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Popularity of the Baby Name Johan

Posts that Mention the Name Johan

Popular Baby Names in Norway, 2016

According to data released back in January by Statistics Norway, the most popular baby names in Norway in 2016 were Nora/Norah/Noora and William.

Here are Norway’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:

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1. Nora/Norah/Noora, 551 baby girls
2. Emma, 410
3. Sara/Sarah/Zara, 379
4. Sofie/Sophie, 367
5. Sofia/Sophia, 340
6. Maja/Maia/Maya, 324
7. Olivia, 323
8. Ella, 313
9. Ingrid/Ingerid/Ingri, 310
10. Emilie, 309

Boy Names
1. William, 498 baby boys
2. Oskar/Oscar, 420
3. Lucas/Lukas, 408
4. Mathias/Matias, 397
5. Filip/Fillip/Philip/Phillip, 396
6. Oliver, 385
7. Jakob/Jacob, 378
8. Emil, 369
9. Noah/Noa, 362
10. Aksel/Axel, 359

That image is a piece of a larger infographic showing the most popular baby names in each Norwegian county. In two counties, Oppland and Aust-Agder, the top girl name last year was the intriguing Tiril. Tiril seems to have no specific meaning; it may have been derived from the (nonsense?) word tirilil from the 19th century poem “Lokkende Toner” by Johan Sebastian Welhaven.

(A similar name we talked about recently was Tirrell.)

I forgot to post Norway’s 2015 rankings, but in 2014 the top names were Nora/Norah and Lucas/Lukas.

Sources: Navn – SSB, Tiril – Nordic Names

Know Anything About the Name Nixzaliz?

A few years ago, the Language Log asked readers for information on Nixzaliz, a personal name used in Puerto Rico.

Several commenters mentioned that “liz,” which we also see in names like Idaliz and Marializ, comes from Elizabeth (or a related name).

Only one commenter, Johan Rodriguez, offered any insight on “Nixza”:

[T]he name Nixza is used here in PR. It was created around mid 40’s. But its origin is from indian natives that used the letter X in their names a lot like Guarionex or Caguax. I’ve met women called Anixza or Anixa or just plain Nixza. Actually to be more specific its my next door neighbor, shes was born around late 40’s or early 50’s, and she’s called Nixza.

Can anyone else shed more light on Anixza, Anixa and Nixza? Are these names found mainly in Puerto Rico, or are they used elsewhere (e.g. Cuba, the Dominican Republic) as well?

Baby Name Needed for the Sibling of Liam Isaac

A reader named Marg is expecting her second child (gender unknown) and would like some name suggestions. Her first is a boy named Liam Isaac. She says:

For a girls name I am really loving the name Eden, but don’t have a middle name for it yet?

But its really with the boys names that we are stuck. We live in Canada, but both come from families that have immigrated from Holland, and the dutch culture is a big part of our family and our traditions. We actually named Liam after my Opa, William, but wanted to shorten it to Liam.

Anyway, all that to say that we do like some Dutch names, such as Johan (which is already taken by a family member) Hendrik (ditto) and Theo. Theo we both actually REALLY like but it reminds us of two people that we really are not big fans of, and we’re not sure we can get over that.

My first thought was: Don’t give up on Theo! Not-so-hot name associations can sometimes be overridden when you give the name to a baby (who will mean a lot more to you than those two other people combined–a much stronger association). Doesn’t work for everyone, but has worked for some.

Because Liam is a take on William, maybe Henry for Hendrik, or Hans for Johan? I think “Liam and Henry” is especially cute.

Here are a few other boy names that might work (many are also found in Dutch):


As far as middles for Eden go, I think I’d opt for something decidedly feminine:



Which of the above names do you like best for Liam’s younger sibling? What other names would you suggest to Marg?

Baby Named Numidian After Steamship

On 28 April 1892, the steamship Numidian left Liverpool, England and began heading west toward Quebec, Canada.

On 1 May, a baby girl was born to German passenger Elizabeth Asmann. The baby was named Amelia Numidian Asmann–middle name in honor of the ship.

The Numidian arrived in Canada about a week later, and the Montreal Herald recounted the tale in print on the eleventh.

I couldn’t find any record of Amelia at the Quebec City Passenger Lists Index 1865-1900, but I think I found the rest of her family. Looks like she had older siblings named Jacob, Johan and Elizabeth.

Source: “The Numidian In.” Montreal Herald 11 May 1892: 6.

Huge List of Anagram Baby Names

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Looking for baby names with something in common? Perhaps for a set of twins or triplets? I’ve collected hundreds of anagram baby names for you.

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10-Letter Anagram Baby Names

If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”

(Here are some palindromic names from last month.)