How popular is the baby name Ewan 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 Ewan.
Several years ago, UK marketing firm CACI came up with a way to quantify the “Scottishness” of a name.
They looked at tens of millions of forenames and surnames across the UK and asked: are these names more common in Scotland, or in England and Wales? Based on the answers, they calculated “Scottishness” scores for full names.
They set the average at 100. Names like Ewen McGregor (270) and David Cameron (153) scored higher (i.e. were more Scottish) than average. Names like Gordon Brown (95) and Sean Connery (34) scored lower.
Which full names were the most Scottish overall?
- Angusina MacEachen (284)
- Murdo MacRitchie (283)
- Murdina MacCorquodale (283)
- Williamina Killoh (283)
- Angusina MacIver (283)
- Mhairi Kimmet (283)
- Williamina Marnie (283)
- Williamina McCallie (283)
- Alexina Killoh (283)
- Eilidh McCorquodale (281)
I was a surprised about Williamina and Alexina. I guess didn’t realize these two names were so distinctly Scottish. Both are rare here in the U.S.
Update, 3/22/16: Some incredibly Scottish names — Caledonia, Corryvreckan, Highlande — popped up in Scotland in 2015.
Oliver and Olivia still reign supreme in England and Wales. Here are the most popular baby names of 2010:
George is new to the boys’ top 10. The drop-out was Daniel.
No newbies on the girls’ side.
Ollie, Bobby, Caleb, Jenson, Dexter and Kayden replaced Ellis, Joe, Christopher, Ewan, Morgan and Austin in the boys’ top 100.
Annabelle, Eliza, Laila, Aisha, Maryam and Maisy replaced Lydia, Eve, Alisha, Francesca, Sara and Mya in the girls’ top 100.
To do more comparing of this year’s rankings with last year’s rankings, check out the baby name comparison tool, brought to you by the UK’s Office for National Statistics.
Source: Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names in 2010
Erin and her husband have a daughter named Madeleine Josephine, and they’re expecting their second baby girl in a matter of weeks. So far they like the names Sadie and Kira, but they’re looking for other suggestions as well. Erin says,
To give you a sense of our “style” we also love the names Ava, Audrey and Abigail but they are already all in use by our family members. If this baby had been a boy we were going to choose between Henry, Ewan and William. Our last name starts with an “L” and so “L” first names are out. The baby’s middle name will be Robin.
I thought it was interesting that Sadie and Kira were favorites, because in terms of style they’re a bit different from Madeleine (and many of the other names mentioned). So, for gathering suggestions, I tried two separate brainstorms–one focusing on Kira and Sadie, the other focusing on names like Madeleine, Josephine, Abigail, etc. I mixed the results together and got:
What other names would you offer to Erin?
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Ignoring this sketchiness, though…if you were going to gamble on the baby names above, where would you put your money?