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:
Sofia (Sofya), over 2,800 baby girls
Maria, 2,200 baby girls
Alexander, over 2,500 baby boys
Mikhail, 2,427 baby boys
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.)
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]
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?)
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:
Nare, 745 baby girls
Davit, 1,346 baby boys
Alex, 377 (tie)
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.
The name Flip, typically a nickname for Philip, was a one-hit wonder in the baby name data in 1960:
1960: 5 baby boys named Flip [debut]
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?