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Popularity of the Baby Name Crimson

Number of Babies Named Crimson

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Crimson

Distinctive Baby Names, State by State

Which baby names are the most disproportionately popular in each U.S. state?

Name blog Republic of Names has your answer — a bunch of cool lists of the most distinctive baby names by state. Here are some highlights for about half of the states.

In Alabama:

  • Crimson – Crimson Tide is the University of Alabama football team.
  • Krimson

In Alaska:

  • Aurora
  • Denali – Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska is North America’s highest peak.
  • McKinley

In Arizona:

  • Ariza
  • Helios
  • Nizhoni – Nizhóní is a Navajo word meaning “it/he/she is pretty/beautiful.”
  • Sedona – Sedona is a city in Arizona.

In California:

  • Eztli – Eztli is a Nahuatl (Aztec) word meaning “blood.”
  • Sissi

In Colorado:

  • Matix
  • Story
  • Trindon – Trindon Holliday played pro football in Colorado.
  • Zeppelin

In Florida:

  • Kervens
  • Woodley

In Idaho:

  • Ammon
  • Brigham
  • Hyrum

In Indiana:

  • Jolisa

In Iowa:

  • Kinnick – Kinnick Stadium is where the Iowa Hawkeyes football team plays.

In Kansas:

  • Creighton
  • Ignatius

In Louisiana:

  • Beaux
  • Jacques
  • Marigny – Foubourg Marigny is a New Orleans neighborhood.
  • Montreal

In Maine:

  • Baxter – Baxter is a state park in Maine.
  • Libby

In Mississippi:

  • Swayze

In Missouri:

  • Chancellor
  • Messiah

In Montana:

  • Tuff

In Nevada:

  • Berenice
  • Halo
  • Love

In North Carolina:

  • Chatham

In North Dakota:

  • Briggs
  • McCoy

In Oklahoma:

  • Gentry
  • Jentri
  • Jentry
  • Kutter
  • Tuck
  • Tuff

In Oregon:

  • Alder
  • Autzen – Autzen Stadium is where the Oregon Ducks football team plays.
  • Avenir – Avenir is a French word meaning “future.” It’s also on the Washington state list below. In fact, nearly two-thirds of last year’s Avenirs were born on the west coast: 10 in Washington, 7 in California, 5 in Oregon. Anyone know why?
  • Cedar
  • Forest
  • Maple
  • Opal
  • Pepper
  • Sequoia
  • Sol

In Tennessee:

In Texas:

  • Brazos – Brazos is a Spanish word meaning “arms.” The Brazos River in Texas was originally called Rio de los Brazos de Dios, or “River of the Arms of God.”

In Utah:

  • Korver – Kyle Korver played pro basketball in Utah.
  • Lesieli
  • Navy
  • Parley
  • Viliami

In Vermont:

  • Arlo
  • Juniper

In Washington, D.C.:

  • Egypt
  • Harlem

In Washington (state):

  • Avenir – see Oregon
  • Rio
  • Valkyrie
  • Zephyr

In West Virginia:

  • Remington

In Wisconsin:

  • Charisma
  • Croix
  • Ruthann

In Wyoming:

  • Temperance

See the original post for the rest. You might also be interested in checking out the “most regional” baby names in the US.


Name Quotes for the Weekend, #2

From Jessie Jensen of the blog Bloggity Blog:

A few months ago I sat in front of an older woman on a flight who was cheerfully explaining to her seatmate that she was on her way to visit her new grandson. When the lady asked what the sweet little dear’s name was, the grandma clammed up and replied reservedly, “Slate”. To some degree, his name diminished her joy. (It came out later that Slate was the younger sibling of Crimson, Indigo, and Sage.)

From a Daily Mail article about life in ancient Rome:

In fact, one of the major sources of [Roman] slaves was probably these thrown-away babies. You can tell that from the names people gave them. One common name was Copreus — it translates as ‘found on the dung-heap’. This probably happened more to baby girls than to baby boys.

From John Hewitt of the site PoeWar:

Because my wife is less concerned about a boy being taken “seriously”, most of our girl choices so far are conservative, while the boy names are a little more adventurous.

Interesting; the opposite of what parents typically do.

From a Forbes article about the Social Security crisis:

Less than 2 percent of Social Security’s budget is spent on administration, most of which goes toward producing the list of most popular baby names.

From Greg Ross of the blog Futility Closet:

But my favourite example is a story told by the American linguist Charles Hockett, who reports that at least one Filipino father, during the American occupation of the Philippines, named his son Ababís — after the patron saint of the United States. But no such saint exists. So what happened?

Well, before the Americans arrived, the Philippines were a Spanish colony, and Spanish was widely spoken. In Spanish, the word for ‘saint’, when it occurs in a male saint’s name, is San — hence all those California place names like San Francisco, San José and San Diego. The Filipino father had noticed that American soldiers, in moments of stress, tended to call upon their saint by exclaiming San Ababís! — or something like that.

– Robert Lawrence Trask, Language: The Basics, 1999

Another from Greg Ross of Futility Closet:

“I once had a student named Usmail, which I at first thought was some Hispanic version of Ishmael,” writes CUNY linguist Leonard R.N. Ashley. “It transpired that he had been named for the only contact his family in a remote Puerto Rican village enjoyed with the outside world, the red-white-and-blue truck that came frequently and had painted on its side US Mail.”

Here are more names like Usmail.

And here’s the first Name Quotes for the Weekend post, from a few weeks ago.

Mason Dixon – Good Baby Name?

An Ann Landers column from 1995 featured a letter from one Mrs. Dixon, whose husband wanted to name their child Mason. As in, Mason-Dixon.

“I’m afraid our son would be made fun of throughout his life,” Mrs. Dixon said. Ann agreed: “I’m on your side. To saddle a child with the name Mason Dixon would surely make him a lifelong butt of jokes.”

The reader responses printed a few months later, though, tended to be more supportive.

  • From Rose Rose: “I attribute my sense of humor to the fact that I had such an unusual name.”
  • From Mason Dickson: “Go for it. I’ve had a lot of fun with this name, and people always remember me.”
  • From Janice Mason Jarr, formerly Janice Mason Dixon: “No great improvement.”

Where do you stand on the name Mason Dixon — thumbs up or thumbs down?

(Similarly questionable names: River Bottom, Cole Sellar, Miller Lyte, Crimson Tide.)

Source: “Unusual name is just fine.” Portsmouth Daily Times 19 Jun. 1995: B4.

Unique American Baby Names of 2009 (Boys’ Edition)

A couple of weeks ago, I published lists baby boy names and baby girl names that ranked outside of the SSA’s official top 1,000, but were still given to 100+ babies in the U.S. in 2009.

Since then, I’ve had time to peruse the rest of the names on the SSA’s full list–those 12,811 boy names and 17,993 girl names given to at least five but no more than 99 babies last year.

Here are some highlights from the boys’ list:

Blends

  • Myson (21) – My son
  • Kingjames (11)
  • Myking (10) – My king
  • Brandonlee (8)
  • Victorhugo (8)
  • Kingdavid (5)
  • Myheir (5) – My heir
  • Siranthony (5)
  • Sirmichael (5)
  • Reydavid (5)

Numerical

  • Seven (86)
  • Amillion (16)
  • Trillion (10)
  • Million (7)

Musical

  • Ziggy (39)
  • Danzig (13)
  • Reznor (9)
  • Vedder (6)
  • Cobain (5)

Sports-ish

  • Gehrig (33)
  • Raider (15)
  • Polo (12)
  • Espn (6)
  • Fenway (5)
  • Jetli (5)
  • Samurai (5)
  • Wanderlei (5) and Vanderlei (5)

NRA supporters

  • Shooter (27)
  • Trigger (15)
  • Caliber (7)

Natural pairings

  • The Catcher (8) in the Rye (22)
  • Smith (47) & Wesson (42)
  • Supreme (11) Court (9)

Reflections of modern values?

  • Famous (10)
  • Gamble (10)
  • Chaos (9)
  • Furious (6)
  • Money (5)
  • Notorious (5)

Word associations

  • Bronx (74) – Mowgli
  • Tuff (28) – Cream puff [conditional upon ruffness]
  • Trapper (25) – Keeper
  • Pilot (19) – Inspektor
  • Crimson (16) – Tide
  • Epic (11) – Fail

On to the girl names

Babies Being Named for College Football QB Colt McCoy?

I mentioned dog names the other day, so now let’s talk about horse-related names. Specifically, Colt.

Colt, like King and Jett, has become more popular recently. After ranking 534th in 2008, it jumped 164 spots to reach 370th in 2009.

Why? A CNBC reporter says the reason is former University of Texas quarterback Daniel “Colt” McCoy.

In fact, the rise of the name mirrors McCoy’s career. Not bad considering the name was barely cracking the top 1000 when McCoy arrived on national scene four years ago.

It’s a sound theory. Colt did indeed enter the top 1,000 in 2005–the year that McCoy began playing college football.

But let’s not forget two things.

First, Colt wasn’t a top 1,000 virgin in 2005. It had been in the top 1,000 from 1982 all the way to 2002–over two decades. This original run may have been sparked by Colt Seavers, a character played by Lee Majors on the television series The Fall Guy (1982-1986).

Second, there’s the influence of Colton. It first cracked the top 1,000 in 1982 as well (perhaps due to the influence of Colt?). Unlike Colt, though, Colton became more popular as time went on. So now, a few decades later, the still-trendy sound of Colton may be paving the way for the re-introduction of Colt.

And now a question for you: In terms of college football-related baby names, which do you like better, Colt or Crimson?

Source: Parents Naming More Kids Colt

Baby Name Warning from 1942

Unusual baby names are discussed regularly online, in entertainment magazines, even on late night TV. But I don’t often see the topic come up in old newspapers, which is why I was surprised to find the following in a 1942 issue of the Spokane Daily Chronicle:

News pictures recently gave publicity to a baby who was born during a practice air-raid blackout and whose mother hit on the expediency of naming her Dawn Siren. Another baby has been named Victory Pearl Harbor.

These names did not impress our anonymous reporter:

Herewith is a brief for all children whose parents give them unusual mirth-provoking or humiliating names. The offending fathers and mothers may be well meaning enough and in some cases the names have significance at the time they are given, but before long the child is hanging his head in shame under the storm of derision of his playmates, or blushing when he gives his name for the roll at school.

Dawn and Victory seem tame nowadays…makes me wonder what this person would have had to say about Aussie, Crimson and Marijauna.

Source: “What’s in a name? Plenty.” Spokane Daily Chronicle 6 Jan. 1942: 4.

Two More Baby Names from Sports – McCarthy and Vetch

Last week’s post on Crimson Tide, the Alabama baby who was named after a football team, reminded me of two UK babies who were also named in honor of football teams. (Well, soccer teams.)

  • McCarthy Campbell, born in 2004, was named after Mick McCarthy, who was the manager of Sunderland A.F.C. from 2003 to 2006. The baby’s dad had originally wanted his son’s initials to be S.A.F.C., but mom nixed that idea and suggested McCarthy instead.
  • Imogen Chloe Vetch Price, also born in 2004, was named in part after Vetch Field, which was the home of Swansea City A.F.C. from 1912 to 2005. The field was named for the vetch that had once grown there.

If Imogen had been born a few years later, she could have been named for Liberty Stadium, which is where Swansea now plays. Liberty might not be as significant a location as Vetch, but it certainly makes a prettier name.

Sources: Baby named after Black Cats boss, Baby named after Vetch