Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands had a total of 4 children, all girls:
Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard (b. January, 1938)
Irene Emma Elisabeth (b. August, 1939)
Margriet Francisca (b. January, 1943)
Maria Christina “Marijke” (b. February, 1947)
The middle daughters were both named with current events in mind:
Irene, born just before World War II began, was named after the Greek goddess of peace. According to Prince Bernhard, “we chose Irene, which means peace, because of the serious international situation.” Here’s how one newspaper put it:
So now against all the war machines and bombers and the marching millions, there stands a little baby, named Irene, to personify the tiny hope that lies within the hearts of the millions, the hope of peace.
Margriet, born during WWII, “was named after the marguerite flower, the national symbol of resistance [to Nazi Germany] in the Netherlands.” (The family was taking refuge in Canada during the war, and her hospital room “was decreed to be Dutch territory for the occasion so that the princess would be a Dutch citizen.”)
Which of these two names do you like more, Irene or Margriet?
“Baby Princess Carried to Birth Registration.” Montreal Gazette 8 Aug. 1939: 7.
Goddard, Lance. Canada and the Liberation of the Netherlands, May 1945. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2005.
“So They Named Her Irene.” Meriden Daily Journal 18 Aug. 1939: 6.
I can’t tell you much about Count John VI of Nassau-Dillenburg (1536-1606), but I do know that he had a whole bunch of children. Want to know their names? Of course you do! Here they are, listed by mother.
13 children with first wife Elisabeth:
William Louis (b. 1560)
John (b. 1561)
George (b. 1562)
Elisabeth (b. 1564)
Juliana (b. 1565)
Philip (b. 1566)
Maria (b. 1568)
Anna Sibylla (b. 1569)
Mathilde (b. 1570)
Albert (b. 1572)
Ernst Casimir (b. 1573)
Louis Gunther (b. 1575)
stillborn (b. 1579)
4 children with second wife Kunigunde:
stillborn (b. 1581)
Maria Amalia (b. 1582)
Kunigunde (b. 1583)
stillborn (b. 1585)
7 children with third wife Johannetta:
George Louis (b. 1588)
John Louis (b. 1590)
Johannette Elisabeth (b. 1593)
Anna (b. 1594)
Magdalene (b. 1595)
Anna Amalie (b. 1599)
Juliane (b. 1602)
Do you particularly like (or dislike) any of the above names?
2012: 168 baby boys named Ryker in Utah (ranked 12th)
2011: 154 baby boys named Ryker in Utah (ranked 19th)
2010: 136 baby boys named Ryker in Utah (ranked 26th)
2009: 151 baby boys named Ryker in Utah (ranked 24th)
2008: 129 baby boys named Ryker in Utah (ranked 37th)
And here are the numbers for Idaho:
2012: 51 baby boys named Ryker in Idaho (ranked 32nd)
2011: 49 baby boys named Ryker in Idaho (ranked 41st)
2010: 53 baby boys named Ryker in Idaho (ranked 33rd)
2009: 53 baby boys named Ryker in Idaho (ranked 36th)
2008: 34 baby boys named Ryker in Idaho (ranked 84th)
So far I don’t have a good theory about what made Ryker so popular in Utah/Idaho. Blogger Jessie Jensen tells me Ryker fits well with the region’s mix-n-match name trend, but I still wonder if some initiating event (sports? religion?) didn’t jump-start things for Ryker say in the 2003-2008 range. Anyone have a guess?
P.S. While we’re talking Utah mysteries, Claire is another name I’ve been wondering about. It ranked 10th there last year. (Also 12th in D.C. and 20th in MN.) Any ideas on Claire?