How popular is the baby name Louise in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Louise and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Louise.
According to Open Data Paris, the most popular baby names in Paris, France, in 2016 were Louise and Gabriel.
Here are the city’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:
1. Louise, 291 baby girls
2. Emma, 209
3. Alice, 208
4. Chloé, 179
5. Jeanne, 177
6. Inès, 166
7. Sarah, 163
8. Léa, 157
9. Charlotte, 145
10. Anna, 141
1. Gabriel, 370 baby boys
2. Adam, 353
3. Raphaël, 340
4. Louis, 275
5. Arthur, 247
6. Paul, 203
7. Alexandre, 197 (tie)
8. Victor, 197 (tie)
9. Mohamed, 184
10. Joseph, 175
The #1 names in 2015 were also Louise and Gabriel (…and Adam, tied with Gabriel).
In the girls’ top 10, Léa and Charlotte replace Adèle and Juliette.
In the boys’ top 10, Joseph replaces Jules.
Source: Open Data Paris (via Maybe it is Daijirou)
Another batch of long unusual-but-real names:
- Eulavelle: Eulavelle Lee Drake was born in California in 1913.
- Henderina: Botanist/cinematographer Henderina “Rina” Victoria Scott was born in England in 1862.
- Hurieosco: Hurieosco Austill was born in Alabama in 1841.
- Jacquemin: Jacquemin, brother of Jeanne d’Arc, was born in France in the early 15th century.
- Jettabee: Radio scriptwriter Jettabee Ann Hopkins was born in Nebraska in 1905.
- Lianella: Film actress Lianella Carell was born in Italy in 1927.
- Limbania: St. Limbania was born in Cyprus in the 13th century. The Philadelphia Art Museum has a painting of Saint Limbania (1725).
- Lodusky: Lodusky Jerusha Taylor was born in Minnesota in 1856. (According to Cleveland Kent Evans, the name Lodusky was derived from the literature name Lodoïska, which may have been inspired by Louise. The title character in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book Lodusky (1877) went by the nickname “Dusk.”)
- Marjabelle: Etiquette expert Marjabelle Young Stewart was born in Iowa in 1924.
- Marmaduke: Shipping magnate Marmaduke Furness was born in England in 1883.
- McKaskia: McKaskia Stearns Bonnifield was born in West Virginia in 1833.
- Mellcene: Mellcene Thurman Smith was born in Missouri in 1872.
- Minervina: Minervina was the first wife of Constantine the Great during the early 4th century.
Which of the above do you like best?
According to data from Statistics Belgium, the country’s most popular baby names in 2014 were Emma and Louis.
Here are Belgium’s top 10 baby names:
1. Emma, 645 baby girls
2. Louise, 596
3. Olivia, 538
4. Elise, 437
5. Alice, 428
6. Juliette, 404
7. Mila, 400
8. Lucie, 389
9. Marie, 383
10. Camille, 366
1. Louis, 613 baby boys
2. Arthur, 606
3. Noah, 586
4. Lucas, 572
5. Liam, 561
6. Adam, 543
7. Victor, 487
8. Jules, 468
9. Mohamed, 461
10. Nathan, 450
In the girls’ top 10, Mila and Camille replace Lina and Ella. In the boys’ top 10, Victor replaces Mathis.
Emma and Louis were also the top names in 2014.
Here are the top names within each of the three regions:
(58% of Belgians)
(32% of Belgians)
Language: mostly French
(10% of Belgians)
I find it interesting that Olivia, the 3rd-most-popular baby girl name in the country overall, didn’t hit the top 5 in any of the three regions. It came in 6th in both Flanders and Wallonia and 11th in Brussels.
Source: Voornamen meisjes en jongens – Statistics Belgium
Nope, this isn’t a post about a pink smoothies. “Feminine blend” was a phrase Henry Louis (H. L.) Mencken used in his 1921 book The American Language to describe a female name created by blending two other names together. Here are the feminine blends he lists:
(Addie + Lloyd)
(Addison + Nellie)
(Adrienne + Belle)
(Ardelia + Wilhelmina)
(Elizabeth + Christine)
(Birdie + Pauline)
(Charles + Pauline)
(Leila + Elizabeth)
(Luna + Nettie)
(Marjorie + Henrietta)
(May + Elizabeth)
(Ola + Isabel)
(Olive + Louise)
(Romeo + Juliette)
(Rose + Bella)
If you had to use one of the above in real life, which one would you choose?
Source: H. L. Mencken. The American Language. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1921.
According to Open Data Paris, the most popular baby names in Paris, France, in 2015 were Louise and Adam/Gabriel (tie).
Here are the city’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Louise, 293 baby girls
2. Alice, 244
3. Chloé, 206
4. Emma, 178
5. Inès, 175
6. Sarah, 174
7. Jeanne, 173
8. Anna, 160
9. Adèle, 155
10. Juliette, 149
1. Adam, 355 baby boys (tie)
2. Gabriel, 355 (tie)
3. Raphaël, 320
4. Paul, 260
5. Louis, 256
6. Arthur, 245
7. Alexandre, 226
8. Victor, 208
9. Jules, 205
10. Mohamed, 185
In the girls’ top 10, Anna and Juliette replace Camille and Lina.
In the boys’ top 10, Jules replaces Maxime (now down in 15th).
The prénom mixte (unisex name) Charlie saw a dual-gender decline in 2015, “probably due to the association with the attacks in Charlie Hebdo in January.”
- 2015: 29 girls and 6 boys named Charlie in Paris
- 2014: 71 girls and 35 boys named Charlie in Paris
- 2013: 75 girls and 37 boys named Charlie in Paris
Like the SSA data, the Paris data includes names used as seldom as 5 times per year. Here are some of the names from the bottom of the Paris rankings:
|Uncommon Girl Names
||Uncommon Boy Names
Cléa, Clothilde, Dyna, Isée, Jane, Mélisande, Ornella, Romaïssa, Tasnime, Wendy
Demba, Ezio, Foucauld, Harold, Idrissa, Massyl, Sixte, Tidiane, Vianney, Yaya
Slightly higher up on the girls’ side I spotted Armance, used 6 times. It’s both a river in France and a romance novel by French writer Stendhal (born Marie-Henri Beyle).
Sources: Open Data Paris – Liste des prénoms 2004 à 2015, Les prénoms les plus donnés à Paris en 2015
Jessie Jensen published her annual Mormon baby names post a few weeks ago. Some highlights:
- Dallin/Dallen, tied for “Most Mormon name.” Dallin H. Oaks is a prominent member of the LDS church and a former president of BYU.
- Rexalyn: “Ask your doctor if Rexalyn™ is right for you.”
- Roczen, which has popped up in Australia recently as well. The influence is probably German motorcycle racer Ken Roczen.
- Tannin, the “Absolute Worst Name This Year” thanks to the Biblical sea monster association. (For what it’s worth, I thought Zoei was worse.)
One commenter mentioned the historical Malan family of Ogden, Utah. Most of the 16 children were given alphabetical names:
- Alexis Bartholomew (b. 1873)
- Claudius Daniel (b. 1875)
- Ernest Francis (b. 1876)
- Jeremiah (b. 1878)
- Gideon Highly (b. 1879)
- Inez Jane (b. 1881)
- Kit (b. 1883)
- Lawrence Maxwell (b. 1884)
- Nahum Oscar (b. 1886)
- Parley Quince (b. 1888)
- Ray Stephen (b. 1890)
- Teresa Una (b. 1890)
- Verna Winona (b. 1893)
- X Y Zella (b. 1895)
- Benjamin (b. 1896)
- Louise Pauline (b. 1898)
Another commenter mentioned an aunt “named OE, it was pronounced oh-EEE, just like the letters,” who was born in Utah in early 1900s. (Reminds me of Io.)
Have you come across any interesting Mormon names lately?
A 33-year-old London man, formerly called Simon Smith, officially changed his name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger in late February.
He admitted that the decision was “the culmination of probably too many drinks in the pub,” but doesn’t regret it. He now signs all his work emails “B. D. Cheeseburger.”
His fiancée Isabella, on the other hand, is not pleased with the change. He says she’s “fairly reluctant about marrying a Cheeseburger.”
Notably, a record-breaking 85,000 people changed their name in the UK last year.
Louise Bowers, of the UK Deed Poll Service, said: “One man changed his name to Happy Birthday. It gave us a chuckle but if that is what they want to do, it’s their choice.”
She added: “Some people simply don’t like their original name — we’ve changed Cock to Cox and Smellie to Smiley.”
If you’re a UK resident ready for a name change, the process is both easy and inexpensive — just make a deed poll, which is free, then “enroll” the new name at the Royal Courts of Justice, which costs £36 (in U.S. dollars, a bit over $50).
Sources: Meet Mr Bacon Double Cheeseburger, North London man changes name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger by deed poll, ‘Why I changed my name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger’