How popular is the baby name Ogden 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 Ogden.
Want a boy name that’s not common, but also not crazy?
I looked through all the names at the
bottom of SSA’s 2011 mega-list and found a bunch of hidden gems:
Alaric (48 baby boys)
Gustaf (7); Gustav (29)
Osborn (5); Osborne (7)
(In some cases, a different spelling of the name is more popular than what’s shown here. For instance, Laurence is rare, but Lawrence is moderately popular.)
Like any of these?
Spot any other good names at the end of the list?
girls’ list, or check out the Rare Baby Names page.
By the Ogden Nash-like poet Richard Armour:
What shall we name the baby?
What name if a boy, if a girl?
If a girl, maybe Molly or Merla,
If a boy, maybe Erik or Earl.
Name if after a wealthy uncle,
And hope for a change in his will.
Will, in fact, might promote the suggestion,
Or Wilma might fill the bill.
Better still, call it Eks or Zero,
A just-for-the-present name.
Let it later choose what it wishes,
And thus you’ll escape the blame.
Other name-related poems I’ve posted:
The Substitute, How They Named the Baby.
Source: “What’s in a Name?”
Lakeland Ledger 29 Apr. 1979, Family Weekly section: 27.
A reader named Daniel recently e-mailed me. He and his wife are expecting a baby boy in several weeks and they’re looking for a botanical name for their son.
Botanical boy names can be hard to track down, but they’re definitely out there. For instance, tree names that can be used as boy names include
Aspen, Cedar, Linden, Rowan and Willow. Herb names that work for baby boys include Basil, Burnet, Sage, Thyme and Valerian.
Several of the names above also happen to be traditional names with separate (non-botanical) origins. Rowan comes from the Gaelic word for “red,” Basil from the Greek word for “king,” and Valerian from the Latin verb “to be strong.” The word sage can also mean “wise” (adj.) or “wise man” (n.).
Forest, Kale, Reed and Rush are other possibilities from the plant kingdom. And, if one wants to be a bit more daring, there’s always Hawthorn, Orris or Huckleberry.
Finally, male names with botanical
definitions include Alon/ Elon, Ashton/ Nash/ Tash, Ogden, Silvio/ Sylvester and Vernon.
Do you guys have any other ideas?
Update: The baby has a name! Scroll down to find out what it is…
The names below are one-hit wonder names that ranked among the 1,000 most popular U.S. baby names only once — sometime during the first decade of the 20th century (1900 through 1909).
1900 – Luvinia
1901 – Dagny, Ethyle
1903 – Augustina, Girtha
1904 – Edris, Vernia
1905 – Beadie, Ilda, Neola, Orma, Vela
1907 – Clydie, Rosabelle,
Theta 1908 – Arnetta, Clementina, Launa
1909 – Azalee, Macel
1900 – Goebel (influence:
William Goebel), Tallie 1901 – Ancil, Buren, Erland, Esco, Mathews, Pate
1902 – Doll, Ivor, Victoriano
1903 – Beckham, Lenon, Ozzie, Teddie
1904 – Arbie, Council, Duard, Harm, Severo, Tobie
1905 – Fredie, Graydon, Jiles
1906 – Benard, Harrold
1907 – Delmus, Delphin (influence:
Delphin Delmas), Gilmer, Ogden, Oland, Samie 1908 – Esker, Levie, Robley (influence:
Robley Evans) 1909 – Othel
I think both Beckham (1903) and Graydon (1905) could really appeal to modern parents — Beckham for its association with soccer star
David Beckham, Graydon for its similarity to currently popular names like Grayson and Jayden.
Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…
All the top-1,000 one-hit wonder baby names, decade by decade:
1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2005. Some interesting
full-list one-hit wonder baby names, from all decades (this list is always growing): One Hit Wonder Baby Names.