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The Top Baby Names in Maryland in 2011?

Maryland’s Open Data website includes a single table of Maryland baby name rankings (2011) broken down by race/ethnic group. This is cool because New York City does the exact same breakdown, and we happen to have the equivalent NYC baby name rankings (2011). So we ought to be able to compare and contrast the two sets of rankings, right?

Yeah, that’s what I thought…until I started looking more closely at Maryland’s data.

According to the SSA, these were the top 10 boy names in Maryland in 2011:

  1. Mason
  2. Jacob
  3. Michael
  4. Ethan
  5. Ryan
  6. William
  7. Alexander
  8. Noah
  9. Daniel
  10. Aiden (tied for 10th)
  11. Jayden (tied for 10th)

But according to the state of Maryland, the top 10 boy names were quite different:

Rank OVERALL Asian &
Pacific Isl.
Black Hispanic White
1 Aiden Aiden Jaiden Christopher Lucas
2 Christopher Lucas Aiden Anthony Mason
3 Jayden Alexander Christopher John Jackson
4 Mason Muhammed Cameron Alexander Jacob
5 Lucas Ethan Elijah Daniel John
6 Jacob Nathan Jeremy Matthew Aiden
7 Alexander John Michael Brian Alexander
8 Nathan Andrew Isaiah Justin Liam
9 Michael Justin Mason Jaiden William
10 Ethan Jacob Caleb Kevin Ryan

It isn’t totally implausible that Aiden and Jayden might have ranked 1st and 3rd in 2011, but Christopher in 2nd? Maybe if this were a dataset from thirty years ago, but not five years ago. The SSA indicates that Christopher ranked closer to 18th in the state that year.

And what’s with the two different spellings of Jayden/Jaiden?

Plus there are some sizable raw number discrepancies, such as:

  • Aiden: 588 babies (MD data) vs. 281 babies (SSA data for MD)
  • Christopher: 584 babies (MD data) vs. 256 babies (SSA data for MD)
  • Jayden: 498 babies (MD data) vs. 281 babies (SSA data for MD)
  • Mason: 463 babies (MD data) vs. 432 babies (SSA data for MD)

And now the girl names. According to the SSA, these were the top 10 girl names in Maryland in 2011:

  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Isabella
  4. Madison
  5. Ava
  6. Emma
  7. Abigail
  8. Chloe
  9. Emily
  10. Elizabeth

According to the state of Maryland, though, the top 10 girl names in the state were these:

Rank OVERALL Asian &
Pacific Isl.
Black Hispanic White
1 Sophia Sophia Chloe Sophia Sophia
2 Isabel Chloe London Emily Isabel
3 Chloe Isabel Layla Allison Abigail
4 Ava Caitlin/Kate Madison Isabel Olivia
5 Madison Hannah Kennedy Ashley Ava
6 Olivia Olivia Aaliyah Angelina Riley
7 Emily Sara(h) McKenzie Natalie Madison
8 McKenzie Abigail Zoe(y) Genesis Emily
9 Abigail Emily Payton Gabrielle McKenzie
10 Riley Lillian/Lily Taylor Kimberly Chloe

Not only does Isabel magically replace Isabella in the Maryland data, but McKenzie and Riley rank 8th and 10th — even though the SSA says they should be closer to 77th (!) and 28th.

Not to mention the raw number discrepancies, such as:

  • Sophia: 503 babies (MD data) vs. 367 babies (SSA data for MD)
  • McKenzie: 325 babies (MD data) vs. 71 babies (SSA data for MD)
  • Riley: 298 babies (MD data) vs. 118 babies (SSA data for MD)

Intriguing parallels between the MD data and the NYC data do exist. In both locations, Elijah and Isaiah were in the top 10 for African-American boys only, and London, Aaliyah, and Taylor were in the top 10 for African-American girls only.

But if we can’t trust the data, we can’t draw any meaningful conclusions.

Labels like “Caitlin/Kate,” “Sara(h),” “Zoe(y)” and “Lillian/Lily” suggest that variant names were combined here and there. I suspect this is also what happened with Isabel/Isabella, Sophia/Sofia, Aiden, Jayden, MacKenzie, Riley, and maybe even Christopher (perhaps Maryland merged all the “Chris-” names). What are your thoughts on this?


Popular Girl Names: Biblical vs. Non-Biblical

The ratio of Biblical names to non-Biblical names in the girl’s top 20 is about the same today as it was 100 years ago, though the ratio did change a bit mid-century.

(In contrast, there’s been a steady increase in the number of Biblical-origin names among the top boy names.)

Here’s the color-coded table — Biblical names are in the yellow cells, non-Biblical names are in the green cells, and several borderline names (which I counted as non-Biblical) are in the orange cells:

Popular girl names: Biblical vs. non-Biblical, from Nancy's Baby Names.
Popular girl names over time: Biblical (yellow) vs. non-Biblical. Click to enlarge.
  • Biblical names: Abigail, Anna, Betty (via Elizabeth), Chloe, Danielle, Deborah, Debra, Elizabeth, Hannah, Isabella (via Elizabeth), Janet, Jean, Joan, Judith, Judy, Julie, Lillian (via Elizabeth), Lisa (via Elizabeth), Lois, Marie, Marilyn, Mary, Mia (via Maria), Michelle, Nancy (via Anne), Rachel, Rebecca, Ruth, Sandra (via Alexander), Sarah, Sharon, Stephanie, Susan, Tammy (via Tamar/Tamara)
  • Non-Biblical names: Alexis, Alice, Alyssa, Amanda, Amber, Amelia, Amy, Angela, Ashley, Aubrey, Avery, Barbara, Brenda, Brianna, Brittany, Carol, Carolyn, Catherine, Charlotte, Christina, Christine, Crystal, Cynthia, Diane, Donna, Doris, Dorothy, Edna, Ella, Emily, Emma, Evelyn, Florence, Frances, Gladys, Grace, Harper, Heather, Helen, Irene, Jennifer, Joyce, Karen, Kathleen, Kayla, Kelly, Kimberly, Laura, Lauren, Linda, Lori, Louise, Madison, Margaret, Marjorie, Megan, Melissa, Mildred, Natalie, Nicole, Olivia, Pamela, Patricia, Rose, Shannon, Shirley, Sofia, Sophia, Taylor, Tiffany, Victoria, Virginia
  • Borderline names:
    • Ava (could be based on the Germanic root avi or the Biblical name Eve)
    • Jessica (literary invention, but Shakespeare may have based it on the Biblical name Iscah)
    • Samantha (possibly inspired by the Biblical name Samuel)

Again, feels pretty weird to put overtly Christian names like Christina and Christine in the non-Biblical category, but oh well.

Here are the year-by-year tallies:

Year Top 20 names
given to…
# Biblical # Non-Biblical
1914 31% of baby girls 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
1924 31% of baby girls 7 (35%) 13 (65%)
1934 32% of baby girls 9 (45%) 11 (55%)
1944 35% of baby girls 8 (40%) 12 (60%)
1954 34% of baby girls 9 (45%) 11 (55%)
1964 24% of baby girls 9 (45%) 11 (55%)
1974 24% of baby girls 8 (40%) 12 (60%)
1984 26% of baby girls 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
1994 19% of baby girls 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
2004 14% of baby girls 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
2014 12% of baby girls 5 (25%) 15 (75%)

Just like with the boy names, though, there’s a big difference between the 1914 and 2014 sample sizes — 31% and 12%. So let’s also look at the 2014 top 100, which covers 31% of female births.

By my count, last year’s top 100 girl names were about a quarter Biblical, three-quarters non-Biblical:

Biblical names (27) Non-Biblical/Borderline names (73)
Isabella (via Elizabeth), Mia (via Maria), Abigail, Elizabeth, Chloe, Addison (via Adam), Lillian (via Elizabeth), Hannah, Anna, Leah, Gabriella, Sadie (via Sarah), Sarah, Annabelle, Madelyn (via Magdalene), Lucy (via Lucius), Alexa (via Alexander), Genesis, Naomi, Eva, Lydia, Julia, Khloe, Madeline (via Magdalene), Alexandra, Gianna (via Joanna), Isabelle (via Elizabeth) Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Emily, Madison, Charlotte, Harper, Sofia, Avery, Amelia, Evelyn, Ella, Victoria, Aubrey, Grace, Zoey, Natalie, Brooklyn, Lily, Layla, Scarlett, Aria, Zoe, Samantha, Audrey, Ariana, Allison, Savannah, Arianna, Camila, Penelope, Claire, Aaliyah, Riley, Skylar, Nora, Hailey, Kaylee, Paisley, Kennedy, Ellie, Peyton, Caroline, Serenity, Aubree, Alexis, Nevaeh, Stella, Violet, Mackenzie, Bella, Autumn, Mila, Kylie, Maya, Piper, Alyssa, Taylor, Eleanor, Melanie, Faith, Katherine, Brianna, Ashley, Ruby, Sophie, London, Lauren, Alice, Vivian, Hadley, Jasmine

Faith, Grace, Angela, Nevaeh, Natalie…all technically non-Biblical.

27%-73% is remarkably similar to both 25%-75% (smaller 2014 sample) and 30%-70% (1914 sample).

So here’s the question of the day: If you had to choose all of your children’s names from either one group or the other — Biblical names or non-Biblical names — which group would you stick to, and why?

Popular Baby Names in the Czech Republic, 2014

According to data from the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, the most popular baby names in the country in 2014 were Eliška and Jakub.

Here are the Czech Republic’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Eliška, 2,332 baby girls
2. Tereza, 1,900
3. Anna, 1,708
4. Adéla, 1,535
5. Natálie, 1,386
6. Sofie, 1,180
7. Kristýna, 1,164
8. Karolína, 1,140
9. Viktorie, 1,086
10. Barbora, 1,078
1. Jakub, 2,902 baby boys
2. Jan, 2,659
3. Tomáš, 2,033
4. Adam, 1,861
5. Matyáš, 1,660
6. Filip, 1,601
7. Vojtěch, 1,591
8. Ondřej, 1,552
9. David, 1,526
10. Lukáš, 1,493

Here are some of the names bestowed only one time last year (genders mixed): Amapola, Airila Luna, Arizona, Arlindi, Atella, Cveta, Dezider, Edett Denny, Eloy Buffalo, Enerona, Felixa, Fljorim, Gaffar, George Albert London, Heliodor Jan, Kleopatra, Kordula, Latoya, Loveday, Lumi, Manu, Marco Willebrordus, Mariola, Mladen, Nellie Ellen, Neuvedeno, Renagi, Sini Merilla, Skrollan, Spartakus, Taavetti Sage, Tarquino, Thoriq, Vandula, Velen, Wyatt, Ylvie, Zaki Jones.

Source: ŽEBŘÍČEK: Toto jsou nejoblíbenější jména dětí v Česku za rok 2014

Popular Baby Names in Virginia, 2013

You may already know that the City of New York breaks down its baby name rankings by race/ethnicity, but did you know that the state of Virginia does this as well?

According to data from Virginia’s Department of Health, the most popular baby names overall in Virginia in 2013 were Emma and William.

Here are Virginia’s top 5 girl names and boy names (overall):

Girl Names, overall Boy Names, overall
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Sophia
4. Ava
5. Abigail
1. William
2. Noah
3. Liam
4. Mason
5. Jacob

Here are the top 5 girl names and boy names for white babies only:

Girl Names, white Boy Names, white
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Sophia
4. Abigail
5. Charlotte
1. William
2. Liam
3. Jackson
4. James
5. Noah

Here are the top 5 girl names and boy names for black babies only:

Girl Names, black Boy Names, black
1. Aaliyah
2. London
3. Madison
4. Serenity
5. Ava
1. Elijah
2. Jeremiah
3. Josiah
4. Jayden
5. Aiden

And here are the top 5 girl names and boy names for Hispanic babies only:

Girl Names, Hispanic Boy Names, Hispanic
1. Genesis
2. Sophia
3. Isabella
4. Ashley
5. Mia
1. Daniel
2. Christopher
3. Jacob
4. Anthony
5. David

Virginia welcomes about 100,000 babies annually. I’m not sure about the birthrate within each racial/ethnic group, but the US Census Bureau says that the population of Virginia is roughly 70% white, 20% black, and 8% Hispanic.

Source: Your Health: William and Emma top Va. baby names, Virginia QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau

Letter by Letter: Popular Baby Girl Names, 2013

popular baby girl names, letter by letter, in 2013

Wondering what the most popular K-names for baby girls are? How about R-names?

Below are the 10 most popular girl names for each letter, A through Z. (The parenthetical notations show how the current rankings differ from the 2012 rankings.)

The four new #1 names that emerged in 2013 were Charlotte, which replaced Chloe, Delilah, which replaced Destiny, Harper, which replaced Hannah, and Lillian, which replaced Lily.

A-Names

1. Ava, 15129 baby girls
2. Abigail, 12313
3. Avery, 9121
4. Amelia, 7979 (was 6th)
5. Aubrey, 7927
6. Addison, 7677 (was 4th)
7. Audrey, 5567 (was 11th)
8. Allison, 5405 (was 9th)
9. Anna, 5315 (was 7th)
10. Aaliyah, 5195 (was 8th)

Out of the top 10: Alexis, now ranked 13th.

B-Names

1. Brooklyn, 6837 baby girls
2. Bella, 4135 (was 3rd)
3. Brianna, 3869 (was 2nd)
4. Bailey, 2993
5. Brooke, 2736
6. Brielle, 2674
7. Brooklynn, 2140
8. Brynn, 1478
9. Brynlee, 1175 (was 11th)
10. Bianca, 1048

Out of the top 10: Briana, now ranked 13th.

C-Names

1. Charlotte, 9232 baby girls (was 2nd)
2. Chloe, 8714 (was 1st)
3. Camila, 5127 (was 4th)
4. Claire, 4626 (was 3rd)
5. Caroline, 3955
6. Cora, 2569 (was 7th)
7. Clara, 2486 (was 6th)
8. Catherine, 1840
9. Cecilia, 1430
10. Callie, 1404

Charlotte became the new #1 C-name in 2013.

D-Names

1. Delilah, 2324 baby girls (was 2nd)
2. Destiny, 2277 (was 1st)
3. Daisy, 1620
4. Daniela, 1433
5. Delaney, 1265 (was 7th)
6. Danielle, 1220 (was 5th)
7. Diana, 1171 (was 6th)
8. Daniella, 1090 (was 9th)
9. Dakota, 1074 (was 8th)
10. Daphne, 770

Delilah became the new #1 D-name in 2013.

E-Names

1. Emma, 20788 baby girls
2. Emily, 13044
3. Elizabeth, 9345
4. Ella, 8370
5. Evelyn, 7616
6. Ellie, 3739
7. Eva, 3386
8. Eleanor, 2986
9. Eliana, 2584 (was 10th)
10. Elena, 2371 (was 9th)

F-Names

1. Faith, 3349 baby girls
2. Fiona, 1625
3. Finley, 1089 (was 3rd)
4. Fatima, 1036 (was 4th)
5. Francesca, 711 (was 6th)
6. Fernanda, 583 (was 5th)
7. Felicity, 493 (was 8th)
8. Farrah, 451 (was 7th)
9. Frances, 401
10. Freya, 279 (was 13th)

Out of the top 10: Faye, now ranked 11th.

G-Names

1. Grace, 7296 baby girls
2. Gabriella, 5173
3. Genesis, 4280
4. Gianna, 3416
5. Gabrielle, 2188
6. Gracie, 1924
7. Giselle, 1559
8. Genevieve, 1445 (was 9th)
9. Gabriela, 1438 (was 8th)
10. Georgia, 1250 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Giuliana, now ranked 11th.

H-Names

1. Harper, 8222 baby girls (was 2nd)
2. Hannah, 7222 (was 1st)
3. Hailey, 4994
4. Hadley, 2807
5. Hazel, 2039
6. Hayden, 1674 (was 7th)
7. Harmony, 1602 (was 8th)
8. Haley, 1396 (was 6th)
9. Hope, 1359
10. Heaven, 982 (was 11th)

Harper became the new #1 H-name in 2013.

Out of the top 10: Haylee, now ranked 11th.

I-Names

1. Isabella, 17490 baby girls
2. Isabelle, 2729
3. Isabel, 2317
4. Ivy, 2079 (was 5th)
5. Isla, 1900 (was 6th)
6. Izabella, 1769 (was 4th)
7. Iris, 1238
8. Itzel, 697 (was 9th)
9. Imani, 622 (was 8th)
10. Isis, 496

J-Names

1. Julia, 3715 baby girls
2. Jocelyn, 3133 (was 3rd)
3. Jasmine, 3024 (was 2nd)
4. Jade, 2570
5. Jordyn, 2371
6. Juliana, 2085 (was 7th)
7. Josephine, 1996 (was 8th)
8. Jessica, 1935 (was 6th)
9. Jayla, 1822 (was 10th)
10. Julianna, 1685 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Jennifer, now ranked 11th.

K-Names

1. Kaylee, 5079 baby girls
2. Kylie, 4003 (was 3rd)
3. Kennedy, 3932 (was 6th)
4. Katherine, 3693
5. Khloe, 3654 (was 2nd)
6. Kayla, 3236 (was 5th)
7. Kimberly, 3084
8. Kendall, 2504
9. Kaitlyn, 2361
10. Katelyn, 2126

L-Names

1. Lillian, 7017 baby girls (was 2nd)
2. Lily, 6935 (was 1st)
3. Layla, 6440
4. Leah, 5554
5. Lucy, 3914
6. London, 3430 (was 7th)
7. Lauren, 3330 (was 6th)
8. Lydia, 3220
9. Liliana, 2597 (was 10th)
10. Lilly, 2586 (was 9th)

Lillian became the new #1 L-name in 2013.

M-Names

1. Mia, 13066 baby girls
2. Madison, 10529
3. Mackenzie, 3990 (was 6th)
4. Madelyn, 3908 (was 4th)
5. Maya, 3783 (was 3rd)
6. Mila, 3661 (was 13th)
7. Melanie, 3455
8. Madeline, 3348 (was 10th)
9. Makayla, 3258 (was 5th)
10. Morgan, 3094 (was 8th)

Out of the top 10: Molly, now ranked 11th.

N-Names

1. Natalie, 7430 baby girls
2. Nevaeh, 4716
3. Nora, 3482 (was 4th)
4. Naomi, 3400 (was 3rd)
5. Nicole, 3325
6. Natalia, 2613
7. Norah, 1715
8. Nina, 1100
9. Noelle, 1066 (was 10th)
10. Nyla, 1025 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Nadia, now ranked 11th.

O-Names

1. Olivia, 18256 baby girls
2. Olive, 1086
3. Oakley, 272
4. Ophelia, 184
5. Opal, 123
6. Oaklee, 110 (was 9th)
7. Olyvia, 100 (was 6th)
8. Oriana, 75 (was 16th)
9. Octavia, 73 (was 8th)
10. Orianna, 68 (was 17th)

Out of the top 10: Olga, now ranked 13th, and October, now 20th.

(Oriana/Orianna probably got a boost from Ariana.)

P-Names

1. Peyton, 4539 baby girls
2. Penelope, 4258 (was 6th)
3. Paisley, 3584 (was 4th)
4. Piper, 3159 (was 2nd)
5. Payton, 2597 (was 3rd)
6. Paige, 2560 (was 5th)
7. Presley, 1619
8. Paris, 1229
9. Parker, 1195 (was 10th)
10. Phoebe, 1050 (was 9th)

Q-Names

1. Quinn, 2634 baby girls
2. Quincy, 128
3. Queen, 126
4. Queenie, 37 (was 5th)
5. Quetzalli, 36 (was 4th)
6. Quorra, 35
7. Quinley, 31 (was 9th)
8. Quinlan, 29 (was 7th)
9. Quincey, 28 (was 8th)
10. Quetzaly, 26 (was 14th)

Out of the top 10: Quinlyn, now ranked 12th.

R-Names

1. Riley, 4902 baby girls
2. Ruby, 3269 (was 3rd)
3. Reagan, 3020 (was 2nd)
4. Rylee, 2878
5. Rachel, 2271 (was 6th)
6. Reese, 2052 (was 5th)
7. Rebecca, 1773
8. Ryleigh, 1709
9. Rose, 1407
10. Raelynn, 1109 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Raegan, now ranked 11th.

S-Names

1. Sophia, 21075 baby girls
2. Sofia, 9108
3. Samantha, 6453
4. Savannah, 5192
5. Scarlett, 5031 (was 8th)
6. Sarah, 4635 (was 5th)
7. Sadie, 4614 (was 12th)
8. Serenity, 4412 (was 7th)
9. Stella, 3880
10. Skylar, 3764 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Sophie, now ranked 11th, and Sydney, now 12th.

T-Names

1. Taylor, 4108 baby girls
2. Trinity, 2895
3. Tessa, 1313
4. Teagan, 1211
5. Tatum, 970
6. Talia, 902 (was 7th)
7. Tiffany, 699 (was 6th)
8. Tatiana, 548 (was 9th)
9. Tiana, 540 (was 8th)
10. Tenley, 514

U-Names

1. Unique, 144 baby girls
2. Unknown, 57 (was 3rd) [not a name; used when a name is unknown]
3. Uma, 56 (was 2nd)
4. Una, 39
5. Uriah, 32 (was 6th)
6. Ursula, 29 (was 5th)
7. Unity, 20
8. Umaiza, 14
9. Urvi, 14 (was 12th)
10. Ulani, 12 (was 13th)

Out of the top 10: Urijah, now ranked 11th, and Uriyah, now 13th.

V-Names

1. Victoria, 7155 baby girls
2. Violet, 3895
3. Vivian, 2629 (was 4th)
4. Valentina, 2542 (was 6th)
5. Vanessa, 2085 (was 3rd)
6. Valerie, 1862 (was 7th)
7. Valeria, 1807 (was 5th)
8. Vivienne, 1124 (was 9th)
9. Veronica, 947 (was 8th)
10. Vera, 715 (was 11th)

Out of the top 10: Viviana, now ranked 11th.

W-Names

1. Willow, 2055 baby girls
2. Whitney, 477
3. Winter, 418 (was 5th)
4. Willa, 404 (was 3rd)
5. Wendy, 394 (was 4th)
6. Wren, 332
7. Wynter, 264
8. Whitley, 170
9. Waverly, 107 (was 10th)
10. Winnie, 105 (was 9th)

X-Names

1. Ximena, 1951 baby girls
2. Xiomara, 166
3. Xochitl, 115
4. Xitlali, 69
5. Xena, 67 (was 6th)
6. Xenia, 57 (was 7th)
7. Xitlaly, 47 (was 5th)
8. Xyla, 42
9. Xaria, 30 (was 10th)
10. Xoey, 26 (was 12th)

Out of the top 10: Xochilt, now ranked 11th.

Y-Names

1. Yaretzi, 1044 baby girls
2. Yareli, 430
3. Yamileth, 335 (was 5th)
4. Yasmin, 326 (was 3rd)
5. Yaritza, 301 (was 4th)
6. Yesenia, 237
7. Yaretzy, 228 (was 11th)
8. Yara, 207 (was 10th)
9. Yamilet, 200 (was 14th)
10. Yoselin, 196 (was 7th)

Out of the top 10: Yuliana, now ranked 11th, and Yazmin, now 13th.

Z-Names

1. Zoey, 7187 baby girls
2. Zoe, 5920
3. Zara, 625 (was 4th)
4. Zariah, 567 (was 3rd)
5. Zuri, 563 (was 6th)
6. Zoie, 427 (was 5th)
7. Zariyah, 347 (was 8th)
8. Zaniyah, 346 (was 9th)
9. Zaria, 328 (was 10th)
10. Zion, 324 (was 7th)

Here are the 2012 rankings, if you want to check them out.

U.S. Baby Names 2013: Most Popular Names, Top Girl Name Debuts, Top Boy Name Debuts, Biggest Girl Name Changes, Biggest Boy Name Changes, Top First Letters, Top Lengths, Top Girl Names by Letter, Top Boy Names by Letter, Top 1-Syllable Names

41 Pun Names for April Fools’ Day (4/1)

pun names for april fool's day, gravestonesI can’t play a prank on you for April Fools’ Day, but I can give you a list of personal names that seem like pranks.

Except, they’re not.

All of the below are legit first & last names that belonged to real people — often multiple people. (In parentheses is a rough estimate of how many I’ve come across so far.)

Which one do you think is the worst?

  1. Alma Mater (several)
  2. April Showers (dozens)
  3. Bear Trapp (one)
  4. Candy Cane (several)
  5. Cliff Hanger (several)
  6. Constant Agony (two)
  7. Constant Craps (one)
  8. Crystal Ball (dozens)
  9. Death Knox (one)
  10. Drew Peacock (dozens)
  11. Gettysburg Battle (one)
  12. Gold Mine (two)
  13. Green Bean (several)
  14. Hazel Nut/Nutt (dozens)
  15. Ima Hogg (one)
  16. Jed I Knight (one)
  17. London England (dozens)
  18. Mud Brown (three)
  19. Never Fail (two)
  20. Norman Conquest (two)
  21. North West (hundreds)
  22. Nude Mann (one)
  23. Orbit Moon (one)
  24. Orchestra Harp (one)
  25. Paris France (several)
  26. Preserved Fish (one)
  27. Pullman Carr (several), one with the middle name Palace, as in the Pullman Palace Car Company.
  28. Rainy Day (one)
  29. River Bottom (one)
  30. Rocky Mountain (dozens)
  31. Sandy Beach (dozens)
  32. Sea Shore (several)
  33. Seymour Butts (two) — not just a Bart Simpson prank call!
  34. Silence Bellows (one)
  35. Soda Popp (one)
  36. Strong Beer (one)
  37. Tell No Lyes (several)
  38. Ten Million (one), who had a daughter named Decillian Million.
  39. Timber Wood* (one), who has a sister named Drift Wood.
  40. Truly Wright (several)
  41. Tu Morrow (one)

Some of the above are also on my Unusual Name Combinations list.

Finally, don’t forget about the best April Fools’ Day name of all time, April Fool Harris!

*Reminded of this one by @jessiejensen – thanks!

[Images from Find a Grave: Constant Craps © Tonya Sapp Hames; Crystal Kay Ball © Connie Lagasse Russell; Never McNeil Fail, Sr © P Black-Avitts; Pullman P Carr © Emily; Rocky D. Mountain © Bobbi Janes; Seymour Butts © suscat.]

Gender Test: Which Girl Names Are Not Quite Girl Names?

Yesterday was the masculinity test, so today, of course, is the femininity test.

Here’s the focus question: Which girl names were given to a significant proportion of baby boys last year?

If you’re looking for a name that will clearly identify your daughter as a girl, the answer will help you avoid names that could cause gender confusion.

This year’s femininity test is even easier to understand, as I’m now using a pass/fail system. So, if a girl name was…

  • Given to baby girls at least 80% of the time, the grade is pass. (But less than 90% of the time: warning.)
  • Given to baby girls less than 80% of the time, the grade is fail.

I analyzed all of the girl names on the top 1,000 list. Of these 1,000 names, 58 failed and 31 got a warning. (Scroll down to see lists of the failed and warning names only.)

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Isabella
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Mia
9. Madison
10. Elizabeth
11. Chloe
12. Ella
13. Avery, Warning
14. Addison
15. Aubrey
16. Lily
17. Natalie
18. Sofia
19. Charlotte
20. Zoey
21. Grace
22. Hannah
23. Amelia
24. Harper
25. Lillian
26. Samantha
27. Evelyn
28. Victoria
29. Brooklyn
30. Zoe
31. Layla
32. Hailey
33. Leah
34. Kaylee
35. Anna
36. Aaliyah
37. Gabriella
38. Allison
39. Nevaeh
40. Alexis, Fail
41. Audrey
42. Savannah
43. Sarah
44. Alyssa
45. Claire
46. Taylor, Warning
47. Riley, Fail
48. Camila
49. Arianna
50. Ashley
51. Brianna
52. Sophie
53. Peyton, Fail
54. Bella
55. Khloe
56. Genesis
57. Alexa
58. Serenity
59. Kylie
60. Aubree
61. Scarlett
62. Stella
63. Maya
64. Katherine
65. Julia
66. Lucy
67. Madelyn
68. Autumn
69. Makayla
70. Kayla
71. Mackenzie
72. Lauren
73. Gianna
74. Ariana
75. Faith
76. Alexandra
77. Melanie
78. Sydney
79. Bailey
80. Caroline
81. Naomi
82. Morgan, Warning
83. Kennedy
84. Ellie
85. Jasmine
86. Eva
87. Skylar, Warning
88. Kimberly
89. Violet
90. Molly
91. Aria
92. Jocelyn
93. Trinity
94. London, Warning
95. Lydia
96. Madeline
97. Reagan
98. Piper
99. Andrea
100. Annabelle
101. Maria
102. Brooke
103. Payton, Warning
104. Paisley
105. Paige
106. Ruby
107. Nora
108. Mariah
109. Rylee
110. Lilly
111. Brielle
112. Jade
113. Destiny
114. Nicole
115. Mila
116. Kendall, Warning
117. Liliana
118. Kaitlyn
119. Natalia
120. Sadie
121. Jordyn
122. Vanessa
123. Mary
124. Mya
125. Penelope
126. Isabelle
127. Alice
128. Reese, Warning
129. Gabrielle
130. Hadley
131. Katelyn
132. Angelina
133. Rachel
134. Isabel
135. Eleanor
136. Clara
137. Brooklynn
138. Jessica
139. Elena
140. Aliyah
141. Vivian
142. Laila
143. Sara
144. Amy
145. Eliana
146. Lyla
147. Juliana
148. Valeria
149. Adriana
150. Makenzie
151. Elise
152. Mckenzie
153. Quinn, Fail
154. Delilah
155. Cora
156. Kylee
157. Rebecca
158. Gracie
159. Izabella
160. Josephine
161. Alaina
162. Michelle
163. Jennifer
164. Eden, Warning
165. Valentina
166. Aurora
167. Catherine
168. Stephanie
169. Valerie
170. Jayla
171. Willow
172. Daisy
173. Alana
174. Melody
175. Hazel
176. Summer
177. Melissa
178. Margaret
179. Kinsley
180. Kinley
181. Ariel, Warning
182. Lila
183. Giselle
184. Ryleigh
185. Haley
186. Julianna
187. Ivy
188. Alivia
189. Brynn
190. Keira
191. Daniela
192. Aniyah
193. Angela
194. Kate
195. Londyn
196. Hayden, Fail
197. Harmony
198. Adalyn
199. Megan
200. Allie
201. Gabriela
202. Alayna
203. Presley
204. Jenna
205. Alexandria
206. Ashlyn
207. Adrianna
208. Jada
209. Fiona
210. Norah
211. Emery, Warning
212. Maci
213. Miranda
214. Ximena
215. Amaya
216. Cecilia
217. Ana
218. Shelby
219. Katie
220. Hope
221. Callie
222. Jordan, Fail
223. Luna
224. Leilani
225. Eliza
226. Mckenna
227. Angel, Fail
228. Genevieve
229. Makenna
230. Isla
231. Lola
232. Danielle
233. Chelsea
234. Leila
235. Tessa
236. Adelyn
237. Camille
238. Mikayla
239. Adeline
240. Adalynn
241. Sienna
242. Esther
243. Jacqueline
244. Emerson, Fail
245. Arabella
246. Maggie
247. Athena
248. Lucia
249. Lexi
250. Ayla
251. Diana
252. Alexia
253. Juliet
254. Josie
255. Allyson
256. Addyson
257. Delaney
258. Teagan, Warning
259. Marley, Warning
260. Amber
261. Rose
262. Erin
263. Leslie
264. Kayleigh
265. Amanda
266. Kathryn
267. Kelsey
268. Emilia
269. Alina
270. Kenzie
271. Kaydence
272. Alicia
273. Alison
274. Paris
275. Sabrina
276. Ashlynn
277. Lilliana
278. Sierra
279. Cassidy
280. Laura
281. Alondra
282. Iris
283. Kyla
284. Christina
285. Carly
286. Jillian
287. Madilyn
288. Kyleigh
289. Madeleine
290. Cadence
291. Nina
292. Evangeline
293. Nadia
294. Raegan
295. Lyric, Warning
296. Giuliana
297. Briana
298. Georgia
299. Yaretzi
300. Elliana
301. Haylee
302. Fatima
303. Phoebe
304. Selena
305. Charlie, Fail
306. Dakota, Fail
307. Annabella
308. Abby
309. Daniella
310. Juliette
311. Lilah
312. Bianca
313. Mariana
314. Miriam
315. Parker, Fail
316. Veronica
317. Gemma
318. Noelle
319. Cheyenne
320. Marissa
321. Heaven
322. Vivienne
323. Brynlee
324. Joanna
325. Mallory
326. Aubrie
327. Journey
328. Nyla
329. Cali
330. Tatum, Fail
331. Carmen
332. Gia
333. Jazmine
334. Heidi
335. Miley
336. Baylee
337. Elaina
338. Macy
339. Ainsley
340. Jane
341. Raelynn
342. Anastasia
343. Adelaide
344. Ruth
345. Camryn, Warning
346. Kiara
347. Alessandra
348. Hanna
349. Finley, Fail
350. Maddison
351. Lia
352. Bethany
353. Karen
354. Kelly, Warning
355. Malia
356. Jazmin
357. Jayda
358. Esmeralda
359. Kira
360. Lena
361. Kamryn, Fail
362. Kamila
363. Karina
364. Eloise
365. Kara
366. Elisa
367. Rylie
368. Olive
369. Nayeli
370. Tiffany
371. Macie
372. Skyler, Fail
373. Addisyn
374. Angelica
375. Briella
376. Fernanda
377. Annie
378. Maliyah
379. Amiyah
380. Jayden, Fail
381. Charlee
382. Caitlyn
383. Elle
384. Crystal
385. Julie
386. Imani
387. Kendra
388. Talia
389. Angelique
390. Jazlyn
391. Guadalupe, Warning
392. Alejandra
393. Emely
394. Lucille
395. Anya
396. April
397. Elsie
398. Madelynn
399. Myla
400. Julissa
401. Scarlet
402. Helen
403. Breanna
404. Kyra
405. Madisyn
406. Rosalie
407. Brittany
408. Brylee
409. Jayleen
410. Arielle
411. Karla
412. Kailey
413. Arya
414. Sarai
415. Harley, Fail
416. Miracle
417. Kaelyn
418. Kali
419. Cynthia
420. Daphne
421. Aleah
422. Caitlin
423. Cassandra
424. Holly
425. Janelle
426. Marilyn
427. Katelynn
428. Kaylie
429. Itzel
430. Carolina
431. Bristol
432. Haven, Warning
433. Michaela
434. Monica
435. June
436. Janiyah
437. Camilla
438. Jamie, Fail
439. Rebekah
440. Audrina
441. Dayana
442. Lana
443. Serena
444. Tiana
445. Nylah
446. Braelyn, Warning
447. Savanna
448. Skye
449. Raelyn
450. Madalyn
451. Sasha
452. Perla
453. Bridget
454. Aniya
455. Rowan, Fail
456. Logan, Fail
457. Mckinley, Warning
458. Averie
459. Jaylah
460. Aylin
461. Joselyn
462. Nia
463. Hayley
464. Lilian
465. Adelynn
466. Jaliyah
467. Kassidy
468. Kaylin
469. Kadence
470. Celeste
471. Jaelyn
472. Zariah
473. Tatiana
474. Jimena
475. Lilyana
476. Anaya
477. Catalina
478. Viviana
479. Cataleya
480. Sloane
481. Courtney, Warning
482. Johanna
483. Amari, Fail
484. Melany
485. Anabelle
486. Francesca
487. Ada
488. Alanna
489. Priscilla
490. Danna
491. Angie
492. Kailyn
493. Lacey
494. Sage, Fail
495. Lillie
496. Brinley
497. Caylee
498. Joy
499. Kenley
500. Vera
501. Bailee
502. Amira
503. Aileen
504. Aspen
505. Emmalyn
506. Erica
507. Gracelyn
508. Kennedi
509. Skyla
510. Annalise
511. Danica
512. Dylan, Fail
513. Kiley
514. Gwendolyn
515. Jasmin
516. Lauryn
517. Aleena
518. Justice, Fail
519. Annabel
520. Tenley
521. Dahlia
522. Gloria
523. Lexie
524. Lindsey
525. Hallie
526. Sylvia
527. Elyse
528. Annika
529. Maeve
530. Marlee
531. Aryanna
532. Kenya
533. Lorelei
534. Selah
535. Kaliyah
536. Adele
537. Natasha
538. Brenda
539. Erika
540. Alyson
541. Braylee
542. Emilee
543. Raven
544. Ariella
545. Blakely
546. Liana
547. Jaycee
548. Sawyer, Fail
549. Anahi
550. Jaelynn
551. Elsa
552. Farrah
553. Cameron, Fail
554. Evelynn
555. Luciana
556. Zara
557. Madilynn
558. Eve
559. Kaia
560. Helena
561. Anne
562. Estrella
563. Leighton, Fail
564. Nataly
565. Whitney
566. Lainey
567. Amara
568. Anabella
569. Malaysia
570. Samara
571. Zoie
572. Amani, Warning
573. Phoenix, Fail
574. Dulce
575. Paola
576. Marie
577. Aisha
578. Harlow
579. Virginia
580. Ember
581. Regina
582. Jaylee
583. Anika
584. Ally
585. Kayden, Fail
586. Alani
587. Miah
588. Yareli
589. Journee
590. Kiera
591. Nathalie
592. Mikaela
593. Jaylynn
594. Litzy
595. Charley, Warning
596. Claudia
597. Aliya
598. Madyson
599. Cecelia
600. Liberty
601. Braelynn
602. Evie
603. Rosemary
604. Myah
605. Lizbeth
606. Giana
607. Ryan, Fail
608. Teresa
609. Ciara
610. Isis
611. Lea
612. Shayla
613. Jazlynn
614. Rosa
615. Gracelynn
616. Desiree
617. Elisabeth
618. Isabela
619. Arely
620. Mariam
621. Abbigail
622. Emersyn
623. Brenna
624. Kaylynn
625. Nova, Warning
626. Raquel
627. Dana
628. Laney
629. Laylah
630. Siena
631. Amelie
632. Clarissa
633. Lilianna
634. Lylah
635. Halle
636. Madalynn
637. Maleah
638. Sherlyn
639. Linda
640. Shiloh, Fail
641. Jessie, Fail
642. Kenia
643. Greta
644. Marina
645. Melina
646. Amiya
647. Bria
648. Natalee
649. Sariah
650. Mollie
651. Nancy
652. Christine
653. Felicity
654. Zuri
655. Irene
656. Simone
657. Amya
658. Matilda
659. Colette
660. Kristen
661. Paityn
662. Alayah
663. Janiya
664. Kallie
665. Mira
666. Hailee
667. Kathleen
668. Meredith
669. Janessa
670. Noemi
671. Aiyana
672. Aliana
673. Leia
674. Mariyah
675. Tori
676. Alissa
677. Ivanna
678. Joslyn
679. Sandra
680. Maryam
681. Saniyah
682. Kassandra
683. Danika
684. Denise
685. Jemma
686. River, Fail
687. Charleigh
688. Emelia
689. Kristina
690. Armani, Fail
691. Beatrice
692. Jaylene
693. Karlee
694. Blake, Fail
695. Cara
696. Addilyn
697. Amina
698. Ansley
699. Kaitlynn
700. Iliana
701. Mckayla
702. Adelina
703. Briley, Warning
704. Elaine
705. Lailah
706. Mercedes
707. Chaya
708. Lindsay
709. Hattie
710. Lisa
711. Marisol
712. Patricia
713. Bryanna
714. Taliyah
715. Adrienne
716. Emmy
717. Millie
718. Paislee
719. Charli
720. Kourtney
721. Leyla
722. Maia
723. Willa
724. Milan, Fail
725. Paula
726. Ayleen
727. Clare
728. Kensley
729. Reyna
730. Martha
731. Adley
732. Elianna
733. Emilie
734. Karsyn, Fail
735. Yasmin
736. Lorelai
737. Amirah
738. Aryana
739. Livia
740. Alena
741. Kiana
742. Celia
743. Kailee
744. Rylan, Fail
745. Ellen
746. Galilea
747. Kynlee
748. Leanna
749. Renata
750. Mae
751. Ayanna
752. Chanel
753. Lesly
754. Cindy
755. Carla
756. Pearl
757. Jaylin, Fail
758. Kimora
759. Angeline
760. Carlee
761. Aubri
762. Edith
763. Alia
764. Frances
765. Corinne
766. Jocelynn
767. Cherish
768. Wendy
769. Carolyn
770. Lina
771. Tabitha
772. Winter
773. Abril
774. Bryn
775. Jolie
776. Yaritza
777. Casey, Fail
778. Zion, Fail
779. Lillianna
780. Jordynn
781. Zariyah
782. Audriana
783. Jayde
784. Jaida
785. Salma
786. Diamond
787. Malaya
788. Kimber
789. Ryann
790. Abbie
791. Paloma
792. Destinee
793. Kaleigh
794. Asia
795. Demi
796. Yamileth
797. Deborah
798. Elin
799. Kaiya
800. Mara
801. Averi
802. Nola
803. Tara
804. Taryn
805. Emmalee
806. Aubrianna
807. Janae
808. Kyndall
809. Jewel
810. Zaniyah
811. Kaya
812. Sonia
813. Alaya
814. Heather
815. Nathaly
816. Shannon, Fail
817. Ariah
818. Avah
819. Giada
820. Lilith
821. Samiyah
822. Sharon
823. Coraline
824. Eileen
825. Julianne
826. Milania
827. Chana
828. Regan, Warning
829. Krystal
830. Rihanna
831. Sidney, Fail
832. Hadassah
833. Macey
834. Mina
835. Paulina
836. Rayne, Warning
837. Kaitlin
838. Maritza
839. Susan
840. Raina
841. Hana
842. Keyla
843. Temperance
844. Aimee
845. Alisson
846. Charlize
847. Kendal, Warning
848. Lara
849. Roselyn
850. Alannah
851. Alma
852. Dixie
853. Larissa
854. Patience
855. Taraji
856. Sky, Fail
857. Zaria
858. Aleigha
859. Alyvia
860. Aviana
861. Bryleigh
862. Elliot, Fail
863. Jenny
864. Luz
865. Ali, Fail
866. Alisha
867. Ayana
868. Campbell, Fail
869. Karis
870. Lilyanna
871. Azaria
872. Blair, Warning
873. Micah, Fail
874. Moriah
875. Myra
876. Lilia
877. Aliza
878. Giovanna
879. Karissa
880. Saniya
881. Emory, Fail
882. Estella
883. Juniper
884. Kairi
885. Kenna
886. Meghan
887. Abrielle
888. Elissa
889. Rachael
890. Emmaline
891. Jolene
892. Joyce
893. Britney
894. Carlie
895. Haylie
896. Judith
897. Renee
898. Saanvi
899. Yesenia
900. Barbara
901. Dallas, Fail
902. Jaqueline
903. Karma
904. America
905. Sariyah
906. Azalea
907. Everly
908. Ingrid
909. Lillyana
910. Emmalynn
911. Marianna
912. Brisa
913. Kaelynn
914. Leona
915. Libby
916. Deanna
917. Mattie
918. Miya
919. Kai, Fail
920. Annalee
921. Nahla
922. Dorothy
923. Kaylyn
924. Rayna
925. Araceli
926. Cambria
927. Evalyn
928. Haleigh
929. Thalia
930. Jakayla
931. Maliah
932. Saige
933. Avianna
934. Charity
935. Kaylen, Warning
936. Raylee
937. Tamia
938. Aubrielle
939. Bayleigh
940. Carley
941. Kailynn
942. Katrina
943. Belen
944. Karlie
945. Natalya
946. Alaysia
947. Celine
948. Milana
949. Monroe, Fail
950. Estelle
951. Meadow
952. Audrianna
953. Cristina
954. Harlee
955. Jazzlyn
956. Scarlette
957. Zahra
958. Akira
959. Ann
960. Collins, Warning
961. Kendyl
962. Anabel
963. Azariah, Fail
964. Carissa
965. Milena
966. Tia
967. Alisa
968. Bree
969. Carleigh
970. Cheyanne
971. Sarahi
972. Laurel
973. Kylah
974. Tinley
975. Kora
976. Marisa
977. Esme
978. Sloan, Fail
979. Cailyn
980. Gisselle
981. Kasey, Fail
982. Kyndal
983. Marlene
984. Riya
985. Annabell
986. Aubriana
987. Izabelle
988. Kirsten
989. Aya
990. Dalilah
991. Devyn, Fail
992. Geraldine
993. Analia
994. Hayleigh
995. Landry, Fail
996. Sofie
997. Tess
998. Ashtyn, Fail
999. Jessa
1000. Katalina

The 31 “Warning” names: Avery, Taylor, Morgan, Skylar, London, Payton, Kendall, Reese, Eden, Ariel, Emery, Teagan, Marley, Lyric, Camryn, Kelly, Guadalupe, Haven, Braelyn, Mckinley, Courtney, Amani, Charley, Nova, Briley, Regan, Rayne, Kendal, Blair, Kaylen, Collins.

The 58 “Fail” names: Alexis, Riley, Peyton, Quinn, Hayden, Jordan, Angel, Emerson, Charlie, Dakota, Parker, Tatum, Finley, Kamryn, Skyler, Jayden, Harley, Jamie, Rowan, Logan, Amari, Sage, Dylan, Justice, Sawyer, Cameron, Leighton, Phoenix, Kayden, Ryan, Shiloh, Jessie, River, Armani, Blake, Milan, Karsyn, Rylan, Jaylin, Casey, Zion, Shannon, Sidney, Sky, Elliot, Ali, Campbell, Micah, Emory, Dallas, Kai, Monroe, Azariah, Sloan, Kasey, Devyn, Landry, Ashtyn.

Here is last year’s femininity test.