How popular is the baby name Mario in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Mario and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Mario.
Entrances are typically guarded by lions. But in downtown Denver, I’ve found an entrance guarded by a pair of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep:
Bighorn sheep statues from the left
The entrance is to the Byron White Courthouse on 18th Street, and the rams were sculpted by Gladys Caldwell Fisher in 1936, making them a few decades younger than the
Bighorn sheep statues from the right
I wondered whether the rams had names, so I emailed the courthouse. I was told that the sculptures are titled “White Ram” and “Rocky Mountain Sheep” — but no one knows which is which.
names, though. So let’s come up with some potential names for these rams, shall we?
Should they be virtue names (like Patience & Fortitude)? Should they be symbolic of the city or state in some way (Pike & Peak; Cheech & Chong)? Should they just be random (Mario & Luigi)? Leave a comment with your ideas…
Byron White Courthouse – Architectural Style
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)
Putres and Nihal Yacoub of Melbourne, Australia, welcomed triplets in July. They now have a total of nine children, each with an M-name:
Michael, 12 years old
Mario, 1 month
Mary, 1 month
Mina, 1 month
Nihal said that she and her husband (both originally from Iraq) stuck with M-names simply because they started with Michael and Marina “and then kept going.”
I find it very interesting that they chose both Martin and Martina and also both Michael and Miguel.
So let’s say Nihal were going to have a 10th baby and she wanted
you to choose the name. What one boy name and one girl name would you suggest?
Royal Women’s Hospital triplets brings Yacoub family to 11 (found via Voornamelijk)
According to data from Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE), the most popular baby names in Spain in 2015 were
Lucia and Hugo.
Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Lucia, 5,229 baby girls
2. Maria, 4,516
3. Martina, 4,447
4. Paula, 3,854
5. Sofia, 3,525
6. Daniela, 3,392
7. Alba, 3,082
8. Julia, 3,006
9. Carla, 2,951
10. Sara, 2,936
1. Hugo, 5,162 baby boys
2. Daniel, 4,578
3. Pablo, 4,202
4. Martin, 4,078
5. Alejandro, 3,994
6. Adrian, 3,341
7. Alvaro, 3,244
8. David, 2,993
9. Lucas, 2,904
10. Mario, 2,825
Lucia has held the #1 spot since 2003, and Hugo since 2012.
In the girls’ top 10, Alba rises 3 spots, and Julia replaces Valeria (now 11th).
In the boys’ top 10, Martin rises 4 spots, and Lucas replaces Diego (now 11th).
In the top 100, Miguel and Jose rank 23rd and 38th, respectively, while the compound names Miguel Angel and Jose Antonio rank 86th and 94th, respectively.
Other interesting names in the top 100 include…
Laia, 34th for girls. It’s a short form of Eulalia in Catalan. Laia ranks 3rd for girls in Catalonia specifically.
Leire and Leyre, 39th and 50th for girls. They refer to the
Monastery of San Salvador of Leyre in Navarre. Leyre ranks 10th in Navarre specifically. Nerea, 46th for girls. It’s based on the Basque word
nere, meaning “my” or “mine” — kind of like a Basque version of Mia. Triana, 38th for girls. Perhaps inspired by the
Triana neighborhood of Seville…? Iria, 69th for girls. It might be a form of Irene, based on the ancient Greek word for “peace.” The Marian apparitions of
Fátima occurred at the Cova da Iria. Biel, 71st for boys. It’s a short form of Gabriel in Catalan. Biel ranks 5th for boys in Catalonia specifically.
Ibai, 99th for boys. It’s the Basque word for “river.” It ranks 4th in both Navarre and the Basque Country.
Here are Spain’s
2014 rankings, if you’d like to compare.
Hugo and Lucia are top choice for Spanish infants, Instituto Nacional de Estadistica
According to data from Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, the most popular baby names in Spain in 2014 were
Lucia and Hugo.
Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:
1. Lucia, 5,161 baby girls
2. Maria, 4,951
3. Martina, 4,380
4. Paula, 4,210
5. Daniela, 3,792
6. Sofia, 3,568
7. Valeria, 3,246
8. Carla, 3,138
9. Sara, 3,116
10. Alba, 3,111
1. Hugo, 5,121 baby boys
2. Daniel, 4,859
3. Pablo, 4,494
4. Alejandro, 4,116
5. Alvaro, 3,670
6. Adrian, 3,463
7. David, 3,376
8. Martin, 3,181
9. Mario, 3,067
10. Diego, 3,000
Alba (was 11th) replaces Julia (now 11th) in the girls’ top 10.
Martin (was 20th) replaces Javier (now 11th) in the boys’ top 10.
Here are the
2013 baby names rankings for Spain, if you’d like to compare.
And, just for fun, let’s also check out the nearly 5 million foreign nationals living in Spain. The most common first names among expats (grouped by nation of origin) are:
Female Expat Names
Male Expat Names
1. Fatima (Morocco), 18,493 females
2. Maria (Romania), 12,547
3. Elena (Romania), 10,629
4. Khadija (Morocco), 8,339
5. Mariana (Romania), 7,535
6. Mihaela (Romania), 6,050
7. Ana Maria (Romania), 5,265
8. Aicha (Morocco), 5,208
9. Naima (Morocco), 4,963
10. Daniela (Romania), 4,823
1. Mohamed (Moroccan), 40,658 males*
2. Mohammed (Moroccan), 19,401
3. Ahmed (Moroccan), 15,003
4. Said (Moroccan), 9,513
5. Gheorghe (Romanian), 9,399
6. Vasile (Romanian), 9,045
7. Ioan (Romanian), 9,035
8. Rachid (Moroccan), 8,956
9. Youssef (Moroccan), 8,583
10. Mustapha (Moroccan), 7,468
*The total for Mohamed is even higher when you factor in the 2,436 Mohameds that came from Algeria.
Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, And the most common expat name in Spain is…