankings. But I did post about the 2018 rankings, which were topped by Grace and James/Noah.

Next door in the Republic of Ireland, the top names of 2020 were Grace and Jack.

Source: Baby Names – NISRA

Popular Baby Names on the Balearic Islands, 2019

According to IBESTAT, the most popular baby names on the Balearic Islands two years ago were Julia and Marc.

(The Balearic Islands are part of Spain. We’ve already seen Spain’s rankings for 2019 and 2020, but I thought this deserved its own post because there’s an island-by-island breakdown.)

Here are the Balearic Islands’ top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Julia, 93 baby girls
  2. Emma, 89
  3. Martina, 77
  4. Sofia, 75
  5. Paula, 72
  6. Lucia, 69
  7. Maria, 60
  8. Laia, 52
  9. Lara, 50
  10. Carla, 48

Boy Names

  1. Marc, 136 baby boys
  2. Hugo, 70
  3. Lucas, 65
  4. Leo, 60
  5. Pau, 58
  6. Alejandro, 54
  7. Mateo, 48
  8. Marti, 47
  9. Daniel, 45
  10. Joan, 44

Girl names within the top 100 include…

  • Aina – Catalan form of Anna
  • Ainara – a form of Enara, Basque for “swallow” (the bird)
  • Ainhoa – from the name of the town of Ainhoa in France
  • Aitana – from the name of the Aitana mountain range in Spain
  • Margalida – related to Margaret
  • Triana – from the name of the neighborhood of Triana in Seville

Boy names within the top 100 include…

  • Izan – a modern Spanish form of Ethan
  • Adria – Catalan form of Adrian
  • Jordi – Catalan form of George
  • Iker – Basque for “visitation”
  • Biel – Catalan short form of Gabriel
  • Unai – Basque for “cowherd”

Finally, here are the most popular baby names by island:

Island% total pop.Top girl nameTop boy name
Mallorca (say mai-OR-kah)80%Emma/Juila (tie)Marc
Menorca9%ClaudiaLucas
Eivissa (a.k.a. Ibiza)11%Mia/Sofia (tie)Mateo
Formentera1%Mar/Martina (tie)Leo

The last time I posted about the Balearic Islands, in 2013, the top two names were Maria and Marc.

Source: Nombres más frecuentes – Ibestat, Balearic Islands – Wikipedia, Behind the Name

Babies Named for Sailing Ships (O)

The people below were born aboard — and named after! — ships with O-names…

  • Oaklands:
    • Ivo Oaklands Rowe, born in 1877
    • George Oaklands Southam, born in 1877
    • John Fuller Oaklands Munn, born in 1877
    • Geneva Oaklands Perry, born in 1877
    • Beatrice Sarah Oaklands Simons, born in 1877
  • Oceanic:
    • Catherine Oceanica Bernter, born in 1874
  • Octavia:
    • William Octavius Foster, born in 1857
  • Olago:
    • Olago William Holliday, born in 1883
  • Olbers:
    • Kate Mary Olbers Scott, born in 1878
    • Francisco Olbers Ferera, born in 1879
    • Mary Louisa Olbers Mansell, born in 1884
  • Lady Olive:
    • Eliza Olive Frazer, born in 1881
  • Olympia:
    • Mary Anne Olympia Sullivan, born in 1872
    • Olympia Sanna, born in 1880
    • Olympia Cataneza, born in 1886
  • Lake Ontario:
    • Jennie Ontario Bottomley, born in 1888
  • Opawa:
    • Caroline Opawa Langford, born in 1878
    • George Frederick Opawa Whittlestone, born in 1879
  • Orari:
    • Annie Orari Mosey Andrews Kelly, born in 1876
    • Albert Orari Smith, born in 1876
    • Robert Cotton Orari Garratt, born in 1878
    • Mary Orari Kenney, born in 1879
  • Oregon:
    • James Oregon Tansley, born in 1887
    • Anna Oregonia Larsen, born in 1887
  • Orient:
    • Orient Elizabeth Searle, born in 1871
    • Annie Orient Smith, born in 1889
  • Orizaba:
    • William Orizaba Brown, born in 1887
    • May Orizoba Curtiss, born in 1891
  • Orotava:
    • Ethel Orotavia Morris, born in 1891
  • Oroya:
    • Oroya Fletcher, born in 1889
  • Otago:
    • Otago J. Shearer, born in 1882
    • Otago William Holliday, born in 1883
    • Andrew Otago McCulloch, born in 1884
  • Oxford:
    • William Cuthbert Oxford Morse, born in 1876
    • John William Ackerman Oxford Booth, born in 1877
    • Charles Oxford Stubbs, born in 1881

Do you think any of the ship names above work particularly well as human names?

Source: FamilySearch.org