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Popularity of the Baby Name Magnolia

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Popular Baby Names in Sonoma County, CA, 2015

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According to Sonoma County’s data site SoCo Data, the most popular baby names in 2015 were Ava and Olivia (tie) and Mateo and Daniel (tie).

Here are the county’s top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2015:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Ava and Olivia (tie), 28 baby girls
2. Camila, 25
3. Isabella, Mia and Emma (3-way tie), 23
4. Charlotte and Sophia (tie), 21
5. Alexa, 20
1. Mateo and Daniel (tie), 28 baby boys
2. Jackson, 27
3. Sebastian, 25
4. Benjamin, 24
5. Julian, Jayden and Noah (3-way tie), 22

In 2014, the top names in the county were Emma and Logan.

Of the 1,204 girl names bestowed last year, 811 (67%) were used just once. A smaller proportion of the 919 boy names — 549 (60%) — were bestowed once. Here are a few of those single-use names:

Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names
Amarilla, Antimony, Edelweiss, Ember, Fanny, Lluvia, Lovely Estrella, Mae Pearl, Magnolia, Nkirote, Reminisce, Rosalene, Rurapenthe*, Summit Attimus, Banyan, Cypress, Cyprus, Destry, Ernestor, Fogatia, Iknav, Montgomery, Mercury, Orion, Quintil, Thornhill, Zinley

*Looks like Rurapenthe is based on “Rura Penthe,” the name of a planetoid used as a Klingon penal colony (!) in the Star Trek universe. Its name is a nod to Rorapandi, a penal colony island in the Disney movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). Rorapandi was invented by Disney; it did not appear in the Jules Verne novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870).

Source: SoCo Data


20 Baby Names from Flowers – Kalmia, Magnolia, Begonia, Zinnia…

baby names from flowers

Spring is here!

Let’s celebrate with some flower names.

But not just any old flower names. Let’s check out some relatively modern flower names — flower names that came from genus names that were created from Latinized surnames.

Here’s a list of 20. Most of these are rarely used for humans, so if you’re looking for an unexpected nature name for a baby girl, this could be a good place to start.

abelia flowers
Abelia

Abelia

Pronunciation: ah-BEEL-yah

Abelia flowers are white or pink, and usually scented. The genus Abelia is part of the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).

Abelia was named for British surgeon and naturalist Clarke Abel (1780-1826). Clarke’s version of the surname Abel is likely based on the Hebrew name Abel, meaning “breath.” An identical German surname is based on a pet form of Albrecht, made up of elements meaning “noble” and “bright.”

The baby name Abelia is currently very rare.

allamanda flower
Allamanda

Allamanda

Pronunciation: ah-lah-MAHN-dah

Allamanda flowers are typically yellow, though some are pink. The genus Allamanda is part of the dogbane family (Apocynaceae).

Allamanda was named for Swiss botanist Frédéric-Louis Allamand (1736-1803). This French surname is based on the Middle French word meaning “German.”

The baby name Allamanda is currently very rare.

begonia flowers
Begonia

Begonia

Pronunciation: beh-GŌN-yah

Begonia flowers come in a wide range of colors: white, pink, peach, salmon, red, orange, yellow, etc. With close to 1,500 species, Begonia is the 6th-largest genus of flowering plants.

Begonia was named for French office-holder and plant collector Michel Bégon (1638-1710).

The baby name Begonia is currently very rare.

camellia flower
Camellia

Camellia

Pronunciation: kah-MEEL-yah

Camellia flowers are white, pink, red, and sometimes yellow. The genus Camellia is part of the Theaceae family. Leaves of the species Camellia sinensis are used to produce tea.

Camellia was named for Czech Jesuit missionary and botanist Georg Joseph Kamel (1661-1706). The surname Kamel is derived from a word meaning “camel.” Camels are not endemic to Europe, but they were commonly used on house signs in central Europe during the later Middle Ages.

The baby name Camellia is currently ranked 2,597th.

cattleya flower
Cattleya

Cattleya

Pronunciation: KAT-lee-yah

Cattleya flowers come in a range of colors: purple, orange, white, yellow, etc. The genus Cattleya is part of the orchid family (Orchidaceae).

Cattleya was named for English merchant and horticulturist William Cattley (1788-1835). The first element of the English surname Cattley is based on either Catta, a personal name, or a word meaning “(wild) cat.” The second comes from the Old English word leah, meaning “woodland; clearing.”

The baby name Cattleya is currently ranked 1,684th. It was very rare until a character named Cataleya was featured in the 2011 movie Columbiana. The character’s name was based on the genus name.

clintonia flowers
Clintonia

Clintonia

Pronunciation: klin-TŌN-ee-ah

Clintonia flowers are white, red, or green-yellow. The genus Clintonia is part of the lily family (Liliaceae).

Clintonia was named for U.S. politician and botanist De Witt Clinton (1769-1828). The English surname Clinton is based on one of two different place names. One place name was derived from Old English words meaning “enclosure, fence” + “settlement,” while the other means “Glyme (river)” + “settlement.”

The baby name Clintonia is currently very rare.

dahlia flower
Dahlia

Dahlia

Pronunciation: DAL-yah (first syllable can rhyme with “gal”, “doll,” or “dale”)

Dahlia flowers come in a wide range of colors. The genus Dahlia is part of the daisy family (Asteraceae).

Dahlia was named for Swedish botanist Anders Dahl (1751-1789). The Swedish surname Dahl is based on the Old Norse word dalr, meaning “dale, valley.”

The baby name Dahlia is currently within the top 1,000, ranked 719th.

forsythia flowers
Forsythia

Forsythia

Pronunciation: for-SĬTH-ee-ah or for-SĪTH-ee-ah (chiefly British English)

Forsythia flowers are bright yellow. The genus Forsythia is part of the olive family (Oleaceae).

Forsythia was named for Scottish botanist William Forsyth (1737-1804). The surname Forsyth is based on Fearsithe, a Gaelic personal name made up of the Gaelic words fear, meaning “man,” and sith, meaning “peace.”

The baby name Forsythia is currently very rare.

freesia flowers
Freesia

Freesia

Pronunciation: FREE-zhah, FREE-zhee-ah

Fragrant freesia flowers are white, yellow, pink, red, or blue-mauve. The genus Freesia is part of the iris family (Iridaceae).

Freesia was named for German botanist and doctor Friedrich Freese (1794-1878). The German surname Freese is based on an ethnic name for someone from Friesland.

The baby name Freesia is currently very rare.

gardenia flower
Gardenia

Gardenia

Pronunciation: gar-DEEN-yah

Gardenia flowers are white or pale yellow and strongly scented. The genus Gardenia is part of the coffee family (Rubiaceae).

Gardenia was named for Scottish-born American naturalist Alexander Garden (1730-1791). The English surname Garden is based on an occupational name for a gardener. It ultimately comes from the Old Norman French word gardin, meaning “garden.”

The baby name Gardenia is currently rare.

gazania flower
Gazania

Gazania

Pronunciation: gah-ZAY-nee-ah

Gazania flowers are shades of yellow and orange. The genus Gazania is part of the daisy family (Asteraceae), like Dahlia.

Gazania was named for Greek humanist Theodorus Gaza (1398-1475).

The baby name Gazania is currently very rare.

gloxinia flowers
Gloxinia

Gloxinia

Pronunciation: glok-SĬN-ee-ah

Gloxinia flowers are white, pink, red, blue or purple. The genus Gloxinia is part of the Gesneriaceae family.

Gloxinia was named for German physician and botanical writer Benjamin Peter Gloxin (1765–1794).

The baby name Gloxinia is currently very rare.

kalmia flowers
Kalmia

Kalmia

Pronunciation: KAHL-mee-ah

Kalmia flowers are white, pink or purple. The genus Kalmia is part of the heather family (Ericaceae).

Kalmia was named for Swedish-Finnish botanist Pehr Kalm (1716-1779).

The baby name Kalmia is currently very rare. (Years ago, a commenter mentioned that he’d named his daughter Kalmia.)

kerria flowers
Kerria

Kerria

Pronunciation: KĔR-ee-yah

Kerria flowers are bright yellow. The genus Kerria is part of the rose family (Rosaceae).

Kerria was named for Scottish gardener and plant hunter William Kerr (d. 1814). The Scottish surname Kerr is a topographic name referring to a patch of wet ground overgrown with brushwood. It ultimately comes from the Old Norse word kjarr, meaning “copsewood, brushwood, thicket.”

The baby name Kerria is currently very rare.

lobelia flowers
Lobelia

Lobelia

Pronunciation: lō-BEEL-yah; lō-BEEL-ee-ah

Lobelia flowers are purple, pink, white or blue. The genus Lobelia is part of the bellflower family (Campanulaceae).

Lobelia was named for Flemsih botanist Matthias de L’Obel (1538-1616).

The baby name Lobelia is currently very rare.

magnolia flower
Magnolia

Magnolia

Pronunciation: mag-NŌL-yah, mag-NŌL-ee-ah

Magnolia flowers are fragrant and come in white, pink, red, purple or yellow. Because they predate bees and butterflies, they’re typically pollinated by beetles.

The genus Magnolia was named for French botanist Pierre Magnol (1638-1715). The French surname Magnol may be based on either the Latin word magnus, meaning “great,” or on a French place name of uncertain derivation.

The baby name Magnolia is currently within the top 1,000, ranked 831st.

monarda flower
Monarda

Monarda

Pronunciation: moh-NAR-dah

Monarda flowers are various shades of red, pink, and purple, and highly scented. The genus Monarda is part of the mint family (Lamiaceae).

Monarda was named for Spanish physician and botanist Nicolás Monardes (1493-1588).

The baby name Monarda is currently very rare.

plumeria flowers
Plumeria

Plumeria

Pronunciation: ploo-MEER-ee-ah

Plumeria flowers (also known as frangipani) are very fragrant and come in several colors. The genus Plumeria is part of the dogbane family (Apocynaceae), like Allamanda.

Plumeria was named for French botanist Charles Plumier (1646-1704). The French surname Plumier is based on an occupational name for either a feather dresser or a plumber. The former occupational name ultimately comes from the Latin word plumarius, meaning “embroidered with feathers,” while the latter comes from the Latin word plumbum, meaning “lead.”

The baby name Plumeria is currently very rare.

wisteria flowers
Wisteria

Wisteria

Pronunciation: wis-TEER-ee-ah

Wisteria flowers are are purple, violet, pink or white, and often scented. The genus Wisteria is part of the bean family (Fabaceae).

Wisteria was named for American physician and anatomist Caspar Wistar (1761–1818). Caspar’s surname is a modified form of the German surname Wüster.

The baby name Wisteria is currently very rare.

zinnia flower with butterfly
Zinnia

Zinnia

Pronunciation: ZĬN-ee-ah, ZĬN-ya

Zinnia flowers come in a wide range of colors (red, purple, orange, buff, yellow, etc.) and shapes. The genus Zinnia is part of the daisy family (Asteraceae), like Dahlia and Gazania.

Zinnia was named for German anatomist and botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759). The German/Jewish surname Zinn is based on an occupational name for a pewter worker or tinsmith. It ultimately comes from the Germanic word zin, meaning “tin, pewter.”

The baby name Zinnia is currently ranked 2,136th.

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What other surname-derived flower names would you add to this list?

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Source: Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Images: All but one of the flower images in this post are in the public domain. They come from MorgueFile, Pixabay, National Park Service websites, and Wikimedia Commons. The gloxinia image was adapted from Gloxinia by abelard1005 under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Baby Name Needed for the Sibling of Phoenix

A reader named Lisa writes:

I have a 2 year old boy named Phoenix Edward Brooks*, and recently found out I’m pregnant again! The baby will be born in June, and we’re already racking our brains for names. We like “different” names – like Phoenix – who was named after the mythical bird – and would like something that goes well with Phoenix. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

At the moment she likes Leo/Leonardo for a boy, but doesn’t have any favorite girl names.

Here are some ideas to kick things off:

Boy names: Girl names:
Alistair
August
Deacon
Evander
Gideon
Griffin
Horatio
Ignatius
Jude
Malachi
Matthias
Maverick
Raphael
Briar
Daphne
Ione
Keziah
Magnolia
Penelope
Saffron
Saskia
Tanith
Tatiana
Tirzah
Verity
Xanthe

What other names would you suggest for Phoenix’s younger brother or sister?

*The last name isn’t Brooks, but does start with b and have one syllable.

Phone Book Fishing in Mississippi, Part 6 – Clevester, Farold, Hix, Wilvie

Did you know that Kilgore Trout lives in Mississippi?

Kilgore Trout

It could be a joke, or it could be a real name. I have no idea. All I know is that I didn’t think anyone would believe me unless I posted a photo. :)

Other interesting names I found in the Hattiesburg section of the Mississippi phone book are below. (As usual, my favorites are in bold.)

Abbass
Adillia
Algarine
Alkeenia
Alpheaus
Altonyala
Amelai
Andronneka
Anise
Antelmo
Anzetta
Aonji
Aouida
Atheer
Athlene
Auxi
Averia
Ayeshalia
Belma
Berek
Bevonia
Bolynn
Bootsy
Breanuce
Burghard
Burlian
Caberzine
Captoria
Carestine
Cassenoe
Cavida
Chaquita
Charkarr
Cherish
Chesarea
Chezra
Chimbre
Chinica
Chinika
Cleven
Clevester
Cliffodean
Clotilee
Clydell
Comisha
Corsetta
Cotton
Coulis
Creshenda
Crimson
Curtresha
Dakala
Dardanchala
Daucenia
Dearyck
Decoffea
Deffrie
Dehoudra
Dekoshia
Delaina
Demarla
Detrick
Dondrick
Dontrez
Dorothera
Dorsetta
Eddena
Elatsky
Electa
Elixenia
Ellawese
Epitacio
Excell
Eudene
Fabulous
Famica
Fanisha
Farold
Feleafia
Festus
Florestine
Fransheka
Garlinda
Gathel
Gikita
Gladola
Glenisha
Glenneth
Glovenia
Hannelore
Heino
Herlene
Hix
Ilous
Imesia
Ion
Itaska
Janopy
Jaquely
Jeruthia
Jessiema
Jireh
J’Lyn
Johneen
Johniece
Kable
Kadandra
Karay
Kebryan
Keener
Keywanta
Kimual
Kimyanta
Kioushea
Krishond
Kylan
Lahrue
LaNae
LaNissa
Lavester
Legacy
Leketha
Leobardo
Lissa
Louester
Luartis
Lybia
Lyzle
Magnolia
Marquelene
Martrici
Maudel
Mazharul
McKenlie
Mecklin
Melaysja
Mheja
Micage
Micasio
Murtha
Nagen
Nakedia
Nakikia
Nanga
Natarsha
Nauwausa
Necoia
Needham
Nekerda
Nelcenia
Neretha
Neshanta
Nikrumah
Niyolkie
Noilette
Ognyan
Omeshia
Oneida
Onix
Orjan
Ovada
Patrict
Peanut
Pequitta
Phylistine
Picasso
Pippa
Plez
Quentice
Quill
Quitman
Randolyn
Rankin
Ranzeel
Raslyn
Raylawni
Remus
Renec
Renodda
Roddis
Rorilynn
Roweena
Rozellar
Seclester
Sedgey
Sedgie
Shaneka
Shannadoah
Shanthina
Shemshat
Shermonica
Shileria
Shiritia
Shtoria
Slay
Sondrell
Sparkman
Spellmon
Spooky
Stoy
Subrina
Sukhendra
Synarus
Synettra
Talantia
Tanangela
Tanjala
T’anna
Tannus
Tanzanzi
Tavares
Tavarius
Tawaski
Teayra
Tessecca
Texas
Theaola
Torjia
Torsky
Toxie
Treless
Trenidy
Trest
Troymane
Truett
Twannela
Twinette
Uerica
Undeva
Utahna
Vallorine
Viccki
Vonceil
Voncile
Voncille
Vyshawn
Wardelle
Wauteen
Weatta
Whakinda
Willie Glenn
Willoughby
Wilvie
Winsdale
Wirt
Wyomia
Yamilet
Yeghia
Zeakethia
Zedric
Zorana
Zykia

And that concludes this (rather extensive) round of phone book fishing. In case you missed them, here are the five earlier posts in the series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

P.S. Want to see some literature-inspired names (like Kilgore Trout)? Check out Unique Baby Names from Literature.

Phone Book Fishing in Mississippi, Part 4 – Clyne, Jimarie, Muskie, Zodus

You guessed it–another batch of names from Mississippi. These come from the towns of Beaumont, Big Creek, Collins, Ellisville and Heidelberg. (My favorites are in bold.)

Anfernee
Arzilla
Begonia
Berdia
Blessing
Bobbie Jo
Brunetta
Byrl
Ceiborn
Charma
Chassity
Chipperess
Cicero
Clyne
Colantha
Colevia
Czar
Dealzna
Deloyce
Denothria
Dixie Mae
D’Jean
Drema
Elkendrick
Eulanda
Everette
Ezeldia
Fredia
Gathel
Georginia
Gevenion
Glaydean
Gleen
Gustina
Guycell
Hancel
Inita
Jearleain
Jimarie
Jonnye Mae
Jovaughan
Kimetha
Kichun
Leidh
Levester
Lillie Mae
Litonda
Lutricia
Mae Nell
Maeora
Magielean
Magnolia
Marnita
Mashelia
Mellisa
Melwese
Merria
Minci
Montegus
Muskie
Napier
Nevaeh
Ontee
Orgie Mae
Ozett
Paskell
Philliemenia
Queen Esther
Quinette
Rauletha
Relanda
Roosevelt
Ruby Jewel
Ryreggis
Sandreka
Schnavain
Scottland
Shenetha
Tanilya
Tanyala
Teressie
Teretha
Tinika
Toxie
Tymunica
Vellina
Verlenda
Vicy
Waudell
Webber
Wenokel
Wilhelmina
Windol
Wydesra
Yatta
Zella
Zelline
Zerrick
Zodus
Zollie

Did you happen to notice Nevaeh? I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nevaeh in a phone book before. We’ll be seeing it all over the place soon enough, but this particular one seems a bit early. A pre-trend Nevaeh, perhaps? I’m itching to call and find out…

Baby Names in Brussels – Gabriel, Lina, Mel-Gibson, Vlinder

In 2007, the most popular names in Brussels (the capital of both Belgium and the European Union) were:

Boys Girls
  1. Mohamed (235)
  2. Adam (169)
  3. Rayan (84)
  4. Nathan (81)
  5. Gabriel (66)
  6. Amine (62)
  7. Ayoub (58, tie)
  8. Mehdi (58, tie)
  9. Lucas (56)
  10. Anas (54)
  1. Lina (94, tie)
  2. Sarah (94, tie)
  3. Aya (86)
  4. Yasmine (71)
  5. Rania (70, tie)
  6. Sara (70, tie)
  7. Salma (69)
  8. Imane (63)
  9. Ines (56)
  10. Clara (49)

According to Brussel Nieuws.be, the number of births between 2002 and 2007 rose by 8.4% for boys and 9.2% for girls, but the total number of different names increased by 17.0% and 20.7%, respectively. Very interesting…

And what about the unique names? They included:

Boys Girls
Adonis, Arafat, Aristote, Aristoteles, Babaloluwa, Beau-Luccio, Blade, Blij, Bonheur, Boy, Broes, C-jay, Christ-Yehochua, Devo, Diesel, Dieumerci, Dike, Doedoe, Elegast, Ensor, Euro, Exaucé, Faithwins, Fox-Anthony, Goodwill, Grimm, Harley-Davidson, Jazz, Jean-Public, Jefken, Joyeux, Kennedy, Kyuss, Lancelot, Lion, Lowie-Viktoor, Maddox, Mekongo-Willy, Mel-Gibson, Merlijn, Moon, Mouhamadousaikou, Mozes, Muhammed-Ali, Odd, Okay, Precieux, Prodige, Quossay, Ridder, Rocco, Serafin, Sky, Spencer-Cash, Stier, Strong, Sufjan, Sunday, Sunny, Synphorien, Thoth, Thörgal, Trésor, Vangelis, Volkan, Vos, Welcome, Wens, Wolf Alaska, Allégresse, Babbe, Babel, Babsi, Bambi, Beertje, Believe, Berin, Beste, Bilitis, Blue, Camus-Salomé, Charisma, Choupette, Condoleezza, Cozmo, Creator, December, Destinée, Destiny, Diva, Echo, Elf, Elie-Blue, Ella-Blue, Enola-Jane, Exaucée, Exocée, Ezel, Fidelité, Glorieuse, Glory, Godwill, Hallelujah, Honesty, Harmonie, Ijoux, India-Summer, Joyful, Kadiatoudiallo, Kikie, Lorelei, Lucrecia-Shanice, Luu-Ly, Lux, Mackenzie, Magnificat, Magnolia, Mammelow, Man, Marvelous, Meadow, Melody, Merel, Missie, Missy, Muze, Nanouk, Netje, Pixie, Salvatrice, Santana, Sherilyn-Morissette, Summer, Sun, Sway, Trinity, Venus, Victory, Vlinder, Winter, Zonne

(I believe the above were culled from records covering the entire country, not just Brussels.)

Sources: Algemene Directie Statistiek, Mohamed tops baby name list in Brussels, and Belgian Baby Names 2007 (Thank you, Luke!)

Would You Name Your Baby after Spam?

Unsolicited, virus-laden e-mails touting online casinos, prescription medications, and sketchy dating sites…nothing but a nuisance, right?

Not if you’re stuck for a baby name.

Think about it: Every day, you automatically receive a new batch of random names in your spam folder. It costs you nothing. And the names often come paired with surnames that can spark ideas about sound combinations, syllabic patterns, and so forth. (Who knew spam could be so useful?)

Here are some interesting spam names I’ve collected recently:

Amparo Darnell
Ann U. Fritz
Astrid Gabel
Audra Hodges
Aurora Barrett
Beulah Leopold
Basil Mayberry
Buford Dupree
Carmila Nugget
Colette Rowland
Constance Yoder
Daphne Simmons
Delbert Bacon
Dina Bradford
Dino Malone
Dolores Lutz
Etna Tabernacle
Georgine Wansley
Gerald Chaney
Guillermo Mobley
Humberto Gipson
Hunter Cobbs
Ivan Swartz
Jaxon Rivera
Jesse Lustful
Kermit Teague
Lance Lewis
Lillian Villalobos
Lloyd Schulz
Lolita Tobin
Maeva Volkman
Magnolia Nilda
Margarita McKeever
Maximilian Brooks
Mildred Fairweather
Milford Finley
Millicent Zapata
Minerva Villarreal
Misti Broccoli
Mohammed North
Nola Chandler
Norwood Fruge
Octavio Whitlock
Olga Braun
Omar Dyer
Opal Shirley
Ophelia Hope
Osvaldo Snow
Paderau Kuhn
Reva Cruz
Rigoberto Hickory
Roman Bruno
Roscoe D. Combs
Royce Weiss
Santiago Youngblood
Saxon Lessley
Sophie Sherwood
Sprita Coughlan
Tisha Moon
Tola Templeton
Tolbert N. Humphrey
Tyree Gill
Urban Roy
Uri Bryan
Vicky Puckett
Xenia Peaslee
Zelma Ambrose
Zion Garcia

What do you think — could spam inspire a baby name?