How popular is the baby name Antares in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Antares.
According to data from Retraite Québec, the most popular baby names in Quebec in 2015 were Emma and Thomas/William (tied).
Here are the province’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Emma, 615 baby girls
2. Léa, 535
3. Olivia, 475
4. Alice, 471
5. Florence, 460
6. Zoe, 429
7. Chloe, 398
8. Beatrice, 390
9. Charlotte, 381
10. Rosalie, 350
1. Thomas, 754 baby boys
2. William, 754 baby boys
3. Jacob, 663
4. Liam, 661
5. Félix, 638
6. Nathan, 630
7. Samuel, 583
8. Logan, 576
9. Alexis, 554
10. Noah, 537
In 2015, Emma replaced Lea as the top girl name, William joined Thomas as the top boy name, Beatrice replaced Charlie in the girls’ top 10, and Noah replaced Olivier in the boy’s top 10. (Here are the 2014 rankings.)
[UPDATE, May 2017 – The Quebec rankings for 2015 have since been updated and it looks like William has pulled ahead of Thomas to become the sole #1 name.]
Of all 9,096 girl names on Quebec’s list in 2015, 74.5% of them were used a single time. Here are some of the unique girl names:
- Allegresse – the French word allégresse means “joy, elation.”
- Confiance – the French word confiance means “confidence, trust.”
- Exaucee – the French verb exaucer means “to grant a wish.”
- Flory Comfort
- Garance – the French word garance refers to a shade of red created from the root of the madder plant.
- Glad Marie
- Graytchelle Mayssa – a Gretchen + Rachel smoosh?
- Happy Moussoni
- Luneve – reminds me of Leneve.
- M Mah Bourgeois
- Mingolou Oracle-Kidj
- Paphaelle – typo?
- Praise Peter
- Relilah – typo?
- Symphony Melody
- Uri Wonder
- Winola – this one reminds me of early 20th-century America.
Of all 7,920 boy names on Quebec’s list in 2015, 76.5% of them were bestowed just once. Here are some of the unique boy names:
- Appamatta – the Pali word appamatta means “diligent, careful.”
- Bradley Prague
- Brady Bullet – this one reminds me of modern America (e.g. Shooter, Trigger).
- Cedrick Wolynsky
- Chrysolithe – a type of gem (a.k.a. peridot).
- Diamond-Heliodor – two more gems.
- Drake Luke
- Elliottt – the only triple T’s in the U.S. data so far are Mattthew and Britttany. Probably typos, but you never know.
- Exauce – the masculine form of Exaucee.
- Garnet – another gem.
- Gningnery Yoshua
- Icky Neymar
- Iola Stevie
- Jimmy Johnny
- Michael Antares – reminds me of an earlier Antares.
- Napesis – the Cree word napesis means “boy” or “little boy.”
- Rowdy Chance
- Tysaiah Jay
- Whidjley Densly
- Woobs Therly
For more sets of rankings, check out the name rankings category.
Source: Retraite Québec – List of Baby Names
Krosuri Veera Raghava Chary of Andhra Pradesh, India, was both a space-lover and a devoted communist highly opposed to India’s caste system.
So he gave all five of his children, born from the 1960s to the 1980s, space-themed names that were so unconventional that they made it impossible to determine the family’s caste.
Here they are, in order:
- Spaceship (boy), named after the USSR’s first Soyuz spacecraft, launched in 1966.
- Viking-II (girl), named after the NASA spacecraft Viking 2, launched in 1975.
- Fusion (boy), whose name may have been inspired by the fact that “stars are powered by nuclear fusion in their cores.”
- Space Shuttle (boy), named after NASA’s Space Shuttle system, which began with test flights in 1981.
- Space Shuttle later named one of his children, a boy, Space Shuttle Bulldozer.
- Space Shuttle Challenger (boy), named after NASA’s ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger, launched in 1986.
Chary also named two of his grandchildren, Quasar and Sagan.
The Chary family reminds me of the Subatomic Particle Siblings. Its also reminds me of the folks named Skylab, Sputnik and Antares.
Related question: What do you think the first space baby should be named?
Source: To beat caste system, Communist leader named his children after spaceships, celestial bodies (via American Name Society)
Last month’s test launch of the Antares rocket — designed to deliver cargo to the International Space Station — was a success. The first real launch may take place this summer.
This news reminded of a baby girl named Antares, who happened to be in the news a few decades ago.
Antares June Davis was born on January 25, 1971, to Richard and June Davis of Palm Beach.
She was born a week before the start of the Apollo 14 mission, which blasted off on January 31, 1971.
Her parents were close friends with one of the mission’s three astronauts, Edgar Mitchell, who was the pilot of the Apollo 14 lunar module, Antares. So that’s what they named their daughter.
The lunar module was named after the star Antares, a red supergiant and one of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky. The name Antares probably comes from the ancient Greek word antares, meaning “anti-Ares,” or “rival of Mars,” a reference to its Mars-like reddish color. Alternatively, some believe the star was named after the Arab warrior-hero Antar.
Antares Davis is now an actress. Her IMDB page states that astronaut Edgar Mitchell is her godfather.
Do you like the name Antares?
P.S. Here are a few more Apollo-inspired names.
Estelle wrote to me recently with a tall order:
I’m having quads (!!!) in 4 weeks and I need names! I’m having one boy and three girls. My 4 year old son’s name is Cosmo. My husband and I like spacey, whimsical and weird names.
In fact, they “don’t have any limits on how weird a name can be.”
One girl name they’re considering is Ione, which is a family name.
The combination of Cosmo and the adjective “spacey” made me think of star and constellation names right off the bat:
One nice thing about these is that several together probably wouldn’t scream “star names” to the average person. Unlike, say, a group of flower names. (Though I’m sure stargazers would catch on pretty quickly.)
And here’s what we have for non-galactic suggestions:
Those were the girl names, these are the boy names:
What other whimsical names can you come up with for Estelle? And, can you put together any good combinations of 1 boy and 3 girl names?
Update: The babies have arrived! Scroll down to see what names Estelle selected.