How popular is the baby name Luka in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Luka and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Luka.
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Nikita Khrushchev was the leader of the Soviet Union for over a decade during the early Cold War (from 1953 to 1964).
Between the time the U.S.S.R. launched Sputnik in 1957 and sent Yuri Gagarin on the first manned space flight in 1961, Khrushchev became first Soviet head of state to visit the U.S.
Upon the invitation of president Dwight Eisenhower, Khrushchev and his family flew to Washington, D.C., on September 15, 1959. They visited New York, California, Iowa, and Pennsylvania before flying back to Moscow on the 27th.
The baby name Nikita had appeared on the U.S. charts as a girl name before, but in 1959 it showed up for the very first time as a boy name.*
These days the usage of Nikita is about equal for males and females — 93 baby girls and 92 baby boys got the name in 2015. But there was a spike in female usage in 1985, thanks to the song “Nikita” by Elton John. (American radio listeners similarly interpreted Luka as a girl name a couple of years later.)
The name Nikita can be traced back to the Ancient Greek word for “victor,” niketes, which is based on the more familiar word nike, meaning “victory.”
And eight years after the name Nikita debuted, another Russian arrival, Svetlana Stalina, showed up and added yet another Soviet-inspired baby name to the mix…
According to data from the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (Association for German Language), the most popular baby names in Germany in 2015 were Mia and Jonas.
Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
In the girls’ top 10, Mila replaces Marie. In the boys’ top 10, Elias replaces Paul.
Hanna/Hannah and Luis/Louis were the #1 names (and Jonas was down in 7th) in 2014.
One interesting baby name bestowed in Germany in 2015 was “Gretchen Schneewittchen,” or “Gretchen Snow White,” discovered by name researcher Knud Bielefeld. It may have been inspired by Grimm World, the Brothers Grimm museum that opened in Kassel, Germany, in 2015.
‘Veronica’ refers to Costello’s grandmother (not sure if it’s her real name).
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Which song(s) do you like best? Choose up to 2:
"Rock Me Amadeus" (1986) by Falco (63%, 15 Votes)
"You Can Call Me Al" (1986) by Paul Simon (33%, 8 Votes)
"Luka" (1987) by Suzanne Vega (29%, 7 Votes)
"Veronica" (1989) by Elvis Costello (29%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 24
Anyone care to guess which of the name-songs above will be crowned the winner in a couple of weeks?
*”Billie Jean is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. […] They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there.” -MJ, via MTV
**”Where did you get the name from?” “A 9-year-old boy who lives in my building. Who is not abused, by the way. I like the name Luka, it’s universal. It could be a girl or boy and it could be any nationality.” -SV, via NYT