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Popularity of the Baby Name Lea


Posts that Mention the Name Lea

Babies Named for Manila’s Light Rail

A handful of Filipino babies have been born — or almost born — on the Light Rail (LRT) in metropolitan Manila, and at least three of these babies have been given LRT-inspired names…

  • In May of 2005, Lea Aquino Ababa gave birth inside the Doroteo Jose LRT station. The baby girl was named Dorotea after the station.
  • In April of 2011, Mary Ann Opedra went into labor aboard an LRT train. She made to a hospital near Libertad Station in time to deliver. The baby girl was named Liberty Anne after the station.
  • In June of 2012, Angel Hotba gave birth aboard a moving LRT train somewhere between Libertad and Gil Puyat stations. The baby girl’s name, Lilibeth, was inspired by Libertad station. (Name suggestions from Twitter users included Larita, LoReTa, Laura Regina Teresa, Trayna, Katraina, and Railey.)

Sources: Woman almost gives birth in LRT coach, Passenger Gives Birth At LRT-1, On crowded train, life can’t be derailed

Classics on the Decline: Rebecca, Carol, Susan

girl names falling out of fashion

In last week’s “lowest ever” boy names post, I mentioned that reader Caitlin had shared her research on downward-trending baby names with me recently. While many girl names hit relative lows in 2017, for instance…

  • Sarah, now ranked 62nd — lowest ranking since 1970.
  • Rachel, now ranked 195th — lowest ranking since 1960.
  • Melissa, now ranked 273rd — lowest ranking since 1949.

…a couple of the names on her list, Rebecca and Catherine, hit their “lowest ever” rankings last year. (Plus there was Katherine, a borderline case of a lowest-ever tie.)

So I set out to find other “lowest ever” girl names.

Many of the names I checked (like Clare, Lea, and Bridget) hit a low in 2017, but it wasn’t their all-time low. Many others (like Pauline, Sara, and Mary) hit a low recently, but not as recently as 2017. Still others (like Yvonne) had to be disqualified because, even though they hit their lowest ranking on record in 2017, they didn’t appear in the data for all 138 years (1880-2017)…an issue I didn’t encounter with any of the boy names.

In the end, I was able to add a dozen thirteen names to the list:

  • Ann. Ranked 1,023rd in 2017; peak was 28th in the 1930s.
  • Barbara. Ranked 908th in 2017; peak was 2nd in the 1930s/1940s.
  • Carol. Ranked 1,814th in 2017; peak was 4th in the 1940s.
  • Catherine. Ranked 198th in 2017; peak was 18th in the 1910s.
  • Celia. Ranked 857th in 2017; peak was 141st in the 1880s.
  • Cynthia. Ranked 637th in 2017; peak was 7th in the 1950s.
  • Elisabeth. Ranked 775th in 2017; peak was 286th in the 2000s.
  • Katherine. Ranked 105th in 2017 + 1938; peak 25th in the 1990s.
  • Kathleen. Ranked 871st in 2017; peak was 9th in the 1940s. (Late addition–thanks Kelly!)
  • Linda. Ranked 708th in 2017; peak was 1st in 1940s/1950s.
  • Priscilla. Ranked 527th in 2017; peak was 127th in the 1940s.
  • Rebecca. Ranked 216th in 2017; peak was 10th in the 1970s.
  • Rosa. Ranked 672nd in 2017; peak was 52nd in the 1880s.
  • Susan. Ranked 963rd in 2017; peak was 2nd in the 1950s/1960s.
  • Teresa. Ranked 720th in 2017; peak was 18th in the 1960s.
  • Tressa. Ranked 9242nd in 2017; peak was 761st in the 1960s.

That makes 15 (or 16, if you count Katherine). I certainly could have missed a few, though, so if you can think of a good candidate, please let me know in the comments and I’ll take a look.

Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2017

According to data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the most popular baby names in Switzerland in 2017 were Emma and Noah.

Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 478 baby girls
2. Mia, 420
3. Sofia, 352
4. Lina, 311
5. Lena, 308
6. Lea, 306
7. Lara, 301
8. Emilia, 300
9. Nina, 287
10. Anna, 286

Boy Names
1. Noah, 490 baby boys
2. Liam, 434
3. Luca, 360
4. Leon, 347
5. Gabriel, 328
6. David, 314
7. Elias, 302
8. Samuel, 294
9. Matteo, 276
10. Ben, 273

In the girls’ top 10, Lina, Lea, and Nina replace Elena, Laura, and Mila.

In the boys’ top 10, Matteo and Ben replace Louis and Julian.

Here are the top baby names per gender within each of Switzerland’s main language groups:

  • German speakers (63% of the population)
    • Top 3 girl names: Mia, Emma, Emilia
    • Top 3 boy names: Noah, Leon, Luca
  • French speakers (23%)
    • Top 3 girl names: Emma, Lea, Chloe
    • Top 3 boy names: Gabriel, Liam, Noah
  • Italian speakers (8%)
    • Top 3 girl names: Sofia, Emma, Giulia
    • Top 3 boy names: Leonardo, Noah, Gabriel
  • Romansh speakers (less than 1%)
    • Top girl name: Angelina/Arina/Lina (3-way tie)
    • Top boy name: Gian/Laurin/Lio (3-way tie)

In 2016, the top names in the country overall were Mia and Noah.

Sources: Here are the most popular baby names in Switzerland, Vornamen der Neugeborenen

Popular Baby Names in Germany 2017

According to the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Association for German Language), the most popular baby names in Germany in 2017 were Emma and Ben.

Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma
2. Sophia/Sofia
3. Hanna/Hannah
4. Emilia
5. Mia
6. Anna
7. Lina
8. Mila
9. Klara/Clara
10. Marie

Boy Names
1. Ben
2. Paul
3. Noah/Noa
4. Leon
5. Jonas
6. Felix
7. Elias
8. Louis/Luis
9. Luke/Lucas
10. Maximilian

In the girls’ top ten, Klara/Clara and Lina replace Lea/Leah and Lena.

In the boys’ top ten, Felix replaces Finn.

According to name researcher Knud Bielefeld, fast-rising names in Germany include boy names Theo, Matteo and Henry and girl names Leni, Ella and Juna.

In 2016, the top baby names in Germany were Sophia/Sofia and Jonas.

Sources: Ausführliche Auswertung: Vornamen 2017, Ben and Emma most popular baby names in 2017

Most Popular Baby Names in Quebec, 2017

According to Retraite Québec, the most popular baby names in Quebec in 2017 were (again) Emma and William.

Here are the province’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 614 baby girls
2. Lea, 554
3. Alice, 512
4. Olivia, 483
5. Florence, 482
6. Charlotte, 425
7. Charlie, 420
8. Rosalie, 384
9. Beatrice, 369
10. Zoe, 349

Boy Names
1. William, 710 baby boys
2. Logan, 671
3. Liam, 629
4. Noah, 573
5. Jacob, 571
6. Thomas, 561
7. Raphael, 498
8. Nathan, 496
9. Leo, 494
10. Alexis, 461

The girls’ top 10 contains the same names as in 2016, but in a different order.

In the boys’ top 10, Raphael and Leo replace Felix (now 13th) and Gabriel (now 16th)

Some of the baby names used just once last year include:

  • Girls: Amberina, Benitha, Cassily, Delya, Elpis, Felia, Gwenia, Hajrah, Isalia, Jecolia, Kindia, Lagertha, Mimsy, Nolka, Odaluna, Posie, Rinnah, Sharbella, Tesseract*, Ujarak, Vitalina, Wathahontha, Ysoo, Zanaelle
  • Boys: Arjo, Braveman, Clermont, Daxon, Ebbo, Floyd, Gideon, Holyver, Izai, Joah, Kephry, Lelio, Majorik, Nelligan, Orelsan, Plume, Ricardy, Syphax, Tayze, Uapeshkuss, Valerian, Witghy, Yanrick, Zarrar

This is the first time I’ve seen the geometry term “tesseract” used as a baby name. As Wikipedia puts it, “the tesseract is to the cube as the cube is to the square.” It’s a hypercube, basically. The word was coined in the 1880s from the Greek words tessera, “four,” and aktis, “ray.” Definitely an unusual name…though it does conveniently shorten to Tess.

Source: Retraite Québec – List of Baby Names, Tesseract – Wikipedia