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Popularity of the Baby Name Mark


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Popular Baby Names in Moscow, 2020

According to the Civil Registry of Moscow, the most popular baby names in the city last year were (again) Sofia and Alexander.

Here are Moscow’s top 6 girl names and top 6 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Sofia (Sofya), over 2,800 baby girls
  2. Maria, 2,200 baby girls
  3. Anna, 2,084
  4. Alisa, 1,729
  5. Viktoria, 1,705
  6. Polina, 1,603

Boy Names

  1. Alexander, over 2,500 baby boys
  2. Mikhail, 2,427 baby boys
  3. Maxim, 2,284
  4. Artyom, 1,827
  5. Mark, 1,666
  6. Ivan, 1,617

Less commonly bestowed names include Vesna, Dionysus, Iskra (“spark”), Lucifer, Venus-Veronica, Sever, Severina, and Yermak-Alexander. (Yermak could be a reference to the Russian folk hero Yermak Timofeyevich.)

Sources: From Mars to Zlatoslava and many more 2020 rare baby names

Where did the baby name Kawhi come from?

The unusual name Kawhi debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2013 and has been on the rise ever since.

  • 2016: 42 baby boys named Kawhi
  • 2015: 12 baby boys named Kawhi
  • 2014: 25 baby boys named Kawhi
  • 2013: 7 baby boys named Kawhi [debut]
  • 2012: unlisted
  • 2011: unlisted

What put this name on the map?

Professional basketball player Kawhi (pronounced kah-WAI) Leonard, who has had a successful career playing for several NBA teams: the San Antonio Spurs (2011-2018), the Toronto Raptors (2018-2019), and currently the LA Clippers. So far he’s won two NBA championships (2014 & 2019) and, both times, he was named Finals MVP.

Where did his name come from?

Kawhi Leonard told ESPN that his late father, Mark, “said he wanted something that sounded Hawaiian” for his son’s name. (Kawhi, the youngest in the family, has four older sisters.) So the name “Kawhi” is a take on the name of the Hawaiian island Kauai (which is most properly pronounced with three syllables: kuh-WAI-ee).

What are your thoughts on the name Kawhi? (Do you like it more or less than the name Kauai?)

Source: Kawhi Leonard – Wikipedia, Kawhi Leonard’s quiet drive – ESPN

Popular Baby Names in Armenia, 2020

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According to the Statistical Committee of Armenia, the most popular baby names in the country last year were (again) Nare and Davit.

Here are Armenia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Nare, 745 baby girls
  2. Maria, 613
  3. Angelina, 592
  4. Arpi, 503
  5. Mane, 437
  6. Yeva, 402
  7. Anna, 368
  8. Mari, 356
  9. Mariam, 354
  10. Ani, 345

Boy Names

  1. Davit, 1,346 baby boys
  2. Narek, 902
  3. Hayk, 610
  4. Mark, 579
  5. Monte, 570
  6. Tigran, 539
  7. Areg, 513
  8. Miqayel, 450
  9. Alex, 377 (tie)
  10. Alen, 377 (tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Anna and Ani replaced Anahit and Ellen, and Angelina continued to rise.

(Anahit is the Armenian form of Anahita, which means “pure” — literally, “not” + “unclean” — in Avestan. Anahita was a Persian goddess associated with water, and, thereby, with fertility, healing and wisdom.)

In the boys’ top 10, Monte and Areg replaced Artur and Gor.

Sources: Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia (2020 pdf), Anahita – Behind the Name

What turned Flip into a baby name?

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Flip Mark in 1961

The name Flip, typically a nickname for Philip, was a one-hit wonder in the baby name data in 1960:

  • 1962: unlisted
  • 1961: unlisted
  • 1960: 5 baby boys named Flip [debut]
  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: unlisted

Where did it come from?

I think the primary influence was child actor Flip Mark (born Philip Mark Goldberg), who played Brook Hooten on the short-lived sitcom Guestward, Ho! (1960-1961). He was also able to nudge the name of his character, Brook, into the boys’ top 1,000 for the first time in 1961.

But there could have been a secondary influence: Frank “Flip” Flippen, from the even shorter-lived series Overland Trail (1960). The character was played by actor Doug McClure (who later played Trampas on The Virginian).

Do you like Flip as a standalone name, or do you prefer it as a nickname?

Popular Baby Names in Estonia, 2020

According to Eesti Rahvusringhääling (Estonian Public Broadcasting), the most popular baby names in Estonia in 2020 were Sofia and Robin.

Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Sofia, 82 baby boys
  2. Mia, 74
  3. Emma (tie), 63
  4. Marta (tie), 63
  5. Saara
  6. Alisa (tie)
  7. Emily (tie)
  8. Eva
  9. Lenna
  10. Maria

Boy Names

  1. Robin, 96 baby boys
  2. Oliver, 72
  3. Rasmus, 68
  4. Hugo
  5. Jakob (tie)
  6. Sebastian (tie)
  7. Oskar
  8. Aron
  9. Artur (tie)
  10. Robert (tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Saara and Eva replaced Hanna and Saskia.

In the boys’ top 10, Jakob, Aron, Artur and Robert replaced Mattias, Kristofer, Mark, and Martin.

Statistics Estonia said Jakob is an example of an old fashioned name – popular among those over 75 years old but almost non-existent among the middle-aged – becoming popular again.

In 2019, the top names were Mia and Sebastian.

Sources: 2020 aasta popimad nimed olid Robin ja Sofia, Most popular baby names in 2020: Robin and Sofia