after former Argentine soccer player Ricardo Gareca, who now manages Peru’s national team
Mark Zuckerberg (2)
Bo-derek (1) + Boderek (1)
Finally, Peru has put together several cool online booklets (PDFs) highlighting the names and naming practices of various indigenous groups within the country, so here’s a sampling of names from each of the booklets…
Phuyo, “bird feather”
Qhispi, “quartz, rock crystal, transparent object, mirror”
Thalutari, “calming, lulling”
Chabaka, species of toucan
Kamore, “galaxy, milky way”
Sabaro, species of parrot
Yonamine, “act of looking at you”
Esámat, “heal the wound”
Nanchíjam, “little bird that eats rice”
Púmpuk, owl species
Tíi, “hard as stone” (implies stoicism)
Kukiri, “pigeon, dove”
Nup’i, “the heat that is received from the sun’s rays”
Some explanations and/or potential influences for a few of the above:
Anangokaa means “there are (many) stars” in Ojibwe.
Arendelle is the name of a kingdom in the movie Frozen.
Brome refers to various types of grass in the genus Bromus.
Eberle — given to one girl and one boy last year — could refer to hockey player Jordan Eberle, who played with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2010s.
Fidel Castro was the revolutionary/statesman who led the island nation of Cuba for nearly five decades.
Gambit (besides being a word) is an X-Men character.
Heimdallr (besides being a Norse god) is a Marvel character.
Kikinaw means “our house/home” in Cree.
Kihêw means “eagle” in Cree.
Lunafreya is a character from the video game Final Fantasy XV.
Makisig means “elegant” or “gallant” in Tagalog.
Malësor means “highlander” in Albanian.
Nicêhis means “my little heart” or “my dear heart” in Cree.
Raistlin is a Dragonlance character.
Skadi (besides being a giantess in Norse mythology) is a character in the TV series Vikings.
Te Ahumairangi is the name of a hill in Wellington, New Zealand.
Valvatorez is a character from the video game Disgaea 4.
Waseskwan means “the sky is clearing (after a storm)” in Cree.
One other name that stood out to me is Bauer, given to 7 baby boys and 1 baby girl in 2021. I was paying close attention to the hockey playoffs this year, and I couldn’t help but notice “Bauer” everywhere — on sticks, on gloves, on helmets, etc. It makes me wonder how many of the baby Bauers out there (both in Canada and in the U.S.) have been named — either intentionally or inadvertently — after the ice hockey equipment brand.
Finally, here are the 2020 rankings for Alberta, if you’d like to compare.
According to Statistics Norway, the most popular baby names in the country last year were Nora and Noah — both of which happen to be quite similar to the name of the country itself (Norge, pronounced nor-geh).
Here are Norway’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
Nora/Norah, 409 baby girls
Noah/Noa, 402 baby boys
Aksel/Axel, 346 (3-way tie)
Emil, 346 (3-way tie)
Filip/Philip/Fillip/Phillip, 346 (3-way tie)
In the girls’ top 10, Frida replaced Emilie.
In the boys’ top 10, Isak and Aksel replaced Liam and Henrik.
Names that saw notable increases in usage include…
Girl names: Ada (9th), Alma (12th), Iben (19th), Ellie (32nd), Hedvig (38th), Mie (42nd), Mille (46th), Hermine (48th), Klara, and Noelle
Boy names: Oskar (2nd), Isak (5th), Aksel (6th), Ludvig (19th), Gustav (25th), Falk, Harald, Joel, and Luca
In the capital city, Oslo, the top names last year were Sofia and Oskar.
And the year before, in 2020, the top names in Norway were Nora and Jakob.