How popular is the baby name Michaela 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 Michaela.
Jack and Emily were the most popular baby names in Ireland in 2011.
Here are the full top-20 lists for each gender:
1. Jack – 2.4% of all baby boys
3. Sean [SHAWN]
10. Alex (tie)
10. Dylan (tie)
13. Cian [KEE-an or KEEN]
15. Oisin [UH-sheen or O-sheen]
1. Emily – 1.6% of all baby girls
13. Aoife [EE-fa]
14. Caoimhe [KEE-va or KWEE-va]
19. Saoirse [SEER-sha or SAIR-sha]
(And here are the 2010 rankings, if you’d like to compare.)
The names that increased the most in popularity from 2010 to 2011 were…
Tommy – 160th to 88th
Mason – 128th to 70th
Hugh – 126th to 99th
Donnacha – 102nd to 76th
Leo – 94th to 79th
Michaela – 164th to 78th
Muireann – 120th to 87th
Sofia – 80th to 58th
Kayla – 41st to 21st
Eve (tie) – 60th to 45th
Maebh (tie) – 107th to 92nd
By number of babies:
Harry – 364 to 499
Adam – 581 to 637
Mason – 59 to 115
Thomas – 347 to 403
Rian – 161 to 213
Lily – 371 to 496
Kayla – 186 to 306
Caoimhe – 323 to 398
Mia – 344 to 400
Ella – 380 to 434
Tommy’s rise can be attributed to Tommy Moon, a fictional baby who was “born” (read: introduced) on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders at the very end of 2010.
And we already know why Mason is so popular…
Sources: Irish Babies’ Names 2011 [pdf], Jack and Emily top baby names list
The last time I wrote about popular baby names in Malta was twp years ago. It’s time for an update!
A total of 4,143 babies were born in Malta in 2009. (In 2006, the number was 3,885.) These were the most popular baby names last year:
- Luke/Luca (92 babies)
- Matthew/Matthias/Matteo (84)
- Jake (59)
- Aiden (53)
- Jaden/Jayden (51)
- John/Giovanni/Jean (48)
- Kaiden/Kayden (47)
- Michael/Miguel/Mikele (46)
- Nicholas/Nick (42)
- Isaac/Izaak (39)
- Nathan (38)
- Liam/William (36)
- Gabriel (36)
- Benjamin/Ben (35)
- Alexander/Alessandro/Alejandro (34)
- Zachary/Zak (34)
- Denzel/Danzil (31)
- Keiran (29)
- Andre/Andrew/Andrea (26)
- Sven (26)
- Julian (25)
- Kyle (24)
- Joseph/Giuseppe/Beppe (24)
- Maria/Mariah/Marie (82 babies)
- Elena/Ylenia/Ella (79)
- Christina/Kristina/Krista (63)
- Eliza/Elizabeth/Lisa (52)
- Amy/Aimee (49)
- Julia/Gulia (45)
- Martina (33)
- Rihanna/Rhiana (32)
- Jasmine/Yasmine (31)
- Keira (29)
- Mikela/Michaela (28)
- Jade (27)
- Hannah/Anna/Ann (26)
- Nicole (25)
- Mireille (25)
- Hailey/Hayley (25)
- Sarah/Sara (24)
- Thea (20)
- Shania (18)
- Katrina/Kate (18)
- Amber (18)
- Kailey/Kayleigh (18)
You’ll notice that Malta still lumps variants together. (They even lump non-variants like Elena and Ella together.) I’m not a big fan of this method because when groupings change from year to year, comparisons become impossible.
Malta also seems to have some issues with spelling. Aidan and Kieran became Aiden and Keiran between 2006 and 2009, for instance. And I’m sure “Gulia” was meant to be Giulia. (Though I do like the fact that there’s a “Julia/Gulia” grouping. Very Wedding Singer-esque.)
But it’s interesting stuff nonetheless. I’m especially intrigued by all the -ayden names on the boys’ list. (Worldwide phenomenon, anyone?)
If you want to see more from Malta, the top baby names of 2008, 2007, 2004/2005, 2003 and 2002 are available for download.
Source: National Statistics Office – Malta
A reader named Eva is expecting twin girls and would like some help naming them. She says:
One of the twins should have a unisex first name and a very girly middle name. For the second twin we want a girly first name and unisex middle name.
Here are the names Eva likes so far:
- Unisex: Avery, Harper, Morgan, Kennedy, Madison
- Feminine: Anastasia, Michaela, Caroline, Sofia, Kristina
Her husband is only on board with Avery, Caroline, Kristina and Michaela (he prefers the spelling Makayla).
The twins will have an older brother named Thomas Aiden (nn Tommy) and their surname will be similar to Damon.
Eva’s criteria reminded me of the twins named Charlotte and Dylan I wrote about a few years ago. I think the name Charlotte is a good option in this case, but Dylan plus that surname might be D/N-overload. Here are some other possibilities:
Which of the above names do you like best for Tommy’s sisters? What combinations (either unisex+feminine or feminine+unisex) sound best together, do you think?
Here are a few combinations I like, just to kick things off:
- Unisex+Feminine: Avery Helena, Cameron Nicole, Riley Caroline
- Feminine+Unisex: Amelia Quinn, Olivia Willow, Victoria Leigh
A reader named Lauren is expecting her second child–a baby girl–and needs some name ideas. (Her son’s name is Michael Christopher.) Here’s what she says:
I have my heart set on using Reilly or Rose as a middle name (both family names). I LOVE the name Emma Reilly, but my husband hates it. We can’t seem to come up with another name that we both like. I have thought about Kayla Rose, but think Kayla may not be good as an adult. Please help.
I think it’s too bad Emma Reilly is out of the running–Emma would have sounded great with Michael.
Kayla doesn’t seem to fit as well, in terms of style. Like other Kay-names, it’s quite trendy and (therefore) very modern-sounding. But who knows how long the Kay-craze will last?
Emma, on the other hand, is a classic that’s been weathering naming trends for decades (much like both Michael and Christoper).
Also, Kayla is sometimes considered a variant of Michaela, the feminine form of Michael…so Kayla and Michael could be viewed by some as forms of the same name. That might be a bit odd.
Here are some other possibilities:
Do any of the above sound particularly good with Rose and/or Reilly? What other names would you guys suggest?
Update, 6/09: The baby has arrived! Scroll down to the last comment to find out which name Lauren chose.
The National Statistics Office of Malta, a tiny island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, compiles baby name rankings by lumping variant spellings of names (like Matthew, Matteo and Matthias) together into a single entry.
The most popular baby names in Malta last year were:
- Luke/Luca (79 babies)
- Matthew/Matteo/Matthias (78)
- Jake (67)
- Andre & Isaac & Michael/Michele (tie; 49 each)
- Nicholas (46)
- Aidan (42)
- Kieran (41)
- Daniel (40)
- Kyle (37)
- Nathan/Nathaniel (31)
- Gabriel (30)
- Christian & Julian & Liam (tie; 27 each)
- Alexander (26)
- Zachery (23)
- Thomas (22)
- James (21)
- Benjamin (18)
- Tristan (17)
- Jaydon & Kurt & Leon & Sven (tie; 16 each)
- Denzel & John Paul (tie; 15 each)
- Maria/Mariah (73 babies)
- Maya (53)
- Amy (43)
- Martina & Emma (tie; 40 each)
- Shania (36)
- Ylenia & Michela/Michaela & Sarah (tie; 35 each)
- Elisa/Eliza (33)
- Julia (32)
- Jasmin (30)
- Hailey (72)
- Nicole (26)
- Francesca (25)
- Catherine/Katarina/Kate (23)
- Amber & Hannah (tie; 19 each)
- Emily & Kelsey (tie; 18 each)
- Thea (16)
- Kaylie & Lara (tie; 15 each)
- Matthea (14)
- Mireille & Naomi (tie; 13 each)
- Aaliyah (12)
There were 2,039 boys and 1,846 girls born in Malta in 2006. (The country only has 402,000 inhabitants total.) Based on the numbers above, 46% of those boys and 41% of those girls were given a top-20 name.