The most popular baby names in Scotland were announced last week.
According to the General Register Office, the preliminary winners were Jack for boys and Sophie for girls. Jack has been #1 for five years in a row, and Sophie for eight years in a row.
Here are Scotland’s top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of January-November, 2012:
Baby Girl Names
Baby Boy Names
13. Aaron & Charlie [tie]
20. Liam & Lucas [tie]
Some of the names that increased in popularity from 2011 to 2012:
Lola (up 24 places to #63)
Mollie (up 24 places to #68)
Amelia (up 20 places to #9)
Orla (up 19 places to #36)
Hollie (up 18 places to #39)
Georgia (up 13 places to #58)
Lexi (up 12 places to #38)
Lacey (up 12 places to #41)
Poppy (up 11 places to #34)
Harris (up 20 places to #29)
Harrison (up 20 places to #53)
Tyler (up 20 places to #12)
Brodie (up 17 places to #54)
Max (up 15 places to #11)
Mason (up 13 places to #18)
Finn (up 13 places to #66)
Riley (up 11 places to #3)
New to the top 100 are Bella, Darcy, Emelia, Lois, Scarlett and Willow (for girls) and Alex, Blake, Calvin, George, Olly, Sebastian, Shay and Zac (for boys).
Among the names moving downward are Abigail, Chloe, Jasmine and Phoebe (for girls) and Aiden, Jayden and Mohammed for boys. (Aiden is down 16 places to #36; Jayden down 10 places to #40.)
Remember that Inigo Montoya line from The Princess Bride, “I do not think it means what you think it means”? I think of it whenever I come across a bad baby name definition. And I’ve been thinking of it a lot lately.
Why? Because I’ve visited BabyNames.com a few times since my LOL post, and their database is riddled with errors. While I was there, I saw name definitions that were inaccurate, outdated, theoretical (but presented as fact), embellished, fabricated, and just poorly written. Here are some examples:
Brody is indeed Scottish. And Brodie is indeed the name of a Scottish castle. But “Name of a Scottish Castle” is not a definition. The actual definition of Brodie is uncertain, though a number of possible meanings have been proposed.
Caleb is Hebrew and likely means “dog.” So where the heck did “rage” come from? This made me think of Rage Against the Machine when I first saw it. Maybe the meaning should be “Rage Like a Dog Against the Machine.” I mean, if you’re going to embellish, might as well go all out.
“Full of Goodness”? Come on, Declan isn’t a breakfast cereal. It’s an Irish name of uncertain origin. Hence, the meaning is unknown. “Full of Goodness” is made-up. Delicious-sounding, but made-up.
“Short Form of San Diego” is the best they could do? Really? And the cryptic “San Diego is St. James of Santiago” only makes things worse. One theory holds that Diego can be traced back (via Santiago, via Sanctus Iacobus) to St. James, but it’s not a conclusive link.
BabyNames.com has been around since 1996. This means they’ve had 14 years to spiff up their database. So why haven’t they? (Yes, founder/CEO Jennifer Moss, this question is for you.)