Baby name popularity graphs, rankings, lists, news, and trivia.
How popular is the baby name Ingrid in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Ingrid and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Ingrid.
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Hotel David in Florence, Italy, offers a 5% discount to guests named David. So if your name is David and you’re planning to be in Florence anytime soon, you may want to check them out. If you decide to book, remember to use the promo code “DAVID” and be prepared to prove that your name really is David when you check in.
Here’s another name-based hotel deal I discovered recently, but this one does have an expiration date, so you’ll have to act quickly if you want to take advantage of it.
From Aug. 20 until Oct. 31, Breezes Bahamas is giving $100 to any guest staying at least 5 nights whose legal first name is on the 2013 National Hurricane Center list of storm names: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van or Wendy.
The spelling of your name must match the storm name exactly (i.e., “Sebastian” and “Rebecca” don’t count).
The top baby girl and baby boy names in Norway last year were Emma and Lukas–the same as in 2009.
Here are the top ten boy names:
Lukas/Lucas (552 baby boys)
Here are the top ten girl names:
Emma (465 baby girls)
And here are a few other interesting facts:
52% of the girls born in 2010 have names that end with -a or -ah.
20% of the boys born in 2010 have biblical names.
Mohammad was the most popular baby boy name in Oslo.
Norwegian parents seem to be “avoiding names involving the uniquely Norwegian letters of æ, ø and å, which often cause problems and confusion in e-mail addresses and other aspects of a globalized society.”
That last point is particularly interesting. On the one hand, it’s cool that parents are gravitating toward names that will make their chidren’s lives simpler. On the other, names featuring Scandinavian letters like æ, ø and å represent Norway’s heritage, and it would a shame to see little cultural gems like Bjørn and Jørgen fall by the wayside in the name of globalization. (Though I guess it’s inevitable…?)
Ingrid Bergman’s first baby, Friedel Pia, was born in 1938 in Sweden. Here’s a news item about Pia from the mid-1940s:
NAMING THE BABY: The name of Ingrid Bergman’s daughter is Pia. The P is the first initial of her father’s name which is Peter, second is from her mother’s, Ingrid, and the A is from her papa’s middle name which is Aaron. Quite an unusual method of child naming. If I had been named that way my first name would be CLM. How about you?
The details aren’t perfect — the writer forgets to mention that Pia has a first name, and her father’s names are actually spelled “Petter” and “Aron” — but the formula is correct. And I do like the question.
What would your name have been if your parents had used the Ingrid Bergman formula?
Even better, if you plug your initials and your partner’s initials into that formula, what’s the result? Is it a usable baby name?
Durling, E.V. “Build Your Kitchen to Fit Your Wife.” Toledo Blade 18 May 1946, Peach Section.
Spoto, Donald. Notorious: the life of Ingrid Bergman. Cambridge: Da Capo Press, 2001.
Some parents see names like Angelina, Isabella, and Olivia and think, “I’m not going to bother weeding through these dainty little sissy-names on the off chance I find a good one. Forget it. I’m gonna flip ahead to the boy names.”
What these parents might not realize, though, is that there are plenty of strong, non-frilly girl names out there. Here are three types I’ve come up with:
Girl Names with Boyish Nicknames
A boy name wrapped in a girl name — the best of both worlds. Most of the full names below are based on boy names, so they simply shorten to the same pet forms.
Alex – Alexandra
Andy – Andrea, Miranda
Bernie – Bernadette
Cal – Calista, Calla
Clem – Clementine
Dan – Danielle
Ernie – Ernestine
Frank – Frances
Gerry – Geraldine
Gus – Augusta
Jack – Jacqueline
Jo – Josephine, Johanna
Max – Maxine
Mo – Monique, Maureen
Nick – Nicole, Monica, Veronica
Rick – Erica
Rob – Roberta
Sal – Salome, Sarah
Tony – Antonia
Will – Wilhelmina
Girl Names with Lots of Consonants
Girl names with at least as many consonants as vowels tend to sound much more serious than vowel-laden girl names. Especially if they end with a consonant (or a consonant-sound).
*Technically, these names have more vowels than consonants. But it doesn’t sound like they do, and that’s the important part.
Girl Names with Unusual Letters/Sounds
Unusual things command your attention. They may seem odd, but, because they stand out, they also tend to seem bold.
What other types of girl names would you add to this list?
A reader named Molly recently asked me for a few name suggestions:
I have identical twin girls named Charlotte Maiden and Dylan Rose. I am expecting another. I need a boy or a girl name that fits with these names but isn’t too much like them (ie. I don’t want Sadie, Charlotte and Dylan because then Dylan would be too much of an odd woman out). I also don’t want any names ending in -en, -in, -an, etc. because they are just getting too popular. Finally, I’d prefer the names not start w/ a C or a D. Appreciate the help!!
Charlotte and Dylan make a very interesting pair, I think. The former is decidedly feminine and has been popular in Europe (and elsewhere) for centuries; the latter is traditionally masculine and has been popular in the U.S. only since the 1960s (thanks to folksinger Bob Dylan).
Here are some names that might work with both of them…