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Popular Baby Names in Victoria, 2017

According to Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, the most popular baby names in the Australian state of Victoria in 2017 were Charlotte and Oliver.

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

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 426 baby girls
2. Olivia, 360
3. Amelia, 357
4. Ava, 347
5. Mia, 319
6. Zoe, 299
7. Evie, 284
8. Grace, 283
9. Isla, 282
10. Ella, 248

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 509 baby boys
2. William, 466
3. Jack, 450
4. Noah, 372
5. Thomas, 345
6. James, 323
7. Lucas, 315
8. Henry, 282
9. Charlie, 280
10. Ethan, 279

In the girls’ top 10, Ella replaces Chloe (now 11th).

In the boys’ top 10, Lucas, Henry and Charlie replace Alexander (11th), Mason (14th) and Max (now 16th).

According to a survey of birth notices in The Warrnambool Standard, the top baby names in the Victorian city of Warrnambool were Georgia/Grace/Evelyn/Elsie (4-way tie) for girls and Lenny (!) for boys.

In 2016, the top two names were the same.

Sources: Search popular names – Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria, Baby names 2017: South-west picks buck national trend


Name Quotes #57: Gage, Ciku, Abigail Fortitude

George Clooney explaining why he and his wife Amal named their twins Alexander and Ella (People):

“[We] didn’t want to give them one of those ridiculous Hollywood names that don’t mean anything,” George told Paris Match in an interview published Saturday. “They’ll already have enough difficulty bearing the weight of their celebrity.”

Summary of a recent study on the practice of naming winter storms (WBIR):

The researchers presented their subjects with three mock tweets about an upcoming winter storm — either using names like “Bill,” “Zelus,” or no name at all — then asked them about their perceptions of the storm’s potential severity.

It turned out that the survey participants were equally likely to show concern for the storm regardless of whether common names such as Bill were used, rather than uncommon names, such as Zelus. This was a surprise to Rainear, who thought that more “Americanized” names might make people more wary.

On the origin of the name of the Slinky (New York Times):

[N]ext month the Toy Manufacturers of America will induct Betty James, 82, the retired toy maker who gave the Slinky its name, into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

Mrs. James came up with the name after deciding that Slinky best described the sound of a metal spring expanding and collapsing. Slinky, of course, meaning sort of stealthily quiet. Mrs. James did not have sexy evening wear in mind; it was 1943, after all, and there was a war.

On changing name trends in Kenya (SDE Kenya):

It is so 1980 for modern Kenyan parents to name their children after biblical figures. Ati names like Grace, Hannah, Sarah, Magdalene or Jane for their daughters is now a no-no. For sons, naming them Abednego or Adonijah sounds like a bad Sunday school dream.

[…]

Names like Peter and Paul, Esther and Lois were fashionable in their grandparents’ time and today, girls are named Tasha, Tanya or Tiffany, while boys go by cooler ones like Cy, Kyle, Declan and Sherwin.

…The article also mentioned that many traditional names now have modernized forms:

  • Wangui -> Kui
  • Waithiageni -> Sheni
  • Wanjiku -> Ciku
  • Wanjiru -> Ciru
  • Wambui -> Foi
  • Wacera -> Cera

“Modern parents have no qualms having them appear like that in official documents. Welcome to baby names in 21st century Kenya.”

Onomastician Cleveland Kent Evans vs. the baby name Gage (Washington Post):

But right now, Evans is pondering the sudden, explosive rise of the male first name Gage. From out of nowhere. There’s no record of this name, nothing in the texts, nothing anywhere. And yet just in the last couple of years, it’s been popping up all around the country.

[…]

Finally, he asked his students at Bellevue College near Omaha. One student got the reference immediately: “Emergency!” he said. Meaning the short-lived 1970s TV series, of course. Turns out there was a character named John Gage on that show, and he was generally addressed as Gage.

[…]

Incredibly, “Emergency!,” which aired opposite “60 Minutes” for four years, was exceedingly popular among elementary-school children.

One mom’s positive experience with revealing her son’s name during pregnancy (Popsugar)

One reason why people don’t reveal the baby’s name is to ward off other people’s opinions. I could tell there were a couple of my friends who didn’t like the name, but just like I didn’t get pregnant to please them, I’m wasn’t going to change his name for them either. Most people that I talked to had enough common sense to keep their opinions to themselves. Even if they didn’t, it wouldn’t have changed a thing.

My son’s name […] is special to me. I didn’t stop feeling that way once I told it to people — if anything, it made the pregnancy a whole lot easier.

From the script for Mother Is a Freshman (1949), about a 35-year-old widow, Abigail, who starts attending the college that her daughter Susan goes to:

Abigail: I mean about the Abigail Fortitude Memorial Scholarship.
Susan: The one they give to any girl whose first two names are Abigail Fortitude?
Abigail: Yes.
Susan: Clara Fettle says no one’s applied for it since 1907, and there’s zillions piling up.
Abigail: And you never told me!
Susan: Of course not.
Abigail: It never occurred to you that my first names are Abigail Fortitude–that I’ve had to put up with them all my life!
Susan: I know, Mom. It must have been awful.
Abigail [struck by thought]: Maybe that’s why my mother gave me those names. Maybe she know about the scholarship.

…Turns out the scholarship had been set up by Abigail’s grandmother, also named Abigail Fortitude.

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Popular Baby Names in Canberra, 2017

According to ACT Government, the most popular baby names in Canberra in 2017 were Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are the Australian Capital Territory’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Charlotte
2. Olivia
3. Chloe (tie)
3. Sophie (tie)
5. Amelia (3-way tie)
5. Isla (3-way tie)
5. Ivy (3-way tie)
8. Ava (3-way tie)
8. Grace (3-way tie)
8. Mia (3-way tie)

Boy Names
1. Oliver
2. William
3. Henry (tie)
3. James (tie)
5. Jack (3-way tie)
5. Samuel (3-way tie)
5. Noah (3-way tie)
8. Charlie (tie)
8. Alexander (tie)
10. Lachlan (3-way tie)
10. Leo (3-way tie)
10. Thomas (3-way tie)

Olivia, which was tied for #2 in 2015, dropped out of the top 10 in 2016, and is now back in 2nd place.

These rankings are based on provisional data covering most (but not all) of 2017.

Source: Top baby names of 2017 revealed

Name Battle: “6 Generation” Edition

Speaking of names on PEI…two six-generation Canadian families (one of which is from PEI) have been featured in the news relatively recently.

Here are the members of the PEI family:

  1. Tish Lidstone (great-great-great-grandmother)
  2. Diane Annand (great-great-grandmother)
  3. Janice Annand (great-grandmother)
  4. Sherri-Lynn Wallace (grandmother)
  5. Morgan Wallace (father)
  6. Kartar Wallace (baby boy born in January 2017)

And here are the members of the second family, from Alberta:

  1. Vera Sommerfeld (great-great-great-grandmother)
  2. Gwen Shaw (great-great-grandmother)
  3. Grace Couturier (great-grandmother)
  4. Amanda Cormier (grandmother)
  5. Alisa Marsh (mother)
  6. Callie Marsh (baby girl born in October of 2016)

So, which six-generation family has the best set of names, do you think?

Which set of names do you prefer?

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Sources: West Cape woman becomes great-great-great-grandmother, Alberta woman becomes great-great-great-grandmother

Baby Girl with 24 Given Names

In late 1946, a baby girl was born to Paul Henning of Denver, Colorado. He’d heard of a man in Seattle who had 17 given names* and, impressed, decided that his own daughter’s name should be even longer. So she ended up with 24 given names.

Henning’s daughter–Mary Ann Bernadette Helen Therese Juanita Oliva Alice Louise Harriet Lucille Henrietta Celeste Corolla Constance Cecile Margaret Rose Eugene Yvonne Florentine Lolita Grace Isabelle Henning–was baptized in St. Elizabeth’s church Sunday.

If you were asked to cut this name down to just a first and a middle, using the names already listed, which two would you choose?

*The Seattle man, known as William Cary, had recently died. He’d been born in the mid-1860s and his 17 names had come from the surnames of officers in his father’s Civil War regiment.

Sources:

  • “What’s in Name? This Baby Given 24 for a Starter.” Milwaukee Journal 11 Nov. 1946: 1.
  • “Man With 17 Names Dies in Seattle.” Abilene Reporter-News 1 Nov. 1946: 33.