How popular is the baby name Legend in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Legend and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Legend.
The first season of hit drama Empire aired from January through March of this year.
The show’s audience grew bigger and bigger with each successive episode (no small feat!) and the first-season finale was the most successful of “any new series on any broadcast network” since the first-season finale of Grey’s Anatomy back in 2005.
I think the show — which will be back on the air with new episodes in September — could have a big impact on baby names in 2015. Some Empire names to keep an eye on:
- Taraji, for actress Taraji P. Henson.
- Cookie, for character Cookie Lyon. This name was last on the SSA’s list in the early 1990s, but the character is giving the name Cookie a whole new image, so…will it be back in 2015?
- Lyon, for the family surname.
- Lucious, for character Lucious Lyon. It gets a fraction of the usage that Lucius gets, but could this character change that?
- Lola, for character Lola Lyon. Not a major character, but extremely adorable — and when it comes to names, that’s sometimes all that matters.
- Trai, for actor Trai Byers.
And three names that might debut on the SSA’a list in 2015…
- Bryshere, for actor Bryshere Y. Gray.
- Jussie, for actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett has been in and out the spotlight for a long time now, and his name has never made the list, but maybe this will change in 2015. (His character, Jamal, is probably the most likable person on the show.)
- Empire, for the show itself. This one might seem improbable, but I wouldn’t count it out as similar names (e.g., King, Kingdom, Emperor, Sire, Sovereign) do exist.
What are your thoughts on the names in Empire? Did I miss any good ones?
Sources: Empire – Wikipedia, ‘Empire’ strikes back as season’s hottest show, ‘Empire’ Finale Ratings Rise Even More, Best New Series Result In 10 Years – Update
P.S. Actor Terrence Howard, who plays Lucious, recently welcomed a son named Qirin. The name was derived from qilin, the name of a mythical Chinese creature.
Overconfident baby names like Classy, Epic, Majestic, Handsome and Einstein.
The ones I’ve blogged about so far are Envy, Foxy, Suave and Unique.
Here are some of the baby names that didn’t make the cut: Aristotle, Artist, Boss, Brave, Couture, Czar, Dandy, Emperor, Fancy, Fantasy, Great, Hercules, Legacy, Ninja, Peerless, Pride, Pristine, Ritzy, Romeo, Royalty, Sassy.
If you know anyone who appreciates baby name humor, please share!
See also: Embarrassing Baby Names.
Don’t get too excited — these aren’t the top names for 2009. (If only!)
Why am I posting old news? Because I recently found a more complete version of the 2008 list that goes all the way down to baby names used in England and Wales just three times. So, the top-ranked names may be old news, but the rest are new. (New to me, anyway.) Here goes:
(# of babies)
And now, just for fun, let’s compare usage in England to usage in America:
||# UK* Boys
||# UK Girls
||# U.S. Boys
||# U.S. Girls
*By UK, I mean England and Wales. Not an accurate substitution, I know. But “England and Wales” is just way too long for that spot.
**The 1,000th name on the U.S. top 1,000 was used for 192 baby boys. So the question marks represent some number between 0 and 192.
***Update: Kelly has astutely pointed out that raw numbers can be misleading. I’m not going to change the chart — I’m just too lazy — but I’ve thrown in some rough totals, for context.
Source: Office for National Statistics
Parents in Western Australia must by law avoid baby names that include “symbols without phonetic significance” or that are obscene, offensive, too long or “contrary to the public interest.”
The following names all managed to make it past the censors in the last year, according to an article published in today’s edition of PerthNow: