How popular is the baby name Buddy in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Buddy and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Buddy.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Buddy

Number of Babies Named Buddy

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Buddy

Top Dog Names in New York City, 2015

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Gucci? Chanel?
According to the New York City Department of Health, Bella and Max were the most popular names for licensed dogs* in New York City in 2015.

Here are NYC’s top female dog names:

  1. Bella (…vs. 69th for baby girls in NY state, 2015)
  2. Lola (…267th)
  3. Lucy (…88th)
  4. Daisy (…271st)
  5. Coco
  6. Princess
  7. Molly (…128th)
  8. Chloe (…14th)
  9. Luna (…129th)
  10. Sophie (…77th)

And here are NYC’s top male dog names:

  1. Max (…vs. 85th for baby boys in NY state, 2015)
  2. Rocky
  3. Charlie (…236th)
  4. Buddy
  5. Lucky
  6. Teddy
  7. Toby (…760th)
  8. Jack (…23rd)
  9. Oliver (…32nd)
  10. Milo (…270th)

Uniquely popular names by breed include Snoopy for beagles, Tyson for boxers, Lulu for French bulldogs, Chico for chihuahuas, Frank for dachshunds, Dolly for poodles, Mugsy for pugs, Snow for Siberian huskies, and Chanel and Gucci for Yorkshire terriers.

On this map of unique dog names by neighborhood I see Baci (bah-chee, Italian for “kisses”), Boomer, Brutus, Frankie, Katie, Mochi, Ollie, Penelope, and Taz.

For less common NYC dog names, check out the dog names by frequency of occurrence page. Mousing over the bubbles I see 4 Tictacs, 3 Zombies, 2 Orbits, and 1 Chopstick.

Sources: Health Department Announces 2015’s Most Popular Dog Names, And the most popular dog name in New York is…

*The 84,000+ licensed dogs represent about 20% of all the dogs in NYC.


Top Dog & Cat Names of 2013

According to U.S. pet health insurance provider Veterinary Pet Insurance Co., the top two names for both cats and dogs last year were Bella (#1) and Max (#2).

Here’s the rest of the VPI’s top ten, which is based on their database of over 500,000 insured pets:

Cat Names Dog Names
1. Bella
2. Max
3. Chloe
4. Oliver
5. Lucy
6. Charlie
7. Sophie
8. Lily
9. Shadow
10. Tiger
1. Bella
2. Max
3. Bailey
4. Lucy
5. Molly
6. Daisy
7. Charlie
8. Buddy
9. Maggie
10. Sophie

According to VPI, dog names on the rise include Coco and Lola, and cat names on the rise include Jack, Luna and Milo. (Coco, Luna and Milo are also on the rise for humans, unsurprisingly.)

When did society switch from dog-specific names (e.g. Fido, Rover) and cat-specific names (e.g., Kitty, Tibby) to human names? I haven’t found an answer for the U.S., but one researcher, looking at Britain specifically, narrowed it down to the 1980s:

In Britain, for example, the 1980s marked a turning point away from the use of ‘traditional canine’ names, especially Shep, Brandy, Whiskey, Rex, Lassie and Rover (Ash 1996). By 1995 the National Canine Defence League’s survey found that the ten most popular dog names were all human.

Thank you to commenter Erin for letting me know about this list!

Sources:

Name Quotes for the Weekend #14

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From an interview with Amy Poehler in The Daily Beast:

Amy Poehler has five parenting tips: “Always remember your kid’s name. Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers…for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”

From an old episode of the The Rachel Maddow Show:

[T]he single, least important but most amazing thing about covering the life and times of Buddy Cianci for me was always the name of his wife. Buddy Cianci was married to a woman named Nancy Ann. Here name is Nancy Ann Cianci. Nancy Ann Cianci — the single, most awesome name in all of the names tangentially related to American political scandal ever. Nancy Ann Cianci.

From The baby name dilemma: sensible English or crazy Californian? in the Telegraph:

Why not give my first born a head start in Californian life? I’m sure when he’s older and I take him and his mates Zen and Jazz out for a wheatgrass smoothie, he’d thank me for it. But what if his cruel English father one day moves him back to London? What then for poor Dove, as he tries to make friends with all the Toms and Harrys back in Blighty? Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it: Tom and Harry would throw bird s*** at him and then flush his head down the bog.

From a 2003 interview with Jhumpa Lahiri in the New York Times:

JG: In the new book, you explain that all Bengalis have private pet names and public “good names.” But the main character in “The Namesake” is given only one name: Gogol, after the Russian writer.

JL: That happened to me. My name, Jhumpa, which is my only name now, was supposed to be my pet name. My parents tried to enroll me in school under my good name, but the teacher asked if they had anything shorter. Even now, people in India ask why I’m publishing under my pet name instead of a real name.

JG: What does Jhumpa mean?

JL: Jhumpa has no meaning. It always upset me. It’s like jhuma, which refers to the sound of a child’s rattle, but with a “p.” In this country, you’d never name your child Rattle. I actually have two good names, Nilanjana and Sudeshna. My mother couldn’t decide. All three are on the birth certificate. I never knew how to write my name.

From a live chat with Prudie of Slate:

Q. Who Is Courtney?: I’ve noticed that whenever you need to make up a fictional female name, you always pick “Courtney.” What’s up with that? Just curious!

A: I used to reflexively write, “Denise” and I once got a funny letter from a Denise asking what a Denise ever did to me. Good point that I need a name book by my computer. I like Courtney because I don’t know any and it’s a likely name of a person in her 20s, the way Susan is Courtney’s mother, Dorothy is her grandmother, and Myrna is her great-grandmother.

…and later in the same chat:

Q. Re: Courtney: I once had a professor who would reflexively use the name “Stacy” for a generic female and then mutter, to a room full of students born in the ’80s, “That’s such an ’80s name.” The Stacys in the room—and there always was at least one—got a good laugh out of it.

A: I’ll add this to my repertoire! But a quick look at a reference confirms my sense that Stacy is such a ’70s name.

From an article on ostentatious baby names:

The reason is simple. If you really want your kid to be special, a name is not going to do it. Your kid is going to have to earn it. She is going to have to work hard and sacrifice. She’ll have to try and fail and eventually find her place — find whatever she’s good at — and then work harder to develop her talents.

It will be easier to do that if she is humble. And it will be easier for her to be humble if she doesn’t have a name that makes her think she’s precious and special and God’s gift to the universe (such as Nevaeh, which is heaven spelled backward).

It’s nobody’s fault that we’re screwing up kids’ names — we’re screwing up a lot of things. We’re doing it because we’re able to. We’re able to because the American experiment has produced untold wealth — which shifted our focus from trying to subsist, as our parents did, to fretting over what to name our kids.

We have to knock it off, though.

From an ESPN interview with Frostee Rucker, football player:

How did you get the name Frostee?

“My pop [Len] was a DJ while he was in the military and they called him DJ Frost because they said he was cold on the spins. [They called him] Frost, Frostee all that. No matter what he named me they were going to call me Little Frost anyway, so they named me Frostee.”

So Frostee is your given name?

“Yup, that’s my given name.”

What was it like growing up named Frostee?

“It sucked growing up really because kids at Christmas time and teachers, and me being African American, it just didn’t all come together but about [the] time I came to high school it became a household name in Orange County (Calif.).

“It’s just benefited [me] from then. It’s always caught peoples’ eye in the paper and they wanted to know more. So I don’t know if I’ll name my kid that if I ever have one but at the same time being unique isn’t bad either.”

From German Court Upholds Ban on Extra-Long Names in TIME Magazine:

The decision on which names to accept and which to reject is generally left to the local registrar, but that decision can be contested in court. And sometimes the court’s ruling can seem rather arbitrary. While the names Stompie, Woodstock and Grammophon have been rejected by German courts in the past, the similarly creative parents of Speedy, Lafayette and Jazz were granted their name of choice.

(Grammophon is German for Gramophone.)

From a Slate article on Puritan names:

A wide variety of Hebrew names came into common usage beginning in 1560, when the first readily accessible English Bible was published. But by the late 16th century many Puritan communities in Southern Britain saw common names as too worldly, and opted instead to name children after virtues or with religious slogans as a way of setting the community apart from non-Puritan neighbors. Often, Puritan parents chose names that served to remind the child about sin and pain.

(The book they used as a source — Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature — is one I’ve referenced here on the blog a bunch of times, in posts about Acts of the Apostles, George William Frederic, Gib & Tib, Job-Rakt-Out-of-the-Asshes, Nan & Nanny, Posthumus, Robert and Tibbe.)

From an article about tennis-playing sisters Alicia “Tornado” Black and Tyra Hurricane Black:

[I]t’s their mom, Gayal Black, who is behind the girls’ brand-worthy names, designed to minimize comparisons with Venus and Serena Williams, and establish a unique, powerful identities for the sisters.

“I have a marketing degree…and I knew I needed to do something for them to stand out, and we thought it was cute,” Gayal told ESPNW.

Tornado was born Alicia, but Gayal says the nickname came from her daughter’s ferocious tennis skills as a three-year-old. “We couldn’t believe how amazing she was and we knew then we had a champion. When the next one was born, we knew she could do it, too, and so her [legal] name is Tyra Hurricane.”

“[Tornado didn’t like her name] a few years ago. Kids tease you. But now they understand it’s marketing and it’s very big to say a storm blew through the US Open.”

Dad Sly added that the names started as “a little joke” but “turned out to be a pretty big deal.”

“Yes, Tornado and Hurricane are names for marketable athletes, but that’s a big part of it nowadays, and if you can get a good, strong name, all the better.”

(Found out about the Black sisters via Abby – thanks!)

Name Quotes for the Weekend #6

Nick Lachey on how his son Camden was named (via Inquisitr):

“It’s kind of a funny story. I’ve always liked the name Colin. We thought that Colin would be the name. And John is my dad’s name…But as we got further into it, I learned that Vanessa wasn’t a big fan of the name Colin, so we started looking for another ‘C’ name.”

But Minnillo’s OB-GYN was located on Camden Drive, and Nick Lachey says it was there that inspiration struck, and he suggested the street name to Vanessa. It was then, he says, the name stuck:

“We didn’t really know anyone else named Camden. It was such a neat name. We fell in love with it and decided on it five or six months ago.”

Jools Oliver–wife of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, and mom to Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Buddy Bear–on baby names (via Gurgle magazine):

I hate people’s opinions on names; whatever you call your baby is your decision.

The #1 thing this expectant mom would have done differently regarding her pregnancy (via Momaroo):

1) Keep the name choices to myself. […] We got a few positive reactions, with questions, because the names we chose weren’t common but have deep meaning for us. One friend, however, made a face & said the boy name we picked was old fashioned & he would be teased for it & asked why we picked it in the first place. Then she told my husband that the first boy was “supposed to be named after him” & reiterated the teasing part. All of this caused quite a few arguments between me & my husband.

From UK radio DJ Andy Walker, who asked listeners to call in with “the most unusual names you have heard for someone.”

Charlene Fitzgerald told me her friend named her twins Storm and Lightning. Oh, come on! Was the mother a fan of the weather, or superheroes?

The names kept on coming – Michelle Edwards knows of a dad who is an avid Manchester United fan, so much so that his daughter is called Manchester and his son is named Bobby.

The randomness did not cease as Caroline Loughrey posted on kmfm Drivetime Facebook page that her sister-in-law has named her daughter Galactica.

Clare Turk said that is becoming popular to name a daughter, Lanesra – which is Arsenal backwards. Really? That is the first time I have ever heard of doing that.

Other names that came to my attention were Simba for a son, Seksy for a daughter – good luck with that during the school register – and a boy called Trucker. You can guess what his father did for a living.

From “Don’t name your Jewish baby Meth, if that was the plan” in j.weekly:

Names are, as scientists know, critical to one’s success in life and how people perceive us. It’s unlikely you’d name your newborn son “Methuselah,” since the name connotes an old man with a long beard and exhausted medical benefits. Nor would it help to nickname your son “Meth.”

From “Amarillo’s first baby of 2009” in the Amarillo Globe-News:

When Dominic James Brown entered the world shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day, he brought with him controversy that shook the maternity ward of Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital.

The newborn, named after a character from the film “Kindergarten Cop,” beat out his closest competition by a mere six minutes – snatching the title of Amarillo’s first baby of the year.

I’m kinda shocked that people not only remember Kindergarten Cop, but still like it enough after all these years to name a baby after one of the characters.

From “Malaysia’s ‘Baby-Dumping’ Epidemic” at Bloomberg.com:

Out-of-wedlock children across Malaysia are given this same surname (illegitimate boys receive “bin Abdullah”), permanently stigmatizing them in a very family-oriented society.

The surname for girls (mentioned a few sentences earlier) was “binti Abdullah.”

Popular Dog Names – Bailey, Charlie, Daisy, Molly

Fido, Rover and Spot aren’t just playing dead. They are dead. As dog names, anyway.

Human names are all the rage in the dog world, both here in the U.S. and over in the UK.

In the Boston area, for instance, popular dog names include:

Bailey
Bella
Buddy
Charlie
Daisy
Jake
Lily
Lucy
Maggie
Max
Molly
Sam

Do you like human names for dogs, or you do prefer traditional dog names?

Sources: Bailey is top dog – in name at least, From Remy to Yeats: most popular dog names in Wellesley

Baby Names in England – Isobel & Jack, Trixabelle & J-Keiro-Tye

These were the most popular names chosen by parents in the towns of Hitchin and Stevenage (in Hertfordshire, England) in 2007:

Girls Boys
1. Isobel
2. Jessica
3. Lily
4. Sophie
5. Emily
6. Amelia
7. Charlotte
8. Chloe
9. Grace
10. Phoebe
1. Jack
2. Dylan
3. Oliver
4. George
5. Luke
6. Thomas
7. Jake
8. Joshua
9. Alfie
10. James

And these were some of the unique baby names in the area in 2007:

Albie
Appollos
Auro
Autumn Lily
Beau Bella
Buddy Dinosaur
Deavion Antwon
Inigo
J-Keiro-Tye
Mackenzie-Kriss
Mattise
Sonny Hendrix
Summer Sky
Trixabelle

Zeb Star Ice and Pebbles Galaxy were among the unusual names of the previous year (2006).

Source: The Comet