How popular is the baby name Fatima in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Fatima and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Fatima.
It’s time for the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!
This year we’re kicking things off January 8th, the birthday of Elvis Presley! (He was born in 1935 and would have been 83 today.)
So how do you play the game? Just brainstorm for baby names that could have gotten a boost in usage in 2017 thanks to the influence popular culture: movies, music, television, social media, video games, sports, politics, products, trends, and so forth.
Here are the names we’ve come up with so far:
- Amilyn – movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi (stolen from Abby)
- Antiope – movie Wonder Woman
- Asahd – son of DJ Khaled (suggested by alex)
- Asperitas – a new type of cloud (suggested by elbowin)
- Bea – rumored Beyoncé baby name
- Bear – son of Liam Payne
- Bilquis – TV show American Gods
- Callum – move Assassin’s Creed
- Cardi – rapper Cardi B
- Carter – son of Beyoncé and Jay-Z (suggested by elbowin)
- Chance – Chance The Rapper
- Creeley – TV show Damnation
- Darci Lynne – winner of America’s Got Talent
- Eclipse – August solar eclipse
- Eissa – son of Janet Jackson
- Eleven – TV show Stranger Things
- Fatima – 100th anniversary of Marian apparitions
- Fenty – Rihanna’s company Fenty Beauty
- Gal – actress Gal Godot
- Gravity – daughter of fashion models Lucky Blue Smith (male) and Stormi Bree (female)
- Grover – fictional baby born on TV show Girls
- Halley – fictional baby born on TV show Big Bang Theory
- Harvey – hurricane
- Hela – movie Thor: Ragnarok
- Irma – hurricane
- Issa Rae – actress Issa Rae
- Jacinda – New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern
- Jumanji – movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
- Jyn – movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Kelsea – singer Kelsea Ballerini
- Kendrick – rapper Kendrick Lamar
- Kensli – daughter of Chance the Rapper (suggested by alex)
- Kenzo – son of Kevin Hart
- Laureline – movie Valerian
- Libratus – artificial intelligence (suggested by elbowin)
- Mahershala – actor Mahershala Ali
- Maren – singer Maren Morris
- Mika – news presenter Mika Brzezinski (suggested by alex)
- Ovince – MMA competitor Ovince Saint Preux
- Poppy – singer Poppy
- Ragnarok – movie Thor: Ragnarok
- Revel – son of actors Matthew and Renee Morrison
- Rumi – daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z
- Saffie – victim of Manchester bombing (suggested by elbowin)
- Sally – former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates
- Saoirse – actress Saoirse Ronan
- Shadow – TV show American Gods
- Shawn – rumored Beyoncé baby name
- Shayla – beauty influencer Shayla Mitchell
- Sir – son of Beyoncé and Jay-Z
- Sonequa – actress Sonequa Martin-Green
- Sovereign – daughter of Cam Newton
- Strummer – son of Julia Stiles
- Sturgill – musician Sturgill Simpson
- Sza – singer SZA
- Tenney – doll/character Tenney Grant (full name: “Tennyson Evangeline”)
- Totality – August solar eclipse
- Valerian – movie Valerian
- Valkyrie – movie Thor: Ragnarok
- Yulin – San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz (suggested by elbowin)
- Zaya – movie Gods of Egypt (stolen from Maybe it is Daijirō)
- Zelle – payment app
Have any additions to make? Comment below! Just don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence.
The SSA will release the next batch of baby name data in May, so I will post the results to the game a few days after that 2017 data becomes available.
If you don’t want to miss the results post, please subscribe to NBN by entering your email address into the “Get New Posts via Email” form in the sidebar.
P.S. Have some ideas for 2018? Comment with those too — I’ll add them to next year’s game. One addition I just made: Grayson, for the winter storm. (Here’s a Massachusetts baby named Grayson, and a Maine baby possibly named Grayson.)
According to data from Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE), the most popular baby names in Spain in 2015 were Lucia and Hugo.
Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Lucia, 5,229 baby girls
2. Maria, 4,516
3. Martina, 4,447
4. Paula, 3,854
5. Sofia, 3,525
6. Daniela, 3,392
7. Alba, 3,082
8. Julia, 3,006
9. Carla, 2,951
10. Sara, 2,936
1. Hugo, 5,162 baby boys
2. Daniel, 4,578
3. Pablo, 4,202
4. Martin, 4,078
5. Alejandro, 3,994
6. Adrian, 3,341
7. Alvaro, 3,244
8. David, 2,993
9. Lucas, 2,904
10. Mario, 2,825
Lucia has held the #1 spot since 2003, and Hugo since 2012.
In the girls’ top 10, Alba rises 3 spots, and Julia replaces Valeria (now 11th).
In the boys’ top 10, Martin rises 4 spots, and Lucas replaces Diego (now 11th).
In the top 100, Miguel and Jose rank 23rd and 38th, respectively, while the compound names Miguel Angel and Jose Antonio rank 86th and 94th, respectively.
Other interesting names in the top 100 include…
- Laia, 34th for girls. It’s a short form of Eulalia in Catalan. Laia ranks 3rd for girls in Catalonia specifically.
- Leire and Leyre, 39th and 50th for girls. They refer to the Monastery of San Salvador of Leyre in Navarre. Leyre ranks 10th in Navarre specifically.
- Nerea, 46th for girls. It’s based on the Basque word nere, meaning “my” or “mine” — kind of like a Basque version of Mia.
- Triana, 38th for girls. Perhaps inspired by the Triana neighborhood of Seville…?
- Iria, 69th for girls. It might be a form of Irene, based on the ancient Greek word for “peace.” The Marian apparitions of Fátima occurred at the Cova da Iria.
- Biel, 71st for boys. It’s a short form of Gabriel in Catalan. Biel ranks 5th for boys in Catalonia specifically.
- Ibai, 99th for boys. It’s the Basque word for “river.” It ranks 4th in both Navarre and the Basque Country.
Here are Spain’s 2014 rankings, if you’d like to compare.
Sources: Hugo and Lucia are top choice for Spanish infants, Instituto Nacional de Estadistica
The baby names Teresa and Fatima might see higher usage in 2016 and 2017, respectively, thanks to Catholic influence.
On September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa will officially be declared a saint of the Catholic Church.
Mother Teresa’s religious name honors St. Thérèse de Lisieux, but she opted for the Spanish spelling “Teresa” when she took her religious vows (back in 1931) because another nun in the convent was already using the name “Thérèse.”
Her birth name was Anjezë, an Albanian form of Agnes, which can be traced back to the ancient Greek word hagnos, meaning “pure, chaste.”
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions seen by three shepherd children (Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta) near the town of Fátima, Portugal.
The place name Fátima is based on the Arabic personal name Fatimah, meaning “to wean.”
If the usage of Fatima does rise in the U.S. in 2017, I’ll be curious to see how much of that increase comes from states with large Portuguese populations (like Massachusetts, California, and Rhode Island).
Update, 5/18/2017: The name Teresa did rise in usage, but only slightly, in 2016.
Sayali Sadiqova, deputy chairperson of Azerbaijan’s Terminology Commission, has been in the news twice recently talking about baby names.
She mentioned in one article that the top baby names in Azerbaijan are Ali, Hasan and Huseyn for boys and Fatima and Zeyneb for girls. She also noted that Azerbaijani parents tend to prefer religious baby names to non-religious baby names.
In the other, she said that the government had been receiving requests to use “strange names” such as Newton, Galileo, Ingilis (meaning “English”), and Frunze (refers to Bolshevik military leader Mikhail Frunze). She stated that there was “a definitive ban on these names,” and that hundreds of such names had been banned already.
In the past, the Terminology Commission has also taken issue with Russian baby names, Russian-sounding baby names, baby names influenced by Soviet ideology, Armenian baby names, and more.
Sources: Parents prefer religious baby names in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan bans strange baby names ‘Frunze’, ‘Newton’, ‘Galileo’
Three bits of name news out of Saudi Arabia…
The most circulated [baby] names in the Kingdom include Mohammad, Fahd, Abdullah, Abdulrahman, Turki, Bandar, Omar, Ali, Fatima, Aisha, Nora, Hessa, Sheikha, and Maha.
Unfortunately the article didn’t specify exactly which year (or years) this list covers.
Unusual or rare [baby] names have been reduced due to the work of authorities across the Kingdom who have enacted regulations to curb exotic or strange names.
Some of the baby names no longer being used are…
- Faziah, female name meaning “one who is afraid”
- Mureibah, female name, “fearful”
- Najar, male name
- Rashash, male name, “a gun machine”
- Zaqam, male name meaning “to do with the mouth” (…?)
Here’s an earlier list of baby names (possibly) banned in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi society is facing a new phenomenon in which many young people are changing their names to be in tune with the latest name trends, Al-Hayat newspaper reported.
Several of the name changes mentioned in the article:
- Fatimah to Hadeel (woman, 22 years old)
- “I used the name Hadeel for my social media account before I changed it officially with the Civil Status Department.”
- Salem to Faris (man, 27 years old)
- Ethar to Maria (woman, 31 years old)
- Nouf to Naifah (woman, age not mentioned)
Sources: Naming babies under scrutiny, The name game! Young Saudis changing names to be more trendy