How popular is the baby name Lazuli 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 Lazuli.
We’re very familiar with gemstone baby names names like Ruby, Opal and Jade. But you probably haven’t met anyone (yet?) who has one these names on their birth certificate…
- Citrine: Citrine debuted in the SSA data in 2019. Citrine is an orange-y variety of quartz. It’s one of the birthstones for November.
- Kyanite: Kyanite debuted in 2019 as well. Kyanite is typically blue, and its name is related to the color word “cyan.”
- Lazuli: Lazuli, part of the rock name lapis lazuli (which translates to “stone of azure”), debuted in 2016.
- Malachite: Malachite debuted in 2017. Malachite is a green-banded mineral. Its name refers to the leaves of the mallow plant.
These join the many gem-names — Amethyst, Angelite, Beryl, Celestine, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Jasper, Larimar, Obsidian, Olivine, Onyx, Sapphire, Topaz, Turquoise, etc. — that have previously appeared in the SSA data. (Not to mention the rock names Coal, Flint, Granite, Shale, and Slate.)
I’m sure Citrine and Kyanite won’t be the last of the names in this category to emerge in the data, though, because there are just so many other nicely-named minerals and rocks out there. Some examples…
- Agate: a banded, colored quartz with a name that happens to look and sound similar to Agatha.
- Alexandrite: a color-changing variety of chrysoberyl named after Alexander II of Russia. It’s one of the birthstones for June.
- Ametrine: a type of quartz with zones of purple and yellow/orange; a mix of amethyst and citrine.
- Carnelian: a red variety of quartz. Its name can be traced back to the Latin word conus, the name of a type of berry.
- Peridot: a green gemstone with a name of unknown origin. It’s the birthstone for August.
- Selenite: a type of gypsum. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word for “moon,” selene. (If you’ve ever watched metaphysical content on YouTube, you’ve probably seen a selenite wand before…)
- Tourmaline: a gem that comes in a wide variety of colors. It’s one of the birthstones for October.
Which gem/mineral/rock name do you think we’ll spot next in the U.S. baby name data?
Over the weekend, I read through the giant database of Quebec baby names for 2008. Most of the names there were familiar English or French names. A few were (very long!) Native American names. Here are some that stood out:
- Anakin & Anakyn (male) – Five of the former, two of the latter.
- Archippe (male) – Means “horse-master” in ancient Greek.
- Awesome (male)
- Coatl (male) – Means “snake” in Nahuatl.
- Dakota-Edison (male) – Strikes me as rather American-sounding for a Canadian name.
- Dune (female)
- Dung (male) – One of those names that gets lost in translation…
- Eileen Osiris (female) – Interesting combination.
- Ellliot (male) – Another triple-L in Quebec!
- Elyjah Woody (male) – Elijah Wood fan, perhaps?
- Enzo Versace (male)
- Jde (male) – Pronounced…Jade? Jude? Hm.
- Junior Aroma (male) – Less offensive than Senior Aroma.
- Kaleb-Wolf (male) – Reminds me of Nakoa-Wolf.
- Kierkegaard II (male)
- Lady Victoria (female) – The most regal-sounding entry.
- Lazuli (female)
- Loveland-Jacobs (female)
- Luna Mist (female)
- Luzer (male)
- Maully (female)
- Obama Kerby (male) and Stephan-Obama (male)
- Owen-Walter (male)
- Ramses-Emmanuel (male)
- Readily-Chang (male)
- Ruly (female) – Better than unruly.
- Schnobxxxxxxxxxxxx (male)
- Thunder-Jr (male)
- Tia-Maria (female)
- Trevelle Anabelle (female)
- Tyler-Layden (male) – Why yes, the baby name pop charts are indeed Tyler-laden right now.
- Velvili (female)
- Vernadette (female) – Vernon + Bernadette maybe?
- Wyclef Jean (male) – There are fans, and then there are superfans.
Have an opinion about any of the above?
If you’ve perused the list yourself, do you remember spotting anything interesting?