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Popularity of the Baby Name Bison

Number of Babies Named Bison

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Bison

Pop Culture Baby Name Game, 2016

pop culture baby name game, 2016

It’s December 2 — the doubly momentous day on which Britney Spears celebrates her birthday and on which we start another round of the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game.

Which baby names will see significant movement on the charts in 2016 thanks to popular culture (TV, movies, music, sports, politics, products, current events, video games, etc.)? Below are some possibilities. Leave a comment with the names you’d add — and don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence.

  • Addison – Chicago Cubs winning season
  • Adonis – movie Creed (suggested by Becca)
  • Ali – death of Muhammad Ali
  • Aroldis – Chicago Cubs winning season/World Series
  • Auli’i – movie Moana
  • Bernie – presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (suggested by elbowin)
  • Bison – new national mammal & Dakota Access pipeline protests
  • Boomer – son of Michael Phelps
  • Bowie – musician David Bowie
  • Canaan – son of Oprah Winfrey
  • Clark – Chicago Cubs winning season
  • Cohen – death of Leonard Cohen
  • Creed – movie Creed (suggested by Julie and Becca)
  • Cub – Chicago Cubs winning season
  • Cubby – Chicago Cubs winning season
  • Cyrus – TV miniseries Roots
  • Dexter – Chicago Cubs winning season/World Series
  • Doris – movie Hello, My Name Is Doris
  • Emayatzy – TV miniseries Roots
  • E’myri – TV miniseries Roots
  • Esperanto – number of speakers (suggested by elbowin)
  • Greyson – son of JWoww
  • Hamilton – musical Hamilton
  • Harriet – Harriet Tubman, chosen to appear on $20 bill
  • Hillary – presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
  • Ingwen – Tsai Ing-wen, president of Taiwan (suggested by elbowin)
  • Ivanka – daughter of president-elect Donald Trump (suggested by elbowin)
  • Jikan – death of Leonard Cohen (suggested by elbowin)
  • Jonbenet – anniversary of the death of JonBenet Ramsey
  • Juno – NASA space probe
  • Jupiter – NASA space probe
  • Lorca – death of Leonard Cohen (suggested by elbowin)
  • Luna – daughter of John Legend & Chrissy Teigen
  • Keanu – Key & Peele movie Keanu
  • Kizzy – TV miniseries Roots
  • Kunta – TV miniseries Roots
  • Lyanna – TV show Game of Thrones
  • Malachi – TV miniseries Roots
  • Melania – wife of president-elect Donald Trump (suggested by elbowin)
  • Maui – movie Moana
  • Moana – movie Moana
  • Monica – Puerto Rican Olympian Monica Puig (I’m curious about the rankings in Puerto Rico specifically; Monica fell out of the top 100 in PR after 2002.)
  • Mountain – daughter of actress Jena Malone
  • Mowgli – movie The Jungle Book
  • Muhammad – death of Muhammad Ali
  • Murray – Chicago Cubs winning season/World Series
  • Ode – daughter of actress Jena Malone
  • Omran – Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh
  • Onyx – daughter of Alanis Morissette
  • Phiona – movie Queen of Katwe
  • Paisley – death of Prince
  • Prince – death of Prince (suggested by elbowin)
  • Queen – TV show Queen Sugar & movie Queen of Katwe
  • Regé-Jean – TV miniseries Roots
  • Rio – location of the 2016 Summer Olympics
  • Rykiel – death of Sonia Rykiel (suggested by elbowin)
  • Sanders – presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
  • Simone – gymnast Simone Biles & daughter of John Legend & Chrissy Teigen
  • Solace – daughter of Alanis Morissette
  • Sully – movie Sully
  • Teresa – canonization of Mother Teresa
  • Tiffany – daughter of president-elect Donald Trump (suggested by elbowin)
  • Trump – president-elect Donald Trump
  • Tulip – movie Storks
  • Valor – son of JWoww
  • Wilder – death of Gene Wilder (suggested by m4yb3_daijirou)
  • Wrigley – Chicago Cubs winning season
  • Zephyr – U.S. House of Rep. (NY) candidate Zephyr Teachout, who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders. (She was born in Washington state, where Zephyr is particularly popular.)
  • Zobrist – Chicago Cubs winning season/World Series

I’ll post the results next May, when the SSA releases the 2016 baby name data. If you don’t want to miss the results post, please subscribe!

Previous rounds of the Pop Culture Baby Name Game: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011: #1 & #2, 2010.


Will the Baby Name Bison Get a Boost?

Bison in Yellowstone National Park
Bison in Yellowstone, 2012 © Nancy’s anonymous husband

Early last month, the North American bison — which was brought back from the brink of extinction in the late 1800s — was given a special honor: it was declared the national mammal of the United States via the newly enacted National Bison Legacy Act.

Though the baby name Bison is rare, it’s been used often enough to appear on the national baby name list twice: once in 2011, and again in 2013. Do you think this recent national focus on the bison could give the name boost in 2016?

(BTW, slightly more common than Bison on the baby name charts is Eagle.)

Sources: 15 Facts About Our National Mammal: The American Bison, Frequently Asked Questions: Bison

Popular and Unique Baby Names in Alberta, Canada in 2009

Canada’s province of Alberta has just released baby name statistics for 2009. Here are the top names for each gender, followed by some of the names that were used only once last year.

Boys Girls
Popular Names Ethan
Liam
Jacob
Logan
Noah
Olivia
Isabella
Ava
Emma
Hailey
Unique names Alias
Bison
Crazyhorse
Dat
Edgerrin*
Folly-Noah
Guch
Hawkar
Iex
Jhazriel
Kduss
Lightning**
Maxxwel
Neptune
Owies
Philopateer
Qron
Rayon
Seige
Thunder**
Uyohoini
Voltaire
Wrath
Xayden
Yak
Zenry
Albertarose
Beauty
Cred
Dessarhey
Eloquence
Fury
Gallary
Heart
Ibiza
Joy-Joviale***
Kwynn
Lashes
Manhattan
Noof
Ortal
Poetic
Qhloe
RoyLe
Society
Temprance
Uniqua
Veditha
Weency
Xanet
Yejee
Zimmel

*Possibly after American football player Edgerrin James.
**These kids need to have a playdate together one day.
***Joviale is French for jovial.

Update – Just discovered that Ericlindross is also on the list. It’s a boy name. Looks like it was inspired by former NHL player Eric Lindros.

P.S. Here is last year’s post on baby names in Alberta.

Source: Service Alberta