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Popularity of the Baby Name Ella


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Name Change: Elda to Hedda

Hedda Hopper was a gossip columnist who came to fame in the early 1940s (when she was in her 50s). But “Hedda Hopper” wasn’t her original name. It was Elda Furry.

She’d been a performer (both on stage and in the movies) as a young woman — long before she wrote for the newspapers. So it’s logical to assume that the name change happened around the time she embarked upon her showbiz career, right?

As it turns out, that wasn’t the case — she made the switch mid-career. Here’s the story:

Elda was working as a chorus girl for DeWolf Hopper’s theater company in the early 1910s…

[DeWolf Hopper] had had four marriages, and was five years older than Elda’s father, but was still a great charmer and anything but jaded. Hopper’s first four wives were named Ella, Ida, Edna and Nella, in that order, and Elda was a natural for the euphonious sequence. So, about a year after their first meeting, Hopper proposed on a train platform in Grand Central and that afternoon they were married in Wading River, N.J.

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Elda shortly became aware of some rather piquant marital complications. Any man with five wives is likely to become confused and, when the wives have such similar names as the Hopper ladies, the situations becomes positively grotesque. Elda discovered that as often as not Hopper would whisper affectionately, “Dear Nella” (or Ella, Ida and Edna) instead of “Dear Elda.” The sensation of being continuously mistaken for someone else became irksome in time, and Elda forthwith visited a numerologist who recommended the name “Hedda.” From then on Hopper never got his lines crossed.

Her marriage to Hopper only lasted from 1913 until 1922, but she retained the name “Hedda Hopper” for the rest of her life.

It’s no coincidence that the usage of the baby name Hedda was highest during the 1940s. Records even reveal that one of the 1944 babies named Hedda was born into a Texas family with the surname Hopper.

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Source: Wickware, Francis Sill. “Hedda Hopper.” Life 20 Nov. 1944: 63-70.

Popular Baby Names in New South Wales, 2018

According to data released NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, the most popular baby names in New South Wales, Australia, in 2018 were (again) Charlotte and Oliver.

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

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte, 530 baby girls
  2. Amelia, 488
  3. Olivia, 474
  4. Mia, 471
  5. Ava, 430
  6. Isla, 372
  7. Grace, 361
  8. Chloe, 358
  9. Harper, 325
  10. Emily, 317

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 616 baby boys
  2. William, 567
  3. Noah, 539
  4. Jack, 517
  5. Henry, 405
  6. Thomas, 404
  7. Lucas, 394
  8. Liam, 383
  9. Leo, 375
  10. Alexander, 370

In the girls’ top 10, Harper and Emily replace Zoe (now ranked 14th) and Ella (17th).

In the boys’ top 10, Liam and Leo replace James (now ranked 11th) and Ethan (12th).

Source: NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages – Popular Baby Names – 2018 (PDF)

Popular Baby Names in Western Australia, 2018

According to Western Australia’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Western Australia in 2017 were Ava and Charlotte (tied!) and Oliver.

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

Girl Names

  1. Ava and Charlotte, 186 baby girls each (tie)
  2. Mia, 171
  3. Olivia, 166
  4. Amelia, 151
  5. Isla, 149
  6. Harper, 142
  7. Grace, 135
  8. Chloe 125
  9. Willow, 124
  10. Zoe, 123

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 244 baby boys
  2. Jack, 223
  3. Noah, 200
  4. William, 176
  5. Leo, 155
  6. James, 147
  7. Thomas, 145
  8. Ethan, 143
  9. Logan & Charlie, 126 each (tie)
  10. Lucas, 125

In the girls’ top 10, Willow and Zoe replace Ella (now ranked 12th).

In the boys’ top 10, Leo replaces Liam (now ranked 20th).

The girls’ top 50 includes Imogen (36th), Freya (41st), and Billie (44th).

The boys’ top 50 includes Archer (28th), Arlo (31st), and Bodhi (46th).

In 2017, the top names were Isla and Oliver.

Source: Popular Baby Names – DOJ – Govt of Western Australia

Most Popular Baby Names in Saskatchewan, 2018

According to eHealth Saskatchewan, the most popular baby names in the province in 2018 were Olivia and Liam.

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

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 69 baby girls
  2. Emma, 62
  3. Harper, 55
  4. Ava, 48
  5. Sophia, 47
  6. Ella, 45
  7. Charlotte, 43
  8. Emily, 40 (3-way tie)
  9. Lily, 40 (3-way tie)
  10. Scarlett, 40 (3-way tie)

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 84 baby boys
  2. Oliver, 61
  3. Benjamin, 59
  4. Noah, 58
  5. Jacob, 55
  6. Lincoln, 54
  7. Jack, 50 (2-way tie)
  8. Logan, 50 (2-way tie)
  9. James, 47
  10. Hudson, 46 (2-way tie)
  11. Levi, 46 (2-way tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Ella, Charlotte, Lily and Scarlett replace Hannah (now 11th), Amelia (now 19th), Aria, and Chloe.

In the boys’ top 10, Logan, Hudson and Levi replace William (now 12th) and Owen.

In 2017, the top two names were the same.

Source: Most Popular Baby Names for 2018

Popular and Unusual Baby Names in Ireland, 2018

According to data from Ireland’s Central Statistics Office (CSO), the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were again Emily and Jack.

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

Girl Names

  1. Emily
  2. Grace
  3. Emma
  4. Sophie
  5. Amelia
  6. Ella
  7. Ellie
  8. Mia
  9. Ava
  10. Fiadh (pronounced fee-ah)

Boy Names

  1. Jack
  2. James
  3. Noah
  4. Conor
  5. Daniel
  6. Harry
  7. Luke
  8. Michael
  9. Adam
  10. Charlie

In the girls’ top 10, Ella, Ellie, and Fiadh replace Hannah (now 11th), Lucy (13th), and Chloe (16th). The Irish name Fiadh* comes from the word fia, which means “wild” — in a “wild animal” or “wild deer” sense specifically. (Many sources oversimplify the definition by reducing it to “deer.”)

In the boys’ top 10, Charlie replaces Sean (now both 13th & 74th — see below for an explanation).

New entrants to the girls’ top 100 were Ada, Bella, Bonnie and Ivy. Ada and Ivy were the fastest climbers.

New entrants to the boys’ top 100 were Frankie, Freddie and Theodore. Theodore and Frankie were the fastest climbers.

Something else new to the rankings in 2018? The síneadh fada — an important Irish diacritic that indicates a long vowel. (In Irish, the word síneadh means “stretching” or “prolongation” and the word fada means “long.”) This is what pushed longtime top-five name Sean out of the top 10 entirely in 2018. “Sean” and “Seán” are now being counted as separate names. Currently, Seán ranks 13th while fada-less Sean is way down in 74th place.

Speaking of names with relatively low placement on the list, baby names bestowed just three times each in Ireland last year included…

  • Rare girl names: Aodhla, Erris, Fódla, Rahela, Seoda, Ugne, Xenia
  • Rare boy names: Connla, Iarfhlaith, Liam Óg, Lughaidh, Seánie, Sionnach, Zente

Sources: Irish Babies’ Names 2018: Introduction, Babies’ Names 2018 Tables, CSO baby names list features síneadh fada for first time
Image: © 2019 CSO

*The name Fiadh debuted in the U.S. data in 2018.