How popular is the baby name Ludwig in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Ludwig and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Ludwig.

The graph will take a few seconds to load, thanks for your patience. (Don't worry, it shouldn't take nine months.) If it's taking too long, try reloading the page.


Popularity of the Baby Name Ludwig

Number of Babies Named Ludwig

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Ludwig

Creative English Names in Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Chlorophyll, Rimsky and Whale are three English “names” currently being used in Hong Kong.

Linguistics experts say English names, including unusual ones that would not be found in Western English-speaking countries, are becoming more prevalent, though they cannot pinpoint when the trend began.

Other examples of odd English names in Hong Kong include Bambi, Bunny, Dada, Devil, Dodo, Ice, Ignatius, John Baptist, Ludwig, Magnum, Samuelson, Treacle and Violante.

And there’s a twist to this trend. Many Hong Kongers go beyond simply picking and English word to use as a name. Instead, they’ll deliberately alter an English word (by omitting, changing or inserting a letter or two) to create something entirely new to use as a name.

As for the unconventional names, [linguistics professor Stephen Matthews] said they initially arose in part due to an “incomplete knowledge” of the English language. Hong Kongers might have not appreciated the connotation of the name Kinky, for example. Februar might have been a misspelling or the result of someone over-generalizing the use of the names of the months like April, May or June, or both.

Over time, however, people have stopped questioning whether such variations are real names and accepted them. “It started as an inadequate knowledge of English, but if you see an unusual name today, it’s because [Hong Kongers] are taking charge of their own language, not because their language abilities are not good,” Matthews said. “People feel they can do what they want with English. If you tell Decemb or Februar that theirs are not English names, they’ll say, ‘I don’t care, it belongs to me.’ In a way, they’re asserting their Hong Kong identity… [The English language in Hong Kong] is no longer a symbol of British influence, but part of people’s identity.”

Isn’t it fascinating that variant names, at one time accidental, are now intentional? And that Hong Kongers have taken ownership over English to such a degree that they feel comfortable bending the rules like this?

Here’s how Amus Leung, a Hong Kong fashion designer, got her English name:

Leung reminded the teacher who named her of the biblical prophet Amos. The teacher cross-bred the name with amuse, which she thought matched Leung’s personality and sounded more feminine. “I love my name English name,” said Leung. “It is unique and easy to remember. So far I am the only Amus Leung in the world!”

Do you know anyone from Hong Kong with an English name? If so, what’s the name? Do you know the story behind it?

Source: Hong Kong Loves Weird English Names

Related post: Baby Names in Zimbabwe


Girl Names that Can Be Shortened to Izzy?

A friend of mine announced her pregnancy a few weeks ago (congrats, E!). She doesn’t know the gender of the baby yet, but if it’s a girl, she thinks she’d like to use the name Isabella.

The problem? Isabella has been one of the most popular baby names in the nation for almost a decade now. My friend is still prepared to use it, but she’s also wondering what else is out there.

What she likes most about Isabella is the nickname Izzy, so I thought I’d help her out by coming up other girl names that can be shortened to Izzy. Some of these may be a stretch, but this is a brainstorm so anything goes. :)

Isabel/Isabelle
Part of the same name-family, but not as popular as Isabella.

Isidora/Isadora
Isabella and Isidora aren’t related (the former is based on Elizabeth, the latter on Isis) but they sound like they could be.

Elizabeth or Lizette
Why not lop the L off Lizzy and make it Izzy?

Giselle
French name that can be traced back to a Germanic word meaning “pledge.” Popularized recently by model Gisele, but still outside the top 100.

Desiree (Désirée)
French name meaning “desired.”

Zipporah (Tzipora, Tzipporah, etc.)
Hebrew name meaning “bird.”

Cosima
Italian name derived from the ancient Greek word for “order.”

Louisa or Louise
Derived from Ludwig, comprised of elements meaning “fame” and “war.”

Eloise (Éloïse) or Heloise (Héloïse)
Might come from the Germanic name Helewidis, comprised of elements meaning “hale” and either “wide” or “wood.”

Therese (Thérèse)
Unknown etymology, though perhaps based on the name of a Greek island.

Aziza
Arabic name meaning “powerful.”

Aliza
Hebrew name meaning “joyful.”

Can you think of any other girl names that can be shortened to Izzy?