How popular is the baby name Hana in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Hana and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Hana.
According to the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs and the Maori Language Commission (Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori), the country’s most popular Maori names during the second half of 2014 and the first half of 2015 were Maia and Nikau.
Here are the top 10 Maori girl names and boy names of 2014/2015:
The top 10 lists above are fairly different from the Maori baby name rankings of 2013. (I don’t believe a 2014 list was released.)
One confusing difference is the absence of Aria and Ariana. Were they reclassified as non-Maori? Otherwise, Aria and Ariana should have come in first and third on this list, given how popular they’ve been in New Zealand overall lately.
Also confusing is the fact that the rankings don’t refer to corresponding periods of time. The 2013 list covers April 2012 to March 2013, whereas the 2015 list covers July 2014 to June 2015.
Maia and Nikau weren’t among New Zealand’s top ten baby names of 2015, but they did appear in the top 100: Maia was ranked 34th for girls, Nikau 97th for boys.
Source: Most popular Maori baby names in 2015
A conversation with commenter elbowin a couple of weeks ago prompted me to do a bit of research on Maori names. And what did I stumble upon while doing that research? An official list of the top Maori baby names of 2012:
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14. Te Ariki
16. Te Koha
The list was created using data from the Births, Deaths and Marriages registry of NZ’s Department of Internal Affairs. How?
The results are for the first name given to nineteen thousand Maori babies (by descent) registered in 2012. The analysis found that Maori girls are more likely to be given Maori names.
So, they tallied up and ranked all the Maori names given to babies of Maori descent. (In case you’re wondering, 61,178 babies were born in New Zealand in 2012 and 33% of these babies were of Maori descent.)
I do wish the press release had included some raw numbers, or at least mentioned what percentage of Maori babies got Maori names in 2012. Because, without this information, there’s no way to know what sort of influence (if any) Maori babies getting Maori names had on the overall 2012 list.
For instance, the top two Maori girl names, Maia and Aria — which aren’t exclusively Maori in origin — ranked 30th and 38th nation-wide. Would they have ranked as well if they hadn’t been so popular among the Maori specifically?
Anyway…it’s a cool list, regardless. Thanks, elbowin, for all the thoughtful comments. :)
Sources: Top 20 Maori boys’ and girls’ names released, Births and Deaths: Year ended December 2012
Israel recently released three lists of popular baby names.
According to the Central Bureau for Statistics, the country’s top names last year were:
- Noam and Noa for Jewish babies,
- Mohammad and Maryam for Muslim babies, and
- George and Maria for Christian babies.
Here are more of the most popular baby names of 2012 within each religious group:
The Jewish names above were listed in my source article, but the Muslim and Christian names below (beyond the #1 names) I had to translate from Hebrew using various online tools/dictionaries, so they might not be perfect.
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A few years ago, a group of Israeli rabbis released a list of names they thought should be off-limits to Jewish children. Ariel, the 8th most popular name for Jewish baby boys last year, was on their forbidden name list. :)
Sources: Noa, Noam top baby names for 2012, Central Bureau of Statistics
A reader named Anna would like a few baby name suggestions:
I’m expecting my second child, a girl, in April, and she’ll be half-English and half-Japanese. We already have a son named Kai, and we are trying to find a name that, like Kai’s, sounds good in both languages.
So far, they’ve come up with Sara, Ema, Naomi and Maya.
My first thought was to look for Japanese names that resemble familiar English names. Here’s what I found:
- Ami, which looks like a variant of Amy.
- Emi, which looks like a nickname for Emily or Emma.
- Erika, which happens to match Erika.
- Hana, which looks like a streamlined version of Hannah.
- Kimi, which looks like it’s based on Kim.
- Mari, Mariko, Marika and similar names containing Mari-, which is close to Mary.
- Marina, which starts with Mari- and also happens to match Marina.
- Megumi, which could be shortened to Meg.
- Miki, which looks like a feminized version of Mickey.
- Noa, which looks like the male name Noah…though there is a female in the Bible with the H-less version.
- Suzu, Suzume, Suzuna, and other Su- names that could be shortened to Sue or Susie.
English names that are stylistically similar to Japanese names might also work well. Names like Mara, Nora, Dara, Dora, Tara, Tori and Una fit the pattern, for instance.
What other names can you come up with for Anna?