How popular is the baby name Gideon in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Gideon and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Gideon.
Jessie Jensen published her annual Mormon baby names post a few weeks ago. Some highlights:
- Dallin/Dallen, tied for “Most Mormon name.” Dallin H. Oaks is a prominent member of the LDS church and a former president of BYU.
- Rexalyn: “Ask your doctor if Rexalyn™ is right for you.”
- Roczen, which has popped up in Australia recently as well. The influence is probably German motorcycle racer Ken Roczen.
- Tannin, the “Absolute Worst Name This Year” thanks to the Biblical sea monster association. (For what it’s worth, I thought Zoei was worse.)
One commenter mentioned the historical Malan family of Ogden, Utah. Most of the 16 children were given alphabetical names:
- Alexis Bartholomew (b. 1873)
- Claudius Daniel (b. 1875)
- Ernest Francis (b. 1876)
- Jeremiah (b. 1878)
- Gideon Highly (b. 1879)
- Inez Jane (b. 1881)
- Kit (b. 1883)
- Lawrence Maxwell (b. 1884)
- Nahum Oscar (b. 1886)
- Parley Quince (b. 1888)
- Ray Stephen (b. 1890)
- Teresa Una (b. 1890)
- Verna Winona (b. 1893)
- X Y Zella (b. 1895)
- Benjamin (b. 1896)
- Louise Pauline (b. 1898)
Another commenter mentioned an aunt “named OE, it was pronounced oh-EEE, just like the letters,” who was born in Utah in early 1900s. (Reminds me of Io.)
Have you come across any interesting Mormon names lately?
The seven brides in the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) are named Milly, Dorcas, Ruth, Martha, Liza, Sarah and Alice.
(The corresponding brothers are named Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank(incense) and Gideon.)
Which name do you like best?
The seven brothers in the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) are named alphabetically from the Old Testament: Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank (short for Frankincense) and Gideon.
Which name do you like best?
Source: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Wikipedia
Tuesday’s post about the Victorian-style Tylney Hall Hotel reminded me of a list of Victorian-era names that I’ve had bookmarked forever.
The list was created by amateur genealogist G. M. Atwater as a resource for writers. It contains names and name combinations that were commonly seen in the U.S. from the 1840s to the 1890s. Below is the full list (with a few minor changes).
Which female name and male name do you like best?
Source: Victorian Era Names, A Writer’s Guide
You guys know the world is ending in two weeks, right?
At least, that’s how popular culture has misinterpreted the ending of the 13th b’ak’tun of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar on December 21, 2012.
If your due date is December 21, why not commemorate the date with an end of the world-inspired baby name?
No, I’m not suggesting you go with something ridiculous like Armageddon or Apocalypse. (Though I have seen both used as names. Examples: Rev. Armageddon James Margerum, born in England in 1833, and Ulysses Apocalypse Johnson, born in California in 1992.)
Instead, try a name with a less obvious EotW connection. Perhaps one of these:
- Maya – the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is most commonly associated with the Maya
- Jeremiah – ending sounds like Maya
- Nehemiah – ending sounds like Maya
- Deedee – short for doomsday
- Ann – short for annihilation
- Catherine – inspired by cataclysm
- Arma – short for armageddon
- Armand – inspired by armageddon
- Armando – inspired by armageddon
- Gideon – inspired by armageddon
- Don – inspired by armageddon
Or try one of the dozens of names that happen to contain the word end (short for end of the world, of course).
- Enda (a masculine Irish name, e.g., Enda Kenny)
What other end of the world baby names can you think of?