How popular is the baby name Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth.

The graph will take a few seconds to load, thanks for your patience. (Don't worry, it shouldn't take nine months.) If it's taking too long, try reloading the page.


Popularity of the Baby Name Elizabeth


Posts that Mention the Name Elizabeth

Popular Baby Names in Tennessee, 2018

According to Tennessee’s Office of Vital Records, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Emma and William.

Here are Tennessee’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Emma
2. Ava
3. Olivia
4. Harper
5. Amelia
6. Charlotte
7. Isabella
8. Elizabeth
9. Evelyn
10. Abigail

Boy Names
1. William
2. James
3. Liam
4. Elijah
5. Noah
6. Jackson
7. Mason
8. Grayson
9. John
10. Oliver

In the girls’ top 10, Evelyn replaces Ella.

In the boys’ top 10, Oliver replaces Samuel.

In 2017, the top two names were Ava and William. In fact, William has been the top boy name in Tennessee for 12 years straight.

(These rankings are based on provisional data.)

Source: Emma is Back as Tennessee’s Top Baby Girl Name in 2018; William Still Biggest for Boys

Popular Baby Names in Alabama, 2018

According to Alabama’s Department of Public Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Ava and William.

Here are Alabama’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Ava (259 baby girls)
2. Olivia
3. Harper
4. Emma
5. Amelia
6. Elizabeth
7. Charlotte
8. Isabella
9. Abigail
10. Ella

Boy Names
1. William (340 baby boys)
2. James
3. John
4. Elijah
5. Noah
6. Liam
7. Mason
8. Jackson (the spelling “Jaxon” ranked 14th)
9. Grayson
10. Carter

In Tuscaloosa County specifically, top two names were William and Emma.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 3rd.)

Source: William and Ava most popular baby names in Alabama for 2018

Popular Baby Names in New Brunswick, 2018

According to New Brunswick’s Vital Statistics Office, the most popular baby names in the province last year were Emma and William.

Here are New Brunswick’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Charlotte
4. Amelia
5. Avery
6. Everly
7. Abigail
8. Zoé
9. Ellie
10. Audrey

Boy Names
1. William
2. Liam
3. Noah
4. Oliver
5. Jack
6. Jacob
7. Lucas
8. Mason
9. Logan
10. Henry

In the girls’ top 10, Avery, Everly, Abigail, Zoé, and Ellie replace Sophia, Madison, Ella, Elizabeth, and Willow.

In the boys’ top 10, Jacob, Mason, and Henry replace Benjamin, Thomas, and Samuel.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to late December.)

In 2017, the top two names in NB were Emma and Liam.

Source: New Brunswick’s birth numbers and top baby names for 2018

Popular & Unique Baby Names in Idaho, 2017

According to Idaho’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Emma and Oliver.

Here are Idaho’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 108 baby girls
2. Olivia, 102
3. Charlotte, 96
4. Evelyn, 91
5. Amelia, 78
6. Harper, 75 (tie)
7. Ava, 75 (tie)
8. Abigail, 71
9. Sophia, 67
10. Elizabeth, 60

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 114 baby boys
2. Liam, 102
3. William, 93
4. James, 87
5. Lincoln, 85
6. Samuel, 84
7. Mason, 80
8. Logan, 78 (3-way tie)
9. Jackson, 78 (3-way tie)
10. Henry, 78 (3-way tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Sophia replaces Emily (now 21st).

In the boys’ top 10, Samuel, Logan, and Jackson replace Wyatt (now 11th), Owen (15th), and Noah (16th). Interestingly, Samuel, which has been trending downward nationally, nearly doubled in usage in Idaho from 2016 to 2017.

The SSA’s 2017 rankings for Idaho include the same 20 names, but in slightly different order on both sides.

And finally, if you’re wondering about Idaho’s unusual baby names, here’s a selection from 2017…

  • Female names: Adventure, Embers, Epic, Evening, Flawless, Heartland, Helvetika, Island, Maleficent, Petal, Rapunzel, Solstice
  • Male names: Arseny, Banker, Calgary, Cuahuhtemoc, Desirejoy, Everest, Hiker, Obsidian, Sinister, Solaris, Venture, Zealous

Source: Annual Reports – Idaho Vital Statistics

The Surprising Source of Tierney

joseph mccarthy, adopted baby, tierney elizabeth
Joseph, Tierney and Jean McCarthy – Jan. 1957

The Irish surname Tierney first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1957. In fact, it was the top debut name of the year.

  • 1960: 18 baby girls named Tierney
  • 1959: 14 baby girls named Tierney
  • 1958: 26 baby girls named Tierney
  • 1957: 46 baby girls named Tierney [debut]
  • 1956: unlisted

For a long time I’d assumed that Hollywood actress Gene Tierney was the cause. Then it dawned on me that Gene’s career was on the wane in 1957 — that the peak of her fame had been in the 1940s. So Gene wasn’t the answer.

But you know who was? The adopted daughter of the infamous politician Joseph McCarthy. (This makes Tierney a celebrity baby name, essentially.)

In early 1957, the Wisconsin senator (and zealous communist hunter) and his wife Jean adopted a five-week old baby girl from the New York Foundling Home. They named her Tierney Elizabeth.

Tierney’s first name came from Joe’s mom Bridget Tierney McCarthy; her middle name came from Jean’s mom Elizabeth Fraser Kerr. The name Tierney is based on the Irish surname Ó Tíghearnaigh, meaning “descendant of Tighearnach,” and the byname Tighearnach is based on the Old Irish word tigern, meaning “lord, master.”

The McCarthys brought Tierney home to Washington, D.C., on January 13. The same day, Joseph “announced over a nationwide television program [Press Conference on ABC] that he was a brand new father and invited photographers to his home for a preview of the new arrival.”

A second unfortunate event that gave the name another round of exposure was Joseph McCarthy’s death in May — a mere four months after the adoption. In fact, some newspapers (including the New York Daily News) re-ran the baby photos of Tierney alongside McCarthy’s obituary.

…Despite all this, I’m still left wondering about Gene Tierney’s influence. While she clearly didn’t inspire the debut, she had given the surname Tierney a strong feminine association. Was she the reason why the McCarthys opted for Tierney over Elizabeth as the primary name? Hm…

What are your thoughts on the baby name Tierney?

Sources:

  • Hanks, Patrick. (Ed.) Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • “McCarthy Blasts Eisenhower Palace Guard.” Redlands Daily Facts [Redlands, Calif.] 14 Jan. 1957: 9.
  • “Meet Miss McCarthy.” News-Palladium [Benton Harbor, Mich.] 14 Jan. 1957: 3.

P.S. Baby Tierney was in the news at the same time as baby Sindee.