The emerging baby names Lucifer (“light-bearing,” i.e., the morning star) and Calcifer (“heat-bearing”) made me wonder: what other Latin-derived -fer words might make nice human names?
Here are a few possibilities…
Conifer, “cone-bearing” — as in conifer trees
Laurifer, “laurel-bearing,” i.e., triumphant
Noctifer, “night-bearing,” i.e., the evening star
(The -fer element in words like these can also be interpreted in other ways, such as “-bringing,” “-carrying,” or even “-producing.”)
So I’ve found real-world usage of most of the above (Aurifer, Conifer, Dulcifer, Laurifer, Pacifer, Stellifer, and Vinifer). For example, here’s a record for Henry Pacifer Gidley (1801-1801) of Devon, England:
Would you consider using any of these words as baby names?
Yesterday we looked at some of the latest girl name data, so today let’s check in on the 2019 boy names…
Here are the most popular boy names overall:
Liam, 20,502 baby boys
Ethan kicked Logan out of the top 10 last year. (Logan is now ranked 16th.)
The boy names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
Brooks, increased by 1,114 babies
The boy names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were…
Ermias, increased by 3360%
Ermias was the legal first name of rapper Nipsey Hussle (who died on March 31, 2019).
Sekani was the name of a young character in the film The Hate U Give (2018).
Amenadiel is a character on the TV series Lucifer.
Ezran is the name of a character on the Netflix series The Dragon Prince. (Ezran debuted in the data in 2018, the year the show started airing.)
Taysom Hill is a professional football player with the New Orleans Saints.
Here are the boy names that debuted most impressively in the 2019 data:
Armias, debuted with 54 baby boys
Armias and Sakani are spelling variants of Ermias and Sekani (above).
Izhaan is a celebrity baby: Izhaan Mirza Malik was born in October of 2018 to Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
Jardani could be from Jardani Jovonovich, the “real” name of popular movie character John Wick…?
The boy names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
Logan, decreased by 1,911 babies
The boy names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were Nomar and Gianlucas (tied at -73%), and the boy name that saw the steepest drop off the list was Stephano (from 21 babies in 2018 to fewer than 5 in 2019).
If you can explain any of these rises (or drops), please leave a comment!
I’m going to summarize the data in just two posts this year — one for girls, one for boys. Let’s start with the ladies…
Here are the most popular girl names overall:
Olivia, 18,451 baby girls
These same ten names were in the 2018 top ten as well.
The girl names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
Alaia, increased by 1,072 babies
The girl names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were…
Yalitza, increased by 1490%
Yalitza was no doubt influenced by Roma (2018) actress Yalitza Aparicio, and Mazikeen comes from the character Mazikeen Smith in the TV series Lucifer.
Here are the girl names that debuted most impressively in the 2019 data:
Adeya, debuted with 22 baby girls
Adeya, Kulture and Kaavia are all celebrity babies: Adeya is the daughter of Kehlani, Kulture is the daughter of Cardi B and Offset, and Kaavia is the daughter of Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade.
Kayslin and Chevel come from two contestants (Kayslin Victoria and Chevel Shepherd) on The Voice.
Malaynah is a young female rapper (who earned a coveted IG repost from the aforementioned Cardi B in 2018).
Sakani was likely inspired by Sekani, the name of a character (a little boy) in the 2018 film The Hate U Give.
Akyli must come from Akyli Maze, one of the children of Joe Lee and Alena Maze — YouTube influencers who create content under the name MAZELEE. (The baby name Mazelee debuted last year as well — not surprising at all, given how close it is to the popular Paisley.)
The girl names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
Emma, decreased by 1,655 babies
The girl name that saw the largest decrease in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies was Anifer (-86%), and the girl name that saw the steepest drop off the list was Marionna (from 21 babies in 2018 to fewer than 5 in 2019).
If you can explain any of the rises (or drops), please leave a comment!
Betty: The baby girl born to actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in October of 2019 was named Betty, as revealed by the recent Taylor Swift song “Betty.” (US Weekly)
Lucifer: A baby boy born in the UK earlier this year was finally named Lucifer after parents Dan and Mandy Sheldon had an argument with the registrar. (Extra.ie)
Olympia Lightning (Bolt): The baby girl born to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and his girlfriend Kasi Bennett in May was named Olympia Lightning. (Twitter)
Onyx: The baby boy born to rappers Iggy Azalea (real name: Amethyst Kelly) and Playboi Carti (Jordan Carter) earlier this year was named Onyx, which, like mom’s first name, refers to a semi-precious gemstone. (Page Six)
According to National Records of Scotland (NRS), the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were Olivia and Jack.
Here are Scotland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:
Olivia, 394 baby girls
Jack, 449 baby boys
In girls’ top 10, Freya and Charlotte replace Jessica (now 11th) and Aria (now 15th).
In the boys’ top 10, Charlie and Alfie replace Alexander (now 11th) and Logan (now 13th). Charlie’s rise was significant; it shot up to 4th from 13th the year before.
The NRS press release mentioned that the popular British crime drama Peaky Blinders has given a boost to the baby names Cillian, Polly and Chester. (Polly and Chester are characters in the show; Cillian refers to star Cillian Murphy.) It also noted that Ezra has become more popular thanks to English singer/songwriter George Ezra.
Of the nearly 50,000 babies born in Scotland last year, more than 5,000 — over 10% — were given a one-of-a-kind first name. Here are some of the names bestowed just once in Scotland in 2019: