Baby name popularity graphs, rankings, lists, news, and trivia.
How popular is the baby name Hudson in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Hudson and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Hudson.
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Which boy names increased and decreased the most in popularity from 2014 to 2015?
Here are two ways to look at it. The SSA’s way looks at ranking differences and covers the top 1,000 boy names (roughly). My way looks at raw number differences and takes all boy names on the SSA’s list into account.
Riaan was boosted by a celebrity baby born in late 2014 to Bollywood actors Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza.
Jaziel’s rise seems to be due to Jaziel Avilez, a young singer featured in the 2014 song “Padre Ejemplar” [vid] by Mexican group Los Titanes de Durango.
Omari’s rise can be traced back to American actor Omari Hardwick, who has appeared in the TV shows Being Mary Jane and Power lately, and Jabari’s to basketball player Jabari Parker, the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
These rankings are pretty different from the 2014 rankings. Zoe, Aria and Mia replace Sadie, Ella and Lily on the girls’ side, and Benjamin, Lincoln, Wyatt, Hunter and Jack replace Mason, Jacob, Logan, Carter on the boys’ side.
The government of Saskatchewan does have the right to reject baby names it deems unacceptable, but this rarely happens:
“I have never denied a name, I’ve never even had one brought to me to look at,” said Pat Dean, registrar with Vital Statistics and director of Health Registries.
For the last eight years there has not been a name submitted that’s been objectionable to Vital Statistics.
Objectionable names include those that could be confusing (like “Baby”) or embarrassing.
How has the ratio of Biblical names to non-Biblical names changed over time (if at all) among the most popular baby names in the U.S.?
This question popped into my head recently, so I thought I’d take a look at the data. We’ll do boy names today and girl names tomorrow.
First, let’s set some parameters. For these posts, “Biblical” names are personal names (belonging to either humans or archangels) mentioned in the Bible, plus all derivatives of these names, plus any other name with a specifically Biblical origin (e.g., Jordan, Sharon, Genesis). The “most popular” names are the top 20, and “over time” is the span of a century.
For boy names, the ratio of Biblical names to non-Biblical names has basically flipped over the last 100 years. Here’s a visual — Biblical names are in the yellow cells, non-Biblical names are in the green cells, and a borderline name (which I counted as non-Biblical) is in the orange cell:
People sat up and took notice in early 1897 when gold prospector William Dickey claimed that a mountain he’d seen in Alaska was the tallest mountain on the continent:
We named our great peak Mount McKinley, after William McKinley of Ohio, who had been nominated for the Presidency, and that fact was the first news we received on our way out of that wonderful wilderness. We have no doubt that this peak is the highest in North America, and estimate that it is over 20,000 feet high.
And Dickey’s claim proved to be true — the tallest peak in North America is indeed the South Peak of “Mount McKinley,” with a summit elevation of 20,237 feet. (Not only that, but the base-to-summit vertical rise above sea level is around 18,000 feet — greater than that of Mount Everest.)
But it also kicked off a naming controversy that persists to this day.
Because the mountain already had a name. Several names, in fact. There were multiple indigenous groups in the region, and each called the peak something different:
The Koyukon called it Deenaalee, the Lower Tanana named it Deenaadheet or Deennadhee, the Dena’ina called it Dghelay Ka’a, and at least six other Native groups had their own names for it.
Denali — a version of the Koyukon Athabascan name Deenaalee, meaning “the high one” or “the tall one” — seems to have become the preferred name among settlers and visitors in the area.
And yet, even though…
Hudson Stuck, co-leader of the first expedition to successfully climb the mountain in 1913, began his book The Ascent of Denali (1914) with a “plea for the restoration to the greatest mountain in North America of its immemorial native name,” and
Charles Sheldon, the naturalist who came up with the idea of a conserving the Denali region as a national park, made “repeated pleas [to Congress] to return the mountain to its original name,”
…the U.S. officially adopted the name McKinley when President Wilson signed the Mount McKinley National Park Act in early 1917.
Alaska officially renamed the mountain Denali in 1975, and the U.S. officially renamed the park Denali National Park and Preserve in 1980. But, despite ongoing efforts to restore the name Denali, the federal government continues to refer to Denali as “Mt. McKinley.”
UPDATE: On August 30, 2015, the mountain was officially renamed Denali by U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
The mountain is part of the 65-million-year-old, 600-mile-long Alaska Range located in south-central Alaska. The mountain range was created by the Denali Fault, which runs along the southern edge of the range and frequently causes earthquakes in the region.
Tens of thousands of people have attempted to reach the summit of Denali over the years. The overall success rate is about 52%, but in the 2014 season it was just 36%. The average expedition (round-trip) lasts 17 to 21 days, and climbers experience an “extremely wide range of temperatures and conditions” on the mountain, including winds in excess of 80 miles per hour that can last for several days in a row.
Denali is surrounded by 6 million acres of subarctic parkland, one-sixth of which is covered with glaciers. In 2014, the park welcomed over 531,000 visitors.
Interestingly, it wasn’t the mountain that Charles Sheldon was thinking of when he came up with the idea of establishing a park. It was the large mammals — grizzly bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, lynxes, wolves, and more — in the region. He thought they’d be wiped out by hunters if the land wasn’t protected.
There’s also plenty of evidence of ancient life in Denali National Park: thousands of trace fossils (such as footprints) have been discovered there.
So, has the word Denali ever been used as a baby name?
It has, for both genders. Here’s the number of U.S. babies given the baby name Denali since the turn of the century:
2014: 55 baby girls and 20 baby boys named Denali
2013: 62 baby girls and 11 baby boys named Denali
2012: 48 baby girls and 21 baby boys named Denali
2011: 45 baby girls and 13 baby boys named Denali
2010: 42 baby girls and 20 baby boys named Denali
2009: 54 baby girls and 15 baby boys named Denali
2008: 55 baby girls and 22 baby boys named Denali
2007: 43 baby girls and 26 baby boys named Denali
2006: 57 baby girls and 31 baby boys named Denali
2005: 51 baby girls and 41 baby boys named Denali
2004: 56 baby girls and 31 baby boys named Denali
2003: 46 baby girls and 33 baby boys named Denali
2002: 50 baby girls and 29 baby boys named Denali
2001: 44 baby girls and 17 baby boys named Denali
2000: 40 baby girls and 8 baby boys named Denali
The gender breakdown for these particular years is 69% female, 31% male.
Though I’ve found a few isolated cases of people in the U.S. named Denali in the 1800s and early 1900s, usage of the name didn’t pick up steam until the end of the 1900s. Denali started appearing regularly on the SSA’s baby name list as a girl name in the late 1980s, and as a boy name in the late 1990s.
Appropriately, the name Denali first became trendy in Alaska. In fact, it’s one of Alaska’s most distinctive baby names…though I think this may soon change, as usage in the states (especially California and Texas) has been inching upward lately.
Zoey was in the girls’ top 20, right behind Chloe, but original spelling Zoe was nowhere to be found. (In the top 20, at least. That’s all Saskatchewan releases.) Similarly, Jaxon was in the boys’ top 20, but original spelling Jackson was not.
Here are some previous lists for Saskatchewan: 2013, 2012, 2011 & 2007. For all lists going back to 1998, click the first link below.
I’ve read hundreds of articles about banned baby names, but one I spotted over the summer called 9 Baby Names Banned by Governments really stood out because it claimed that the baby names Maple and Eh had been banned in Canada.
Seemed like a silly thing to say, as Canadian provinces (e.g., Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan) regulate and track baby names independently. And the claim was an easy one to debunk, as multiple babies in both Quebec and Alberta have been named Maple recently.
But I was still curious. The article had mistakenly stated that Facebook and Hitler were “banned in Mexico” when they were really just banned in the Mexican state of Sonora, so maybe Maple and Eh had been banned somewhere in Canada…?