How popular is the baby name Gwendoline in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Gwendoline and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Gwendoline.
Here are the most distinctively Canadian first names by decade, according to Canadian website The 10 and 3:
- 2010s: Zainab and Linden
- 2000s: Gurleen and Callum
- 1990s: Simran and Mathieu
- 1980s: Chantelle and Darcy
- 1970s: Josee and Stephane
- 1960s: Giuseppina and Luc
- 1950s: Heather and Giuseppe
- 1940s: Heather and Lorne
- 1930s: Isobel and Lorne
- 1920s: Gwendoline and Lorne
Did you know that Canada’s love of “Lorne” comes from the Marquess of Lorne, the British nobleman who served as Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883? To see more explanations, and also more names per decade, check out the source article.
The name I’m most curious about is Josée from the 1970s. It had a “Canadian factor” of 634.6 — larger than any other name in the study — but also had no explanation, and I can’t figure out the influence. Does anyone have a guess?
Source: Gord, Sheila, Graham and Beverley? The Most Distinctively Canadian Names Are Not What You’d Expect
According to finalized data from National Records of Scotland (NRS), the most popular baby names in Scotland in 2015 were Emily and Jack.
Here are Scotland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Emily, 497 baby girls
2. Sophie, 468
3. Olivia, 452
4. Isla, 419
5. Jessica, 357
6. Ava, 354
7. Amelia, 352
8. Ella, 341
9. Lucy, 317
10. Lily, 279
1. Jack, 565 baby boys
2. Oliver, 448
3. James, 416
4. Lewis, 371
5. Alexander, 349
6. Charlie, 342
7. Lucas, 316
8. Logan, 311
9. Harris, 306
10. Daniel, 282
This finalized 2015 list is a lot like (but not exactly like) the preliminary rankings that came out in December.
It’s also a lot like the 2014 rankings, the main difference being that Harris has replaced Noah in the boys’ top ten.
And now for the fun part! Here are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once last year in Scotland. Ladies first:
- Caledonia – Caledonia was what the ancient Romans called the region that became Scotland. It’s now used as a poetic name for Scotland.
- Christine-Smart – I’ve seen “smart” used as a name before, but all the examples I know of are historical.
- Ptarmigan – A bird name I almost never see used as a baby name. Ironically, the word “ptarmigan” happens to be based on a Scottish Gaelic word (tàrmachan).
- Twylabelle – Another -belle name to add to the list of -bella and -belle names.
And now the gents:
- Corryvreckan – The Gulf of Corryvreckan (from the Gaelic Coire Bhreacain) is a narrow strait off Scotland’s west coast famous for its large whirlpool. Corryvreckan’s father, a whisky expert, also admits that “we may have joked with the name while I was sipping on some of the peat-astic Ardbeg Corryvreckan.” (Source: Why Corryvreckan is a dram fine name for my baby says whisky expert Andy Bell)
- Oomo – Reminds me of Omoo.
For more sets of rankings, check out the name rankings category.
Source: Jack and Emily are Scotland’s top baby names
Last month I spotted an article about the decline of certain old-fashioned baby names in the UK.
(The first two words in the title were “Goodbye Gertrude.” Wait a minute, I thought. Hasn’t the UK already said goodbye to Gertrude? Hm.)
The article, drawing from a recent Ancestry.co.uk study, listed baby names that are now “extinct,” “endangered,” and “at risk” in the UK.
- Extinct Baby Names (no longer on the England & Wales baby name list)
- Cecil, Rowland, Willie
- Bertha, Blodwen*, Fanny, Gertrude, Gladys, Margery, Marjorie, Muriel
- Endangered Baby Names (fallen in prevalence by 99% since 1905)
- Clifford, Horace, Harold, Leslie, Norman
- Doris, Edna, Ethel, Hilda, Marion, Phyllis
- At-Risk Baby Names (fallen in prevalence by 98% since 1905)
- Arnold, Bernard, Clarence, Cyril, Ernest, Fred, Herbert, Percy, Roland, Sydney, Trevor, Walter
- Ann, Dorothy, Eveline, Freda, Gwendoline, Irene, Jane, Janet, Jennie, Lilian, Lizzie, Margaret, Mary, Maud, Mildred, Nellie, Rhoda, Winifred
I wonder how Derek fared in their study.
The article also mentioned that, over the years, some names have been outpaced by their diminutive forms — Alfred by Alfie, Frederick by Freddie, Archibald by Archie, Charles by Charlie, Alexandra by Lexi, Sophia by Sophie, Eleanor by Ellie, and so forth.
*Blodwen is Welsh for “white flowers.” The Breton form is Bleuzen, in case you were wondering.
Sources: Goodbye Gertrude, hello Lexi: records show UK demise of some baby names, Cecil, Bertha and Gertrude — Britain’s ‘Endangered’ Names Revealed