How popular is the baby name Beyonce in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Beyonce and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Beyonce.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Beyonce

Number of Babies Named Beyonce

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Beyonce

Kenyan Man Bemoans “Naming Crisis”

Joseph Maina, contributing writer at Kenyan newspaper The Standard, believes his country is in the midst of a “naming crisis.”

It all started like a joke, but our neighbourhood is now inundated with ‘modern’ names like Chavez Mwangi, Honda Otieno, Superman Wafula and World Cup Mutai.

Among the girls, we have Martinas, Tiaras and Princesses; and this has given rise to all manner of hideous permutations.

He also knows of children named Beyonce, Dolly-Parton, Mary Christmas, Timberlake and Tupac.

“The list is growing, and there seems to be no end to this dizzying cocktail of ridiculous christenings.”

Source: Some names are bad jokes


Pop Culture Baby Name Game 2012!

Britney Spears - Pop Culture Baby Name Game MascotHappy Birthday, Britney Spears!

And you guys know what happens every year on Brit’s birthday…we kick off the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!

Which baby names have become more popular in 2012, thanks to popular culture?

We won’t have definitive answers until the SSA releases its next batch of data (in mid-2013). But 2012 is almost over, so we have all the information we need to start making guesses.

Some possibilities I’ve already blogged about:

Plus a few I forgot to blog about:

  • Blue, Ivy – Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy, born way back in January. (Only 7 girls and 11 boys were named Blue in 2011. I have a feeling both of these numbers will be going up.)
  • Maxwell (for a girl) – Jessica Simpson’s daughter Maxwell, born in May.
  • Mitt, Romney – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney

Want to play? Leave a comment with your name predictions and the pop culture event(s) you think gave those names a boost this year.

UPDATE, May 2013: Here are the results!

My 10 Favorite Uniquely ’90s Baby Names

lestat and draven, 90s baby names

Love 1990s pop culture? Love names? Check out this list!

Out of the more than 17,000 baby names that debuted on the charts from 1990 to 1999 (inclusive), here are 10 that are particularly symbolic of the decade.

All 10 are legit baby names!

  1. Keanu. The baby name Keanu, inspired by actor Keanu Reeves, debuted on the baby name charts in 1990. (Hopefully he’s no longer sad now that he’s #1 on this list.)
  2. Aniston. The baby name Aniston, inspired by Friends actress Jennifer Aniston, debuted on the baby name charts in 1998.
  3. Macauley. The baby name Macauley, inspired by Home Alone actor Macaulay Culkin, debuted on the baby name charts in 1991.
  4. Lestat. The baby name Lestat, inspired by Anne Rice vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, debuted on the baby name charts in 1995.
  5. Beyonce. The baby name Beyonce, inspired by R&B/pop singer Beyoncé, debuted on the baby name charts in 1998.
  6. Quindon. The baby name Quindon, inspired by Romeo + Juliet actor/singer Quindon Tarver, debuted on the baby name charts in 1996.
  7. Draven. The baby name Draven, inspired by The Crow character Eric Draven, debuted on the baby name charts in 1994.
  8. Mufasa. The baby name Mufasa, inspired by the Lion King character, debuted on the baby name charts in 1995.
  9. Jamiroquai. The baby name Jamiroquai, inspired by the band Jamiroquai, debuted on the baby name charts in 1998.
  10. Nomar. The baby name Nomar, inspired by baseball player Nomar Garciaparra, debuted on the baby name charts in 1998.

Runners-up: Anakin, Danzig, Simba and Zhane.

Do YOU have any favorite ’90s baby names?

P.S. Here are my 10 favorite uniquely ’70s and ’80s baby names.

Note: Updated in March of 2015.

’90s Alt-Rock Baby Names

guitarsPearl Jam held a festival over Labor Day weekend to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album, Ten.

The news reminded me that I’ve seen the name Vedder (the surname of Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder) on the SSA’s baby name list.

But I didn’t see it on the SSA lists of the early ’90s, which was when when Pearl Jam was at the height of their fame. Nope–Vedder didn’t start popping up until more than a decade later, surprisingly:

  • 2010: 7 baby boys named Vedder
  • 2009: 6 baby boys named Vedder
  • 2008: not listed
  • 2007: 6 baby boys named Vedder
  • 2006: not listed
  • 2005: 5 baby boys named Vedder [debut]
  • 2004: not listed
  • 2003: not listed

The same thing happened to Cobain, surname of Nirvana vocalist Kurt Cobain:

  • 2010: 8 baby boys named Cobain
  • 2009: 5 baby boys named Cobain
  • 2008: 7 baby boys named Cobain
  • 2007: 5 baby boys named Cobain
  • 2006: not listed
  • 2005: 6 baby boys named Cobain
  • 2004: 5 baby boys named Cobain [debut]
  • 2003: not listed

And to Reznor, surname of Trent Reznor of NIN:

  • 2010: 6 baby boys named Reznor
  • 2009: 9 baby boys named Reznor
  • 2008: 8 baby boys named Reznor
  • 2007: not listed
  • 2006: 6 baby boys named Reznor
  • 2005: not listed
  • 2004: 5 baby boys named Reznor [debut]
  • 2003: not listed

Interesting, isn’t it? These names didn’t become trendy while the associated acts were big, but they’ve begun trickling in years after the fact. As if the teens of the ’90s needed a few years to grow up and start having their own kids first.

Contrast this with names like Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye and Shania. These names became popular on a much larger scale while the corresponding pop stars were hitting it big. Quite a difference.

Source: Pearl Jam Fest Wows With Chris Cornell/Temple of The Dog, Multiple Guest

Popular and Unique Names in England and Wales, 2008

Don’t get too excited — these aren’t the top names for 2009. (If only!)

Why am I posting old news? Because I recently found a more complete version of the 2008 list that goes all the way down to baby names used in England and Wales just three times. So, the top-ranked names may be old news, but the rest are new. (New to me, anyway.) Here goes:

Boys Girls
Popular Names Jack
Oliver
Thomas
Harry
Joshua
Olivia
Ruby
Emily
Grace
Jessica
Unusual names
(# of babies)
Spike (23)
Willoughby (22)
Ziggy (20)
Ptolemy (19)
Zidane (13)
Zinedine (12)
Kal-El (10)
Hendrix (9)
Humphrey (8)
Elan (6)
Gruff (6)
Legend (6)
Achilles (5)
Amen (5)
Bright (5)
Jesse-James (5)
Tennyson (5)
Darlington (4)
James-Dean (4)
Courage (3)
Freedom (3)
Messiah (3)
Remus (3)
Riquelme (3)
Seven (3)
Bluebell (20)
Primrose (17)
Temperance (13)
Breeze (11)
Cleopatra (11)
Sorrel (11)
Tigerlily (9)
Tirion (9)
Comfort (8)
Peaches (8)
Pebbles (8)
Beyonce (7)
Miami (7)
Zinnia (7)
Godiva (6)
Mercades (5)
Panashe (5)
Tulip (5)
Wednesday (5)
Magenta (4)
Boadicea (3)
Cayenne (3)
Kimora-Lee (3)
Plum (3)
Rejoice (3)

And now, just for fun, let’s compare usage in England to usage in America:

Name # UK* Boys # UK Girls # U.S. Boys # U.S. Girls
Avery 4 6 1,731 5,758
Harper 18 20 244 1,108
Mackenzie
Makenzie
Mckenzie
361
28
462
53
9
66
?**
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?
4,425
2,048
2,258
Riley 2,201 63 4,076 5,701
Total*** 363,000 346,000 2,150,000 2,060,000

*By UK, I mean England and Wales. Not an accurate substitution, I know. But “England and Wales” is just way too long for that spot.
**The 1,000th name on the U.S. top 1,000 was used for 192 baby boys. So the question marks represent some number between 0 and 192.
***Update: Kelly has astutely pointed out that raw numbers can be misleading. I’m not going to change the chart — I’m just too lazy — but I’ve thrown in some rough totals, for context.

Source: Office for National Statistics

One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 2000s (so far)

Here are the one-hit wonder names of the first six years of this decade (2000 through 2005, inclusive):

Girl Names

  • Anneliese – #917 in 2005
  • Arleth – #818 in 2005 – influence: Arleth Terán
  • Arly – #950 in 2003
  • Beyonce – #700 in 2001 – influence: Beyoncé Knowles
  • Dafne – #967 in 2001
  • Dariana – #836 in 2000
  • Gwyneth – #958 in 2004 – influence: Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Heidy – #998 in 2004
  • Jolette – #949 in 2005 – influence: Jolette Hernández
  • Karyme – #935 in 2003 – influence: Karyme Lozano
  • Keila – #989 in 2001
  • Kiya – #961 in 2002
  • Maiya – #994 in 2000
  • Mikaila – #936 in 2001
  • Mikalah – #805 in 2005
  • Montserrat – #972 in 2005
  • Nallely – #773 in 2001
  • Nayely – #731 in 2001
  • Neha – #969 in 2000
  • Rianna – #860 in 2002 – influence: Rihanna
  • Taina – #912 in 2001
  • Treasure – #892 in 2004
  • Yamilet – #841 in 2000

Boy Names

  • Adin – #996 in 2005
  • Ajay – #1000 in 2003
  • Andon – #863 in 2004
  • Damari – #898 in 2005
  • Daunte – #965 in 2001
  • Dayne – #994 in 2000
  • Jaheem – #889 in 2002
  • Jahir – #811 in 2003
  • Jaquez – #957 in 2002
  • Jayvon – #970 in 2004
  • Koda – #943 in 2004
  • Lisandro – #901 in 2002
  • Luc – #930 in 2002
  • Makhi – #920 in 2005
  • Mordechai – #962 in 2003
  • Osbaldo – #976 in 2002
  • Trenten – #973 in 2004
  • Yousef – #998 in 2002

All one-hit wonder lists: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.