How popular is the baby name Livia in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Livia and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Livia.
Next Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, 30-year-old identical (and alliterative) triplets Leila, Liina, and Lily Luik of Estonia are expected to run the women’s marathon. This will make the “Trio in Rio,” as they call themselves, the first set of triplets to compete in an Olympics.
In comparison, about 200 sets of twins have competed in the Olympics over the years. Here are some of the Olympic twins with similarly alliterative names:
- Åke & Arne (Sweden) [not technically alliterative; see JJ’s comment]
- Catarina & Christina (Sweden)
- Darius & Donatas (Lithuania)
- Darrin & Dan (USA)
- Dennis & Duane (USA)
- Dionísio & Domingos (Portugal)
- Jean-Jacques & Jean-Marc (France)
- Jodie & Julie (Canada)
- Jules & Julian (Belgium)
- Katalin & Krisztina (Hungary)
- Katrine & Kristine (Norway)
- Lívia & Lucia (Slovakia)
- Madeline & Margaret (Puerto Rico)
- Marianne & Mildred (Netherlands)
- Sandy & Sonia (Zimbabwe)
- Malcolm “Mal” & Melville “Mel” (Jamaica)
- Mark & Michael (Canada)
- Maureen & Melanie (Netherlands)
- McJoe & McWilliams (Puerto Rico)
- Mikuláš & Miloslav (Slovakia)
- Pascal & Patrick (France)
- Paula & Peta (Bermuda)
- Paulo Miguel & Pedro Miguel (Portugal)
- Pavol & Peter (Slovakia)
- Randolph & Robert (USA)
- Rhoda & Rhona (Canada)
- Ricardo & Rodrigo (Chile)
- Sharon & Shirley (Canada)
- Stanley & Sydney (Great Britain)
- Tami & Toni (USA)
- Terry & Tom (USA)
- Valeriy & Volodymyr (Ukraine)
- Valj & Vita (Ukraine)
- Veronika & Viktoriya (Belarus)
- Vida & Vidette (South Africa)
- Zlatko & Zoran (Yugoslavia)
You can see a full list of Olympic twins in the OlympStats post Twins at the Olympics.
Have you been tuning in to the Olympics? If so, have you spotted any interesting names so far?
One thing I love about Quebec? Their yearly baby name list includes all baby names.
Not just names given to 5 or more babies, like the U.S. list. Not just names given to 3 or more babies, like the England and Wales list.
Every single name. Regardless of whether the name was given to hundreds of babies or just one.
Privacy: Who needs it! :)
Here are some stats on all those Quebec names:
- 7,921 boy names total
- 6,107 (77%) of them were given to 1 baby boy
- 7121 (90%) of them were given to 1, 2, 3 or 4 baby boys*
- 9,074 girl names total
- 6,686 (74%) of them were given to 1 baby girl
- 8058 (89%) of them were given to 1, 2, 3 or 4 baby girls*
*So, if the names given to 5+ babies in Quebec account for only about 10% of the names on the full list, and we assume baby name distribution in the U.S. is similar, the “full” U.S. lists should contain over 140,000 boy names and over 190,000 girl names.
Here are some of Quebec’s unique names (used only once):
|Baby Girl Names
||Baby Boy Names
Grace Nono Dipita
Kayla de la Caridad
Orlanel Keriane Elsa
San San Jessica
Kenny S. Phacoly
Rani’ Konhra Katste
I had my eye out for Inuit names in particular.
Among the girl names given to two babies last year, I spotted both Chaya Mushka and Katniss.
P.S. Here are the Most Popular Baby Names in Quebec for 2012.
A reader named Andrea is expecting her second daughter in May and she’d appreciate some name suggestions. Here’s what she writes:
My husband and I love unusual names that have a little bit of a retro feel (my first daughter is Edie). We’ve been trying to think of something fun and different but still feminine. A few we like: Camilla, Lina, Romi, Gia, Neve and Leigh.
Here are some other names I think they might like:
Which of the above do you like best with Edie? What other names would you suggest to Andrea?
A reader named Jamie isn’t expecting twin girls. If she were expecting twin girls, though, she and her husband wonder, “Would it be fair, suitable, weird, to name the girls Ivy and Lily?” Jamie says:
I’m not a fan of the matchy twin names – Kara and Kerri, John and Jack, but my husband and I both really like Ivy and Lily. Ivy is just a beautiful name that we love, but Lily pays tribute to his mother whose name is Lilian. Honestly we were thinking about using Liliana and shortening it to Lily. So – do Ivy and Lily qualify as matchy twin names since they are both flowers, and would it be weird for one of the girls to have a “longer more involved name” like Liliana (but shortened to Lily), and the other one just be Ivy (since I can’t think of anything Ivy would be short for).
I do think Ivy and Lily are too matchy, but it’s not because they’re both botanical. It’s because they’re both botanical, they both end with the same sound, they both have the same rhythm, they both feature the same vowels (in the same order), they both have very few letters…they’re similar in many ways. For me, that’s too close.
I think Ivy and Lily could work if they were both nicknames. Ivy could be derived from I-V names like Ivana, Ivette and Ivonne. Maybe even Olivia, Livia or Vivian. Another option would be first-middle combinations like Irene Veronica or Isabella Virginia for the initials I. V.
What’s your take on Ivy and Lily?
A reader named Claudia is expecting her first baby (gender unknown). She’s looking for a Latin or Italian baby name.
She mentions that her middle name is Elisabetta, the baby’s father is named Simon Edmond, and the baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable D-name similar to Downie.
Here are some names that I think might work:
Which of the above do you like best?
What other Latin and Italian names would you suggest to Claudia?