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Popularity of the Baby Name Boris

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Name Quotes #52: Ranger, Roxcy, Nina, Gal

Some name-related quotes to kick off the week…

From “How Newly Discovered Species Get Their Weird Names” by Rachel E. Gross:

Horseflies are fierce. Like mosquitoes, they require a blood meal before they can reproduce. But even for a horsefly, this one was special. Bryan Lessard first spotted her in the Australian National Insect Collection. As soon as he laid his eyes on her round, golden abdomen, draped in two translucent, honey-colored wings, he knew: “I figured, if I’m ever going to name a species after Beyoncé, this is it.”

Until then, it had been known to locals as the “golden bum fly” but had not been described scientifically. No longer. In 2011, the artist-formerly-known-as-golden-bum-fly officially got her new taxonomic name: Scaptia beyonceae. With this moniker, Lessard hoped, she “would become an ambassador for bootylicious biodiversity.”

From the recent New York Times obituary of feminist Roxcy Bolton by Sam Roberts:

Her crusade to include men’s names when meteorologists differentiated hurricanes placed her at the eye of an international storm.

[…]

Following a long naval tradition of giving storms women’s names, just as ships are referred to by female pronouns, government forecasters adopted the practice in 1953 and applied it alphabetically.

Soon, weathermen — and they were mostly men — were applying sexist clichés to the storms, like suggesting that they were unpredictable or “temperamental” and were “flirting” with barrier islands or coastlines.

[…]

But a generation after Ms. Bolton began her campaign, the weathermen finally capitulated.

From a blog post about family names by Heather B. Armstrong (a.k.a. Dooce):

My sister’s name is September, and today is her 32nd birthday. Yes, that’s right. My parents named my sister September even though she was born in January, and she has consequently suffered years of obvious questions. Of course, these are the same people who named their only son Ranger.

From “You’ve Been Pronouncing Gal Gadot’s Name Wrong This Whole Time” by Monica Sisavat:

Gal’s first name is pretty much pronounced how it’s written (think “gal pal”). You’ve also probably found yourself pronouncing her last name as “Guh-dough” or “Gah-dot” thinking you’ve got it all down, but sorry to disappoint you: both of those are wrong. … During her interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Gal explained that the correct way to pronounce her last name is “Gah-dote.” Say it with me: “Gah-dote.” Gadot means river bank, while Gal means wave in Israeli.

From Nina Sankovitch’s memoir Tolstoy and the Purple Chair (2011):

For my father, the consequences of war brought him far from home, and eventually across an ocean, to start over in a new world. My parents tell me I was named after the members of the corps de ballet of the Bolshoi, most of whom were named Nina. They went to see a performance of the Bolshoi just days before I was born. But I also know that my name is another ripple effect of the war, coming from my father’s sister Antonina, who was murdered that night in 1943.

(Three of her father’s siblings — Sergei, Antonina, and Boris — were all killed one night during WWII.)

From “Waiting To Pick Your Baby’s Name Raises The Risk For Medical Mistakes” by Katherine Hobson:

Adelman and his colleagues came up with a new naming convention that incorporates the mom’s first name. Instead of Babygirl Hobson, my daughter would instead be tagged as Katherinesgirl Hobson. Twins would be called 1Katherinesgirl and 2Katherinesgirl, rather than the conventional BabygirlA and BabygirlB. (Another system using temporary names like CutiePie and BuggyBear was rejected, says Adelman.)

From an article about Prof. Marsha “M” Mark in Vassar College student newspaper Miscellany News:

Mark begins her classes by telling the story behind her name. “For just a few moments after I was born, [my parents] thought that Marsha Mark was a really nice name. But a couple of hours passed and then they said, ‘No wait, it’s a terrible name!’ and they went to try and change it, but the folks at the hospital said, ‘No, sorry, you signed the papers, so that’s the name,'” Mark recounted. “To my mind, the name Marsha either belongs to a sister in The Brady Bunch or to someone who wears, maybe, pink ruffles. And neither of those applies to me. So, I’ve been called M my whole life, and I’m happy with it.”

Have you spotted any good name-related quotes/articles lately? Let me know!


Popular Baby Names in Bulgaria, 2013

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:

Girl Names Boy Names
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%)
8. Simona
9. Elena
10. Dariya
11. Teodora
12. Siyana
13. Mihaela
14. Gergana
15. Magdalena
16. Bozhidara
17. Monika
18. Ivayla
19. Karina
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%)
8. Viktor
9. Kristiyan
10. Kaloyan
11. Boris
12. Teordor
13. Bozhidar
14. Petar
15. Stefan
16. Alex
17. Ivaylo
18. Mihail
19. Angel

Source: Most popular baby names in Bulgaria – Georgi, Viktoria

The Baby Name Yeltsin

Boris Yeltsin
Boris Yeltsin
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:

  • 1994: unlisted
  • 1993: 8 baby boys named Yeltsin
  • 1992: 7 baby boys named Yeltsin [debut]
  • 1991: unlisted

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.

Sources:

Image: Kremlin.ru

Invented Baby Names in Cuba

Some imaginative baby names that have been bestowed in Cuba in the last few decades:

  • Adianez – Zenaida backwards
  • Ailed – Delia backwards
  • Boris – from the foreign name trend
  • Aledmys
  • Danyer – from the English word “danger”
  • Dayesi
  • Disami
  • Geyne – combination of Geronimo and Nelly
  • Hanoi – geographical term
  • Katia – from the foreign name trend
  • Leydi – from the English word “lady”
  • Maivi – from the English word “maybe”
  • Mayren – combination of Mayra and Rene
  • Migdisray – combination of Migdalia and Raymundo
  • Odlanier – Reinaldo backwards
  • Olnavy – from “Old Navy”
  • Orazal – Lazaro backwards
  • Robelkis – combination of Roberto and Belkis
  • Tatiana – from the foreign name trend
  • Usnavi – from “U.S. Navy”
  • Widayesi
  • Yadel – from the y-name trend
  • Yakarta – geographical term (from Jakarta)
  • Yamisel – from the y-name trend
  • Yander – from the y-name trend
  • Yaneymi – combination of Yanet and Mijail
  • Yanisey – from the y-name trend
  • Yasnaya – geographical term (maybe from Yasnaya Polyana?)
  • Yirmara – from the y-name trend
  • Yoanni – from the y-name trend
  • Yoelkis – from the y-name trend
  • Yohendry – from the y-name trend
  • Yolaide – from the y-name trend
  • Yordanka – from the foreign name trend
  • Yosbel – from the y-name trend
  • Yotuel – from the Spanish words “yo, tu, el” (I, you, he)
  • Yovel – from the y-name trend
  • Yulieski – from the y-name trend
  • Yumara – from the y-name trend
  • Yumilsis – from the y-name trend
  • Yunier – from the y-name trend
  • Yuri – from the foreign name trend
  • Yuset – from the y-name trend

I harvested all of these from yesterday’s Julio or Juliabe? Inventing Baby Names Popular in Cuba — an article that shouldn’t surprise any of us, as we’ve been discussing imaginative Latin American names for a while now. Here are two posts about Cuba specifically: Y-name Generation, Hiroshima & Nagasaki.

Names Needed for Baby Boy

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:

Adam
Boris
Clark
Curtis
Elliot
Ellis
Eric
Felix
Grant
James
Jasper
Jens
Joel
Levi
Linus
Lucas
Marcus
Marius
Matthias
Max
Neil
Nils
Oliver
Oscar
Peter
Reed
Thomas
Victor

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?

Update: The baby has arrived! Scroll down for the name (or just click here).