How popular is the baby name Esme 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 Esme.
According to finalized data from National Records of Scotland (NRS), the most popular baby names in Scotland in 2015 were Emily and Jack.
Here are Scotland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Emily, 497 baby girls
2. Sophie, 468
3. Olivia, 452
4. Isla, 419
5. Jessica, 357
6. Ava, 354
7. Amelia, 352
8. Ella, 341
9. Lucy, 317
10. Lily, 279
1. Jack, 565 baby boys
2. Oliver, 448
3. James, 416
4. Lewis, 371
5. Alexander, 349
6. Charlie, 342
7. Lucas, 316
8. Logan, 311
9. Harris, 306
10. Daniel, 282
This finalized 2015 list is a lot like (but not exactly like) the preliminary rankings that came out in December.
It’s also a lot like the 2014 rankings, the main difference being that Harris has replaced Noah in the boys’ top ten.
And now for the fun part! Here are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once last year in Scotland. Ladies first:
- Caledonia – Caledonia was what the ancient Romans called the region that became Scotland. It’s now used as a poetic name for Scotland.
- Christine-Smart – I’ve seen “smart” used as a name before, but all the examples I know of are historical.
- Ptarmigan – A bird name I almost never see used as a baby name. Ironically, the word “ptarmigan” happens to be based on a Scottish Gaelic word (tàrmachan).
- Twylabelle – Another -belle name to add to the list of -bella and -belle names.
And now the gents:
- Corryvreckan – The Gulf of Corryvreckan (from the Gaelic Coire Bhreacain) is a narrow strait off Scotland’s west coast famous for its large whirlpool. Corryvreckan’s father, a whisky expert, also admits that “we may have joked with the name while I was sipping on some of the peat-astic Ardbeg Corryvreckan.” (Source: Why Corryvreckan is a dram fine name for my baby says whisky expert Andy Bell)
- Oomo – Reminds me of Omoo.
For more sets of rankings, check out the name rankings category.
Source: Jack and Emily are Scotland’s top baby names
From name researcher Cleveland Evans:
With combined spellings, I also found 25,451 Jaydens, 13,249 Braydens, 5,102 Haydens and 2,320 Zaydens. When more rare names like Grayden, Bladen, Slayden and Waden are added in, the total number of boys with names rhyming with Aiden was more than 94,000, or more than 4.6 percent of all names for boys in 2011.
I calculated 4.9% for 2009. (Never did 2010.)
From Pandora Radio’s bio for the band Needtobreathe:
Named after acclaimed University of Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, brothers Bear and Bryant “Bo” Rinehart were born and raised in rural Possum Kingdom, South Carolina, where their pastor father ran a church camp.
From Abby Sandel of the blog Appellation Mountain:
I’m reading Lisa Napoli’s Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth, and wouldn’t you know it? Chapter Five starts with an account of baby naming customs in Bhutan:
If you walked into any village in all of Bhutan and shouted “Karma,” a quarter of the heads would turn. There are only about fifty names in the whole country … As Bhutan becomes more modern, some of the more daring Bhutanese parents break tradition in order to distinguish themselves, altering the spelling of familiar names or abbreviating them.
Napoli also explains that monks traditionally choose children’s names, but some of the boldest parents are also changing that custom. I have a feeling that there’s enough there for a book in itself!
From a Telegraph article about UK baby names:
An especially interesting development is the middle-class fashion for retro kitsch, with old-fashioned names such as Alfie, Charlie, Lily and Florence among the fastest-growing. Perhaps this yearning for the past is a good thing. But isn’t there a hint of Cath Kidston tweeness in the hordes of young Ernests and Olivers, Esmes and Maisies? Some friends, or friends of friends, are coming up with names that wouldn’t be out of place in a PG Wodehouse novel. It’s not quite reached the Bertram Wilberforce (or even Pelham Grenville) stage, but it’s getting there.
Here are quote lists #1, #2, #3 and #4.
A reader named Abby is expecting fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, in October. She and her husband already have a son named Leo Sebastian.
They’re aiming for vintage names (with kind of a quirky/British feel) that aren’t too popular. These are their favorites so far, top picks in italics.
Abby says, “He thinks mine are slightly boring, I think his are a tad too flamboyant.”
They’d like our opinions on two things:
- What other boy and girl names would we suggest?
- Out of the current favorites, what are the best pairings?
The twins’ surname will be similar to Waters.
Here are my thoughts…
1. First, name suggestions. Most of these names have a vintage feel, and none of are currently in the top 100 (though several are heading that way).
I didn’t include any w-names, but I was tempted to throw in Willa and Winifred (Winnie). Maybe even Wilhelmina (Minnie).
2. Out of the current favorites, Henry and Penelope are the two I like best for twins. I also like Maxwell and Beatrix (because both have that quirky x).
What other names/pairings would you suggest to Abby?
Luke recently let me know that he has compiled lists of the most searched-for girl names and boy names at Baby Names UK for the first half of 2010. These were the top five names for each gender:
- Girls: Florence, Lucie, Lacey, Esme, Elena
- Boys: Ollie, Jenson, Eli, Jesse, Cole
Here’s some of Luke’s analysis (plus a few Wikipedia links, just for context):
Some of these fast risers definitely correspond with pop trends – Florence must be inspired by Florence and the Machine, right? Also, Ollie and Jenson will have been boosted by X Factor and Formula 1 respectively.
Some names popped up on both lists, which was very interesting. Darcy was on the boys’ list, Darcie and Darcey were on the girls’ list. (Mr. Darcy influence, perhaps?) Frankie ranked for girls, and both Frank and Frances ranked for boys.
Hop on over and check out the lists (and Luke’s other posts). Which of the names do you like best?
A reader named Eva is expecting twin girls and would like some help naming them. She says:
One of the twins should have a unisex first name and a very girly middle name. For the second twin we want a girly first name and unisex middle name.
Here are the names Eva likes so far:
- Unisex: Avery, Harper, Morgan, Kennedy, Madison
- Feminine: Anastasia, Michaela, Caroline, Sofia, Kristina
Her husband is only on board with Avery, Caroline, Kristina and Michaela (he prefers the spelling Makayla).
The twins will have an older brother named Thomas Aiden (nn Tommy) and their surname will be similar to Damon.
Eva’s criteria reminded me of the twins named Charlotte and Dylan I wrote about a few years ago. I think the name Charlotte is a good option in this case, but Dylan plus that surname might be D/N-overload. Here are some other possibilities:
Which of the above names do you like best for Tommy’s sisters? What combinations (either unisex+feminine or feminine+unisex) sound best together, do you think?
Here are a few combinations I like, just to kick things off:
- Unisex+Feminine: Avery Helena, Cameron Nicole, Riley Caroline
- Feminine+Unisex: Amelia Quinn, Olivia Willow, Victoria Leigh