How popular is the baby name Moonlight 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 Moonlight.
According to Idaho’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, the most popular baby names in the state in 2016 were Emma and Oliver.
Here are Idaho’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:
1. Emma, 123 baby girls
2. Olivia, 100
3. Harper, 88
4. Abigail, 75 (tie)
5. Evelyn, 75 (tie)
6. Charlotte, 74
7. Ava, 69
8. Emily, 65
9. Elizabeth, 62
10. Amelia, 56
1. Oliver, 124 baby boys
2. Liam, 108
3. Mason, 99
4. William, 96
5. Lincoln, 90
6. James, 88
7. Wyatt, 85
8. Noah, 80
9. Henry, 77
10. Owen, 74
Back in 2012, the top two names were Sophia and Liam.
And here are some of the more unusual names bestowed in Idaho recently…
Unique female names:
- Consider, Junedarling, Moonlight, Ozzry, Travisty (used in 2016)
- Chorus, Grizzly, Jedi, Owyhee, Vintage (used in 2015)
- Always, Blitzen, Kamikazi, Sunrise, Trophy (used in 2014)
- Germayonni, Jubilation, Khaotica, Masters, Starrabella (used in 2013)
Unique male names:
- Baelfire, Forge, Geladin, Lil Weezy, Steadfast (used in 2016)
- Anaxagoras, Gloire A Dieu, Luckybird, Osprey, Rootsimani (used in 2015)
- Avenger, Cardigan, Eclipse, Granite, Remnant (used in 2014)
- Branch, Cowboy, Danger, Klydesdale, Ragnar (used in 2013)
Source: Annual Reports – Idaho Vital Statistics
Members of the nomadic Hakki Pikki tribe of southern India are known for their unusual names.
According to Dr. K. M. Metry, chairman of the Department of Tribal Studies at Kannada University, the Hakki Pikki people “used to name their children after the river or the mountain that they worshipped. Following the political turmoil and change in regimes, they got dispersed in different regions of South India.”
Traveling, hunting, and begging are a part of the Hakki Pikki way of life, but as these things became criminalized during the 20th century, the Hakki Pikki themselves came to be seen as criminals. So they disguised their identity by giving their children nontraditional names, such as…
- British, named “during the independence struggle”
- Court (male), “born at a camp set up by his nomadic family near a district court”
- Cycle Rani
- Deluxe Express
- Glucose (female)
- Japan (male)
- Post Office
These actually aren’t much different from the bizarre names of Meghalaya, which include Friday, Moonlight, and Zenith.
*Did you know that Pistol and other gun names (e.g., Caliber, Trigger, Shooter, Gunner) have been on the rise in the U.S. recently?
Sources: Meet Mr Court of the Hakki Pikki tribe, who’s nephew of late Japan, The Hakki Pikki Tales – The Alemaari Trails, The man who lived with the tribes