How popular is the baby name Cali in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Cali and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Cali.
A baby girl born in Baltimore on September 5, 1995 — just after Baltimore Orioles baseball player Calvin “Cal” Ripken tied the 2,130 consecutive-game record set by Lou Gehrig in 1939 — was named Cali, in honor of Cal.
(Cali’s mother, Kimberly Drouillard, mentioned that the name was her husband idea, and that the baby was originally going to be named Alexia.)
And Cali wasn’t the only baby named with Cal Ripken in mind around that time. Usage of the name Cal spiked in the mid-1990s…
- 1999: 69 baby boys named Cal
- 1998: 72 baby boys named Cal
- 1997: 93 baby boys named Cal
- 1996: 112 baby boys named Cal
- 1995: 84 baby boys named Cal
- 1994: 47 baby boys named Cal
- 1993: 52 baby boys named Cal
…and the name Ripken first appeared in the data in 1997.
Source: Olney, Buster. “Behind scenes, Ripken nights were memorable, too.” Baltimore Sun 8 Sep. 1995.
According to the Vital Statistics Division of Service NL, the most popular baby names in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2017 were Ava and Benjamin.
Here are the province’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:
The #1 name for girls, Ava, didn’t even feature in the the top 10 in 2016.
Here are the 2017 baby name rankings for the rest of Atlantic Canada: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.
Source: Top 100 Baby Names – Open Data Newfoundland and Labrador
According to preliminary data released on January 6th by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most popular baby names in 2016 were Emma and Jackson (and variants).
Here are the province’s projected top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:
The #1 names are the same as in 2015. (I forgot to post the 2015 rankings last year, but here are the 2014 rankings.)
In the girls’ top 10, the Addison-group, Scarlett, the Abigail-group, the Callie-group, and the Emily-group replace the Sophia-group, the Lily-group, the Mia-group, the Ava-group, and the Chloe-group.
In the boys’ top 10, Mason, the Greyson-group, and the Isaac-group replace Parker, the Nathan-group, and Carter.
Most of the pronunciation groupings on N.L.’s full top 100 made sense, but here are two I wasn’t so sure about:
- In 21st place on the girls’ list was “Lea/Leah/Leia/Leiyah/Lia/Leya,” which mixes LEE‑uh and LAY‑uh names.
- In 63rd place on the girls’ list was “Raya/Rayah/Rhea,” which mixes RAY‑uh and REE‑uh names.
Sources: Top 100 Baby Names – Open Data Newfoundland and Labrador, Jaxxen among most popular N.L. baby names in 2016
In mid-1991, country music singer Paulette Carlson asked fans to help her name her baby:
She has invited fans to stop by her booth at the annual Fan Fair music festival in Nashville, Tenn., from June 10 to June 14, and submit names. The winning entrant will receive a picnic basket with treats.
Was the winning suggestion really used as the baby’s name?
According to country music site RolandNote.com, on July 10, 1991, “Paulette Carlson and husband Randy Smith have a daughter, Cali Gabriel Smith, in Anchorage, Alaska. The baby was named during a contest at Fan Fair.”
Paulette’s website confirms that the baby was a girl, and named Cali. It doesn’t mention the Fan Fair, though.
Source: “Paulette Carlson.” Star-News [Wilmington, NC] 30 May 1991: 2A.