I recently discovered that Gibraltar, a 2.6-square mile British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of Spain, has its own baby name rankings!
According to the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), the most popular baby names in Gibraltar in 2018 were Emma and James and in 2019 were Olivia and Ethan.
Here are all the names given to 3 or more babies in 2018 (during which a total of 402 babies were born):
Girl Names, 2018
Emma, 5 baby girls
Boy Names, 2018
James, 6 baby boys
Alexander, 5 (tie)
Ethan, 5 (tie)
Leo, 5 (tie)
Logan, 5 (tie)
Jack, 4 (five-way tie)
Lucas, 4 (five-way tie)
Michael, 4 (five-way tie)
Noah, 4 (five-way tie)
Ryan, 4 (five-way tie)
Evan, 3 (six-way tie)
Jamie, 3 (six-way tie)
Jesse, 3 (six-way tie)
Leon, 3 (six-way tie)
Theo, 3 (six-way tie)
Tiago, 3 (six-way tie)
(If you want to compare these to the equivalent rankings for England and Wales, there’s the link.)
The unique names bestowed just once in Gibraltar in 2018 include…
Girl names: Ainara, Daura, Diae, Nuria, Rharmaini
Boy names: Amitai, Cayetano, Mordechai, Shams, Tzion
And here are all the names given to 3 or more babies in 2019 (during which a total of 423 babies were born):
Girl Names, 2019
Olivia, 9 baby girls
Robyn, 4 (tie)
Sofia, 4 (tie)
Ava, 3 (four-way tie)
Celine, 3 (four-way tie)
Lily, 3 (four-way tie)
Maya, 3 (four-way tie)
Boy Names, 2019
Ethan, 6 baby boys
Jamie, 5 (tie)
Thomas, 5 (tie)
Jack, 4 (three-way tie)
Leo, 4 (three-way tie)
Oliver, 4 (three-way tie)
Dylan, 3 (eight-way tie)
George, 3 (eight-way tie)
Jacob, 3 (eight-way tie)
James, 3 (eight-way tie)
Jayden, 3 (eight-way tie)
Kian, 3 (eight-way tie)
Theo, 3 (eight-way tie)
Tyler, 3 (eight-way tie)
The unique names bestowed just once in 2019 include…
Girl names: Ilythia, Lamis, Mirtel, Sirine, Tais
Boy names: Brath, Dimitar, Haron, Levin-Lee, Theon
And I did find one more interesting thing: In May of 2017, local newspaper Panorama conducted a survey to determine “the most popular names among boys and girls aged 12” — so, kids born in or around the year 2005 — and came up with…
Here’s an interesting one. Most baby names that debut on the girls’ side of the list are put there by a female (either real or fictitious). But Shelleen, just like Kookie and Korla, seems to have popped up in 1965 thanks to a male.
1966: 6 baby girls named Shelleen
1965: 7 baby girls named Shelleen [debut]
The name can be linked to Kid Shelleen, the bumbling gunfighter played by Lee Marvin in the 1965 comedy Western Cat Ballou.
In fact, Lee Marvin had two roles in the film: Kid Shelleen, and Kid’s brother Tim Strawn, a much more competent gunfighter. For the dual role, Marvin won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Actor in early 1966.
Males don’t typically give rise to new female names, but the timing and trends were just right for Shelleen in the ’60s. The same decade, similar names like Shelly, Michelle, and Sheila all saw peak usage.
What are your thoughts on the baby name Shelleen? Do you like it more or less than, say, Shelly?
According to National Records of Scotland (NRS), the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were Olivia and Jack.
Here are Scotland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:
Olivia, 394 baby girls
Jack, 449 baby boys
In girls’ top 10, Freya and Charlotte replace Jessica (now 11th) and Aria (now 15th).
In the boys’ top 10, Charlie and Alfie replace Alexander (now 11th) and Logan (now 13th). Charlie’s rise was significant; it shot up to 4th from 13th the year before.
The NRS press release mentioned that the popular British crime drama Peaky Blinders has given a boost to the baby names Cillian, Polly and Chester. (Polly and Chester are characters in the show; Cillian refers to star Cillian Murphy.) It also noted that Ezra has become more popular thanks to English singer/songwriter George Ezra.
Of the nearly 50,000 babies born in Scotland last year, more than 5,000 — over 10% — were given a one-of-a-kind first name. Here are some of the names bestowed just once in Scotland in 2019:
According to the government of College Station (in Texas), the most popular baby names in the Texas city in 2019 were Olivia and Aiden.
Here are College Station’s top 3 girl names and top 3 boy names of 2019:
Olivia, 17 baby girls
Aiden, 11 baby boys (tie)
Liam, 11 (tie)
In the girls’ top 3, Olivia replaces Ava.
The boys’ top 3 is entirely new: Aiden, Liam, and Grayson replace James, Jackson, and Aaron.
The most popular middle names were Grace, Rose, and Marie (for girls) and James, Lee/Leigh, and Michael (for boys).
Some of the interesting first-middle combinations bestowed last year include Alpha Dewdrop, Birdie Scout, Brontayveai Imblessed, Castyn Maverick, Indie River, Klutch Christian, Piston Jayne, Rupert Badlands, Tesla Eden, and Zoiimi My’Life.
In 2018, the top two names in College Station were Emma and James.