How popular is the baby name Elijah 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 Elijah.
It’s another Five-Name Friday! Here is today’s (slightly edited) baby name request:
Looking for a boy name for our first child, and our favourite names are Theodore and Elijah, but I worry they are too popular (in Australia). Middle name will be William.
Can you come up with five great baby name suggestions for this person?
Here are the rules:
- Be independent. Choose your five names before looking at anyone else’s comment.
- Be sincere. Stick to legit recommendations you would offer a real-life friend.
- Five names total in your comment, please. If you go over, the extras will be deleted.
Which five baby names are you going to suggest?
[You can also send me your own 2-sentence baby name request using the contact form.]
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:
- Grace, 15 baby girls
- Mia, 14 (tie)
- Olivia, 14 (tie)
- Charlotte, 13 (tie)
- Isla, 13 (tie)
- Aria, 12 (tie)
- Ruby, 12 (tie)
- Chloe, 11 (4-way tie)
- Harper, 11 (4-way tie)
- Isabella, 11 (4-way tie)
- Matilda, 11 (4-way tie)
- Oliver, 20 baby boys
- William, 18
- Michael, 15
- Jack, 13 (3-way tie)
- Liam, 13 (3-way tie)
- Lucas, 13 (3-way tie)
- Noah, 11 (tie)
- Thomas, 11 (tie)
- Daniel, 10 (5-way tie)
- Elijah, 10 (5-way tie)
- Jacob, 10 (5-way tie)
- Joshua, 10 (5-way tie)
- 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
Yesterday we looked at some of the latest girl name data, so today let’s check in on the 2019 boy names…
Here are the most popular boy names overall:
- Liam, 20,502 baby boys
- Noah, 19,048
- Oliver, 13,891
- William, 13,542
- Elijah, 13,300
- James, 13,087
- Benjamin, 12,942
- Lucas, 12,412
- Mason, 11,408
- Ethan, 11,241
Ethan kicked Logan out of the top 10 last year. (Logan is now ranked 16th.)
The boy names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
- Brooks, increased by 1,114 babies
- Miles, 860
- Legend, 832
- Luca, 797
- Theodore, 775
- Mateo, 757
- Leo, 702
- Maverick, 701
- Noah, 698
- Luka, 652
The boy names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were…
- Ermias, increased by 3360%
- Sekani, 1992%
- Amenadiel, 500%
- Kross, 481%
- Alexios, 429%
- Taz, 340%
- Ezran, 333%
- Andoni, 309%
- Kaleel, 300%
- Taysom, 295%
- Ermias was the legal first name of rapper Nipsey Hussle (who died on March 31, 2019).
- Sekani was the name of a young character in the film The Hate U Give (2018).
- Amenadiel is a character on the TV series Lucifer.
- Ezran is the name of a character on the Netflix series The Dragon Prince. (Ezran debuted in the data in 2018, the year the show started airing.)
- Taysom Hill is a professional football player with the New Orleans Saints.
Here are the boy names that debuted most impressively in the 2019 data:
- Armias, debuted with 54 baby boys
- Izhaan, 50
- Jsan, 33
- Jaiari, 29
- Ripp, 26
- Sakani, 21
- Jardani, 19
- Iskender, 17
- Kamiri, 17
- Siar, 14
- Armias and Sakani are spelling variants of Ermias and Sekani (above).
- Izhaan is a celebrity baby: Izhaan Mirza Malik was born in October of 2018 to Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
- Jardani could be from Jardani Jovonovich, the “real” name of popular movie character John Wick…?
The boy names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
- Logan, decreased by 1,911 babies
- Michael, -1,174
- Jacob, -1,159
- Dylan, -1,076
- Mason, -1,065
- William, -1,048
- Connor, -932
- David, -871
- Ryan, -837
- Joshua, -836
The boy names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were Nomar and Gianlucas (tied at -73%), and the boy name that saw the steepest drop off the list was Stephano (from 21 babies in 2018 to fewer than 5 in 2019).
If you can explain any of these rises (or drops), please leave a comment!
In 1967, the baby name Kerith debuted in the U.S. baby name data:
- 1970: 18 baby girls named Kerith
- 1969: 15 baby girls named Kerith
- 1968: 20 baby girls named Kerith
- 1967: 12 baby girls named Kerith [debut]
- 1966: unlisted
The source? The Source — a 1965 novel set in ancient Israel. It was written by James Michener, who had written Sayonara about a decade earlier.
Kerith was a character featured in the early chapter “Psalm of the Hoopoe Bird,” which was set during the reign of King David specifically. Kerith was the wife of the chapter’s central character, an engineer named Jabaal (but nicknamed Hoopoe, after the bird). Jabaal worshiped Baal, but Kerith, who was Hebrew, worshiped Yahweh. By the end of the chapter, she had given up her husband and children in order to live in Jerusalem.
“Kerith” is also found in the Hebrew Bible as a place name (sometimes spelled “Cherith”). It’s a wadi where the prophet Elijah hid during a drought. The word can be traced back to a Hebrew root meaning “cut.”
What are your thoughts on the baby name Kerith?
According to the County Clerk of Knox County, Illinois, the most popular baby names in 2019 were Charlotte and Benjamin.
A total of 689 babies were born in the county in 2019. Here are the top names per gender:
- Charlotte – 5 baby girls
- Deliah, Eleanor, Ellie, Hope – 4 each
- Ava, Caroline, Cora, Evelyn, Everley, Lilly, Molly, Paisley – 3 each
- Benjamin – 6 baby boys
- Jeremiah – 5
- Elijah & Liam – 4 each
- Charles, Christopher, Grayson, Isaac, Jace, Lincoln, Matthew, Noah, Parker – 3 each
The name Deliah really stands out here. Only a couple dozen baby girls are named Deliah per year nationally, so it’s very curious to see four Deliahs pop up in a single county.
Source: Charlotte, Benjamin top Knox County baby names in 2019