How popular is the baby name Celine 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 Celine.
Speaking of names in the Swedish royal family…the Swedish royal family caused some controversy back in 2012 when Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel named their baby girl Estelle.
One Swedish journalist said the name was “a very strange choice which I believe will be much discussed.” He added: “Estelle sounds like the name of a nightclub queen.”
Many speculated that the princess was named after American-born Countess Estelle Bernadotte (1904-1984) in order to make a political statement. Estelle’s husband Folke Bernadotte (son of Ebba Munck) was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1948, and one of the people behind the murder was future Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.
Regardless of the reason it was chosen, the Princess’s name is now more popular than ever before in Sweden. Usage dipped right after she was born, but rebounded a few years later:
- 2017: 75 baby girls named Estelle in Sweden
- 2016: 70 baby girls named Estelle in Sweden
- 2015: 43 baby girls named Estelle in Sweden
- 2014: 45 baby girls named Estelle in Sweden
- 2013: 33 baby girls named Estelle in Sweden
- 2012: 55 baby girls named Estelle in Sweden
- 2011: 64 baby girls named Estelle in Sweden
- 2010: 53 baby girls named Estelle in Sweden
- 2009: 38 baby girls named Estelle in Sweden
- 2008: 41 baby girls named Estelle in Sweden
It didn’t come close to hitting the top 10 in 2017, but did rank somewhere around 145th.
According to one source, “[t]he name Estelle fits into a smallish trend in Sweden, where names of French origin — or just French-sounding — are slowly becoming popular. Some other names in this group are: Amélie, Celine, Leonie and Noelle.”
What are your thoughts on the baby name Estelle?
Sources: Naming princess Estelle a ‘political statement’ by Swedish Royal Family, Estelle – Reactions to a royal name-giving in Sweden (PDF)
Time for another mystery baby name! Today’s stumper is Zeline, a one-hit wonder that charted in 1957 with a dozen baby girls:
- 1959: unlisted
- 1958: unlisted
- 1957: 12 baby girls named Zeline
- 1956: unlisted
- 1955: unlisted
The name Zelene debuted the same year, with half as many baby girls.
I’ve done all my standard research, which includes looking at newspapers and periodicals of the era, and so far I haven’t found any notable people/characters/products named Zeline (or Zelene) in 1956-1957.
These names don’t appear to be a variant of a more popular name, though I should mention that Celine saw an uptick in usage in ’58, which is interesting.
At least three of the Zelines and two of the Zelenes were born in California, but this probably isn’t much a clue, given the relative population of California.
Anyone have a theory about the origin of this one?
According to data from Statistics Sweden, the most popular baby names in Sweden in 2014 were Elsa and Lucas.
Here are Sweden’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:
1. Elsa, 850 baby girls
2. Alice, 806
3. Maja, 732
4. Agnes, 673
5. Lilly, 646
6. Olivia, 626
7. Julia, 610
8. Ebba, 603
9. Linnea, 594
10. Molly, 579
1. Lucas, 860 baby boys
2. William, 851
3. Oscar, 805
4. Oliver, 754
5. Liam, 728
6. Elias, 721
7. Hugo, 696
8. Vincent, 641
9. Charlie, 634
10. Alexander, 630
Though they didn’t make it obvious, the names above actually represent combined spellings.
So do you think Elsa, which ranked 3rd in 2013, hit #1 last year thanks to the movie Frozen? Here are the numbers for Elsa (that spelling only) over the last 5 years:
- 2014: 841 babies named Elsa in Sweden
- 2013: 762
- 2012: 750
- 2011: 716
- 2010: 719
Sweden also puts out lists of baby names that are rising the fastest…
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…and falling the fastest.
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Could the rise of Elisa and Elise be attributable to Elsa?
Source: Name Statistics – Statistics Sweden
Israel recently released three lists of popular baby names.
According to the Central Bureau for Statistics, the country’s top names last year were:
- Noam and Noa for Jewish babies,
- Mohammad and Maryam for Muslim babies, and
- George and Maria for Christian babies.
Here are more of the most popular baby names of 2012 within each religious group:
The Jewish names above were listed in my source article, but the Muslim and Christian names below (beyond the #1 names) I had to translate from Hebrew using various online tools/dictionaries, so they might not be perfect.
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A few years ago, a group of Israeli rabbis released a list of names they thought should be off-limits to Jewish children. Ariel, the 8th most popular name for Jewish baby boys last year, was on their forbidden name list. :)
Sources: Noa, Noam top baby names for 2012, Central Bureau of Statistics
Celine Dion and her husband René welcomed twins Eddy and Nelson a little more than a week ago. Here’s why they were named Eddy and Nelson:
The name “Eddy” comes from Eddy Marnay, who produced the singer’s first five records. “He was like a father to her,” says Dion’s rep. “Eddy is a major influence in both Céline and René’s lives.”
Nelson is named after Nelson Mandela, whom Dion met two years ago while kicking off her world tour in South Africa. “René said that in just the few minutes they were able to spend with him, they were impressed by the human being he is,” says the rep.
“Céline and René want their children to be inspired by their names, because they were so inspired by these men,” the rep adds.
I wish more people (celebs especially!) were this thoughtful about the baby names they chose.
Celine and René’s eldest son, René-Charles, was born in 2001. (Charles was the name of Dion’s paternal grandfather.)