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Popularity of the Baby Name Castle

Number of Babies Named Castle

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Castle

Popular and Unique Baby Names in Alberta, Canada

Canada’s province of Alberta has just released baby name statistics for 2008. Here’s a summary:

Boys Girls
Number of Babies Born: 26,017 24,526
Number of Names Bestowed: 5,513 6,829
Popular Names Ethan
Liam
Nathan
Noah
Owen
Ava & Olivia [tied]
Isabella
Sophia
Chloe
Grace
Unique names
(used just once)
Barack
Delorian
Gonzo
Jury
Natorious
Obama
Optimus
Rexall*
Anaïs
Anarchy
Castle
Harloquinn
Jetaime**
Science
Tyranny
Valkyrie

*Rexall is a drugstore chain in Canada.
**Je t’aime means “I love you” in French.

Here are Alberta’s baby name stats for 2007 and 2006.

Sources: Service Alberta, Edmonton Sun


Phone Book Fishing on Molokai – Bootie, Grandharva, Iqbal, Wren

Here are some interesting names I found in the Molokai phone book, which consists of a mere 12 pages:

Ador
Ameron
Arizona
Arleone
Arvo
Aulii
Balbino
Bettygene
Bibiana
Bootie
Burrelle
Burridge
Carnation
Castle
Cheiko
Chiemi
Chikara
Constantino
Cookie
Dartagnon
Davidette
Dedric
Democrito
Dionisio
Eddiemar
Egmedio
Eladio
Estanislao
Ewart
Felicidad
Fiette
Filiga
Filumena
Flordeliza
Geneva
Grandharva
Hajime
Halia
Herminio
Hiroshi
HollyCleo
Honda
Honorato
Hoomalu
Ikaika
Ilika
Ililani
Iolani
Iqbal
Irenio
Irmalynn
Jeness
Jersula
Jimelo
Justiniano
Kachan
Kaelin
Kaeo
Kahala
Kahikina
Kaipo
Kakai
Kamakana
Kanaiaupuni
Kanani
Kapua
Kapuaola
Kauila
Kaulananapua****
Kazumi
Kealoha
Kelson
Kinisimere
Kiva
Kraig
Kui
Kulani
Lahela
Lavarius
Lega
Leimomi
Mahiki
Maka
Makaahoa
Makia
Maleka
Malu
Manuai
Manono
Maunaloa
Mauntrese
Mapuana
Maunalani
Meilin
Mele
Melecio
Melorine
Mercury
Mihana
Mihpel
Minka
Moana
Monteflor
Mosese
Myrnamae
Nahiwa
Nalani
Napua
Nelita
Noa
Nobby
Noelani
Ochie
Olisaemeka
Paciencie
Paiea
Pecoraro
Pierluigi
Pelin
Perfecto
Perpetua
Policarpio
Princess
Prosper
Pualani
Puanani
Punahele
Remedios
Renalynn
Reveena
Rhinehardt
Roshani
Satoru
Segunda
Siosifa
Takaji
Tante
Theisman
Theopista
Tiborcio
Torao
Uilani
Uldarico
Ululani
Vandale
Vashti
Vilani
Volsha
Wallumore
Wiliama
Wren
Yukitaka
Ziana

****Kaulananapua must have come from the Hawaiian patriotic song “Kaulana Na Pua.” The title translates to “famous are the flowers.”

These 150+ names actually represent a sizeable chunk of the population (estimated at somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 residents).

P.S. One other name I noticed while searching was Deepak Chopra. My first thought was, “Wow, someone has the same name as Deepak Chopra?” Then I did some digging, and it seems that the real Dr. Chopra does indeed have ties to the island. So…if you want to call Deepak Chopra directly, try the Molokai white pages.

Hawaii Posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Should You Be Honest About Friends’ Baby Name Choices?

What would you do in this situation?

A friend of mine is having a baby, and she’s planning on naming her Castle. Like the place where the king and queen live. (She thinks it sounds “dreamy.”) Am I allowed to tell her that this is a bad idea, and the kid will resent her for giving her a stupid name?

Melissa Leonard, a business etiquette consultant, suggests keeping one’s opinion to oneself:

When a mom-to-be has her mind set on a name, there is usually nothing that can be said to sway the decision. No matter how close you are with this woman, I think it is best to leave things alone. If you do speak your mind and let her know that you think her child will resent her for bestowing such a “stupid” name on her, she will remember your words forever. There is no reason to destroy (or, at the least, cause a rift in) your friendship just because of your opinion.

I agree with this advice, for the most part.

In my experience, people who ask “What do you think of [this name]?” aren’t looking for opinions so much as support. Even if you’re not a big fan of the name in question, it’s usually best to keep your thoughts to yourself and respond reassuringly.

Sometimes, though, you’ll encounter a name that is truly bad. If you think it may end up being a burden to the child–and you can express this to the parent-to-be in a constructive, non-negative way–I think you should speak up.

It won’t be fun, that’s for sure. No one ever wants to be the one who answers “Do these pants make me look fat?” with “Well, actually…” But sometimes certain things really need to be said. (And they can be said in ways that don’t threaten friendships.)

So, while I mostly agree with Leonard’s “live and let live” advice, I would swap out that idiom for some “honesty is the best policy” when it comes to extreme names.

What do you think?