How popular is the baby name Bran in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Bran and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Bran.
Florida-born rugby player Taco Pope — who’s in the Jacksonville Axemen Hall of Fame and who made it to the NOTY Final Four last year — comes from a family full of food-names.
He has brothers named Apple-Joe and Pepci. His mother, Chili-Lu, has a brother named Pepar and a sister named Cofi. Pepar has a daughter named Colby (“after the cheese”). Cofi has four children named Sage, Bran, Cinnamon-T and Dentyne (“after the American chewing gum brand”).
The initial food names were thought up by grandparents Rex and Dortha Lou. Dortha Lou’s nickname? “Pork.”
So does Taco Pope like his name? He told one reporter that it had never been a hindrance. On the contrary, it was “a good conversation starter.”
Sources: Taco and Apple take the cake, Obituary of Rex Marion Anspaugh
[For more edible appellations, check out this list of unusual names, which includes Apple Pie, Apple Seed, Lemon Lime, Orange Lemon, and more.]
In Pop Culture Baby Name Game #2, we tried to predict which baby names would see increased usage in 2011, thanks to popular culture.
Here’s how we did. The numbers are all from 2010 and 2011, respectively. (Check out Harper & Bentley!)
- Adele – yes, rose from 286 to 453 baby girls
- Atlantis – nope, fell from 16 to 7 baby girls
- Alaina – yes, rose from 1,490 to 1,985 baby girls
- Alaric – yes, rose from 40 to 48 baby boys
- Amy – nope, fell from 2,275 to 2,177 baby girls
- Arya – yes, rose from 273 to 386 baby girls (& from 87 to 110 baby boys)
- Arabella – yes, rose from 826 to 934 baby girls
- Aria – yes, rose from 898 to 1,964 baby girls
- Arthur – yes, rose from 725 to 888 baby boys
- Bear – yes, rose from 53 to 85 baby boys
- Bentley – yes rose from 3761 to 5535 baby boys (& from 231 to 285 baby girls)
- Betty – yes, rose from 130 to 163 baby girls
- Bran – yes, rose from 5 to 7 baby boys
- Cairo – yes, rose from 45 to 91 baby boys, and 5 to 12 baby girls
- Casey – nope, fell from 483 to 463 baby girls (& from 705 to 635 baby boys)
- Caylee – yes, rose from 565 to 692 baby girls
- Charlie (girl name) – yes, rose from 664 to 848 (pop culture reference: Disney’s Good Luck Charlie)
- Crosby – yes, rose from 180 to 301 baby boys
- Edith – yes, rose from 325 to 350 baby girls
- Egypt – yes, rose from 100 to 112 baby girls, and 5 to 11 baby boys
- Ezra – yes, rose from 1439 to 1735 baby boys (& from 88 to 101 baby girls)
- Florence – nope, fell from 75 to 73 baby girls (I’m surprised by this!)
- Flynn – yes, rose from 81 to 208 baby boys
- Gabrielle – nope, fell from 3,128 to 2,601 baby girls
- Harper – yes, Harper rose from 2,624 to 4,636 baby girls (& from 339 to 399 baby boys)
- Harvey – yes, rose 184 to 243 baby boys
- Hattie – yes, from 157 to 253 baby girls
- Haven – yes, rose from 447 to 504 baby girls (but fell from 164 to 133 baby boys)
- Jace – yes, rose from 2,669 to 3,689 baby boys
- Kate – yes, rose from 1,485 to 1,774 baby girls
- Kez – nope, off the list both years
- Khal – nope, off the list both years
- Libya – yes, rose from off-the-list (fewer than 5) to 7 baby girls
- Maci – yes, rose from 1,351 to 1,725 baby girls
- Mars – yes, rose from 14 to 23 baby boys
- Maxton – yes, 193 to 208 baby boys
- Mobley – nope, off the list both years
- Monroe – yes, rose from 93 to 141 baby girls
- Mylo – yes, rose from 33 to 57 baby boys
- Nicki – yes, rose from 9 to 21 baby girls
- Octavia – no, fell from 88 to 72
- Perry – yes, rose from 32 to 40 baby girls, and 129 to 146 baby boys
- Pippa – yes, Pippa rose from 16 to 69 baby girls (& Philippa from 25 to 53)
- Raylan – yes, rose from 132 to 326 baby boys
- Rue – yes, rose from 9 to 13 baby girls
- Siri – nope, Siri fell from 111 to 103 baby girls
- Sparrow – yes, rose from 5 to 11 baby boys (but fell from 32 to 31 baby girls)
- Spring – yes, rose from 11 to 16 baby girls
- Steve – yes, rose from 279 to 324 baby boys
- Tim – nope, fell from 65 to 48 baby boys
- Tunisia – nope, off the list both years
- William – yes, rose from 16,979 to 17,151 baby boys
I know I missed a few, but we’ll discuss them all eventually I’m sure. :)
Here are the results to PCBNG #1.
Game of Thrones will premiere on HBO in a few days. The TV series is based on the epic fantasy books of George R. R. Martin.
(No, he’s didn’t steal those middle initials from fellow epic fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien; his full name is George Raymond Richard Martin.)
I’m mentioning the show here because the story features some exotic character names:
If it does well, who knows…we may start hearing about babies named Cersei and Daenerys.
Have you ever read the books? If so, what did you think?
*Apparently Khal Drogo’s name translates to “King Drogo” — Khal is the title, Drogo is the name. Thanks, commenters!