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, 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:
Hawkeye debuted) Joss (for boys)
Maxwell (for girls)
Names that went
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?
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?)
American Nurses Association, Wikipedia