How popular is the baby name Isobel 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 Isobel.
Here are the most distinctively Canadian first names by decade, according to Canadian website The 10 and 3:
- 2010s: Zainab and Linden
- 2000s: Gurleen and Callum
- 1990s: Simran and Mathieu
- 1980s: Chantelle and Darcy
- 1970s: Josee and Stephane
- 1960s: Giuseppina and Luc
- 1950s: Heather and Giuseppe
- 1940s: Heather and Lorne
- 1930s: Isobel and Lorne
- 1920s: Gwendoline and Lorne
Did you know that Canada’s love of “Lorne” comes from the Marquess of Lorne, the British nobleman who served as Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883? To see more explanations, and also more names per decade, check out the source article.
The name I’m most curious about is Josée from the 1970s. It had a “Canadian factor” of 634.6 — larger than any other name in the study — but also had no explanation, and I can’t figure out the influence. Does anyone have a guess?
Source: Gord, Sheila, Graham and Beverley? The Most Distinctively Canadian Names Are Not What You’d Expect
In the comment section of last week’s post on old & new French names, Bridgett came up with a great idea: Why not do the same thing for a U.S. city?
I checked the online editions of 8 or 9 U.S. city newspapers. Some had birth announcements, others had obits/death notices, the rest had neither. So I gave up on cities, switched to towns, and soon found some useful information for Plymouth, Massachusetts:
I couldn’t list two of the babies — Skyler Reece and Riley Paige — because I’m not sure about the gender in either case. (I would guess they’re both female, but who knows.)
Also, I should mention that the average age of those listed in the death announcements is 78.
Now it’s your turn: Which set do you prefer, the “old” names or the “new” names?
Also, if you know of a city newspaper that publishes both birth and death announcements online, I’d appreciate it if you would shoot me an e-mail. Thanks!
A reader named Alex is looking for a name for her second daughter, due this September:
My first born is named Rowan Isobel and we’re looking for a name that will complement her name. We generally like Welsh/Celtic names (my husband’s name is O’Donnell) but also like unusual names. Rowan was ‘almost’ Arwen or Bronwyn, but – though we like those names, we think they are too close to Rowan. The biggest problem is that we think Rowan is SUCH a perfect name – we may have set the bar too high! Any suggestion would be appreciated!
I brainstormed for Celtic names that seemed to fit with the “style” of Rowan, and here’s what I came up with:
What other names might sound good with Rowan? (I think non-Celtic suggestions are welcome as well.)
These were the most popular names chosen by parents in the towns of Hitchin and Stevenage (in Hertfordshire, England) in 2007:
And these were some of the unique baby names in the area in 2007:
Zeb Star Ice and Pebbles Galaxy were among the unusual names of the previous year (2006).
Source: The Comet