How popular is the baby name John 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 John.
Yesterday we looked at some of the latest girl name data, so today let’s check in on the 2019 boy names…
Here are the most popular boy names overall:
- Liam, 20,502 baby boys
- Noah, 19,048
- Oliver, 13,891
- William, 13,542
- Elijah, 13,300
- James, 13,087
- Benjamin, 12,942
- Lucas, 12,412
- Mason, 11,408
- Ethan, 11,241
Ethan kicked Logan out of the top 10 last year. (Logan is now ranked 16th.)
The boy names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
- Brooks, increased by 1,114 babies
- Miles, 860
- Legend, 832
- Luca, 797
- Theodore, 775
- Mateo, 757
- Leo, 702
- Maverick, 701
- Noah, 698
- Luka, 652
The boy names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were…
- Ermias, increased by 3360%
- Sekani, 1992%
- Amenadiel, 500%
- Kross, 481%
- Alexios, 429%
- Taz, 340%
- Ezran, 333%
- Andoni, 309%
- Kaleel, 300%
- Taysom, 295%
- Ermias was the legal first name of rapper Nipsey Hussle (who died on March 31, 2019).
- Sekani was the name of a young character in the film The Hate U Give (2018).
- Amenadiel is a character on the TV series Lucifer.
- Ezran is the name of a character on the Netflix series The Dragon Prince. (Ezran debuted in the data in 2018, the year the show started airing.)
- Taysom Hill is a professional football player with the New Orleans Saints.
Here are the boy names that debuted most impressively in the 2019 data:
- Armias, debuted with 54 baby boys
- Izhaan, 50
- Jsan, 33
- Jaiari, 29
- Ripp, 26
- Sakani, 21
- Jardani, 19
- Iskender, 17
- Kamiri, 17
- Siar, 14
- Armias and Sakani are spelling variants of Ermias and Sekani (above).
- Izhaan is a celebrity baby: Izhaan Mirza Malik was born in October of 2018 to Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
- Jardani could be from Jardani Jovonovich, the “real” name of popular movie character John Wick…?
The boy names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
- Logan, decreased by 1,911 babies
- Michael, -1,174
- Jacob, -1,159
- Dylan, -1,076
- Mason, -1,065
- William, -1,048
- Connor, -932
- David, -871
- Ryan, -837
- Joshua, -836
The boy names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were Nomar and Gianlucas (tied at -73%), and the boy name that saw the steepest drop off the list was Stephano (from 21 babies in 2018 to fewer than 5 in 2019).
If you can explain any of these rises (or drops), please leave a comment!
On the evening of June 11, a baby boy was born to Jennifer and Danny Cairns of Glasgow, Scotland. The baby was named Finn Cairns.
A couple of hours later, Jennifer’s mom began calling family members to tell them about the baby. When she got to her brother John — who completes the crossword in the Daily Record every day — she learned that both “Finn” and “Cairns” had been answers in the crossword that day.
It’s just amazing and the day it happened, I will never forget.
When my sister Marjorie told me his name, I thought ‘wait a minute, that was in the crossword’ so found it and there it was.
I thought ‘this is not real!’ and kept it to pass on to my mother.
And it’s even more strange because Finn was born on the 11th, and 11 is my lucky number.
He went on to say that the coincidence was “out of this world!”
Mom Jennifer likewise said that this was one of the most “absolutely bizarre coincidences” of her life.
Source: ‘Crazy coincidence’ as Scots baby’s name predicted in Daily Record crossword clues
P.S. The crossword clue for Finn was “Nordic part of fish, reportedly (4)” and for Cairns was “This city’s hot dogs (6).”
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Althea and Nathaniel.
Here are the Philippines’ top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
- Althea, 2,395 baby girls
- Samantha, 2,165
- Angel, 2,086
- Angela, 1,810
- Princess, 1,641
- Sophia, 1,537
- Sofia, 1,432
- Andrea, 1,293
- Nathalie, 1,285
- Alexa, 1,241
- Nathaniel, 2,455 baby boys
- James, 2,242
- Jacob, 2,028
- Gabriel, 2,004
- Joshua, 1,980
- Angelo, 1,872
- Nathan, 1,796
- John Mark, 1,611
- Christian, 1,537
- Daniel, 1,498
New to the girls’ top 10 are Nathalie and Alexa. (Nathalie may have gotten a boost from the character Natalie on the Philippine TV series Wildflower.)
The boys’ top 10 includes the same ten names, but in a different order.
One fast-rising girl name outside the top 10 is Catriona, thanks to Filipino-Australian beauty queen Catriona Gray, who was crowned Miss Universe 2018.
Source: Baby Names 2018 (PDF) – Philippine Statistics Authority
The name French name Fabienne debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1949. The very next year, it saw its highest-ever usage, and the similar names Fabiene and Fabian (typically a male name) both popped up in the girls’ data.
- 1952: 6 baby girls named Fabienne
- 1951: 17 baby girls named Fabienne
- 1950: 36 baby girls named Fabienne [peak]
- 1949: 5 baby girls named Fabienne [debut]
- 1948: unlisted
What caused this sudden interest in Fabienne?
The movie The Doctor and the Girl, released in September of 1949. The central characters in the drama were father and son Dr. John Corday and Dr. Michael Corday, but Michael’s sisters Fabienne (played by Gloria De Haven) and Mariette (played by Nancy Davis, later Nancy Reagan) were featured as well.
The baby name Mariette also saw peak usage in 1950.
Which of the two sister names do you like more, Fabienne or Mariette?
Source: The Doctor and the Girl – TCM
According to Cabin Radio, the most popular* baby names in the Canadian territory of Northwest Territories in 2019 were Zoey and Elias/John/Joseph/Michael (4-way tie).
Here are Northwest Territories’ top girl names and top boy names of 2019:
- Zoey (4 girls)
- Emily, Hazel, Kinsley, Lily (3 girls each)
- Adeline, Alexandra, Amelia, Anastasia, Ashley, Aurora, Blair, Edie, Ella, Evelyn, Everly, Helena, Josie, Lexie, Lilah, Madeline, Madison, Miley, Myla, Nevaeh, Neve, Ruby, Ruth, Sadie, Serenity, Sofia, Sophie, Victoria, Willa (2 girls each)
- Elias, John, Joseph, Michael (3 boys each)
- Aiden, Benjamin, Bodhi, Carter, Charles, David, Dominic, Dylan, Edward, Elliott, Felix, Hudson, Iverson, Jack, Jeremiah, Jimmy, Jonah, Joshua, Lennox, Levi, Mackenzie, Maverick, Nate, Nathan, Nicholas, Noah, Riel, Theo, Timothy, Walker, Wesley (2 boys each)
In 2018, the top names in NWT were Carter, John, Olivia, and Peyton (with 4 babies each). In 2015, the top names were Abigail and Liam. And in 2020, the very first baby born in NWT was named Axel.
Sources: Zoey is the NWT’s most popular baby name of 2019, The NWT’s top baby names of 2018
*These rankings only cover NWT births through early December.