How popular is the baby name Bristol in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Bristol and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Bristol.
The U.S. National Park Service has a birthday coming up!
When the NPS was created on August 25, 1916, there were only 35 national parks and monuments. (The world’s first, Yellowstone, had been established in 1872.)
Nowadays the agency oversees 411 units. These units are located in the 50 states and beyond, and include national monuments (82), national historic sites (78), national parks (59), national historical parks (50), national memorials (30), national battlefields (11), national seashores (10), national lakeshores (4), national scenic trails (3), and more.
Let’s celebrate the upcoming centenary with over 100 baby names that pay tribute to the national parks specifically:
- Acadia for Acadia National Park.
- Angel or Angela for Grand Canyon National Park’s Angel’s Window.
- Arrow for the NPS emblem, the arrowhead.
- Archer for Arches National Park.
- Barbara for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Barbara Island.
- Bathsheba for Hot Springs National Park’s Bathhouse Row.
- Bay for any of the parks featuring a bay, such as Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Biscayne National Park, etc.
- Benda or Bendrick for Big Bend National Park.
- Bona for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Bona.
- Bristol for Great Basin National Park’s bristlecone pines.
- Bryce or Brycen for Bryce Canyon National Park.
- Cadden or Caddie for Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain.
- Cade for Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Cades Cove.
- Canyon for any of the parks featuring a canyon, such as Grand Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, etc.
- Capitola for Capitol Reef National Park or for Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan.
- Carl or Carla for Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
- Caven for Mammoth Cave National Park.
- Cedar for Congaree National Park’s Cedar Creek.
- Cinder for Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Cinder Cone.
- Clark for Lake Clark National Park & Preserve.
- Clifford or Clifton for Mesa Verde National Park’s Cliff Palace.
- Cruz for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Cruz Island.
- Delica for Arches National Park’s Delicate Arch.
- Denali for Denali National Park & Preserve.
- Denison for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Denison.
- Domenica or Domenico for Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.
- Douglas for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Douglas.
- Elias for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve.
- Elliott for Biscayne National Park’s Elliott Key.
- Ever or Everly for Everglades National Park.
- Faith for Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser.
- Forest for Petrified Forest National Park.
- Garland for Garland County, Arkansas, where Hot Springs National Park is located.
- Gates for Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve.
- Guadalupe for Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
- Gunnison for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
- The park was established in 1999, and Gunnison debuted on the baby name charts the very same year. Did one event cause the other?
- Harding for Kenai Fjords National Park’s Harding Icefield.
- Hassel for Virgin Islands National Park’s Hassel Island.
- Jackson for Jackson Hole, where much of Grand Teton National Park is located.
- Jarvis for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Jarvis.
- Jefferson for Dry Tortugas National Park’s Fort Jefferson.
- John for Virgin Islands National Park’s St. John Island.
- Joshua for Joshua Tree National Park.
- Kenai for Kenai Fjords National Park.
- The derivation of Kenai is unknown, but it could come from either Dena’ina Athabascan (“big flat” or “two big flats and river cut-back” or “trees and brush in a swampy marsh”), Russian (“flat barren land”), or Iniut (“black bear”).
- Kingston or Kingsley for Kings Canyon National Park.
- Lake for any of the parks featuring lakes, such as Crater Lake National Park, Voyageurs National Park, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, etc.
- Lamar for Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Buffalo Ranch.
- Lata for the National Park of American Samoa’s Lata Mountain.
- Lehman for Great Basin National Park’s Lehman Caves.
- Lewis for Glacier National Park’s Lewis Range.
- Livingston for Glacier National Park’s Livingston Range.
- Manning for Saguaro National Park’s Manning Cabin.
- Mara for Joshua Tree National Park’s Oasis of Mara.
- In the Serrano language, Mara means “the place of little springs and much grass.”
- Martin for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Martin.
- Maui, where Haleakalā National Park is located.
- Mauna for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s Mauna Loa.
- Miguel for Channel Islands National Park’s San Miguel Island.
- Norris for Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin.
- North for North Cascades National Park.
- Olympia for Olympic National Park.
- Parker, Parkyr, Parks, Park, or Parke as a tribute to all national parks.
- Pele as a symbol of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
- Prairie for any of the parks featuring a prairie, such as Badlands National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, etc.
- Pratt for Guadalupe Mountains National Park’s Pratt Cabin.
- Rainier for Mount Rainier National Park.
- Ranger as a tribute to all national parks and park rangers.
- Reef for Capitol Reef National Park.
- Rhodes for Biscayne National Park’s Old Rhodes Key.
- Rocky for Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Roosevelt for Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
- Rosa for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Rosa Island.
- Royale or Royal for Isle Royale National Park.
- Sandy for Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
- Sanford for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Sanford.
- Sequoia for Sequoia National Park.
- Shenandoah for Shenandoah National Park.
- Sherman for Sequoia National Park’s General Sherman Tree.
- Sky or Skye for any of the parks featuring a night sky program, such as Big Bend National Park, Great Basin National Park, etc.
- Talus for Pinnacles National Park’s talus caves.
- Theodore for Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
- Valley for any of the parks featuring a valley, such as Cuyahoga Valley, Death Valley, Kobuk Valley, etc.
- Verda or Verdell for Mesa Verde National Park.
- Virginia for Virgin Islands National Park.
- Windy for Wind Cave National Park.
- Wolfe for Arches National Park’s Wolfe Ranch.
- Woodrow or Wilson for Woodrow Wilson, who signed the act that created the NPS.
- Woodson or Woody for Redwood National and State Parks.
- Yosemite for Yosemite National Park.
- Zion for Zion National Park.
For all you national park lovers out there: What other park-inspired names can you come up with?
Sources: List of national parks of the United States – Wikipedia, History (U.S. National Park Service), NPS Site Designations (pdf), Kenai Fjords National Park Profile 2015 (pdf)
Image: Adapted from Zion National Park, Ranger Naturalist Service – LOC
Update, 2/2017: Here’s a related name: Lolo, inspired by the Lolo National Forest. “Lolo” was probably derived from Lawrence (3rd quote).
Speaking of gun names…on September 12, Levi Johnston welcomed his second child.
His first child, with Bristol Palin, was a son named Tripp.
This time around the mom is Sunny Oglesby. The baby is a girl named Breeze Beretta–inspired in part by Italian gun manufacturer Beretta.
Levi and Sunny spent one of their first dates “bear hunting in the woods,” so I guess we shouldn’t be shocked by the gun-inspired baby name. (Especially since they first threatened to use it months ago.)
What are your thoughts on the combo “Breeze Beretta”?
Source: Levi Johnston and Girlfriend Welcome Baby Breeze Baretta
The SSA has re-ordered the top 500 (or so) most popular baby names by rank change. According to these lists, the boy and girl names that increased the most in terms of rank from 2010 to 2011 were these:
- Briella, +394 (891st to 497th)
- Angelique, +247 (627th to 380th)
- Aria, +196 (353rd to 157th)
- Mila, +190 (364th to 174th)
- Elsie, +165 (645th to 480th)
- Nylah, +149 (606th to 457th)
- Raelynn, +133 (629th to 496th)
- Brynlee, +130 (509th to 379th)
- Olive, +127 (543rd to 416th)
- June, +126 (596th to 470th)
- Bristol, +126 (560th to 434th)
- Brantley, +416 (736th to 320th)
- Iker, +267 (646th to 379th)
- Maximiliano, +173 (462nd to 289th)
- Zaiden, +131 (620th to 489th)
- Kamden, +109 (557th to 448th)
- Barrett, +106 (541st to 435th)
- Archer, +101 (548th to 447th)
- Declan, +97 (274th to 177th)
- Atticus, +96 (558th to 462nd)
- Nico, +95 (591st to 496th)
To know which names rose the most overall, check out my follow-up posts Biggest Changes in Girl Name Popularity, 2011 and Biggest Changes in Boy Name Popularity, 2011.
EDIT: I found info on some of the fastest-climbing names in an SSA press release.
The fastest riser on the girls’ list may come from Briella Calafiore, the blonde reality star hairdresser from cable TV’s “Jerseylicious” and its spinoff, “Glam Fairy.”
(There’s seriously a show called “Jerseylicious”? Thank God I don’t have a TV.)
For the boys, there could be some controversy over Brantley – depending on whether you are a fan of college football or country music. Arguments could be made that the popularity of the name comes from John Brantley, the quarterback for perennial powerhouse The University of Florida, or from Brantley Gilbert, the singer with the number one country hit “Country Must Be Country Wide.” If you like both football and country music, you’re a winner either way!
The second fastest riser on the boys’ list is Iker. There may be some international influence here—Iker Casillas Fernandez is the well-known goalkeeper for both Real Madrid and the Spanish National Team. In 2010, Iker led Spain to a World Cup championship, just in time to influence the 2011 baby names list.
On the girls’ side, Angelique is the second biggest climber, but she may have gotten there with some magic. Angelique is the character name of a witch from the cult favorite “Dark Shadows.” She worked her witchcraft just in time for the blockbuster Hollywood remake of the 1960s TV show.
The state of Idaho recently released its 2010 annual report, and the report includes some baby names.
First, here are Idaho’s most popular baby names of 2010. (More or less the same as what SSA has listed for Idaho that year.)
|Popular Boy Names
||Popular Girl Names
1. William (119)
2. Samuel (116)
3. Logan (115)
4. Ethan (101)
5. Jacob (95)
6. Aiden (92)
7. Mason (89)
8. Noah (82)
9. Alexander (81)
10. James (79)
1. Olivia (122)
2. Emma (103)
3. Sophia (99)
4. Ava (88)
5. Abigail (85)
6. Elizabeth (83)
7. Emily (78)
8. Isabella (77)
9. Ella (71)
10. Addison & Brooklyn (65 each)
Now on to the bizarre stuff!
In the report, Idaho included a selection of unique names:
|Unique Boy Names
||Unique Girl Names
Bear, Character, Dagger, Freighter, Genghis, Hatchet, Hemi, Ice-T, Jethreaux, Justify, King Tiberius, Laugh, Nightsky, Permisius, Raysyn, Ripken, Saw, Scythe, Skeeter, Sourish, Theory, Truth, W’dbin, Wisdom, Zytareon
Arrehli, Aoife, Balou, Bronwyn, Dawnlight, Dixi, Espn, Hickory, Kalifornia, Koal, Legacy, Little Noah, Meeka Bella, Mhyrrauzhe, Moneeq, Moserratt, Omolola, Oo, Rootsy, Saphron, Sparkle, Sunset, Tietsie, Virtue, Xoko
- Nightsky and Dawnlight need a playdate. (Just like Thunder and Lightning.)
- Mhyrrauzhe = Mirage?
- My first impulse with “Oo” was to pronounce it “uh-oh.” (Uh-oh indeed, if that’s actually how you say it!)
Since Idaho’s annual reports for 2006-2010 are all available online, lets look at the selections of unique names from years past, shall we?
|Unique Boy Names
||Unique Girl Names
“Champion” Reese, Civic, Cougar, Domonique, Eleven, Evol, Hopper, Huckleberry, Irish, Jah Kobi, Jaxxon, Kastle, K-Den, Major Jack, Nixon, Noall, Oz, Pledger, Reef, Sabyr, Shade, Shadow, Skeet, Taft, Zebedee
Arlington, August Star, Beatriz, Byrkli, Charm, Clarixxa, Daiquiri, Fayte, Goldie-Moon, Gyzzelle, Jubilee, Kanyon, Lala, Love, Montana, Nirvana, Pepper, Prairie, Poppy, Soul, Tottie, Tundra, Zipporah
|Unique Boy Names
||Unique Girl Names
Adjrick, Andronicus, Arrow, Blazer, Brayke, Buzz, Casino, Chamillionaire, Dacx, Driggs, Gamble, Heman, Klete, Kodiak, Kroten, Krue, Link, Mitt, Pheonix, Ransom, Rodee, Silynce, Summit, Zzyzx
Angelic, Beautifull, Boisen, Byainett, Calloway, Celestial, Ecstacy, Eeleceya, Hadies, Heaven, Infiniti, Integrity, Jewleah, Kaskade, Kozmo, Maplejo, Mishalyn, Remmington, Season, Symphony, Thyme, Ugonna, Xerenity, Zepplyn
|Unique Boy Names
||Unique Girl Names
Aodhan, Braestyn, Buell, Champ, Dazryn, Elisjsha, Enveus, Grimsley, Hayze, Holdem, Kamero, Kay-Sin, Khonnerk, Lowgin, Makaijden, Mickyle, Nykolaus, Painter, Praze, Sander, Shadrack, Solo, Space, Tlaloc, Trackin
Arbor, Auktober, Blessin, Brizzbin, Brookenzie, Cabella, Clarity, Denym, Eos, Epiphany, Honesty, Kwincee, Lavender, Lybburtie, Miami, Modiesty-Star, Mysticque, Peaches, Perfect, Rebel-Ann, Seattle, Shy, Uneike, Vegas, Zoigh
- Casino and Gamble in 2008, Holdem and Vegas in 2007…do I detect a pattern here?
|Unique Boy Names
||Unique Girl Names
Akhilles, Backtash, Blend, Bronco, Chalk, College, Colquohn, Daily, Gid, Hampton, Howdy, Jameraquoi, Karona, Lake, Packer, Polo, Razor, Rythmik, Sacramento, Spur, Trask, Tucson, Winn, Wracer, Xzavvyer
Allyvia, Anakalia, Aptisam, Aveda, Blayde, Bristol, Cedee, Dorcas, Fall, Heziachiah, Kalispell, Klowie, Lexington, Little Summers, Navy, Northstar, Nutaliay Harmoney, Pennilane Meadow, Phaedra, Russia, Tacheranai, Tragen, Tsunami, Viktoriya, Yochabelle
P.S. In the 2006-2009 reports, the heading of the unique names section was “Selected Unique Names, Yewneek Spellings.” For 2010, it was lengthened to “Selected Unique Baby Names, Yewneek Baybee Spellings.” I happen to love these headings, but aren’t they a bit snarky for an official state document…?
Over 40 baby names (25 girl names, 16 boy names) were new to the top 1,000 in 2009. The highest debuts for girls were Analia, Bristol and Brinley. For boys, Maximiliano, Sylas and Kayson.
Analia comes from the telenovela El Rostro de Analía. The lead character’s name is Ana Lucia, but other characters know her as Analía.
Maximiliano might be another TV reference. Argentinian actor/athlete Maximiliano Palacio was featured on The Real Housewives of New York City last year.
Bristol was influenced by teen mom Bristol Palin, daughter of former VP nominee Sarah Palin.
Other newbies (and likely sources) are Taraji (actress Taraji Henson), Juelz (rapper Juelz Santana) and Maliah (presidential daughter Malia Obama).
There’s also Cambria (the ultimate Welsh name?), Ember (not yet hotter than Amber), Kalel (thanks a bunch Nic Cage), Maddux (Maddox + redux?) and Maxx.
Update: Elisabeth of You Can’t Call It “It”! has published a nice analysis of newbies to the top 100.