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Popularity of the Baby Name Leon


Posts that Mention the Name Leon

Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2020

Switzerland

According to data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the most popular baby names in Switzerland in 2020 were Mia and Noah.

Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Mia, 461 baby girls
  2. Emma, 407
  3. Mila, 350
  4. Emilia, 318
  5. Lina, 312 (2-way tie)
  6. Sofia, 312 (2-way tie)
  7. Elena, 266 (2-way tie)
  8. Lea, 266 (2-way tie)
  9. Alina, 256
  10. Laura, 248

Boy Names

  1. Noah, 507 baby boys
  2. Liam, 372
  3. Matteo, 359
  4. Leon, 332 (2-way tie)
  5. Luca, 332 (2-way tie)
  6. Elias, 315
  7. Gabriel, 310
  8. Ben, 267
  9. Louis, 256
  10. Aaron, 251

In the boys’ top 10, Ben and Aaron replaced Samuel and David.

In the girls’ top 10, Elena, Lea, Alina and Laura replaced Lara, Anna, Lia and Lena.

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

Top 3 Girl NamesTop 3 Boy Names
German-speakers (63%)Mia, Emilia, LinaNoah, Leon, Matteo
French-speakers (23%)Emma, Mia, MilaGabriel, Liam, Noah
Italian-speakers (8%)Sofia, Alice/Aurora (tie), EmmaLeonardo, Alessandro, Enea/Liam (tie)
Romansh-speakers (less than 1%)Daria/Laura/Lea/Lorena/Yuna (5-way tie for #1)Levin/Nic (tie), Aurelio/Flurin/Laurin/Lino/Mattia/Nevio (6-way tie for #2)

In 2019, the top names in the country overall were Mia and Liam.

Sources: Palmarès des prénoms des nouveau-nés et de la population en 2020, Vornamen der Neugeborenen

Popular Baby Names in Austria, 2020

According to Statistics Austria, the most popular baby names in the country in 2020 were Marie and Jakob.

Here are Austria’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Marie, 734 baby girls
  2. Anna, 726
  3. Emilia, 689
  4. Emma, 687
  5. Mia, 632
  6. Lena, 623
  7. Lea, 569
  8. Johanna, 532
  9. Sophia, 527
  10. Laura, 503

Boy Names

  1. Jakob, 794 baby boys
  2. David, 788
  3. Maximilian, 786
  4. Felix, 753
  5. Paul, 744
  6. Elias, 718
  7. Jonas, 683
  8. Leon, 672
  9. Lukas, 656
  10. Tobias, 609

In the girls’ top 10, Sophia replaced Valentina.

In the boys’ top 10, Tobias replaced Alexander.

In 2019, the top two names were Emma and Maximilian.

Sources: First Names of newborn babies 2020, Marie und Jakob waren 2020 die beliebtesten Babynamen

Popular Baby Names in Paris, 2020

According to Paris Data, the most popular baby names in Paris, France, in 2020 were (again) Louise and Gabriel.

Here are the city’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Louise, 208 baby girls
  2. Alice, 162
  3. Alma, 159
  4. Léa, 149
  5. Emma, 143
  6. Chloé, 141
  7. Jeanne, 140
  8. Anna, 138
  9. Rose, 136
  10. Lina, 127

Boy Names

  1. Gabriel, 312 baby boys
  2. Adam, 285
  3. Raphaël, 252
  4. Louis, 246
  5. Arthur, 242
  6. Victor, 190
  7. Mohamed, 188
  8. Joseph, 178
  9. Isaac, 175
  10. Léo, 162

In the girls’ top 10, Léa, Rose, and Lina replaced Adèle, Charlotte, and Joséphine.

In the boys’ top 10, Léo replaced Léon/Paul.

Finally, here’s a selection of names from lower down in the rankings (which, like the U.S. rankings, includes all names given to at least five babies per gender, per year).

Parisian Girl NamesParisian Boy Names
Clémence (54 girls), Aïcha (46), Capucine (38), Thaïs (36), Anaëlle (18), Salimata (16), Rym (12), Swann (7), Goundo (7), Maïwenn (6), Izïa (6), Armance (5)Côme (109 boys), Eden (61), Solal (51), Kylian (27), Orso, (17), Swann (16), Calixte (11), Sidy (8), Aliocha (8), Tidiane (8), Mylann (7), Chahine (6)

Source: Liste des prénoms – Paris Data

The 23 Children of Darejan Dadiani

Painting of Darejan Dadiani

In 1750, Georgian noblewoman Darejan Dadiani married the twice-widowed Georgian king Erekle II (who, at that time, ruled the historical region of Kartli).

From the 1750s to the early 1780s, Darejan gave birth to 23 children (though some sources say it was just 19).

Here are the names of 22 of those 23 children, listed alphabetically:

  • Alexander
  • Anastasia
  • Archil (son)
  • Beri (son)
  • Ekaterine – the Georgian form of Katherine.
  • Elene – the Georgian form of Helen.
  • Ioane – the Georgian form of John.
  • Iulon
  • Ketevan (daughter) – the Georgian form of the Persian name Katayoun.
  • Khoreshan (daughter)
  • Levan – the Georgian form of Leon.
  • Luarsab (son) – the Georgian form of the Persian name Lohrasp, which is a form of Aurvataspa, which means “swift horse” in Avestan.
  • Maryam
  • Mirian (son) – the Georgian form of the Persian name Mihran/Mehran.
  • Parnaoz/Pharnaoz (son) – the Georgian form of the Persian name Farnavaz.
  • Salome
  • Solomon
  • Sophia/Sophie
  • Soslan-David – Soslan is the name of a hero/trickster god of the Nart sagas (Caucasian mythology).
  • Tekle – the Georgian form of Thekla.
  • Teimuraz (son) – the Georgian form of the Persian name Tahmuras, which is a form of Takhma Urupi, a character in the Avesta (the Zoroastrian religious text). The name means “strong body” in Avestan.
  • Vakhtang (son) – a form of the name Warkhtanag (“wolf-bodied”), a character in the Nart sagas.

(Wikipedia says the 23rd child was a boy named Aslamaz-Khan, but I can’t find any sources to back that up.)

Darejan’s own name also has an interesting history: it comes from the literary name “Nestan-Darejan,” which was coined by Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for the name of a fictional princess in his epic poem The Knight in the Panther’s Skin (ca. 1200). The name was based on the Persian phrase nest andare jehan, meaning “unlike any other in the world” or “no such beauty in the world.” Both components — Nestan and Darejan — are now used as given names in Georgia.

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Baby Name Story: Seattle No. 3 Yukon Woodpile

Mollie Walsh

Mary “Mollie” Walsh was a young Irishwoman who operated a grub tent in the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush. She was “known among the stampeders for her beauty and cheerfulness.”

One of Mollie’s suitors* was Mike Bartlett, who ran a pack train business out of Dawson City with his brothers. She moved to Dawson and married Mike in 1898.

In August of 1900, the couple welcomed a baby boy while traveling on a steamboat. His name? Leon Edward Seattle No. 3 Yukon Woodpile Bartlett. “Leon” was Mollie’s choice, “Edward” was in honor of an uncle, and the rest of it was thrown in by Mike (and others):

Seattle No. 3 was the name of the boat on which he was born, and the crew insisted on it being a part of the name. Yukon was inserted out of deference to the icy river, and Woodpile because of the fact that on the day he was born the boat was taking on a pile of wood from a big woodpile, 73 miles above Rampart.

Poor Leon wouldn’t have his parents around for long, though. In 1901, Mollie left Mike for a packer named John Lynch. In October of 1902, after an attempted reconciliation, Mike shot and killed Mollie. In late 1903, Mike went on trial for murder, and was acquitted by reason of insanity. (The newspaper coverage of the trial noted that little Leon had “only recently succeeded in memorizing his own name.”) Finally, in 1905, Mike killed himself via hanging.

At the time of the 1910 Census, orphaned Leon was living with his uncle Edward Bartlett in Seattle. By the time Leon got married in 1931, he was living in Washington state and his occupation was “soldier.” Notably, none of the later records I found for Leon included the middle names “Seattle No. 3,” “Yukon,” or “Woodpile.”

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*Decades later, in 1930, one of Mollie’s other gold rush suitors, Jack Newman, commissioned the bronze bust of Mollie above. It’s still on display in Skagway, Alaska.