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Popularity of the Baby Name Benjamin


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Popular Baby Names in the Faroe Islands, 2020

According to Statistics Faroe Islands, the most popular baby names in the Faroe Islands (part of Denmark) were Anna/Olivia and Benjamin/Elias/Lukas last year.

Here are the Faroe Islands’ top 10+ girl names and top 10+ boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Anna, 6 baby girls (two-way tie)
  2. Olivia, 6 (two-way tie)
  3. Emma, 5 (six-way tie)
  4. Hanna, 5 (six-way tie)
  5. Lilja, 5 (six-way tie)
  6. Ronja, 5 (six-way tie)
  7. Tóra, 5 (six-way tie)
  8. Vár, 5 (six-way tie)
  9. Aria, 4 (seven-way tie)
  10. Bára, 4 (seven-way tie)
  11. Eir, 4 (seven-way tie)
  12. Eva, 4 (seven-way tie)
  13. Lív, 4 (seven-way tie)
  14. Lóa, 4 (seven-way tie)
  15. Rebekka, 4 (seven-way tie)

Boy Names

  1. Benjamin, 8 baby boys (three-way tie)
  2. Elias, 8 (three-way tie)
  3. Lukas, 8 (three-way tie)
  4. Jóhan, 7
  5. Levi, 6 (two-way tie)
  6. Øssur, 6 (two-way tie)
  7. Brandur, 5 (five-way tie)
  8. Hákun, 5 (five-way tie)
  9. Mattias, 5 (five-way tie)
  10. Poul, 5 (five-way tie)
  11. Teitur, 5 (five-way tie)

Some of the other baby names bestowed in the Faroe Islands in 2020 include…

  • Aðallín (1 girl), made up of two Old Norse elements: adal, “noble,” and lín, “flax, linen.”
  • Børka (1 girl), from the Faroese word børkuvísa, which refers to the tormentil flower.
  • Eik (1 girl), from the Old Norse word eik, meaning “oak.”
  • Eindri (1 boy), made up of two Old Norse elements: einn, meaning “one, alone,” and either ríða, meaning “to ride,” or reiða, meaning “to swing (a sword).”
  • Grímur (1 boy), from an Old Norse word meaning “mask, helmet.”
  • Munin (1 boy), from the Old Norse word munr, meaning “thought, mind, will.” (Also a raven name!)
  • Ørvar (2 boys), from the Old Norse word orvar, meaning “arrow.”
  • Rúnar (3 boys) could be a modern creation based on the Old Norse words rún meaning “secret, secret lore” and herr, meaning “army.”
  • Sigurrós (1 girl), made up of two Old Norse elements: sigr, meaning “victory,” and rós meaning “rose.” (The Icelandic band Sigur Rós was named after the lead singer’s little sister.)
  • Vilja (1 girl) has several potential origins, including the Finnish word vilja, meaning “grain, cereal.”

In 2019, the top two names in the Faroe Islands were Anna and Jónas.

Sources: Statistical Database – Statbank, Nordic Names Wiki

Popular Baby Names in Jersey, 2020

Jersey Island

According to Jersey’s Superintendent Registrar, the most popular baby names of 2020 on the island of Jersey (located in the English Channel) were Isabella and Lucas.

Below are Jersey’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names for each of the last five years:

Girl Names

20162017201820192020
1OliviaOliviaSiennaOliviaIsabella
2EmilyMiaAvaAvaWillow
3AvaPoppyAmeliaAmeliaEmily
4MiaEmilyMiaEllaEva
5SophieGraceSophiaEmiliaIsla
6MatildaEvieLunaIslaSophie
7AbigailIsabellaLillyLilyAlice
8MayaMillieCharlotteMiaSophia
9DaisyAmeliaFreyaIsabellaAva
10IvyRubyEmilyCharlotteHallie

Boy Names

20162017201820192020
1HarryCharlieLeoOliverLucas
2OliverHenryOliverJackGeorge
3NoahLucasJacobLucasWilliam
4JackOliverWilliamMasonHenry
5LeoNoahNoahOscarAlfie
6EthanEdwardJoshuaArchieOscar
7DylanSebastianCharlieGeorgeArchie
8TheoJacobHenryAlfieOliver
9JoshuaIsaacLoganArthurNoah
10JamesArchieJackBenjaminLiam

A total of 863 babies (419 females and 444 males) were born on the island in 2020.

Sources: 2020 Superintendent Registrar Annual Statement [PDF], Isabella And Lucas Lead Baby Names List, REVEALED: Jersey’s most popular baby names in 2020

Babies Named for Sailing Ships (T)

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

  • Tamar:
    • Carlotta Tamar Estevez, born in 1891
  • Tanjire:
    • Charles Tanjire Mylne, born in 1865
  • Taranaki (likely named for Mount Taranaki):
    • Fred William Taranaki Ward, born in 1883
  • Tarifa:
    • Elizabeth Tarifa Wood, born in 1867
    • Tarifa Swish, born in 1870
  • Taroba:
    • Rose Taroba Reid, born in 1888
  • Tasmania:
    • Sarah Edith Tasmania Baines, born in 1881
  • Taymouth Castle:
    • William Adreph Taymouth Schuhardt, born in 1877
  • Temple Bar:
    • Benjamin Temple Vaughan, born in 1887
  • Trefusis:
    • John Trefusis Lamont, born in 1877
  • Trevelyan:
    • Trevelyan Wood, born in 1880
    • Edward Trevelyan Martin, born in 1880
    • Trevelyan Edwardina Roberts Boardman, born in 1883
  • Trinacria:
    • Ann Trinacria Boyle, born in 1872
    • Concetta Trinacria Ermina Filice, born in 1886
  • Trinidad:
    • Maria Trinidad Baz, born in 1866
    • Martha Trinidad Wallace, born in 1883
  • Tripoli:
    • Thomas Tripoli McMahon, born in 1866
  • Trojan:
    • Charles George Trojan Glass, born in 1881
  • Tweed:
    • Tweed Ann Gardner, born in 1870
  • Tyne:
    • Charlotte Tyne Hastler, born in 1857

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

Source: FamilySearch.org

Popular Baby Names in British Columbia, 2020

According to British Columbia’s Ministry of Health, the most popular baby names in the province last year were Olivia and Liam.

Here are British Columbia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 239 baby girls
  2. Emma, 184
  3. Charlotte, 161
  4. Ava, 157
  5. Amelia, 148
  6. Sophia, 138
  7. Isla, 130
  8. Hannah, 128
  9. Chloe, 125
  10. Emily, 111

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 223 baby boys
  2. Oliver, 215
  3. Noah, 206
  4. Lucas, 193
  5. Benjamin, 174 (tie)
  6. Theodore, 174 (tie)
  7. Ethan, 170
  8. Jack, 158
  9. Leo, 154
  10. William, 149

In the girls’ top 10, Hannah and Emily replaced Mia, Evelyn and Ella.

In the boys’ top 10, Jack replaced Logan.

Some of the baby names from lower down in the rankings include…

Girl NamesBoy Names
Arzoi (5 baby girls), Baani (16), Cordelia (5), Della (12), Eunice (8), Fenna (5), Gurasees (9), Holland (7), Izzy (5), Jana (9), Kairi (5), Lina (9), Maple (8), Navy (9), Ophelia (19), Prabhleen (5), Rubani (5), Sahara (5), Tayla (5), Veronica (8), Waverly (8), Yuna (8), Zelda (7)Axton (6 baby boys), Brandt (5), Clyde (7), Dalton (6), Elio (7), Franklin (8), Grey (6), Hendrik (8), Ivan (17), Jerry (7), Kabir (23), Leonidas (5), Merrick (7), Nova (7), Ollie (7), Pearson (5), Rupert (5), Sunny (5), Tegh (9), Viraaj (5), Westley (8), Yuvaan (8), Zoravar (5)

I love how specifically Canadian the names Maple and Pearson are. (Lester B. Pearson served as prime minister of Canada during the 1960s.)

In 2019, the top two names in British Columbia were Olivia and Oliver.

Source: Baby’s Most Chosen Names in British Columbia, 2020

The 10 Children of Arthur Guinness

In 1759, Arthur Guinness founded Ireland’s now-famous Guinness Brewery.

A couple of years later, in 1761, he married his wife Olivia. She had 21 pregnancies — 10 live births and 11 miscarriages. (“It is a testament to her solid constitution that she survived 21 pregnancies in an era when so many women died in childbirth.”)

Here are the names of their ten children (4 girls, 6 boys):

  1. Elizabeth (born in 1763)
  2. Hosea (1765)
  3. Arthur II (1768)
  4. Edward (1772)
  5. Olivia (1775)
  6. Benjamin (1777)
  7. William Lunell (1779)
  8. Louisa (1781)
  9. John Grattan (1783)
  10. Mary Anne (1787)

Three of Arthur’s sons — Arthur II, Benjamin, and William Lunell — ended up working in the family business.

I don’t know where the middle name “Lunell” came from, but “Grattan” was a surname on Olivia’s side of the family. It was her mother’s maiden name, and it was also the surname of distant cousin/politician Henry Grattan, “through whose lobbying major changes in the fiscal status of beer were eventually secured, most dramatically with the abolition of the excise duty on beer in 1795.”

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