How popular is the baby name Clyde 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 Clyde.
A few months ago, I got an email from a reader who’d spotted an obituary for a man named “
King David.” Even more intriguing, King David’s father’s name was “King Solomon.” The reader wondered what other famous kings had inspired similar first/middle name combinations.
Historical records reveal that, long before the name
King became trendy in the 2000s, hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of people in America were given the first name “King.”
While most that I saw had middle names that didn’t create a special pairing (e.g., King Clyde, King Terry), a good number did have middle names that — whether intentionally or not — turned the pairing into the name of some historical, biblical, or legendary king.
Here are some of the pairings I spotted, plus links to a few examples:
Several of these (
Kingarthur, Kingcharles, Kingdavid, Kingjames, Kingjosiah, and Kingsolomon) also appear as compound names in the SSA data.
Do like the recent King-as-a-first-name trend? Why or why not?
According to British Columbia’s Vital Statistics Agency, the most popular baby names in the province in 2018 were
Olivia and Liam.
Here are British Columbia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
Olivia, 246 baby girls Emma, 222 Amelia, 170 (tie) Charlotte, 170 (tie) Chloe, 160 Sophia, 149 Ava, 148 Isla, 137 Emily, 134 Abigail, 132
Liam, 283 baby boys Lucas, 225 Oliver, 211 Benjamin, 200 Logan, 183 Ethan, 182 Noah, 181 (tie) William, 181 (tie) James, 175 Leo, 165
In the girls’ top 10, Isla replaces Hannah.
In the boys’ top 10, Leo replaces Owen.
Names used just five times each in 2018 include…
Girl names: Ayda, Bria, Clover, Dilnoor, Ever, Flora, Guneet, Havana, Irene, Jenny, Krystal, Lavinia, Magnolia, Opal, Pippa, Rosha, Sahej, Taryn, Waverly, Zia Boy names: Adriel, Bjorn, Clyde, Drake, Eamon, Fergus, Graydon, Hamza, Ibraheem, Jagger, Kaya, Leland, Malikai, Ollie, Partap, Reginald, Smith, Tegh, Watson, Zephyr
2017, the top names were Olivia and Benjamin.
Baby’s Most Chosen Names in British Columbia, 2018
According to Retraite Québec, the most popular baby names in Quebec in 2018 were
Emma and William.
Here are the province’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
Emma, 612 baby girls Alice, 525 Olivia, 490 Léa, 473 Charlie, 450 Florence, 439 Charlotte, 437 Livia, 378 Zoé, 346 Béatrice, 331
William, 739 baby boys Logan, 636 Liam, 629 Thomas, 601 Noah, 568 Jacob, 540 Léo, 536 Félix, 496 Édouard, 488 Nathan, 483
In the girls’ top 10, Livia (formerly ranked 21st) replaces Rosalie (now ranked 13th).
In the boys’ top 10, Félix (formerly ranked 14th) and Édouard (formerly 13th) replace Raphael (now ranked 12th) and Alexis (now 13th).
Here are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once in Quebec last year:
Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names Aoss, Bellanie, Cinsmaya, Daphnelia, Eva-Eve, Feberly-Aena, Grey Winter, Himalaya, Imallak, Jiverfa, Kandzy, Luthien Valkyrie, Mirberlie-Hendessa, Nerlandia, Om Shanti, Prindarella, Queency, Rymasse, Sarah Believe, Thrinity, Vireldis, Westerlyn, Yzis, Zulivia Aliocha, Bienfait, Clovis Ludovic, Derda, Evanel, Flash Wilder, Gavner, Hollywood, Igor Rugwiro, Jelijah, Keo-Archibald, Ludwig-Thoddy, Myozion, Nash Yango, Onder, Pasko, Qalingo, Romerick, Seigneur, Smile, Surprise, Tommy Gunn, Valois, Wishley Jason, Yom Tov, Zyan Clyde
(I usually limit myself to one name per letter, but there was no way I could choose between “Seigneur,” “Smile” and “Surprise” on the boys’ list.)
Possible explanations for some of the above:
Himalaya, the mountain range in Asia (means “abode of snow” in Sanskrit) Om Shanti, the salutation/chant ( shanti means “peace” in Sanskrit) Aliocha Schneider, Canadian actor (born Nicolas Schneider) “Bien faire,” French for “do well” Seigneur, originally a French title referring to a feudal lord Tommy Gunn, short for Thompson submachine gun Yom Tov, the Jewish greeting (shortened from yamim tovim, “good days,” referring to Jewish holidays)
(I posted more of
Quebec’s unique baby names over on Patreon.)
2017, the top two names were the same.
Retraite Québec – List of Baby Names
According to the Sonoma County site
SoCo Data, the most popular baby names in 2016 were Emma and and Mateo.
Here are the county’s top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2016:
Girl Names 1. Emma, 34 baby girls 2. Sophia, 28 3. Olivia, 27 4. Isabella, 23 5. Ava and Sofia, 21 (2-way tie)
Boy Names 1. Mateo, 35 baby boys 2. Sebastian and William, 26 (2-way tie) 3. Benjamin, 24 4. David and Lucas, 23 (2-way tie) 5. Jayden, 21
The top names in
2015 were a pair of ties: Ava & Olivia and Mateo & Daniel.
And, currently, the top names of 2017 are Mia and Mateo. (The dataset was last updated on October 2.)
Finally, here are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once in Sonoma in 2016:
Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names Amerabelle, Atlantis, Bleena, Calandra, Dallary, Diosa, Evaluna, Happy, Ivoryana, Jerusha, Kessley, Liliokalani, Maridahlia, Nabella, Parmys, Ravellen, Seva, Tajalli, Tusita, Velisse, Yadzell, Zemyna, Zyla Aeson, Ayris, Baxley, Cassius Clyde, Caulder, Coyote, Dorlan, Fling, Helio, Jaxper, Jenry, Kavari, Knoxville, Kolinio, Macario, Mountain, Nasric, Nyan, Olavio, Rigel, Rorik, Sonnen, Xompakh, Yolotli, Zaqarry
Years ago I posted about
Livonia, a baby both born on and named after a Pullman car. Recently I wondered: What other Pullman car names would have made good baby names?
So I downloaded a big spreadsheet of over 12,000 Pullman car names from
The Pullman Project and was slightly surprised to see that thousands of them could have been baby names, if we allow for the splitting of compound car names (like Fort Miley, Glen Norman, Meredith College, and West Willow).
Here are a handful of examples. On the left are relatively common/familiar names, and on the right are some unexpected choices.
Alana, Archer, Arnold Adriatha, Arundel, Arvonia Baxter, Becket, Bradley Bantry, Bellonia, Besco Calvin, Catalina, Clyde Cadesia, Clarnie, Clymer Dana, Deborah, Dwight Darlow, Dathema, Dodona Edith, Eileen, Elmo Edminster, Emalinda, Etherley Finley, Flavia, Floyd Fithian, Flaxton, Florilla Gary, Georgette, Grayson Gavarnie, Gilia, Gloxinia Harper, Harriet, Hector Harista, Humela, Hythe Iona, Isabella, Ivan Irvona, Isleta, Ixion Jessica, Jordan, Julia Jacelia, Jathniel, Justitia Kara, Keith, Kenneth Keinath, Kenia, Kittson Laurel, Lewis, Linden Lauveta, Leolyn, Lysander Madison, Marco, Maude Mardonia, Mayence, Morganza Nicola, Noel, Nora Narinda, Nasby, Norlina Olivia, Omar, Otis Oaklyn, Olanda, Oxus Parker, Perry, Philippa Penlyn, Pipila, Pixley Quincy Quarren Rebecca, Riley, Ronald Rexis, Risley, Ruxton Sarah, Scott, Susanne Salphrona, Sarver, Sibley Thora, Tracy, Tyler Tascott, Tilden, Tisonia Vanessa, Vernon, Victoria Varick, Vinora, Vivita Wesley, Wilson, Wren Welby, Wescott, Wexford
Which of the names above do you like best?