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Popular Baby Names in New York City, 2019

According to New York City’s Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the city in 2019 were Emma and Liam.

Here are New York City’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Emma, 497 baby girls
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Mia
  5. Isabella
  6. Leah
  7. Ava
  8. Chloe
  9. Amelia
  10. Charlotte

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 764 baby boys
  2. Noah
  3. Ethan
  4. Jacob
  5. Lucas
  6. Aiden
  7. Daniel
  8. Michael
  9. David
  10. Matthew

How do these rankings compare to the 2019 rankings for New York state*?

  • The top girl name state-wide was Olivia, not Emma.
  • The top boy name was Liam for both regions.
  • In the state, the girls’ top 10 didn’t include Chloe, but did include Emily.
  • In the state, the boys’ top 10 didn’t include Aiden, Daniel, or David, but did include Joseph, James, and Alexander.

And how do they compare to the 2018 rankings for NYC?

  • The top two names, Emma and Liam, were the same both years. (Also in 2017.)
  • In 2019, Charlotte replaced Sarah in the girls’ top 10.
  • In 2019, Michael replaced Alexander in the boys’ top 10.

Source: Oh Baby! The Names Emma and Liam Are Tops for Tots in 2019 – NYC Health

*New York state data provided by the SSA.

Baby Named Northland for Boat

In October of 1912, as the steamship Northland was traveling northward along the west coast of the U.S. from California to Oregon, an 8-pound baby was born to passenger Mrs. Daniel Boone Conover.

The baby boy was named Orford Northland Conover: “The second cognomen given him indicates that he was born on the Northland while the first means that his birth took place off Orford reef.”

Source: “Babe One Day Old as Steamer Docks.” San Fransisco Chronicle 19 Oct. 1912: 1.

The Baby Name Colt

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Christopher Colt

The baby name Colt has a distinctive popularity graph: usage begins in the 1950s, shoots up in the early 1980s, shoots up again in the early 2000s, and shoots up again in the late 2010s.

The initial usage was triggered by the TV Western Colt .45 (1957-1960), which was loosely based upon a 1950 film of the same name. The main character, Christopher Colt, was an undercover government agent posing as a pistol salesman. (The Colt .45 was a type of pistol that was particularly popular in the Old West.)

The name Colt debuted in the SSA’s data the year the show premiered:

  • 1960: unlisted
  • 1959: 8 baby boys named Colt
  • 1958: 10 baby boys named Colt
  • 1957: 7 baby boys named Colt [debut]
  • 1956: unlisted

The show may have given the name Christopher a boost as well, though it’s hard to tell, as the name was already on the rise in the late ’50s.

But the name that got the biggest boost from the show wasn’t Colt or Christopher — it was Wayde, from actor Wayde Preston, who played Christopher Colt. The name saw peak usage in 1959:

  • 1960: 135 baby boys named Wayde [rank: 674th]
  • 1959: 252 baby boys named Wayde [rank: 493rd]
  • 1958: 153 baby boys named Wayde [rank: 622nd]
  • 1957: 33 baby boys named Wayde
  • 1956: 15 baby boys named Wayde

But getting back to Colt…the name remained relatively rare until another show, The Fall Guy (1981-1986), introduced TV audiences to the character Colt Seavers, played by Lee Majors. This character wasn’t a gunslinger but a stuntman (who moonlighted as a bounty hunter).

The name jumped straight into the top 500 in 1982:

  • 1983: 351 baby boys named Colt [rank: 444th]
  • 1982: 344 baby boys named Colt [rank: 459th]
  • 1981: 20 baby boys named Colt
  • 1980: 9 baby boys named Colt

The next rise in usage was kicked off by football quarterback Daniel “Colt” McCoy, who had a successful college career at the University of Texas (2005-2009) before going pro in 2010.

  • 2009: 820 baby boys named Colt [rank: 369th]
    • 162 (19.8%) born in Texas
  • 2008: 500 baby boys named Colt [rank: 532nd]
    • 85 (17.0%) born in Texas
  • 2007: 428 baby boys named Colt [rank: 593rd]
    • 67 (15.7%) born in Texas
  • 2006: 212 baby boys named Colt [rank: 910th]
    • 38 (17.9%) born in Texas
  • 2005: 186 baby boys named Colt [rank: 943rd]
    • 21 (11.3%) born in Texas
  •  2004: 143 baby boys named Colt [outside top 1,000]
    • 13 (9.1%) born in Texas

And the most recent rise in usage seems to be attributable to the Netflix series The Ranch, which premiered in mid-2016 and stars Ashton Kutcher as a character named Colt Reagan Bennett.

So, going back to the beginning now….where did the name of the Colt .45 pistol come from?

The pistol was made by Colt’s Manufacturing Company of Connecticut. The company was named for founder Samuel Colt (1814-1862), whose English surname originated as “a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after asses and horses, or a nickname for an obstinate or frisky person.”

What do you think of the baby name Colt? (Do you like it as a standalone name, or do you prefer it as a nickname for Colton?)

Source: Hanks, Patrick. (Ed.) Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Popular Baby Names in Spain, 2019

According to Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were (again) Lucia and Hugo.

Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Lucia, 3,621 baby girls
  2. Sofia, 3,505
  3. Martina, 3,172
  4. Maria, 3,165
  5. Julia, 2,600
  6. Paula, 2,498
  7. Emma, 2,362
  8. Daniela, 2,315
  9. Valeria, 2,248
  10. Alba, 2,097

Boy Names

  1. Hugo, 3,536 baby boys
  2. Martin, 3,256
  3. Lucas, 3,185
  4. Mateo, 3,160
  5. Leo, 2,960
  6. Daniel, 2,958
  7. Alejandro, 2,937
  8. Pablo, 2,868
  9. Manuel, 2,460
  10. Alvaro, 2,279

Both top 10 lists include the same 10 names as the year before, but in a different order.

The top names in the Basque Country specifically were Ane and Markel. (Ane is a form of Anna, whereas Markel comes from the Roman name Martialis.)

And did you know that Spain has two autonomous cities on the coast of Africa? They’re Melilla and Ceuta. The top names in Melilla were Amira/Nour (tie) and Mohamed, while the top names in Ceuta were Yasmin and Amir/Mohamed (tie).

Sources: First name of newborns – INEbase, Markel – Behind the Name

Top Baby Names in Northern Territory, 2019

According to the government of Northern Territory, Australia, the most popular baby names in NT in 2019 were Grace and Oliver.

Here are Northern Territory’s top 10+ girl names and top 10+ boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Grace, 15 baby girls
  2. Mia, 14 (tie)
  3. Olivia, 14 (tie)
  4. Charlotte, 13 (tie)
  5. Isla, 13 (tie)
  6. Aria, 12 (tie)
  7. Ruby, 12 (tie)
  8. Chloe, 11 (4-way tie)
  9. Harper, 11 (4-way tie)
  10. Isabella, 11 (4-way tie)
  11. Matilda, 11 (4-way tie)

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 20 baby boys
  2. William, 18
  3. Michael, 15
  4. Jack, 13 (3-way tie)
  5. Liam, 13 (3-way tie)
  6. Lucas, 13 (3-way tie)
  7. Noah, 11 (tie)
  8. Thomas, 11 (tie)
  9. Daniel, 10 (5-way tie)
  10. Elijah, 10 (5-way tie)
  11. Jacob, 10 (5-way tie)
  12. Joshua, 10 (5-way tie)
  13. Logan, 10 (5-way tie)

Notably, Grace — the #1 girl name — wasn’t even in the top ten in 2018.

Source: Popular Baby Names – NT.gov.au