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Popularity of the Baby Name Johanna

Number of Babies Named Johanna

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Johanna

Name Quotes #56: Albert, Arthur, Otterly

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From the 2010 movie Sex and the City 2, characters Carrie and Aidan talk about Aidan’s three sons:

Carrie: “My god, three?”
Aidan: “Homer, Wyatt, Tate.”
Carrie: “Sounds like a country music band.”

From a Telegraph article about creative baby names by Flic Everett (born a Johanna, later changed to Felicity):

Very unusual names can, [psychotherapist Christophe Sauerwein] says, make a child stand out for the wrong reasons. “I have a patient aged ten, named Otterly,” he says (spelling it out, in case I confuse it with Ottilie, which now features regularly in Telegraph birth announcements). “It’s a very unusual name and she’s bullied about it. As a parent, you can love a name, but come on, think twice. Is it embarrassing? Will she have a lifetime of explaining herself to everyone she meets?”

From a Pop Sugar article about the naming Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s sons:

When Diana gave birth to her first son in June 1982, he was given the name William Arthur Philip Louis; two years later, Prince Harry was christened Henry Charles Albert David. In a recorded interview that would go on to be published in the controversial 1992 book Diana: Her Story by Andrew Morton, Diana admitted that she picked the first names for both of her newborn sons after nixing the ones Charles had in mind. When asked, “Who chose [Harry’s] name?,” Diana said, “I did,” adding, “I chose William and Harry, but Charles did the rest.” She went on: “He wanted Albert and Arthur, and I said no. Too old!”

From a biography of English actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928):

“Ellen Terry is the most beautiful name in the world; it rings like a chime through the last quarter of the nineteenth century,” George Bernard Shaw wrote of the Dame when she was at the height of her career.

From a Washington Post article about Korean companies forcing workers to go by English names:

The norm in South Korea is to call your colleagues or superiors not by their given names but by their positions. It’s the same for addressing your older friends or siblings, your teacher or any person on the street. So if your family name is Johnson and you were to be hired in a Korean company as a manager, your co-workers would call you “Johnson-boojang.” To get the attention of your older female friend, you would call for “eunni,” or “older sister.”

[…]

One popular Korean blog was more explicit on shirking honorifics in the workplace: “Dropping your pants and [urinating] in the person’s briefcase would be only a little ruder than calling him/her by his/her first name.”

From the abstract of a study looking at passenger discrimination by transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft (found via Baby Name Wizard):

In Boston, we observed discrimination by Uber drivers via more frequent cancellations against passengers when they used African American-sounding names. Across all trips, the cancellation rate for African American sounding names was more than twice as frequent compared to white sounding names.

From a 2016 Elle interview with comedian Alexandra “Ali” Wong in which Ali talks about her baby:

What’s her name?

Mari, inspired by my hero Marie Kondo, who wrote The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She’s really wonderful, is very into eye contact, and has forced me to be a lot more present. It’s hard to be anxious about the future or depressed about the past when your baby does an explosive poo that somehow ends up in the feet part of her pajamas.

From a New York Times essay about Turkish-American names by Eren Orbey:

Had my mother, Neşe (pronounced neh-sheh), not already published articles under her birth name, she probably would have changed it upon naturalization. Lately, to avoid confusion, she has taken to introducing herself simply as “N,” which her accent converts into an American name. People hear “Anne,” and that is what they call her.

At the start of the essay, Eren mentions that his mother’s name means “joy” in Turkish.

Want to see more quotes about names? Check out the name quotes category.


Popular Baby Names in Germany, 2014

According to data from the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Association for German Language), the most popular baby names in Germany in 2014 were Hanna/Hannah and Luis/Louis.

Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Hanna/Hannah
2. Mia
3. Emma
4. Sophia/Sofia
5. Emilia
6. Lena
7. Anna
8. Lea/Leah
9. Marie
10. Lina
1. Luis/Louis
2. Leon/Léon
3. Maximilian
4. Ben
5. Paul
6. Lukas/Lucas
7. Jonas
8. Noah/Noa
9. Luka/Luca
10. Felix

Last year’s top names were Mia and Ben. On the girls’ list, Lea/Leah replaces Johanna (now ranked 12th). On the boys’ list, Maximilian replaces Finn/Fin/Fynn (now ranked 11th).

Here are the top baby names in Germany for 2013, 2012 and 2010.

UPDATE, 5/7: Replaced the original rankings in this post (which mixed firsts and middles) with the rankings above (which is first names only). Thanks, Diane!

Sources: GfdS (2014), GfdS (2013)

40 Pairs of Baby Names for Girl-Boy Twins

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A few weeks ago, The Stir posted a list of 20 pairs of baby names for girl-boy twins.

The problem with their list? Each matchy-matchy name-pair started with the same first letter.

Yes, most parents gravitate toward patterns when it comes to naming twins. This has been confirmed by at least one study and is easy to see when you peruse the (now discontinued) lists of popular twin names.

But should they?

No. Child development experts say twins should have dissimilar first names.

So I thought I’d improve upon their list by separating the pairings and giving each of the 40 names a new, non-matchy partner — different first letter, different ending, different number of syllables.

Too Matchy? Much Better!
Hazel & Hugo
Emma & Evan
Madison & Mason
Taylor & Tyler
Vivienne & Val
Ava & Alexander
Chloe & Caleb
Sophia & Samuel
Eva & Ethan
Penelope & Pax
Savannah & Sebastian
Lily & Luke
Dylan & Dean
Naomi & Noah
Imogen & Isaac
Juliette & James
Christina & Christian
Grace & Gavin
Avery & Aiden
Claire & Clive
Hazel & Benjamin
Emma & Charles
Madison & Liam
Taylor & Grant
Vivienne & Phillip
Ava & Carl
Chloe & Gabriel
Sophia & Owen
Eva & Jack
Penelope & Duncan
Savannah & Zane
Lily & Cash
Dylan & Matthias
Naomi & Joseph
Imogen & Grey
Juliette & Simon
Christina & Thomas
Grace & Dominic
Avery & Beau
Claire & Julian
Hugo & Adelaide
Evan & Sabrina
Mason & Aria
Tyler & Addison
Val & Edie
Alexander & Daphne
Caleb & Lydia
Samuel & Hannah
Ethan & Amelia
Pax & Kira
Sebastian & Gemma
Luke & Maya
Dean & Harper
Noah & Abigail
Isaac & Johanna
James & Tabitha
Christian & Veronica
Gavin & Bree
Aiden & Katrina
Clive & Odette

Not only are the pairs in the middle and on the right smarter choices in terms of child development, but they’re also less likely to cause embarrassment and/or confusion. Unlike, say, Christina and Christian.

What are your favorite non-matchy baby names for girl-boy twins?

P.S. Hate to nit-pick, but…the Stir post also included several bogus definitions. Caleb means “devotion to God”? Nope, Caleb means dog.

Source: 20 Pairs of Baby Names for Twins of the Opposite Sex
Image: Adapted from Kinley and Liam Photos (18) by love_K_photo under CC BY 2.0.

Popular Baby Names in Germany, 2013

Two unofficial lists of the top baby names in Germany are now out.

According to Knud Bielefeld of the blog Beliebte Vornamen, the most popular baby names last year were Mia and Ben.

According to the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Association for German Language), though, the most popular baby names last year were Sophie/Sofie and Maximilian.

Here are Bielefeld’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Mia
2. Emma
3. Hanna/Hannah
4. Sophia/Sofia
5. Anna
6. Lea
7. Emilia
8. Marie
9. Lena
10. Leonie
1. Ben
2. Luca/Luka
3. Paul
4. Jonas
5. Finn/Fynn
6. Leon
7. Luis/Louis
8. Lucas/Lukas
9. Maximilian
10. Felix

And here are the GfdS’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sophie/Sofie
2. Marie
3. Sophia/Sofia
4. Maria
5. Mia
6. Emma
7. Hannah/Hanna
8. Anna
9. Emilia
10. Johanna
1. Maximilian
2. Alexander 
3. Paul
4. Luca/Luka 
5. Ben
6. Luis/Louis
7. Elias
8. Leon
9. Lukas/Lucas
10. Noah

So what’s the difference between these lists? Bielefeld focused on first names only, while the GfdS included all given names (firsts + middles) on the same list.

That said…this year, for the first time, the GfdS issued a two extra mini-lists. One is first names only, the other is middle names only.

Here are their most popular first names (nearly identical to Bielefeld’s list):

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Mia
2. Emma
3. Hanna/Hannah
1. Ben
2. Paul
3. Luca/Luka

And here are their most popular middle names:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Sophie/Sofie
2. Marie
3. Maria
1. Alexander
2. Maximilian
3. Elias

If you’d like to see the 2012 lists, here they are: GfdS, Bielefeld.

Sources: Ben and Mia – Germany’s top baby names, Die beliebtesten Vornamen 2013

Most Popular Baby Names in Germany, 2012

The most popular baby names in Germany were announced quite a while ago, but I never noticed the press release. Oops.

According to Germany’s Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Association for German Language), the country’s top names are Luca/Luka for boys and Sophie/Sofie for girls.

Here are the top 10 boy names and top 10 girl names of 2012:

Boy Names Girl Names
1. Luca/Luka (1.69% of boys)
2. Maximilian (1.67%)
3. Alexander (1.56%)
4. Paul (1.55%)
5. Ben (1.29%)
6. Leon/Léon (1.29%)
7. Lukas/Lucas (1.26%)
8. Elias (1.25%)
9. Luis/Louis (1.20%)
10. Jonas (1.08%)
1. Sophie/Sofie (3.28% of girls)
2. Marie (3.22%)
3. Maria (1.58%)
4. Sophia/Sofia (1.50%)
5. Mia (1.48%)
6. Emma (1.39%)
7. Hannah/Hanna (1.27%)
8. Anna (1.23%)
9. Johanna (1.12%)
10. Luisa/Louisa (1.08%)

So, 17.2% of the baby girls and 13.8% of the baby boys born in Germany last year got a name in the top ten.

Some of the unusual names accepted by the government in 2012 were Fallion, Kirono, Meus, Katte, Ruster and Semea.

Source: GfdS