How popular is the baby name Maze in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Maze.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Maze


Posts that Mention the Name Maze

Mazikeen and Amenadiel

The baby name Mazikeen debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2016.

Several Neil Gaiman characters (e.g., Coraline, Yvaine) have influenced baby names in the past, so here are several more that are influencing baby names right now.

These names come courtesy of the TV show Lucifer (2016-), which was loosely based on Gaiman’s comic book series The Sandman (1989-1996).

The premise of the show is that the main character, Lucifer (played by Tom Ellis), bored with Hell, has decided to move to Los Angeles and open a night club called “Lux.” (The Latin word lux, meaning “light,” comes directly from Lucifer’s name, meaning “light bearer.”)

In 2017, the baby name Lucifer saw its highest-ever usage so far — a fact that would no doubt alarm a large number of Americans.

Lucifer’s right-hand man is a lady: Mazikeen “Maze” Smith (played by Lesley-Ann Brandt). She’s a demon who followed Lucifer to Earth as his sworn protector. At the start of the series, she worked as a bartender at Lux.

The baby name Mazikeen debuted in the data in 2016, and Maze debuted for girls specifically the next year.

Lucifer’s eldest brother is Amenadiel (played by D. B. Woodside). He’s an archangel (still in God’s good graces) who has a contentious relationship with Lucifer, who he encourages to return to Hell.

The baby name Amenadiel debuted in the data in 2017.

MazikeenMazeAmenadiel
201727 girls15 boys &
9 girls [debut]
9 boys [debut]
2016
7 girls [debut]11 boys.
2015.14 boys.

Though Mazikeen and Amenadiel both sound biblical, neither one is found in the Bible. Mazikeen is based on the Hebrew word mazzikim, meaning “harmful spirits.” Amenadiel’s explanation has eluded me so far, but, like many Hebrew names, it ends with -el, which refers to “God.”

What are your thoughts on these two new names? How about on the rising usage of Lucifer?

Sources: List of Lucifer characters – Wikipedia, Jewish Concepts: Demons & Demonology

P.S. Also on TV right now is American Gods (2017-), based on the Neil Gaiman book of the same name. I thought the show might give the name Shadow a big boost, but so far this isn’t the case.

The Baby Name Mazola

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Mazola (1918 newspaper ad)

Mazola, “the first cooking and salad oil made from corn,” was introduced to consumers in 1911. The brand name was based on the words “maize” and “oil.”

Mazola first appeared in the SSA’s baby name data in 1919:

  • 1922: 10 baby girls named Mazola
  • 1921: 11 baby girls named Mazola
  • 1920: 7 baby girls named Mazola
  • 1919: 8 baby girls named Mazola [debut]
  • 1918: unlisted

According to other records, usage of the name does pre-date the introduction of the oil. But I’m sure Mazola advertising played a part in popularizing the name in the 1910s and ’20s. I mean, if kids were named after oleomargarine, you can bet at least a few were named specifically after Mazola. :)

Incidentally, other Maz- names in the data during that time period include Mazel, Mazell, Mazelle, Mazella, Mazie, Mazzie, Mazy, and Maze.

Source: Mazola history