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Popularity of the Baby Name Matthew

Number of Babies Named Matthew

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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Popular Baby Names in Rhode Island, 2017

According to Rhode Island’s Health Department, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Emma and Liam.

Here are Rhode Island’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Sophia
4. Charlotte
5. Isabella
6. Ava
7. Amelia
8. Mia
9. Aria
10. Abigail

Boy Names
1. Liam
2. Lucas
3. Noah
4. Julian
5. Mason
6. Benjamin
7. Matthew
8. Michael
9. Logan
10. Joseph

These rankings are based on provisional data covering most (but not all) of 2017.

Back in 1866 and 1867, the top two names in Providence (the capital of Rhode Island) were Mary and John.

Source: Emma, Liam top R.I. baby names in 2017


Popular Baby Names in New York City, 2016

According to New York City’s Health Department, the most popular baby names in the city in 2016 were Olivia and Liam.

Here are New York City’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Olivia (564 baby girls)
2. Sophia
3. Emma
4. Isabella
5. Mia
6. Ava
7. Emily
8. Leah
9. Sarah
10. Madison

Boy Names
1. Liam (710 baby boys)
2. Jacob
3. Ethan
4. Noah
5. Aiden
6. Matthew
7. Daniel
8. Lucas
9. Michael
10. Dylan

In the girls’ top 10, Sarah replaces Chloe.

In the boys’ top 10, Lucas and Michael replace Jayden and David.

The top baby names within specific ethnic/racial groups were…

Latino Black White Asian/Pac. Isl.
#1 Girl Name: Isabella Ava Olivia Olivia
#1 Boy Name: Liam Noah Joseph Ethan

In 2015, the top two names were Olivia and Ethan.

Source: Health Department Announces Olivia and Liam Are Most Popular Names for 2016

Popular Baby Names in New Jersey, 2016

According to New Jersey’s Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2016 were Olivia and Liam.

Here are New Jersey’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Olivia
2. Mia
3. Emma
4. Sophia
5. Isabella
6. Ava
7. Charlotte
8. Emily
9. Abigail
10. Madison

Boy Names
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Matthew
4. Michael
5. Jacob
6. Joseph
7. Lucas
8. Mason
9. Dylan
10. Alexander

In 2015, the top names were Isabella and Liam.

There were no replacements in the girl’s top ten, but in the boys’ top ten, Lucas replaced Benjamin (now 12th).

These rankings are almost identical to the SSA’s 2016 rankings for New Jersey, except for Olivia being #1. On the national list, Mia and Olivia are tied, and because the SSA breaks ties alphabetically, Mia ends up in the #1 spot by default.

For more name rankings from various U.S. states, check out the U.S. name rankings subcategory.

Source: Take a look at the top 20 N.J. baby names of 2016

Ten Animals with Interesting Names

nipper, dog,
The “Victor” dog is named Nipper (not Victor).

Here are ten interestingly named animals to start the week:

  • Canuck, crow. He was hand-raised in Vancouver, Canada, and his ongoing crazy behavior is being chronicled via Facebook, naturally.
  • John L Sullivan, elephant. He was a circus elephant trained to “box” (standing on hind legs and wearing boxing gloves). He was named for boxing’s first heavyweight champion.
  • Mattie, donkey. He was the baby of a mama donkey rescued from the floodwaters of Hurricane Matthew last year.
  • Mrs. Chippy, (male) cat. He sailed with Ernest Shackleton aboard the Endurance. He was owned by the ship’s carpenter, whose nickname was Chippy.
  • Nipper, terrier mix. He was the model for the famous “His Master’s Voice” ads used originally by the Victor Talking Machine Company. He was named for the fact that he nipped at people’s legs.
  • Owney, border terrier. He was a stray dog who became the unofficial mascot of the Railway Mail Service in the late 1800s. He was named after an Albany postal worker called Owen.
  • Pot-8-os (or Potoooooooos), horse. He was a successful 18th-century racehorse. He “gained his extraordinary name by the stable-boy writing the word potatoes on his box, “potoooooooos.”” Other versions of the story spell the name other ways.
  • Tajiri, giraffe. He’s April’s calf, and his live birth was broadcast on YouTube [vid] earlier this year. His name was chosen via contest.
  • Uno, bear. She’s a bear at Katmai National Park whose missing part of one of her ears, hence the name Uno.
  • Wojtek, bear. He was adopted by members of the Polish II Corps during WWII. He was named by the soldiers.

Some previous animal names I’ve posted about include Dolly (sheep) and Mike Bison (buffalo).

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Popular Baby Names in Los Angeles County, CA, 2013

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website doesn’t have baby name data for 2016, but it does have data covering 1995 to 2013, so let’s work with that.

The most popular baby names in Los Angeles County in 2013 were Sophia and Jacob. Here are L.A.’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names
1. Sophia, 984 baby girls
2. Isabella, 777
3. Mia, 762
4. Emily, 688
5. Emma, 609
6. Sofia, 550
7. Olivia, 473
8. Samantha, 458
9. Victoria, 410
10. Camila, 405

Boy Names
1. Jacob, 948 baby boys
2. Jayden, 926
3. Matthew, 895
4. Ethan, 829
5. Daniel, 784
6. Nathan, 761
7. Noah, 657
8. Anthony, 633
9. Alexander, 617
10. David, 600

And here are some of the baby names that were apparently used just once in L.A. from 1995 to 2013:

Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names
Aijia, Bobbierose, Coakley, Dashley, Ella-Lily, Fallen Star, Georgedith, Haydeline, Ilynne, Jatalia, Khando, Luna Sol, Mexeen, Nonoka, Ofri, Purple, Qiqi, Rhofanie, Sloka, Ting, Ulani, Vixi, Wonder, Xanterra, Yudibeth, Zayleen Abbos, Banksy, Clifford, Dro, Exsol, Foxton, Guster, Holtzen, Iniesta, Jayden-Dreden, Kayd, Leviathan, Mondrick, Noaz, Ordisi, Pocky, Querbin, Rundy, Snayther, Tarzis, Uyedon, Verwyn, Westgene, Xinran, Yitzchack, Zander Ray

Want to see more California baby names? Here are Sonoma’s rankings for 2015 and San Diego’s rankings for 2016.

Source: Find a Baby Name – L.A. County Public Health