How popular is the baby name Chaya 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 Chaya.
According to New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press, “preliminary data from the state Department of Health has names like Michael and Matthew at the top of the 2013 list for boys, and Sophia and Isabella for girls.”
That preliminary data isn’t yet available at the NJ Department of Health website, but hopefully it will be soon.
According to the SSA, Sophia and Isabella ranked #1 and #2 for baby girls born in New Jersey in 2012. Michael and Matthew ranked #1 and #5.
Also from the source article, this interesting fact about baby names in New Jersey’s Monmouth County:
[R]oughly one-third of the top girls and boys names are Orthodox names, like Chana, Chaya, Esther, Rivka and Batsheva for the girls, and Moshe, Chaim and Yosef for the boys. The Monmouth list, in fact, varies markedly both from the statewide baby names, as well as the national list.
UPDATE, 12/8/2013: Just spotted a different article with the full New Jersey preliminary list. Here it is:
And another interesting fact, this time about the name Sandy:
One gender-neutral name that has trended in the past year, however, did not get the surge experts were predicting some nine months after the biggest storm in New Jersey history.
“We had no babies named Sandy in July and August, when we might have been expecting that,” Waters said.
UPDATE, 5/4/2015: The actual 2013 list, from an article about the finalized 2014 list.
Sources: Michael, Isabella top list of N.J.’s most popular baby names, Top baby names in NJ for 2013: Michael Still No. 1, N.J.’s most popular baby names of 2014
One thing I love about Quebec? Their yearly baby name list includes all baby names.
Not just names given to 5 or more babies, like the U.S. list. Not just names given to 3 or more babies, like the England and Wales list.
Every single name. Regardless of whether the name was given to hundreds of babies or just one.
Privacy: Who needs it! :)
Here are some stats on all those Quebec names:
- 7,921 boy names total
- 6,107 (77%) of them were given to 1 baby boy
- 7121 (90%) of them were given to 1, 2, 3 or 4 baby boys*
- 9,074 girl names total
- 6,686 (74%) of them were given to 1 baby girl
- 8058 (89%) of them were given to 1, 2, 3 or 4 baby girls*
*So, if the names given to 5+ babies in Quebec account for only about 10% of the names on the full list, and we assume baby name distribution in the U.S. is similar, the “full” U.S. lists should contain over 140,000 boy names and over 190,000 girl names.
Here are some of Quebec’s unique names (used only once):
|Baby Girl Names
||Baby Boy Names
Grace Nono Dipita
Kayla de la Caridad
Orlanel Keriane Elsa
San San Jessica
Kenny S. Phacoly
Rani’ Konhra Katste
I had my eye out for Inuit names in particular.
Among the girl names given to two babies last year, I spotted both Chaya Mushka and Katniss.
P.S. Here are the Most Popular Baby Names in Quebec for 2012.
Last year — for the third year in a row — New York City’s most popular baby names were Jayden and Isabella.
More than 800 baby boys were named Jayden and more than 600 baby girls were named Isabella in 2011.
Here are more of the top boy names:
*Aiden and Alexander are new. They replace Joseph (#13) and Joshua (#14).
And here are the rest of the top girl names:
*Sofia is new. It replaces Sarah (#11).
Source: Mayor Bloomberg Announces Isabella and Jayden Are 2011’s Most Popular Baby Names for Third Year in a Row
Hundreds of Hasidic parents (mostly located in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn) named their daughters “Chaya Mushka” after the 1988 passing of Chaya Mushka Schneerson, the wife of prominent New York rabbi.
Here’s a video about the babies named Chaya Mushka, from The Jewish Daily Forward:
The accompanying article is Meet Chaya Mushka, Again and Again. Here are some highlights:
- According to NYC government stats, “the popularity of the name “Chaya” surged shortly after the rebbetzin died, from about 100 girls annually during the mid-1980s to 150 girls annually during the early 1990s. It peaked in 2005 and 2006, with almost 200 girls named “Chaya” in each year.” (They don’t track middle names.)
- One Chaya Mushka (b. 1988) mentioned that, at her Beth Rivkah school in Brooklyn, about 75 of the 120 girls in her grade were called Chaya Mushka.
- A Crown Heights matchmaker said that, currently, “almost one-third of the 200 women on her list of eligible brides are Chaya Mushkas.”
What does the SSA data show? In 1988, the baby name Chaya (which means “life”) saw a jump in usage, and the baby name Mushka (which refers to a fragrance or an aromatic spice) debuted on the national list:
- 1991: 9 baby girls named Mushka
- 1990: 17 baby girls named Mushka
- 1989: 20 baby girls named Mushka
- 1988: 18 baby girls named Mushka [debut]
- 1987: unlisted
That matchmaker also mentioned that the name Menachem Mendel became extremely popular for boys after Chaya Mushka’s husband Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of the Lubavitch movement, died a few years later in 1994. “In my son’s class, I would say about 90% [of the boys] are called Mendy.”
Source: Her Name – Chabad.org