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Popularity of the Baby Name Lenny


Posts that Mention the Name Lenny

Name Facts from Finland

Some factoids about Finnish baby names, gathered from a pair of articles published late last year:

  • The pool of names in Finland has more than doubled since the 1980s. In the ’80s, about 50,000 names were in use; currently, about 120,000 names are in use.
  • Gender-neutral names that became gender-specific over time include Rauha (“peace”), Sulo (“grace”), and Lenny.
  • Gender-specific names that switched from one gender to the other over time include Tuisku (“flurry”) and Lumi (“snow”).
  • Speaking of Lumi, more than 450 baby girls have been named Lumikki (“snow white”) since the 1800s.
  • “[N]ames with the letter ‘r’ in them are out of fashion because a Finnish ‘r’ is hard to pronounce internationally. With the exception of the boy’s name Väinö, names with umlauts are also dwindling in popularity.” Quote from Minna Saarelma-Paukkala, Director of the University of Helsinki’s Almanac Office, which owns the rights to all of Finland’s name day lists.
    • The Almanac Office’s Name Day Search form covers not only various cultures, but also pets: dogs, cats, and horses!
  • Recently rejected baby names include Alcapone, Ammu (“shoot”), Enikko, Fafnir, Fosforos, Marj-Linn, Monck, Paulii, Poon, Topelius, Tuhka (“ash”), Weicca, and Wolf.
  • A law that went into effect earlier this year allows Finnish parents to give their children a maximum of four first names. (Previously the max was three.)

Sources: Diversity of children’s names expanding in Finland, Finland loosens name law, but most still prefer classics

Popular Baby Names in Victoria, 2017

According to Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, the most popular baby names in the Australian state of Victoria in 2017 were Charlotte and Oliver.

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

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 426 baby girls
2. Olivia, 360
3. Amelia, 357
4. Ava, 347
5. Mia, 319
6. Zoe, 299
7. Evie, 284
8. Grace, 283
9. Isla, 282
10. Ella, 248

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 509 baby boys
2. William, 466
3. Jack, 450
4. Noah, 372
5. Thomas, 345
6. James, 323
7. Lucas, 315
8. Henry, 282
9. Charlie, 280
10. Ethan, 279

In the girls’ top 10, Ella replaces Chloe (now 11th).

In the boys’ top 10, Lucas, Henry and Charlie replace Alexander (11th), Mason (14th) and Max (now 16th).

According to a survey of birth notices in The Warrnambool Standard, the top baby names in the Victorian city of Warrnambool were Georgia/Grace/Evelyn/Elsie (4-way tie) for girls and Lenny (!) for boys.

In 2016, the top two names were the same.

UPDATE, Jan. 2019: The Victoria website has since updated the 2017 data/rankings. The ordering is now slightly different on both sides and, notably, Chloe bumps Ella out of the top 10.

Sources: Search popular names – Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria, Baby names 2017: South-west picks buck national trend

Names in the News: Lenny, Angela Merkel, AirForceOne

Three recent baby name stories with connections to Africa:

  • Angela Merkel: In February of 2015, a baby girl born in Germany to an asylum-seeker from Ghana was named Angela Merkel after the Chancellor of Germany.
  • Lenny & Henry: In March of 2015, a set of twins in Eastern Uganda were named Lenny and Henry after visiting Comic Relief comedian Lenworth “Lenny” Henry.
  • AirForceOne: In July of 2015, during Obama’s two-day trip to Kenya, at least eight Kenyan children were given Obama-inspired names. The most notable name, given to two different children, was AirForceOne.

Sources: Asylum-Seeker Names Baby After Angela Merkel, Comic Relief 2015: Lenny Henry Meets Newborn Twins Named After Him In Uganda, Obama’s Kenya Trip Reportedly Inspires New Baby Name: AirForceOne

Popular Baby Names in Victoria, 2014

According to data from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Victoria in 2014 were Olivia and Oliver.

Here are Victoria’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Olivia, 531 baby girls
2. Charlotte, 463
3. Mia, 432
4. Ava, 411
5. Chloe, 397
6. Sophie, 371
7. Amelia, 370
8. Emily, 357
9. Ruby, 337 (tie)
10. Ella, 337 (tie)
1. Oliver, 616 baby boys
2. William, 573
3. Jack, 550
4. Noah, 460
5. Thomas, 424
6. Lucas, 387
7. James, 382
8. Ethan, 376
9. Alexander, 335
10. Mason, 323

Ella replaces Isabella in the girls’ top 10 and Alexander replaces Joshua in the boys’ top 10.

Beyond the top 10…the girls’ top 100 includes both Mila (36th) and Milla (60th), plus the adorable Frankie (95th). The boys’ top 100 includes the conspicuously Scottish Angus (45th) and Hamish (69th), plus the ever-humble Lenny (100th).

“Among the big movers were Arya and Aria, which leapt 18 spots on the list of female names following the popularity of TV series Game of Thrones.”

Here are Victoria’s rankings from 2013 and 2012. And here are more details about Victoria’s top 100 names of 2014 from Waltzing More Than Matilda.

(Olivia and Oliver topped the England and Wales list in both 2009 and 2010, btw.)

Source: Victoria’s top 100 baby names for boys and girls in 2014

UPDATE, Jan. 2016: The rankings have changed slightly since I posted this, so I revised them. (Alexander is now top-10 and Lachlan has been bumped down to 11th.) I didn’t bother changing the text. The 2015 rankings will be up soon.