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How popular is the baby name Maui in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Maui and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Maui.
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It’s December 2 — the doubly momentous day on which Britney Spears celebrates her birthday and on which we start another round of the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
Which baby names will see significant movement on the charts in 2016 thanks to popular culture (TV, movies, music, sports, politics, products, current events, video games, etc.)? Below are some possibilities. Leave a comment with the names you’d add — and don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence.
The U.S. National Park Service has a birthday coming up!
When the NPS was created on August 25, 1916, there were only 35 national parks and monuments. (The world’s first, Yellowstone, had been established in 1872.)
Nowadays the agency oversees 411 units. These units are located in the 50 states and beyond, and include national monuments (82), national historic sites (78), national parks (59), national historical parks (50), national memorials (30), national battlefields (11), national seashores (10), national lakeshores (4), national scenic trails (3), and more.
Let’s celebrate the upcoming centenary with over 100 baby names that pay tribute to the national parks specifically:
The derivation of Kenai is unknown, but it could come from either Dena’ina Athabascan (“big flat” or “two big flats and river cut-back” or “trees and brush in a swampy marsh”), Russian (“flat barren land”), or Iniut (“black bear”).
I was doing some movie-related research last week when I happened to spot an article about the next official Disney princess: a 14-year-old Polynesian girl named Moana.
The article said Moana would be out in 2018, but Disney announced just a couple of days ago that the movie’s release date had been moved up to 2016.
Moana is set in the South Pacific about 2,000 years ago. Moana and her friend Maui “traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage in which they encounter enormous sea creatures, breathtaking underworlds, and ancient folklore.”
This isn’t the first time the name Moana has been featured in film. The documentary Moana (1926) focused on a young Samoan man named Moana, and the movie Rainbow Island (1944) included a minor female character named Moana. Neither of these match up with the 1941 debut of Moana on the SSA’s baby name list, though. (Any guesses on that?)
The Polynesian word moana generally means “deep sea” or “ocean,” though the definition changes slightly from one language to the next:
While it’s traditionally a unisex name, it’s given more often to baby girls than to baby boys in the U.S.:
2013: 19 baby girls named Moana (5 in California)
2012: 10 baby girls named Moana
2011: 12 baby girls named Moana (5 in California)
2010: 9 baby girls named Moana (5 in California)
2009: 11 baby girls named Moana
2008: 19 baby girls named Moana (9 in California)
2007: 10 baby girls named Moana
2006: 16 baby girls named Moana (7 in California, 6 in Hawaii)
2005: 8 baby girls named Moana
2004: 5 baby girls named Moana
I think we can safely say that the baby name Moana will be seeing increased usage in 2016 thanks to the upcoming Disney movie. But do you think all the pre-release hype could affect the name’s popularity even earlier than that? Say, in 2015? Maybe even in 2014?