How popular is the baby name Kateri 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 Kateri.
Last year I blogged about a family with 12 children, all girls. Today I’ve got the opposite: a family with 12 children, all boys.
On August 4, Jay and Kateri “Teri” Schwandt of Michigan welcomed their 12th son in a row.
Here are the names and current ages of all 12 Schwandt boys:
- Tyler, 21 years old
- Zach, 17
- Drew, 16
- Brandon, 14
- Tommy, 11
- Vinny, 10
- Calvin, 8
- Gabe, 6
- Wesley, 5
- Charlie, 3
- Luke, 2
- Tucker, 1 month
According to one source, the Schwandts are “devout Roman Catholics who leave the size of their family to God. Teri’s sister has 10 children, and they, too, are all boys.”
Teri’s birth name, Kateri, was no doubt inspired by Kateri Tekakwitha, who was formally made a Roman Catholic saint just last year. Kateri is derived from Catherine (French pronunciation).
Now it’s your turn! If you had a dozen sons, what would you name them?
Sources: All-boys club: West Michigan couple welcomes 12th son, Couple who had their 12th Son gave up on having a daughter ‘a long time ago’
Happy Birthday, Britney Spears!
And you guys know what happens every year on Brit’s birthday…we kick off the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!
Which baby names have become more popular in 2012, thanks to popular culture?
We won’t have definitive answers until the SSA releases its next batch of data (in mid-2013). But 2012 is almost over, so we have all the information we need to start making guesses.
Some possibilities I’ve already blogged about:
Plus a few I forgot to blog about:
- Blue, Ivy – Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy, born way back in January. (Only 7 girls and 11 boys were named Blue in 2011. I have a feeling both of these numbers will be going up.)
- Maxwell (for a girl) – Jessica Simpson’s daughter Maxwell, born in May.
- Mitt, Romney – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Want to play? Leave a comment with your name predictions and the pop culture event(s) you think gave those names a boost this year.
UPDATE, May 2013: Here are the results!
If you’re looking for a Catholic saint-inspired baby name (or a confirmation name), you’ve got seven new saints to choose from:
- Jacques Berthieu (1838-1896) of France.
- Pedro Calungsod (ca.1654-1672) of the Philippines.
- Giovanni Battista Piamarta (1841-1913) of Italy.
- Maria del Monte Carmelo Sallés y Barangueras (1848-1911) of Spain.
- Marianne Cope (1838-1918) of the U.S.
- Kateri Tekakwitha (ca.1656-1680) of the U.S.
- Anna Schäffer (1882-1925) of Germany.
Pope Benedict canonized all seven last Sunday.
The most intriguing name on the list is that of Kateri Tekakwitha, an Algonquin–Mohawk woman who was born in what is now New York state.
The name Kateri is based on her baptismal name, Catherine (which would have been pronounced the French way, as she was baptized by French Canadian Jesuits).
“Kateri” has been on the SSA’s baby name list for decades, starting roughly around the time Kateri Tekakwitha was declared venerable, in early 1943.
In 1980, the year Tekakwitha was beatified, usage of the name Kateri more than tripled:
- 1982: 45 baby girls named Kateri
- 1982: 37 baby girls named Kateri
- 1980: 65 baby girls named Kateri
- 1979: 18 baby girls named Kateri
- 1978: 19 baby girls named Kateri
Every year since, several dozen U.S. baby girls have been named Kateri. Here are the most recent numbers:
- 2011: 43 baby girls named Kateri
- 2010: 29 baby girls named Kateri
- 2009: 29 baby girls named Kateri
- 2008: 35 baby girls named Kateri
- 2007: 48 baby girls named Kateri
Do you think Kateri Tekakwitha’s promotion to sainthood will give her name another upward nudge? If so, how much of a nudge?
Source: Pope Canonizes 7 Saints, Including 2 Women With New York Ties
Update, 2020: The name was given to 60+ babies for three years straight (2012 to 2014), but the 1980 number is still the overall high-point.
Theresa, Joan, Monica, Clare…if you’re thinking about female saint names, these are probably some of the first names that come to mind.
But what if you’re looking for a name that’s a little less ordinary?
Well, things get tricky. Many other female saint names range from unstylish (e.g. Agnes, Gertrude) to basically unusable (e.g. Sexburga, Eustochium).
But some lady-saints do have cool, unusual names. To prove it, I’ve gone through the entire Roman Martyrology (and a few other sources) and collected sixty names that I think might appeal to modern parents. Here they are, ordered by feast day:
- St. Geneviève, Frankish, 6th century. Feast day: January 3.
- St. Talida, Egyptian, 4th century. Feast day: January 5.
- St. Genoveva Torres Morales, Spanish, 20th century. Her name is the Spanish form of Geneviève. Feast day: January 5.
- St. Marciana, Roman, 4th century. Feast day: January 9.
- St. Savina, Roman, 4th century. Feast day: January 30.
- St. Marcella, Roman, 5th century. Feast day: January 31.
- St. Viridiana, Italian, 13th century. Feast day: February 1.
- St. Cinnia, Irish, 5th century. In Irish, the letter C is always hard (i.e. pronounced like a K). Feast day: February 1.
- Sts. Maura, various places and centuries. Feast days include February 13, May 3, and November 30.
- St. Belina, French, 12th century. Feast day: February 19.
- St. Romana, Roman, 4th century. She may be merely legendary. Feast day: February 23.
- Bl. Villana de’Botti, Italian, 14th century. Feast day: February 28.
- St. Foila, Irish, 6th century. Also recorded as Faile and Faoile (possibly pronounced FWEE-la), her name may mean seagull in certain dialects. Feast day: March 3.
- St. Fina, Italian, 13th century. Her full name may have been Serafina. Feast day: March 12.
- St. Maria Gemma Umberta Pia Galgani, Italian, 1878-1903. Feast day: April 11.
- St. Vissia, Roman, 3rd century. Feast day: April 12.
- St. Domnina, Roman, 1st century. Feast day: April 14.
- St. Anthia, Roman, 2nd century. Feast day: April 18.
- St. Zita, Italian, 13th century. Patroness of maids and domestic servants. Dante wrote her into his Inferno [Canto XXI, line 38] during the early 1300s. Feast day: April 27.
- St. Tertulla, Numidian, 3rd century. Feast day: April 29.
- St. Henedina, Roman, 2nd century. Feast day: May 14.
- Sts. Basilla, various places and centuries. Feast days include May 17, May 20, and August 29.
- St. Emmelia, Anatolian, 4th century. Feast day: May 30.
- St. Melosa, Greek, unknown century. Feast day: June 1.
- Sts. Melania, both Roman, both 5th century. Melania the Elder is the paternal grandmother of Melania the Younger. Feast days: June 8 and December 31.
- Sts. Julitta, both Anatolian, both 4th century. Julitta is a diminutive of Julia. Feast days: June 16 and July 30.
- Sts. Marina, various places and centuries. Feast days include June 18, July 17, and July 18.
- St. Demetria, Roman, 4th century. Feast day: June 21.
- St. Lucina, Roman, 1st century. Feast day: June 30. (Several other saints were also named Lucina.)
- Sts. Cyrilla, one Egyptian, 4th century, the other Roman, 3rd century. Feast days: July 5 and October 28.
- St. Triphina, Breton, 6th century. Feast day: July 5.
- St. Sunniva, Irish (but associated with Norway), 10th century. The name has become moderately popular in Norway within the past decade or so. Feast day: July 8.
- St. Severa, Frankish, 7th century. Feast day: July 20. (Several other saints were also named Severa.)
- St. Liliosa, Spanish, 9th century. Feast day: July 27.
- St. Serapia, Roman, 2nd century. She was a slave belonging to St. Sabina (below). Feast day: July 29.
- St. Clelia Barbieri, Italian, 19th century. Feast day: July 13.
- Bl. Kateri Tekakwitham, Mohawk, 17th century. Kateri is a Mohawk rendering of the name Catherine. Feast day: July 14.
- St. Kinga, Polish, 13th century. Also known as Cunegunda and Kunigunda, she is the patroness of Poland and Lithuania. Feast day: July 24.
- Sts. Lucilla, both Roman, both 3th century. Feast days: July 29 and August 25.
- St. Seraphina, unknown location, 5th century. Feast day: July 29.
- St. Serena, Roman, 3rd century. Likely a legendary saint. Feast day: August 16.
- St. Sabina, Roman, 2nd century. One of her slaves was St. Serapia (above). Feast day: August 29.
- St. Ammia, Anatolian, 3rd century. Feast day: August 31.
- St. Verena, Egyptian (but associated with Switzerland), 3rd century. Feast day: September 1.
- St. Rosalia, Italian, 12th century. In Palermo, a festino is held every July 15th in her honor. Feast day: September 4.
- St. Melitina, Greek, 2nd century. Feast day: September 15.
- Sts. Aurelia, one possibly Italian, unknown century, the other Austrian, 11th century. Feast days: September 25 and October 15.
- St. Lioba, English (but associated with Germany), 8th century. Also known as Leoba, Liobgetha, and Leobgytha. Feast day: September 28.
- St. Flavia, Roman, unknown century. Feast day: October 5th.
- St. Flaviana, possibly Frankish, unknown century. Feast day: October 5.
- St. Galla, Roman, 6th century. Her name is likely based on the Latin word gallus, meaning either Gaulish (if capitalized) or rooster (if uncapitalized). Feast day: October 5.
- St. Saula, possibly British, possibly 4rd century. Or, she could be legendary. Associated with St. Ursula. Feast day: October 20.
- St. Cilinia, Frankish, 5th century. Feast day: October 21.
- St. Alodia, Spanish, 9th century. Feast day: October 22.
- St. Cyrenia, Anatolian, 4th century. Feast day: November 1.
- St. Carina, Anatolian, 4th century. Feast day: November 7.
- St. Apphia, Anatolian, 1st century. Feast day: November 22.
- St. Attalia, Austrian, 8th century. Feast day: December 3.
- St. Asella, Roman, 5th century. Feast day: December 6.
- St. Anysia, Greek, 4th century. Feast day: December 30.
Of all the names in the series, only four (Maura, Marina, Serena, and Carina…see any trends?) currently rank among the top 1,000 baby names in the nation. Eleven others ranked in previous years, but not in 2007.
Did you see any names you liked?
More importantly, did I miss any good ones?
Update, 2016: Here are a few more…
- St. Hyacintha Mariscotti (Italian: Giacinta), 17th century. Feast day: January 30.
- St. Humility, 13th century. Feast: March 22.
- St. Maravillas de Jesús, 20th century. (Maravillas means “wonders” in Spanish.) Feast day: December 11.