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Popularity of the Baby Name Montana

Number of Babies Named Montana

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Montana

Names in the News: Dutch, Christina, Tillman

Some recent baby name stories from the U.S.:

  • Dutch: In February of 2016, a baby boy born to California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife was named Dutch after the town of Dutch Flat, “where Newsom spent much of his childhood at his father’s home.” (They also have a daughter named Montana, after the state where they got married.)
  • Christina: In February of 2016, a baby girl born to a woman on a New York-bound Amtrak train was named Trinity Christina — middle name in honor of a fellow train passenger who assisted during the birth.
  • Tillman: After Army Ranger Patrick Daniel “Pat” Tillman — formerly a star football player at Arizona State University — was killed in Afghanistan in 2004, several babies were named after him, including these three from Arizona specifically:
    • Tillman Jackson Cummings, born in July of 2004.
    • Tillman James Cunningham, born in October of 2006.
    • Tillman Bruce Okrepkie, born in November of 2015.

Here are three earlier name stories also from the U.S.

Sources: Gavin Newsom’s new baby named after town of Dutch Flat, Woman Delivers Baby on a Train, Across Arizona, Parents Name Children After Pat Tillman


Iowa Baby Named Nash for Nashville, Gets Gifts

The first baby born in central Iowa (including Des Moines) in 2014 was Nash David Eddie, son of Lance and Christine Eddie.

The name “Nash” was chosen in honor of Nashville, Tennessee. It’s where Lance and Christine went on their first road trip together.

When the president/CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. learned about baby Nash, he sent the Eddie family a bunch of “Nashville-themed gifts, including a CD with music from the TV show “Nashville,” a guitar-shaped chocolate bar, the “Lisa Loeb’s Silly Singalong” children’s book and a four-foot-tall stuffed Gnash — the Nashville Predators hockey team mascot.”

The family will also get free passes to local attractions the next time they visit Nashville.

(Some of the other locational baby names I’ve blogged about over the years: Brighton, Endellion, Julian, Sonora, Kennedy, Aquinnah, Georgian, Washington, Boston, Newark, Florence, Cape Cod, Bronx, Montana, Helsinki.)

Sources: New parents bring in first baby of 2014, Des Moines’ first baby named for Nashville

Popular and Unique Baby Names in Idaho, 2010

The state of Idaho recently released its 2010 annual report, and the report includes some baby names.

First, here are Idaho’s most popular baby names of 2010. (More or less the same as what SSA has listed for Idaho that year.)

Popular Boy Names Popular Girl Names
1. William (119)
2. Samuel (116)
3. Logan (115)
4. Ethan (101)
5. Jacob (95)
6. Aiden (92)
7. Mason (89)
8. Noah (82)
9. Alexander (81)
10. James (79)
1. Olivia (122)
2. Emma (103)
3. Sophia (99)
4. Ava (88)
5. Abigail (85)
6. Elizabeth (83)
7. Emily (78)
8. Isabella (77)
9. Ella (71)
10. Addison & Brooklyn (65 each)

Now on to the bizarre stuff!

In the report, Idaho included a selection of unique names:

Unique Boy Names Unique Girl Names
Bear, Character, Dagger, Freighter, Genghis, Hatchet, Hemi, Ice-T, Jethreaux, Justify, King Tiberius, Laugh, Nightsky, Permisius, Raysyn, Ripken, Saw, Scythe, Skeeter, Sourish, Theory, Truth, W’dbin, Wisdom, Zytareon Arrehli, Aoife, Balou, Bronwyn, Dawnlight, Dixi, Espn, Hickory, Kalifornia, Koal, Legacy, Little Noah, Meeka Bella, Mhyrrauzhe, Moneeq, Moserratt, Omolola, Oo, Rootsy, Saphron, Sparkle, Sunset, Tietsie, Virtue, Xoko

Some thoughts:

  • Nightsky and Dawnlight need a playdate. (Just like Thunder and Lightning.)
  • Mhyrrauzhe = Mirage?
  • My first impulse with “Oo” was to pronounce it “uh-oh.” (Uh-oh indeed, if that’s actually how you say it!)

Since Idaho’s annual reports for 2006-2010 are all available online, lets look at the selections of unique names from years past, shall we?

2009:

Unique Boy Names Unique Girl Names
“Champion” Reese, Civic, Cougar, Domonique, Eleven, Evol, Hopper, Huckleberry, Irish, Jah Kobi, Jaxxon, Kastle, K-Den, Major Jack, Nixon, Noall, Oz, Pledger, Reef, Sabyr, Shade, Shadow, Skeet, Taft, Zebedee Arlington, August Star, Beatriz, Byrkli, Charm, Clarixxa, Daiquiri, Fayte, Goldie-Moon, Gyzzelle, Jubilee, Kanyon, Lala, Love, Montana, Nirvana, Pepper, Prairie, Poppy, Soul, Tottie, Tundra, Zipporah

2008:

Unique Boy Names Unique Girl Names
Adjrick, Andronicus, Arrow, Blazer, Brayke, Buzz, Casino, Chamillionaire, Dacx, Driggs, Gamble, Heman, Klete, Kodiak, Kroten, Krue, Link, Mitt, Pheonix, Ransom, Rodee, Silynce, Summit, Zzyzx Angelic, Beautifull, Boisen, Byainett, Calloway, Celestial, Ecstacy, Eeleceya, Hadies, Heaven, Infiniti, Integrity, Jewleah, Kaskade, Kozmo, Maplejo, Mishalyn, Remmington, Season, Symphony, Thyme, Ugonna, Xerenity, Zepplyn

2007:

Unique Boy Names Unique Girl Names
Aodhan, Braestyn, Buell, Champ, Dazryn, Elisjsha, Enveus, Grimsley, Hayze, Holdem, Kamero, Kay-Sin, Khonnerk, Lowgin, Makaijden, Mickyle, Nykolaus, Painter, Praze, Sander, Shadrack, Solo, Space, Tlaloc, Trackin Arbor, Auktober, Blessin, Brizzbin, Brookenzie, Cabella, Clarity, Denym, Eos, Epiphany, Honesty, Kwincee, Lavender, Lybburtie, Miami, Modiesty-Star, Mysticque, Peaches, Perfect, Rebel-Ann, Seattle, Shy, Uneike, Vegas, Zoigh
  • Casino and Gamble in 2008, Holdem and Vegas in 2007…do I detect a pattern here?

2006:

Unique Boy Names Unique Girl Names
Akhilles, Backtash, Blend, Bronco, Chalk, College, Colquohn, Daily, Gid, Hampton, Howdy, Jameraquoi, Karona, Lake, Packer, Polo, Razor, Rythmik, Sacramento, Spur, Trask, Tucson, Winn, Wracer, Xzavvyer Allyvia, Anakalia, Aptisam, Aveda, Blayde, Bristol, Cedee, Dorcas, Fall, Heziachiah, Kalispell, Klowie, Lexington, Little Summers, Navy, Northstar, Nutaliay Harmoney, Pennilane Meadow, Phaedra, Russia, Tacheranai, Tragen, Tsunami, Viktoriya, Yochabelle

P.S. In the 2006-2009 reports, the heading of the unique names section was “Selected Unique Names, Yewneek Spellings.” For 2010, it was lengthened to “Selected Unique Baby Names, Yewneek Baybee Spellings.” I happen to love these headings, but aren’t they a bit snarky for an official state document…?

Baby Names from Your Relationship with Your Partner

Could your relationship inspire a great baby name? I bet it could, if you ask yourself the right questions. Here are some to start you off:

How did the two of you meet?

  • Did a mutual acquaintance introduce you? What was that person’s name?
  • Did you meet while taking the same scuba class? What was the name of the instructor?
  • Did you meet while living in the same dorm at college? What was the name of the dorm? (If it’s a surname, what was the forename originally attached to it?)
  • Did you meet doing theater? What character names do you remember from the first production you worked on together?
  • Example: Actors Robby Benson and Karla DeVito named their daughter Lyric because they met while singing on Broadway.
  • Example: John Kipling and Alice Macdonald, future parents of writer Rudyard Kipling, met on the banks of Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire, England.

Think about your firsts.

  • Did you go out to dinner on your first date? What was the name of your waiter?
  • Did you have your first kiss while waiting in the lobby of a particular building? What was the name of the architect who designed the building?
  • What was the first movie you went to see together? What were the names of the lead characters?
  • Did you first say “I love you” to one another while picnicking in the park? What was the name of the park?

Think about other memorable experiences.

  • What’s the name of the street you first lived on together?
  • What’s the name of the coffee shop you used to go to every Friday night when you were dating?
  • Did your relationship ever hit a rough patch? What’s the name of the friend who helped you get through it out and stay together?
  • Have you ever done anything that you’re both really proud of (e.g. scaled a mountain, raised a lot of money for charity)? What names come to mind when you think of these things?
  • When you look through your collection of photographs, ticket stubs, playbills, receipts, brochures, fliers, and other paraphernalia, what names do you see? What other names are you reminded of?
  • Example: Filmmaker Rohan Fernando and his wife Carolle named their son Cohen because, on their second date, they went to see Leonard Cohen.
  • Example: “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon name his daughter Winnie because he and his wife spent a lot of time (and were engaged) at Lake Winnipesaukee.

Engagement, Marriage, Honeymoon, Anniversaries

  • What’s the name of the person (e.g. pastor, priest, rabbi) who married you?
  • Wedding dresses often have female names in lieu of (or along with) model numbers–did yours?
  • Who sang your first dance song?
  • What’s the name of the hotel you stayed in on your honeymoon?
  • Example: San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom named his daughter Montana because that’s where he and his wife got married.
  • Example: One of my commenters named her son Boston because she got engaged after running the Boston Marathon.

And now the fun part: What names can you come up with from your own relationship? What’s the story behind each one, and did you use (or do you plan to use) any of the names for your children?

Pay Tribute to a Place Without Using a Place Name

Most of us have met people with names like Dallas, Savannah and Montana. I’ve even spotted personal names like Barcelona, Helsinki, Bronx, Mattawa and Cape Cod before. Place names pop up on birth certificates regularly nowadays.

But locational baby names don’t appeal to all parents-to-be. What if you’re not a fan of place names for people, but you’d still like to pay tribute to a particular place with your baby’s name? (Confusing situation, no?) Here are some things you could try:

Look at Old Names
Has the place ever been called anything else? An earlier name might work as a baby name.

This was how Florence Nightingale’s older sister Frances Parthenope Nightingale was named. Frances was born in the Italian city of Naples. Her middle name comes from the name of an ancient Greek settlement that was located where Naples is today. (Florence had it easy; she was simply born in Florence.)

Here are some other locations with intriguing retired names:

  • Corvallis, Oregon used to be called Marysville.
  • Coulterville, California was originally Maxwell’s Creek.
  • Halden, Norway was once known as Fredrikshald.
  • Cologne, Germany was called Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium by the Romans.
  • Malabo, Equatorial Guinea was founded as Port Clarence by the British and later known as Santa Isabel by the Spanish.

Look at Namesakes
Was the place named after a person? That person’s first name may make a good baby name.

For instance, let’s say you met your spouse aboard a flight from JFK to Long Beach. That place where you met–a Boeing 757–can trace its name back to William Edward Boeing, founder of the The Boeing Company.

Here are some other examples:

  • Burbank, California was first settled by dentist David Burbank.
  • Wrigley Field, Chicago, named for William Wrigley, Jr.
  • Vancouver Island, Canada was named for explorer George Vancouver.
  • Lake Champlain was named for French explorer Samuel de Champlain.
  • The Bering Strait was named for Vitus Bering.

Zoom In
Maybe the place you want to honor happens to be a city park. What’s inside that park? Many parks have statues, plazas, fountains, promenades, bandshells, and other notable features and facilities. Are any of these things particularly important to you? If so, what are they called? Who created them?

Zoom Out
Let’s stick with the city park example. What makes up the borders of the park–streets? A body of water? What neighborhood or district is it in? What county? Is there anything notable nearby (like a theater or a school) that has a usable name?

So those are my four ideas. What others ways can you come up with to signify a location with a baby name (without using the place name itself)?