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Popularity of the Baby Name Gabriel


Posts that Mention the Name Gabriel

The Start of Sylar

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Quinto as Sylar

The futuristic-sounding name Sylar debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2006:

  • 2010: 76 baby boys named Sylar
  • 2009: 91 baby boys named Sylar [peak]
  • 2008: 47 baby boys named Sylar
  • 2007: 38 baby boys named Sylar
  • 2006: 9 baby boys named Sylar [debut]
  • 2005: unlisted

(A smattering of baby girls have been named Sylar as well.)

What put this name on the onomastic map?

Sylar, the primary antagonist of the TV show Heroes (2006-2010). Played by Zachary Quinto, Sylar was a super-human serial killer with a strong desire to feel special and admired. So, he hunted down other people with super-human powers, killed them, and absorbed their abilities.

Sylar’s birth name was Gabriel Gray, and he was originally a watchmaker. Upon giving up his old way of life, he adopted an alter-ego and renamed himself Sylar, taken from a (fictitious) brand of watches. Here’s how one author described the name change:

In Sylar’s mind, Gabriel Gray [had] become “a name.” Unlike an anonymous watchmaker, who — despite the implications of his job title — does not really make watches, but in fact only repairs broken watches brought in by equally anonymous customers, Sylar [took] his name and thus his identity from an origin that [implied] both a certain level of activity and creativity — in that the brand really [did] produce watches — and [constituted] a brand thus signifying fame and achievement.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Sylar? (Do you like it more or less than the similar name Skylar?)

Sources:

  • Caeners, Torsten. “”You’re Broken. I Can Fix You”: Negotiating Concepts of U.S. Ideology.” Investigating Heroes: Essays on Truth, Justice and Quality TV, ed. by David Simmons, McFarland & Company, 2012, pp. 130-143.
  • Sylar – Wikipedia

Popular and Unique Baby Names in Iowa, 2017 & 2018

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I publish a set of name rankings every week, but I don’t post many U.S. state-released rankings anymore. Why? Because the SSA’s yearly dataset always includes a state-by-state breakdown, and the SSA’s data tends to be basically equivalent to what each state releases.

Except for…Iowa! I totally forgot last year to check up on Iowa, the only state I know of to release full sets of baby name data. (Bravo, Iowa!) The last Iowa rankings I posted were for 2016, so, in this post, to catch up, I’ll be covering two years at once.

First up, 2017.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Emma and Oliver.

Here are Iowa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names, 2017

  1. Emma, 175 baby girls
  2. Harper, 172
  3. Olivia, 168
  4. Evelyn, 158
  5. Charlotte, 157
  6. Ava, 139
  7. Amelia & Nora, tied, 127 each
  8. Sophia, 94
  9. Scarlett, 92
  10. Elizabeth, 90

Boy Names, 2017

  1. Oliver, 219 baby boys
  2. Henry, 181
  3. Liam, 179
  4. Lincoln, 160
  5. William, 155
  6. Owen & Wyatt, tied, 151 each
  7. Noah, 135
  8. James, 129
  9. Logan, 124
  10. Benjamin, 118

In the girls’ top 10, Scarlett and Elizabeth replace Addison and Grace. (The SSA’s data for 2017 was similar, but had Harper in first place.)

In the boys’ top 10, James and Logan replace Jackson.

And here are some of the names bestowed just once in Iowa in 2017:

Unique Girl Names, 2017Unique Boy Names, 2017
Adelheid Brunnhilde, Bergamot, Chancelline, Dellaveene, Exaucee Nitocris, Focus, Graxceldie, Hawthorne, Ixamara, Jeggsley, Kalaivani, Lahpoe, MellowBelle, Nyantut, Onolinne, Prairie, Quebella, Rieslyn, Shelter, Tracieux, Vjosa, Wave, Yatzlimar, Zealie-MarieAknowlegde, Bray Ole, Carefree, Dovahkiin, Essolabina, Frantzley, Gamachis, Helgenberger, Igneous, JayDrek, Kellz, Lyrics, Mattavion, Nimalan, Oracle, Power, Quintelle, Rinidi, Salix, Thwin, Vindrix, Wattney, Yaeger, Zollie

Possible explanations/associations for a few of the above:

Now, on to 2018…

The most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Evelyn and Oliver. Here are Iowa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names, 2018

  1. Evelyn, 167 baby girls
  2. Harper, 158
  3. Charlotte, 155
  4. Emma, 153
  5. Olivia, 142
  6. Amelia, 126
  7. Ava, 119
  8. Sophia, 113
  9. Nora, 106
  10. Isabella, 103

Boy Names, 2018

  1. Oliver, 183 baby boys
  2. Henry, 176
  3. Liam, 174
  4. William, 170
  5. Owen, 161
  6. Wyatt, 143
  7. Noah, 137
  8. Lincoln, 130
  9. Jackson, 124
  10. Hudson, 120

In the girls’ top 10, Isabella replaces Scarlett and Elizabeth. (Yet again: the SSA’s rankings were similar, but had Harper in first place.)

In the boys’ top 10, Jackson and Hudson replace James, Logan, and Benjamin.

And here are some of the names bestowed just once in Iowa in 2018:

Unique Girl Names, 2018Unique Boy Names, 2018
Avocent, Brklyn, Currence, Dacheline, Ever-After, Frisquette, Granuaile, Hallow, Izanami, Jariahlexa, Kelaviene, Lotus Lou, Mighty, Neshbly, Opry, Plu, Qori, Rexha, Samadhi, Tamber, Ventica, Wildly, Ylsy, Ziggy-GreyActs Gabriel, Braveheart, Corvinus, Drinian, Evenir, Flynnigan, Gypsum, Him-Henry, Isidore, Jongroor, Kipden, Liamko, Mastajabu, Nuke, Ordie, Paddington, Questan, Rolex, Safe Haven, Thrusher, Vhett, Wrecker, Ychiari, Zallard

Possible explanations/associations for some of the above:

I posted even more of Iowa’s unique baby names — for both 2017 and 2018 — over on Patreon, if you’re interested.

Sources: Top Baby Names – Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal, frisquette – Wiktionary

Popular Baby Names in France, 2018

According to INSEE (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques), the most popular baby names in France in 2018 were Emma and Gabriel.

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

Girl Names

  1. Emma, 4,369 baby girls
  2. Jade, 3,977
  3. Louise, 3,766
  4. Alice, 3,313
  5. Chloé, 3126
  6. Lina, 2,908
  7. Léa, 2798
  8. Rose, 2,720
  9. Anna, 2,603
  10. Mila, 2,581

Boy Names

  1. Gabriel, 5,419 baby boys
  2. Raphaël, 4591
  3. Léo, 4446
  4. Louis, 4415
  5. Lucas, 3979
  6. Adam, 3897
  7. Arthur, 3755
  8. Jules, 3698
  9. Hugo, 3686
  10. Maël, 3259

Two baby names that are trendy in France right now are Kylian and Aya — Kylian because of French soccer player Kylian Mbappé, and Aya because of French-Malian pop singer Aya Nakamura.

Strangely, I’ve never covered the French rankings before. I have posted about Paris a couple of times, though.

Sources: Classement des prénoms en France depuis 1900 – Insee, The ‘foreign’ baby name that’s still top of the charts in France

Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2018

According to data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the most popular baby names in Switzerland in 2018 were Emma and Liam.

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

Girl Names

  1. Emma, 504 baby girls
  2. Mia, 445
  3. Sofia, 342
  4. Lea, 325
  5. Elena, 319
  6. Emilia, 307
  7. Mila, 301
  8. Anna, 299
  9. Laura, 277
  10. Lena, 275

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 446 baby boys
  2. Noah, 443
  3. Leon, 344
  4. Luca, 332
  5. Elias, 326
  6. Gabriel, 324
  7. Matteo, 313
  8. Louis, 301
  9. Ben, 281
  10. David, 265

In the girls’ top 10, Elena, Mila, and Laura replace Lina, Lara, and Nina.

In the boys’ top 10, Louis replaces Samuel.

Here are the top baby names within each of Switzerland’s main language groups:

  • German speakers (63% of the population)
    • Top 3 girl names: Mia, Emma, Lea
    • Top 3 boy names: Noah, Leon, Elias
  • French speakers (23%)
    • Top 3 girl names: Emma, Alice, Eva
    • Top 3 boy names: Liam, Gabriel, Arthur
  • Italian speakers (8%)
    • Top 3 girl names: Sofia, Alice, Emily
    • Top 3 boy names: Leonardo, Liam, Alessandro
  • Romansh speakers (less than 1%)
    • Top girl name: Chiara, Clara, Emilia, Gianna, Hanna, Joana, Lana, Lara, Lena, Lenia, Lia, Mara (at least a 10-way tie)
    • Top boy name: Alessio, Laurin, Liam, Men (4-way tie)

In 2017, the top names in the country overall were Emma and Noah.

Sources: Vornamen der Neugeborenen – Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Not a Heidi in sight: The most popular Swiss baby names in 2018 – The Local