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Popularity of the Baby Name Dartagnan

Number of Babies Named Dartagnan

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Dartagnan

Popular and Unique Names in South Australia, 2009

The state of South Australia, home to about 8% of Australia’s population, has released its baby name rankings for 2009. Here are the top names for each gender, followed by two dozen names that were used only once last year.

Boys Girls
Popular Names Jack
Riley
William
Oliver & Lachlan [tie]
Thomas
Charlotte
Emily & Chloe [tie]
Ella
Isabella
Lily
Unique names Calcypher
D’Artagnan
Hercules
Legion
Lilallel
Livingfaith
Mamadee
Mornorom
Reef*
Smit
Swastik
Trigger
Alaska
Antigone
Bronkay
Cider
Dawt
Ellaouise
Highbury
Karma-Shaide
Loveness
Oricle
She-II
Tender

*As far as nature names go, Reef seems like a fitting choice for an Australian baby, doesn’t it?

Source: Government of South Australia (Thanks for the link, Patricia!)


2 Tips for Using Literary Character Names as Baby Names

You want to name your baby after a literary character? That’s great. Character names often make good baby names. But they don’t always make good baby names. How can you tell if the name you like is a good one? Here are two tips that might help.

Read the Source

You’ve seen the movie? Flipped through the CliffsNotes? Read the Wikipedia entry? Doesn’t matter. If you haven’t read the story, you don’t know the character. And if you don’t know the character, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise.

Iago, Tamburlaine, Quentin, Sauron….interesting names, but if you’ve never read Shakespeare, or Marlowe, or Faulkner, or Tolkien, you might not know that they represent some flawed and/or cruel characters.

The only way you’ll be able to make an informed decision about whether or not a character makes a worthy namesake is if you read the source.

Don’t Overshadow Your Child

Aladdin. Cinderella. D’Artagnan. Dracula. Frodo. Gatsby. Hamlet. Pangloss. Pinocchio. Quixote. Renesmee. Sherlock. Tarzan. Yossarian.

I can think of several reasons why giving a baby one of the names above would be a bad idea. One of the most compelling, in my opinion, is that names as distracting as these may upstage your child and take away from his or her achievements.

If Emma Miller does something notable, she’ll be congratulated. If Cinderella Jones does the same thing, she’ll be asked about her unusual name. (And maybe later she’ll be congratulated.)

If Jacob Wilson breaks into a burning house and rescues a family of five before firefighters arrive, people will say he’s a hero. If Tarzan Smith does the same thing, people will snicker. They’ll ask him if he swung in on a vine, or if the flames singed his loincloth.

What other tips can you come up with for people who are looking to literature for baby names?