How popular is the baby name Katharina 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 Katharina.
A reader named Jennifer is looking for a female name for her third child:
Our other children are named Henry and Anneliese. I would love to use the middle name Lynne but that is not set in stone.
Here are a few ideas:
Several of the above wouldn’t work too well with Lynne, but I think they all sound nice with both Henry and Anneliese.
What other names would you guys suggest?
Update: The baby is here! Scroll down to find out what name Jennifer chose.
Mathematically speaking, it’s possible to construct 676 pairs of letters from a 26-letter alphabet. In terms of baby names, though, only a portion of these pairs can realistically be used to start a baby name.
If you look at each of the 6,692 names that have ever ranked among the most popular U.S. (1880-2006), you’ll notice that only 233 two-letter combinations have ever been used at the beginning of the names (e.g., “Na-” for Nancy, or “Ev-” for Evan).
So…what’s the most common pair of starting letters?
Ma– is the clear winner. It starts nearly twice as many names as Ja-, the second most common starting letter-pair.
Here’s a more detailed breakdown of all the two-letter combinations that have started at least 100 ranked baby names:
- 331 “Ma-” names (Mark, Mandy, Matthias, Marylouise)
- 177 “Ja-” names (Jane, Jacob, Jaleesa, Jamarion)
- 174 “Al-” names (Alf, Alice, Alphonso, Albertina)
- 167 “De-” names (Dean, Della, Devontae, Demetria)
- 157 “Ka-” names (Karl, Katie, Kameron, Katharina)
- 144 “Sh-” names (Shane, Sherman, Shanice, Sheridan)
- 143 “Ca-” names (Cash, Cadence, Carmella, Casimiro)
- 139 “Da-” names (Dave, Daisy, Damarcus, Dayanara)
- 125 “El-” names (Elmo, Elyse, Elijah, Eleanora)
- 121 “Ro-” names (Ross, Roxie, Roosevelt, Rosalinda)
- 118 “Br-” names (Bruce, Brenda, Bryson, Brittany)
- 118 “Ch-” names (Chad, Chantal, Christopher, Christiana)
- 117 “La-” names (Lane, Laura, Lafayette, Lakeshia)
- 113 “Le-” names (Les, Leah, Leandra, Leopoldo)
- 102 “Je-” names (Jeff, Jewel, Jennifer, Jeremiah)
- 101 “Jo-” names (John, Joanna, Joshua, Josefina)
- 100 “Ar-” names (Art, Arla, Armani, Araceli)