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Popularity of the Baby Name Justine

Number of Babies Named Justine

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Posts that Mention the Name Justine

Name Quotes #43 – Agnieszka, Shaniqua, Fire

"I love the Q. It's the most distinctive thing about me." Quote from stem cell scientist George Q. Daley.

From “I Love the Q,” a Harvard Medical School interview with stem-cell scientist George Q. Daley:

HMS: So you have five brothers and sisters?

DALEY: Yes. I was born fifth, and my middle name, Quentin, means “fifth-born.”

HMS: I was going to ask why you use the Q.

DALEY: I love the Q. It’s the most distinctive thing about me. Everybody asks, “What’s the Q stand for?”

From “Michael Caine’s Name Is Now Officially Michael Caine” by Jackson McHenry at Vulture:

Maurice Micklewhite is dead; long live Michael Caine. The legendary British actor has officially adopted the name you know and impersonate him by after getting fed up with increased airport security checks. “I changed my name when all the stuff started with ISIS and all that,” Caine told The Sun, going on to describe his experiences with security guards thusly: “He would say, ‘Hi Michael Caine,’ and suddenly I’d be giving him a passport with a different name on it. I could stand there for an hour. So I changed my name.”

From “Frond this way: Lady Gaga’s ferns” by Ben Guarino of Scienceline:

In a 2006 letter to Nature, Australian geneticist Ken Maclean highlights the pitfalls of fanciful names: “The quirky sense of humour that researchers display in choosing a gene name often loses much in translation when people facing serious illness or disability are told that they or their child have a mutation in a gene such as Sonic hedgehog, Slug or Pokemon.”

From “Translating Names” by Dariusz Galasiński

Translating names mostly goes one way. Somehow ‘we’ must translate our names into English, and ‘you’ don’t have to translate yours into Polish, Estonian, Romanian or Slovak. And that makes the translation much more political than linguistic. And if it is political, I go against!


And here is the main point of this post – it’s not linguistic, I’m afraid. Names are political. And I think it’s important to keep them. Michał, Agnieszka, Małgorzata, Paweł, Justyna…these are your names, don’t change them to Michael, Agnes, Margaret, Paul or Justine. If they care, they will learn, if they don’t — it’s their loss.

(Found via “What’s in a name? Introducing yourself in academia” by Marta Natalia Wróblewska, via Clare’s Name News.)

From “The Jody Grind” by Jody Rosen in Slate:

Could it be that we are best served by imperfect, not perfect, names? When a baby is saddled with a name, he is taught a first lesson about pitiless fate and life’s limitations–that there are aspects of the self that can never be self-determined, circumstances that must be stoically endured, and, hopefully, someday, made peace with. There are a goodly number of us who wear our names not like a precious spell but like a humbler workaday garment. Whatever you’re called–Jody or Sue or Moon Unit or Jermajesty or maybe even Anus–you can, if you’re lucky, reach that state of grace where you hardly notice your name is there at all. You wake up in the morning and slide right into it, like a well–broken-in pair of pantaloons.

From “What’s in a Name? Exhibit explores identity, prejudice” (about a pop-up art exhibition by Donna Woodley) in The Tennessean:

“The idea for this project came as I was typing names one day. I realized that the Microsoft Word program would indicate that some names were spelled incorrectly — a red wavy line would appear under them — but not others. I’d type a name like Elizabeth or Judy and there’d be no red line, which implied it was spelled correctly. Then I’d type a name like Shaniqua, LaQuisha, or other black women’s names I knew, and they would get a red line under them, like it was spelled wrong.”


“It made me wonder, does Microsoft have a diversity department?” said Woodley.

(Found via the ANS post Names exhibit in Nashville, TN explores identity and prejudice.)

From “Church won’t let me call my son ‘Jesus’” by Cate Mukei at Standard Digital Entertainment (Kenya):

The rights activist [Nderitu Njoka] said he just wanted to prove his deeply rooted Christian faith by naming his son ‘Jesus’.

‘After all, the name is common in Portugal, Spain, and Mexico which are God fearing. My call is to Christians to start naming their sons Jesus since by doing this they will be preaching gospel of Jesus Christ to the world without hypocrisy,” the letter says.

From Politics, Religion and…Baby Names by Tim Bradley:

Our oldest son Jay (who was almost two at the time) insisted on calling our baby-to-be “Baby Fire” while my wife was pregnant. It caught on and throughout my wife’s pregnancy, our families would ask, “How’s Baby Fire doing?” Although it seemed like a fitting name, we just dismissed it thinking “Fire” was too “out there” for anyone to be on board. But on the way to the hospital during the wee hours of the morning on July 4th, my wife and I decided that “Fire” as a middle name seemed appropriate. It will forever link our sons since it was Jay’s idea, and it captures the memories and emotions we felt throughout the pregnancy. There’s the July 4th fireworks tie-in as well. And let’s face it “Fire” as a middle name is only one step away from “Danger” as the coolest name ever.

From H. L. Mencken’s The American Language (1921):

The religious obsession of the New England colonists is also kept in mind by the persistence of Biblical names: Ezra, Hiram, Ezekiel, Zechariah, Elijah, Elihu, and so on. These names excite the derision of the English; an American comic character, in an English play or novel, always bears one of them.

For more quotes, check out the name quotes category.

New Zealand Govt. Really Dislikes the Name Justice

At the top of New Zealand’s list of most frequently rejected baby names every year is Justice.

But what if you’re a New Zealand resident who already has the name?

Get ready for “a heap of drama.”

A women in Christchurch named Justice Tainui recently tried to register her baby girl (Isla), but she wasn’t allowed to because of her own name, which she was told was invalid.

Not only that, but Internal Affairs then tried to convince her, ridiculously, that her name was “Justine” because that’s what they had in their system.

With the threat of being fined for not registering Isla hanging over her, Ms Tainui had to prove the name that was good enough for the District Health Board and even Inland Revenue, was in fact her real name.

The issue was eventually cleared up (with Internal Affairs admitting “Justine” was a typo) but it took the help of a local news show.

New Zealand rejects baby names like Justice, Prince and Lord because they appear to confer titles upon people who haven’t earned them. The ban has been in effect since 1995.

Source: Christchurch mum’s fight to keep her name

Interesting Baby Name Analysis

I only recently noticed that Behind the Name, one of my favorite websites for baby name definitions, has a page called United States Popularity Analysis — a “computer-created analysis of the United States top 1000 names for the period 1880 to 2012.”

The page has some interesting top ten lists. Here are three of them:

Most Volatile

Boy Names Girl Names
1. Elvis
2. Brooks
3. Santiago
4. Lincoln
5. Ernie
6. Wyatt
7. Quincy
8. Rogers
9. Alec
10. Dexter
1. Juliet
2. Lea
3. Justine
4. Martina
5. Felicia
6. Delilah
7. Selina
8. Lonnie
9. Magdalena
10. Katy

Biggest Recoveries

Boy Names Girl Names
1. Silas
2. Isaiah
3. Caleb
4. Emmett
5. Jordan
6. Josiah
7. Harrison
8. Ezra
9. Jason
10. Jesus
1. Ella
2. Stella
3. Sadie
4. Sophie
5. Isabella
6. Lily
7. Hannah
8. Isabelle
9. Sophia
10. Lilly

Biggest Flash-in-the-Pans

Boy Names Girl Names
1. Dewey
2. Woodrow
3. Dale
4. Barry
5. Rick
6. Greg
7. Roosevelt
8. Shannon
9. Kim
10. Darrin
1. Debra
2. Lori
3. Tammy
4. Pamela
5. Tracy
6. Cheryl
7. Beverly
8. Dawn
9. Diane
10. Kathy

I wonder what the formulas were. I’d love to try the same analysis on the SSA’s full list, using raw numbers instead of rankings. Wonder how much overlap there’d be…

Baby Name Needed – Sister of Emma and Grace

A reader expecting a baby girl in March writes:

We have two daughters already “Emma Katherine” and “Grace Elizabeth.” Could you suggest a few names that are similar in style & feeling?

Absolutely. Below are some names similar to Emma and Grace and some names similar to Katherine and Elizabeth. Maybe we can mix-and-match a few good combinations.

Firsts Middles

Here are some combinations I like: Mary Victoria, Clare Anastasia, Rose Theresa, Nora Charlotte.

What combinations do you like?

What other first/middles/combinations would you suggest?

Baby Names from Family Ties – Mallory, Alex, Elyse, Keaton

Family TiesWho here used to watch Family Ties?

I sure did. (The last few seasons, anyway.)

The popular sitcom debuted in mid-1982. It was one of the top 5 shows in the nation from 1984 to 1987, and new episodes aired until mid-1989.

The show had a big impact on baby names, especially the following four.


Middle child Mallory was played by Justine Bateman. Check out how Family Ties affected the popularity of the name Mallory during the mid-1980s:

  • 1980: 17 baby girls and 8 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1981: 27 baby girls and 9 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1982: 45 baby girls and 9 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1983: 689 baby girls and 10 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1984: 1,470 baby girls and 15 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1985: 2,037 baby girls and 21 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1986: 3,323 baby girls and 23 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1987: 3,138 baby girls and 24 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1988: 2,365 baby girls and 20 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1989: 1,971 baby girls and 16 baby boys named Mallory

Mallory was a top-100 name in both 1986 (83rd) and 1987 (91st). Usage of the name not only skyrocketed for girls but also rose slightly for boys, surprisingly.

Usage of spelling variants also increased dramatically. Mallorie, Malorie and Malarie got a boost on the charts, while Mallory-inspired debuts throughout the ’80s included Mallori (the top debut name of 1983), Mallery, Mallary, Malory, Malori, Malerie, Malloree, Maloree, Mallarie, Malary, Malari, Mallerie, Mallari, Malery, Malaree, Melorie, Mallorey, Malorey and Melarie.


Next up is everyone’s favorite character, Alex, played by Michael J. Fox. Here are the numbers for the name Alex:

  • 1980: 1,676 baby boys and 28 baby girls named Alex
  • 1981: 1,871 baby boys and 32 baby girls named Alex
  • 1982: 1,955 baby boys and 46 baby girls named Alex
  • 1983: 2,148 baby boys and 27 baby girls named Alex
  • 1984: 3,017 baby boys and 84 baby girls named Alex
  • 1985: 3,902 baby boys and 85 baby girls named Alex
  • 1986: 5,104 baby boys and 142 baby girls named Alex
  • 1987: 6,040 baby boys and 211 baby girls named Alex
  • 1988: 6,396 baby boys and 269 baby girls named Alex
  • 1989: 6,538 baby boys and 240 baby girls named Alex

Alex was already on the rise in the early ’80s, but the show gave the name a big boost mid-decade.


Now let’s look at the name of Keaton mom Elyse, played by Meredith Baxter-Birney.

  • 1980: 82 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1981: 78 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1982: 80 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1983: 243 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1984: 426 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1985: 637 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1986: 701 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1987: 804 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1988: 790 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1989: 612 baby girls named Elyse

The name Elyse, which had dropped out of the top 1,000 in the mid-1950s, was boosted back into the top 1,000 by Family Ties in 1983. It even reached the top 500 for a time (1985-1989). Usage of the spelling Elise also increased during this period.


Finally, let’s look at the family surname Keaton.

  • 1980: 26 baby boys named Keaton
  • 1981: 15 baby boys named Keaton
  • 1982: 23 baby boys and 6 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1983: 47 baby boys and 8 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1984: 69 baby boys named Keaton
  • 1985: 109 baby boys and 9 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1986: 131 baby boys and 10 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1987: 135 baby boys and 8 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1988: 163 baby boys and 11 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1989: 225 baby boys and 14 baby girls named Keaton

Keaton entered the boys’ top 1,000 for the first time in 1985. It’s been on the rise for both genders ever since. In 2010, nearly 800 baby boys and nearly 50 baby girls were named Keaton.