How popular is the baby name Carolina 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 Carolina.
According to data from the Instituto dos Registos e Notariado (IRN), the most popular baby names in Portugal in 2015 were Maria and João.
Here are Portugal’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Maria, 5,324 baby girls
2. Leonor, 1,999
2. Matilde, 1,889
4. Beatriz, 1,268
5. Carolina, 1,228
6. Mariana, 1,205
7. Ana, 1,060
8. Inês, 1,001 (Agnes)
9. Margarida, 989
10. Sofia, 950
1. João, 1,932 baby boys
2. Martim, 1,778
3. Rodrigo, 1,666
4. Santiago, 1,632
5. Francisco, 1,593
7. Afonso, 1,439
6. Tomás, 1,409
8. Miguel, 1,271
9. Guilherme, 1,187
10. Gabriel, 1,143
In the boys’ top ten, Gabriel replaces Duarte (a verion of Edward). The girls’ top ten includes the same ten names.
At the other end of the spectrum, some of the baby names used only once last year:
|Unique Girl Names
||Unique Boy Names
Billca, Djenyfer, Excel, Foricusa, Hadriela, Hedviges, Iok, Jannatul, Joelma, Krutgna, Leninha, Lwezzy, Moana, Muen, Nayuca, Otchali, Otchaly, Ruixiao, Suncar, Svenya, Tchawi, Tesla, Txissola, Uhenia, Urwa, Valcikleny, Wilfania
Anass, Bambo, Barack, Ben-Hur, Cleidir, Creation, Cheikh, Djassy, Djemo, Duarth, Eurilucio, Fredynilson, Gonzaga, Guto, Habacuque, Hetwik, Lukenny, Man, Mojo, Neculai, Otchali, Petko, Ruzgyar, Skyllen, Tcherstney, Tuttondele, Vanilson
Here are the 2014 rankings for Portugal.
Sources: No país da Maria e do João, a Luana e o Diego estão a ganhar terreno
According to data from the Instituto dos Registos e Notariado (IRN), the most popular baby names in Portugal in 2014 were Maria and João.
Here are Portugal’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:
1. Maria, 4,809 baby girls
2. Matilde, 2,062
3. Leonor, 1,859
4. Beatriz, 1,378
5. Mariana, 1,330
6. Carolina, 1,295
7. Ana, 1120
8. Inês, 1062 (Agnes)
9. Sofia, 980
10. Margarida, 930
1. João, 1,809 baby boys
2. Rodrigo, 1,783
3. Francisco, 1,718
4. Martim, 1,663
5. Santiago, 1,428
6. Tomás, 1,400
7. Afonso, 1,378
8. Duarte, 1,244 (Edward)
9. Miguel, 1,207
10. Guilherme, 1,206
Those #1 names remind me of all the old U.S. popularity lists (e.g., 1910s) that were dominated by Mary and John.
Portugal is one of the few regions that releases all baby name data (yay!) — you can download the full list here — so let’s check out a few of the unique baby names used only once last year:
|Unique Girl Names
||Unique Boy Names
Deegbi, Dricla, Elizangila, Euclidiana, Gelciline, Hotchali, Jacymiilly, Jeckliny, Ketley, Luwejíyane, MaMa, Naziriti, Quedna, Quintazinha, Swazilene, Taldia, Túlipa, Uhenya, Vissolela, Wysmara
Ariful, Award, Djezzy, Ducu, Eviquene, Iunussa, Lheônidas, Lyrics, Melquizedeque, Odissei, Otchali, Ovidiu, Stalone, Uxío, Visual, Wivendelson, Womna, Yax, Yowami, Zniber
Finally, here are Portugal’s top 10 compound names for each gender:
1. Maria Inês, 603 baby girls
2. Maria Leonor, 496
3. Maria Francisca, 315
4. Maria Clara, 257
5. Maria Carolina, 164
6. Ana Carolina 161
7. Maria João 140
8. Maria Beatriz 140
9. Lara Sofia, 130
10. Maria Luísa, 125
1. João Pedro, 343 baby boys
2. Rodrigo Miguel, 204
3. Pedro Miguel, 174
4. Afonso Miguel, 140
5. João Miguel, 138
6. Diogo Miguel, 136
7. João Maria, 127
8. Duarte Miguel, 124
9. Tiago Miguel, 123
10. José Pedro, 114
I’m guessing that compound names are counted separately from single names, but I’m not entirely sure.
Source: Em 2014 as meninas continuaram a responder por Maria, os rapazes por João (found by Skizzo — thank you!)
If you’re looking for a car name — or you’re a car-lover looking for a baby name — here’s a logical list for you: names that contain the word “car.”
- Cara, Carra
- Caren, Carin, Caron, Caryn, Karen
- Carey, Cari, Carie, Carrie, Carrie, Cary
- Carissa, Carisa
- Carleen, Carlene
- Carlee, Carleigh, Carley, Carli, Carlie, Carly
- Carlissa, Carlisa
- Carlisle, Carlyle
- Carlota, Carlotta
- Carlton, Carleton
- Carlyn, Carlynn
- Carmel, Carmela, Carmella, Carmelo, Carmello
- Carol, Carole, Carrol, Carroll, Caryl
- Caroline, Carolyne
- Carolyn, Carolynn
- Carsen, Carson
- Charisma, Carisma
- Karma, Carma
- Macario, Macarius, Macaria
- Ricardo, Ricarda
- Scarlett, Scarlet
Want to see more names for cars?
German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) had a total of 20 children.
He had seven with his first wife, Maria Barbara Bach (who was his 2nd cousin). Four of these children survived to adulthood.
- Catharina Dorothea (b. 1708)
- Wilhelm Friedemann (b. 1710)
- Maria Sophia (twin, b. 1713)
- Johann Christoph (twin, b. 1713)
- Carl Philipp Emanuel (b. 1714)
- Johann Gottfried Bernhard (b. 1715)
- Leopold Augustus (b. 1718)
The other 13 he had with his second wife, Anna Magdalena Wilcke. Six survived to adulthood.
- Christiana Sophia Henrietta (b. 1723)
- Gottfried Heinrich (b. 1724)
- Christian Gottlieb (b. 1725)
- Elisabeth Juliana Friderica (b. 1726)
- Ernestus Andreas (b. 1727)
- Regina Johanna (b. 1728)
- Christiana Benedicta (b. 1730)
- Christiana Dorothea (b. 1731)
- Johann Christoph Friedrich (b. 1732)
- Johann August Abraham (b. 1733)
- Johann Christian (b. 1735)
- Johanna Carolina (b. 1737)
- Regina Susanna (b. 1742)
Do you like any of these names? If so, which ones?
Source: David, Hans T., Arthur Mendel and Christoph Wolff. The New Bach Reader: A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1998.
The LA Times published an interesting article on Brazilian baby names several years ago (1999). Here are some highlights:
Brazilian parents who like creative spellings tend to gravitate toward the letters K, W and Y because — at the time the article was written — these letters were not technically part of Brazilian Portuguese.
[In 2009, Brazil enacted spelling reforms that officially added K, W and Y to the alphabet. I’m not sure if this has made them any less desirable for baby names.]
Examples of creative spellings: Tayane (Diana), Kerolyne (Carolina).
Sometimes, parents choose names inspired by Jogo do Bicho (“the animal game” or “the animal lottery”). This is “a kind of urban numbers game based on superstitions that imbue animals and dates with good luck.”
Example of an animal lottery name: Antonio Treze de Junio de Mil Novecentos e Dezesette (June 13, 1917).
There are distinct class differences when it comes to naming:
- In Rio’s favelas (slums), “Edson, Robson, Anderson and Washington are favorite first names […] partly because of the percussive “on” sound and partly because American-sounding names are seen as cool and classy.”
- Many lower-middle-class parents go for more elaborate names. The Rio registrar explaining these class differences said that, “[b]y seeking status, some cross the line into silliness.” He gave examples like Siddartha, Michael Jackson, Concetta Trombetta Diletta and Marafona (synonym for prostitute).
- Many wealthy and upwardly mobile parents stick to simple, classic names.
“Brazilian law forbids names that could expose children to ridicule,” but the law is rarely enforced. For instance, the following made it through…
- Antonio Morrendo das Dores (Dying of Pain)
- Barrigudinha (Little-Bellied Girl)
- Ben Hur
- Colapso Cardiaco (Cardiac Collapse)
- Flavio Cavalcanti Rei da Televisao (King of Television)
- Onurb (flip of surname, Bruno)
- Onurd (brother of Onurb, above)
- Saddam Hussein
- Tchaikovsky Johannsen Adler Pryce Jackman Faier Ludwin Zolman Hunter Lins (goes by “Tchai”)
- Welfare (He said he was named after his father. “My grandfather’s name was Moacir, which in the Tupi Guarani indigenous language means Bad Omen. So he named my father Welfare, because it meant well-being, which was the opposite. And there was a famous English soccer player in Sao Paulo named Harry Welfare.”)
Do you know anyone from Brazil with an interesting name or name story?