2012: 168 baby boys named Ryker in Utah (ranked 12th)
2011: 154 baby boys named Ryker in Utah (ranked 19th)
2010: 136 baby boys named Ryker in Utah (ranked 26th)
2009: 151 baby boys named Ryker in Utah (ranked 24th)
2008: 129 baby boys named Ryker in Utah (ranked 37th)
And here are the numbers for Idaho:
2012: 51 baby boys named Ryker in Idaho (ranked 32nd)
2011: 49 baby boys named Ryker in Idaho (ranked 41st)
2010: 53 baby boys named Ryker in Idaho (ranked 33rd)
2009: 53 baby boys named Ryker in Idaho (ranked 36th)
2008: 34 baby boys named Ryker in Idaho (ranked 84th)
So far I don’t have a good theory about what made Ryker so popular in Utah/Idaho. Blogger Jessie Jensen tells me Ryker fits well with the region’s mix-n-match name trend, but I still wonder if some initiating event (sports? religion?) didn’t jump-start things for Ryker say in the 2003-2008 range. Anyone have a guess?
P.S. While we’re talking Utah mysteries, Claire is another name I’ve been wondering about. It ranked 10th there last year. (Also 12th in D.C. and 20th in MN.) Any ideas on Claire?
A reader named Heather has a 2-year-old named Tucker David (nn Tuck) and is expecting twin boys. She writes:
We were thinking of Henry Edward and Andrew William (we would call him Drew for short) as names because all 4 are family names, but think they might be a bit too traditional and might flow with Tucker. We are looking for some suggestions. Nothing starting with the letter T, please. We have nephews named Travis and Timothy and our dogs name begins with T as well – haha!
Two or three syllables would be best. 1 syllable can be kind of short considering our last name is only 1 syllable.
Our heritage is English, Irish and Czech. We are not bound to that, but typically are drawn to it as a preference. :)
(Their surname sounds like Hoyt, but starts with an F.)
I think Henry and Andrew sound good with Tucker. I know some parents prefer that their children’s names “match” on a stylistic level, but I think non-matching sibsets sound just fine, so long as they don’t go too far in the other direction (e.g. Abdul-Aziz, Rodolphe & Bud).
I’m also a big fan of family names, so I like Henry and Andrew (and Edward and William) for that reason as well.
Yo Xing Heyno Augustus Eisner Alexander Weiser Knuckles (boy)
Mister was born in 1987 to Jeremijenko and her then-boyfriend, an Australian rock musician. She goes by “Jamba-Djang” now. Jeremijenko had been “reading and loving Nabokov and Joyce at the time,” and admits to getting “a little carried away.”
E and Yo were born a few years later to to Jeremijenko and her husband, American sociologist Dalton Conley. E was inspired by the mathematical constant, and her parents call the name interactive because E can choose what “E” stands for. Yo’s name was lengthened in 2003 at his request to include the name of his father’s childhood dog, Knuckles. As of 2003, his was the longest name in NYC’s register.