How popular is the baby name Geronimo in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Geronimo and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Geronimo.
Need to narrow down your list of favorite baby names? Make your names go mano a mano in a paired comparison analysis!
Here’s a free spreadsheet that will make it easy for you to do just that. There are several ways to access it:
Instructions are included in the file, but here’s the gist of it: write in the baby names you’re considering, look at each possible one-to-one match-up, determine a winner, and rate each winner. The spreadsheet will then tally everything up and reveal which name is the most dominant winner.
The file has two sheets — the first is blank, the second is filled out, as an example. (I randomly used the names Chet, Robert, Anthony, Geronimo, Chase and Jayden on the example sheet. Feel free to play around with the numbers on that sheet to see how they affect the percentages below.)
Let me know if you experience any problems with the spreadsheet and I’ll do my best to help you out.
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(This is an updated version of one of the baby name spreadsheets I posted years ago. Next week I’ll post the new version of the weighted decision matrix.)
Pope Benedict XVI mentioned baby names over the weekend. Well, maybe not baby names–baptismal names is more precise. In any case, here’s what he said while baptizing a 21 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday:
Every baptism should ensure that the child is given a Christian name, an unmistakable sign that the Holy Spirit will allow the person to blossom in the bosom of the Church. Do not give your children names that are not in the Christian calendar.
I’ve seen other church officials comment on this issue, but never the Pope himself. I wonder what sort of impact it will have on Catholic parents.
BONUS: Here are some interesting quotes I collected from news articles covering this story.
The first little examples of Mela (Italian for Apple) and Pesche (Peaches) are already up and walking, say the Italian newspapers, thanks to the decisions of Gwyneth Paltrow and Bob Geldof to pick names at the greengrocer.
Celebrity baby names in translation. Trippy.
Even leading politicians have chosen unusual names. The pugnacious Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa christened his three sons Geronimo, Lorenzo Cochis and Leonardo Apache.
Geronimo and Cochise were both Apache leaders.
[Names] banned in Portugal include Lolita, Maradona and Mona Lisa.
Diego Maradona (b. 1960) is a former pro soccer player from Argentina.
Another source mentioned something about a Sue Ellen trend in Italy during the 1980s, thanks to the popularity of American TV show Dallas, but I can’t locate the original article/link.
Sources: For heaven’s sake, Pope hopes to end trend for exotic names, Pope makes a plea to parents to give their children traditional names
P.S. Here’s more on the Catholic Church’s stance on names.
I’ve been on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for the past few days, and — in between checking out various canyons, waterfalls, and lava-rock pools — I scanned the Kauai phone book for cool first names.
Here are the most interesting I found:
The names in boldface are my favorites.
*Kuuipo is based on a Hawaiian word meaning “my sweetheart.” I’ve been seeing a lot of it in jewelry stores, engraved on rings, bracelets and pendants.
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