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Popularity of the Baby Name James


Posts that Mention the Name James

Popular Baby Names in New South Wales, 2018

According to data released NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, the most popular baby names in New South Wales, Australia, in 2018 were (again) Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are NSW’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte, 530 baby girls
  2. Amelia, 488
  3. Olivia, 474
  4. Mia, 471
  5. Ava, 430
  6. Isla, 372
  7. Grace, 361
  8. Chloe, 358
  9. Harper, 325
  10. Emily, 317

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 616 baby boys
  2. William, 567
  3. Noah, 539
  4. Jack, 517
  5. Henry, 405
  6. Thomas, 404
  7. Lucas, 394
  8. Liam, 383
  9. Leo, 375
  10. Alexander, 370

In the girls’ top 10, Harper and Emily replace Zoe (now ranked 14th) and Ella (17th).

In the boys’ top 10, Liam and Leo replace James (now ranked 11th) and Ethan (12th).

Source: NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages – Popular Baby Names – 2018 (PDF)

Popular Baby Names in Western Australia, 2018

According to Western Australia’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Western Australia in 2017 were Ava and Charlotte (tied!) and Oliver.

Here are WA’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Ava and Charlotte, 186 baby girls each (tie)
  2. Mia, 171
  3. Olivia, 166
  4. Amelia, 151
  5. Isla, 149
  6. Harper, 142
  7. Grace, 135
  8. Chloe 125
  9. Willow, 124
  10. Zoe, 123

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 244 baby boys
  2. Jack, 223
  3. Noah, 200
  4. William, 176
  5. Leo, 155
  6. James, 147
  7. Thomas, 145
  8. Ethan, 143
  9. Logan & Charlie, 126 each (tie)
  10. Lucas, 125

In the girls’ top 10, Willow and Zoe replace Ella (now ranked 12th).

In the boys’ top 10, Leo replaces Liam (now ranked 20th).

The girls’ top 50 includes Imogen (36th), Freya (41st), and Billie (44th).

The boys’ top 50 includes Archer (28th), Arlo (31st), and Bodhi (46th).

In 2017, the top names were Isla and Oliver.

Source: Popular Baby Names – DOJ – Govt of Western Australia

Popular Baby Names in Tasmania, 2018

According to the Tasmanian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Tasmania in 2018 were Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are Tasmania’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte
  2. Matilda
  3. Ava
  4. Olivia
  5. Grace
  6. Evie
  7. Ruby
  8. Willow
  9. Amelia
  10. Isla

Boy Names

  1. Oliver
  2. Henry
  3. William
  4. Noah
  5. Mason
  6. Jack
  7. Hudson
  8. Hunter
  9. James
  10. Leo

In the girls’ top 10, Grace, Willow, and Amelia replace Mia, Sophie, and Evelyn.

In the boys’ top 10, Mason, Hudson, James, and Leo replace Charlie, Thomas, Oscar, and Max.

In 2017, the top two names were the same.

Source: Tasmanian Top Baby Names

Name Quotes #73: Kamilah, Alexa, Bob

Actress Jameela Jamil called "Kamilah Al-Jamil"
Actress Jameela Jamil labeled “Kamilah Al-Jamil” by E! News

The red carpet prank pulled on actress Jameela Jamil at the Golden Globes back in January:

Jameela Jamil’s name was spelled wrong on E! News during the red carpet show before the 76th annual Golden Globes.

In place of The Good Place star’s name, the network referenced a plot point from the show — that Jamil’s character, Tahani, is always outshined by her sister, Kamilah Al-Jamil.

Jamil herself was more than a good sport about the misnaming at the Globes. “This is legit the funniest thing I have ever seen,” the actress tweeted. “Tahani would DIE!”

From a New York Times article about parents allowing children to choose their own names:

Tiffany Towers, a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Beverly Hills, said she understands why parents may be agreeable to allowing their children to choose or change their names so readily.

It can be either an attempt to empower their children or to avoid the pressure of assigning a name to their offspring, Dr. Towers said. Perhaps the parents don’t want to feel responsible for their child being bullied for having a weird or old-fashioned name. Or maybe they believe that their child’s future will be shaped by this initial identity of a name (a name that the child didn’t request), and they fear that their child will resent them or feel oppressed by their name.

From an article that asks, “Where did all the Bobs in baseball go?

By the turn of the century, the Bob-to-Rob transition had been essentially complete. No Major Leaguer has gone by Bob since journeyman reliever Bob Howry retired in 2010. There are dozens of Robs, Robbys and Bobbys currently in the Minors working their way up the ladder, but no Bobs to be found.

Should social media influence your choice in baby names?

[E]xperts say consulting social media when naming your child — be it asking others about a name on Facebook, or using social media handles to inform a name — can be smart. “With the goal of not having your child get lost in the social shuffle and losing opportunities, it may be best to take a proactive social branding strategy or ‘self insurance’ from the very start of their life,” says Robb Hecht, an adjunct professor of marketing at Baruch College in New York City.

[…]

Others disagree: Lots of people have a social media handle that’s different from their name, so that shouldn’t be a factor in naming your child, says Kim Randall, the owner of KiMedia Strategies. Adds Kent Lewis, the president and founder of marketing firm Anvil: “A [social media] handle can be changed or modified over time, and typically isn’t as important as the content and visibility of the profile.”

From an article that attempts to calculate the ROI of Starbucks baristas spelling your name wrong:

How much free advertising has Starbucks got from the incorrect (and correct) spelling of their baristas? […] If we are to accept that people sharing images (especially with a brand name or @ mention) is the most valuable form of “free advertising” for Starbucks on social, the whole name spelling trend is working harder than the general conversation to generate it. […] If this is all a scheme by Starbucks to get free advertising on social media, it’s a very good one indeed.

A sentence from “A tale of two Trump sisters” (Ivanka and Tiffany) in the Telegraph:

One had her own jewellery line, the other was named after a jewellery brand.

From an article about the Cook Islands, which is considering a name change “to reflect its Polynesian heritage”:

The nation was named after British explorer James Cook who landed on the islands in the 1700s.

A committee is considering 60 options in Cook Islands Maori including Rangiaroa, meaning Love from the Heavens and Raroatua which translates as We Stand Under God.

Finally, two more quotes about people named Alexa. (The first was in Name Quotes 53.) One is about a woman in Saskatchewan named Alexa:

“(It’s) kind of weird sometimes when people come right up to me and say ‘Alexa, what’s the best restaurant in …’ or ‘Alexa, how do I get to …’ and they’re joking of course, but initially you’re kind of taken aback a bit that people are using it in that way,” [Alexa] Gorenko said.

[…]

As for Gorenko, she said the newfound prominence of her name has actually helped her embrace it.

“It kind of brought the name out to me, because there aren’t very many people named Alexa and now you hear it all the time,” she said.

The other is about a Maryland couple whose toddler is named Alexa:

The couple is so concerned that they wrote to Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, and proposed a different name to the popular device. Lew Klein said they did hear back.

Amazon explained to them that the product was named after the famous Library of Alexandria that “stored the knowledge of the ancient world.” While the message said the suggestion would be passed along, Amazon has no plans on changing the name anytime soon.

(This reminds me of the time when people named Zoe in France got angry about the name of the Renault Zoe.)

For more name-related quotes, check out the name quotes category.

Unusual Political Names in Connecticut

James A. Bill (1817-1900) of Lyme, Connecticut, served in the Connecticut state senate in 1852 and 1853 and in the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1849 and 1867. He also happened to be a rare pro-slavery Northerner in the years before and during the Civil War. This fact is reflected in the names of the last three children:

  1. Elizabeth
  2. Phoebe
  3. Mary
  4. Rebecca
  5. Lodowick
  6. James
  7. Kansas Nebraska (born in July, 1855)
  8. Lecompton Constitution (b. October, 1857)
  9. Jefferson Davis (b. February, 1862)

Kansas Nebraska Bill was named after the Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854), which created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, but also allowed the territories to decide for themselves whether or not they would permit slavery (the “popular sovereignty” principle).

Lecompton Constitution Bill was named after the Lecompton Constitution (1857), a proposed pro-slavery constitution for the state of Kansas that was defeated early the next year.

And Jefferson Davis Bill was, of course, named after Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy throughout the Civil War.

Their older brother, Lodowick, inherited his interesting first name from James’s father. The name Lodowick — like Louis, Ludwig, and Luigi — can be traced back to the Germanic name Chlodovech, which consists of the elements hlud, meaning “famous, loud” and wig, meaning “war, battle.”

[Other notable Civil War-era baby names include Emancipation Proclamation (“Prockie”), Gettysburg (“Gettie”), Kenesaw Mountain, and Elmer Ellsworth.]

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