How popular is the baby name Cruz 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 Cruz.
A few months ago, the government of Paraguay released a long list of rare-but-real Paraguayan baby names. Here are some of the highlights:
- Amorcito, “sweetheart”
- Dublina, “Dublin”
- Exaltacion de la Cruz, “exaltation of the cross”
- Killbroy Killer
- Lluvia de Oro, “golden rain”
- Linda Pelusa, “cute fluff”
- Mamerto, “idiot”
- Mística Paloma, “mystic dove”
- Optimosprayn, inspired by the character Optimus Prime
- His full name is Optimusprayn Ismael Meza Barboza (b. 1999). On his 16th birthday he got an Autobot insignia tattooed on his neck (his parents were not pleased about this). He said that, in the future, he wants to have two sons: one named for him, the other named Rodimus Prime, “como el hermano perdido de Optimus Prime” (like the lost brother of Optimus Prime).
- Por Fin Bienvenido Carajo, “finally welcome f*ck”
- His full name is Por Fin Bienvenido Carajo Rapetti. He was his father’s 15th child, but very first son — this is essentially the explanation for his name. Several of his sisters received similar names. One was Paciencia Contra el Destino, “patience against destiny,” and another was Seguiremos Inisistiendo, “we’ll keep trying.” Their names were later changed to Elvira and Chula, respectively.
- Santa Primitiva, “holy primitive”
- Tecla, “key”
Sources: Registro del Estado Civil de Paraguay (Facebook), Conocé la historia de este joven, que se llama “OPTIMOSPRAYN”, Nombres Insólitos en Paraguay (video, via Daniel Edwards)
Last month, FlowingData crunched some numbers to come up with the 35 most unisex baby names in the U.S. since 1930. Here’s the list:
I’m not sure exactly what criteria were used to create the rankings, but it looks like the top unisex names on this list were the top-1,000 names that “stuck around that 50-50 split” the longest from 1930 to 2012.
(In contrast, my unisex baby names page lists any name on the full list to fall within the 25-75 to 75-25 range, but only in the most recent year on record.)
The FlowingData post also mentions that, though the data is pretty noisy, there might be “a mild upward trend” over the years in the number of babies with a unisex name.
**In 1957, Johnny Carson’s 5-year-old son Kim had his name changed to Richard because he’d been having “a little trouble over his name being mistaken for a girl’s.”
Source: The most unisex names in US history
[Update, 11/7/2013: Changed Michael to Michel.]
A reader named Debra would like some help naming baby número três:
We are just not finding THE name. I’m American, husband is Portuguese and we live in the states. We have two boys; Diogo and Cruz. I am due any day with #3 a GIRL. We definitely want a Portuguese name.
Our criteria…the name needs to be relatively easy for Americans to pronounce. Don’t want a name in the top 100 in the states. I prefer names that aren’t automatically shortened to nn – Debra to Debbie, Kimberly to Kim. I don’t usually care for names that end with the “e” sound, ex. Zoe. The name should be beautiful and sophisticated, more than cute.
I really like Sofia and Isabel, but they are just too popular in the U.S. right now. Other names we like are Beatriz (too hard to properly pronounce in US?), and Mara.
Please help us. I’d love to have a name before she is born! I’m 38 weeks today!
I think Mara would be a great choice, based on the criteria. Here are some other names that might also work:
Sílvia (good alternative to Sofia?)
Do you like any of the above for the baby sister of Diogo and Cruz? What other (preferably Portuguese) names would you suggest to Debra?
We’ve all seen celebs announce baby names via blogs and microblogs. Drew Brees (@drewbrees) and Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) have both recently tweeted the names of their new arrivals, for instance.
But Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt apparently wants to profit from the announcement of his third child’s name, so he’s asking fans to pay $2 for a text message from Text A Star. Here’s what it says on Hewitt’s website:
October 23, 2010
Today, Lleyton Hewitt announced via Text a Star the following:
“Bec, Mia, Cruz and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our family last Tuesday. Mum and baby are great! Dad, big sister and brother elated.”
The name of the new addition will be sent through Text a Star later in the week.
And, would you ever consider paying to be the first to know the name of a particular celebrity’s baby? (If so, which celeb?)
Source: Celebrities cash in on latest additions
UPDATE: First, the baby’s name is Ava Sydney. (Sydney after the Australian city? Not sure.) Second, Hewitt claims he’s not trying to profit from his baby’s name. Sounds like he wanted to circumvent the media and give fans the info first. I like the thinking, but wonder…did he completely forget that he has a web page on which he could announce such information to fans for free?
Like baby names that are short and sweet? Here are over 100 one-syllable boy names:
Blaine, Blayne, Blane
Jace, Jayce, Jase
Lane, Layne, Laine
Reece, Reese, Rhys
Sean, Shawn, Shaun
Zack, Zach, Zac
Zane, Zain, Zayne
Have any favorites?
P.S. Here are the most popular 1-syllable boy names of 2012, 2011 and 2010.