How popular is the baby name Egypt 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 Egypt.
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During the ’60s and ’70s, a slew of Africa-inspired baby names debuted in the U.S. baby name data. These included traditional African names (e.g.,
Abayomi, Ayanna), names taken from African and African-American public figures (e.g., Lumumba, Levar), and — the focus of today’s post — African place names, particularly country names.
Here are all the African country/region/kingdom names I’ve spotted in the SSA data so far. (I didn’t omit Chad, even though it coincides with the English name Chad.)
13,400 baby boys in 1972
Tunisia 1943 (
due to WWII) 39 baby girls in 1974
5 baby girls in both 1951 & 1973
894 baby girls in 1973
248 baby girls in both 2006 & 2007
12 baby girls in 1977
65 baby girls in 2008
38 baby girls in 1992
76 baby girls in 1972
Biafra 1969 (due to Biafra being in the news; the Biafran War lasted from 1967 to 1970)
5 baby girls in 1969;
7 baby girls in 1969
16 baby girls in 1972
83 baby girls in 1969
2,945 baby girls in 2002 (due to the singer)
12 baby girls in 1973
6 baby girls in both 1993 & 1995
8 baby girls in 2011
316 baby boys in 2017
266 baby girls in 2017
58 baby girls in 2000
9 baby girls in both 1976 & 1977
43 baby girls in 1993
5 baby boys in 1981; one-hit wonder
5 baby boys in both 1982 & 1995
Eritrea 1991 (due to Eritrea being in the news; the Eritrean War of Independence ended in 1991)
5 baby girls in 1991; one-hit wonder
Asmara 1993 (due to Asmara being in the news; it became the capital of independent Eritrea in 1993)
13 baby girls in 2013
19 baby boys in 2017
Only five of the above did
not either debut or see peak usage during the 1960s/1970s.
Which baby names are the most disproportionately popular in each U.S. state?
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.
Crimson Tide is the University of Alabama football team. Krimson
Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska is North America’s highest peak. McKinley
Nizhóní is a Navajo word meaning “it/he/she is pretty/beautiful.” Sedona –
Sedona is a city in Arizona.
Eztli is a Nahuatl (Aztec) word meaning “blood.” Sissi
Trindon – Trindon Holliday played pro football in Colorado.
Kinnick – Kinnick Stadium is where the Iowa Hawkeyes football team plays.
Foubourg Marigny is a New Orleans neighborhood. Montreal
Baxter is a state park in Maine. Libby
In North Carolina:
In North Dakota:
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
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.”
Korver – Kyle Korver played pro basketball in Utah.
In Washington, D.C.:
In Washington (state):
Avenir – see Oregon
In West Virginia:
original post for the rest. You might also be interested in checking out the “most regional” baby names in the US.
Update, 5/31/2018: Figured out Avenir!
In Pop Culture Baby Name Game #2, we tried to predict which baby names would see increased usage in 2011, thanks to popular culture.
Here’s how we did. The numbers are all from 2010 and 2011, respectively. (Check out Harper & Bentley!)
Adele – yes, rose from 286 to 453 baby girls Atlantis – nope, fell from 16 to 7 baby girls
Alaina – yes, rose from 1,490 to 1,985 baby girls
Alaric – yes, rose from 40 to 48 baby boys Amy – nope, fell from 2,275 to 2,177 baby girls
Arya – yes, rose from 273 to 386 baby girls (& from 87 to 110 baby boys)
Arabella – yes, rose from 826 to 934 baby girls
Aria – yes, rose from 898 to 1,964 baby girls
Arthur – yes, rose from 725 to 888 baby boys
Bear – yes, rose from 53 to 85 baby boys
Bentley – yes rose from 3761 to 5535 baby boys (& from 231 to 285 baby girls)
Betty – yes, rose from 130 to 163 baby girls
Bran – yes, rose from 5 to 7 baby boys
Cairo – yes, rose from 45 to 91 baby boys, and 5 to 12 baby girls Casey – nope, fell from 483 to 463 baby girls (& from 705 to 635 baby boys)
Caylee – yes, rose from 565 to 692 baby girls Charlie (girl name) – yes, rose from 664 to 848 (pop culture reference: Disney’s
Good Luck Charlie)
Crosby – yes, rose from 180 to 301 baby boys
Edith – yes, rose from 325 to 350 baby girls
Egypt – yes, rose from 100 to 112 baby girls, and 5 to 11 baby boys
Ezra – yes, rose from 1439 to 1735 baby boys (& from 88 to 101 baby girls) Florence – nope, fell from 75 to 73 baby girls (I’m surprised by this!)
Flynn – yes, rose from 81 to 208 baby boys Gabrielle – nope, fell from 3,128 to 2,601 baby girls
Harper – yes, Harper rose from 2,624 to 4,636 baby girls (& from 339 to 399 baby boys)
Harvey – yes, rose 184 to 243 baby boys
Hattie – yes, from 157 to 253 baby girls
Haven – yes, rose from 447 to 504 baby girls (but fell from 164 to 133 baby boys)
Jace – yes, rose from 2,669 to 3,689 baby boys
Kate – yes, rose from 1,485 to 1,774 baby girls Kez – nope, off the list both years
Khal – nope, off the list both years
Libya – yes, rose from off-the-list (fewer than 5) to 7 baby girls
Maci – yes, rose from 1,351 to 1,725 baby girls
Mars – yes, rose from 14 to 23 baby boys
Maxton – yes, 193 to 208 baby boys Mobley – nope, off the list both years
Monroe – yes, rose from 93 to 141 baby girls
Mylo – yes, rose from 33 to 57 baby boys
Nicki – yes, rose from 9 to 21 baby girls Octavia – no, fell from 88 to 72
Perry – yes, rose from 32 to 40 baby girls, and 129 to 146 baby boys
Pippa – yes, Pippa rose from 16 to 69 baby girls (& Philippa from 25 to 53)
Raylan – yes, rose from 132 to 326 baby boys
Rue – yes, rose from 9 to 13 baby girls Siri – nope,
Siri fell from 111 to 103 baby girls
Sparrow – yes, rose from 5 to 11 baby boys (but fell from 32 to 31 baby girls)
Spring – yes, rose from 11 to 16 baby girls
Steve – yes, rose from 279 to 324 baby boys Tim – nope, fell from 65 to 48 baby boys
Tunisia – nope, off the list both years
William – yes, rose from 16,979 to 17,151 baby boys
I know I missed a few, but we’ll discuss them all eventually I’m sure. :)
Here are the results to
In the original Pop Culture Baby Name Game, we tried to come up with pop culture-inspired names we think will debut on the SSA’s baby name list in 2011.
But why limit it to debuts? Let’s start another game, this one for names
already on the list.
Which baby names will get a boost in 2011, thanks to popular culture?
Here are some possibilities:
Pippa, Kate, William (royal wedding) Casey, Caylee, Anthony (Casey Anthony trial)
Amy (Amy Winehouse)
Gabrielle (Gabrielle Giffords)
Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Cairo, and similar place-names (Arab Spring)
Florence (mentioned by Julie)
Betty, Adele, Gale, Monroe, and more (all mentioned by Maria)
What other names can you think of?
The rankings for 2011 will be out in a few weeks, so get your ideas in soon!
UPDATE, May 2012: Here are the results!