How popular is the baby name Miquel 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 Miquel.
Today in Washington, D.C., Pope Francis will canonize the United States’ first Hispanic saint, Junípero Serra.
Archbishop Jose Gomez, the highest-ranking Hispanic bishop in the US, has called Serra’s canonization a “historic moment in the life of the Hispanic people.”
Junípero was born on Mallorca in 1713 and given the name Miquel. He took the religious name Junípero in honor of 13th-century Brother Juniper upon joining the Franciscans as a teenager. Several decades later, he relocated to the New World and began establishing missions in California.
He’s a controversial figure among California’s Native Americans, many of whom believe Serra mistreated and exploited their ancestors, but his canonization will no doubt boost his image among Hispanic Catholics in the U.S.
So here are my questions: Do you think the boy name Junípero could debut on the SSA’s baby name list in 2015? (The name Juniper is currently on the rise for girls, incidentally.) How about the girl name Serra — do you think it will see higher-than-expected usage this year?
Sources: Pope to canonize the Apostle of California on 23 September during visit to US, Is America’s new saint more of a sinner?, Junípero Serra – Wikipedia
According to data from the Balearic Institute of Statistics (Ibestat), the most popular baby names in the Balearic Islands (an archipelago that belongs to Spain) in 2013 were Maria and Marc.
Here are the Balearic Islands’ top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:
1. Maria, 113 baby girls (2.2%)
2. Julia, 102 (1.99%)
3. Carla, 100 (1.95%)
1. Marc, 157 baby boys (2.91%)
2. Pau, 106 (1.97%)
3. Hugo, 102 (1.89%)
Maria and Marc were also the #1 names on the islands of Mallorca (which hosts about 80% of the population) and Menorca (9%). On Ibiza (11%), the winners were Martina and Hugo. On Formentera (1%), the winners were Lucia and Aitor — a name invented by Basque writer Agosti Xaho in the mid-19th century.
Here are Spain’s top baby names overall for 2013, if you’d like to compare.
Sources: Most chosen baby names in Mallorca, Nombres mas frecuentes – Ibestat