How popular is the baby name Jorge 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 Jorge.
What are the top baby names in Spain?
According to data from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística, the most popular baby names last year were Lucia and Hugo.
Here are Spain’s top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2013:
I found this list via Name News by Clare, who said:
So many names I’d never have guessed (and, in some cases, have never heard of) here, like Alvaro, Ainhoa, Aitana, Leire, Nerea, and Ainara.
I agree. I also didn’t expect to see the boy names Aitor (35th), Asier (58th) or Unai (60th). Or the girl name Africa, which was 68th — way more common in Spain than here.
(Aitana, Leire, Nerea, and Ainara ranked 26th, 28th, 31st and 29th for girls, respectively.)
I haven’t blogged about the top names in Spain before, but I did have a post about the top names in Catalonia last year. Weirdly, I looked up Unai for that post — it’s Basque and means “cowherd.”
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística (via Name News, via Nomes e mais nomes)
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos was a guest on the Daily Show a few weeks ago. While talking to host Jon Stewart about the growing Latino population in the U.S., Ramos claimed that “the most popular name is no longer John or Steven. It’s Jose, Camilo and Maria of course.”
Now, the Daily Show is a comedy show — Ramos also joked there’d be “more tortillas than hamburger buns” thanks to the changing demographic — but the people at PunditFact were curious enough about Ramos’s offhand name claim to do some digging.
First they got in touch with Ramos. He said he’d been speaking with “states like California and Texas in mind, not so much the entire United States. And he thought he was talking about which names were more popular (as a comparison), not the most popular overall.”
Then PunditFact checked the SSA data — you can see all the details in their Truth-o-Meter post about Ramos’s claim.
Ramos said that the most popular names are no longer John or Steven, but Jose, Camilo and Maria. Afterward, Ramos said he was thinking of states with large Hispanic populations.
With that caveat, he has a bit of a point. In states with the highest percentage of Hispanics, Jose beats out John and Steven. Camilo and Maria are not really contenders. None of these names are the most popular in any state.
We rate the claim Mostly False.
“Mostly False” — nice!
A lot of media people don’t bother to check baby name-related claims, even though the facts are easy to find. Kudos to PunditFact for calling Ramos out on this one.
Imagine having to give birth in a tree:
A woman in Mozambique has given birth in a tree which she and her husband climbed to escape a flood. They named the baby boy Jorge, the name of the boatman who rescued the family 48 hours later.
I think I would have chosen the name Jorge as well in that situation. Wow.
Source: “Odd Spot.” Age [Melbourne], 8 Feb. 1984: 1.