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Popularity of the Baby Name Henry

Number of Babies Named Henry

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Henry

Popular Baby Names in Tasmania, 2017

According to the Tasmanian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Tasmania in 2016 were Charlotte and Oliver.

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

Girl Names
1. Charlotte
2. Evie
3. Ava
4. Isla
5. Mia
6. Sophie
7. Ruby
8. Olivia
9. Matilda
10. Evelyn

Boy Names
1. Oliver
2. Jack
3. Henry
4. William
5. Noah
6. Charlie
7. Hunter
8. Thomas
9. Oscar
10. Max

In the girls’ top 10, Ruby, Olivia, and Evelyn replace Grace, Lucy, and Amelia.

In the boys’ top 10, Henry, Hunter, Oscar, and Max replace Logan, James, Mason, and George.

In 2016, the top names were the same.

Source: Tasmanian Top Baby Names

Top First Letters of U.S. Baby Names, 2017

What were the most popular first letters for baby names in 2017?

For girls, the most-used first letter was A, followed by M and E. The least-used first letter was U. Here’s the breakdown:

first letters, girl names, 2017

And here are the most-used girl names per letter for 2017:

For boys, the most-used first letter was J, followed by A and C. The least-used letter was U. Here’s the breakdown:

first letters, boy names, 2017

Here are the most-used boy names per letter for 2017:

Finally, here are both genders side-by-side on the same chart:

first letters, baby names, 2017

Overall, the top first letter was A and the least popular letter was U. Not much has changed since 2016

Popular Baby Names in Oxfordshire, 2017

According to the Oxfordshire County Council, the most popular baby names in Oxfordshire, England, in 2017 were Lily and Oliver.

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

Girl Names
1. Lily
2. Olivia
3. Amelia
4. Poppy
5. Isla
6. Ava
7. Emily
8. Evie
9. Florence
10. Isabella

Boy Names
1. Oliver
2. George
3. Harry
4. Jack
5. Arthur
6. Alfie
7. Oscar
8. Jacob
9. Muhammed
10. Benjamin

In the girls’ top 10, Poppy and Florence replace Sophia and Sophie.

In the boys’ top 10, most of the names are new: Arthur, Alfie, Oscar, Jacob, Muhammed, and Benjamin replace Henry, Joshua, Thomas, William, Samuel, and James.

Alicja Gilroy, Superintendent Registrar, also made note of two recent trends: using hyphenated first names, and using “names that would once have been nick names from a longer name: Charlie, Albie, Archie, Ollie, Bobby, Reggie, Teddy, Vinnie, Ronnie, Freddie, Pippa, Maggie, Rosie, Ellie, Tilly are a few of the more popular ones.”

In 2016, the top two names in Oxfordshire were Lily and Jack.

Sources: Oliver and Lily top the list of Oxfordshire most popular baby names in 2017, Most popular baby names for Oxfordshire in 2017

Popular Baby Names in South Australia, 2017

According to the Government of South Australia, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Charlotte and Oliver.

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

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 132 baby girls
2. Ava, 114
3. Isla, 110
4. Harper, 91
5. Amelia, 87
6. Olivia, 86
7. Mia, 85
8. Ella, 84
9. Evie, 82
10. Grace, 80

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 172 baby boys
2. William, 114
3. Jack, 111
4. Noah, 100
5. Henry, 89
6. Mason, 84
7. Harvey, 83
8. Leo, 82
9. Thomas, 81
10. Lucas, 80

In the girls’ top 10, Harper and Grace replace Emily and Ruby.

In the boys’ top 10, Harvey, Leo and Thomas replace James, Ethan, and Liam.

In 2016, the #1 names were the same.

Source: Top baby names 2017 – Consumer and Business Services – Govt. of South Australia

Pert – Possible Baby Name?

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Pert Kelton
Recently I’ve spotted several female movie characters named Pert:

  • Pert Martin – Take It Big (1944)
  • Pert – Danger! Women at Work (1943)
  • Pert Kelly – Why Be Good? (1929)
  • Pert Barlow – Checkers (1913 & 1919)

Plus there was the American actress Pert Kelton (b. 1907), who was named with the Checkers character in mind. (The story ultimately comes from the 1896 book Checkers: A Hard-luck Story by Henry M. Blossom.)

Despite this usage in early cinema, though, the name never really caught on; it has never appeared in the SSA data.

But it has seen some usage, according to the records. And, interestingly, that usage seems to skew masculine.

The male Perts were probably named with the surname Pert in mind. The surname can be traced back to the Old French word apert, meaning “skilled” or “experienced.” (Apert in this case is a variant of espert, from the Latin word expertus.)

But I think the female Perts — like the characters above — were more likely named with the English word in mind. The Oxford Dictionary defines pert as “attractively lively or cheeky.” This version of pert can also be traced back to apert, but, this time, apert comes from the Latin word apertus, meaning “opened, uncovered.”

In this era of word-names (e.g., Brave, Brazen, Hardy, Moxie, Sassy, Valiant, Valor), do you think Pert has a place? Would you use it?

Sources:

  • Hanks, Patrick. (Ed.) Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Pert – Wiktionary