How popular is the baby name Coraline in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Coraline and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Coraline.
Neil Gaiman’s award-winning book American Gods is going to be made into a TV series. Here’s a quick synopsis, courtesy of Nerdist:
For those of you who haven’t read the novel, American Gods centers around a war brewing between old and new gods; the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world, who are now steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity, and drugs. The lead character, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday. Mr. Wednesday is a con man who is in reality one of the older gods on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
I don’t know when the show will be on the air (2016?) but Shadow’s name is already being thrown around a lot on social media, thanks to the #CastingShadow social media campaign.
Do you think we’ll see an uptick in the number of babies named Shadow the year the show comes out?
(At least two other Gaiman character names, Coraline and Yvaine, saw increased usage after the books Stardust and Coraline were made into movies.)
Source: Starz Greenlights Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Television Series
According to the Office for National Statistics, the new top baby names in England and Wales are Harry and Amelia.
They beat out 2010’s top names Oliver and Olivia.
Here are the current top 25 names for both boys and girls:
In Wales specifically, the top names were Oliver and Lily. In London, Daniel and Isabella.
A few other things I noticed…
Usage of Pippa increased in 2011, thanks to the royal wedding:
- 2011: 250 baby girls named Pippa (rank: 204th)
- 2010: 124 baby girls named Pippa (rank: 365th)
- 2009: 125 baby girls named Pippa (rank: 351st)
Usage of another quirky P-name, Pixie, is also on the up thanks to English pop star Pixie Lott:
- 2011: 99 baby girls named Pixie (rank: 432nd)
- +6 named Pixie-Lou
- +5 named Pixie-Leigh
- 2010: 83 baby girls named Pixie (rank: 485th)
- +3 named Pixie-Lou
- +3 named Pixie-Rose
- 2009: 33 baby girls named Pixie (rank: 982nd)
I also spotted 5 baby girls named Renesmee, 4 named Coraline and 4 named Io.
The most insightful article I’ve seen about this batch of names so far is Ed West’s “Britain’s divided nation is revealed in our baby names.” Some snippets:
- “…the annually-published list does show that, for the first time in nine centuries, English people are easily identifiable by class solely by their name, since most names in the 2011 list have strong class biases either way.”
- “Social mobility will be achieved only when we all give our children the same names.”
Have you spotted anything interesting or surprising on the England and Wales 2011 list?
Neil Gaiman’s fantasy book Coraline (2002) tells the story of young Coraline Jones. The book was turned into a movie in 2009.
The book did inspire a few baby names, but watch what happens when the movie comes out:
- 2013: 385 baby girls named Coraline
- 2012: 325 baby girls named Coraline
- 2011: 224 baby girls named Coraline
- 2010: 237 baby girls named Coraline
- 2009: 120 baby girls named Coraline
- 2008: 11 baby girls named Coraline
- 2007: 5 baby girls named Coraline
- 2006: 7 baby girls named Coraline
- 2005: unlisted
Since 2012, the name Coraline has been among the top 1,000 baby girl names in the U.S.
How did Gaiman come up with the name? Here’s what he said in his recent University of the Arts Class of 2012 commencement speech [9:17 to 9:43]:
Fourthly, I hope you’ll make mistakes. If you make mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something. And the mistakes in themselves can be very useful. I once misspelled Caroline in a letter, transposing the A and O. And I thought, “Coraline…looks almost like a real name.”
(h/t Tim Ferriss)
Related: Yvaine is another Neil Gaiman character name.