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Popularity of the Baby Name James

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Popular Baby Names in Western Australia, 2017

According to Western Australia Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Western Australia in 2017 were Isla and Oliver.

Here are WA’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Isla, 195 baby girls
2. Mia, 191
3. Charlotte, 189
4. Olivia, 187
5. Amelia, 184
6. Ava, 156
7. Harper, 151
8. Chloe, 146
9. Grace, 144
10. Ella, 140

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 239 baby boys
2. Jack, 215
3. William, 206
4. Noah, 197
5. James, 168
6. Lucas, 165
7. Ethan + Thomas, 149 each (tie)
8. Charlie, 146
9. Logan, 141
10. Liam, 139

In the girls’ top 10, Chloe replaces Evie.

In the boys’ top 10, Logan replaces Jacob and Mason.

In 2016, the top names were Charlotte and Jack.

Source: Baby Names – Births, Deaths and Marriages – Department of Justics – Govt. of Western Australia


Popular Baby Names in Northern Canada, 2015

A few years ago, CBC News used data from the vital statistics offices of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon to determine that the most popular baby names in northern Canada in 2015 were Sophia and Liam.

The top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names in the 3 regions (combined) in 2015 were…

Girl Names
1. Sophia, 7 baby girls
2. Abigail, 7
3. Amelia, 7
4. Avery, 6
5. Autumn, 6

Boy Names
1. Liam, 13 baby boys
2. Jacob, 7
3. Elijah, 7
4. James, 6
5. William, 5

And the #1 names in each territory specifically were…

  • Nunavut (898 births total): Anna, Samantha and Sarah (3-way tie) and Liam, Mason and Sandy (3-way tie)
  • Northwest Territories (687 births total): Abigail and Liam
  • Yukon (443 births total): Sophia and Jack

I don’t have earlier data on Nunavut or NWT, but the top names in the Yukon from 2006 to 2010 were Madison and James.

Source: Liam and Sophia most popular baby names in 2015 in the territories

Popular Baby Names in Northern Territory, 2017

According to the government of Northern Territory, Australia, the most popular baby names in NT in 2017 were Charlotte and Jack.

Here are Northern Territory’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 24 baby girls
2. Olivia, 18
3. Ava, 15
4. Isabella, 15
5. Grace, 14
6. Amelia, 13
7. Mia, 13
8. Ruby, 13
9. Lily, 12
10. Sophie, 12

Boy Names
1. Jack, 27 baby boys
2. Mason, 21
3. Oliver, 20
4. Noah, 18
5. James, 17
6. William, 16
7. Logan, 15
8. Lucas, 15
9. Thomas, 15
10. Elijah, 14

In the girls’ top 10, Mia, Ruby and Lily replace Emily, Scarlett and Ella.

In the boys’ top 10, Mason, Logan, Lucas, Thomas and Elijah replace Charlie, Jacob, Eli, Nathan and Max.

In 2016, the top two names were the same.

Source: Popular baby names – NT.GOV.AU

Popular and Unique Baby Names Scotland, 2017

According to National Records of Scotland (NRS), the most popular baby names in the country in 2017 were Olivia and Jack.

Here are Scotland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 512 baby girls
2. Emily, 460
3. Isla, 395
4. Sophie, 370
5. Amelia, 321
6. Jessica, 318
7. Ava, 294
8. Ella, 290
9. Charlotte, 280
10. Aria, 254

Boy Names
1. Jack, 486 baby boys
2. Oliver, 380
3. James, 368
4. Lewis, 356
5. Logan, 324
6. Noah, 318
7. Harris, 299
8. Alexander, 297
9. Leo, 289
10. Harry, 282

In the girls’ top 10, Aria replaces Lucy (now 11th).

In the boys’ top 10, Harris replaces Charlie (now 14th).

In 2016, the top two names were the same.

And here are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once in Scotland last year:

Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names
Auristelle, Bella-Caledonia, Carcy, Debbie, Elpiniki, Fernie, Ghzal, Hanwen, Isatou, Jumana, Kuma, Larch, Magdiel, Nettle, Oreli, Paupi-Anais, Rebbl, Sibianca, Tuppence, Ultra-Violet, Verdie, Wanda, Xenia, Yana-River, Zacharoula-Electra Amazon, Bzhyar, Cakrawala, Daro, Ernie, Findhorn, Ghillie, Harley-David, Isoa, Jhy, Kestrel, Little-One, Magnus-Ailig, Nimbus, Orlo, Peter-Gabriel, Reeco, Sochisth, Talisker-Brett, Uisdean, Vasco, Wulff, Xane, Ythan, Zeth

Bella-Caledonia could be a reference to Bella Caledonia, the Scottish pro-independence magazine. And Yana-River happens to be the name of a real pace: the Yana River in Russia.

Source: Most popular names in Scotland, Scotland’s newest baby names are inspired by the constitutional question and Star Wars

An Update on Shevawn

The baby name Shevawn debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1955.

Here’s something I didn’t expect!

A while back I posted about the baby name Siobhan, which was kicked off (in the U.S.) by Irish stage actress Siobhán McKenna in 1956. The curious part was that, in 1955, a handful of phonetic spellings of Siobhán — Shevawn, Shevon, etc. — popped up ahead of the traditional spelling.

My initial assumption was that these had emerged naturally, as often happens with names that have tricky spellings and/or names we hear rather than see. Deirdre is a good example of this.

But one variant, Shevawn, was pretty dominant. In fact, it was the top debut name of 1955.

  • 1958: 9 baby girls named Shevawn
  • 1957: 8 baby girls named Shevawn
  • 1956: 24 baby girls named Shevawn
  • 1955: 36 baby girls named Shevawn
  • 1954: unlisted

I just figured “Shevawn” was the most-liked phonetic spelling…because I had no other explanation.

Until now!

I recently came across a blog post that recapped a September 1955 episode of the live drama series The United States Steel Hour (ABC) called “A Wind from the South.” The episode prominently featured a character named Shevawn, amazingly.

Shevawn, played by stage actress Julie Harris, was an Irishwoman who ran an inn with her brother Liam. Here’s a synopsis that ran in a Texas newspaper a few days before the episode aired:

Miss Harris, in a rare television appearance, will portray Shevawn, an imaginative and winsome colleen who, with her brother, runs a country-side inn. Longing to travel to far-away places, where she believes life is full of magic and splendor, the girl becomes hopelessly enamored of an American guest, who is struck with the girl’s delicate and unspoiled nature.

So that explains Shevawn!

But you know what? Siobhán McKenna is still the explanation, ultimately. Because screenwriter James Costigan had written the role with Siobhán McKenna in mind, and hence had given the character her name. But then the show’s producers intervened. They gave the role to the more recognizable Harris and respelled the character’s name “Shevawn” to make it easier for the American audience to connect the spelling and the pronunciation.

What are your thoughts on the name Shevawn? Do you like the simplified spelling, or do you prefer the original form of the name?

P.S. Here’s the full episode, you want to see it:

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