How popular is the baby name Lake 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 Lake.
The U.S. National Park Service has a birthday coming up!
When the NPS was created on August 25, 1916, there were only 35 national parks and monuments. (The world’s first, Yellowstone, had been established in 1872.)
Nowadays the agency oversees 411 units. These units are located in the 50 states and beyond, and include national monuments (82), national historic sites (78), national parks (59), national historical parks (50), national memorials (30), national battlefields (11), national seashores (10), national lakeshores (4), national scenic trails (3), and more.
Let’s celebrate the upcoming centenary with over 100 baby names that pay tribute to the national parks specifically:
Acadia for Acadia National Park.
Angel or Angela for Grand Canyon National Park’s Angel’s Window.
Arrow for the NPS emblem, the arrowhead.
Archer for Arches National Park.
Barbara for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Barbara Island.
Bathsheba for Hot Springs National Park’s Bathhouse Row.
Bay for any of the parks featuring a bay, such as Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Biscayne National Park, etc.
Benda or Bendrick for Big Bend National Park.
Bona for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Bona.
Bristol for Great Basin National Park’s bristlecone pines.
Bryce or Brycen for Bryce Canyon National Park.
Cadden or Caddie for Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain.
Cade for Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Cades Cove.
Canyon for any of the parks featuring a canyon, such as Grand Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, etc.
Capitola for Capitol Reef National Park or for Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan.
Carl or Carla for Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Caven for Mammoth Cave National Park.
Cedar for Congaree National Park’s Cedar Creek.
Cinder for Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Cinder Cone.
Clark for Lake Clark National Park & Preserve.
Clifford or Clifton for Mesa Verde National Park’s Cliff Palace.
Cruz for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Cruz Island.
Delica for Arches National Park’s Delicate Arch.
Denali for Denali National Park & Preserve.
Denison for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Denison.
Domenica or Domenico for Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.
Douglas for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Douglas.
Elias for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve.
Elliott for Biscayne National Park’s Elliott Key.
Ever or Everly for Everglades National Park.
Faith for Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser.
Forest for Petrified Forest National Park.
Garland for Garland County, Arkansas, where Hot Springs National Park is located.
Gates for Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve.
Guadalupe for Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Gunnison for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
The park was established in 1999, and Gunnison debuted on the baby name charts the very same year. Did one event cause the other?
Harding for Kenai Fjords National Park’s Harding Icefield.
Hassel for Virgin Islands National Park’s Hassel Island.
Jackson for Jackson Hole, where much of Grand Teton National Park is located.
Jarvis for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Jarvis.
Jefferson for Dry Tortugas National Park’s Fort Jefferson.
John for Virgin Islands National Park’s St. John Island.
Joshua for Joshua Tree National Park.
Kenai for Kenai Fjords National Park.
The derivation of Kenai is unknown, but it could come from either Dena’ina Athabascan (“big flat” or “two big flats and river cut-back” or “trees and brush in a swampy marsh”), Russian (“flat barren land”), or Iniut (“black bear”).
Kingston or Kingsley for Kings Canyon National Park.
Lake for any of the parks featuring lakes, such as Crater Lake National Park, Voyageurs National Park, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, etc.
Lamar for Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Buffalo Ranch.
Lata for the National Park of American Samoa’s Lata Mountain.
Lehman for Great Basin National Park’s Lehman Caves.
Lewis for Glacier National Park’s Lewis Range.
Livingston for Glacier National Park’s Livingston Range.
Manning for Saguaro National Park’s Manning Cabin.
Mara for Joshua Tree National Park’s Oasis of Mara.
In the Serrano language, Mara means “the place of little springs and much grass.”
Martin for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Martin.
Maui, where Haleakalā National Park is located.
Mauna for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s Mauna Loa.
Miguel for Channel Islands National Park’s San Miguel Island.
Norris for Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin.
North for North Cascades National Park.
Olympia for Olympic National Park.
Parker, Parkyr, Parks, Park, or Parke as a tribute to all national parks.
Pele as a symbol of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
Prairie for any of the parks featuring a prairie, such as Badlands National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, etc.
Pratt for Guadalupe Mountains National Park’s Pratt Cabin.
Rainier for Mount Rainier National Park.
Ranger as a tribute to all national parks and park rangers.
Reef for Capitol Reef National Park.
Rhodes for Biscayne National Park’s Old Rhodes Key.
Rocky for Rocky Mountain National Park.
Roosevelt for Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Rosa for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Rosa Island.
Royale or Royal for Isle Royale National Park.
Sandy for Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
Sanford for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Sanford.
Sequoia for Sequoia National Park.
Shenandoah for Shenandoah National Park.
Sherman for Sequoia National Park’s General Sherman Tree.
Sky or Skye for any of the parks featuring a night sky program, such as Big Bend National Park, Great Basin National Park, etc.
Talus for Pinnacles National Park’s talus caves.
Theodore for Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Valley for any of the parks featuring a valley, such as Cuyahoga Valley, Death Valley, Kobuk Valley, etc.
Verda or Verdell for Mesa Verde National Park.
Virginia for Virgin Islands National Park.
Windy for Wind Cave National Park.
Wolfe for Arches National Park’s Wolfe Ranch.
Woodrow or Wilson for Woodrow Wilson, who signed the act that created the NPS.
Woodson or Woody for Redwood National and State Parks.
Yosemite for Yosemite National Park.
Zion for Zion National Park.
For all you national park lovers out there: What other park-inspired names can you come up with?
List of national parks of the United States – Wikipedia, History (U.S. National Park Service), NPS Site Designations (pdf), Kenai Fjords National Park Profile 2015 (pdf)
Image: Adapted from
Zion National Park, Ranger Naturalist Service – LOC
Update, 2/2017: Here’s a related name: Lolo, inspired by the Lolo National Forest. “Lolo” was probably derived from Lawrence (3rd quote).
The state of Idaho recently released its 2010 annual report, and the report includes some baby names.
First, here are Idaho’s most popular baby names of 2010. (More or less the same as what SSA has listed for Idaho that year.)
Popular Boy Names
Popular Girl Names
1. William (119)
2. Samuel (116)
3. Logan (115)
4. Ethan (101)
5. Jacob (95)
6. Aiden (92)
7. Mason (89)
8. Noah (82)
9. Alexander (81)
10. James (79)
1. Olivia (122)
2. Emma (103)
3. Sophia (99)
4. Ava (88)
5. Abigail (85)
6. Elizabeth (83)
7. Emily (78)
8. Isabella (77)
9. Ella (71)
10. Addison & Brooklyn (65 each)
Now on to the bizarre stuff!
In the report, Idaho included a selection of unique names:
Unique Boy Names
Unique Girl Names
Bear, Character, Dagger, Freighter, Genghis, Hatchet, Hemi, Ice-T, Jethreaux, Justify, King Tiberius, Laugh, Nightsky, Permisius, Raysyn, Ripken, Saw, Scythe, Skeeter, Sourish, Theory, Truth, W’dbin, Wisdom, Zytareon
Aoife, Balou, Bronwyn, Dawnlight, Dixi, Espn, Hickory, Kalifornia, Koal, Legacy, Little Noah, Meeka Bella, Mhyrrauzhe, Moneeq, Moserratt, Omolola, Oo, Rootsy, Saphron, Sparkle, Sunset, Tietsie, Virtue, Xoko
Nightsky and Dawnlight need a playdate. (Just like
Thunder and Lightning.) Mhyrrauzhe = Mirage?
My first impulse with “Oo” was to pronounce it “uh-oh.” (Uh-oh indeed, if that’s actually how you say it!)
Idaho’s annual reports for 2006-2010 are all available online, lets look at the selections of unique names from years past, shall we?
Unique Boy Names
Unique Girl Names
“Champion” Reese, Civic, Cougar, Domonique, Eleven, Evol, Hopper, Huckleberry, Irish, Jah Kobi, Jaxxon, Kastle, K-Den, Major Jack, Nixon, Noall, Oz, Pledger, Reef, Sabyr, Shade, Shadow, Skeet, Taft, Zebedee
Arlington, August Star, Beatriz, Byrkli, Charm, Clarixxa, Daiquiri, Fayte, Goldie-Moon, Gyzzelle, Jubilee, Kanyon, Lala, Love, Montana, Nirvana, Pepper, Prairie, Poppy, Soul, Tottie, Tundra, Zipporah
Unique Boy Names
Unique Girl Names
Adjrick, Andronicus, Arrow, Blazer, Brayke, Buzz, Casino,
Chamillionaire, Dacx, Driggs, Gamble, Heman, Klete, Kodiak, Kroten, Krue, Link, Mitt, Pheonix, Ransom, Rodee, Silynce, Summit, Zzyzx
Angelic, Beautifull, Boisen, Byainett, Calloway, Celestial, Ecstacy, Eeleceya, Hadies, Heaven, Infiniti, Integrity, Jewleah, Kaskade, Kozmo, Maplejo, Mishalyn, Remmington, Season, Symphony, Thyme, Ugonna, Xerenity, Zepplyn
Unique Boy Names
Unique Girl Names
Aodhan, Braestyn, Buell, Champ, Dazryn, Elisjsha, Enveus, Grimsley, Hayze, Holdem, Kamero, Kay-Sin, Khonnerk, Lowgin, Makaijden, Mickyle, Nykolaus, Painter, Praze, Sander, Shadrack, Solo, Space, Tlaloc, Trackin
Arbor, Auktober, Blessin, Brizzbin, Brookenzie, Cabella, Clarity, Denym, Eos, Epiphany, Honesty, Kwincee, Lavender, Lybburtie, Miami, Modiesty-Star, Mysticque, Peaches, Perfect, Rebel-Ann, Seattle, Shy, Uneike, Vegas, Zoigh
Casino and Gamble in 2008, Holdem and Vegas in 2007…do I detect a pattern here?
Unique Boy Names
Unique Girl Names
Akhilles, Backtash, Blend, Bronco, Chalk, College, Colquohn, Daily, Gid, Hampton, Howdy, Jameraquoi, Karona, Lake, Packer, Polo, Razor, Rythmik, Sacramento, Spur, Trask, Tucson, Winn, Wracer, Xzavvyer
Allyvia, Anakalia, Aptisam, Aveda, Blayde, Bristol, Cedee, Dorcas, Fall, Heziachiah, Kalispell, Klowie, Lexington, Little Summers, Navy, Northstar, Nutaliay Harmoney, Pennilane Meadow, Phaedra, Russia, Tacheranai, Tragen, Tsunami, Viktoriya, Yochabelle
P.S. In the 2006-2009 reports, the heading of the unique names section was “Selected Unique Names, Yewneek Spellings.” For 2010, it was lengthened to “Selected Unique Baby Names, Yewneek Baybee Spellings.” I happen to love these headings, but aren’t they a bit snarky for an official state document…?
A baby girl named Zealand-New was born in New Zealand on 11 January 2009 to parents Tomicina Davoren and Mana Te Moni.
Zealand-New’s name was created by her grandmother Sharron, who said in an interview that she “was fiddling around and it was something different to say it back to front.”
Zealand-New’s three middle names are Sharron, Phyllis and Atareta. She has three older siblings named Rlexuz Toara Chantz, Mikaere Morgan and Korizma-Lake Vonnita Manaaki.
(Regarding the Maori names: Toara might be based on the biblical place-name Zoar, Mikaere is a version of Michael, and Manaaki means “caring.” I’m not sure what the definition of Atareta is, though.)
Baby named ‘Zealand-New’ welcomed into world
Looking for baby names with something in common? Perhaps for a set of twins or triplets? I’ve collected hundreds of anagram baby names for you.
2-Letter Anagram Baby Names
3-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Amy, May, Mya, Yma
Ari, Ira, Ria
Ian, Ina, Nia
Leo, Ole 4-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Aden, Dane, Dean, Dena, Edan, Edna, Neda
Adin, Andi, Dani, Dian, Dina
Alan, Lana, Nala
Alek, Elka, Kale, Kela, Lake
Alex, Axel, Lexa
Alma, Amal, Mala
Alun, Lanu, Luna, Nula, Ulan
Amin, Iman, Mina, Nima
Amir, Irma, Mari, Mira, Rima
Amon, Mona, Noam, Oman
Arno, Aron, Nora, Oran, Orna, Roan, Rona
Ashe, Shae, Shea
Dave, Deva, Veda
Elin, Leni, Neil
Evan, Neva, Vena
Hans, Nash, Shan
Ilma, Liam, Mali, Mila
Ilsa, Isla, Lisa
Isra, Rais, Sari, Sira
Jane, Jean, Jena
Lane, Lena, Neal, Nela
Mora, Omar, Roma
Sita, Tisa 5-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Abril, Blair, Libra
Achim, Chaim, Chima, Micah
Adair, Adria, Daria
Adila, Alida, Dalia
Adlar, Ardal, Darla
Aidan, Daina, Dania, Diana, Nadia, Naida
Aiden, Andie, Diane, Edina
Alain, Alina, Ilana, Liana, Naila
Albin, Blain, Nabil
Alden, Dalen, Eland, Eldan, Nelda
Alice, Celia, Lacie, Lecia
Alima, Amila, Imala, Laima, Lamia, Malia
Alina, Anila, Inala, Laina, Lania, Nalia
Aline, Elian, Elina, Neila, Nelia
Alize, Aziel, Eliza, Zeila, Zelia
Allie, Leila, Lelia
Almas, Aslam, Salma
Alvin, Livna, Nival, Vinal
Amari, Amira, Maria
Amiel, Maile, Malie, Melia, Miela
Amrit, Marit, Mitra, Tamir
Ander, Andre, Arden, Daren, Nedra
Angel, Galen, Glena
Anita, Antia, Taina, Tania, Tiana
Ardin, Darin, Drina, Indra, Randi
Armin, Imran, Marin, Mirna
Arnie, Irena, Reina
Ashen, Shane, Shena
Atari, Atira, Taira
Avner, Raven, Verna
Aydan, Danya, Dayna, Dyana, Nadya, Nayda
Aylen, Laney, Layne
Bryon, Byron, Robyn
Carlo, Carol, Coral
Ceira, Ciera, Erica
Dilan, Linda, Nilda
Edwyn, Wendy, Wynde
Elena, Leena, Neela
Elvin, Levin, Nevil
Enola, Leona, Noela
Erika, Keira, Kiera
Fajra, Faraj, Jafar
Harte, Herta, Retha, Terah, Thera
Isaak, Kaisa, Kasia
Isara, Raisa, Saira, Sarai
Jason, Jonas, Sonja
Johan, Johna, Jonah
Kamil, Malik, Milka
Lorna, Orlan, Rolan
Mario, Moira, Omari, Raimo
Maris, Rasim, Samir
Morna, Nomar, Norma, Ramon
Norah, Rhona, Rohan
Tyson, Stony 6-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Adrian, Andria, Darina, Darian, Indara, Nadira
Adrien, Andrei, Darien, Derina, Nerida, Raiden, Randia
Aileen, Elaine, Lainee, Neelia
Alanis, Nalisa, Salina
Amaris, Aramis, Rasima, Samira
Amitra, Amrita, Marita, Tamira
Anandi, Dianna, Nadina
Anneli, Lianne, Linnea
Arista, Ataris, Sarita, Sitara, Tarisa, Tarsia
Arnold, Orland, Roland, Ronald
Arsene, Naseer, Serena
Ashdon, Dashon, Shonda
Ashlee, Elesha, Leesha, Sheela
Ashlie, Elisha, Ilesha, Sheila, Shelia
Basile, Blaise, Isabel
Belina, Blaine, Libena
Carine, Enrica, Racine
Daneed, Deanne, Deeann, Nadeen, Nadene
Dannie, Dianne, Nadine
Darnel, Lenard, Randel
Elmire, Mariel, Marlie, Mirela
Elonia, Enolia, Ionela, Leonia, Noelia, Olenia
Horten, Theron, Thorne
Ikraam, Karima, Karmia, Makari, Marika
Islama, Malisa, Salima
Kamila, Mikala, Malika
Kalani, Kalian, Kalina
Lamina, Malina, Milana
Marino, Marion, Rimona, Romina
Thirza, Thizra, Tirzah, Tizrah
Warner, Warren 7-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Adaline, Adelina, Daniela
Alenna, Leanna, Nelana
Alondra, Arnaldo, Orlanda, Ronalda
Darleen, Darlene, Leander
Elondra, Leandro, Leonard, Roeland, Rolande
Lorinda, Orlinda, Rinaldo
Orlando, Rolando, Rolonda, Ronaldo
Shantae, Tanesha 8-Letter Anagram Baby Names
9-Letter Anagram Baby Names
10-Letter Anagram Baby Names
If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”
(Here are some
palindromic names from last month.)