How popular is the baby name Hildegard in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Hildegard and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Hildegard.
Here are the results of the 2012 pop culture baby name game!
Below are all the names we came up with and how they fared on the charts last year.
First up, the names that made the biggest gains. (Some of these were on their way up anyway, so I’ll leave it to you guys to interpret just how much each one was/was not helped along by pop culture events.)
- 2012: 16687 baby boys named Liam
- 2011: 13401 baby boys named Liam
- 2012: 2882 baby boys named Lincoln
- 2011: 2156 baby boys named Lincoln
- 2012: 6140 baby boys named Dominic
- 2011: 5415 baby boys named Dominic
- 2012: 2510 baby girls named Penelope
- 2011: 1863 baby girls named Penelope
- 2012: 1677 baby girls named Ivy
- 2011: 1208 baby girls named Ivy
- 2012: 754 baby girls named Arya
- 2011: 387 baby girls named Arya
- 2012: 1404 baby girls named Luna
- 2011: 1142 baby girls named Luna
- 2012: 1049 baby boys named Louis
- 2011: 917 baby boys named Louis
- 2012: 178 baby boys named Trayvon
- 2011: 55 baby boys named Trayvon
- 2012: 559 baby girls named Adele
- 2011: 460 baby girls named Adele
- 2012: 847 baby girls named Olive
- 2011: 760 baby girls named Olive
- 2012: 131 baby boys named Zayn
- 2011: 48 baby boys named Zayn
- 2012: 1043 baby girls named Selena
- 2011: 979 baby girls named Selena
- 2012: 918 baby girls named Anastasia
- 2011: 859 baby girls named Anastasia
- 2012: 184 baby boys named Grey
- 2011: 125 baby boys named Grey
Toby, +32 / +59
- 2012: 93 baby girls and 349 baby boys named Toby
- 2011: 61 baby girls and 290 baby boys named Toby
- 2012: 1761 baby girls named Melissa
- 2011: 1704 baby girls named Melissa
- 2012: 1081 baby boys named Lorenzo
- 2011: 1027 baby boys named Lorenzo
- 2012: 155 baby girls named Jubilee
- 2011: 103 baby girls named Jubilee
London, +22 / +32
- 2012: 3179 baby girls and 482 baby boys named London
- 2011: 3157 baby girls and 450 baby boys named London
- 2012: 162 baby girls named Viola
- 2011: 134 baby girls named Viola
- 2012: 59 baby girls named Renesmee
- 2011: 33 baby girls named Renesmee
- 2012: 82 baby girls named Lovely
- 2011: 56 baby girls named Lovely
- 2012: 194 baby girls named Sarina
- 2011: 168 baby girls named Sarina
- 2012: 399 baby girls named McKayla
- 2011: 374 baby girls named McKayla
- 2012: 109 baby girls named Berenice
- 2011: 129 baby girls named Berenice
- 2012: 32 baby girls named Rue
- 2011: 13 baby girls named Rue
- 2012: 242 baby girls named Selina
- 2011: 224 baby girls named Selina
- 2012: 58 baby girls named Kateri
- 2011: 42 baby girls named kateri
Merida, +15 at least
- 2012: 19 baby girls named Merida [re-entered list]
- 2011: ? baby girls named Merida
- 2012: 132 baby girls named Pepper
- 2011: 117 baby girls named Pepper
Rooney (for girls), +15
- 2012: 21 baby girls named Rooney
- 2011: 6 baby girls named Rooney
- 2012: 630 baby boys named Hugo
- 2011: 617 baby boys named Hugo
Primrose, +12 at least
- 2012: 16 baby girls named Primrose [re-entered list]
- 2011: ? baby girls named Primrose
- 2012: 82 baby girls named Lisbeth
- 2011: 71 baby girls named Lisbeth
Blue, +3 / +9
- 2012: 10 baby girls and 20 baby boys named Blue
- 2011: 7 baby girls and 11 baby boys named Blue
- 2012: 16 baby boys named Romney
- 2011: 5 baby boys named Romney
- 2012: 13 baby girls named Cassadee
- 2011: 5 baby girls named Cassadee
Katniss, +8 at least
- 2012: 12 baby girls named Katniss [debut]
- 2011: ? baby girls named Katniss
- 2012: 42 baby boys named Niall
- 2011: 34 baby boys named Niall
- 2012: 79 baby girls named Octavia
- 2011: 72 baby girls named Octavia
Arrietty, +6 at least
- 2012: 10 baby girls named Arrietty [debut]
- 2011: ? baby girls named Arrietty
- 2012: 77 baby boys named Loki
- 2011: 71 baby boys named Loki
Names that went up by 5 or fewer:
- Hawk (though Hawkeye debuted)
- Joss (for boys)
- Maxwell (for girls)
Names that went down:
Names still not on the SSA’s list:
- Dev (for girls)
Did any of these surprise you?
P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who played!
Happy Birthday, Britney Spears!
And you guys know what happens every year on Brit’s birthday…we kick off the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!
Which baby names have become more popular in 2012, thanks to popular culture?
We won’t have definitive answers until the SSA releases its next batch of data (in mid-2013). But 2012 is almost over, so we have all the information we need to start making guesses.
Some possibilities I’ve already blogged about:
Plus a few I forgot to blog about:
- Blue, Ivy – Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy, born way back in January. (Only 7 girls and 11 boys were named Blue in 2011. I have a feeling both of these numbers will be going up.)
- Maxwell (for a girl) – Jessica Simpson’s daughter Maxwell, born in May.
- Mitt, Romney – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Want to play? Leave a comment with your name predictions and the pop culture event(s) you think gave those names a boost this year.
UPDATE, May 2013: Here are the results!
On October 7, Pope Benedict announced that St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Ávila are now Doctors of the Church.
I’m curious: will this announcement inspire Catholic parents (either in U.S. or elsewhere) to name their babies Hildegard and/or Avila?
Avila is already on the radar in the U.S.:
- 2011: 25 baby girls named Avila
- 2010: 14 baby girls named Avila
- 2009: 18 baby girls named Avila
- 2008: 23 baby girls named Avila
- 2007: 11 baby girls named Avila
I’m sure at least a few of these Avilas were named with St. Teresa of Ávila in mind. (Others were probably created from scratch.)
Hildegard (derived from the Germanic elements hild, “battle,” and gard, “enclosed place”) is not stylish these days, but it was relatively popular in the U.S. a couple of generations ago. So it’s in a lot of family tress. Perhaps the announcement will remind expectant parents that they could name their baby after Great-Grandma Hildegard.
Where do you think the baby names Avila and Hildegard are headed in the next few years?
Source: Pope opens bishop synod, names 2 church doctors
Hilda was a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in Louisiana in early October, 1964.
While the storm was raging, “a baby girl was born in a Morgan City school being used as a refugee center. She was promptly named Hilda.”
The name Hilda comes from the Germanic word hild, meaning “battle.” It was originally a short form of names containing hild, like Hildegard and Brunhilde.
Other hurricane baby names: Alicia, Andrew, Elena, Gloria, Iniki, Isabel, Barbara & Florence, Charlie & Gilbert
Source: “Hurricane-born twisters rip Gulf Coast; many dead.” Press-Courier 3 Oct. 1964: 1+.
Here are some names inspired by nurses and nursing (an excellent topic suggested by C in DC last week).
English nurse Florence Nightingale established a nursing school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1860.
American nurse Linda Richards became the first professionally trained nurse in the U.S. in 1873.
Lillian (and Henry)
American nurse Lillian Wald founded Henry Street Settlement in New York City 1893.
- American nurse Mary Eliza Mahoney became the first professionally trained African American nurse in 1879.
- American nurse Mary Breckinridge founded the Frontier Nursing Service in 1925.
Clara (or Clarissa)
American nurse Clarissa “Clara” Barton founded and became the first president of the American Red Cross in 1881.
English nurse Agnes Hunt opened Florence House, a convalescent home for crippled children, in 1900.
New Zealand nurse Ellen Dougherty became the world’s first registered nurse in February, 1902. (New Zealand had become the first country to regulate nurses nationally in 1901.)
Lina and Lenah
- American nurse Lina Struthers became the first school nurse in North America (specifically, New York City) in late 1902.
- Canadian-born nurse Lenah Higbee was awarded the Navy Cross in 1918.
British nurse Edith Cavell, after helping hundreds of Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I, was executed on 12 October 1915.
American nurse Hildegard Peplau emphasized patient-nurse relationships in Interpersonal Relations in Nursing, published in 1952.
English nurse and physician Cicely Saunders established St. Christopher’s Hospice in South London in 1967.
Can you come up with any other names inspired by nurses or nursing?
(And, what interests/activities should we namestorm about next?)
Sources: American Nurses Association, Wikipedia