How popular is the baby name Marc in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Marc and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Marc.
Avast! Did you know that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day?
“Arrr” itself doesn’t make a great name — even for pirates — but here’s the next best thing: over 120 names that feature the “ar”-sound.
Which of the “ar”-names above do you like best? Did I miss any good ones?
(Image from Pixabay)
Next Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, 30-year-old identical (and alliterative) triplets Leila, Liina, and Lily Luik of Estonia are expected to run the women’s marathon. This will make the “Trio in Rio,” as they call themselves, the first set of triplets to compete in an Olympics.
In comparison, about 200 sets of twins have competed in the Olympics over the years. Here are some of the Olympic twins with similarly alliterative names:
- Åke & Arne (Sweden) [not technically alliterative; see JJ’s comment]
- Catarina & Christina (Sweden)
- Darius & Donatas (Lithuania)
- Darrin & Dan (USA)
- Dennis & Duane (USA)
- Dionísio & Domingos (Portugal)
- Jean-Jacques & Jean-Marc (France)
- Jodie & Julie (Canada)
- Jules & Julian (Belgium)
- Katalin & Krisztina (Hungary)
- Katrine & Kristine (Norway)
- Lívia & Lucia (Slovakia)
- Madeline & Margaret (Puerto Rico)
- Marianne & Mildred (Netherlands)
- Sandy & Sonia (Zimbabwe)
- Malcolm “Mal” & Melville “Mel” (Jamaica)
- Mark & Michael (Canada)
- Maureen & Melanie (Netherlands)
- McJoe & McWilliams (Puerto Rico)
- Mikuláš & Miloslav (Slovakia)
- Pascal & Patrick (France)
- Paula & Peta (Bermuda)
- Paulo Miguel & Pedro Miguel (Portugal)
- Pavol & Peter (Slovakia)
- Randolph & Robert (USA)
- Rhoda & Rhona (Canada)
- Ricardo & Rodrigo (Chile)
- Sharon & Shirley (Canada)
- Stanley & Sydney (Great Britain)
- Tami & Toni (USA)
- Terry & Tom (USA)
- Valeriy & Volodymyr (Ukraine)
- Valj & Vita (Ukraine)
- Veronika & Viktoriya (Belarus)
- Vida & Vidette (South Africa)
- Zlatko & Zoran (Yugoslavia)
You can see a full list of Olympic twins in the OlympStats post Twins at the Olympics.
Have you been tuning in to the Olympics? If so, have you spotted any interesting names so far?
According to data from the Balearic Institute of Statistics (Ibestat), the most popular baby names in the Balearic Islands (an archipelago that belongs to Spain) in 2013 were Maria and Marc.
Here are the Balearic Islands’ top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:
1. Maria, 113 baby girls (2.2%)
2. Julia, 102 (1.99%)
3. Carla, 100 (1.95%)
1. Marc, 157 baby boys (2.91%)
2. Pau, 106 (1.97%)
3. Hugo, 102 (1.89%)
Maria and Marc were also the #1 names on the islands of Mallorca (which hosts about 80% of the population) and Menorca (9%). On Ibiza (11%), the winners were Martina and Hugo. On Formentera (1%), the winners were Lucia and Aitor — a name invented by Basque writer Agosti Xaho in the mid-19th century.
Here are Spain’s top baby names overall for 2013, if you’d like to compare.
Sources: Most chosen baby names in Mallorca, Nombres mas frecuentes – Ibestat
The image below, of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris, was captured in early 1838 by Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype.
It may be the earliest surviving photograph of a person. Two people, actually. Both are in the lower left:
Here’s a close-up:
The standing man is getting his shoe shined, and the other man (partially obscured) is doing the shoe-shining.
Of all the people on the sidewalk that day, these were the only two to stay still long enough (about 10 minutes) to be captured in the image.
Now for the fun part!
What would you name these two Frenchmen?
Let’s pretend you’re writing a book set in Paris in the 1830s, and these are two of your characters. What names would you give them?
Here’s a long list of traditional French male names, to get you started:
For some real-life inspiration, here are lists of famous 19th century and 20th century French people, courtesy of Wikipedia. Notice that many of the Frenchman have double-barreled, triple-barreled, even quadruple-barreled given names. (Daguerre himself was named Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre.)
Source: The First Photograph of a Human
Last year, the top baby names in Catalonia — an autonomous region in northeastern Spain — were Marc for boys and Julia for girls.
Here are Catalonia’s top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2012:
|Baby Girl Names
||Baby Boy Names
1. Júlia/Julia (954 baby girls)
2. Martina (889)
3. Laia (833)
4. Carla (748)
5. Paula (697)
6. Maria/María (683)
7. Lucía (656)
8. Aina (591)
9. Noa (548)
10. Sara (529)
11. Clàudia/Claudia (528)
12. Emma (515)
13. Ariadna (452)
14. Alba (451)
15. Abril (380)
16. Arlet (369)
17. Daniela (355)
18. Jana (348)
19. Berta (338)
20. Ona (333)
1. Marc (1,125 baby boys)
2. Àlex/Álex (753)
3. Èric/Eric (735)
4. Pol (696)
5. Pau (669)
6. Hugo (640)
7. Biel (636)
8. Arnau (621)
9. Gerard (600)
10. Jan (589)
11. Martí (577)
12. Nil (538)
13. Aleix (450)
14. David (441)
15. Oriol (431)
16. Daniel (425)
17. Adam (405)
18. Joel (379)
19. Adrià (373)
20. Iker (372)
Iker, regularly a top-20 name in Catalonia, was rare in the U.S. just a decade ago. Today, usage of Iker is rising rapidly. It entered the top 1,000 in 2010 and already ranked 230th in 2012.
Who kicked off the Iker trend? Soccer player Iker Casillas Fernandez. (His younger brother also has an interesting name — Unai, a Basque word meaning “cowherd.”)
Source: Institut d’Estadística de Catalunya
Actress Elizabeth Jean “Busy” Philipps and her husband, Marc Silverstein, have two daughters: 4-year-old Birdie Leigh and newborn Cricket Pearl.
If you were having a daughter, and you had to name her either Birdie or Cricket, which would it be?
Father Mychal Judge, fire chaplain of the New York Fire Department, was the first official casualty of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The 68-year-old Roman Catholic priest was killed while assisting firefighters in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He (and others) were killed by the debris that shot through the North Tower lobby when the South Tower collapsed, just before 10 am.
Three weeks after the attacks, New York City Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen welcomed a grandson. Von Essen’s son (also a New York City firefighter) and daughter-in-law named their baby boy Mason Judge, as a tribute to Father Judge.
Update: The baby name Mychal saw a slight increase in usage in 2001 and 2002, no doubt due to the news of Father Mychal:
- 2003: 21 baby boys named Mychal
- 2002: 58 baby boys named Mychal
- 2001: 43 baby boys named Mychal
- 2000: 14 baby boys named Mychal
Source: McPhee, Michele. “Fire Commish Has Bit of Joy.” New York Daily News 9 Oct. 2001.