How popular is the baby name Ben in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Ben and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Ben.
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The curious name Phronsie first appeared in the SSA’s baby name data in 1940, and it popped up three more times that decade before leaving the charts for good:
1945: 6 baby girls named Phronsie
1944: 5 baby girls named Phronsie
1941: 8 baby girls named Phronsie
1940: 5 baby girls named Phronsie [debut]
Where did it come from?
A cute movie character named Phronsie (Sophronia) Pepper. She was the youngest Pepper child in a series of four feature films (Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Five Little Peppers at Home, Out West with the Peppers, and Five Little Peppers in Trouble) released in 1939 and 1940. Phronsie was played by child actress Dorothy Ann Seese in all four films.
The films were loosely based on the the series of “Five Little Peppers” books by author Margaret Sidney.
The names of the four other Peppers were Ben (Ebenezer), Polly (Mary), Joey (Joel), and Davie (David).
Malta’s top baby names of 2015 have been out for months now, but the latest data still isn’t available on the government’s Naming Babies page, so I can’t give you the official rankings.
The best I can do is this quote from a recent Times of Malta article:
Amy, Ella, Leah, Maya, Valentina, Emma, Martina, Jade, Julia, Elisa and Elena are among the most popular for girls […] Luca, Matthias, Adam, Ben, Benjamin, Beppe, Alexander, Thomas, Zack, Liam, Luke and Noah are among the most popular for boys.
The article also mentioned many of the less common names bestowed in Malta in 2015, including:
Alix (the Maltese version of Alex)
Delyth (“which in Welsh means neat and pretty, but when read with a Maltese pronunciation it means, err, murder”)
According to data from the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Association for German Language), the most popular baby names in Germany in 2015 were Mia and Jonas.
Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
In the girls’ top 10, Mila replaces Marie. In the boys’ top 10, Elias replaces Paul.
Hanna/Hannah and Luis/Louis were the #1 names (and Jonas was down in 7th) in 2014.
One interesting baby name bestowed in Germany in 2015 was “Gretchen Schneewittchen,” or “Gretchen Snow White,” discovered by name researcher Knud Bielefeld. It may have been inspired by Grimm World, the Brothers Grimm museum that opened in Kassel, Germany, in 2015.