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Popularity of the Baby Name Cayden

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Name Quotes for the Weekend #15

betty white quote, "I love Cadillacs and name them after birds."

From an interview with Betty White in Parade Magazine:

Ask White if she still drives and she replies, “Of course!” She owns a silver Cadillac nicknamed Seagull. “I love Cadillacs and name them after birds.” Her previous ride, the pale-yellow Canary, was preceded by the green Parakeet.

From an article about how political preferences influence baby name choices in the Washington Times:

“If innovative birth names first appear as expressions of cultural capital, then liberal elites are most likely to popularize them, especially given that liberals are typically more comfortable embracing novelty and differentiation,” the study said. “Sometime afterwards, the name will diminish as a prestige symbol as lower classes begin adopting more of these names themselves thus sending liberal elites in search of ever new and obscure markers.”

When elite liberal parents do search for novelty, the authors write, they are “less likely to make up a name rather than choose a pre-existing word that is culturally esoteric (e.g., ‘Namaste,’ ‘Finnegan,’ ‘Archimedes’), because fabricating a name would diminish its cultural cachet.”

After all, they note, “the value of cultural capital comes, not from its uniqueness, but from its very obscurity.”

From an article on Chinese names in the LA Times:

In China, unusual names are viewed as a sign of literary creativity, UCLA sociology professor Cameron Campbell said.

[…]

“Picking a rare character is kind of like a marker of learning,” Campbell said, while in the United States, one-of-a-kind names are sometimes viewed as odd.

From an article about keeping your baby’s name a secret in the StarPhoenix:

“With our first we did not keep the name a secret. We told everyone. Then at 36 weeks, my cousin got a puppy which she named the same name as I had picked for our baby. When I asked why she used the name she choose she said she had heard it somewhere and really liked it but couldn’t remember where. I was devastated. Baby ended up coming at 37 weeks and we had not yet picked a new name! After that we kept the names quiet until they were born.” – Nicole Storms

From an interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates (b. 1975) at Bookslut:

Last month, on the blog he writes for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates explained the origin of his first name:

[F]or the record Ta-Nehisi (pronounced Tah-Nuh-Hah-See) is an Egyptian name for ancient Nubia. I came up in a time when African/Arabic names were just becoming popular among black parents. I had a lot of buddies named Kwame, Kofi, Malik (actually have a brother with that name), Akilah and Aisha. My Dad had to be different, though. Couldn’t just give me a run of the mill African name. I had to be a nation.

Coates’s father was a former Black Panther who raised seven children by four mothers, while running an underground Afro-centric publishing house from his basement. When Bill Cosby complained about black parents naming their children “Shaniqua, Taniqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail,” he may very well have been thinking of Paul Coates.

From a blog post about choosing a baby name by Jodi of Jodilightful! (via Abby of Appellation Mountain):

But if we learned anything from the process of naming Niko and watching him become that name, it was this: we could have called him anything we wanted to, and it would have been fine.

From an essay by Craig Salters in the Hanover Mariner:

I was watching the Little League World Series the other day and the team from New Castle, Indiana has a great bunch of kids and much to be proud of.

But, unfortunately, that wasn’t what I noticed first about them. What I noticed was the first names of their lineup card: Mason, Janson, Cayden, Hunter, Niah, Bryce, Jarred, Blake, and Bryce (again).

So no John? No Jimmy, Bobby, Richard, or Chris? There’s nothing wrong with their names — like I said, their parents should be bursting with pride — but, as an apprentice old fogey, it’s hard to get used to.

[…]

I myself was named after Craig Breedlove, a daredevil who broke all sorts of land speed records in what was pretty much a rocket on wheels. I absolutely love my name and am proud of my namesake, but I always feel I’m letting Mr. Breedlove down when I putter along Route 3 at 55 miles per hour, content to listen to sports radio and let the world pass me by.

From a tweet by Sherman Alexie (via A Mitchell):

We gave our sons names they could easily find on souvenir cups, magnets & shirts. Childhood is rough enough.

A poem, “Möwenlied” (Seagulls), by German poet Christian Morgenstern (1871-1914):

Die Möwen sehen alle aus,
als ob sie Emma hiessen.
Sie tragen einen weissen Flaus
und sind mit Schrot zu schießen.

Ich schieße keine Möwe tot,
ich laß sie lieber leben –
und füttre sie mit Roggenbrot
und rötlichen Zibeben.

O Mensch, du wirst nie nebenbei
der Möwe Flug erreichen.
Wofern du Emma heißest, sei
zufrieden, ihr zu gleichen.

…and now the translation, by Karl F. Ross:

The seagulls by their looks suggest
that Emma is their name;
they wear a white and fluffy vest
and are the hunter’s game.

I never shoot a seagull dead;
their life I do not take.
I like to feed them gingerbread
and bits of raisin cake.

O human, you will never fly
the way the seagulls do;
but if your name is Emma, why,
be glad they look like you.

Want more name quotes? Check out the name quotes category.


How Many Baby Girls Got -Ayden Names in 2009?

I did an analysis of baby boys with -ayden names last weekend and discovered that roughly 5% of the boys born in the U.S. last year have a name that rhymes with Jayden.

This weekend, I did the same analysis for baby girls. I sat down with the SSA’s baby name list for 2009, picked out all the female -ayden names, and counted both the number of the variants and the number of babies with each variant.

Here’s what I found, sorted by ending:

-dan [239 babies, 9 variants]

  • -adan [18]
    • Jadan, 13
    • Adan, 5
  • -aedan [8]
    • Jaedan, 8
  • -aidan [111]
    • Aidan, 79
    • Jaidan, 32
  • -aydan [102]
    • Jaydan, 39
    • Aydan, 37
    • Kaydan, 16
    • Haydan, 10

-den [7226 babies, 33 variants]

  • -aden [746]
    • Jaden, 554
    • Kaden, 78
    • Caden, 56
    • Aden, 31
    • Paden, 10
    • Shaden, 7
    • Aaden, 5
    • Haden, 5
  • -aeden [98]
    • Jaeden, 56
    • Kaeden, 15
    • Haeden, 8
    • Braeden, 7
    • Caeden, 7
    • Raeden, 5
  • -aiden [966]
    • Jaiden, 538
    • Haiden, 134
    • Kaiden, 120
    • Aiden, 112
    • Caiden, 38
    • Raiden, 15
    • Paiden, 9
  • -ayden [5416]
    • Hayden, 2456
    • Jayden, 1738
    • Kayden, 707
    • Ayden, 174
    • Cayden, 156
    • Payden, 56
    • Brayden, 55
    • Tayden, 21
    • Rayden, 17
    • Shayden, 17
    • Zayden, 13
    • Layden, 6

-din [282 babies, 11 variants]

  • -adin [54]
    • Jadin, 36
    • Kadin, 10
    • Adin, 8
  • -aedin [9]
    • Jaedin, 9
  • -aidin [18]
    • Jaidin, 12
    • Aidin, 6
  • -aydin [201]
    • Jaydin, 87
    • Kaydin, 56
    • Haydin, 32
    • Aydin, 21
    • Caydin, 5

-dn [62 babies, 3 variants]

  • -adn [0]
  • -aedn [0]
  • -aidn [0]
  • -aydn [62]
    • Jaydn, 29
    • Haydn, 25
    • Kaydn, 8

-don [37 babies, 4 variants]

  • -adon [9]
    • Jadon, 9
  • -aedon [0]
  • -aidon [6]
    • Jaidon, 6
  • -aydon [22]
    • Jaydon, 15
    • Haydon, 7

-dyn [2155 babies, 25 variants]

  • -adyn [901]
    • Jadyn, 683
    • Kadyn, 112
    • Hadyn, 41
    • Cadyn, 34
    • Bradyn, 10
    • Adyn, 9
    • Aadyn, 7
    • Padyn, 5
  • -aedyn [310]
    • Jaedyn, 176
    • Kaedyn, 47
    • Haedyn, 42
    • Raedyn, 15
    • Aedyn, 11
    • Braedyn, 11
    • Caedyn, 8
  • -aidyn [823]
    • Jaidyn, 460
    • Haidyn, 159
    • Kaidyn, 107
    • Aidyn, 48
    • Caidyn, 34
    • Braidyn, 9
    • Raidyn, 6
  • -aydyn [121]
    • Jaydyn, 65
    • Haydyn, 32
    • Kaydyn, 24

-d*nn [112 babies, 11 variants]

  • -dann [5]
    • -aydann
      • Jaydann, 5
  • -denn [10]
    • -adenn
      • Jadenn, 5
    • -aydenn
      • Jaydenn, 5
  • -dynn [97]
    • -adynn
      • Jadynn, 31
      • Kadynn, 5
    • -aedynn
      • Jaedynn, 11
    • -aidynn
      • Jaidynn, 24
      • Kaidynn, 8
      • Aidynn, 6
      • Haidynn, 5
    • -aydynn
      • Jaydynn, 7

And now let’s add it all up:

Ending Babies Variants
-dan 239 9
-den 7,226 33
-din 282 11
-dn 62 3
-don 37 4
-dyn 2,155 25
-d*nn 112 11
TOTAL 10,113 96

Of the (at least) 2,001,968 baby girls born last year, (at least) 10,113 were given an -ayden name. That’s about 0.5%, or about 1 in 200.

Of the 20,036 girl names on the SSA’s list, 96 are -ayden names. That’s also about 0.5%.

These percentages are a lot lower than the 4.9% and the 1.9% we saw last week, but still impressive. A total of 10,113 girls would theoretically put the -ayden name-group somewhere between #12 Addison (10,567) and #13 Alexis (9,839) in the rankings.

Update: Want to know how many babies (total) got an -ayden name in 2009?

[Disclaimer: I’m assuming all of the variants above rhyme with Jayden, but I can’t make any guarantees about pronunciation. Also, I didn’t count the following: variants with 2-vowel endings (e.g. -dien, -deyn) and variants that look like Eden and Madden.]

UPDATE: Is the -Ayden Craze Over?

How Many Baby Boys Got -Ayden Names in 2009?

We all know that names like Jayden and Aiden are popular. But…how popular?

This weekend, my goal was to find out.

I sat down with the SSA’s baby name list for 2009, picked out all the -ayden names, and counted them. I counted both the number of variants and the number of babies with each variant.

Here’s a run-down of what I found, sorted by ending. (Get ready to scroll!)

-dan [8504 babies, 31 variants]

  • -adan [1296]
    • Adan, 1117
    • Jadan, 59
    • Bradan, 33
    • Kadan, 33
    • Aadan, 23
    • Cadan, 20
    • Zadan, 6
    • Tadan, 5
  • -aedan [390]
    • Aedan, 255
    • Braedan, 65
    • Kaedan, 34
    • Jaedan, 30
    • Caedan, 6
  • -aidan [5967]
    • Aidan, 5749
    • Jaidan, 81
    • Kaidan, 67
    • Caidan, 17
    • Zaidan, 17
    • Braidan, 13
    • Haidan, 10
    • Aaidan, 8
    • Raidan, 5
  • -aydan [851]
    • Aydan, 396
    • Jaydan, 246
    • Braydan, 90
    • Kaydan, 39
    • Caydan, 32
    • Zaydan, 23
    • Haydan, 14
    • Taydan, 6
    • Raydan, 5

-den [85583 babies, 94 variants]

  • -aden [17386]
    • Jaden, 4111
    • Kaden, 4021
    • Caden, 3984
    • Braden, 2017
    • Aden, 1353
    • Aaden, 1259
    • Zaden, 155
    • Haden, 129
    • Bladen, 69
    • Paden, 53
    • Graden, 34
    • Taden, 28
    • Vaden, 20
    • Xaden, 20
    • Draden, 19
    • Baden, 18
    • Khaden, 18
    • Shaden, 16
    • Sladen, 11
    • Jhaden, 9
    • Breaden, 6
    • Chaden, 6
    • Daden, 6
    • Jaaden, 6
    • Keaden, 6
    • Thaden, 6
    • Traden, 6
  • -aeden [1858]
    • Braeden, 805
    • Jaeden, 390
    • Kaeden, 328
    • Caeden, 148
    • Aeden, 96
    • Zaeden, 24
    • Draeden, 18
    • Graeden, 12
    • Haeden, 12
    • Raeden, 11
    • Taeden, 7
    • Traeden, 7
  • -aiden [23390]
    • Aiden, 15846
    • Kaiden, 2276
    • Jaiden, 2247
    • Caiden, 1316
    • Braiden, 556
    • Raiden, 361
    • Zaiden, 295
    • Haiden, 225
    • Aaiden, 76
    • Xaiden, 48
    • Laiden, 15
    • Daiden, 14
    • Draiden, 13
    • Taiden, 13
    • Khaiden, 12
    • Blaiden, 10
    • Baiden, 9
    • Graiden, 9
    • Paiden, 7
    • Shaiden, 7
    • Xhaiden, 7
    • Naiden, 6
    • Traiden, 6
    • Yaiden, 6
    • Gaiden, 5
    • Jhaiden, 5
  • -ayden [42949]
    • Jayden, 17082
    • Brayden, 8526
    • Ayden, 4959
    • Hayden, 4822
    • Kayden, 2938
    • Cayden, 2726
    • Zayden, 741
    • Rayden, 193
    • Tayden, 165
    • Drayden, 156
    • Grayden, 132
    • Aayden, 98
    • Payden, 64
    • Layden, 47
    • Shayden, 43
    • Blayden, 40
    • Khayden, 29
    • Trayden, 23
    • Xayden, 22
    • Slayden, 21
    • Chayden, 19
    • Thayden, 16
    • Bayden, 15
    • Dayden, 15
    • Vayden, 14
    • Jhayden, 13
    • Wayden, 11
    • Nayden, 10
    • Clayden, 9

-din [1807 babies, 26 variants]

  • -adin [575]
    • Kadin, 255
    • Adin, 157
    • Jadin, 69
    • Cadin, 42
    • Aadin, 25
    • Bradin, 20
    • Zadin, 7
  • -aedin [124]
    • Jaedin, 50
    • Kaedin, 34
    • Braedin, 16
    • Aedin, 15
    • Caedin, 9
  • -aidin [125]
    • Aidin, 56
    • Kaidin, 32
    • Jaidin, 18
    • Caidin, 10
    • Zaidin, 9
  • -aydin [983]
    • Aydin, 380
    • Jaydin, 278
    • Braydin, 107
    • Kaydin, 95
    • Caydin, 44
    • Zaydin, 32
    • Haydin, 28
    • Taydin, 12
    • Raydin, 7

-dn [203 babies, 6 variants]

  • -aydn [203]
    • Haydn, 80
    • Braydn, 45
    • Jaydn, 34
    • Kaydn, 29
    • Aydn, 10
    • Caydn, 5

-don [3479 babies, 37 variants]

  • -adon [752]
    • Jadon, 528
    • Bradon, 60
    • Kadon, 52
    • Cadon, 29
    • Adon, 27
    • Aadon, 23
    • Ladon, 9
    • Gradon, 8
    • Sheadon, 6
    • Shadon, 5
    • Zadon, 5
  • -aedon [429]
    • Braedon, 222
    • Jaedon, 126
    • Kaedon, 44
    • Caedon, 27
    • Aedon, 10
  • -aidon [207]
    • Jaidon, 94
    • Aidon, 32
    • Kaidon, 30
    • Braidon, 23
    • Caidon, 13
    • Haidon, 8
    • Raidon, 7
  • -aydon [2091]
    • Braydon, 1022
    • Jaydon, 686
    • Kaydon, 79
    • Haydon, 76
    • Graydon, 75
    • Aydon, 45
    • Caydon, 34
    • Raydon, 16
    • Zaydon, 15
    • Paydon, 11
    • Draydon, 9
    • Shaydon, 9
    • Taydon, 8
    • Laydon, 6

-dun [6 babies, 1 variant]

  • -aydun [6]
    • Jaydun, 6

-dyn [3022 babies, 36 variants]

  • -adyn [1284]
    • Bradyn, 397
    • Jadyn, 275
    • Kadyn, 257
    • Adyn, 104
    • Cadyn, 83
    • Aadyn, 76
    • Hadyn, 31
    • Zadyn, 26
    • Gradyn, 24
    • Khadyn, 6
    • Keadyn, 5
  • -aedyn [570]
    • Braedyn, 172
    • Jaedyn, 166
    • Kaedyn, 109
    • Aedyn, 45
    • Caedyn, 36
    • Haedyn, 15
    • Zaedyn, 15
    • Draedyn, 6
    • Raedyn, 6
  • -aidyn [931]
    • Aidyn, 321
    • Jaidyn, 273
    • Kaidyn, 131
    • Braidyn, 59
    • Caidyn, 53
    • Haidyn, 40
    • Zaidyn, 39
    • Raidyn, 10
    • Xaidyn, 5
  • -aydyn [237]
    • Jaydyn, 89
    • Aydyn, 40
    • Haydyn, 32
    • Braydyn, 31
    • Kaydyn, 28
    • Caydyn, 9
    • Zaydyn, 8

-d*nn [87 babies, 7 variants]

  • -aidenn [15]
    • Aidenn, 15
  • -aydenn [54]
    • Jaydenn, 29
    • Aydenn, 19
    • Haydenn, 6
  • -adynn [6]
    • Jadynn, 6
  • -aidynn [12]
    • Aidynn, 6
    • Jaidynn, 6

-dd*n [139 babies, 11 variants]

  • -adden [71]
    • Hadden, 22
    • Jadden, 18
    • Adden, 12
    • Cadden, 8
    • Kadden, 6
    • Bradden, 5
  • -aidden [28]
    • Aidden, 21
    • Jaidden, 7
  • -aydden [17]
    • Aydden, 12
    • Jaydden, 5
  • -addon [23]
    • Haddon, 23

Other [162 babies, 18 variants]

  • Aiyden, 37
  • Jaiyden, 16
  • Aodhan, 14
  • Ayeden, 11
  • Jahden, 11
  • Aiydan, 8
  • Ayedin, 6
  • Breaden, 6
  • Kaiyden, 6
  • Keaden, 6
  • Sheadon, 6
  • Aiedan, 5
  • Aieden, 5
  • Aiiden, 5
  • Jahyden, 5
  • Jayeden, 5
  • Jayhden, 5
  • Keadyn, 5

Ok, ready to add these up?

Ending Babies Variants
-dan 8,504 31
-den 85,583 94
-din 1,807 26
-dn 203 6
-don 3,479 37
-dun 6 1
-dyn 3,022 36
-d*nn 87 7
-dd*n 139 11
Other 162 18
TOTAL 102,992 267

Of the (at least) 2,095,910 baby boys born last year, (at least) 102,992 were given an -ayden name. That’s over 4.9%–about 1 in 20.

Of the 14,404 boy names on the SSA’s list, 267 are -ayden names. That’s 1.9%–about 1 in 50.

Do these numbers surprise you?

Update: Wondering how many baby girls or how many babies overall received an -ayden name in 2009?

[Disclaimer: I’m assuming all of the variants above rhyme with Jayden, but I can’t make any guarantees about pronunciation. Also, I didn’t count the following: variants with 3 syllables, variants with 2-vowel endings (e.g. -dien, -deyn), variants that look like Eden and Madden, and (possible variants?) Ajdin and Dredin.]

UPDATE: Is the -Ayden Craze Over?

Unusual Baby Name Spellings in Minnesota

Many parents choose to personalize their baby’s name by using a variant spelling. Here are some interesting baby name spellings that have been used recently in southeastern Minnesota, for example:

  • Madeline, Madalyn, Madelin, Madelyn, Madelynn, Madelynne, Madilyn, Matalynn
  • Madison, Madisyn, Madyson
  • Jackson, Jaxon, Jaxson
  • Collin, Colin, Calin
  • Dylan, Dillon, Dilyn
  • Owen, Owyn, Owin
  • Caiden, Cayden, Caden, Caedyn, Kaiden, Kayden, Kaden, Kaeden
  • Aiden, Aidan, Ayden, Aden, Aeyden
  • Jaden, Jayden, Jaedyn, Jaiden, Jadyn
  • Brayden, Braydan, Braden
  • Erik, Eric, Arik, Aeric
  • Hailey, Haley, Haylie, Haylee, Hayley
  • Kailey, Kaylie, Kaley, Kaylee, Kaileigh
  • Kiley, Kyleigh, Kylee
  • Kalli, Kally, Kalie
  • Chloe, Khloe, Kloey, Chloee
  • McKayla, Mackayla, Makaila, Mikaela
  • Savanna, Savannah, Syvannah
  • Olivia, Alyvia, Alivia

I found these in a recent article written by Aleta Capelle (who has a pretty cool name herself). The names come from babies born in Olmsted County, Minnesota from July 1, 2006 through July 1, 2007.