How popular is the baby name Milla 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 Milla.
Boston’s Central Burying Ground was established in 1756, so it’s newer than the other Boston cemeteries I’ve blogged about (King’s Chapel, Granary, and Copp’s Hill). Nevertheless, it still contains some pretty interesting names:
- A: Aderline, Alford, Alona, Alpheus, Alsendorf, Annjulett, Antice, Anstice, Arodi, Artemis, Asadel
- B: Barstow, Barzillia, Belcher, Benaset
- C: Calista, Christeena, Clarena, Clarentine, Cumming
- D: Dolley
- E: Ede, Elbridge, Elhanah, Eliakim, Emely
- F: Fletcher, Freelove
- G: Giles, Gilman, Gustavus
- H: Hannahretta, Hawkes, Hepzibah, Hermione, Hezekiah, Hitty
- I: Ichabod, Ignatius, Iphigenia
- J: Jaazaniah, Jennet
- K: Keziah
- L: Lendall, Llewlwyn, Loms, Lot, Lyman
- M: Manasseh, Mansfred, Marayanna, Marston, Mayday, Mehitable, Micajah, Milla, Mindwell, Minerva
- N: Nabby, Nahum
- O: Orvilla
- P: Pamelia, Percival, Phebee, Philander, Pliny
- R: Rodolth, Rosalinda, Rosamund, Ruhamah
- S: Sally, Salome, Seiba, Shubael, Shubel, Sibley, Silence, Silvanus, Sophronia, Sukey, Sylvanus
- T: Tamer, Ternon, Theophilus, Tristam, Tryphena
- V: Vivia
- W: Waverly, Wentworth, Worham, Winthrop
- Z: Zabiah, Zebiah, Zeal, Zephaniah, Zilpah
I bet Vivia would appeal to modern parents looking for an alternative to Olivia and/or Vivian.
Which of the above do you like best? How about least?
Source: Gravestone Inscriptions and Records of Tomb Burials in the Central Burying Ground (1917) by Ogden Codman
According to data from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Victoria in 2014 were Olivia and Oliver.
Here are Victoria’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:
1. Olivia, 531 baby girls
2. Charlotte, 463
3. Mia, 432
4. Ava, 411
5. Chloe, 397
6. Sophie, 371
7. Amelia, 370
8. Emily, 357
9. Ruby, 337 (tie)
10. Ella, 337 (tie)
1. Oliver, 616 baby boys
2. William, 573
3. Jack, 550
4. Noah, 460
5. Thomas, 424
6. Lucas, 387
7. James, 382
8. Ethan, 376
9. Alexander, 335
10. Mason, 323
Ella replaces Isabella in the girls’ top 10 and Alexander replaces Joshua in the boys’ top 10.
Beyond the top 10…the girls’ top 100 includes both Mila (36th) and Milla (60th), plus the adorable Frankie (95th). The boys’ top 100 includes the conspicuously Scottish Angus (45th) and Hamish (69th), plus the ever-humble Lenny (100th).
“Among the big movers were Arya and Aria, which leapt 18 spots on the list of female names following the popularity of TV series Game of Thrones.”
Here are Victoria’s rankings from 2013 and 2012. And here are more details about Victoria’s top 100 names of 2014 from Waltzing More Than Matilda.
(Olivia and Oliver topped the England and Wales list in both 2009 and 2010, btw.)
Source: Victoria’s top 100 baby names for boys and girls in 2014
UPDATE, Jan. 2016: The rankings have changed slightly since I posted this, so I revised them. (Alexander is now top-10 and Lachlan has been bumped down to 11th.) I didn’t bother changing the text. The 2015 rankings will be up soon.
Alanis Morissette and husband Mario “MC Souleye” Treadway had their first child, a baby boy, on December 25. They named him Ever Imre.
They haven’t explained the significance behind the name yet, though I’m sure they will soon.
In the meanwhile, let’s talk about a possible trend alert. After all, this is the second celebrity baby I know of named Ever. The first was Ever Gabo, Milla Jovovitch’s daughter, born in late 2007.
Here’s how frequently name has been used over the last decade:
So there’s already an upward trajectory, and now not one but two celebs have jumped on the bandwagon. How high will the name go? Will it crack the top 1,000 for either gender, do you think?
Source: Alanis Morissette Has Baby, Names It ‘Ever Imre’
The latest batch of English baby names was released last week, and I’ve finally had time to peruse the whole thing (over 10,000 names in total). Here are a few of the interesting names I spotted:
- T, given to 8 baby boys. The SSA doesn’t include one-letter names on the U.S. list, and I only know of one U.S. baby that may have been named T, so I’m curious about how many Ts we have over here. And whether any of them have the middle name Pain.
- Leeloo, given to 3 baby girls. This was the name of the half-naked, orange-haired alien character played by Milla Jovovich in the The Fifth Element (1997). The U.S. list doesn’t include names given to fewer than 5 babies, which is a shame–just think of all the crazy names we’ll never see. (Also, Leeloo reminds me of Laa-Laa.)
- Cobain, given to 3 baby boys. This one smells like teen spirit to me. And it reminds me that I started a post about ’90s alt-rock baby names ages ago that I ought to find and finish…
- Siouxsie, given to 3 baby girls. Another music reference, this time to influential Brit rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. Either that or specifically to vocalist Siouxsie Sioux.
- Kal-el, given to 13 baby boys. I see Superman’s birth name as a real-life baby name so often nowadays that it doesn’t even seem unusual anymore. Also, notice the hyphen–something else the SSA excludes from the U.S. list.
- Daisy-Boo, given to 4 baby girls. Just like Jamie Oliver’s second daughter. Makes me wonder how many babies named “Buddy-Bear” will pop up on the 2010 list.
- Xanthe, given to 55 baby girls. Up from 18 a decade ago. This one surprised me, as only a handful of U.S. babies are named Xanthe every year. Is Xanthe on its way up in England? Is Xanthe the new Zoe? Hm.
Have you had a chance to scan the full list yet? (You can download the Excel files here.)