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Popularity of the Baby Name Epic

Number of Babies Named Epic

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Epic

Top Baby Girl Name Debuts of 2013

Vanellope, the name of the feisty Wreck-It Ralph character, was the top debut name of 2013.

Of all the girl names appearing for the very first time on a Social Security Administration baby name list in 2013, the following were the most popular:

1. Vanellope, 63 baby girls
Top Girl Name Debut of 2013? Vanellope.2. Delayza, 24
3. Adalind, 23
4. Jonylah, 22
5. Daleiza, 19
6. Daleisa, 18
7. Dalayza, 17
8. Daleyssa, 16
9. Ariebella, 15
10. Jennicka, 15
11. Stassi, 14
12. Jayceona, 13
13. Dalexa, 12
14. Graceleigh, 12
15. Kemely, 12
16. Lennan, 12
17. Pihu, 12
18. Spruha, 12
19. Hypatia, 11
20. Idalie, 11
21. Jessalee, 11
22. Mayalen, 11
23. Mirola, 11
24. Riyaan, 11
25. Sansa, 11

And a selection from the 10-and-under group: Aleciram (Maricela backwards), Jayceon, Oswin, Zaleigha, Azealia, Eribella, Jayceonna, Kahleesi, Malala, Pistol, Pragati, Vanelope, Venelope, Wrenly, Faraday, Happiness, Pemberley, Wrenley, Epic, Prim, Rarity, Briggs, Charlemagne, Kinzington, Bow, Essined (Denisse backwards), Gunner, Lwren (L’Wren), Moxxi, Quora, Sierraleone, Thisbe, Versavia, Zeppelin.

Where do these names come from? Here are some explanations:

  • Vanellope, Vanelope, Venelope – from Vanellope von Schweetz, a character in the Disney movie Wreck-It Ralph (2012). Her name is a portmanteau of “vanilla” and “Penelope.”
  • Delayza, Daleiza, Daleisa, Dalayza, Daleyssa, Dalexa – from Daleyza Hernandez, a character on the Spanish-language TV show “Larrymania.”
  • Adalind – from Adalind Schade, a character on the TV show “Grimm.”
  • Jonylah – from Jonylah Watkins, the 6-month-old Chicago baby who was fatally shot back in March.
  • Stassi – from Stassi Schroeder (birth name Nastassia) of the Bravo reality TV show “Vanderpump Rules.”
  • Jayceona, Jayceon, Jayceonna – from Jayceon Taylor (a.k.a. The Game) of the VH1 reality TV show “Marrying The Game.”
  • Pihu – from Pihu Kapoor, a character on the Indian TV show “Bade Achhe Lagte Hain.”
  • Spruha – from Indian actress Spruha Joshi?
  • Hypatia – from the film Agora (2009)?
  • Sansa – from Sansa Stark, a character on the TV show “Game of Thrones.”
  • Malala – from Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist.

Can you come up with explanations for any of the others?

P.S. Here are the girl name debuts for 2012, 2011 and 2010.

U.S. Baby Names 2013: Most Popular Names, Top Girl Name Debuts, Top Boy Name Debuts, Biggest Girl Name Changes, Biggest Boy Name Changes, Top First Letters, Top Lengths, Top Girl Names by Letter, Top Boy Names by Letter, Top 1-Syllable Names


I Found a Chucknorris!

chucknorris the baby nameStop the presses!

Years ago, I noticed that a handful of U.S. babies had been named MacGyver starting in the late ’80s. When I blogged about MacGyver, I said:

The only name I can think of that might be cooler than MacGyver is Chucknorris. I have yet to come across a baby named Chucknorris, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Later on I spotted both Rambo and Shaft on the name lists. These were even more mind-blowing to me than MacGyver.

Still, they were no Chucknorris.

Only a few days ago did it occur to me to look up Chucknorris at records site FamilySearch.org (which I hadn’t yet discovered back when I was writing about MacGyver).

And you know what? I found one!

A baby boy born in Los Angeles on June 18, 1984, was named Willie Chucknorris Conrod. (I would have preferred to see Chucknorris as a first name, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.)

This is Epic, Awesome, Amazing, and all other overconfident baby names rolled into one.

See? Dreams do come true, you guys. :)

[A question for Willie, should he ever end up here: Dude, what’s it like to have the best middle name of all time? Please comment or email me!]

Overconfident Baby Names

Overconfident baby names like Classy, Epic, Majestic, Handsome and Einstein.

Overconfident Baby Names

The ones I’ve blogged about so far are Envy, Foxy, Suave and Unique.

Here are some of the baby names that didn’t make the cut: Aristotle, Artist, Boss, Brave, Couture, Czar, Dandy, Emperor, Fancy, Fantasy, Great, Hercules, Legacy, Ninja, Peerless, Pride, Pristine, Ritzy, Romeo, Royalty, Sassy.

If you know anyone who appreciates baby name humor, please share!

See also: Embarrassing Baby Names.

Could Selfie Become a Baby Name?

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(Photo by Ron Sachs – Pool/Getty Images)
Selfie was declared the 2013 Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries back on November 19.

Why? Because the word selfie, which was coined in 2002, became extremely popular in 2013. According to the Oxford Dictionaries press release, “the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year.”

This makes me wonder…did any parents name their babies Selfie in 2013?

Now, technically, the name Selfie already exists (e.g., Selfie Lee Borom, Selfie M. Moore). But all of the people I’ve found so far named Selfie were born long before the modern term selfie emerged.

Personally, I think there’s a decent chance that a baby or two got the name Selfie last year.

After all, Selfie sounds a lot like the stylish baby names Sophie (currently ranked 52nd) and Sofie (996th).

And, while a lot of people would be turned off by the explicit narcissism of the word, I’m sure others would not be bothered by it. How else could baby names like Awesome, Einstein, Epic, Goddess, Greatness and Prodigy have come to exist?

Would selfie make a good baby name?

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Do you think there’s a chance Selfie could debut on the SSA’s baby name list in 2013?

(For a name to appear on the national list, it needs to be given to at least 5 babies of either gender during a single calendar year.)

Source: Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013

Unique American Baby Names of 2009 (Boys’ Edition)

A couple of weeks ago, I published lists baby boy names and baby girl names that ranked outside of the SSA’s official top 1,000, but were still given to 100+ babies in the U.S. in 2009.

Since then, I’ve had time to peruse the rest of the names on the SSA’s full list–those 12,811 boy names and 17,993 girl names given to at least five but no more than 99 babies last year.

Here are some highlights from the boys’ list:

Blends

  • Myson (21) – My son
  • Kingjames (11)
  • Myking (10) – My king
  • Brandonlee (8)
  • Victorhugo (8)
  • Kingdavid (5)
  • Myheir (5) – My heir
  • Siranthony (5)
  • Sirmichael (5)
  • Reydavid (5)

Numerical

  • Seven (86)
  • Amillion (16)
  • Trillion (10)
  • Million (7)

Musical

  • Ziggy (39)
  • Danzig (13)
  • Reznor (9)
  • Vedder (6)
  • Cobain (5)

Sports-ish

  • Gehrig (33)
  • Raider (15)
  • Polo (12)
  • Espn (6)
  • Fenway (5)
  • Jetli (5)
  • Samurai (5)
  • Wanderlei (5) and Vanderlei (5)

NRA supporters

  • Shooter (27)
  • Trigger (15)
  • Caliber (7)

Natural pairings

  • The Catcher (8) in the Rye (22)
  • Smith (47) & Wesson (42)
  • Supreme (11) Court (9)

Reflections of modern values?

  • Famous (10)
  • Gamble (10)
  • Chaos (9)
  • Furious (6)
  • Money (5)
  • Notorious (5)

Word associations

  • Bronx (74) – Mowgli
  • Tuff (28) – Cream puff [conditional upon ruffness]
  • Trapper (25) – Keeper
  • Pilot (19) – Inspektor
  • Crimson (16) – Tide
  • Epic (11) – Fail

On to the girl names