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Popular Baby Names in British Columbia, 2018

According to British Columbia’s Vital Statistics Agency, the most popular baby names in the province in 2018 were Olivia and Liam.

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

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 246 baby girls
  2. Emma, 222
  3. Amelia, 170 (tie)
  4. Charlotte, 170 (tie)
  5. Chloe, 160
  6. Sophia, 149
  7. Ava, 148
  8. Isla, 137
  9. Emily, 134
  10. Abigail, 132

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 283 baby boys
  2. Lucas, 225
  3. Oliver, 211
  4. Benjamin, 200
  5. Logan, 183
  6. Ethan, 182
  7. Noah, 181 (tie)
  8. William, 181 (tie)
  9. James, 175
  10. Leo, 165

In the girls’ top 10, Isla replaces Hannah.

In the boys’ top 10, Leo replaces Owen.

Names used just five times each in 2018 include…

  • Girl names: Ayda, Bria, Clover, Dilnoor, Ever, Flora, Guneet, Havana, Irene, Jenny, Krystal, Lavinia, Magnolia, Opal, Pippa, Rosha, Sahej, Taryn, Waverly, Zia
  • Boy names: Adriel, Bjorn, Clyde, Drake, Eamon, Fergus, Graydon, Hamza, Ibraheem, Jagger, Kaya, Leland, Malikai, Ollie, Partap, Reginald, Smith, Tegh, Watson, Zephyr

In 2017, the top names were Olivia and Benjamin.

Source: Baby’s Most Chosen Names in British Columbia, 2018

“Jeopardy!” Baby Names: Alancia and Brannon

jeopardy, game show

Last week, Becca commented with some interesting Jeopardy! contestant names (e.g., Hobie, Dorcas) and mentioned J! Archive, which lists tens of thousands of Jeopardy! contestants going back to 1984, when the show premiered.

I skimmed through all the contestants from 1984 to 2015 (as we don’t have baby name data for 2016 yet) and spotted hundreds of unusual names. And it looks like at least two of them got a boost thanks to the show:

Alancia

The name Alancia was a one-hit wonder that popped up in 2000:

  • 2001: unlisted
  • 2000: 9 baby girls named Alancia [debut]
  • 1999: unlisted

One-time player Alancia Wynn, a family practice physician from Virginia, was on Jeopardy! in October of 1999.

Brannon

The name Brannon saw an increase in usage in 1998:

  • 1999: 118 baby boys named Brannon
  • 1998: 158 baby boys named Brannon
  • 1997: 113 baby boys named Brannon

One-time player Brannon Denning, a graduate student from Connecticut, was on Jeopardy! in September of 1998. (Looks like Brannon Denning is now a law professor at Samford University.)

Alaric & Ezgi …?

These two names may have gotten a slight boost as well, though it’s hard to tell.

  • Alaric, in 2005. One-time player Alaric Smith was on the show in October of 2005.
  • Ezgi, in 2015. One-time player Ezgi Ustundag was on the show in October of 2015.

Ezgi is a female name that means “melody” in Turkish.

Anjali (false positive)

“Kids Week” contestant Anjali Tripathi was on the show in September of 1999. The same year, the baby name Anjali more than doubled in usage:

  • 2001: 222 baby girls named Anjali
  • 2000: 230 baby girls named Anjali
  • 1999: 202 baby girls named Anjali
  • 1998: 93 baby girls named Anjali
  • 1997: 80 baby girls named Anjali

But this was a suspiciously steep rise. And it was accompanied by the debut of an alternate spelling (Anjalie). And usage didn’t drop back to normal levels the next year, as one would expect. These facts pointed me to something more high-profile than a Jeopardy! contestant.

Turns out the very successful Hindi coming-of-age romantic comedy Kuch Kuch Hota Hai had been released in 1998. The movie featured not one but two main characters named Anjali.

More names!

Here are the rest of the names that caught my eye, sorted by year:

  • 2015: Chandreyi, Dava-Leigh, Desta, Ezgi, Kynan, Mags, Praggya, Rook, Tiombi
  • 2014: Ben-Hur, Dinu, FeiFei, Gudrun, Ilissa, Kenesha, LaWanda, Leszek, Mariusz, Myfanwy, Osei, Shloka, Sirena
  • 2013: Arne, Berek, Diva, Kelton, Kinu, Nilai, Nishanth, Ramsin, Rhea, Salvo, Shuli, Sonrisa, Tahne, Twyla, Waymond, Xan, Yellowlees
  • 2012: Anshika, Benton, Bing, Deniz, Injee, Jessamine, Jia-Rui, Mithun, Pian, Shaanti,
    Vamsi, Vinayak
  • 2011: Bhibha, Boomie, Cosi, Gabor, Gitta, Idrees, Karawan, LuEllen, Milind, Raphie
  • 2010: Huat, Kemi, Marianthe, Raghuveer, Shaama, Surabhi
  • 2009: Ariella, Claxton, Cyn, Daphna, Drusha, Hayes, Henok, Jove, Lysette, Nirav, Ranjan, Seyi, Shyra, Tui (TOO-ee), Wright
  • 2008: Anurag, Babatope, Delano, Elza, Gilah, Kew, Murtaza, Naren, Srinivas, Vibin, Zia
  • 2007: Arlynda, Bethlehem, Clé, Haritha, Khoa, Kai-Ning, Kizzle, Lateefah, Lenzy, Marvene, Mehrun, Ssezi, Tigger, Toho, Tope
  • 2006: Dianisbeth, Iddoshe, Karmie, Lizard, Nemanja, Nissan, Oz, Ozgun, Papa, Pinki, Raena, Reda, Sioux, Tawney
  • 2005: Alaric, Corinth, Jayanth, Kem, Kingslea, LeeAundra, Ruchi, Ruvani, Vanamali
  • 2004: Denele, Kermin, M’Liss, Nithya
  • 2003: Alicen, Amasa, Eok, Freya, Nulty, Snowden, Vane
  • 2002: Anagha, Dileep, Gadi, Hikma, Jara, Kirik, Kunle, Manoj, Muzy (MYOO-zee), Omid, Quyen, Rafi, Seveen, Shasa, Tana, Umiko
  • 2001: Aki, Babu, Gosia, Marek, Mittie, Neha, Ulhas, Vinita
  • 2000: Akshai, Arrington, Celiane, Cinnamon, Iyesatu, Jeeks, Manx, Meri-Jane, Mitali, Sabin, Tarun
  • 1999: Ajuan, Alancia, Anjali, Chacko, Davine, Happy, Mihee, Seale, Wellington, Yancy, Yoni
  • 1998: Ardys, Brannon, Creswell, Kemp, Melizza, Sinan
  • 1998: Boze, Jolyn, Rokshana
  • 1997: Akiva, Atish, Breck, Brick, Davia, Girish, Mita, Murat, Pooja, Sahir, Tanis, Vartan, Zinie
  • 1996: Myretta, Rima, Ulf, Vandana
  • 1995: Albina
  • 1994: Graydon
  • 1993: Bronwyn, Ferris, Leif
  • 1991: India, Kareem
  • 1990: Ardwight, Avrom, Murdock, Peji
  • 1989: Darbi, Ouida
  • 1988: Blaze, Cigus, Doak, Scooter
  • 1987: JoFrannye
  • 1986: Chub, Zanete

Which of the above names do you like best?

P.S. Thanks again, Becca!

How Many Baby Boys Got -Ayden Names in 2009?

We all know that names like Jayden and Aiden are popular. But…how popular?

This weekend, my goal was to find out.

I sat down with the SSA’s baby name list for 2009, picked out all the -ayden names, and counted them. I counted both the number of variants and the number of babies with each variant.

Here’s a run-down of what I found, sorted by ending. (Get ready to scroll!)

-dan [8504 babies, 31 variants]

  • -adan [1296]
    • Adan, 1117
    • Jadan, 59
    • Bradan, 33
    • Kadan, 33
    • Aadan, 23
    • Cadan, 20
    • Zadan, 6
    • Tadan, 5
  • -aedan [390]
    • Aedan, 255
    • Braedan, 65
    • Kaedan, 34
    • Jaedan, 30
    • Caedan, 6
  • -aidan [5967]
    • Aidan, 5749
    • Jaidan, 81
    • Kaidan, 67
    • Caidan, 17
    • Zaidan, 17
    • Braidan, 13
    • Haidan, 10
    • Aaidan, 8
    • Raidan, 5
  • -aydan [851]
    • Aydan, 396
    • Jaydan, 246
    • Braydan, 90
    • Kaydan, 39
    • Caydan, 32
    • Zaydan, 23
    • Haydan, 14
    • Taydan, 6
    • Raydan, 5

-den [85583 babies, 94 variants]

  • -aden [17386]
    • Jaden, 4111
    • Kaden, 4021
    • Caden, 3984
    • Braden, 2017
    • Aden, 1353
    • Aaden, 1259
    • Zaden, 155
    • Haden, 129
    • Bladen, 69
    • Paden, 53
    • Graden, 34
    • Taden, 28
    • Vaden, 20
    • Xaden, 20
    • Draden, 19
    • Baden, 18
    • Khaden, 18
    • Shaden, 16
    • Sladen, 11
    • Jhaden, 9
    • Breaden, 6
    • Chaden, 6
    • Daden, 6
    • Jaaden, 6
    • Keaden, 6
    • Thaden, 6
    • Traden, 6
  • -aeden [1858]
    • Braeden, 805
    • Jaeden, 390
    • Kaeden, 328
    • Caeden, 148
    • Aeden, 96
    • Zaeden, 24
    • Draeden, 18
    • Graeden, 12
    • Haeden, 12
    • Raeden, 11
    • Taeden, 7
    • Traeden, 7
  • -aiden [23390]
    • Aiden, 15846
    • Kaiden, 2276
    • Jaiden, 2247
    • Caiden, 1316
    • Braiden, 556
    • Raiden, 361
    • Zaiden, 295
    • Haiden, 225
    • Aaiden, 76
    • Xaiden, 48
    • Laiden, 15
    • Daiden, 14
    • Draiden, 13
    • Taiden, 13
    • Khaiden, 12
    • Blaiden, 10
    • Baiden, 9
    • Graiden, 9
    • Paiden, 7
    • Shaiden, 7
    • Xhaiden, 7
    • Naiden, 6
    • Traiden, 6
    • Yaiden, 6
    • Gaiden, 5
    • Jhaiden, 5
  • -ayden [42949]
    • Jayden, 17082
    • Brayden, 8526
    • Ayden, 4959
    • Hayden, 4822
    • Kayden, 2938
    • Cayden, 2726
    • Zayden, 741
    • Rayden, 193
    • Tayden, 165
    • Drayden, 156
    • Grayden, 132
    • Aayden, 98
    • Payden, 64
    • Layden, 47
    • Shayden, 43
    • Blayden, 40
    • Khayden, 29
    • Trayden, 23
    • Xayden, 22
    • Slayden, 21
    • Chayden, 19
    • Thayden, 16
    • Bayden, 15
    • Dayden, 15
    • Vayden, 14
    • Jhayden, 13
    • Wayden, 11
    • Nayden, 10
    • Clayden, 9

-din [1807 babies, 26 variants]

  • -adin [575]
    • Kadin, 255
    • Adin, 157
    • Jadin, 69
    • Cadin, 42
    • Aadin, 25
    • Bradin, 20
    • Zadin, 7
  • -aedin [124]
    • Jaedin, 50
    • Kaedin, 34
    • Braedin, 16
    • Aedin, 15
    • Caedin, 9
  • -aidin [125]
    • Aidin, 56
    • Kaidin, 32
    • Jaidin, 18
    • Caidin, 10
    • Zaidin, 9
  • -aydin [983]
    • Aydin, 380
    • Jaydin, 278
    • Braydin, 107
    • Kaydin, 95
    • Caydin, 44
    • Zaydin, 32
    • Haydin, 28
    • Taydin, 12
    • Raydin, 7

-dn [203 babies, 6 variants]

  • -aydn [203]
    • Haydn, 80
    • Braydn, 45
    • Jaydn, 34
    • Kaydn, 29
    • Aydn, 10
    • Caydn, 5

-don [3479 babies, 37 variants]

  • -adon [752]
    • Jadon, 528
    • Bradon, 60
    • Kadon, 52
    • Cadon, 29
    • Adon, 27
    • Aadon, 23
    • Ladon, 9
    • Gradon, 8
    • Sheadon, 6
    • Shadon, 5
    • Zadon, 5
  • -aedon [429]
    • Braedon, 222
    • Jaedon, 126
    • Kaedon, 44
    • Caedon, 27
    • Aedon, 10
  • -aidon [207]
    • Jaidon, 94
    • Aidon, 32
    • Kaidon, 30
    • Braidon, 23
    • Caidon, 13
    • Haidon, 8
    • Raidon, 7
  • -aydon [2091]
    • Braydon, 1022
    • Jaydon, 686
    • Kaydon, 79
    • Haydon, 76
    • Graydon, 75
    • Aydon, 45
    • Caydon, 34
    • Raydon, 16
    • Zaydon, 15
    • Paydon, 11
    • Draydon, 9
    • Shaydon, 9
    • Taydon, 8
    • Laydon, 6

-dun [6 babies, 1 variant]

  • -aydun [6]
    • Jaydun, 6

-dyn [3022 babies, 36 variants]

  • -adyn [1284]
    • Bradyn, 397
    • Jadyn, 275
    • Kadyn, 257
    • Adyn, 104
    • Cadyn, 83
    • Aadyn, 76
    • Hadyn, 31
    • Zadyn, 26
    • Gradyn, 24
    • Khadyn, 6
    • Keadyn, 5
  • -aedyn [570]
    • Braedyn, 172
    • Jaedyn, 166
    • Kaedyn, 109
    • Aedyn, 45
    • Caedyn, 36
    • Haedyn, 15
    • Zaedyn, 15
    • Draedyn, 6
    • Raedyn, 6
  • -aidyn [931]
    • Aidyn, 321
    • Jaidyn, 273
    • Kaidyn, 131
    • Braidyn, 59
    • Caidyn, 53
    • Haidyn, 40
    • Zaidyn, 39
    • Raidyn, 10
    • Xaidyn, 5
  • -aydyn [237]
    • Jaydyn, 89
    • Aydyn, 40
    • Haydyn, 32
    • Braydyn, 31
    • Kaydyn, 28
    • Caydyn, 9
    • Zaydyn, 8

-d*nn [87 babies, 7 variants]

  • -aidenn [15]
    • Aidenn, 15
  • -aydenn [54]
    • Jaydenn, 29
    • Aydenn, 19
    • Haydenn, 6
  • -adynn [6]
    • Jadynn, 6
  • -aidynn [12]
    • Aidynn, 6
    • Jaidynn, 6

-dd*n [139 babies, 11 variants]

  • -adden [71]
    • Hadden, 22
    • Jadden, 18
    • Adden, 12
    • Cadden, 8
    • Kadden, 6
    • Bradden, 5
  • -aidden [28]
    • Aidden, 21
    • Jaidden, 7
  • -aydden [17]
    • Aydden, 12
    • Jaydden, 5
  • -addon [23]
    • Haddon, 23

Other [162 babies, 18 variants]

  • Aiyden, 37
  • Jaiyden, 16
  • Aodhan, 14
  • Ayeden, 11
  • Jahden, 11
  • Aiydan, 8
  • Ayedin, 6
  • Breaden, 6
  • Kaiyden, 6
  • Keaden, 6
  • Sheadon, 6
  • Aiedan, 5
  • Aieden, 5
  • Aiiden, 5
  • Jahyden, 5
  • Jayeden, 5
  • Jayhden, 5
  • Keadyn, 5

Ok, ready to add these up?

Ending Babies Variants
-dan 8,504 31
-den 85,583 94
-din 1,807 26
-dn 203 6
-don 3,479 37
-dun 6 1
-dyn 3,022 36
-d*nn 87 7
-dd*n 139 11
Other 162 18
TOTAL 102,992 267

Of the (at least) 2,095,910 baby boys born last year, (at least) 102,992 were given an -ayden name. That’s over 4.9%–about 1 in 20.

Of the 14,404 boy names on the SSA’s list, 267 are -ayden names. That’s 1.9%–about 1 in 50.

Do these numbers surprise you?

Update: Wondering how many baby girls or how many babies overall received an -ayden name in 2009?

[Disclaimer: I’m assuming all of the variants above rhyme with Jayden, but I can’t make any guarantees about pronunciation. Also, I didn’t count the following: variants with 3 syllables, variants with 2-vowel endings (e.g. -dien, -deyn), variants that look like Eden and Madden, and (possible variants?) Ajdin and Dredin.]

UPDATE: Is the -Ayden Craze Over?

One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1900s (’00-’09)

The names below are one-hit wonder names that ranked among the 1,000 most popular U.S. baby names only once — sometime during the first decade of the 20th century (1900 through 1909).

Girl Names

  • 1900 – Luvinia
  • 1901 – Dagny, Ethyle
  • 1903 – Augustina, Girtha
  • 1904 – Edris, Vernia
  • 1905 – Beadie, Ilda, Neola, Orma, Vela
  • 1907 – Clydie, Rosabelle, Theta
  • 1908 – Arnetta, Clementina, Launa
  • 1909 – Azalee, Macel

Boy Names

  • 1900 – Goebel (influence: William Goebel), Tallie
  • 1901 – Ancil, Buren, Erland, Esco, Mathews, Pate
  • 1902 – Doll, Ivor, Victoriano
  • 1903 – Beckham, Lenon, Ozzie, Teddie
  • 1904 – Arbie, Council, Duard, Harm, Severo, Tobie
  • 1905 – Fredie, Graydon, Jiles
  • 1906 – Benard, Harrold
  • 1907 – Delmus, Delphin (influence: Delphin Delmas), Gilmer, Ogden, Oland, Samie
  • 1908 – Esker, Levie, Robley (influence: Robley Evans)
  • 1909 – Othel

I think both Beckham (1903) and Graydon (1905) could really appeal to modern parents — Beckham for its association with soccer star David Beckham, Graydon for its similarity to currently popular names like Grayson and Jayden.

Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…