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Popularity of the Baby Name Lincoln

Number of Babies Named Lincoln

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Lincoln

Biggest Changes, Baby Boy Names, 2017

Which boy names increased the most in popularity from 2016 to 2017? And which ones decreased the most?

There are a few different ways to answer this question. The SSA, for instance, likes to look at ranking differences within the top 1,000. And I like to augment their list by looking at raw number differences across all the data.

So let’s look at increases first…

Boy Names: Biggest Increases, 2016 to 2017

Rankings

1. Wells, +504 spots
2. Kairo, +423
3. Caspian, +328
4. Nova, +323
5. Colson, +323
6. Kace, +315
7. Kashton, +302
8. Koa, +294
9. Gatlin, +282
10. Bjorn, +276

Wells was influenced by Wells Adams, a contestant from The Bachelorette. Nova may have been influenced by “all those Villanova Wildcats basketball fans naming their sons in celebration of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions.”

Raw Numbers

1. Logan, +2,748 babies
2. Maverick, +1,751
3. Ezekiel, +1,350
4. Mateo, +1,181
5. Lincoln, +1,032
6. Theodore, +1,018
7. Matias, +643
8. Leo, +642
9. Jameson, +639
10. Rowan, +637

Other names that saw raw number increases in the 300+ range included Asher, Santiago, Ezra, Rhett, Waylon, and Legend.

And now let’s check out decreases…

Boy Names: Biggest Decreases, 2016 to 2017

Rankings

1. Riaan, -421 spots
2. Kylo, -245
3. Kolby, -195
4. Urijah, -189
5. Kamdyn, -189
6. Jamar, -163
7. Giovani, -160
8. Nickolas, -155
9. Chad, -155
10. Jair, -147

The higher they climb, the harder they fall: Riaan was the fastest-rising boy name of 2015, and Kylo was the fastest-rising boy name of 2016, and now they’re both plummeting in 2017.

Raw Numbers

1. Mason, -1,728 babies
2. Michael, -1,478
3. Ethan, -1,417
4. Jacob, -1,373
5. Daniel, -1,281
6. Andrew, -1,161
7. Gabriel, -1,124
8. Anthony, -1,049
9. Matthew, -994
10. Owen, -970

Other names that saw raw number drops in the (negative) 300+ range included Aiden, Jackson, Gavin, Ryder, Jase, Hudson, and Tristan.

Do you have any explanations for the name movement above? If so, please comment!

Sources: Change in Popularity, SSA, Emma and Liam Top Social Security’s Most Popular Baby Names for 2017

Popular and Unique Baby Names in Iowa, 2016

I love that the Social Security Administration releases so much baby name data to the public. But I’ve always had mixed feelings about that 5-baby threshold for inclusion. (Due to privacy concerns, the government doesn’t release names given to fewer than 5 babies per gender, per year.)

Part of me appreciates the threshold. For instance, I like that it adds significance to the pop culture debut names I’m always posting about, as these names had to hit a certain minimum level of usage in order to register in the data.

But the other part of me? The other part just really, really wants to see those rare/crazy names at the bottom of the list.

So I get excited when I find U.S. data from an official source that does go down to single-instance usage. Up until recently, I only knew about Sonoma County and Los Angeles County, but recently I discovered that Iowa (an entire state!) also releases down-to-1 baby name data. Yay!

But before we get to the rare names, let’s look at the state of Iowa’s top baby names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 203 baby girls
2. Emma, 181
3. Charlotte, 158
4. Harper, 156
5. Ava & Evelyn, 148 each (2-way tie)
6. Amelia, 125
7. Nora, 123
8. Sophia, 112
9. Addison, 101
10. Grace, 96

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 197 baby boys
2. Owen, 178
3. William, 174
4. Wyatt, 170
5. Henry, 165
6. Liam, 159
7. Noah, 149
8. Benjamin, 148
9. Jackson, 144
10. Lincoln, 123

  • In the girls’ top 10, Addison and Grace replace Avery.
  • In the boys’ top 10, Benjamin and Lincoln replace Mason and Elijah.
  • In 2015, the top two names were Emma and Liam.

(The SSA rankings for Iowa are similar, but not exactly the same. One notable difference on is that the SSA ranks Grayson 10th on the boys list, and puts Lincoln down in 13th.)

And now for the rarities!

Iowa’s website offers interactive baby name usage graphs that include all names bestowed at least once from 2000 to 2016. Here’s a sampling:

Rare baby names in Iowa (2000-2016 total usage)
Girl Names Boy Names
Arabia (1)
Bishop (1)
Currency (1)
Dream (3)
Eros (1)
Fairy (1)
Gatsby (1)
Heritage (1)
Irish (5)
Jasper (1)
KeyEssence (1)
Lisbon (1)
Michigan (1)
Nirvana (3)
Orchid (1)
PairoDice (1)
Qy (1)
Reminisce (1)
Scully (1)
Tear (1)
Unity (4)
Veruca (1)
Windy (2)
Xanadu (1)
Yawh (1)
Zinnia (1)
Arcade (1)
Banksy (1)
Cactus (1)
Denali (2)
Elvis (18)
Fonzy (1)
Galaxy (1)
Helium (1)
Indigo (2)
Jeep (3)
Kal-El (3)
Lightning (1)
Mowgli (1)
Notorious (1)
Opttimus (1)
Player (1)
Quest (3)
Racer (3)
Sanctify (1)
Tavern (1)
Universe (1)
Vegas (1)
Winner (4)
Xyn (1)
Young-Sky (1)
Zealand (1)

If you decide to dig through the data, leave a comment and let me know what you spot!

And if you’re friends with any expectant parents in Iowa, tell those lucky ducks that they have access to full sets of baby name rankings for their state. Either send them a link to this post or to one of the pages below…

Sources: Top Baby Names – Iowa Department of Public Health, Baby Names Popularity Over Time – Iowa Department of Public Health

Popular Baby Names in Manitoba, 2017

According to Manitoba’s Vital Statistics Agency, the most popular baby names in the province last year were Olivia and Liam.

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

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 94 baby girls
2. Emily, 66
3. Ava, 60
4. Emma, 58
5. Sophia, 56
6. Abigail, 48
7. Chloe, 47 (tie)
8. Charlotte, 47 (tie)
9. Amelia, 41
10. Mia, 40

Boy Names
1. Liam, 86 baby boys
2. Noah, 79
3. Lucas, 75
4. Ethan, 65
5. Benjamin, 61
6. Lincoln, 59 (tie)
7. Logan, 59 (tie)
8. Jacob, 53 (tie)
9. Mason, 53 (tie)
10. William, 52

In the girls’ top 10, Mia replaces Hannah.

In the boys’ top 10, Lincoln and Jacob replace Alexander, Carter, and James (there was a tie for 10th the previous year).

In 2016, the top two names were the same.

These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 18.

Source: Manitoba’s most popular baby names haven’t changed

Popular & Unique Baby Names in Idaho, 2016

According to Idaho’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, the most popular baby names in the state in 2016 were Emma and Oliver.

Here are Idaho’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 123 baby girls
2. Olivia, 100
3. Harper, 88
4. Abigail, 75 (tie)
5. Evelyn, 75 (tie)
6. Charlotte, 74
7. Ava, 69
8. Emily, 65
9. Elizabeth, 62
10. Amelia, 56

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 124 baby boys
2. Liam, 108
3. Mason, 99
4. William, 96
5. Lincoln, 90
6. James, 88
7. Wyatt, 85
8. Noah, 80
9. Henry, 77
10. Owen, 74

Back in 2012, the top two names were Sophia and Liam.

And here are some of the more unusual names bestowed in Idaho recently…

Unique female names:

  • Consider, Junedarling, Moonlight, Ozzry, Travisty (used in 2016)
  • Chorus, Grizzly, Jedi, Owyhee, Vintage (used in 2015)
  • Always, Blitzen, Kamikazi, Sunrise, Trophy (used in 2014)
  • Germayonni, Jubilation, Khaotica, Masters, Starrabella (used in 2013)

Unique male names:

  • Baelfire, Forge, Geladin, Lil Weezy, Steadfast (used in 2016)
  • Anaxagoras, Gloire A Dieu, Luckybird, Osprey, Rootsimani (used in 2015)
  • Avenger, Cardigan, Eclipse, Granite, Remnant (used in 2014)
  • Branch, Cowboy, Danger, Klydesdale, Ragnar (used in 2013)

Source: Annual Reports – Idaho Vital Statistics

Popular Baby Names in Ontario, 2016

According to a recent news release from the Government of Ontario, the most popular baby names in the province in 2016 were Olivia and Benjamin.

Here are Ontario’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Olivia
2. Emma
3. Charlotte
4. Ava
5. Sophia
6. Abigail
7. Emily
8. Amelia
9. Mia
10. Isabella

Boy Names
1. Benjamin
2. Liam
3. Noah
4. Ethan
5. Lucas
6. William
7. Jacob
8. Oliver
9. James
10. Logan

The girls’ top 10 is basically the same as it was in 2015, except for the loss of Ella (which was in 10th last year, but only due to a tie for 9th).

In the boys’ top 10, Oliver and James replace Nathan (now 11th) and Mason (now 14th).

Finally, according to the news release, “Lincoln makes it in the top 20 for the first time in history of Ontario baby names.”

Sources: Benjamin and Olivia are the Top Baby Names in Ontario, Ontario’s Top 20 Baby Names for 2016