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Popularity of the Baby Name Lily


Posts that Mention the Name Lily

Popular and Unique Baby Names in Alberta, 2018

According to the government of Alberta, the most popular baby names in the Canadian province in 2018 were Olivia and Liam.

Here are Alberta’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 235 baby girls
2. Emma, 230
3. Charlotte, 175
4. Emily, 164
5. Ava, 161
6. Abigail, 153
7. Harper, 150
8. Sophia, 146
9. Amelia, 145
10. Elizabeth, 130

Boy Names
1. Liam, 225 baby boys
2. Oliver, 212
3. Noah, 199
4. Ethan, 188
5. Logan & Lucas, 182 each (tie)
6. Jacob, 181
7. William, 178
8. Benjamin, 176
9. Jack, 167
10. Alexander & James, 158 each (tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Harper and Elizabeth replace Isabella, Aria, Chloe and Lily.

New to the boys’ top 10 are Alexander and James. (No replacements due to ties.)

Rare baby names that were bestowed just once in Alberta last year include…

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Aleftina, Balsam, Clarenelle, Desneiges, Eulogia, Finja, Geo, Havolyn, Iracebeth, Joxerlee, Kinnitty, Lemon-Marie, Mirdza, Nesslin, Ozzlynn, Progress, Quindalyn, Rizabell, Stiorra, Tavery, Urveen, Vemia, Wichahpi, Xianelle, Yubelissa, ZenleyArchange, Beauxbandy, Chapter, Durden, Einjehl, Fristan, George-lucas, Homeostasie, Irwin, Jhelton, Krypton, Lonnie, Mycroft, Nitrix, Obasha, Pavanga, Quiel, Rhonj, Supremo, Tadmor, Untred, Valour, Wilmarion, Xylas, Yuzhi, Zackon

And a few more single-use girl names, all space-themed: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Galaxy, Universe.

Possible explanations for a few of the above:

  • Iracebeth (based on the word irascible) was the name given to the Red Queen in the 2010 Tim Burton movie Alice in Wonderland.
  • Durden was the surname of the main character in Fight Club. (I’m very surprised this one has never appeared in the U.S. data before, frankly.)
  • Mycroft Holmes was Sherlock’s older brother. Mycroft AI, “the world’s first open source assistant,” was named after Mycroft Holmes.
  • Nitrix is a brand-name bodybuilding supplement described as a “concentrated nitric oxide precursor.”
  • Rhonj happens to be the acronym for The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Could this be a Real Housewives acronym being used as a baby name?!

(I posted more of the unique Alberta names over on Patreon.)

In 2017, the top two names in Alberta were Olivia and Noah.

Sources: Alberta’s Top Baby Names, Alberta’s top baby names for 2018

P.S. There’s a free Alberta Baby Names App, if you’re interested!

Popular Baby Names in Oxfordshire, 2018

According to Oxfordshire County Council’s Registration Service, the most popular baby names in Oxfordshire, England, in 2018 were Olivia and Oliver.

Here are Oxfordshire’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Olivia
2. Isabella
3. Amelia
4. Florence
5. Lily
6. Evelyn
7. Isla
8. Emilia
9. Sophie
10. Ava

Boy Names
1. Oliver
2. George
3. Oscar
4. Jacob
5. William
6. Jack
7. Benjamin
8. Joshua
9. Charlie
10. Henry

In the girls’ top 10, Evelyn, Emilia, and Sophie replace Poppy, Emily, and Evie.

In the boys’ top 10, William, Joshua, and Charlie replace Arthur, Alfie, and Muhammed.

The registrar also made note of the rise in hyphenated first names (for the second year in a row, actually).

In 2017, the top names in the county were Lily and Oliver.

Source: Oxfordshire’s most popular baby names revealed

P.S. Did you know that the Oxfordshire government offers naming ceremonies to residents? Pretty cool.

The Names of Freddie Mercury’s Cats

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Freddie Mercury loved cats and owned quite a few. His partner of seven years, Jim Hutton, said that “Freddie treated the cats like his own children.”

So what were the names of his many cats? Freddie’s assistant Peter Freestone (who worked for the Queen singer from 1979 until the end of his life) could remember the names of 10 of them:

  • Dorothy
  • Tiffany
  • Tom
  • Jerry
  • Delilah
  • Goliath
  • Lily
  • Miko
  • Oscar
  • Romeo

All but one — purebred Tiffany, a gift from Freddie’s former fiancée Mary Austin — came from shelters.

But Mercury’s favorite wasn’t Tiffany. It was Delilah. He wrote the song “Delilah” on the album Innuendo (1991) just for her. The lyrics even include a string of meows.

Which of the cat names above is your favorite?

Source: Let’s talk about Freddie Mercury’s cats, the highlight of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia, 2018

According to Nova Scotia’s Registry of Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names in the province in 2018 were Olivia and William.

Here are Nova Scotia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 44 baby girls
2. Sophia, 42
3. Charlotte and Emma, 38 each (tie)
4. Amelia, 34
5. Ava, 33
6. Isla, 32
7. Abigail, 31
8. Evelyn, 29
9. Sadie and Sophie, 28 each (tie)
10. Mia and Scarlett, 27 each (tie)

Boy Names
1. William, 61 baby boys
2. Benjamin, 49
3. Hunter, 41
4. Lincoln, 40
5. Jack, 38
6. Noah and Oliver, 37 each (tie)
7. Logan and Owen, 35 each (tie)
8. Ethan and Liam, 34 each (tie)
9. Lucas, 33
10. Mason, 32

In the girls’ top 10, Isla, Sadie, Sophie, and Mia replace Ella, Claire, Hannah, and Lily.

In the boys’ top 10, Mason replaces James and Alexander.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 28th.)

In 2017, the top two names were the same.

Source: This Year’s Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia

Popular Baby Names in Prince Edward Island, 2018

According to Prince Edward Island’s Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names on the island in 2018 were Charlotte and William.

Here are PEI’s top girl names and top boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 10 baby girls
2. Evelyn, 7
3. Isla, Nora, Sophia & Amelia, 6 each (4-way tie)
4. Ivy, Ellie, Claire, Emma, Julia & Lily, 5 each (6-way tie)

Boy Names
1. William, 9 baby girls
2. Lincoln, Landon, Benjamin & Jack, 8 each (4-way tie)
3. Oliver, Emmett, Samuel, James & Thomas, 7 each (5-way tie)

The top names of 2017, Ava and Liam, didn’t even make the rankings in 2018.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to mid-December.)

Source: Here are P.E.I.’s top baby names of 2018