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Popularity of the Baby Name Galileo

Posts that Mention the Name Galileo

Name News from Azerbaijan

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’

The Baby Name Io

Several days ago, NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day was the impressive “Io: Moon Over Jupiter.”

At left is a portion of photo, which was taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

Jupiter’s moon Io [EYE-oh] was discovered by Galileo in 1610. He named it for Io the mythological character — a nymph who was seduced by Zeus, then turned into a cow.*

The name Io doesn’t have a known meaning, and it’s rare in the U.S.:

  • 2010: 6 baby girls named Io
  • 2009: 8 baby girls named Io
  • 2008: 5 baby girls named Io
  • 2007: 5 baby girls named Io
  • 2006: 5 baby girls named Io

Nevertheless, I’ve always found it intriguing. There aren’t many two-letter girl names out there, and this is the only one I know of from Greek myth.

Do you like the name Io? Would you give it to your baby girl?

*The name of the Bosphorus, which comes from ancient Greek and means “ox passage,” commemorates Io-the-cow’s crossing of the strait.