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Popularity of the Baby Name Michael

Number of Babies Named Michael

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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Popular Baby Names in Rhode Island, 2018

According to Rhode Island’s Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Olivia and Liam.

Here are Rhode Island’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 60 baby girls
2. Sophia, 53
3. Isabella, 52
4. Amelia, 51 (tie)
4. Mia, 51 (tie)
6. Emma, 48
7. Charlotte, 44
8. Ava, 34 (tie)
8. Avery, 34 (tie)
10. Abigail, 32 (tie)
10. Grace, 32 (tie)

Boy Names
1. Liam, 66 baby boys
2. Noah, 58
3. Benjamin, 47 (tie)
3. Oliver, 47 (tie)
5. Alexander, 45
6. Logan, 44
7. Jacob, 41
8. Julian, 39
9. Ethan, 38 (tie)
9. John, 38 (tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Avery and Grace replace Aria (now tied for 12th).

In the boys’ top 10, lots has changed: Oliver, Alexander, Jacob, Ethan and John replace Lucas (now tied for 11th), Michael (tied for 12th), Mason (22nd), Matthew (tied for 33rd), and Joseph (tied for 33rd).

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to late December.)

In 2017, the top names were Emma and Liam.

Source: Top 50 R.I. baby names of 2018

Popular Baby Names in New Jersey, 2018

new jersey baby names 2018

According to the Government of New Jersey, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Emma and Liam.

Here are New Jersey’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

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

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

Source: Top New Jersey baby names of 2018!

Popular Baby Names in New Mexico, 2018

According to New Mexico’s Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2018 were Isabella and Noah.

Here are New Mexico’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Isabella
2. Mia
3. Sophia
4. Olivia
5. Emma
6. Sofia
7. Ava
8. Amelia
9. Camila
10. Mila

Boy Names
1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Elijah
4. Logan
5. Mateo
6. Daniel
7. Mason
8. Sebastian
9. Benjamin
10. Julian

In the girls’ top 10, Sofia, Amelia, Camila, and Mila replace Aria, Emily, Aurora, and Charlotte.

In the boys’ top 10, Mason, Sebastian, Benjamin, and Julian replace Santiago, Ezekiel, Josiah, and Michael.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to mid-December.)

In 2017, the top two names in New Mexico were Sophia and Noah.

Source: Top New Mexico Baby Names in 2018

Popular Baby Names in New York City, 2017

According to New York City’s Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the city in 2017 were Emma and Liam.

Here are New York City’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

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

Boy Names
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Jacob
4. Ethan
5. David
6. Lucas
7. Matthew
8. Jayden
9. Aiden
10. Daniel

In the girls’ top ten, Abigail replaces Madison.

In the boys’ top ten, David and Jayden replace Dylan and Michael.

Within each of the five boroughs, the top baby names were…

  • Manhattan: Olivia and James
  • Bronx: Isabella and Liam
  • Brooklyn: Esther and David
  • Queens: Emma and Liam
  • Staten Island: Olivia and Michael

And finally, some of the baby names bestowed just 10 times each in NYC last year:

  • Artemis, Tzippy, Reizy (girl names)
  • Azriel, Zeus, Thaddeus (boy names)

NYC also used to break down top names by ethnic/racial group (see the 2015 rankings, for example) but this time around the press release didn’t include that information.

Source: Health Department Announces Emma and Liam Are Most Popular Baby Names For 2017

The Height of Alfie in America

alfie, movie, baby name, 1960s

These days, the baby name Alfie sees a lot more usage overseas than it does in America. That said, Alfie (and Alfy) were doing some interesting things on the U.S. baby name charts in the mid-1960s:

Year Alfie usage Alfy usage
1969 34 baby boys unlisted
1968 57 baby boys [ranked 968th] unlisted
1967 62 baby boys [ranked 915th] unlisted
1966 16 baby boys 15 baby boys [debut]
1965 unlisted unlisted
1964 unlisted unlisted

(There was some female usage of Alfie during this time as well, but I didn’t include it in the table.)

Alfie‘s influence is easy enough to pinpoint, so let’s start there. In 1966, the well-received British movie Alfie came out — in March in the UK, and in August in the US. Michael Caine had the starring role as womanizer Alfie, and this proved to be the breakthrough role of his career.

The film — with lots of help from the theme song “Alfie,” which was recorded and released by multiple artists, including Dionne Warwick — pushed the baby name Alfie into the top U.S. 1,000, where it stuck around for just two years.

The explanation behind the sudden appearance of Alfy, a distinct spelling (and also the top one-hit wonder name for boys in 1966), took me a lot longer to figure out.

alfy, baby name, 1966, tv
Alfy

This one came from the short-lived teen soap opera Never Too Young, which aired on September of 1965 to June of 1966. It was set in Malibu and was narrated by the character Alfy, owner of the local beach hangout. He was played by British actor David Watson (whose first American TV appearance was on Rawhide with Clint Eastwood, aka Rowdy Yates).

One thing I find curious is that two fictional British characters named Alfie/Alfy emerged around the same time in American pop culture. The movie was an adaptation of the 1963 play Alfie by Bill Naughton…perhaps the play influenced the writers of the TV show as well?

Which spelling do you like more, Alfie or Alfy?

Source: Never Too Young – Wikipedia