How popular is the baby name Auggie 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 Auggie.
Speaking of touching baby name stories…
Lance Cpl. Edward “Augie” Schroeder II was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in August of 2005, when he was just 23 years old.
Three years later, Augie’s father, Paul Schroeder, received an email from a man he’d never met named Jeff, who lives in California. Jeff had heard Schroeder’s August 2005 interview on NPR about his son, the fallen Marine.
“Your story moved me,” Jeff wrote. “My wife was pregnant at the time and we knew we were having a boy. … I shared your story with my wife.”
Jeff and his wife decided to name their son Augustus, in honor of his wife’s grandfather, and Augie Schroeder.
“He is known only as ‘Auggie,'” Jeff wrote to Paul. “He is a beautiful boy, and every time I think of the war and think of the loss, I think of you and your family.”
It was a shock, but a good one. He was the first of four babies to bear Augie’s name.
The other three babies named for Augie are his nephew, the son of a childhood friend, and the son of a college classmate. His nephew is Nicholas Augie, and the two other boys each have the middle name Augustus.
Source: Living monuments to Augie Schroeder
A reader named Abby is expecting fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, in October. She and her husband already have a son named Leo Sebastian.
They’re aiming for vintage names (with kind of a quirky/British feel) that aren’t too popular. These are their favorites so far, top picks in italics.
Abby says, “He thinks mine are slightly boring, I think his are a tad too flamboyant.”
They’d like our opinions on two things:
- What other boy and girl names would we suggest?
- Out of the current favorites, what are the best pairings?
The twins’ surname will be similar to Waters.
Here are my thoughts…
1. First, name suggestions. Most of these names have a vintage feel, and none of are currently in the top 100 (though several are heading that way).
I didn’t include any w-names, but I was tempted to throw in Willa and Winifred (Winnie). Maybe even Wilhelmina (Minnie).
2. Out of the current favorites, Henry and Penelope are the two I like best for twins. I also like Maxwell and Beatrix (because both have that quirky x).
What other names/pairings would you suggest to Abby?