How popular is the baby name Brooks in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Brooks.
I only recently noticed that Behind the Name, one of my favorite websites for baby name definitions, has a page called United States Popularity Analysis — a “computer-created analysis of the United States top 1000 names for the period 1880 to 2012.”
The page has some interesting top ten lists. Here are three of them:
I wonder what the formulas were. I’d love to try the same analysis on the SSA’s full list, using raw numbers instead of rankings. Wonder how much overlap there’d be…
A reader named Elizabeth has sent me a rather cool list of hockey-inspired baby names. She writes:
I’m a name enthusiast and a hockey fanatic, and my husband and I have been tossing around the idea of naming our son after hockey players.
They haven’t seen any lists of hockey names for babies, though, so they decided to compile one themselves. It includes “both all-time greats and current players.”
I thought I’d pass it along to share with fellow rink rats who may be reading your blog and can’t think of anything other than Wayne (Gretzky), Herb (Brooks), or Patrick (Roy).
Or Bobby (Orr), whose statue was recently unveiled outside the Garden! But I digress…
Here is the list:
Andreas (Andreas Lilja, Andreas Nödl)
Aurèle (Aurèle Émile Joliat)
Bentley (Max Bentley, Doug Bentley)
Bourque (Ray Bourque, Rene Bourque)
Briere (Danny Briere)
Brooks (Herb Brooks, Brooks Laich)
Crosby (Sidney Crosby)
Dryden (Ken Dryden)
Eaves (Patrick Eaves)
Elias (Patrik Elias)
Émile (Aurèle Émile Joliat)
Ennis (Tyler Ennis)
Evgeni (Evgeni Malkin, Evgeni Nabokov)
Ilya (Ilya Kovalchuk, Ilya Bryzgalov)
Kane (Patrick Kane)
Lach (Elmer Lach)
Lemieux (Mario Lemieux)
Luca (Luca Caputi)
Malkin (Evgeni Malkin)
Malone (Joe Malone, Ryan Malone)
Marek (Marek Svatos)
Mario (Mario Lemieux)
Marleau (Patrick Marleau)
Michal (Michal Handzus)
Milan (Milan Hejduk)
Modano (Mike Modano)
Nikolai (Nikolai Khabibulin)
Parise (Zach Parise)
Pavel (Pavel Datsyuk)
Rene (Rene Bourque)
Savard (Serge Savard, Marc Savard)
Shore (Eddie Shore)
Stephane (Stephane Yelle)
Turco (Marty Turco)
Thanks so much for sharing, Elizabeth!
Another good source of hockey names is the Legends of Hockey website, which is affiliated with the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Which hockey names are your favorites?
Like baby names that are short and sweet? Here are over 100 one-syllable boy names:
Blaine, Blayne, Blane
Jace, Jayce, Jase
Lane, Layne, Laine
Reece, Reese, Rhys
Sean, Shawn, Shaun
Zack, Zach, Zac
Zane, Zain, Zayne
Have any favorites?
P.S. Here are the most popular 1-syllable boy names of 2012, 2011 and 2010.