How popular is the baby name Hermione in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Hermione and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Hermione.
Boston’s Central Burying Ground was established in 1756, so it’s newer than the other Boston cemeteries I’ve blogged about (King’s Chapel, Granary, and Copp’s Hill). Nevertheless, it still contains some pretty interesting names:
- A: Aderline, Alford, Alona, Alpheus, Alsendorf, Annjulett, Antice, Anstice, Arodi, Artemis, Asadel
- B: Barstow, Barzillia, Belcher, Benaset
- C: Calista, Christeena, Clarena, Clarentine, Cumming
- D: Dolley
- E: Ede, Elbridge, Elhanah, Eliakim, Emely
- F: Fletcher, Freelove
- G: Giles, Gilman, Gustavus
- H: Hannahretta, Hawkes, Hepzibah, Hermione, Hezekiah, Hitty
- I: Ichabod, Ignatius, Iphigenia
- J: Jaazaniah, Jennet
- K: Keziah
- L: Lendall, Llewlwyn, Loms, Lot, Lyman
- M: Manasseh, Mansfred, Marayanna, Marston, Mayday, Mehitable, Micajah, Milla, Mindwell, Minerva
- N: Nabby, Nahum
- O: Orvilla
- P: Pamelia, Percival, Phebee, Philander, Pliny
- R: Rodolth, Rosalinda, Rosamund, Ruhamah
- S: Sally, Salome, Seiba, Shubael, Shubel, Sibley, Silence, Silvanus, Sophronia, Sukey, Sylvanus
- T: Tamer, Ternon, Theophilus, Tristam, Tryphena
- V: Vivia
- W: Waverly, Wentworth, Worham, Winthrop
- Z: Zabiah, Zebiah, Zeal, Zephaniah, Zilpah
I bet Vivia would appeal to modern parents looking for an alternative to Olivia and/or Vivian.
Which of the above do you like best? How about least?
Source: Gravestone Inscriptions and Records of Tomb Burials in the Central Burying Ground (1917) by Ogden Codman
On February 10, the Civil Registration Act went into effect in the Mexican state of Sonora (which is right across the border from Arizona).
Article 46 of the act allows local authorities to reject baby names they deem derogatory, discriminatory, defamatory, libelous and meaningless, among other things.
The state also banned 61 specific baby names, and will likely ban more names in the future. All of the banned names came directly from Sonora’s birth registries (meaning that each has been used at least once already).
After doing some digging, I finally found the full list of banned names on a Mexican news site. Here it is:
- All Power
- Beneficia (meaning “benefits”)
- Burger King
- Calzón (meaning “panties”)
- Christmas Day
- Circuncisión (meaning “circumcision”)
- Delgadina (meaning “the skinny girl.” It’s from the Mexican folk song “La Delgadina.”)
- Escroto (meaning “scrotum”)
- Espinaca (meaning “spinach”)
- Fulanita (meaning “so-and-so” or “what’s-her-name”)
- Harry Potter
- James Bond
- Lady Di
- Marciana (meaning “martian”)
- Masiosare (meaning “if one should dare,” roughly. It’s from the phrase mas si osare, which is part of the Mexican National Anthem.)
- Patrocinio (meaning “patronage” or “sponsorship”)
- Privado (meaning “private”)
- Rolling Stone
- Sol de Sonora
- Sonora Querida
- Tránsito (meaning “transit”)
- Tremebundo (meaning “terrifying” or “terrible”)
- Virgen (meaning “virgin”)
- Zoila Rosa
- Facebook is the legal first name of at least 2 human beings at this point. Amazing.
- Robocop, I must admit, has been on my “baby names I am dying to find in the wild” list for many years. At last, proof that it exists! Exciting stuff. (Haven’t yet come across any babies named Chucknorris, however. Fingers still crossed on that one.)
- Hermione? I can see why Sonora would object to “Harry Potter” and “James Bond,” but Hermione by itself (as opposed to “Hermione Granger”) makes no sense. Hermione is a legitimate (and lovely) name that existed long before the Potter books.
What are your thoughts? And, which name on the list above shocked you the most?
Sources: Aceituno, Hermione, Hitler, Facebook, Yahoo y la lista completa de los nombres prohibidos en Sonora, Sonora prohíbe registrar niños con nombres peyorativos, Scrotum, Hitler, Facebook: Mexican state bans outlandish baby names
Sure, a rose by just any other name would not smell as sweet. But what if the name were as cool as “Madame Azélie Imbert” or “Victor Emmanuel”?
Other intriguing rose names I found in the EveryRose.com database include:
Fraulein Octavia Hesse
Ghislaine de Feligonde
Hawaiian Queen Martha
Jan and Rick
Mrs Erskine Pembroke Thom
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably now wondering: So how can I name a cultivar of my very own?
Well, just grab your credit card and get in touch with a company that hybridizes roses. Some charge as little as several thousand dollars; others ask for as much as $75,000 to name a rose.
If you don’t have that kind of money lying around, and you happen to live in British Columbia, you may be able to name a rose for free. Just submit a name to the GardenWise Name a Rose contest before the end of August.
Wish the the top 20 names had a more Elizabethan ring to them? Well, wish no more!
I did my best to match each of the most popular baby girl names with similar-sounding names from Shakespeare:
Emilia, Othello; Winter’s Tale; Two Noble Kinsmen
Aemelia, Comedy of Errors
Hermione, Winter’s Tale
Isabella, Measure for Measure
Dionyza, Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Ursula, Much Ado About Nothing
Anne, Merry Wives of Windsor; Henry VIII; Richard III
Viola, Twelfth Night
Miranda, The Tempest
Rosaline, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Romeo and Juliet
Regan, King Lear
Phebe, As You Like It
Bianca, Othello; Taming of the Shrew
Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona
Olivia, Twelfth Night
Octavia, Antony and Cleopatra
Lavinia, Titus Andronicus
Agrippa, Antony and Cleopatra; Coriolanus
Margaret, Much Ado About Nothing
Helena, All’s Well That Ends Well; Midsummer Night’s Dream
Hermia, Midsummer Night’s Dream
Helen, Troilus and Cressida; Cymbeline
Elizabeth, Henry VI; Richard III
Eleanor, Henry VI; King John
Adriana, Comedy of Errors
Diana, All’s Well That Ends Well; Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Rosalind, As You Like It
Tamora, Titus Andronicus
Katherina, Taming of the Shrew
Paulina, Winter’s Tale
Audrey, As You Like It
Portia, Merchant of Venice; Julius Caesar
Luciana, Comedy of Errors
Nerissa, Merchant of Venice
Jessica, Merchant of Venice
Cressida, Troilus and Cressida
Maria, Twelfth Night; Love’s Labor’s Lost
Marina, Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Mariana, All’s Well That Ends Well; Measure for Measure
Hero, Much Ado About Nothing
Cordelia, King Lear
Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra
Nell, Henry IV; Henry V; Merry Wives of Windsor
Juliet, Romeo and Juliet
Perdita, Winter’s Tale
Lucetta, Two Gentlemen of Verona
Silvia, Two Gentlemen of Verona
Celia, As You Like It
Alice, Henry V; Merry Wives of Windsor
Thaisa, Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing
Blanche, King John
These are by no means equivalents, of course. Some of my “matches” don’t match at all. But I did as well as I could using about three-quarters of all the female characters mentioned by Shakespeare.
And, if you were curious about the names Dionyza and Thaisa, as I was, they seem to be based on Dionysus and Thaïs.
According to a recent news article, the names Harry and Hermione are becoming more popular in Queensland, Australia, thanks to J. K. Rowling’s fantastically popular Harry Potter series.
Here’s how many Queenslander newborns were named Harry in recent years:
- 1996: 70
- 1997: 103 (The first Potter book was released this year.)
- 2000: 177 (Four of the books had come out by this time.)
- 2005: 158 (The film Goblet of Fire was released late this year.)
- 2006: 195 (…or 113, if you look at Queensland’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Perhaps the article counted alternative spellings?)
So far in 2007, 75 babies in Queensland have been named Harry, and “one can only assume there will be plenty more with the release of the new book and film.”
Hermione, meanwhile, wasn’t used at all in 1996, but in 2003–the year Order of the Phoenix came out–6 baby girls were given the name. (Incidentally, Hermione is derived from the name of the Greek god Hermes.)