How popular is the baby name Junior in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Junior and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Junior.
According to data from Statistics South Africa, the most popular baby names in the country in 2014 were Iminathi and Junior.
Here are South Africa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:
1. Iminathi, 1,116 baby girls
2. Minenhle, 880
3. Rethabile, 789
4. Bokamoso, 663
5. Karabo, 655
6. Amogelang, 629 (tie)
7. Tshegofatso, 629 (tie)
8. Lesedi, 610
9. Amahle, 601
10. Thandolwethu, 548
1. Junior, 1,137 baby boys
2. Bandile, 794
3. Kungawo, 716
4. Siyabonga, 709
5. Lethabo, 683
6. Khayone, 655
7. Mpho, 647
8. Bokamoso, 641
9. Kamogelo, 627
10. Thato, 622
These rankings aren’t entirely trustworthy, though. About 24% of the names registered in South Africa in 2014 represent babies born before 2014. They were simply registered late. And the placeholder name “Junior” was used so often at registration that it erroneously ended up in the #1 spot on the boys’ side.
But it is interesting that Bokamoso, which means “future” in Sesotho, made the top 10 for both genders.
Sources: Most popular names for babies in 2014, Junior, Iminathi and Bokamoso make top 10 most popular names list in SA
Over the weekend, I read through the giant database of Quebec baby names for 2008. Most of the names there were familiar English or French names. A few were (very long!) Native American names. Here are some that stood out:
- Anakin & Anakyn (male) – Five of the former, two of the latter.
- Archippe (male) – Means “horse-master” in ancient Greek. Not a name I see every day.
- Awesome (male) – No pressure to live up to your name or anything.
- Coatl (male) – Means “snake” in Nahuatl.
- Dakota-Edison (male) – Strikes me as rather American-sounding for a Canadian name.
- Dune (female) – Named for the seashore or for sci-fi?
- Dung (male) – One of those names that gets lost in translation.
- Eileen Osiris (female) – Interesting combination.
- Ellliot (male) – Another triple-L in Quebec!
- Elyjah Woody (male) – Elijah Wood fan, perhaps.
- Enzo Versace (male) – Sounds expensive.
- Jde (male) – Pronounced…Jade? Jude? Hm.
- Junior Aroma (male) – Less offensive than Senior Aroma.
- Kaleb-Wolf (male) – Reminds me of Nakoa-Wolf.
- Kierkegaard II (male) – This one cracks me up. My favorite, hands down.
- Lady Victoria (female) – The most regal-sounding entry.
- Lazuli (female) – From lapis lazuli, no doubt.
- Loveland-Jacobs (female) – Looks like a surname, sounds like a law firm.
- Luna Mist (female) – There’s water on the moon, but I don’t know about mist.
- Luzer (male) – I hope it’s not pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced.
- Maully (female) – Molly’s dark side?
- Obama Kerby (male) and Stephan-Obama (male) – The only two Obama-names I noticed.
- Owen-Walter (male) – I thought this combination was adorable.
- Ramses-Emmanuel (male) – Should have a play date with Eileen Osiris.
- Readily-Chang (male) – Sounds peppy, doesn’t it?
- Ruly (female) – Better than unruly.
- Schnobxxxxxxxxxxxx (male) – They couldn’t come up with anything better than this? Seriously?
- Thunder-Jr (male) – Not as noisy as Thunder-Sr.
- Tia-Maria (female) – Makes a better name than Kahlua.
- Trevelle Anabelle (female) – Her parents are poets and didn’t even know it.
- Tyler-Layden (male) – Why yes, the baby name pop charts are indeed Tyler-laden right now.
- Velvili (female) – Kinda fun to say.
- Vernadette (female) – I thought this was cute. Vernon + Bernadette, maybe?
- Wyclef Jean (male) – There are fans…and then there are superfans.
Have an opinion about any of the above?
If you’ve perused the list yourself, do you remember spotting anything interesting?