How popular is the baby name Kathy in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Kathy and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Kathy.
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:
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…
In mid-1961, Isaac Reed of Miami rear-ended the car in front of him while driving his wife, Ethel, to the hospital to give birth to their 10th child.
By the time cops tracked him down, he had a new baby girl. So patrolman Bob Rossman decided not to give Reed a traffic ticket.
In appreciation, Reed told Rossman he would name the baby girl “Charity.”
Doesn’t look like it. According to Isaac Reed’s Miami Times obituary, he had 12 children in total, and his eight daughters were named Bertha, Barbara, Deborah, Sharon, Cassandra, Kathy, Katrina and Carol.
- “Kerplunk–A Baby.” Daytona Beach Morning Herald 11 Aug. 1961: 3.
- Kohn, Ray. “Hard to Win.” Fort Scott Tribune 11 Aug. 1961: 2.
Nathan and Kathy Brewer didn’t make it to St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pennsylvania, in time for the birth of their son on 31 Dec. 2010.
Instead, the baby boy was born in their Toyota Camry, which they’d hastily parked in the center median close to the campus of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
They considered naming the baby Cam for Camry and Otto for “auto” before settling on Asher Behrend Brewer.
Sources: Pa. baby named for nearby college after car birth, Behrend: Baby named after campus
A reader named Kathy is expecting a baby girl in December. She’d like some help coming up with a name. She writes:
I have a 25 month old named Ethan. I have loved that name but am sad to see it’s become so popular. I would like suggestions for a feminine, unique girl name if you have some.
Kathy does like the name Ava, but feels it’s too popular to use.
She also mentions that the baby will be of German/Irish extraction and have a 2-syllable surname that starts with an h (think Hofler).
Ethan and Ava are short, simple, traditional names. But they both happen to be very popular right now. So I looked for girl names that have a similar profile, but that aren’t quite as popular (i.e. none are top 20).
Now, Kathy did use the word “unique” in her e-mail. None of the above names could be described as unique. In fact, I don’t think any baby name is unique in a literal sense. But here are some names that weren’t popular enough to make the top 1,000 in 2009.
Which of these names do you like best with Ethan? What other names would you suggest to Kathy?