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How popular is the baby name Boris in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Boris and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Boris.
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Bulgaria’s top baby names of 2013 were released last month.
According to preliminary data from the National Statistical Institute (NSI), the most popular baby names last year were Viktoria and Georgi.
Here are Bulgaria’s top 19 girl names and top 19 boy names of 2013:
1. Viktoria (2.9% of baby girls)
2. Nikol (2.7%)
3. Maria (2.4%)
4. Alexandra (1.7%)
5. Gabriela (1.5%)
6. Raya (1.2%)
7. Yoana (1.2%)
1. Georgi (3.55% of baby boys)
2. Alexandar (3.1%)
3. Martin (2.9%)
4. Ivan (2.4%)
5. Dimitar (2.1%)
6. Nikola (2.1%)
7. Nikolay (2.0%)
In mid-1991, Russian politician Boris Yeltsin became the first President of the Russian Federation.
In early 1992, the New York Times announced that President Bush and President Yeltsin had “proclaimed a new era of “friendship and partnership” as they declared a formal end to seven decades of rivalry” (i.e., the Cold War).
That same year, the baby name Yeltsin appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for the first time:
1993: 8 baby boys named Yeltsin
1992: 7 baby boys named Yeltsin [debut]
It stuck around one more year before disappearing again. (Perhaps because Yeltsin’s popularity declined drastically during the 1990s, as his economic policies caused mass poverty and hyperinflation in Russia.)
What does the Russian surname Yeltsin mean? “The Yeltsin surname derives from yel’, Russian for “fir tree,” and is a fairly common one in the [Ural] region,” which is where Boris was born.
Colton, Timothy J. Yeltsin: A Life. New York: Basic Books, 2011.
A reader named Leigh will be having a baby boy within the next few weeks. She writes:
I am a teacher and have heard so many names that I don’t want to name our child. My husband and I really like the name Miles, however, there are many new baby boys in my friend circle, named Miles. I really like Emmett, but my husband is afraid he’ll be mocked because people might only know of his name from the Twilight series. We’re interested in two or three syllable strong, unique (not necessarily unusual) names. A current front runner is Anders, possibly Anders Gray Hollyard*. We also like the name Lars. I guess I’m finding we like names that end in s!
First name and possible middle name suggestions to go with Anders would be greatly appreciated.
*Their surname isn’t Hollyard, but a like-sounding two-syllable h-name.
A few thoughts on the current favorites:
Miles: The popularity of this one has been on the rise for years, so it makes sense that you’re hearing it more often. I’m sure this has already come up, but just in case: Have you considered Milo or Niles as alternatives? They both sound a lot like Miles, but they’re not nearly as popular (i.e. only 29 babies were named Niles in 2010).
Emmett: Personally, I associate this name with Emmitt Smith, not the fictional vampire. And I’m not even a sports fan. This Twilight craze will blow over one day (thankfully!) and, when it does, these vampire/werewolf associations will fade. Exception: Renesmee.
Anders: I really like this one. I especially like that it shortens to the nickname Andy, allowing anyone with this name to flip back and forth between formal/unusual and informal/familiar, depending on the occasion. Versatility is always a good thing.
Lars: I have a strong association with this one as well, though I’m not sure how many others have it — Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. So this one may prompt people to ask about the possible Metallica connection. Much cooler than a Twilight question, anyway.
Here are some other names, many with s-endings:
As far as middle names for Anders go, I think Gray is great. I think a one-syllable name with a hard sound (that g) sounds good in that spot. Other names that fit this description are Brett, Craig, Drake, Frank, Grant, Jack, Kent, Mark and Paul.
Which of the above names do you like best? What other names would you suggest to Leigh?
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